Meet The Team

Dominic Kalms

Dominic is a venture backed entrepreneur with an expertise in social impact companies, philanthropic foundations, and nonprofits. He has been featured in extensive press from Forbes, to BBC World News, to the Hollywood Reporter., where he opines on technology, current affairs, and philanthropy. In his day to day role, Dominic is President and CEO of GVNG, a venture backed technology company that creates nonprofit projects in 60 seconds with GVNG.org. Many of the world’s leading public figures and brands have used GVNG to start and run their nonprofit projects, and GVNG has raised millions of dollars for philanthropic initiatives around the world. He earned a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in International Affairs and a Bachelor's Degree from NYU

Dr. Marya Ghazipura

Dr. Marya Ghazipura is an Epidemiologist Consultant with EndCOVID-19.org. She presently sits on the  New York City COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Ghazipura  is also a  Doctoral Researcher for the Air Quality Program at NYU, where she is assessing the association of  air pollution in patients with idiopathic lung disease and evaluating  intervention strategies for this high-risk cohort. Her research interests include epidemiologic modeling, biostatistical methods,  guideline creation and evaluation, developing implementation frameworks,  and program evaluation

Sivan Ohayon

Sivan is a serial entrepreneur and business executive who currently leads corporate recruiting for a large technology firm based in Silicon Beach. Before joining her current firm Sivan led fashion recruiting for an LA based athleisure company, specializing in eco-friendly clothing designs. Sivan was born in Israel and raised in the United States. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Anthropology

Dave Pavlik

Co-founder and Managing Partner Dave Pavlik has structured over $2 billion in renewable energy and infrastructure projects throughout his career. That expertise was key to setting up Decennial’s capital structure so that it can leverage renewable energy financing and tax credits, ensuring assets are designed for the next generation energy economy.

Dave’s years of experience in finance, management and public policy led him to serve as managing partner of 11MM Acres, developing opportunities in the energy, real estate and private equity markets with access to more than $1.5B in project and investment capital. Previous to that, Dave was the President of Trans-Lux Energy Corporation, a turnkey energy project developer and LED lighting manufacturer with sales across the United States.

William Scriven

William is an Army Veteran, seasoned business executive and investor based in Los Angeles. William specializes in Impact Investing, Sports, Management Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Commercial Real Estate. In his day to day role, William is the Managing Director for Benevolent Capital, a private equity investment firm focused on creating value by providing necessary capital to strategically chosen companies and partnering with their management teams to ensure their growth and profitability into the future

Dr. Raghu Kiran Appasani

Dr. Appasani is a Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist, Mental Health Advocate, and Entrepreneur focused on bridging the gap between western and eastern practices to create a wholesome society. He is the Founder & CEO of The MINDS Foundation, a mental health nonprofit, for which he has been recognized as a One Young World Delegate Ambassador, StartingBloc Fellow, Nexus Global Delegate, EchoingGreen, MassChallenge, and Kellogg Innovation Network Delegate. He most recently launched CircleSpace, a new wellness company that specializes in addressing the growing subclinical mental health space. Raghu received his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience & Behaviour/Science in Society from Wesleyan University and his MD from The University of Massachusetts Medical School

Kirsten Curtis

Kirsten is a board member, operating partner, advisor, and consultant, dedicating her time and energy to helping companies scale. For many years, Kirsten worked as a Principle in the Valor Operations Group. Prior to joining Valor, Kirsten was the CEO of Northern Quinoa Production Corporation (NQPC) and before joining NQPC, she served as the VP of Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives, leading the merger integration between Safeway and Albertson’s supply chains. Kirsten earned her BS in International Relations from Stanford University and her Master’s of Engineering in Supply Chain Management and Logistics from MIT

Ina-Alice Kopp

 Ina-Alice is the founder and CEO of LA-based advisory "wings.capital", which connects 4th revolution technology investment opportunities with investors across the globe.  Currently Ina heads Investor Relations for Berlin real asset investment firm Realport and before that she ran Business Development for New Zealand fin-tech firm Bitcover. Prior to entering into Venture Capital and Private Equity, Ina spent nearly a decade in Hollywood Entertainment, consulting on film and TV productions in the Eastern and Western Hemisphere 

Mayela Leang

 Mayela is a New Business Development and Partnerships executive in the media and entertainment space. She spends her days discussing SVOD, content development, marketing, and social strategy. She advocates for the de-stigmatization of mental health in minority communities and the need for nurturing entrepreneurship in young girls. She can’t stop talking about Virgil Abloh, Brutalist Architecture, and donuts

Shashank Sripada

Shashank is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a broad set of skill and experiences including finance, consulting, politics, and economics. He is Investment Director at Marcena Capital a Private Investment Advisory with an Allocation Strategy which covers Turnaround, Buyout, Growth, Secondaries, and Venture investments. He is also founder of NOVA an Artificial Intelligence with over 600m+ users and 100s of blue chip partners and clients. Shashank has invested and done business in multiple geographies including over $10bn+ of deal flow in the US, Europe, Middle East, India, and Asia across a myriad of industries including Tech, AI, Robotics, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare

Michael J. Floryan

Michael is the President and General Counsel of Moller Investment Group, Inc. and its affiliates. In his role Michael is responsible for the management and strategic growth of a diverse portfolio of investment assets, including real estate and hospitality, throughout the United States.  Michael is also the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dansk Investment Group, Inc. and its affiliates. Prior to joining Moller and Dansk, Michael worked for Los Angeles law firms Liner LLP (now DLA Piper) and Sklar Kirsh LLP as a real estate and corporate finance attorney. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law

Kunal Sood

Kunal Sood is an internationally renowned social entrepreneur, impact investor and curator of the future. As founder of X Fellows, X Summit and NOVUS, Kunal is focused on positively disrupting the human experience. Kunal’s vision is to make the impossible possible by creating the conditions for everyone to achieve their own personal moonshot right here on earth. He does this by designing deeply immersive and transformational experiences and launching global movements partnering with iconic leaders and organizations worldwide. Recently he launched #WeThePlanet and First Woman during UNGA week in 2019 as campaigns focused on solving for humanity's global grand challenges. He regularly convenes heads of state, celebrities, high impact entrepreneurs, influencers and Fortune 500 companies at his flagship summit. 

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