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    Sep 12, 2019

    HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES THAT PATRICIA KELLY HAS BECOME PRESIDENT, PHANI NAGARJUNA PRESIDENT ELECT, TONY CHAO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND DAVID SEFTEL PRESIDENT STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

    Patricia Kelly, President
    Ms. Kelly has spent the majority of her career in the financial industry starting as a financial analyst on Wall Street in the 1980s. As a partner in a Palo Alto based investment management firm, Ms. Kelly was responsible for managing $2.5 billion for institutional clients, including the Vanguard Equity Income Fund. In the Spring of 2014, Ms. Kelly began teaching a course in Personal Financing and Investing at U. C. Santa Cruz. Ms. Kelly also serves on various nonprofit boards. Ms. Kelly is an HBS MBA 87 and holds a BA in Economics from U.C. and an Executive Education degree from Stanford Business School in sustainability.

    In January 2014, Ms. Kelly was recognized by the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California as one of the top business and community leaders of the Bay Area in celebrations commemorating 50 years of women at Harvard Business School. 

    In her recent two- year role as Chief Operating Officer of HBSANC, Kelly refined and systematized club operations. Under her leadership, the organization has sponsored a record number of engaging events while reducing operating expenses. Pat Kelly’s wealth of knowledge of club history will be instrumental in shepherding in our new club leaders.

    Phani Nagarjuna, President Elect
    Mr. Nagarjuna is a successful silicon-valley entrepreneur and a visionary executive with 22+ years of global executive leadership experience across the cognitive sciences, software and information technology industries. Mr. Nagarjuna is currently Chief Analytics Officer and CEO of Nuevora, an AI/Big Data Analytics company he founded. Nuevora was ranked as one of the Top 10 Big Data Firms by CIO.com and merged with Sutherland in 2016.

    Nagarjuna is actively interviewed/published across popular media including C-Suite Network, Forbes, Global Finance Magazine, Chief Executive Magazine, CFO.com, CEO.com, and CMO.com. Mr. Nagarjuna is an HBS MBA 2000 and has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, India, and the University of Cincinnati, respectively.

    As President Elect of HBSANC, Nagarjuna is keen to accelerate the active engagement of the vibrant HBS Bay Area alumni community with the Club while working aggressively to promote HBS’s mission of life-long learning and educating leaders who make a difference in the world through purpose-driven networking opportunities.
     
    Tony Chao, Chief Operating Officer
    Ms. Chao is a Partner at Tyche Partners, a venture capital firm that focuses on investments in early and early growth stage companies with disruptive technologies. Tony was the General Manager of Applied Ventures, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials. Tony managed a +$250M portfolio of over 60 companies. Tony is a recognized leader in the corporate venture community having been named to the Global Corporate Venturing Power list numerous times and served as Chair of the NVCA CVG group.

    Before becoming a venture investor, Mr. Chao served in technology leadership roles at numerous startups in the Boston area, including Director of Engineering at Cymfony (acquired by TNS Media Intelligence) and Lobby7 (acquired by ScanSoft/Nuance). Tony Chao is an HBS MBA 2007 and he holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

    As a seasoned venture capitalist and technologist with over two decades of experience, Mr. Chao brings broad international experience, agile business development acumen, strong technical analytics, and a service-oriented, entrepreneurial mindset to his role an HBSANC.
     
    David Seftel, President of Strategic Initiatives
    David Seftel, M.D., M.B.A. is a practicing physician, scientist and entrepreneur. He is CEO of Enable Biosciences - the multi award-winning early-and-accurate disease prediction and diagnosis company. Since winning the regional 2016 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition in 2016, his company has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the American Diabetes Association. David is deeply passionate about transforming the trajectory of health care by providing cost-effective tools to predict and accurately diagnose disease at the earliest possible time to result in optimal outcomes.

    Seftel is an HBS MBA 1992 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Physiology and a Doctorate in Medicine from Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa. Involved in non-profit sector as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Research and Development, Macular Degeneration Foundation Inc. David has been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey show and ABC news as an expert in the health care sector.

    David Seftel will be serving as President of Strategic Initiatives for HBSANC. This will include engaging his significant network and startup success skills to benefit the greater HBSANC community via the creation of an industry-agnostic, self-sustaining innovation center to support and promote entrepreneurial HBS alumni in the Bay Area.
     
    About Harvard Business School Association of Northern California
    HBSANC is one of the largest alumni organizations in the world. Our mission is to provide meaningful forums for HBS alumni to connect with one another and the School, inspire through engaging, diverse and enriching programs, and to make an impact in their personal and professional communities.  Founded in 1969, HBSANC is a unique, powerful platform connecting the leadership and management expertise of HBS and its alumni with the vital, dynamic community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

    HBSANC conducts a wide range of activities, including:

    • Organizing over 100 events annually with CEOs and other C-Suite speakers, professors, workshop facilitators providing exceptional opportunities to learn, grow and network
    • Operating the Community Partners program, which serves over 40 nonprofits annually with over 11K volunteer hours providing the equivalent of $2.5MM annually in pro bono consulting services
    • “HBS Hacks,” a collaborative event between HBS alumni, for-profits, nonprofits and government agencies troubleshooting local issues like the economic challenge of managing the transition of Bay Area workers to a more automated work environment
    • Facilitating and supporting entrepreneurship among HBS alumni through innovative StartUp Partners program contributing over 11k volunteer hours annually including over 200 annual Advisory Meetings for HBS related start-ups
    • Hosting one of the largest One Harvard New Venture Competitions with 50 competitors and over 200 attendees
    • Operating Alumni Angel investing group in that supported 1,800 early stage companies since inception of which 84% have been acquired or are still in business
    • Hosted 90 dinners since 1969 honoring prestigious business leaders (including. Dr. Stephen Chu, Charles Schwab, Warren Hellman, Arthur Rock, Robert Mondavi, William Draper and William Hewlett) and entrepreneurial companies (including 3 Com, Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Pixar, Salesforce)
    • Awarding scholarships to send local nonprofit executives to HBS Executive Education program and awarding prizes and in-kind services to entrepreneurial companies 
       

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