Web3 & Metaverse
COO, Faculty Member at NYU
Ayesha Kiani is a Faculty Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering where she's teaching and researching on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology. She is also a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners and a mentor at Techstars.
Previously, Ayesha was a Managing Director for Republic Crypto, where she successfully led Republic’s fundraising efforts for its Security Token presale. Before Republic, Ayesha was an early employee of Consensys, within SingularDTV. She is currently an Investor Board Member at Ventures for America and a Venture Partner at NextGen Ventures.
She is a graduate of NYU Law and started her career at Skadden Arps.
VP / Co-leads Consumer, Point72 Ventures
Grace Ng is a member of the Investment Team at Point72 Ventures, where she co-leads consumer investing.
Prior to joining Point72, Grace was a growth equity and venture investor at The Raine Group, where she invested in and advised high growth tech and media companies. Earlier, she led strategy and business development at AwesomenessTV, a digital media company sold to Comcast NBCUniversal. She also worked on Disney’s Corporate Strategy team, focused on direct-to-consumer initiatives and next-gen consumer internet investments in Los Angeles. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong.
Grace holds a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis & Visual Arts from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Global Tech Portfolio Manager, Marshall Wace
Kejia Sun is the portfolio manager of the MW Global Technology strategy. She joined the firm in 2020.
Before joining Marshall Wace, Kejia spent five years at Citadel Global Equities as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to this, she was an investment analyst at JAT Capital Management and Moon Capital, and as a Private Equity Associate at Bain Capital. Before working in investment management, she was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company.
Kejia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Biological Sciences from Stanford University.
Entrepreneur & Investor, Republic
Pialy Aditya is an investor and operator. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Republic, the investment platform for pre-seed to pre-IPO companies.
She worked in venture capital for 5 years before taking on senior operating roles within two publicly traded companies: ShopYourWay (division of Sears Holdings) and Donna Karan (division of LVMH). Pialy is the Founder of Mintbox, a data analytics platform impacting revenue drivers for fashion & beauty retailers. She is an active startup investor and advisor.
Pialy holds a BS from NYU Stern and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Room40
Brittany Yoon is an EIR at Room40.
Previously, Brittany was a Partner at NFX where she invested in companies like Dongnae, Arc, Foodology, SafeBase, Odetta and Hue Beauty.
She received a BA in Economics, Asian Studies and Computer Science from Dartmouth College and MBA from Harvard Business School.