Anne Mai is the current Board Chair and was elected to Network 20/20’s Board of Directors in 2007. She is a trained social worker and has worked on issues such as child care, family planning and mental health. She sits on the Board of Directors of Fountain House, which provides services for people with severe and persistent mental illness, and also advocates on their behalf. She is also a member of National Public Radio’s Foundation Board.
Anne is married to Vincent Mai, Chairman of AEA Investors. Their philanthropic interests are diverse, though many of the organizations they support and work with use education, defined very broadly, as a tool to benefit society; this includes building bridges across divides within society, helping overcome discrimination and promoting reconciliation. Their work is concentrated in South Africa, Vincent’s home country, and the United States. They continue to support “organizations and approaches that work, and make a difference.”
In 2011, Anne Mai received Network 20/20’s inaugural Visionary Award in recognition of her unswerving and pace-setting commitment to the mission and goals of Network 20/20.
Courtney E. Doggart is the interim president of Network 20/20. Throughout her career, Ms. Doggart has focused on international affairs with an emphasis on people-to-people diplomacy and cross-cultural communication.
Most recently, she was Deputy Director of Global Communications and Media Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations and focused on communications strategy. Prior to that, she was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where she managed the U.S. embassy’s cultural and educational programming. Ms. Doggart’s field experience includes a Fulbright grant to conduct research on civil society development in Turkey and work with a nonprofit in the Republic of Georgia to research comparative energy efficiency laws. She participated in Network 20/20’s field research trips to Turkey and Iran, and co-authored one of the resulting reports—Iran’s Next Green Revolution: Turning Catastrophe into Cooperation.
For her work, Ms. Doggart has received an individual Superior Honor Award from the U.S. State Department, a group Meritorious Award from the U.S. State Department, and Network 20/20’s Ted Sorensen Award.
Ms. Doggart earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she concurrently received a certificate in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the Harriman Institute. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She speaks Russian.
Anne E. Impellizzeri has wide-ranging experience in both business and nonprofit organizations. After starting her career in teaching, she spent 20 years at Metropolitan Life, rising to Vice-President in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility. She then worked at the New York City Partnership and went on to head two nonprofit organizations–in mental health at the Blanton-Peale Institute and in historic preservation at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center. In addition, she has served on a number of boards, including Smith College, Nuveen Mutual Funds, Scenic Hudson (Treasurer, Secretary), the Bard Music Festival, the Women’s City Club of New York (Vice-President), the Howland Chamber Music Circle, the Village of Cold Spring Special Board for a Comprehensive Plan (Vice Chair), the American Association for Gifted Children (Chair), and the Lakeland School Board (President). A graduate of Smith (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa junior year), she has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Yale. She is Co-Chairman of Network 20/20’s Speakers Committee.
Omeed Malik is a Managing Director, Global Head of Capital Strategy and the Head of Americas Prime Brokerage Origination at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he founded and heads the Emerging Manager Program within the Global Equities Department. In this capacity, Omeed is charged with selecting both established and new hedge funds for the firm to partner with and provide financing, business consulting and capital strategy resources.
Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Omeed was a Senior Vice President at MF Global where he helped reorganize the firm's distribution platform globally and developed execution and clearing relationships with institutional clients.
An experienced financial services professional and securities attorney, Omeed was a corporate lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP working on transactional matters in the capital markets, corporate governance, private equity and bankruptcy fields. Omeed has also worked in the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
He holds a JD, with Honors, from Emory Law School and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, Cum Laude, from Colgate University.
Lisa Rhoads joined Easton Capital in 2010 when she repatriated from Bermuda. Lisa was previously with Celtic Pharma, a Bermuda-based global biotech private equity firm where she was a founding member of the management team. Lisa spent the last 7 years acquiring and developing a portfolio of later-stage biotech programs where she was involved with all aspects of the development process and managed their Intellectual Property portfolio. Lisa has been involved in all aspects of the investment and development process and sits on the board of electroCore, Respiratory Motion, Shimojani, and is in an observer board role for Resolve and Perceptimed. Lisa also sits on the board at America’s Best Home Healthcare, a home healthcare company. Prior to her role with Celtic Pharma, Lisa consulted and helped launch a number of hedge funds and has held senior positions in the Pharma industry with Bristol Myers Squibb J&J's McNeil Consumer Products Company and Zeneca's US pharmaceutical division.
Lisa holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from The Wharton School of Business and a BM from The Curtis Institute of Music. She has performed around the world. She serves on the executive committee of the Bermuda International Film Festival.
Lisa moved with her teenage daughter to NYC a few years ago. She came to Network 20/20 through a friend, and was instantly drawn to the organization. She has been an active member of Network 20/20, not only attending meetings, but serving as a host and participating in the Entrepreneurial Diplomacy trip to Southeast Europe, where she proved to be a substantive addition. Her analytic skills and open questions kept all conversations moving forward. She also is an upbeat energetic presence in a group, and has time for everyone. She has sent the Southeast Europe trip delegation follow up articles, has engaged in talks with business development sources in Serbia and has excellent ideas about how to move Network 20/20 forward.
Shery Saeed is an independent business advisor and executive coach. She works with teams and individuals to produce both breakthrough business results and personal transformations that drive growth. Previously, at Naissance Capital she was the head of the Swiss firm’s U.S. business development. At Bear Stearns she was a managing director who managed the program office for the firm-wide cost saving/revenue enhancing restructuring initiative. At American Express she led a cross functional team of 30 people upgrading the charge card. She also turned around a dysfunctional team of 45+ system experts and completed the implementation of a new technology platform. As a freelance consultant she did projects for Johnson & Johnson and Ford.
Shery was on the Board of Financial Women’s Association. She created the “Transition Tuesdays” lecture series to assist unemployed members. She was also on the board of Horizon Condominiums where she implemented a formalized budgeting, scheduling and payroll process.
Shery has an MBA in management and an undergraduate degree in physics. She also holds a New York real estate license. She went to University of Colorado and Fordham Business School.
Shery has been a devoted member of Network 20/20 for several years. She attends nearly every briefing, played a part in the initial research for the Southeast Europe trip, and was a participant on that project. Two of her strengths include future planning and organizational restructuring. Shery was raised in Colorado and California, but has spent time in her native Iran.
Dennis Sheahan is an entrepreneur primarily involved in wireless telephony including various aspects of licensing, built out, and management. Additionally, he is currently an investor/advisor to a variety of startup initiatives including: Montage Talent (Delafield, WI); 137 ManCan Wine (Cleveland, OH); and Gramercy Place Partners (Glen Rock, NJ). He served as Vice President of Cushman & Wakefield’s Investment Management Group while representing domestic and international institutional clients in the financing, purchasing, and sale of commercial real estate worldwide. He also served as Vice President of the International Real Estate while representing First Chicago Corporation and The First National Bank of Chicago in the acquisition and management of the company’s international real estate portfolio. Dennis is currently active with the following nonprofit organizations: Network 20/20, Cristo Rey New York High School, The Point Foundation, The Center for LGBT, the YMCA of Greater New York, and the Creative Alternatives of New York.
M. Sava B. Thomas is a founding member of Network 20/20, she was elected to Network 20/20’s Board of Directors in 2007. She is a lawyer in Chile as well as the United States, where she received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. She has broad-based experience in the corporate area in the United States, having been an associate at Curtis, Mallet, Prevost, Colt & Mosle, counsel in the International Legal Department of Warner Lambert Company, followed by work in the financial area at Citicorp Investment Bank and at Security Pacific National Bank, where she organized and directed the Legal Department for its Merchant Bank. Currently she teaches a course on U.S. Corporate Law in the graduate program of the Catholic University School of Law in Santiago, Chile. She is President of Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc., a U.S. foundation whose mission is to promote higher education in Chile by providing assistance to the Catholic University.
As a member of the Inter-American Bar Association, in 1992 she participated in the foundation of its Women’s Rights Committee and served as its President for over 10 years.
In addition, Sava Thomas is active in the Board of Directors of civic and cultural organizations in New York City, including the Omega Ensemble, the Spanish Repertory Theater and CIVITAS.
Martin Trautmann is a Director in the Life Sciences practice at Navigant Consulting, a publicly traded consulting firm. In his role, Martin advises biopharmaceutical companies on their business development needs and helps commercialize biopharmaceutical products. His work is international in nature and has taken him to various locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
He has been a member of Network 20/20 for 5 years, prior to joining the board. He holds a dual business degree from the University of Pittsburgh and the European Business School (Germany).
He was raised in Iran, South America and Portugal and has subsequently lived in France, Germany and the US.
Hope B. Winthrop works as a mediator in NY state. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and her private practice includes NY Supreme Court, Civil Court, and Surrogate Court, among others. She is currently Vice Chair of The Center for Reproductive Rights, and was formerly on the board of the NY Historical Society. She is also a member of the Harvard Committee on University Resources.
Jeffrey W. Ziglar has over 13 years of experience in investment banking, capital markets structuring and investment and derivative strategies. Since October 2012, Mr. Ziglar has worked as a Managing Director and Head of the Global Macro Strategy group at Jefferies & Company advising on macro events and investment structures and outcomes across interest rate, currency, commodity, equity and credit indices and structured product markets.
Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Ziglar spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs in the hedge fund strategy group and as head of the municipal structured product business, advising the firm and its clients on investment strategies across products and co-authoring the strategy piece “State of the Markets”. In 2007, Mr. Ziglar was awarded the MTN-I deal of the year for the first ever of its kind, US Agency issued dual-indexed Note. Mr. Ziglar began his career in investment banking and capital markets at UBS in 1999 advising and structuring infrastructure, housing and public power transactions for clients including the Dallas Cowboys (lead banker) and New York Yankees (team advisor) as well as thirteen U.S. state housing agencies.
Mr. Ziglar holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, is a Certified Hedge Fund Professional, and a member of Senator Tom Coburn’s advisory committee.