BASC Advisory Board


Lily Bradley finished an appointment in 2015 as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked on open government and open data initiatives. She has over a decade of experience in the health care sector ranging from policy research to life sciences consulting. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA magna cum laude from UC Berkeley. She is Board Trustee and Treasurer for Briya Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

Steve Byun

Steve Byun is a corporate transactional lawyer at Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong, specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. He is also a founding member of Widus Partners, a start-up advisory firm with presence in Seoul, Hong Kong and San Francisco. He holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management with concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. He holds a B.A. in political science from University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Ropes & Gray, Steve worked as a registered foreign lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong. Steve also has experience working as a foreign lawyer at Kim & Chang in Seoul and as a consultant at KPMG in the Financial Advisory Services group advising on various cross-border engagements.

Rishi Chandra

Rishi Chandra is the product lead for Chromecast. His favorite things to watch are anything to do with sports and shows that involve Larry David. Chandra has been fortunate to be involved in several major launches at Google. He joined Google in 2006 to launch Google Apps, Google’s online suite of communication and collaboration tools for businesses and schools. In 2010, Chandra launched Google TV, a new TV platform based on Android that is in embedded in televisions and set-top boxes. In 2013, Chandra launched Chromecast, a new device that allows people to use their phone, tablet or laptop to easily stream content from the cloud to their televisions.Prior to joining Google, Rishi worked as a consultant at strategy consulting firm Bain & Company. Rishi holds degrees in computer science and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Stanford University.

Scott Coleman

Scott Coleman is Head of Partnerships for the Social Impact efforts at Google, which includes products such as Elections & Politics, Crisis Response, and Google for nonprofits. He and his team are responsible for partnerships and business development in early stage technology projects. Scott has worked on a variety of product launches and expansions, such as Project Link, Google Earth Engine, Google PowerMeter and Google Flu Trends. Prior to his current role, Scott helped to establish Google in Latin America as a member of the launch team in Brazil and Argentina. He was also responsible for the establishment of customer support and sales teams in India and the United States to support the growth of AdSense into a multi-billion dollar business.

Scott has his masters in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley with a double major in Political Economy and Spanish & Portuguese. Outside of work he enjoys travel and the ocean, pursuits that have taken him to over 50 countries.

Ron Gutfleish

Ron Gutfleish is the Founder, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Member at Elm Ridge and a member of the Elm Ridge Management Committee. Previously, he worked at Omega Advisors and was a Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer at HPB Associates, a value-based equity hedge fund. Prior to joining HPB, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. At Goldman Sachs, he was the Head of the Active Value team, the Senior Portfolio Manager for the Broad Market and MidCap institutional strategies, as well as the Growth and Income and Balanced mutual fund strategies, which he co-founded in 1993. When he left Goldman, these products had reached $6 billion in assets. Formerly, he was a partner at Sanford C. Bernstein and Co., Inc. in the Investment Management Research Department (and was the only analyst member of the Research Review Committee). Ron was previously employed by Value Line as an insurance analyst. Ron graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1981 in Applied Math/Economics and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

Jim Frolik

Jim Frolik is a partner at the law firm Shartsis Friese LLP in San Francisco. Since he joined the firm in 2000 from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, he has specialized in representing investment advisers to hedge funds and other private investment funds. Jim is a co-author of U.S. Regulation of Hedge Funds (first published by the American Bar Association in 2005 with a second edition published in 2013). He is a member of the organizing committee of the Bay Area Hedge Fund Roundtable, a group that facilitates communication, education and networking among the Bay Area alternative investment community. He is also an active member of the Public Policy Committee of the California Hedge Fund Association, a statewide organization that brings together members of the investment fund community to influence public policy that affects investment managers. Jim received his B.A. in Political Science and law degrees from UC Berkeley in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and was a member of its tennis team.

GL Martin

Christopher Martin, originally from Los Angeles, has lived and worked in Asia since 1994, at first Hong Kong for 8 years and now Singapore for 12 years. From 1994 until 2005, Mr. Martin held various senior investment banking positions at The Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited and its successor entity Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd in the area of project advisory and finance. He led numerous teams in advising large and reputable private and public sector sponsors as well as leading lead capacity lending teams surrounding large scale energy and infrastructure projects. These projects largely entailed landmark developments in the areas of power generation, liquid natural gas (LNG), petrochemicals, and mining across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.From 2005 until 2013, Mr. Martin served as Managing Director of Project Development and Investment for the Singapore based wholly-owned investment subsidiary of ORIX Corporation, a leading Tokyo-headquartered financial services and investment firm. At ORIX Mr. Martin lead various teams in the area of private equity investment in energy and environmental, resources, infrastructure, and heavy manufacturing companies throughout Southeast Asia and India. In addition to the origination and execution of private equity investments, his experience here includes various investee board of director and investment committee roles. Mr. Martin holds a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California at Berkeley (1989).

Niklas Ponnert

Niklas Ponnert is a co-founder and managing partner of Origo Advisors, a private equity business focused on China linked cross-border opportunities. He brings twelve years of venture capital and private equity investment experience, gained in China and across developing Asia, as well as an extensive background in launching and managing both privately held and publicly traded investment vehicles. Niklas has served as a director and an executive on a number of Origo affiliated funds and investment vehicles, including LSE listed Origo Partners Plc and Origo Resource Partners Ltd; China Cleantech Partners LLP; Origo Mongolia Ltd; and the China Commodities Fund. He also sits on the board of several Origo invested businesses.Prior to Origo, Niklas worked in various corporate venturing positions at Siemens AG. He was the China based associate of Siemens Venture Capital, scouting for investment opportunities in the telecom and industrial sectors. He was also part of the founding team of Siemens Acceleration, investing in early stage mobile ventures. Niklas commenced his career as an analyst at LECG, a Bay area based economic and finance consulting firm. Niklas received his BA in Political Science with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley. He is a graduate of the EU-China Managers Training Programme, a one year fellowship awarded by the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. A Swedish national, Niklas speaks four languages, including Mandarin Chinese. He resides in Beijing since 2001.

Skanthan Vivekananda

Skanthan Vivekananda is a corporate transactional lawyer specializing in the law relating to derivatives and structured finance transactions. He has extensive experience counseling financial institutions in connection with a wide variety of derivatives transactions, such as swaps, futures, options, securities lending agreements and “repo” agreements. In addition to negotiating commercial terms, Skanthan counsel’s clients in connection with the regulatory regime created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and various other laws passed in the wake of the financial crisis that are intended to regulate the derivatives markets. Skanthan is also a securitization lawyer who represents underwriters and asset managers in connection with the creation and formation of “collateralized loan obligation” and other securitization vehicles. Skanthan is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (B.A. in political science and economics, 1999) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2003). While at Michigan, Skanthan was an associate editor of the University of Michigan Law Review. Since graduating from law school, Skanthan has been in private practice at various firms across the country and Skanthan is a member of the bar in New York, California and Massachusetts. Skanthan currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he works as a partner at a large international law firm.

Andrew Wong

Andrew S. Wong represents leading domestic and international companies in the financial, technology, oil and gas, food and beverage, manufacturing and transportation industries in a variety of commercial litigation and employment law matters. Currently he is a Partner at Dechert LLP. He has significant experience in product liability, business tort, trade secret, unfair trade practice and other complex disputes as well as employment discrimination matters. He counsels numerous overseas clients on business strategy issues as well as on ways in which they may mitigate their risk of future litigation. Andrew received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Summa cum laude in 1995 and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1998. Andrew’s court admissions include the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.