Krista Santino, Echelon Analytics

Echelon Analytics

Krista Santino is an accounting and finance professional with over 23 years of experience, including approximately 21 years of work dedicated to forensic investigation, litigation consulting, and internal audit. Ms. Santino holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University at College Station. She is a Certified Public Accountant and accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Ms. Santino’s areas of concentration include forensic financial investigations, business valuation, accounting malpractice, intellectual property infringement, purchase price dispute analysis, risk assessment, financial statement analysis, financial modeling and data analysis, and complex litigation damages assessment.

Ms. Santino’s experience includes engagements in the following industries, among others: • Banking/Financial Services • Medical Devices/Pharmaceuticals • Construction • Mobile Devices/Applications • Entertainment • Oil and Gas • High Technology/Internet • Real Estate • Insurance • Software • Manufacturing • Telecommunications

Steve Sapourn, Aloha Capital Management

Aloha Capital Management

Steve Sapourn

Mr. Sapourn is a co-founder and portfolio manager for Aloha Capital. Steve oversees borrower and deal underwriting as well as portfolio management, with a focus on maximizing returns and mitigating risks. Steve’s years of experience in the alternative investment industry dates to 1996 and include founding and serving as chief investment officer for hedge funds managing over $125 million using quantitative trading strategies he developed and implemented.   He has performed various roles including chief compliance officer, chief of operations and portfolio manager for Commodity Trading Advisors and fund of funds.  He has deep expertise in analyzing the risk and reward of investment opportunities.   As portfolio manager for Aloha Capital, Steve has underwritten and serviced over $50 million in loans to sophisticated real estate investors in 10 states.  A real estate investor for over 25 years, Mr. Sapourn, actively invests in commercial and single family residential projects as well lending money secured by real estate to well qualified borrowers.  Steve graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992 and lives in Boulder with his two children Athena and Apollo.

Fabio Savoldelli, Columbia University Business School

Columbia University Business School

fabio-headshot-2Fabio Savoldelli is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Columbia University, teaching Hedge Fund Selection and Investment in the MBA program.  Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer for Optima Fund Management, a fund of funds. An industry veteran, Mr. Savoldelli was Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Alternative Strategies, CIO for the Americas at the Chase Manhattan Private Bank and Deputy CIO & Head of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange at Swiss Bank Corp.  Mr. Savoldelli received a DBS from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Windsor in Canada.



Lisa Schiff, Schiff Fine Art

Schiff Fine Art

Lisa Schiff

One of the leading and internationally recognized art advisors, Lisa Schiff has over a decade of experience building private collections and foundations.  As the founder and Principal of SFA Art Advisory, she has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London.

Lisa is ABD on her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY.  She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Miami, Florida, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She attended Columbia University’s Reid Hall in Paris where she wrote her senior thesis and completed one year of law school at the Faculte de Droit de Montpellier.  Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor of art history, lectures continually and sits on panels, and is regularly sought out for her opinion in the press.  Lisa has also curated exhibitions, has mounted several benefit auctions for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and consults on visual culture for the Foundation.  She collaborated with Economic Theorist Jeremy Rifkin on an exhibition called “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism,” and is planning another based on his theories of Empathy.  Finally, Lisa has produced special projects for artists such as Alex Israel and Doug Aitken and is currently working on a project in Miami at the Perez Art Museum.

Lisa co-founded VIA Art, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute.

Nilesh Shah, Kotak AMC Ltd

Kotak AMC

Nilesh Shah

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Mr. Nilesh Shah is the Managing Director (MD) of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets and market related investments, having managed funds across equity, fixed income securities and real estate for local and global investors. In his previous assignments, Nilesh has held leadership roles with Axis Capital, ICICI Prudential Asset Management  Franklin Templeton and ICICI securities. Nilesh is the recipient of the inaugural Business Standard Fund Manager of the year award – Debt in 2004. He was part of the team that received the best fund house of the year award at Franklin Templeton as well as at ICICI Prudential. Nilesh is a gold medalist chartered accountant and a merit ranking cost accountant. His hobbies include reading and educating investors on financial planning. He has co-authored book on Financial Planning called “A Direct Take”