The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
Prior to founding Square Roots, Morad co-founded and served as Managing Partner of Delos Living where he helped to pioneer the WELL Building Standard™ and Wellness Real Estate™. As an industry creator, Delos Living partnered with an array of the finest medical, scientific, design, and philanthropic institutions to create the first building standard focused exclusively on improving health through an international portfolio of healthy homes, offices, hotels, schools, and health care facilities.
Earlier in his career, Fareed developed and worked at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he managed more than $2 billion in hotel development projects, including development of Starwood’s green LEED-certified properties. In the financial sector, Fareed previously worked at Goldman Sachs as an Analyst in the company’s Equities and Fixed Income units, and at First Manhattan Consulting Group, a management consulting organization. While at Goldman Sachs in 2000, Fareed co-founded his first successful startup, a telecommunications company, International Communication Systems that established VoIP telecommunications services throughout the developing world. In 2006, Fareed took time out to try out for, and then eventually joined the Palestine National Soccer Team. He helped the team qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, and continued to play with the team for two years where he won 3 Caps from FIFA.
Fareed graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Science where he studied Philosophy and Economics, was an Academic All American, Arthur Ashe Award Recipient, Soccer Team Captain and MVP. He serves as an Advisory Board Member to several organizations, including the Smithsonian’s Science Education Center, the Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, and will.i.am’s the i.am.angel Foundation. He is the Founding Partner of the Clinton Foundation’s 2030 Initiative™ and a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Business Council. He is a native of New York and lives in Manhattan.
Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives (from 1977 to 2005), representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District. He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader (1989 to 1995), and Minority Leader (1995 to 2003). In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party’s platform and chief architect to landmark reforms in healthcare, education, energy independence and trade policy. Mr. Gephardt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University (1962) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School (1965). Mr. Gephardt is married to Jane Gephardt, and they are the parents of three grown children.
Cynthia H. Fareed is the Chief Legal Advisor. She specializes in commercial and international litigation, corporate finance, intellectual property and employment law. She has been lead counsel for, and successfully litigated on behalf of, a wide range of governmental and corporate clients. She is a Member of the New York Bar, and is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Christian Seale is an early stage investor and entrepreneur committed to transforming the health and lives of billions. He has built Miami's first digital health innovation program and fund as an initial step towards his vision to make the city a globally recognized hub for healthcare innovation.
Christian’s efforts are supported by the Knight Foundation, Miami Children’s Hospital, University of Miami Health System and private healthcare investors. To date his fund has invested in twelve companies from across the US, Latin America and Israel.
Before his work in Miami, Christian was a founding member of Equitable Origin, the world’s first certification for responsible energy production which was featured in the award-winning PBS documentary Oil & Water. He is a Founding Member of NextGen Venture Partners in Boston and previously worked for consumer-only VC firm Maveron, Goldman Sachs and Teach for America. Christian is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Fulbright Scholar. He is an active contributor to Univision and TechCrunch.
Christian earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University.
Melissa Koff is a founding partner and current managing partner of Carlos Zapata Studio, an internationally acclaimed architectural design firm headquartered in New York City. During her career, she has managed contracts for such notable projects as the $680 million Chicago Bears Stadium, Concourse J, The Standard East Hotel on the Bowery in NYC, and the award winning Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, named by CNN as one of the 20 most iconic skyscrapers in the world. Melissa has a Bachelor's degree from Cornell and currently lives in Manhattan.
Dr. Palfrey is currently the Director of the Global Pediatrics Program and Senior Associate in Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has an extensive record of leadership in pediatrics, having served as the Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Program, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital.
As a national leader in child health, Dr. Palfrey was one of the initial authors of Bright Futures, the preventive guidelines, which are now incorporated into the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Palfrey founded Project School Care, an innovative outreach program to study the needs of children assisted by medical technology and to enable them to attend school. She also developed the Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care, a clinical service model that delivered community-based, family-centered primary care to Medicaid-enrolled children with disabilities. She has served as the Principal Investigator on Opening Doors, an NIDRR funded national center that seeks to improve services to children from traditionally underserved communities. Dr. Palfrey was the 2010-2011 President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was a strong advocate for the passage of the Affordable Care Act. During her tenure as President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she worked to ensure that full access to a medical home was in reach for all children.
Dr. Palfrey is the author of a number of scientific articles, the books, Community Child Health: An Action Plan for Today (1995) and Child Health In America: Making A Difference Through Advocacy (2006), and is Co-author of the Disney Encyclopedia of Baby and Childcare (1999).
Senator Olympia Snowe is the Chairman and CEO of Olympia Snowe, LLC, through which she provides communications and policy advice. Senator Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013 and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. She was the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. While in the House, she co-chaired the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Women’s issues for ten years. Senator Snowe built a reputation as one of the Congress’ leading centrists, co-chairing the Senate Centrist Coalition from 1999-2006. In 2005 she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006 Time Magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators.
Snowe is a member of the Boards of Directors of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., Aetna, Inc., and Synchrony Financial, and is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the board and Co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform. Snowe is also is the founder and honorary Board Chair of the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, a 501(C)(3) public charity established to elevate the confidence and aspirations of high school girls. Senator Snowe earned a degree in political science from the University of Maine. She is married to former Maine Governor John R. McKernan Jr. and lives in Falmouth, Maine and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and associate faculty at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation. He is an expert in designing, testing, and spreading system interventions that improve the safety, affordability, and experience of patient care. As a general obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients during critical life moments that range from surgery to primary care to childbirth.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care at lower cost. He is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how low value care can harm patients.
In 2015, Dr. Shah co-authored the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill), which Don Berwick has called "an instant classic" and Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians." He is currently Chair of the Innovative Payment and Delivery Systems Workgroup for the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group. Dr Fullilove has authored numerous articles in the area of minority health. From 1995 to 2001, he served on the Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences. Since 1996, he has served on five IOM study committees that have produced reports on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and damp indoor spaces and health. In 2003 he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. In 1998 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention (ACHSP) at the Centers for Disease Control, and in July, 2000, he became the committee's co-chair. Finally, between 2004-2007, he served on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health [NIH]. Since 2010, he has been teaching public health courses in six New York State prisons that are part of the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI) and serves as the Senior Advisor to BPI's public health program. Dr Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy. He has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Mailman School of Public Health three times (in 1995, 2001, and 2013), and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education.
Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and Consultant with Partners in Equity and Inclusion.
Dr. Hardeman is a health inequities researcher whose work focuses on the provider contribution to equity and quality of health care delivery and the ways in which race (e.g. implicit bias, explicit bias, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination institutional racism and the white racial frame) impact health care delivery and the clinician-patient encounter. She has a particular interest and focus on prenatal care delivery and persistent disparate birth outcomes for African American women. Dr. Hardeman is also a leading expert in medical education research focusing on the experiences of under-represented minority physician trainees.
Dr. Hardeman is passionate about moving the conversation around racism in public health forward and to that end, the overarching goal of her work is to contribute to a new body of knowledge that enriches how we understand the ways that institutional racism plays out in healthcare encounters.
Dr. Hardeman earned a PhD in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration and an MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy in the Division of Health Policy & Management and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Spanish from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Dr. Lisa Saul has served as President of the Mother Baby Clinical Service Line since September 2014. She leads quality improvement, facilitated care model improvements for those patients at highest risk, and has been instrumental in crafting a compelling and forward thinking strategy, and program/service development that will further improve the health of our community and address care disparities.
In addition to her role as president, Lisa works part-time as a perinatologist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. Her area of clinical focus is fetal cardiology.
Lisa is a California native who received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. She complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Diego, and her OB/GYN Residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. A fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine completed Lisa’s medical training. Lisa recently matriculated in the Business of Medicine MBA program at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Lisa is married with two young children. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Cara Osborne is founder of the Baby + Company. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife and holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard’s School of Public Health. Baby + Company’s aim is to expand women’s choices, creating a spectrum of options for childbirth by building maternity centers that bring together centuries-old traditions of midwifery and the best research. Prior to founding Baby + Company, Cara was an Assistant Professor in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at University of Arkansas and a co-investigator for the American Association of Birth Centers’ National Birth Center Study II. Cara is a reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and a technical adviser to the board of directors for Midwives for Haiti.
Ms. Porchia-Albert founded Ancient Song Doula Services in the Fall of 2008 after experiencing the birth of her first child at home. She is the mother of 4 beautiful children and an Activist, Speaker,Certified Labor & Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Midwifery Assistant and Student, Vegan Chef, and Certified Holistic Health Counselor specializing in High Risk Mothers, Multiples, Survivors of Sexual Trauma, VBAC's and DV. She is also the co - trainer for ASDS trainings. She has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences and rallied for women's issues throughout college.
Ms. Porchia-Albert is currently in pursuit of becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife and attending class at Medgar Evers College studying Biology. Chanel has attended over fifty births.
Fareed Nabiel Fareed, MD, FACEP is an emergency physician and transformational healthcare leader with extensive experience in healthcare systems management, policy, operations, quality improvement, and finances. He is a senior executive and managing partner in Emergency Medical Associates, Chairman of the ED at HealthAlliance Hospital, and Regional Medical Director in the Hudson Valley, overseeing ED operations at multiple NY hospitals. Dr. Fareed graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in Biochemical Sciences. He obtained his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Fareed was a faculty member for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. He was director of Columbia University's Research Associates Program. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In September 2014, Dr. Fareed was honored as ‘Top Doctor of New York’ in Hospital Newspaper. He is also a National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship Recipient, and has published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Richard P. Sloan is Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center. He also is Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a Psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Sloan’s principal work focuses on identifying the mechanisms linking psychological risk factors such as depression, hostility, and anxiety to heart disease. Current and past research studies address various aspects of this problem: 1) using the quasi-naturalistic model of cardiac transplantation to examine how loss of autonomic control of the heart influences blood pressure responses to challenge; 2) examining how enhancing cardiac autonomic control by aerobic conditioning contributes to blood pressure regulation; 3) determining whether reducing hostility and anger, by cognitive-behavioral treatment, enhances cardiac autonomic control; 4) examining the serotonin transporter in cytokine-induced depression; and 5) identifying the moment to moment impact of negative interpersonal interactions on autonomic nervous system regulation of the cardiovascular system.
Current research has extended to examination of the effects of exercise and neutraceuticals on physiological and cognitive outcomes.
His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation.
Elena Gates is a general obstetrician/gynecologist and professor at UCSF. She has a longstanding interest and involvement in bioethical issues in reproduction. She is a past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and chaired the Ethics Committee of the National Children’s Study Advisory Group for two years. She is currently a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the March of Dimes. In addition, Dr. Gates has led clinical ethics committees at Johns Hopkins Bayview and at UCSF Mount Zion and has been a member of the clinical ethics committee at UCSF.
For almost 20 years she has been involved in ethics oversight of the stem cell, embryo and gamete research at UCSF and serves on UCSF’s Gamete, Embryo and Stem Cell Research committee. She is a former member of UCSF’s Institutional Review Board. Dr. Gates has a strong interest in ethical issues related to genetic testing and has participated in committees, review panels and workshops through the ELSI program of the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Hastings Center. In addition, since the 1990s she has been part of a group of investigators here at UCSF that has studied the role of patient preferences in decision-making about prenatal genetic testing.
Dr. Terrie E. Inder is the Chair of the Department of Pediatric and Newborn Medicine and the Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics in the Field of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Inder is a dual boarded neonatologist and child neurologist with a major interest in improving the neurodevelopmental outcomes of high risk infants including pregnancies of infants that are not growing well, have congenital issues or are at risk for premature birth. Dr. Inder also carries out clinical studies in the neonatal intensive care unit to reduce brain injury and improve brain development in premature infants and sick term born infants.
Elizabeth LaRusso is a perinatal and reproductive psychiatrist focusing on mental health issues that arise in women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She trained at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospitals, all in Boston. After residency, she joined the faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of OB/GYN. She joined Allina Health in Minneapolis in 2012, where she is developing the Mother Baby Mental Health Program, designed to improve maternal, child, and family health and well-being by providing timely access for all pregnant and postpartum Allina Health patients to high-quality, patient-centered, cost-effective mental health care.
Meredith Moezzi is the Global Education Leader at The Dow Chemical Company. Meredith Moezzi leads Dow’s global education commitments, driving strategy around the Global Citizenship priorities of empowering educators and creating pathways to successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Meredith also advises the company on sustainability strategy, focusing on how to maximize impact of the company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.
Meredith started her career at Dow at the company’s headquarters in Michigan on the Executive Communications team for Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris. She spent two years in Hong Kong leading Executive Communications for the President of Dow Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Dow, Meredith spent four years at the Clinton Global Initiative, cultivating partnerships with major corporations, foundations, and philanthropists. Before that, she worked for the French Embassy teaching English in Rennes, France.
Dr. Nicholas F. LaRusso is the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. The former Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Founding Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation, he is also a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation and the recipient of numerous awards, including a MERIT award from NIH and the Julius M. Friedenwald Medal, the American Gastroenterological Association’s highest honor.
Margo Oge is the author of the book Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars wherein she discusses the science, policies, future technologies and converging macro trends that are revolutionizing personal mobility.
She is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Delta Wing Technologies and a member of the Boards of the National Academies of Science on Energy and Environment, Union of Concerned Scientists, International Council on Clean Transportation, and Alliance Climate Education. She is also a member of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Advisory Committee and the National Academies of Science Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program.
She served the U.S. EPA for 32 years and as the Director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality is widely recognized as the key architect of some of the most important achievements in the history of air pollution control in the US transportation sector. She also was the Director of the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air where she oversaw the release of EPA’s second hand smoke report and developed policies for radon and nuclear waste.
She has received the Presidential Award from Presidents Bush and Clinton, and EPA’s Distinguished Service Career Award. She has a MS in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and attended George Washington University and Harvard University.
Dr. Ravikiran (Ravi) Raju is a physician scientist and pediatric resident at Children's Hospital Boston in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track. He obtained his MD degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and a PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has worked on a variety of research and advocacy projects ranging from childhood nutrition/education, drug discovery for neglected diseases and maternal/child health. Most recently, his research focuses on the physiological mechanisms of how poverty and social stress contribute to poor health outcomes in infants and young children.
Dr. David Rowitch is a Neonatologist and Neuroscientist, Professor, and Head of Department of Pediatrics at Cambridge University. In addition to caring for patients, he leads a laboratory that investigates genetic and cellular factors that regulate human brain development. He is recipient of numerous awards, including the Basil O’Connor Award, Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award, James S. McDonnell Foundation Research Award and Harrington Discovery Institute Scholar-Innovator award.
Dr. Sun is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the UCSF Division of Neonatology, and Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, received his medical degree from UCLA, completed his doctorate in computer science from MIT, and completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatology at Children's Hospital Boston. He uses his expertise in medical informatics, a field at the juncture of medicine and computer science, to explore methods of using technology to improve direct clinical care of patients.
Mr. Thompson has over 25 years of experience in various positions as an executive leader in academic healthcare systems. As the Chief Business Development Officer at Brigham and Women’s Health Care, he is responsible for the organization's national and international external relationships including strategy and marketing activities. He has extensive experience in global healthcare and global healthcare business development. Additionally, he has worked in a wide range of roles in academic medicine and academic health centers. Mr. Thompson was the founder and Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. This organization was established as the arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine providing a focus and leadership at the institutional level for all international activities. Mr. Thompson has a particular interest in identifying innovative ways for academic health systems to collaborate with a wide range of partners to work towards the common objective of improving health and healthcare delivery locally, regionally and around the world. He has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of topics related to academic health system leadership, the globalization of healthcare including health system design and healthcare workforce development.
Dr. Sen is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Neonatologist and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research focuses on understanding how the metabolic environment of pregnancies complicated by obesity affects maternal and fetal health. She is also actively involved in devising and trialing interventions to improve the metabolic health of obese pregnant women, thereby improving health outcomes for mothers and babies. In addition to her research, Dr. Sen is actively involved in caring for newborn infants and their families during their most vulnerable period in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and teaching future pediatricians and neonatologists.
Dave Evans is Co-founder and CTO of Stringify, a Silicon Valley, Internet of Things start-up. Stringify aims to unleash the true potential of IoT by bridging together our physical and digital worlds in ways previously unimagined.
Previously Evans was the Chief Futurist for Cisco. A Cisco veteran of 24 years, Evans was a member of the Corporate Technology Group (CTG) where he was responsible for identifying disruptive technologies that were relevant and aligned to Cisco. It was at Cisco he envisioned and coined the term, The Internet of Everything.
An expert on emerging technologies, Evans holds numerous patents in the fields of connected cars, virtual people, mobile phone technology, IoT and more. His visionary acumen has garnered global attention on topics such as the Internet of Everything where he outlines IoE’s transformational impact and the role of the network.
Evans’ views have been shared by the BBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, NPR, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, New York Times, Nikkei, and numerous others, as well as through a very active social media presence.
Whether Evans is acting as a CTO or futurist, his guiding principle is the desire to make people’s lives better. “Ultimately, technology is about solving some human need. It's about letting us share knowledge and experiences with each other and making the world a better place.”