At ICV Napa Valley 2015, we will bring visibility to sustainable companies and organizations front and center to an investment community that can advance corporate responsibility, capitalize businesses at significant levels, and influence systemic change in the world.

ICV Napa Valley 2015 is designed to deliver diverse content to Family Offices who are allocating their capital across asset classes; carefully examining the interconnected risks that may disrupt a well-thought-out portfolio designed for future generations; and, improving the wellbeing of humankind through their philanthropy.



Asia Macro Trends
  • Tal Haparnas, Managing Member of Robust Capital. Tal Haparnas is a family office executive, trader, and author who moved to Beijing from the United States over 10 years ago to capitalize on the country’s economic boom. Over the last decade Tal has established a broad and diverse network as a byproduct of his travels throughout Asia and by leveraging existing relationships within the political, economic and capital markets communities. Tal is the author of a newsletter furnished to institutional investors and family offices that provides timely insight of the global markets with an on-the-ground perspective from China.



  • Robert Horrocks, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of Matthews Asia, which provides investors with a range of Asia strategies across the risk-reward spectrum that accommodates varying objectives and tolerance for risk. Robert manages the firm’s Asian Growth and Income, Asia Dividend and Asia ex Japan Dividend Strategies. As Chief Investment Officer, Robert oversees the firm’s investment process and investment professionals and sets the research agenda for the investment team.
  • Andy Mantel, Founder and CEO of Pacific Sun Advisors, an independent investment advisor based in Hong Kong with an partner office in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. It specializes in alternative investments in Asia with a specific concentration in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Andy is the Founding Portfolio Manager for China’s first investment manager Shanghai International Asset Management, set up in 1992 and based in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Navigating Silicon Valley
  • Brett Hickey, CEO and Investment Committee Member of Star Mountain Capital, a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on the large and fragmented U.S. lower middle-market. Backed by some of the world’s most sophisticated institutional and high-net-worth investors, Star Mountain has developed a unique and proprietary platform to provide investors with highly diversified access to the attractive risk-reward opportunities available from established businesses that are not large enough to access the more efficient U.S. capital markets.
  • Trevor Kienzle, Founder and Managing Director of Correlation Ventures, a venture capital firm based in the United States with about US$330 million under management. The firm engages in investments only in the United States, does not take board seats, makes decisions within two weeks, and always “co-invests” with other investors rather than being the sole investor. Trevor helps lead the firm, manages its Bay Area office, and leads its Information Technology, Consumer, and Business Services investment practices. Trevor began his venture capital career in 1997. Prior to Correlation, Trevor was a Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital fund headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Investment Outlook: Healthcare

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment outlook and industry insights.

  • Michael Bator is Partner of Certus Advisory. Michael is the former Managing Director and Healthcare Research Analyst at Jennison Associates, a U.S. mutual fund and pension fund management company with assets over $150 billion, where he was responsible for evaluating and recommending public equity investments in the Medical Devices, European Pharmaceuticals, Managed Care, PBM, HCIT and Distribution sectors for the Large Cap Growth Funds.
  • Karen Drexler has 30 years of experience as a Life Science Executive and Entrepreneur. She was an early employee of LifeScan, helped build the company from zero to $1 billion in revenues and played an essential role in selling the company to Johnson & Johnson. She held operating and executive roles across LifeScan in marketing, sales, manufacturing operations and new product planning. After leaving LifeScan, Karen founded and ran Amira Medical, an innovative company in the diabetes space. She was President and CEO until she sold the company to Roche in 2001. During the past 14 years, Karen has held board member, board chair and acting CEO roles in numerous private and public medtech companies, several of which she also co-founded. Karen is currently a board observer and advisor to nVision, a women’s health device and diagnostic company, a board member and advisor to Naia, an innovative breast pump and mobile platform company, and a board member of Sandstone, which is developing an OTC male fertility test, all in the Bay Area. She is chair of the board of Hygieia, a health services company, and board member and chair of the compensation committee for diaDexus, a public diagnostics company.
  • Michael Meng is a Principal in the Healthcare Group of Apax Partners, a private equity investment group that manages approximately $46 billion in assets. Michael joined Apax Partners in 2008 and is currently based in New York. He is involved in a number of key deals including most recently Vyaire Medical, Ideal Protein, GENEX, and One Call Care Management. In addition, his past Apax deal experience includes TriZetto, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, and rue21. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Michael was a member of Lazard’s Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York, where he worked on pharma, biotech, and healthcare services M&A and financing transactions. He has also worked in investment banking in Hong Kong office of UBS. Michael holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
  • Dr. Joon Yun, President of Palo Alto Investors, an investment management firm founded in 1989 with $1.8 billion in assets invested in healthcare. Board certified in Radiology, Joon served on the clinical faculty at Stanford from 2000-2006. He received his B.A. from Harvard, M.D. from Duke Medical School, and clinical training at Stanford. Joon has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, and has published dozens of patents, scientific articles, and business essays. He is a contributor to Forbes, and is the health editor for Evolution magazine. Joon recently agreed to donate a $1million Palo Alto Prize to reverse the aging process.


Investment Outlook: Agriculture

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment outlook and industry insights.

  • William Mott, Senior Technical Advisor of Agland Investment Services, a global management and consulting firm focused on food security, agriculture, and natural resource management. Entrepreneurial by nature, Agland Investment Services has helped its public and private sector clients innovate the production, marketing, and sales of over 200 types of agricultural commodities in developing countries and throughout the United States. William Mott founded Agland in l976 to utilize his skills in developing countries after 12 years of management and marketing experience with two multi-national food processors, Libby, McNeill and Libby and Nestlé Corporation. While with Nestlé, he served as managing director of Nestlé’s processed fruit and vegetable joint venture in Japan. Mr. Mott has managed agricultural and food industry projects in over 20 countries, ranging from a 250,000 acre irrigation project in Iraq to consulting for the Clos du Val Winery in Napa Valley, California to sweet onion production and marketing in Peru. Along with three partners, he established the first cut flower export-producer and marketer in Colombia. The company became one of the largest flower exporters in Latin America with annual sales of over $100 million.
  • William Scott is Senior Technical Advisor of Agland Investment Services. Bill Scott is an agricultural economist with a broad background in international and domestic agribusiness consulting as well as natural resource and land use planning. Before joining Agland, Mr. Scott worked with several private consulting firms including Elliot Berg Associates and Louis Berger International. He also worked for the California Coastal Commission on agricultural land use issues. Mr. Scott has prepared financial feasibility studies for many types of agribusiness projects including a pineapple marketing project, fresh asparagus project, honeydew melon packing plant, packing and controlled atmosphere storage facility for apples, and joint venture between a U.S. marketing organization and a Mexican cut flower producer. He has analyzed markets for a broad range of agricultural products in both U.S. and foreign markets.
  • Tony Salas, PhD, has been active in the area of agribusiness startups, mergers, and acquisitions. He was instrumental in directing technical, commercial, and financial evaluations of over 200 medium and large size projects and companies in the food and agribusiness sector in the world, participating in projects sponsored by international donors and funding related to CAF, FAO, UNDP, WB, IDB, KFW, OECD, IFC, AECI, JICA, GIZ and USAID. He is an expert in agribusiness strategy and considered a very influential person in modern Latin American agricultural trends and has been former Board Member of the International Potato Center (CIP), and Director General of the National Ag-R&D Institute (ranked as Vice-Minister of Agriculture). Dr. Salas has served in many national and international committees and boards, gathering professional experience in over 25 countries in Latin America, the US, the EU and Africa. He is currently the Director of the Masters Program in Agribusiness Management offered jointly by the Universidad del Pacífico – Peru and the Universidad de Almería – Spain. Until July 2015 he served as Business Development Officer at ACM Perú, and currently he is a Board Member at ACM Perú.
  • Andy Ziolkowski is a Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cultivian Ventures. Andy has over 30 years of experience in venture capital investing and merchant banking across a broad range of industries. His investment track record includes DexCom, Biomimetic Pharmaceuticals, FutureHealth, Tessera, i-STAT and The Liposome Company. Prior to founding Cultivian Ventures, Andy was a Managing Director of SAE Ventures and Forest Street Capital, where he spent fourteen years as an investor and advisor to early stage healthcare and technology companies. Previously, he was a Director of Venture Capital at Credit Suisse First Boston Merchant Bank.


Investment Outlook: Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment outlook and industry insights.

  • John Denniston, Chairman of Shared-X, an agriculture impact company aiming to generate strong investor returns, while at the same time lift thousands of smallholder farmers out of poverty, by collapsing the dramatic yield gap separating developed and emerging country crop production through the deployment of advanced, sustainable farming techniques. John was previously a Senior Partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he co-founded and co-ran the firm’s $1 billion Green Growth Fund. KPCB’s Green Growth Fund invests in sustainability companies in their growth stage. Prior to Kleiner Perkins, John was a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking for the Western United States at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the Investment Committees for Salomon’s venture capital/private equity direct investment fund, as well as CitiGroup’s venture capital fund-of-funds. Earlier in his career, John was a Partner with a large law firm, where he was Head of the firm’s Venture Capital practice, and Co-Head of its Information Technology practice group.
  • Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers wealth and investment advising, research and strategic consulting, and investment banking services. Working with investors, corporations and financial institutions, the firm drives the systematic analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors throughout the global capital markets. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products including the UBS Q-Series®, the Global I/O®, Global Signals™ and the weekly “UBS Global Portfolio Manager’s Spotlight.”
  • John Schaetzl is the Lead Non-Executive Director of SustainAbility, where he is responsible for chairing board meetings and assuring corporate governance complying with all regulatory requirements and, most importantly, monitoring fulfilment of SustainAbility’s triple bottom line charter and hybrid structure. He also provides advice to projects in his areas of experience including healthcare, investing and corporate management. In addition to his activities at SustainAbility, John advises large foundations as well as venture capital and institutional fund managers on investments which support sustainable outcomes in global health access and economic development in emerging markets.


Investment Outlook: Renewable Energy

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment outlook and industry insights.

  • Giovanni de Francisci is Portfolio Manager of Petschek Trust. Giovanni believes that markets, like life, are not governed by certain outcomes. Rather than economic and investment theories, he applies rhetorical logic rules in his manager selection and investments. Giovanni is widely recognized among investment professionals for demanding high returns and for his unique investment philosophy that challenges conventional wisdom.
  • Steve Massocca is Managing Director of the Wedbush Equity Management team. He is also the portfolio manager for the Wedbush Hedged Dividend Fund, LP. Mr. Massocca has 30+ years of industry experience. Steve began his career at Dean Witter Reynolds (agency trading) and also worked at Montgomery Securities (principal trading) and Volpe, Welty and Co, LLC (head of trading). Steve founded, operated and grew Pacific Growth Equities, LLC to 120 employees as co-CEO before it was purchased by Wedbush Securities in 2009. Steve has a BA in Accounting from Golden Gate University.


Investment Outlook: Technology

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment outlook and industry insights.

  • Brian Garrett is Co-Founder and Managing Director of CrossCut Ventures, the company-building capital of LA and a catalyst for innovation across the social tech ecosystem. With 18 years of experience in early-stage technology and strategy, Brian has worked closely with many successful Silicon Valley companies including CommerceOne, Aurum, Broadbase, Inktomi, and Niku. Joining Palomar Ventures in 2001, he spearheaded nine investments and was soon promoted to Partner. Brian drove turn-around at as EVP of Strategy and Monetization, leading to a 9x increase in market capitalization. In late 2011, he co-founded CrossCut portfolio company StyleSaint. Brian’s alma mater is Stanford University, where he received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, as well as his MBA.
  • Lou Kerner, Partner of Flight VC – The Israeli Syndicate, which invests in companies started by Israelis based in Israel, the U.S., or anywhere else. The Syndicate is focused on, but not limited to, companies in cyber security, mobile, SaaS, iOT, digital media, AdTech, FinTech, including B2B and B2C. He is also is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Social Internet Fund, which invests in the primary and secondary shares of rapidly growing social and mobile companies with great CEOs.
  • Brian Smiga is Operating Partner of Alpha Venture Partners, which partners with early-stage VCs to double down in their leading companies. Brian builds and works with Alpha’s early stage venture network to source and evaluate investment opportunities and strategy. Brian also advises Pritzker Group Venture Capital on deal origination and relationships. Prior to Alpha Venture Partners, Brian was the founder and CEO of Preclick, (sold to Smilebox), where he developed photo software licensed worldwide by HP, 3M, Sandisk, Walmart, Costco, CVS, and Walgreens. Prior to Preclick, Mr. Smiga was CEO at 3Path, an Intel and Goldman-Sachs backed startup, and the SVP of Marketing at 1ClickCharge, where his product launch resulted in a sale of the company to CMGi.



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