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Senior Capital Markets Associate
Keerthika M. Subramanian is a Senior Capital Markets Associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in Boston, and as of Fall 2019, a visiting clinical lecturer at Yale Law School where she will teach “Biotechnology Capital Markets.” She previously practiced corporate and securities law in both New York City and Silicon Valley and is a member of the State Bars of California, Massachusetts and New York.
Her practice focuses on complex corporate transactions such as initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture financings, and bond offerings, with an emphasis on advising clients in the following industries: biotechnology/life sciences, technology and financial services. In her securities practice, she primarily represents investment banks in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings. In 2016, she advised the underwriters on a third of the six initial public offerings (IPOs) of San Francisco Bay Area-based technology companies.
She is a global thought leader on data privacy and cybersecurity. Along with C-level executives of Fortune 500 companies, she is a founding member of the IEEE Fair Trade Data Initiative, the first effort of its kind worldwide to develop a set of global standards governing the fair trade of inherent human and personal data. She is also a Fellow at Hu.manity.co, a data privacy startup. In June 2019, she led the transatlantic steering committee in the successful planning and execution of “Disruptive Dilemmas: Cyber Crisis Simulation Exercise,” the largest side event at the GLOBSEC 2019 Bratislava Forum, a top 5 international security conference worldwide. The groundbreaking event was co-sponsored by, among others, NATO, Global Cyber Alliance and the European Cyber Research Resilience Network. She is a 2017-2018 German Marshall Memorial Fellow.
She is a 2011 graduate of Yale Law School and a 2007 graduate of Emory, which she graduated from in three years and attended on a merit scholarship as a member of the Emory Scholars Program.
Follow her on Twitter: @ksub518
Founder and CEO
Avion Consulting Group
Kristen has over a decade of experience working in the capital markets and global consulting spaces. She specializes in forging strategic partnerships and facilitating international investments in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, fintech, real estate and technology. Working through a carefully-cultivated network of key decision makers and market leaders in a variety of industries and locations throughout the world, her efforts have produced hundreds of millions of dollars in cross-border investments and increased revenue for clients.
Prior to founding Avion in 2016, Kristen spent several years working in international business consulting and capital markets, before moving into private equity, where she built two global private equity funds in the real estate and healthcare spaces. Her frequent travels overseas to present to investors and business executives, led her to serve as an invited speaker and panelist at industry events on the topics of international marketing, business development, foreign investment, and capital raising.
A leader in her local community, Kristen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of a language-immersion primary school. She was also tapped to receive the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship through the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS), which she completed in 2018. Kristen is a current Advisor and Acceleration Committee Member of Fintech4Good, as well as a Fellow for Hu-Manity.org. She is also a founding committee member and current co-chair of a women on corporate boards training initiative backed by GMFUS.
She is an alumna of Baldwin Wallace University, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Economics, International Studies, and French.
Follow her on Twitter: @LaughlinKristen
Nadja El Fertasi
CEO/Founder of Nadja El Fertasi
EQ (Emotional Intelligence) Coaching & Consulting, Brussels, Belgium.
Nadja most recently worked as a Senior Executive at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA). NCIA is NATO’s Executive Arm for Cyber Defence. Drawing upon her nearly two decades of experience in a variety of leadership and policy planning positions at NATO, Nadja now helps diverse individuals and organizations around the globe navigate and maximize their EQ potential. Having closely worked with people from over 40 countries during her tenure at NATO, Nadja is uniquely skilled in fostering trust and understanding among diverse, global stakeholders in both the public and private sectors across various industries.
Nadja’s clients include both individuals and organizations in the public and private sector (including small and medium enterprises and start-ups) and she offers a broad suite of services, ranging from personality type and strength-based life coaching for individuals to helping organizations design programs designed to promote soft skill development, resilience, stress management, managing unconscious bias and fostering empathy in the work place.
Nadja offers all of her clients the EQ-i 2.0 model assessment which is the only scientifically validated survey on emotional intelligence in the world. Nadja is a creative and passionate problem solver and believes that a one size fits all approach does not work – she is committed to tailoring and customizing her services to meet her clients’ unique needs.
Nadja possesses the latest credentials in the emotional intelligence space, and trained with leading experts in the field. She is a licensed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, a certified EQ-i 2.0 coach by Multi Health System (MHS) Inc. Assessments, and a Certified Digital Marketer by the Digital Marketing Institute in Dublin, Ireland.
A proven leader, Nadja is an alumna of the 2014 NATO Executive Development Programme, an alumna of the 2018 German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program sponsored by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and a Steering Committee member for Women in International Security Brussels.
Nadja is the Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Steering Committee for “Disruptive Dilemmas: Cyber Crisis Simulation Exercise, the largest side-event at the GLOBSEC 2019 Bratislava Forum, a top 5 international security conference worldwide.
Nadja is a post-graduate from the University of Cambridge in International Relations. She is fluent in English, Dutch, Arabic, and French and proficient in Italian and German.
Nadja is happily divorced and her greatest gift in life is her six-year old son Adam. They live their potential every single day and enjoy each moment of their human experience in the digital age. In her spare time, Nadja enjoys creative writing, meditation and yoga.
Follow her on Twitter: @NadjaElfertasi
Dr. David A. Bray
Executive Director, People-Centered Internet coalition
Faculty, Impact & Disruption at Singularity University
Since 2017, Dr. Bray has served as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition co-founded by Vint Cerf and focused on providing support and expertise for community-focused projects that measurably improve people’s lives using the Internet. Dr. Bray is both a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Faculty Member for Singularity University focused on Impact and Disruption. He also is Chief Strategy Officer for the advanced geospatial company MapLarge and serves on the advisory boards of companies espousing human-centric solutions in a rapidly changing world. He also is a member of the Social Data Science Advisory Board at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Business Insider named Dr. Bray one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World under 40” and he is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Human-Machine Cognition. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, humanitarian efforts in 2009, Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission on research and development in 2013, and as a non-partisan Senior Executive where he received the global CIO 100 Award in both 2015 and 2017. He also was named an Eisenhower Fellow and a Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe focused on Trans-Atlantic relations.
Follow his organization on Twitter: @PCI_Initiative