Hugues Le Bret

Hugues Le Bret is a Senior Advisor at Portag3 Ventures and Founder & Chairman of Nickel, a fintech created in 2012 and sold to BNP Paribas in July 2017. Hugues was previously Chairman and CEO of Boursorama, a French online bank owned by Societe Generale Group. Hugues has been Head of Communications of Société Générale Group and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee for ten years (1999-2009). He was previously CEO of an Havas subsidiary (1996-1999) to whom he sold ABW, the investors relation company he founded in 1994. From 1991 to 1993, Hugues Le Bret was Head of Development at Média-Finance (Publicis Group). He started as a financial journalist in 1987. He carried out his national civil service at the French Embassy in Lima, Peru in 1988-89. He is a graduate of the ISG business school. He speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian. Hugues is a board member of Nickel, SJB (Bollinger), Xilam Animation, Algoterapeutix, Paylead and Firm Funding. He is a member of Wu, a charitable organisation helping former prisoners find work). Hugues Le Bret is the author of L’Espoir Économique (1998) The Week When Kerviel Nearly Broke The Global Financing System (2010) and NoBank (2013).

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Gregory Fleming

Gregory J. Fleming is the Chief Executive Officer of Rockefeller Capital Management, a role he has held since the firm, formerly known as Rockefeller & Co., launched in March 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to leading Rockefeller Capital Management, Greg was the President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2010, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch, from 2007 to 2009, and previously ran Merrill Lynch’s Global Investment Banking business. Greg joined Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in 1992. He had also been a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Greg is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

He is a director of Colgate University, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, and a trustee at Deerfield Academy. Greg is a director on the boards of the Turn2 Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. He serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Law and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Corporate Law at Yale Law School.

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Dr. Richard Reiner

Richard is a serial entrepreneur and company builder, active as an executive, investor, mentor, and Board member with many high-growth companies at the intersection of cybersecurity, AI, and blockchain, a space in which he’s built and successfully exited several companies, and in which he holds numerous patents.

He is Executive Chair of dfuse, the leading platform for developers building the decentralized Web 3.0, as well as Chair of Cybeats Technologies, a venture-funded IoT security company building a full-lifecycle immune system for IoT devices. He is also the Founding Partner at CC Stratus Capital, an innovative investment firm that helps early-stage technology companies succeed in fast-growing markets, with a strategic focus on cybersecurity, blockchain, identity, and IoT (Internet of Things). He was formerly Chief Technology Officer – Safe Identity in Intel’s Security Group. He was President of PasswordBox, the leading digital identity company, leading up to the acquisition of PasswordBox by Intel. Previously Richard was Chairman and CEO of Enomaly, a pioneer and leader in the cloud computing and cloud security space, culminating in the acquisition of Enomaly by Virtustream in 2011. Virtustream was in turn acquired by EMC, and then Dell. Before that he was the founder and CEO/CTO of Assurent Secure Technologies, a cybersecurity SaaS company that was acquired in 2006. Subsequent to the acquisition of Assurent, he served as Chief Security & Technology Officer at TELUS. He’s often quoted by the press, and has appeared on the cover of CIO Magazine, as well as frequent appearances in media such as the New York Times, CBS, NBC, USA Today, etc. and hundreds of technology publications. Richard holds a Ph.D. and numerous patents in the fields of cloud and software security. He also climbs the occasional mountain.

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Dr. Ben Meng

Dr. Yu (Ben) Meng has two decades of experience working in the global finance industry across three continents. His career has been a systematic accumulation of product knowledge of all major asset classes through the various roles he has held in both the sell side and buy side that culminated with his most recent roles as the DCIO at State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and CIO at California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), which are the largest asset owners in the world and in the US.

His holistic investment experience spans the gamut of various investment dimensions. In geographic markets, he has worked in Asia, Europe and the US. In approach, he is a “Quantimental.” He has both a bottom-up and a top-down experience that represents the perfect blend of the quantitative and fundamental approaches. In investment horizon, he has a deep knowledge about fast money investment as well as experience with asset owners with decades long time horizon. Finally, in managing pools of assets, he has been at the helm of two of the largest asset owners in the world with respectful performance, which demonstrates his investment acumen and leadership skills to successfully lead these organizations. He is a leader with the highest level of integrity with an approach of cohesive team building and the ability to positively turn around an organization’s culture and financial performance.

In additional to his professional pursuits, Dr. Meng finds the time to also actively engaged with the academic community. He believes that great investment ideas often originate from the academic community. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Investment Management (JOIM) and frequently teaches at top business schools globally such as Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the recipient of the 2014 Cheit Award of Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Meng holds a Master of Financial Engineering degree from Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of California at Davis.

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Denis Musson

Denis Musson is a Senior Advisor at Sagard Holdings.

Denis was Senior VP, Group General Counsel & CSR and Company Secretary of the French SBF 120 listed company Imerys, jointly controlled by the Desmarais/Frère families. During 20 years, he contributed in his area of responsibility to the external growth, geographic expansion and organization of Imerys. Growing revenues from €1 to 4,6 billion, Imerys has become the world leader in industrial minerals processing. He continues to assist Imerys as Special Advisor to its Board. Prior to joining Imerys, he had spent 12 years as Corporate & Securities international lawyer at the French international aluminium group Pechiney.

He provides strategic assistance to legaltechs like Softlaw (France) and promotes digital solutions for the legal industry. He is also advising companies on Governance, M&A and management of complex legal matters, and alternative dispute resolutions.

He has been serving on the board and advisory committees of various companies, joint ventures and organizations across the world. He is engaged in non-profit activities for the legal industry, including as President (2013-2016) and director of the French association of General Counsels (Montesquieu Circle) and of “Paris, City of Law”.

He holds a Master in Business and Tax laws from the University Paris 2 (France) and a LLM from the University of Pennsylvania (United States).

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David Denison

Mr. Denison is a corporate director with extensive experience in the financial services industry. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Denison was President of Fidelity Investments Canada Limited. He has also held a number of senior positions in the investment banking, asset management and consulting sectors in Canada, the United States and Europe. Mr. Denison serves as chair of Element Fleet Management Corporation, and as a director of The Royal Bank of Canada and BCE Inc. He is also a member of the Investment Board and International Advisory Committee of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation, is an Advisor to Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, and co-chairs the University of Toronto Investment Committee. Mr. Denison was a past Chair of Hydro One Limited, Bentall Kennedy Inc., The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and Bridgepoint Hospital, Vice-Chair of Sinai Health System, and a director of York University, The United Way of Greater Toronto, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Mr. Denison earned Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University in 2016.

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