Mr. Denny Chared started his career as a financial journalist and as an economist and was one of the first online financial journalists in Israel working for Globes business daily. In 2003, Mr. Chared founded DC Finance. Since its inception, the firm has grown to produce and raise capital for more than 30 conferences each year attended by thousands of business professionals from Israel and abroad. DC Finance is Israel’s leading financial conference organizer reaching high net worth individuals, institutional investors and the top managements of Israel’s eminent business community. DC Finance (www.dc-finance.com) builds an international network of high net worth individuals, family offices, and investors for mutual growth and support through first tier events worldwide. DC Finance is leading financial conferences in the US, UK and Israel reaching over 1,000 families worldwide who represent over 300 Billion USD.
Under Adil’s leadership, WorldLink has grown from 1 employee to over 1,200 in offices throughout the world. WorldLink’s recognition from Inc., Deloitte, and others can be attributed to its Cloud & Data/Analytics Consulting, Talent Solutions, and Managed Services to some of the world’s largest corporations. WorldLink takes a unique approach in its Consulting arms, partnering with leading start-ups to bring the most cutting-edge technology to its clients. As CEO, has driven WorldLink’s vision and direction. The technology world has benefitted through his leadership, as WorldLink has developed valuable use cases in emerging areas such as Big Data/Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Blockchain applications. Adil has also placed a large bet on extending quality of life through the use of technology. As recognition for his WorldLink vision, Adil was a 2016 Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Southwest region.
Adil is also highly active in the private equity space because he is constantly immersed in new technologies. He finds tremendous value in sharing his entrepreneurial expertise directly with his peers. Adil feels it is important to give back to the entrepreneur community by providing guidance and funding, which acts as a catalyst for success. As a result, he has sponsored numerous incubator-type organizations to help graduate the next generation of entrepreneurs. His latest innovations have taken root in the area of the Family Office, where Adil is blending investment and charitable contributions in an unprecedented way in order to give birth to the next wave of socially conscious investors. His strong mission and vast network from Government Leaders in areas of need to leading Silicon Valley VCs have enabled Adil a valuable platform to create paradigm shifts to further improve our innovation ecosystem.
Kent M. Swig is an owner of several real estate operating companies as well as commercial and residential real estate properties throughout the United States. His holdings and titles include the following:
Mr. Swig is President of Swig Equities, LLC, an investment and development firm focusing on the acquisition and development of real estate in New York City and California. Since 2001, Swig Equities has purchased and/or is in the process of developing in excess of $3 billion of properties including holdings in Downtown Manhattan’s FiDi (Financial District) neighborhood comprising of 110 William Street, a 910,000 square foot office building; 80 Broad Street, a 440,000 square foot office building; 90 Broad Street, a 400,000 square foot office building; 44 Wall Street, a 350,000 square foot office building; 48 Wall Street, a 324,000 square foot office building; 5 Hanover Square, a 335,000 square foot office building; 770 Lexington Avenue, a 175,000 square foot commercial office building located in Midtown Manhattan, among others. Swig Equities residential investments include The Sheffield, 322 West 57th Street, a 58‐story mixed‐use building comprising 582 residential units, 109,000 square feet of commercial office, 8,840 square feet of retail, and a 372‐car parking garage; 58 apartments within the 198 unit residential building located at 401 East 89th Street; among others.
Terra Holdings, LLC
Mr. Swig is an Owner and Co‐Chairman of Terra Holdings, LLC, the largest privately owned real estate service company in the United States that owns and operates several residential real estate service firms including Brown Harris Stevens, one of the oldest and largest residential real estate service providers operating in New York City, the Hamptons, North Fork, Palm Beach, and Miami; Halstead Property Company, a residential brokerage and management company comprised of more than 1,000 brokers in 32 offices throughout the New York Metropolitan Area; and Vanderbilt Holdings, a service firm with disciplines in appraisal and consulting and insurance. The combination of Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead Property Company annually sell more than $9 billion of apartments and townhouses, and the company’s management divisions manage over 450 buildings comprising more than 30,000 residential units.
Helmsley Spear, LLC
Mr. Swig is the Owner and serves as President of Helmsley Spear, LLC, a leader in commercial real estate focusing on third party office and retail leasing, asset and property management, investment sales, hotel services, and capital advisory services. The company,
originally founded in 1866, is America’s oldest, continually operating real estate company, with the legendary Harry Helmsley assuming ownership in the late 1930s. Mr. Swig purchased the company in 2007.
Falcon Pacific Construction, LLC
Mr. Swig is also the Owner of Falcon Pacific Construction, LLC, a company responsible for the construction, renovation and repositioning of both ground‐up and interior projects.
Fulcrum Equities, LLC
Mr. Swig serves as President of Fulcrum Equities, LLC a single family Office (“SFO”) that coordinates Mr. Swig’s family business and interests, and is an investor in real estate, operating companies, and may other types of investments. Working both with Mr. Swig’s capital and those of other investors, Fulcrum Equities brings an “owner’s eye and perspective” to its investment practices. In addition, Fulcrum Equities provides such services as asset management and investment monitoring for all if its investment portfolio.
The Swig Company
Finally, Mr. Swig is an Owner and Principal of The Swig Company, a family‐owned real estate and hotel company based in San Francisco and New York that was founded in 1936. The Swig Company’s portfolio includes over 10 million square feet of prime commercial office space throughout the United States as well as The San Jose Fairmont Hotel, one of the more than 50 hotels that comprise the prestigious Fairmont Hotels chain.
Prior to his current positions, Mr. Swig served as Executive Vice President of The Macklowe Organization and specifically as President of Manhattan Pacific Management Company, Inc. where he oversaw the operation and leasing of a portfolio of more than 45 residential and commercial buildings in New York and Los Angeles with a market value in excess of $2 billion. Prior to that, Mr. Swig was Vice President of Swig, Weiler & Dinner Development Company, San Francisco, (now known as The Swig Company), where he worked extensively with the company’s Fairmont Hotels Group and directly oversaw the development, acquisition, financing, and management of the firm’s portfolio of commercial office space.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese History from Brown University, Providence, R.I., Mr. Swig attended Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, where he was selected for the Law Review.
Mr. Swig resides in Manhattan with his two sons.
Civic and Professional Organization Memberships
Board of Directors of the Municipal Arts Society (MAS), 2007 – present.
Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association (RPA), 2016 – present.
Board of Directors of the Alliance for Downtown New York, 2005 – present.
Board of Directors of the Realty Foundation, 1995 – present.
Board of Governors of the Association of Builders and Owners of New York (ABO),
1989 – present.
Board of Directors of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) 1996 – 2001,
2003 – 2010.
Board of Directors of the Corporate and Congressional Division of The United
Nations Associations of the United States of America (UNA‐USA), 1989 – 1995.
Board of Directors of the New York Building Congress, 1988 – 1994.
Charitable Organization Memberships
International Board of Directors of The State of Israel Bonds, 2002 – present.
Board of Trustees of Central Synagogue, 2005 – 2015
President of The American Friends of the Jaffa Institute, 1990 – present.
Chairman of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the State of Israel Bonds,
2001 – 2009.
Board of Directors of Marin Academy High School, in San Rafael, CA, 1984 – 1987.
Honors and Awards
Visionary Award given by Magen David Adom, 2017
Chabad/Lubavitch Youth Organization Honoree at The Grand National Testimonial
Honoree of the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW), 2008.
Hero Award given by the Police Museum of New York, 2007.
Man of the Year Award given by the Realty Foundation of New York, 2005.
Israel’s Peace Medal given by The State of Israel Bonds, 2003.
Man of the Year Award given by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York, 2000
Wendy currently holds the position of Chief Operating Office of Favara, LLC, a family office focused on real estate but allocating to other sectors which include pharmaceuticals, venture and certain areas of the tech industry. The family office serves three generations of the family and is based in New York City.
Previously, Ms. Craft held the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fulcrum Equities, LLC, a single family office that invests in real estate and operating companies on its behalf. The office handles the holdings of a real estate family and also co-invests with other family offices on a variety of projects around the world.
Previous to that, Ms. Craft worked with the Schneider Family serving as their Vice President and General Counsel and assisted them in separating the existing family office from the family’s operating company. The Schneider Family is a prominent real estate family in New York and has a foundation that serves children’s charities around the world.
Having received her BA from Kalamazoo College MI, Ms. Craft continued her education at Thomas Cooley Law School with a concentration in international law. She also received the American Jurisprudence Prize Award in Conflict of Laws. She then attended Georgetown University Law School and attained her LL.M. in Taxation.
Additionally, she is a member of many Family Office Associations. She has served on the Advisory Board for Family Office Exchange. She has also served as a committee member for the NYSSCPA Family Office Committee in New York and serves on the Steering Committee for the NYU Sterns Family Office Council. She is a frequent speaker on Family Office Topics in the United States and abroad.
Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici was born in Catanzaro, Italy in the region of Calabria on November 17, 1975. His father is Alessandro de’ Medici who is descended from the famous Florentine Family. His mother is Kristina Kuharska , a descendant of Polish princes, who gave him a catholic education and inspired the young Lorenzo to apply himself to charitable causes.
He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Salerno and argued his Thesis on the History of the Church.
At a young age, Prince Lorenzo involved himself in humanitarian organizations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia where he saw much human suffering caused by diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and AIDS.
He funded the Polish Cemetery in Cassino, building its little Chapel. His family has also restored the Martirano Lombardo Church in Italy. He is a Knight of the Martirano Order and General Prior of the St. Martin of Beatitudes Order.
Prince Lorenzo’s family, well-known for its philanthropy and efforts to help Polish Catholics, had the honor to welcome Pope John Paul II during his visit to Calabria.
Among its ancestors, the de’ Medici Family has three Popes: Leo X, Clemente II and Pius IV and two French queens: Mary and Catherine de’ Medici.
Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici has lived in many American and Russian cities where he opened his mind to an international vision of existence and a practical living sense and approach to relationships and culture.
His Maxim is: Let’s make the Nobility a useful service to the less fortunate.
Prince Lorenzo resides in both Rome and Los Angeles with his wife, Rosemary, and baby girl, Maddalena.
PROFESSIONAL, CULTURAL, AND HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES
Trade business models for Italian Companies: tourism “European Beach Resort” (Italy).
European Sales Manager of DREAMHUMMER advanced technologies for the defense industry. (Washington – USA)
Business Intelligence Manager: opening new markets, Ferrari Shop, Ferrari (Maranello)
Marketing Manager of the Hotel Caposuvero Congress Center (Calabria).
“Tribeca Film Festival” cultural section’s marketing manager and sponsor (NY-USA).
Business Developer : “Ortas Group” big buildings and logistics (Istanbul – Turkey)
Luxury trademarks development: Massimo TRULLI (Rome).
“Labortas and Karcova” – Jewelry industry’s global sales Responsible . (Kiev – USA)
“Northern Arts Entertainment” for film distribution’s Responsible .(USA).
Promoter /Organizer of Art and Culture – Made in Italy international events.
Organization of “Italian week in Moscow” (Country Club Mohabina).
Italian fashion week in Kiev-Italian promotion.
Contact point for Hungarian and Province of Nograd (Hungary) Art and Culture’s development in Italy.
MIFF, Milan International Film Festival marketing planning and consulting.
MBA: in Fashion Design and Luxury Goods.
Master in Finance, specifically applied to the “made in Italy”. Alma Graduate School, Bologna.
Master in Company’s International Business Communication and media Management applied to international marketing.(Trent University of Nottingham, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Communications Academy in Milan).
Political Sciences Degree, international applicability (Salerno University). Degree’s Thesis on the History of the Church and Monastic Orders. Thesis on Argentine politics and studies on Renaissance History.
Movie Directing Academic Diploma (Rome Academy free University).
Movie Performances Academic Diploma at New York Film Academy (USA).
Hospitality Management Course (how to manage the attention to the customer) – MURREL (SOUTH AFRICA).
Voluntary and charitable activities in Zimbabwe with non-profit projects. (AFRICA)
Organization of campaigns to bring awareness of AIDS. (Amfar) CANNES-CALABRIA
Funds collecting for “Cold Harbor Laboratory and DNA Stuff” (scientific research on epilepsy and cancer). (NY-USA)
Knight of Catholic Order of Martirano (Calabria).
Gran Prior of St. Martin of Mount of the Beatitudes Order. (Rome)
Nikos Assanis is the President of Assanis Group, a sophisticated family office focused on direct investments and co-investments in sectors of high familiarity.
With international holdings spanning the energy, real estate, transportation, defense, and the venture capital/ private equity industries, the Group creates value by fostering mutual business benefit and synergy across industries.
The Group’s bespoke approach to opportunities is led by the desire for long-term partnerships and the executive vision set by the leadership team for a transformative and sustainable future. Assanis is engaged in global impact and philanthropic works and is advancing clean water initiatives seeking to revolutionize the world’s water problems.
He is also involved in multiple leadership roles and organizations, including the Milken Institute. Assanis is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.
Dick is the Founder and CEO of Matrix Private Capital Group. He is responsible for guiding the firm’s strategy and operations in addition to advising clients and portfolio companies’ senior management teams in developing and implementing corporate strategies. Dick is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers. He previously served as a member of the Business Council, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dick received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Sandro Salsano is an Italian self-made entrepreneur, businessman, investor and philanthropist.
His mother was a teacher and his father worked for the national railway company.
Sandro graduated from Bocconi University Milan with full honors with an MBA program from the University of San Diego California, he also studied at Harvard Business School, INCAE, Princeton and Oxford University.
He is a serial entrepreneur, in his early career he started or was a partner of several companies including an investment bank which sold a stake to Goldman Sachs, a factoring company, a UK Fca regulated hedge fund, a real estate company. He started investing in distressed real estate and technology from a very early age.
Sandro has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (YGL). This honor is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the most distinguished and inspiring leaders under the age of 40. Selection Committee is headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Past Young Global Leaders from around the world include Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Facebook Inc, Larry Page, Co-Founder & CEO, Google; Sergey Brin, Co-Founder/President, Google, Elon Musk, Chairman, Tesla Motors, Leonardo Di Caprio, actor, Jack Ma, founder Alibaba
He is a donor among others of the Elton John Foundation, Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, Amfar, Olga Sinclair Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Ofrece un Hogar, Aspen Institute, Prostate Cancer Foundation.
He set up Salsano Shahani Foundation with his wife Johanna Shahani to improve kids’ education in Central and Latin America.
Sandro is the Chairman for Panama of Global Dignity, a non-profit organization founded by H.H. Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway as well as he is part of the Academy of The Global Teacher Prize, founded by the Varkey Foundation, donating 1m usd a year to the best teacher in the world.
Sandro sits on the board of different companies as both a shareholder and as an advisor. He is also on the Steering Committee of 1640society, often referred as the Davos of the Hamptons, together with the Getty, Firestone, Kettering, Pitcairn, Bush, Kennedy & Forstmann families.
Andrea Catsimatidis serves as an executive of her family’s company, the Red Apple Group, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, which owns and operates interests in multiple industries including: energy, real estate, finance, insurance, supermarkets, and aviation. In addition to contributing to the leadership of the company as a whole, she also has specific responsibility as a Principal of Red Apple Real Estate, a member of Red Apple Group’s investment committee, Vice President of First Federal Guarantee Insurance Company, and Managing Director of Gristedes Supermarkets.
In September 2017, Andrea was elected Chair and CEO of the Manhattan Republican Party and was subsequently elected as a Vice Chair of the New York State Republican Party, in charge of representing all of New York City.
Andrea is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). She serves on the board of the DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation to promote children’s financial literacy and is actively involved in many other charities. Andrea graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Business Management and double minors in Political Science and Communications.
Kevin McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital. Through McGovern Capital and its affiliates, he has co-founded over twenty-five (25) companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, and he has been lead negotiator/principal in over fifteen (15) global joint ventures. McGovern Capital serves as an investment, strategy and licensing participant and advisor to global businesses. He owns McGovern & Associates which provided legal counsel to certain of the largest acquisition funds in the world.
McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US (sold to Pepsi), and McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon water purification filters, having invented and supplied PUR to P&G, the first end-of-tap filter to Brita, and the first refrigerator water filter to Electrolux. He also created the program, supervised and negotiated all licensing of Tristrata’s alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) patents, which technology was incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products, and is/was sold in approximately 84 countries. Mr. McGovern has spent well over the last decade working to provide clean drinking water to people with the worst water contamination issues (including bacteria, viruses, arsenic and lead). He serves/served on many public and private boards including The Sports Authority (Exec. Committee – NYSE).
McGovern Capital is also currently involved in several consumer technologies including innovative foods and beverages; several teams/organizations in e-Sports; and building wellness facilities for Native Indians.
McGovern is actively involved in the medical cannabis industry with numerous companies across the globe. He is Co-Chairman of Israel Plant Sciences which has numerous subsidiaries working on uniform seed breeding for all agricultural purposes and cutting edge drug solutions for intestinal bowel disease (IBD), addictions, and colon cancer. Kanativa and Intiva BioPharma develop cannabis related drug and medical solutions and Intiva BioPharma (Stock: NTVA) is a leader of orphan cannabis drug development. He is a member of the Board of WeedMD, a licensed Canadian medical marijuana producer and dispenser, which has one of its specialties to provide cannabis related healthcare to the elderly.
Mr. McGovern is also known for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC, which together with Forbes publishes a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter currently entitled The Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report. He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian (the world’s largest research and museum institution) and is a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumnus) of Cornell University (having served as the Co-Chairman of the Technology Transfer Committee and Co-Chairman of the Sports Task Force). He was recently (April 2018) appointed to the Cornell University-wide Committee on Research and Innovation. He also teaches a course on “Global Innovation and Commercialization” at the graduate business school at Cornell University and is a guest lecturer at Cornell NY Tech, Stanford (business lecturer and executive programs), MIT, ESCP Europe, NTU in Singapore, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. He also served as Chairman of Entrepreneurship@Cornell for over seven years. The McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in Life Sciences at Cornell University was recently acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Venture Development Centers in North America. In addition, he established the McGovern Fields at Cornell.
Mr. McGovern served on the Board of the US Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and was appointed (only foreigner) to the Expo’s Post-Development Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, providing assistance to families of policemen and firemen who die in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He also serves on the Board of Point Hope providing global assistance to orphans and is an Advisor to the Child Center of New York which strengthens the skills/opportunities and provides emotional support for 26,000 low income children in New York City.
Mr. McGovern has received numerous awards including the Cornell “Entrepreneur of the Year”, St. John’s University School of Law’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” and The East West Institute’s “Global Game Changer Award”. In addition, he received the 2013 Pioneer Award from the United Nation’s International Council for Caring Communities, the Luce Foundation honored him as its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, and he received the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the American Irish Historical Society.