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As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Albert Bourla leads Pfizer in its purpose: breakthroughs that change patients’ lives, with a focus on driving the scientific and commercial innovation needed to have a transformational impact on human health.
During his more than 25 years at Pfizer, Albert has built a diverse and successful career, holding a number of senior global positions across a range of markets and disciplines. Prior to taking the reins as CEO in January 2019, Albert served as the Pfizer’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) beginning in January 2018, responsible for overseeing the Company’s commercial strategy, manufacturing, and global product development functions.
Previously, from February 2016 to December 2017, Albert served as Group President of Pfizer Innovative Health, which comprised the Consumer Healthcare, Inflammation & Immunology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Rare Disease and Vaccines business groups. In addition, he created the Patient and Health Impact Group, dedicated to developing solutions for increasing patient access, demonstrating the value of Pfizer’s medicines, and ensuring broader business model innovation.
From January 2014 to January 2016, Albert served as Group President of Pfizer’s Global Vaccines, Oncology, and Consumer Healthcare business, where he was instrumental in building a strong and competitive position in Oncology and expanding the Company’s leadership in Vaccines.
Albert was President and General Manager of Pfizer’s Established Products business from 2010-2013, leading the development and implementation of strategies and tactics related to Pfizer’s off-patent portfolio, (including legacy brands and generics.
He began his Pfizer career in 1993 in the Animal Health Division as Technical Director of Greece. He held positions of increasing responsibility within Animal Health across Europe, before moving to Pfizer’s New York Global Headquarters in 2001. From there, Albert went on to assume a succession of leadership roles within the Animal Health Division, including US Group Marketing Director (2001-2004), Vice President of Business Development and New Products Marketing (2004-2006), and Area President of Animal Health Europe, Africa and the Middle East (2006-2009). In 2009, he assumed additional responsibilities for the Asia and Pacific regions.
Albert is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in the Biotechnology of Reproduction from the Veterinary School of Aristotle University. In 2020, he was ranked as America’s top CEO in the Pharmaceuticals sector by Institutional Investor magazine. He is on the executive committee of The Partnership for New York City, a director on multiple boards – Pfizer, Inc., The Pfizer Foundation, PhRMA, and Catalyst – and a Trustee of the United States Council for International Business. In addition, Albert is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council.
Jean Case has a long and diverse track record of innovation and transformation as a business builder, tech pioneer, investor, policy advocate and philanthropist.
Since 2016, Jean has served as Chairman of the National Geographic Society, an organization she has been actively involved in for more than a decade. Under her leadership as Chairman, National Geographic has dramatically expanded its digital strategy and global reach. Nat Geo now reaches hundreds of millions of people each month, and is the #1 social media brand in the world. Jean helped create and serves on the Board of National Geographic Partners, a $5 billion global media and travel joint venture with the Walt Disney Company.
Since 1997, Jean has served as CEO of The Case Foundation, which is widely regarded as one of the most innovative philanthropic entities in the world. In that role, Jean has led cross-sector partnerships that have brought business, government and nonprofits together to drive impact in areas including inclusive entrepreneurship, impact investing, citizen engagement and the digital divide. In January 2020, Jean launched the Case Impact Network to build on her leadership in impact investing and identify and support opportunities for companies to more fully integrate impact into their business approaches. In 2021, Jean launched For What It’s Worth (FWIW) to expand interest in investing for social good and to provide the resources, news and trends new investors need to confidently invest for both profit and purpose.
Throughout her career, Jean has remained true to her business and entrepreneurial roots by maintaining investments and board seats in startups, by mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and by collaborating with a wide range of Fortune 500 CEOs and leading business coalitions. Jean has spent decades building and providing leadership at innovative tech-driven businesses. She was a pioneer in bringing the Internet to the masses, having joined the nation’s first online service early in her career, and later serving as a top executive at AOL for nearly a decade, where she oversaw all marketing and communications that established AOL as the #1 Internet brand and the first Internet company to go public. Her passion for all things
digital is reflected in her continued board roles on innovative tech startups. In 2019, Simon & Schuster published Jean’s book, B e Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. The book immediately rose to become a National Bestseller. Be Fearless highlights principles proven to
drive innovation and breakthroughs, with storytelling of great founders, companies and movements that have
helped to change the world.
Jean has led the Advisory Council of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and served on advisory boards at Harvard Business School, Stanford and Georgetown, and as an Executive in Residence at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She was named as an advisor to the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force, established by the G8. Jean also led the President’s Council on Service and Civic
Participation, where she was appointed Chair by President George W. Bush, and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, which she co-chaired with Sandy Weill and Walter Isaacson. A regular guest lecturer at leading business schools, Jean has also been a sought-after speaker at leading companies and associations across the United States. A passionate believer in the power of business as a positive force for good, Jean has been profiled extensively in media including the New York Times, CBS, CNN, FOX and PBS NewsHour. Jean was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and her extensive achievements have been recognized with honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University.
Kathryn (“Katie”) Haun is a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) where she co-leads the firm's Crypto Funds. She joined in June 2018 as its eleventh general partner, and first female GP.
Previously, Katie spent a decade as a federal prosecutor focusing on fraud, cyber, and corporate crime alongside agencies including the SEC, FBI, and Treasury. She created the government’s first cryptocurrency task force and led investigations into the Mt. Gox hack and the corrupt agents on the Silk Road task force. While with the U.S. Department of Justice, Katie prosecuted RICO murders, organized crime, public corruption, gangs, and money laundering. She also held senior policy positions at Justice Department headquarters in both the National Security Division and Attorney General’s o_ce where her portfolio included antitrust, tax, and national security.
While in the private sector, Katie has testified before both the House and Senate on the intersection of technology and regulation.
Katie serves on the boards of Coinbase, as chair of the nominating and governance committee as well as compensation committee member, OpenSea, the leading NFT marketplace, and HackerOne, as an audit committee member. She has invested in and advised tech companies from seed to Series E stage and currently manages crypto fund assets in excess of $3.1B.
She teaches a management course at Stanford Business School and previously taught cybercrime at Stanford Law School. Katie clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and is an honors graduate of Stanford Law School. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Chamath Palihapitiya is founder and CEO of Social Capital, whose mission is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems. Social Capital invests in and starts breakthrough companies in several areas, including health care, education, financial services and enterprise. Before founding Social Capital, Palihapitiya was a member of the senior executive team at Facebook and a key driver behind its rise to one of the most important and impactful companies in the world.
Prior to Facebook, Palihapitiya held leadership roles at Mayfield Fund, AOL and Winamp. He was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Canada and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Palihapitiya is also owner and director of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. He directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance and investor relations. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $96Bn and oversees a portfolio of over 85 software companies that employ over 90,000 people worldwide. Since Vista’s founding in 2000, Smith has overseen over 570 completed transactions by the firm representing more than $265 billion in aggregate transaction value. There are over 200 million users of Vista’s software.
In 2020, Smith was named as one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2017, Smith was named by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. Robert has also been named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year.
Born in Colorado to two parents with EdDs, Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, Smith worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents. In 1994, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York and then in Silicon Valley.
Smith is the founding director and President of the Fund II Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the African American experience, safeguarding human rights, providing music education, preserving the environment while promoting the benefits of the outdoors, and sustaining critical American values. In January 2016, Cornell University honored Mr. Smith’s leadership by naming the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
In 2017, Smith signed on to the Giving Pledge, the only African American to do so. His gift of $20 million was the largest by an individual donor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Smith is the Chairman of Carnegie Hall. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable, the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, as a Member of the Cornell Engineering College Council, and is a Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.
Smith has been a leading voice advocating for companies to take diverse internship candidates in STEM fields. Under his leadership, in 2019, Fund II Foundation launched InternX, a platform to match leading companies with diverse internship candidates.
In 2019, Smith received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse College and made headlines by announcing that he would cover the student loans of nearly 400 Morehouse College 2019 graduates in a commencement address. After his Morehouse pledge, Smith founded the Student Freedom Initiative to relieve the crushing burden of student debt for STEM students at all HBCUs.
Smith also has been a strong advocate for what he has named the 2% Solution – calling on large corporations to commit 2% of their annual net income for the next decade to empower minority communities.