MONA JHAVERI, PH.D
Dr. Jhaveri is the Founder and Executive Director of Music Beats Cancer. Dr. Jhaveri holds a Doctorate in Biochemistry from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. She trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute and at the Lombardi Cancer Center of Georgetown, where she was granted the SPORE Fellowship Award for Breast Cancer Research. Dr. Jhaveri specialized in intellectual property and technology transfer management while at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
In 2005, Dr. Jhaveri founded Foligo Therapeutics, Inc. to develop and commercialize a DNA-based therapeutic compound as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer. In 2010, Foligo’s poor funding position resulted in the shutdown of its R&D operation and abandonment of its lead compound in development. Dr. Jhaveri was inspired to launch Music Beats Cancer to help address the critical funding bottleneck that constrains cancer product development.
Claire Schultz is an award-winning strategist with three decades of executive level management experience at Hearing Health Foundation, Amnesty International, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), NBC, Microsoft, and Disney/ABC, Inc.
Ms. Schultz has an established track record of success creating business and financial plans, launching new products and programs, fundraising, new business development and creative partnerships that produce bottom-line results. She is a dynamic leader and manager skilled at coaching and mentoring staff and teams.
Ms. Schultz earned her B.A. in Communications/Rhetoric at Tulane University and completed a Certificate Program in Linguistic Studies at University of East Anglia, Norwich U.K.
Leonardo Cavalli, an award winning business expert, is skilled at teaching the art of negotiation. He is also a New York based motivational speaker that travels the world helping individuals get the most out of their lives.
Cavalli, author of the chart-topping memoir, 24 & Divorced, uses his personal experience to show people who are single, dating, engaged, married and divorced that it is possible to discover inner peace. His inspiring story–finding the strength to triumph over adversity– is deeply motivating and his work as a marriage counselor led him to conduct seminars across America. Cavilli is fueled by his personal mission to guide people through the pains and pleasures of love and life.
As the Co-CEO for The Current Music Group, and through his affiliation with major labels including Sony, Def Jam, Warner Brothers and Epic Records, Cavalli provides oversight and serves as Executive Producer of several musical projects. He is also a songwriter, video director and recording artist. In addition to his successful creative pursuits, Cavalli works as an international headhunter for a London based firm that specializes in job placement for IT professionals.
Prem Tadipatri is a Wall Street executive with over 25 years of banking experience, including financial services, investment banking, private banking, finance and risk and shared services. Currently, he serves as a Director at Credit Suisse of New York, Driving Innovation, Efficiency and Productivity. In this role, Prem leads an active portfolio for the bank in the realm of innovation & transformation. He is considered a subject matter expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning, new banking, fintech investing, and risk and data analytics across the Industry.
Separately, Prem has launched entrepreneurial programs at Credit Suisse. He successfully led incubator exits and actively supports their private equity funds as an advisor on investing, deal flow, evaluation and valuation. He is also pursuing several patent pending ideas and remains an active advisor, board member and mentor to several startups.
Prem holds an M.B.A in Finance & Entrepreneurship with Honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with a gold medal from Pune University.
On a personal note, Prem is self-taught guitarist and songwriter. He has travelled extensively, has lived in six countries and speaks five languages and he is currently authoring a book on his collection of daily quotes.