PANEL SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS
Oaktree Capital Management
Ms. Pope is a managing director on Oaktree’s Direct Lending team where she focuses on public and direct lending investments across a variety of industries, including telecom, consumer, retail, travel, leisure and infrastructure. Ms. Pope is also a member of Oaktree’s ESG Governance Committee. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2013, she spent a year at Lazard Frères & Co. as an associate in the Restructuring Advisory group. Prior thereto, Ms. Pope practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where she worked as an associate in the Restructuring and Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions groups, focused on advising clients on a variety of public and private acquisitions, financings, and in and out of court restructurings. Ms. Pope received her M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated as a Juris Doctor from the School of Law at Duke University. She received her B.A. in economics and political science from Duke University.
Bain Capital Double Impact
Ms Chao joined Bain Capital in 2008. She is a Managing Director on the Bain Capital Double Impact team. Prior to her current role, she was a member of the Private Equity Portfolio Group.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms Chao was a Vice President at Del Monte Foods. She led the Strategic Planning & Business Development group and held positions in Marketing. Prior to Del Monte, Ms Chao was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she primarily focused on the CPG and financial sectors.
Ms Chao received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University, where she double majored in chemical engineering and economics.
SCOTT KLEINMAN (MODERATOR)
Apollo Global Management
Scott Kleinman is Co-President of Apollo Global Management, Inc., co-leading Apollo’s day-to-day operations including all of Apollo’s revenue-generating businesses and enterprise solutions across its integrated alternative investment platform. Mr. Kleinman joined Apollo six years after its inception in 1996 was named Lead Partner for Private Equity in 2009 prior to being named Co-President in 2018. Mr. Kleinman serves on Apollo’s Management and Executive Committees.
Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Kleinman was a member of the Investment Banking division at Smith Barney Inc. He serves on the board of directors of Apollo Global Management Inc., Athene Holding Ltd. and Athora Holding Ltd, and certain other affiliated public vehicles. In 2014, Mr. Kleinman founded the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the Board of Directors at the White Plains Hospital, where he co-chaired the COVID-19 Relief Campaign. Mr. Kleinman received a BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, respectively, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Kleinman lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife Wendy and their three children.
Senior Managing Director
Anushka Sunder is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, and she focuses primarily on Blackstone’s private equity investments in Healthcare. She is also actively involved in technology, media, and consumer opportunities. Ms. Sunder joined Blackstone in 2013 and is a Director of Precision Medicine Group, Medline, HealthEdge, Hello Sunshine, TeamHealth, CARD, and Optiv and previously served as a Director of Blue Yonder. She has also been actively involved in Blackstone’s investments in Signature Aviation, NCR, and InComm. She is co-chair of the Blackstone Women’s Initiative task force and on the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Leadership Council.
Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Sunder was at TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs in the Financial Institutions Group.
Ms. Sunder received her B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar at the National Institutes of Health and co-authored a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience. She is also a member of the Corporate Leaders Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senior Managing Director
Rebecca Sykes is a global industry analyst and portfolio manager at Wellington Management, specializing in pharmaceuticals. Her portfolio management responsibilities include a variety of health care investment vehicles, including a global health care hedge fund, an emerging markets health care fund, and several other long-only health care equity products. Rebecca joined Wellington Management in 2007 from Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she was an analyst in the health care investment banking group. Rebecca earned both her BS and MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Martha Kelley is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where she oversees the firm's private real estate investing effort in the northeast across asset classes, strategies and return profiles. Martha joined Goldman Sachs in 2014 as an Associate and was named Managing Director in 2021. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Martha worked in investment banking for five years. She began her career at Hill Street Capital in 2007 and joined BNP Paribas in 2010 when Hill Street Capital was acquired by the French bank.
Martha is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps to teach a graduate architecture studio. She has published an article, "Urban Housing and the Value of the Architect," in the book, Under Pressure–Essays on Urban Housing. She is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Martha earned an AB in Political Economics from Princeton University in 2007 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Anarghya Vardhana is a Partner at Maveron, a consumer-only venture capital firm. Anarghya spends her time understanding consumer and cultural behavioral shifts, identifying the billion-dollar businesses that will emerge, and partnering with the right founders to help grow those startups into iconic consumer brands.
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KATIE ST. PETERS
Kirkland & Ellis
Katie St. Peters is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group, where her practice focuses on structuring and forming investment funds ranging from first-time funds to funds of over $15 billion. She represents leading fund sponsors across a wide variety of strategies, including leveraged buyout funds, growth funds, distressed funds, credit funds, evergreen funds, and other private investment vehicles. Katie also has experience guiding multiple sponsors through expanding their product offerings. In addition to fund formation matters, Katie counsels fund sponsors on various operational and firm management issues, including governance matters, compensation and succession planning arrangements, separation arrangements, regulatory compliance, and other investment management matters. She also advises fund managers on fund-related aspects of M&A transactions, including deal-structuring, co-investment arrangements and alternative investment structures.