PEOPLE

Rick Doblin, PhD

Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research organization established in 1986. MAPS works closely with government regulatory authorities worldwide such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to ensure that all of its sponsored research protocols conform to ethical and procedural guidelines for clinical drug research. Doblin obtained a psychology degree from New College of Florida in 1987 and earned a doctorate in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2001.

Rachel Yehuda, PhD

Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Psychology and Neurochemistry and her MS in Biological Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training in Biological Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at Yale Medical School. She has been awarded the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) 2004 Guest Professorship. Her most cited article is a review of Post-traumatic stress disorder published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which has received 1060 citations according to Google Scholar.

Princess Khaliya Aga Khan 

advocate for mental health and a Columbia University-trained public health specialist. 

Through her foundation, Falkora, Khaliya is working to transform society's understanding of mental health issues and push for faster innovation in the field. Her advocacy has earned her a spot on the World Economic Forum's Futures Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare. She was on the braintrust for the Obama White House-sponsored 2016 United State of Women Summit,  where she was also a speaker. Other speakers at the daylong event included former President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Warren Buffet andOprah Winfrey. Khaliya is on the leadership council for the 2017 Solve Global Challenge on Brain Health for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She's also the permanent curator-in-residence on brain health and neurotech for the Near Future Summit. She's been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize, alongside Former First LadyRosalynn Carter, in 2016 and the inaugural Clare Boothe Luce Award for International Service in 2017.

David Erritzoe, PhD

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Imperial College London. Alongside his clinical training in medicine/psychiatry, David has been involved in psychopharmacological research, using brain-imaging techniques such as PET and MRI. Initially working at Columbia University in New York, he then undertook a PhD at University Hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Since 2009, under the mentorships of Profs Anne Lingford-Hughes and David Nutt at Imperial College London, he has conducted post-doc imaging research in the neurobiology of addictions and major depression. Together with Prof Nutt and Dr Carhart-Harris he is also investigating the neurobiology and therapeutic potential of MDMA and classic psychedelics

Prof. Marcus Vinicius de Freitas

Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, previously known as OCP Policy Center, focusing on International Law, International Relations and Brazil, is currently a Visiting Professor of International Law and International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China. He is a licensed Professor of The Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in Sao Paulo, where he served as the coordinator of their International Relations Program from December 2012 until December 2013. He was president of the Sao Paulo Directorate of the Progressive Party, having run for vice governor of the State of Sao Paulo in 2010, where his party polled in third place with more than 1.2 million votes. He also served as the Administrative Director of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Housing Company until December 2015.Early in 2017, Mr. De Freitas, was a Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Prior to his current appointment, he was advisor to several investment companies investing in Brazil and Latin America, with particular emphasis on export financing, crypto- assets, crypto-currencies and Blockchain technology. Mr. De Freitas holds an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) degree from the University of Sao Paulo, a master of laws from Cornell University and a master of arts in economics and international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Gratian Schindler

Founder and Chairman of the Schindler Asset Management Group. To date, Gratian Schindler has advised a group of public and private companies in their investment efforts, building social and economic value in numerous projects. Gratian leads SchindlerAM Ventures, a company specialized in spotting and accelerating emerging technologies across industries. Further engagements include advisory positions with investment conglomerates, family offices and governments.

Currently he pursues his BLA at Harvard University, with previous academic work at LSE, ESADE and the University of Arizona.

Dr. Jeremias Kettner

Leading German foreign policy expert with a focus on Europe's relations toward the Arabian Gulf. He is a consultant, regular speaker, guest lecturer and commentator in international media. As co-founder of BigSmallWorld, he interviews global leaders from politics and businesses. From 2011-2013 he co-chaired the Young German Council on Foreign Affairs and is an Alumni Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Jeremias holds a PhD in political sciences from the Free University of Berlin and is the founder of the consulting firm Kettner Advisory. He sits on various advisory boards.

Wouter Witvoet 

Founder and CEO at Secfi where he recently secured over 550 Million Dollar in funding. Previously he worked as a Chief of Staff at Karhoo and Founder / Director at Beyond West Foundation. Wouter graduated from Utrecht University with a bachelor of science in Information Science and Economics and received an MPhil in Technology Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Tyler Norris, MD

Chief Executive, Well Being Trust, an impact philanthropy with a mission to advance the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation. Over the past three decades, Tyler has shaped health and development initiatives in hundreds of communities in the US and around the world. He has an extensive background as a social entrepreneur, animateur, and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, government agencies and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. Prior to becoming the first chief executive of Well Being Trust, Tyler served as vice president, Total Health at Kaiser Permanente, where he led “anchor institution” work, applying all organizational assets to impact the economic, social and environmental determinants of health. He previously served as the founding president and CEO of a leading health consultancy, Community Initiatives, and as founding board chair of IP3, the social enterprise that gave birth to the Community Commons, a GIS data mapping platform. In recent years, Tyler also served as a board member and/or advisor to the Convergence Partnership; Enterprise Community Partners; Active Living by Design; Samueli Institute; the Public Health Institute and the YMCA of the USA. Previously, he helped open the Abraham Path through the heart of the Middle East, and led the Kuhiston Foundation that helped establish the national park system in Tajikistan. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Program, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University, and has a bachelor’s degree in World Political Economy from Colorado College.

Sonia Weiss Pick

Currently active in three endeavors: professionally, she works for GWEP, her family’s real estate company, where she identifies land deals that can be developed to provide affordable housing for Mexican families. Additionally Sonia is building a digital museum to document and share the amazing life led by her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor; finally, convinced that education is the key to Mexico’s success. Sonia and a friend launched LaBebeteca.com, an online platform aimed at providing new parents with the most up-to date information in child rearing and child care. Previously, she worked at Bain and Company, a management consulting firm, and Technoserve, a nonprofit focused on providing business tools to small, rural companies. Sonia graduated Tufts Univeristy cum laude with a B.A. in economics and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Dick Simon 

Entrepreneur, social enterprise philanthropist and catalyst for change. After September 11, 2001, Simon left the for-profit real-estate development world to co-found and chair the Peace Action Network (PAN) of YPO, a network of over 29,000 CEOs in more than 135 countries. Currently, Simon has been involved with organizations pursuing FDA and European Medical Association clinical trials of psychedelic medicines as treatments for mental health issues (PTSD, depression).  Simon’s work has earned him recognitions including YPO’s Global Humanitarian, Best of the Best and New Frontier Forum Awards. In addition, Simon received the Making a Difference Award from Harvard Business School (where he received his MBA) and was one of Real Leaders Magazine‘s “100 Visionary Leaders.”

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