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Ashesh C Shah (Alex)
Alex has 20+ years of global operational experience in building, integrating, and managing enterprises from concept through IPO. He has managed a venture capital portfolio of over $1.5B AUM and returns in excess of 30%. As a serial entrepreneur, he has overseen the high-profile exits of solo sciences, Good & Co, Black Duck Software,, Frigo RevolutionWear and StarStreet. among others. Alex is an active participant in the global entrepreneurial community and specializes in sourcing transactions often unavailable to the broader investment community and ahead of institutional exposure. He holds patents in intellectual property, licensing, consumer loyalty, couponing and payment technology.

Alex has served on a Presidential taskforce for the CIA, holding top secret and special clearances, and as a VP of R&D for Razorfish. He is on the Advanced Research Board at Partners Healthcare and is a graduate of Williams College.

Palle Pedersen
Palle has a strong 20+ year track record of launching new ventures across a variety of business areas and technologies. Palle’s expertise lies in bridging the gap between business and technology while implementing empowering technical and patent strategies. He has served as founding investor and founding CTO for several companies,  is known as a reputable resource in the global technology entrepreneur community, and is often sought out to mentor fellow entrepreneurs.  His recent exits have included solo sciences ($22.5M), Good & Co, Black Duck Software ($565M), ($48M), Frigo RevolutionWear and StarStreet.

Palle holds a diverse set of patents including large scale genome-style search, cryptography, and legal document management. He has a graduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Danish Technical University, where he graduated first in his class.

Katie Flannery
Katie brings 10 years of sales startup experience with three years in cannabis technology and five years in the Quality Assurance, Research & Development and Engineering space consulting for FDA-regulated life sciences companies such as Stryker, Philips Healthcare, Medtronic, Astellas, Hospira/Pfizer. She has been a top billing technical sales leader in SaaS and VAR and has built out several multi-million dollar revenue streams from scratch. On top of her background in sales, Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Pre-Med. She is also an avid skier, adventurer, and musician.

Jamie Leo
Creative Director Jamie Leo brings a breadth of disciplines to The London Fund – honed through leading successful national brand launches and team-building at agencies, boutique design houses, universities, and advocacy organizations. His award-winning, cross-channel storytelling (via his writing and design competencies) include campaigns for IBM, P&G, Wolters Kluwer, as well as writing an award-winning campaign for New York City’s recycling program. Jamie has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, a keynote speaker, design adjudicator, hackathon winner, and an Edward Albee Writing Fellow. A key designer for the hit musical, “RENT,” he recently premiered his own work “’68” (co-written with composer Paul Leschen), all while preparing his newest body of artworks to show again at Art Basel Miami.

Melissa O’Brien
Community manager and co-founder for engin sciences and partner FlowerHire X. With her background in partnership management at solo sciences, and investor relations manager at The London Fund, Melissa extends and enables cross-industry relationships. An avid traveler (a flight leader and attendant for over six years), she is passionate about learning other cultures and bringing people together; she is currently collaborating on a program in support of children in Africa. Facility management coordinator for mid to late-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. BA in Behavioral Sciences, Purdue University.