Chair
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Audit Committee Position

Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since June 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as Senior Associate Dean at MIT Sloan for Degree Programs and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Law. Mr. Cohen oversees the undergraduate and the portfolio of master’s programs in addition to all student services from admissions to career development. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cohen was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Mr. Cohen also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing the academic experience across all programs. In 2012, Mr. Cohen spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has developed and taught in many online programs utilizing various digital platforms. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Cohen worked as an accountant at KPMG LLP in Philadelphia, and as a mergers & acquisitions consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. As an academic, Mr. Cohen has consulted for a number of organizations, including BCG, Bain, Blackstone, ArcelorMittal, Schlumberger, Bel, Accenture, and BMO Capital.

Chair

Sharmila Kassam

Sharmila Kassam has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Ms. Kassam is a proven business professional and institutional investor. In September 2019, Ms. Kassam founded Aligned Capital Investing, a consulting firm focused on global institutional investors and investment managers. Ms. Kassam has also served as Advisory Board Member at Sweetwater Private Equity since August 2020, as Hedge Fund Board Member at Fundamental Credit Opportunities since November 2019, as a policy advisor and instructor for Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) since July 2015 and as Senior Fellow at Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets since September 2019. Ms. Kassam was formerly the deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she worked for over a decade from January 2008 until May 2019. As a member of ERS’s investments division, she co-managed with the Chief Investment Officer investments in all asset classes, an internal investment team and external managers and pursued new investment structures. Ms. Kassam was a voting member of multiple investment committees for the $29 billion ERS Retirement Trust Fund and actively worked with the $2.9 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, a voluntary defined contribution plan. Prior to her role as deputy Chief Investment Officer at the ERS, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs. Ms. Kassam also spent time promoting best practices in the industry through Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Alignment of Interest (AOI), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), and the CFA Institute. Ms. Kassam was also previously an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where she focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Kassam also worked at multiple start-ups and technology companies in financial and management roles prior to entering the legal profession. Ms. Kassam began her career as an audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Kassam is a licensed certified public accountant and also licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

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Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Mr. Levy has been an instrumental figure in Canada’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. As President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Levy drove the creation of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since become an international success. Mr. Levy is also a founder and advisor to Ryerson Futures Inc., an accelerator that has exported the DMZ concept to such locations as Calgary and Mumbai. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Levy served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where he helped prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education and training system. From 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Levy was the Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Canada, an organization that provides mentorship, education, networks and funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. From December 2018 to June 2020, Mr. Levy acted as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. In September 2019, Mr. Levy joined the Board of Directors of Baycrest Health Sciences. Mr. Levy previously served as President of Oakville’s Sheridan College from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the growth of its renowned animation department during the early years of computer-generated imaging. Mr. Levey’s other prior positions have included Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President of Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.

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Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Mr. Levy has been an instrumental figure in Canada’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. As President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Levy drove the creation of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since become an international success. Mr. Levy is also a founder and advisor to Ryerson Futures Inc., an accelerator that has exported the DMZ concept to such locations as Calgary and Mumbai. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Levy served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where he helped prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education and training system. From 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Levy was the Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Canada, an organization that provides mentorship, education, networks and funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. From December 2018 to June 2020, Mr. Levy acted as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. In September 2019, Mr. Levy joined the Board of Directors of Baycrest Health Sciences. Mr. Levy previously served as President of Oakville’s Sheridan College from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the growth of its renowned animation department during the early years of computer-generated imaging. Mr. Levey’s other prior positions have included Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President of Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.

Chair

Sharmila Kassam

Sharmila Kassam has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Ms. Kassam is a proven business professional and institutional investor. In September 2019, Ms. Kassam founded Aligned Capital Investing, a consulting firm focused on global institutional investors and investment managers. Ms. Kassam has also served as Advisory Board Member at Sweetwater Private Equity since August 2020, as Hedge Fund Board Member at Fundamental Credit Opportunities since November 2019, as a policy advisor and instructor for Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) since July 2015 and as Senior Fellow at Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets since September 2019. Ms. Kassam was formerly the deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she worked for over a decade from January 2008 until May 2019. As a member of ERS’s investments division, she co-managed with the Chief Investment Officer investments in all asset classes, an internal investment team and external managers and pursued new investment structures. Ms. Kassam was a voting member of multiple investment committees for the $29 billion ERS Retirement Trust Fund and actively worked with the $2.9 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, a voluntary defined contribution plan. Prior to her role as deputy Chief Investment Officer at the ERS, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs. Ms. Kassam also spent time promoting best practices in the industry through Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Alignment of Interest (AOI), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), and the CFA Institute. Ms. Kassam was also previously an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where she focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Kassam also worked at multiple start-ups and technology companies in financial and management roles prior to entering the legal profession. Ms. Kassam began her career as an audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Kassam is a licensed certified public accountant and also licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

Member

Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since June 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as Senior Associate Dean at MIT Sloan for Degree Programs and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Law. Mr. Cohen oversees the undergraduate and the portfolio of master’s programs in addition to all student services from admissions to career development. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cohen was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Mr. Cohen also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing the academic experience across all programs. In 2012, Mr. Cohen spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has developed and taught in many online programs utilizing various digital platforms. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Cohen worked as an accountant at KPMG LLP in Philadelphia, and as a mergers & acquisitions consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. As an academic, Mr. Cohen has consulted for a number of organizations, including BCG, Bain, Blackstone, ArcelorMittal, Schlumberger, Bel, Accenture, and BMO Capital.

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Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Position

Sharmila Kassam

Sharmila Kassam has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Ms. Kassam is a proven business professional and institutional investor. In September 2019, Ms. Kassam founded Aligned Capital Investing, a consulting firm focused on global institutional investors and investment managers. Ms. Kassam has also served as Advisory Board Member at Sweetwater Private Equity since August 2020, as Hedge Fund Board Member at Fundamental Credit Opportunities since November 2019, as a policy advisor and instructor for Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) since July 2015 and as Senior Fellow at Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets since September 2019. Ms. Kassam was formerly the deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she worked for over a decade from January 2008 until May 2019. As a member of ERS’s investments division, she co-managed with the Chief Investment Officer investments in all asset classes, an internal investment team and external managers and pursued new investment structures. Ms. Kassam was a voting member of multiple investment committees for the $29 billion ERS Retirement Trust Fund and actively worked with the $2.9 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, a voluntary defined contribution plan. Prior to her role as deputy Chief Investment Officer at the ERS, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs. Ms. Kassam also spent time promoting best practices in the industry through Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Alignment of Interest (AOI), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), and the CFA Institute. Ms. Kassam was also previously an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where she focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Kassam also worked at multiple start-ups and technology companies in financial and management roles prior to entering the legal profession. Ms. Kassam began her career as an audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Kassam is a licensed certified public accountant and also licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

Chair

Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since June 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as Senior Associate Dean at MIT Sloan for Degree Programs and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Law. Mr. Cohen oversees the undergraduate and the portfolio of master’s programs in addition to all student services from admissions to career development. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cohen was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Mr. Cohen also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing the academic experience across all programs. In 2012, Mr. Cohen spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has developed and taught in many online programs utilizing various digital platforms. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Cohen worked as an accountant at KPMG LLP in Philadelphia, and as a mergers & acquisitions consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. As an academic, Mr. Cohen has consulted for a number of organizations, including BCG, Bain, Blackstone, ArcelorMittal, Schlumberger, Bel, Accenture, and BMO Capital.

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Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Mr. Levy has been an instrumental figure in Canada’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. As President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Levy drove the creation of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since become an international success. Mr. Levy is also a founder and advisor to Ryerson Futures Inc., an accelerator that has exported the DMZ concept to such locations as Calgary and Mumbai. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Levy served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where he helped prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education and training system. From 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Levy was the Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Canada, an organization that provides mentorship, education, networks and funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. From December 2018 to June 2020, Mr. Levy acted as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. In September 2019, Mr. Levy joined the Board of Directors of Baycrest Health Sciences. Mr. Levy previously served as President of Oakville’s Sheridan College from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the growth of its renowned animation department during the early years of computer-generated imaging. Mr. Levey’s other prior positions have included Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President of Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.

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Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since June 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as Senior Associate Dean at MIT Sloan for Degree Programs and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Law. Mr. Cohen oversees the undergraduate and the portfolio of master’s programs in addition to all student services from admissions to career development. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cohen was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Mr. Cohen also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing the academic experience across all programs. In 2012, Mr. Cohen spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has developed and taught in many online programs utilizing various digital platforms. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Cohen worked as an accountant at KPMG LLP in Philadelphia, and as a mergers & acquisitions consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. As an academic, Mr. Cohen has consulted for a number of organizations, including BCG, Bain, Blackstone, ArcelorMittal, Schlumberger, Bel, Accenture, and BMO Capital.

Sharmila Kassam

Sharmila Kassam has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Ms. Kassam is a proven business professional and institutional investor. In September 2019, Ms. Kassam founded Aligned Capital Investing, a consulting firm focused on global institutional investors and investment managers. Ms. Kassam has also served as Advisory Board Member at Sweetwater Private Equity since August 2020, as Hedge Fund Board Member at Fundamental Credit Opportunities since November 2019, as a policy advisor and instructor for Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) since July 2015 and as Senior Fellow at Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets since September 2019. Ms. Kassam was formerly the deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she worked for over a decade from January 2008 until May 2019. As a member of ERS’s investments division, she co-managed with the Chief Investment Officer investments in all asset classes, an internal investment team and external managers and pursued new investment structures. Ms. Kassam was a voting member of multiple investment committees for the $29 billion ERS Retirement Trust Fund and actively worked with the $2.9 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, a voluntary defined contribution plan. Prior to her role as deputy Chief Investment Officer at the ERS, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs. Ms. Kassam also spent time promoting best practices in the industry through Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Alignment of Interest (AOI), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), and the CFA Institute. Ms. Kassam was also previously an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where she focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Kassam also worked at multiple start-ups and technology companies in financial and management roles prior to entering the legal profession. Ms. Kassam began her career as an audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Kassam is a licensed certified public accountant and also licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Mr. Levy has been an instrumental figure in Canada’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. As President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Levy drove the creation of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since become an international success. Mr. Levy is also a founder and advisor to Ryerson Futures Inc., an accelerator that has exported the DMZ concept to such locations as Calgary and Mumbai. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Levy served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where he helped prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education and training system. From 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Levy was the Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Canada, an organization that provides mentorship, education, networks and funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. From December 2018 to June 2020, Mr. Levy acted as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. In September 2019, Mr. Levy joined the Board of Directors of Baycrest Health Sciences. Mr. Levy previously served as President of Oakville’s Sheridan College from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the growth of its renowned animation department during the early years of computer-generated imaging. Mr. Levey’s other prior positions have included Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President of Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Mr. Levy has been an instrumental figure in Canada’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. As President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Levy drove the creation of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since become an international success. Mr. Levy is also a founder and advisor to Ryerson Futures Inc., an accelerator that has exported the DMZ concept to such locations as Calgary and Mumbai. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Levy served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where he helped prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education and training system. From 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Levy was the Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Canada, an organization that provides mentorship, education, networks and funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. From December 2018 to June 2020, Mr. Levy acted as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. In September 2019, Mr. Levy joined the Board of Directors of Baycrest Health Sciences. Mr. Levy previously served as President of Oakville’s Sheridan College from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the growth of its renowned animation department during the early years of computer-generated imaging. Mr. Levey’s other prior positions have included Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President of Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.

Sharmila Kassam

Sharmila Kassam has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Ms. Kassam is a proven business professional and institutional investor. In September 2019, Ms. Kassam founded Aligned Capital Investing, a consulting firm focused on global institutional investors and investment managers. Ms. Kassam has also served as Advisory Board Member at Sweetwater Private Equity since August 2020, as Hedge Fund Board Member at Fundamental Credit Opportunities since November 2019, as a policy advisor and instructor for Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) since July 2015 and as Senior Fellow at Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets since September 2019. Ms. Kassam was formerly the deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she worked for over a decade from January 2008 until May 2019. As a member of ERS’s investments division, she co-managed with the Chief Investment Officer investments in all asset classes, an internal investment team and external managers and pursued new investment structures. Ms. Kassam was a voting member of multiple investment committees for the $29 billion ERS Retirement Trust Fund and actively worked with the $2.9 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, a voluntary defined contribution plan. Prior to her role as deputy Chief Investment Officer at the ERS, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs. Ms. Kassam also spent time promoting best practices in the industry through Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Alignment of Interest (AOI), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), and the CFA Institute. Ms. Kassam was also previously an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where she focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Kassam also worked at multiple start-ups and technology companies in financial and management roles prior to entering the legal profession. Ms. Kassam began her career as an audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Kassam is a licensed certified public accountant and also licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since June 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as Senior Associate Dean at MIT Sloan for Degree Programs and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Law. Mr. Cohen oversees the undergraduate and the portfolio of master’s programs in addition to all student services from admissions to career development. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cohen was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Mr. Cohen also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing the academic experience across all programs. In 2012, Mr. Cohen spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has developed and taught in many online programs utilizing various digital platforms. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Cohen worked as an accountant at KPMG LLP in Philadelphia, and as a mergers & acquisitions consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. As an academic, Mr. Cohen has consulted for a number of organizations, including BCG, Bain, Blackstone, ArcelorMittal, Schlumberger, Bel, Accenture, and BMO Capital.

Sharmila Kassam

Sharmila Kassam has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Ms. Kassam is a proven business professional and institutional investor. In September 2019, Ms. Kassam founded Aligned Capital Investing, a consulting firm focused on global institutional investors and investment managers. Ms. Kassam has also served as Advisory Board Member at Sweetwater Private Equity since August 2020, as Hedge Fund Board Member at Fundamental Credit Opportunities since November 2019, as a policy advisor and instructor for Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) since July 2015 and as Senior Fellow at Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets since September 2019. Ms. Kassam was formerly the deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she worked for over a decade from January 2008 until May 2019. As a member of ERS’s investments division, she co-managed with the Chief Investment Officer investments in all asset classes, an internal investment team and external managers and pursued new investment structures. Ms. Kassam was a voting member of multiple investment committees for the $29 billion ERS Retirement Trust Fund and actively worked with the $2.9 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program, a voluntary defined contribution plan. Prior to her role as deputy Chief Investment Officer at the ERS, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs. Ms. Kassam also spent time promoting best practices in the industry through Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Alignment of Interest (AOI), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), and the CFA Institute. Ms. Kassam was also previously an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, where she focused on securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Kassam also worked at multiple start-ups and technology companies in financial and management roles prior to entering the legal profession. Ms. Kassam began her career as an audit associate at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Ms. Kassam is a licensed certified public accountant and also licensed to practice law in California and Texas.

Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Since June 2012, Mr. Cohen has served as Senior Associate Dean at MIT Sloan for Degree Programs and Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Law. Mr. Cohen oversees the undergraduate and the portfolio of master’s programs in addition to all student services from admissions to career development. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cohen was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Mr. Cohen also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing the academic experience across all programs. In 2012, Mr. Cohen spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has developed and taught in many online programs utilizing various digital platforms. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Cohen worked as an accountant at KPMG LLP in Philadelphia, and as a mergers & acquisitions consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. As an academic, Mr. Cohen has consulted for a number of organizations, including BCG, Bain, Blackstone, ArcelorMittal, Schlumberger, Bel, Accenture, and BMO Capital.

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Mr. Levy has been an instrumental figure in Canada’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. As President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Levy drove the creation of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since become an international success. Mr. Levy is also a founder and advisor to Ryerson Futures Inc., an accelerator that has exported the DMZ concept to such locations as Calgary and Mumbai. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Levy served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where he helped prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education and training system. From 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Levy was the Chief Executive Officer of NEXT Canada, an organization that provides mentorship, education, networks and funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. From December 2018 to June 2020, Mr. Levy acted as Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. In September 2019, Mr. Levy joined the Board of Directors of Baycrest Health Sciences. Mr. Levy previously served as President of Oakville’s Sheridan College from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the growth of its renowned animation department during the early years of computer-generated imaging. Mr. Levey’s other prior positions have included Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President of Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.