Advisory Board

George H. Billings ’72
Since 1987, Mr. Billings has been the president of Billings & Co., a management consulting firm focused on the wireless communications and related industries. Mr. Billings also served as chief operating officer from March 1998 to June 1998 and as chief executive officer from June 1998 to May 1999 of Silicon Wireless, Ltd., a developer of wireless communication technology. In addition, from May 1992 to May 1997, Mr. Billings served first as the chief operating officer and later as vice chairman of Radio Movil Digital Americas, Inc., a wireless dispatch communications company with investments in South America. Previously, Mr. Billings served as general manager of the Washington-Baltimore Cellular Telephone Partnership (d/b/a Cellular One), and as vice president of Corporate Development of the Communications Satellite Corporation. Mr. Billings additionally serves on the board of Avid Technology, a public company, where he is chair the Audit committee.


Maria Carkovic
Ms. Carkovic is the director of Brown’s program in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship. Prior to Brown, she worked for the International Monetary Fund for 12 years and is author to dozens of well-respected articles on international trade and monetary policy.


Katherine Cohen Ph.D. ’89
Dr. Cohen graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1989; she also holds a master’s degree and earned a Ph.D. in 1997. She is the founder of Ivywise, an organization committed to helping students identify and gain admission to their ideal schools. Besides the founding of Ivywise, she is also the author of two books on college admissions.


Jon Cohen ’87
Mr. Cohen is an experienced entrepreneur and principal of the Newport Hotel Group, which he co-founded in 1993 with Douglas Cohen. He is an adjunct lecturer in engineering; he has recently become an instructor of the popular EN 9: “Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Organizations.”


Steve Glenn ’88
Mr. Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC. For the past several years, Glenn has been working with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation as a volunteer on a variety of projects. Glenn is founder and former CEO of PeopleLink, and also a partner and founding member team of Idealab. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio. Before Disney, he was the vice president of the Entertainment Group at SimGraphics Engineering. Glenn began his technology career in college, when he co-founded Clearview Software (later sold to Apple Computer). He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in organizational behavior from Brown University, and received a scholarship for the Career Discovery Program in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Glenn was a co-founder and serves on the board of the Sustainable Business Council, Kaia Parker Dance Fund, and the Hope Street Group. He is also a member of the board of directors of LA Works, and is a trustee for Alternative Living for the Aging.


Elizabeth Hamburg ’86
Ms. Hamburg is a “serial entrepreneur” with experience launching innovative new businesses in areas of communications, technology and media. She is the founder and president of Upstart Ventures, consulting to and incubating early stage companies.  Through Upstart, she has been involved in the startup of 15 new businesses including her latest venture, ApplyWise, an online college admissions counseling company. She is the co-host on WOR radio of “New York Uncovered” and“Launchpad”, a weekly radio segment focusing on entrepreneurs and small business. Hamburg was also one of the founding managers and director of the Board of Vimpel Communications (NYSE:VIP). Liz received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is a director of the Board of Safe Space and a founding board member of the Brown EP. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Columbia Business School’s Eugene Lang Entrepreneur Initiative Fund. She is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and small businesses.


 Alan Harlam                                                                                                                                      Alan Harlam is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University.  In that role, he launched the Social Innovation Initiative (SII) that provides support and resources to incubate innovative social ventures including several that have been recognized by Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards, William James Foundation, Mulago Foundation, Do Something & the Dell Social Innovation Competition work as a social entrepreneur is informed by his 20 years as a consultant, turnaround manager, and community volunteer.  He currently serves on the boards of City Year Rhode Island, Social Venture Partners of RI, and Generation Citizen, as well as an advisor to Gardens for Health International, Real Food Challenge, Mali Health Organizing Project, Public Trust Project, Runa, and The School Fund.


Randy Haykin ’85
Randy Haykin has been a managing director at Outlook for the past nine years, after co-founding the firm in 1996. Prior to Outlook, Haykin held various senior sales and marketing positions in the high technology arena over the past 19 years with high-profile companies such as Yahoo!, Viacom, Paramount, BBN, IBM, and Apple Computer. Haykin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational studies from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business. He is the author of “Demystifying Multimedia” (Random House, 1993). He is on the governing board of Opportunity International, a non-profit that provides micro-loans for 3rd World countries and the board of the American Cancer Society.


Barrett Hazeltine
Barrett Hazeltine is a graduate of Princeton University, BSE (1953), MSE (1956), and the University of Michigan Ph.D. (1962). He was a professor of engineering at Brown University. He is now Professor Emeritus but continues to teach at Brown. In 1991-1992, Hazeltine held the Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Baylor University. From 1972 to 1992, he was also associate dean of the College at Brown. He has taught or consulted in many universities around the world. In 1965, he was with the Space and Information Systems Division of Raytheon Corporation. Hazeltine has consulted for several engineering companies and for the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, the New Jersey Department of Higher Education and the United States Naval Academy. He was president of the Providence Engineering Society and chairman of the Providence Section of the IEEE. He was vice-chair of the Council for Understanding of Technology in Human Affairs. He is a trustee of Stevens Institute of Technology and on advisory committees at Baylor University, Roger Williams University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Michael Joukowsky ’87
Mr. Joukowsky is a graduate of Brown University and received his MBA from Babson College. Currently, he is the CEO of a private investment firm specializing in domestic and international value-oriented investments. In addition, he is a general partner in Sterling Stamos Private Equity Fund, LP (A Fund of Funds) Private Equity. Joukowsky has been member of the President’s Leadership Council since its inception in 2004. He has also been a member of the Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council since 2002 and an Entrepreneurship Program advisory board member since 1999. He is a co-founder of the Entrepreneurship Forum and continues to participate in this annual effort. He participated in the development of the Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies and currently serves as co-chair of the fundraising committee. Since 1987, Joukowsky has been a member of the Brown University Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Department and he teaches a section of Engineering 9.

Robby Klaber ’07

Robby Klaber graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2007 and was the only student in his class to graduate both Phi Beta Kappa and win the Joslin Award, which is awarded to seniors for outstanding leadership.  He was EP Vice-President in his junior year and Co-President in his senior year.  Klaber was awarded the Craig Cambridge Scholarship and earned an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in England.   He has worked at Neuberger Berman, a $200B asset management firm formerly part of Lehman Brothers; City Light Capital, a venture capital firm; and Parnassus Investments, a fundamental, value-oriented investment firm in San Francisco.  Klaber is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School.


Angus Kingon                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Angus Kingon is a physical chemist, engineer, materials scientist, inventor, management professor, and entrepreneur. In July 2008, he began a three-year appointment as COE director, he is also the co-director of the Engineering Master’s in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, PRIME, and has been instrumental in launching the Brown-IE Executive MBA program. His background in both materials technology and business management is evident in his 300 refereed papers, seven books and six book chapters. A fellow of the American Ceramic Society, fellow of the Center for Innovation Management Studies, and the Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educator of 2006, he served as senior chief scientist at the National Physical Research Laboratory in South Africa from 1977to 1983 and was a founding member of South Africa’s National Institute for Materials Research from 1983 to 1987.

Charlie Kroll ’01
Charlie Kroll is the President & CEO of Andera, Inc. Kroll founded Andera in 2000 with the vision of helping clients leverage Web-based technology as a tool for sales and growth. Today, that vision is keenly focused on fundamentally improving the way financial institutions acquire customers. As President, Kroll is the architect of Andera’s corporate and product strategy and is responsible for driving the company’s growth through innovation, alliances, and an unyielding commitment to unanimous client satisfaction. He is a frequent speaker at bank and credit union conferences nationwide, serves on the Board of Advisors of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program, and was recently named 2006 New England Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). Prior to founding Andera, Kroll worked for Morgan Stanley in their New York and London offices. Kroll received an A.B. from Brown University and a General Course Degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science.


Heidi Messer ’92
Heidi served as President of LinkShare Corporation, a worldwide leader in affiliate network and search engine marketing. Linkshare was acquired by Japanese portal Rakuten for $425 million in cash. Under her leadership, LinkShare has grown exponentially and earned the rare honor of being recognized by Deloitte & Touche as New York’s fastest growing technology company in both 2002 and 2003. Heidi has also overseen LinkShare’s expansion into international markets and other areas of performance-based marketing, including search engine optimization, media tracking and partnership data analysis. A frequent speaker at industry events around the world and an acknowledged authority on performance marketing, Heidi has served on the board of Shop.org. Prior to joining LinkShare, Heidi was an associate at the law firm of Baker & Botts, L.L.P. She earned a B.A. from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, her paper entitled “Copyright and Censorship: Regulating the Electronic Frontier,” which she presented to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, was published in the working papers at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and the Virtual Institute of Information.


Josef Mittlemann ’72
Josef Mittlemann is currently the Clinical Professor in the Division of Engineering at Brown University. He has been teaching at Brown since 2001. Before that he founded his own real estate development and management companies. He teaches and has created courses focusing on management and operations of business and non profit organizations, decision making, entrepreneurship and technology management, real estate covering all aspects of urban and suburban land development, social enterprise and late adolescent-early adult life/work transition. He has been a Visiting Scholar, Visiting Fellow, Adjunct Lecturer and Executive in Residence in Engineering. He sits on the President’s Advisory Committee. In December 2003, he won Brown’s Undergraduate Student Council Teaching Excellence Award. A graduate of Brown, he chaired the Careers and Networks Committee of the BAA Board of Governors for 5 years. In 2004 he was appointed COO of the World Trade Center rebuilding efforts for the leaseholder. He sits on the Board of the Entrepreneurship Program at Brown as well as recent Brown alumni start ups. He was a co-writer of the COE concentration and several of its new courses. He co-founded Career Week for which he won an alumni service award. Mittlemann is now back teaching full time at Brown.

Young M. Peck ’07

Young served as EP co-president during 2006-2007.  He is currently an analyst at Alatus Capital, a European-focused long-biased hedge fund.  Prior to joining Alatus, he worked for the 8th US Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea as part of his military service requirement.  Previously, he was an analyst at Blavin & Company, a multi-billion dollar value-oriented hedge fund which invested in a concentrated portfolio across the capital structure.  While at Blavin, he assisted in evaluating equity investments across all industries and was responsible for modeling, financial statement analysis, and due diligence.  Young earned a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors.  He studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) during his junior year and was a committee member of the LSE Business Society.


Thomas J. Pincince ’86
Tom Pincince currently serves as the president and CEO of Brix Networks. The founder of New Oak Communications, he has previously acted as director of Forrester Research’s Network Strategy Service. As a high-tech industry analyst, he covered the commercial use of the Internet, the market for corporate intranets, and the opportunities for private data services over the public Internet. Pincince has also worked in several engineering and marketing positions at Boston-area technology companies.

A member of the Massachusetts Network Communications Council’s Board of Directors, Pincince was chosen as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s 2003 New England Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2002, the editors of the Boston Business Journal included him in that publication’s Fifth Annual “40 Under 40” list. Pincince graduated from Brown University with a ScB, with honors.


Deborah Schimberg ’79
Deborah Schimberg is a serial social entrepreneur. After graduating from Brown in 1979, she started the Southside Community Land Trust, a nonprofit urban environmental organization in Providence, and subsequently, founded the International Charter School, a dual language immersion elementary public school in Pawtucket, RI. She’s also founded and is the CEO of Verve, inc., makers of Glee all-natural chewing gum, and the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island, an organization of private sector people who help nonprofit organizations to develop and grow earned income ventures. She is also an adjunct lecturer of social entrepreneurship at Brown. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University.


John Sculley ’61
John Sculley is a Venture Partner at Rho Ventures. Prior to joining Rho as a Venture Partner in 2004, Mr. Sculley worked at Sculley Brothers LLC, a private investment firm that he founded in 1995. Previously, Mr. Sculley was CEO of Apple Computer from 1983 until 1993. For the five years prior to joining Apple, Mr. Sculley was President and CEO of Pepsi. During this time, the ‘Pepsi Generation’ and ‘Pepsi Challenge’ marketing campaigns propelled Pepsi into the largest selling packaged good product in America. Mr. Sculley received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. John is co-founder and board member of InPhonic, Identrust, Radiospire, and TelloCorp and Verified Person. Other current and recent board seats include MetroPCS, Hotwire, Pinnacor, NFO Research, and OpenPeak.


Stephen F. Siegel Sc.M. ’83, Ph.D. ’85
Stephen Siegel is the founder of Coney Island Ventures, a co-founder of Building2 Investments, and the former chairman of Andera. He also co-founded and sat on the board of directors of FSJ, which was later sold to IMRglobal. Earlier in his career, he operated the U.S. business for Fusion Systems Group, which numbered 77 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies. A past advisor to Simpli.com, Siegel also serves on the boards of The Glimpse Foundation and Slater Interactive. He has been a judge for the Brown University Elevator Speech Competition, the Brown University New Venture Competition, and the Bryant College Best Idea Challenge. He holds a B.S. from Brooklyn College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. from Brown University.


Ian Spector ’09                                                                                                                                           Ian Spector graduated from Brown in 2009 where he studied cognitive neuroscience and served as co-president of EP from 2008-2009. In 2005, he created the infamous “Chuck Norris Facts” internet phenomenon which has since generated billions of page views and international recognition. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of the companion series of four books (published by Gotham/Penguin) with over 750,000 copies in print worldwide. Ian is the CEO of PostcardsAnywhere, and he also offers creative strategy consulting services through his company, What is Awesome LLC and has spoken on a number of topics at venues including the 140 Characters Conference (NYC), Stanford University, and The University of Chicago School of Law.


Emily Spivack ’00                                                                                                                              Emily Spivack’s work spans social innovation, culture, and fashion. She is the editor-in-chief of PopTech, a network of world-changing people, projects, and ideas. Prior to that, she was the director of Dowser, a media organization covering news and stories about social change. She’s also the editor of Sentimental Value, an online collection of interesting anecdotes people tell about clothing in eBay posts, and Worn Stories, a collection of stories about clothing and memory.  Emily founded Shop Well with You, a body-image resource for women with cancer, after winning the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program business plan competition. She graduated from Brown with Honors in 2001 with a degree in Art/Semiotics. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Jeffrey M. Stibel ’99
Jeff Stibel is currently the President and a member of the Board of Directors of Web.com (NASDAQ: WWW). Mr. Stibel was part of the founding management team at United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), a technology company that owns and operates leading web services, including NetZero, Juno, and Classmates.com. Prior to United Online, Mr. Stibel was founder, Chairman and CEO of Simpli.com, a search and marketing technology company currently owned by ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK). He serves on the board of directors for Web.com, Autobytel (NASDAQ: ABTL) and several private companies. He also serves on the Board of Brown University’s Entrepreneurship Program and Tufts University’s Gordon Center for Leadership. Mr. Stibel has authored numerous academic and trade articles on a variety of subjects and is the named inventor on the US patent for search engine interfaces. He received a Master’s degree from Brown University and studied Business and Brain Science at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and at Brown University, where he was a Brain and Behavior Fellow.


Anthony Terrell Teat ’88
Anthony Teat is the current CEO and creative director of Masai Interactive. Before founding his graphic-design company in Largo, Maryland, he worked at IBM.  With Masai, he continues to design logos, Web sites, and brochures, as well as create large-format signs and posters through The Idea Factory, a subsidiary.  Graduating from Brown University with a degree in engineering, Teat has nearly 20 years of combined experience in graphic design, Web development and project management.


Jerome Vascellaro ’74
Mr. Vascellaro is a partner of TPG, the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining TPG in 2006, Mr. Vascellaro was a senior Director at McKinsey & Company. During his 28 years at McKinsey & Company, he served clients in a range of industries in the United States and Europe to improve the effectiveness of their organizations, develop strategies for entering new businesses and markets, and turn around troubled businesses. In addition, Mr. Vascellaro held several leadership and management positions at McKinsey & Company where he was responsible for worldwide activities, including oversight of critical personnel activities and the partner personnel processes. Before business school, Mr. Vascellaro worked for General Electric Company in manufacturing positions across the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science in engineering and economics from Brown University, where he graduated with highest honors, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Mr. Vascellaro is Vice Chancellor of the Board of Trustees and Fellows of Brown University and co-chairs Brown’s Comprehensive Campaign. In addition, Mr. Vascellaro is past President of the Brown Alumni Association and past National Chair of the Brown Annual Fund. He is also a board member of the Echoing Green Foundation that supports exceptional leaders and the organizations that are solving deep-rooted social problems and a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences.



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