Ruulke Bagijn

Head of Global Investment Solutions, Carlyle; Chair of the Board, AlpInvest

Ruulke Bagijn is Head of Carlyle’s Global Investment Solutions segment and Chair of the Board of AlpInvest. Ms. Bagijn is a member of the AlpInvest Investment Committee and the Carlyle Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is based in New York.

Ms. Bagijn joined AlpInvest from AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets, where she was the Global Head of Real Assets Private Equity and a member of its Management Board. Prior to AXA Investment Managers, she was Co- Chief Investment Officer of Investment Management and Chief Investment Officer of Private Markets at PGGM, with direct responsibility for managing investments in infrastructure, hedge funds, structured credit, private equity, insurance-linked securities and private real estate.

Ms. Bagijn previously held several senior roles at ABN AMRO. Ruulke received an MSc in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CFA charterholder.


John D’Agostino

CEO, Dagger Consulting

John D’Agostino serves as an independent director on several of the world’s largest asset managers, where he represents the interests of Limited Partners in a fiduciary capacity. Separately, John is a Senior Advisor to Coinbase. Prior, John was the US Managing Director for Waystone Governance, the world’s largest fund governance firm. There, John served on the global governance committee and served on the Board of Directors for several of the world’s largest asset managers, including several of the largest digital asset funds in the United States.

Previously, John was a Managing Director at KPMG Consulting, where he was part of the firm’s global leadership for the Finance and Hedge Fund consulting groups. While at KPMG, he provided operational and strategic advisory services across a variety of industries, including advising on the acquisition of the London Metals Exchange by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

John served as Vice President and Head of Strategy for the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he helped transition the floor to electronic trading and was part of the leadership team building out the core systems to accommodate co-location, quant and HFT volumes. He also led the effort to develop the first Middle East energy derivatives exchange in partnership with the Dubai Government. This work and John’s role was chronicled as the subject of two NY Times bestselling books, Rigged by Ben Mezrich and The Start Up Of You by Reid Hoffman.

A cum laude graduate of Williams College, John received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, after studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. John has adjunct lecturer positions at Instead, MIT and Columbia Universities, where he lectures in Fintech and Governance. In 2021, John was named Fellow of the AIF Institute Financial Innovation Center of Excellence. In 2019, John was named Chair of the UK Consulate’s Financial Services Working Group.


Maryam Haque

Executive Director, Venture Forward

Maryam is the Executive Director of Venture Forward, where she leads the organization in its mission to shape the future of venture capital. She previously served as SVP of Industry Advancement at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where she incubated several Venture Forward initiatives. At NVCA, she led research and data, education, and diversity and inclusion programming. She managed the production of the annual NVCA Yearbook, quarterly PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, and NVCA-Deloitte Human Capital Survey. She also created VC University (a joint initiative between NVCA and Startup@BerkeleyLaw), LP Office Hours, and the Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium.

Prior to joining NVCA, Maryam managed the research department at EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets, as the Senior Director of Research in Washington, DC. Before EMPEA, she was a Senior Research Analyst in the Private Equity & Venture Capital division of Dow Jones & Company, supporting its flagship product VentureSource in San Francisco.

Maryam is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.


Scott Kupor

Managing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Scott Kupor is an Investing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he is also responsible for all operational aspects of running the firm.

Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Scott worked as vice president and general manager of Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the Opsware acquisition, where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. In this role, he had global responsibility for customer interaction, including professional services, technical pre-sales and customer support.

Scott joined Opsware shortly after the company’s founding and held numerous executive management positions including vice president, financial planning and vice president, corporate development. In these roles, he led the company’s private financing activities as well as its initial public offering in 2001. Scott also started the company’s Asia Pacific operations and led the execution of the company’s multiple acquisitions. Prior to Opsware, Scott represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.

In addition to his board seats affiliated with the firm’s portfolio companies, Scott is chairman of the board of Genesys Works, board member for the Global Impact Investing Network, and Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has also served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, co-founder and co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Rock Center’s Guide to Venture-Backed Board Membership, Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law. Scott is vice-chairman of the investment committee and a member of the finance committee for St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital and serves as a member of the finance and investment committee for Stanford Medical Center, and a member of the investment committees for The Rhodes Trust, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Lick Wilmerding High School.

He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It, published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin.

Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy with honors and distinction. He also holds a law degree with distinction from Stanford University and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Scott serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: Cedar, Foursquare, Labster, and SnapLogic.


Davis Noell

Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

Davis Noell is a Senior Managing Director based in our New York office. He co-leads the firm's private equity investment activities in North America, oversees investor relations and fundraising efforts and is a member of Providence's investment, portfolio review and operating committees. Mr. Noell is currently a director of 365 Retail Markets, The Chernin Group, DoubleVerify and

He was previously a director of GLM, OEConnection, Stream Global Services, SunGard Data Systems and World Triathlon Corporation. Prior to joining Providence in 2003, Mr. Noell worked in Deutsche Bank’s media investment banking group. He is a trustee of the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Noell received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Laura Starks

Professor, Finance, McCombs School of Business

Laura T. Starks, Ph.D., is the George Kozmetsky Centennial Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Her current research focuses on ESG issues, including climate finance and board diversity, as well as molecular genetics and financial decisions. She has won many awards for her research and teaching, including the 2021 Moskowitz Prize, which is the premier global prize for research in sustainable finance.

She is Research Associate of the NBER, Research Member for the ECGI, and Senior Fellow for ABFER. She is President of the American Finance Association. She has previously served as President of the Society of Financial Studies, Western Finance Association and Financial Management Association. She has served in a number of editorial positions including Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and Advisory Editor for the Financial Analysts Journal. She has served on mutual funds’ boards of directors, pension fund advisory committees, the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, the Governing Council of the Independent Directors Council, and advisory committees for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and the Norwegian Finance Initiative. She currently serves on academic advisory boards or committees for AIF Global, FTSE-Russell, Pacific Center for Asset Management, Texas Wall Street Women and PRI (Principles of Responsible Investing), where she is also Vice-Chair.




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