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Virtual Professional-in-Residence

Meet The Professionals: Investing

Areas of Expertise:

Faruq Ahmad

Faruq Ahmad

Investing

Faruq Ahmad is founding partner of Palo Alto Capital Advisors, a silicon-valley based firm which provides advisory services to institutional investors, venture capital firms, and selected companies. Over the years, he has been founder of a venture-backed software company, as well as a venture capitalist, and also an institutional investor in venture funds. Prior to Palo Alto Capital, Mr. Ahmad was Vice President at C.M. Capital (the Cha Group), a silicon-valley based investment firm with strong China links. read more >

Steven Baker

Steven Baker

Finance, Investing, Technology

Steven K. Baker, a former Citibank executive and telecom entrepreneur with 20 years of professional experience in Asia, has ongoing interests in financial and capital markets, telecoms/technology, and education.  read more >

Debra Beresini

Debra Beresini

Investing

Beresini presently sits on the boards of AGIS Networks, San Ramon, California; Hawaii Biotech, Honolulu, Hawai’i and HIBEAM, a Hawai’i-based business accelerator. She is a member of the advisory board of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship for the University of Hawai’i and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Wayne Brown Institute, an educational nonprofit focused on mentoring entrepreneurs. read more >

Tim Dick

Tim Dick

Business Specifics, Investing, Marketing, Technology

Tim is a Partner at Startup Capital Ventures, a Palo Alto based Venture Capital company with a significant Hawai`i interest. read more >

Chenoa Farnsworth

Chenoa Farnsworth

Finance, Investing

Farnsworth has more than 15 years experience in business strategy and venture investing. She is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawai‘i’s only technology venture accelerator.  Farnsworth also manages the Hawaii Angels investment network. read more >

Lena Gan

Lena Gan

Asia, Entrepreneurship, Investing

Lena Gan, an International Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group, has more than 12 years of experience providing advisory services to multinational corporations and family-owned businesses in the Asia Pacific region. Lena has also worked in academia and for the non-profit sector. read more >

Larry Gilbert

Larry Gilbert

Investing, Law

Larry Gilbert is Managing Director and CEO of Sennet Capital LLC, a Hawai'i-based merchant bank focused on mid-market private equity investments and renewable energy ventures. Mr. Gilbert’s career has been advising and managing entrepreneurial and start-up companies, both as an attorney and as an executive in several technology companies. read more >

Steve Haumschild

Steve Haumschild

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Startups

Steve Haumschild is a talented serial entrepreneur with vast experiences in various industries from Renewable Energy, Tourism ,Watersports, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Performance throughout small and large businesses.  read more >

Leigh-Ann Miyasato

Leigh-Ann Miyasato

Investing

Leigh-Ann is Vice President of DragonBridge Capital, LLC, a merchant bank that helps Chinese technology companies with joint ventures, M&A, venture capital, and other private equity needs. read more >

Henry Montgomery

Henry Montgomery

Finance, Investing

Henry C. Montgomery has more than 40 years of experience in financial and corporate management and has been CEO or CFO for many companies from start-ups to very large companies, including, Spectrian Corporation, Memorex Corporation, and Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation. He was a management consultant in both the U.S. read more >

Brett Nesland

Brett Nesland

Finance, Investing, Other

Mr. Nesland is a financier, private/angel equity investor and strategic finance professional who has over 15 years of experience in the capital markets. He has served in key advisory and management positions with several national firms, including PaineWebber, US Bancorp, Fleet (Q & R division) and KeyCorp (McDonald Financial). read more >

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other

Robert J. Robinson co-founded Kolohala Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in 2006, and is the founder of Hawaii Angels, Hawaii's angel investor network. He is the co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies, published in 2000, and was a charter member of the Angel Capital Association. read more >

Viraphanh Sananikone

Viraphanh Sananikone

Business Specifics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investing, Startups

Viraphanh Sananikone has experience in the areas of banking, investments, technology and telecom startups and consumer products; he has worked in companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies (JP Morgan, Sony) to technology and media startups. read more >

Joelle Simonpietri

Joelle Simonpietri

Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Technology

Joelle Simonpietri is an independent advisor to strategic investors in renewable fuels projects and technologies that integrate food, feed, fuel, fiber, and waste conversion.  read more >

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer

Entrepreneurship, Investing, Other, Technology

Bill Spencer is the CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc., an ocean science company that is developing open ocean aquaculture technology for sustainable and environmentally responsible industrial scale fish farming. He has also been the volunteer President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) since 1999. read more >

Tal Ziv

Tal Ziv

Investing, Other

Prior to joining Sopogy, Mr. Ziv held corporate positions with Alexander & Baldwin and GE Energy. At GE, Tal served as Business Development Manager, Global Business Development for GE’s $22 billion industrial business read more >