Board of Advisors

Professor Jan Rivkin

Professor Jan Rivkin

Jan Rivkin is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor and chair of the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. His research, course development, and teaching efforts examine the interactions across functional and product boundaries within a firm. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Professor Rivkin also co-chairs HBS’s project on the competitiveness of the United States.

Professor Rivkin received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard. Earlier, he studied chemical engineering and public policy at Princeton and obtained a M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics on a Marshall Scholarship. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Rivkin led case teams and managed client relationships at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Gary McGraw

Dr. Gary McGraw

Gary McGraw is the CTO of Cigital, Inc., a global software security consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a globally recognized authority on software security and the author of eight best-selling books on this topic. Dr. McGraw has also written more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and authors a monthly security column for SearchSecurity and Information Security Magazine.

Besides serving as a strategic counselor for top business and IT executives, Dr. McGraw is on the Advisory Boards of Dasient (acquired by Twitter), Fortify Software (acquired by HP), Wall&Main, Inc., and Raven White. His dual PhD is in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics. Dr. McGraw served on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors and produces the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine (syndicated by SearchSecurity).

Andrew Klaber

Andrew Klaber

Andrew Klaber is the president and founder of Even Ground (previously Orphans Against AIDS), an international non-profit organization that annually provides more than 700 children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS with academic support, basic health care, and nutrition. He is also an investment professional at Paulson & Company, a multi-strategy hedge fund in New York.

Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Mr. Klaber graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa president from Yale College. He earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction.

Mr. Klaber is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Term Member Program, Economic Club of New York, and New York State Bar. He is a co-author of the book Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (2012) and a Fellow at Trumbull College, Yale University. He has received multiple awards for his charitable work.

Andrew Hecht

Andrew Hecht

Andrew Hecht is an experienced corporate lawyer and entrepreneur. Prior to founding the Law Offices of Andrew A. Hecht, Mr. Hecht was a corporate and securities lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a leading international law firm, based in the firm’s offices in New York, Tokyo and Palo Alto.

Previously, Mr. Hecht co-founded and served as first Chief Legal Officer of Wall&Main, Inc., one of the earliest companies to announce its intention to enter the post-JOBS Act crowdfunding industry. Prior to studying law, he was a successful software developer, who helped design and build the enterprise servers that became the initial backbone of the online bill payment industry. He also developed speech recognition-based trader workstations to enable stock traders to engage in high speed hands-free trading.

Mr. Hecht holds a B.A in Asian Languages & Civilizations from Amherst College, a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and a M.E.M. in Environmental & Resource Economics from Duke University - Nicholas School of the Environment.

Gary Zimmerman

Gary Zimmerman

Gary Zimmerman is the Managing Partner of Six Trees Capital LLC and Founder of MaxMyInterest.com. Previously, Mr. Zimmerman was an investment banker at Citigroup, where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Strategic Solutions for Sovereign Wealth Funds, responsible for advising these funds on their direct investment activities globally. In that role, he spent considerable time in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia advising funds with more than $5 trillion of assets under management.

Earlier, Mr. Zimmerman led Citigroup’s cross-border M&A business in Japan, advising multinational corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds on their strategic ambitions overseas. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Zimmerman worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. and SG Barr Devlin, a division of Societe Generale, both in New York.

Mr. Zimmerman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Economics, and subsequently completed an executive education program at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

Advisory Board Member Emerita

Harriet Pearson

Harriet Pearson

Harriet Pearson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Hogan Lovells US LLP, where her practice focuses on privacy and cybersecurity. Dubbed by one legal publication as the “First Lady of Privacy,” Ms. Pearson is one of the first and longest-serving chief privacy officers in the Fortune 500 and an internationally-recognized data privacy and security pioneer. Previously, Ms. Pearson served as Vice President, Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for the IBM Corporation.

Ms. Pearson co-founded and helps lead the Coalition on Privacy and Free Trade, and also leads a multi-industry Working Group on Privacy and Cybersecurity. She also currently co-chairs the Georgetown University Cybersecurity Law Institute and serves on the ABA President’s Task Force on Cybersecurity and on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy Forum.

Ms. Pearson advises clients on matters involving Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commerce Department, and other federal and state bodies. Frequently invited to speak to business and academic groups, she recently finished a four-year appointment as an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University, teaching a graduate seminar on Security, Privacy, and Trust. Ms. Pearson graduated with honors from the UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif) and Princeton University, where she majored in civil engineering.