Innovation Challenge Advisors

Teams advancing to the final round will have the opportunity to connect with subject matter expert advisors to receive feedback and guidance to propel their venture to the next level.

Tony Mueller

President, Spectrolab (a Boeing Company)

Business 

Innovation 

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Sarita A. Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA

President and CEO, The SCAN Foundation

Public Policy

Healthcare 

Business 

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Judd Lather

Associate Director, Program and Portfolio Management, Illumina

Healthcare 

Business 

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Joshua Fields

Data Center-Energy & Location Strategy, Google

Business 

Innovation 

Sustainability

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Jim Jusko

Founder, FireLight Health

Healthcare 

Social Impact

Entrepreneurship

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Tamar Fuhrer

Associate Director, Kite, A Gilead Company

Business 

Sustainability

Public Policy

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Alex Hart ('19)

Investor, Vive Ventures

Healthcare 

Business 

Innovation 

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Brian Yeh

Director, Global Commercial Strategy and Operations - Kite Pharma

Innovation 

Business 

Entrepreneurship

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Dan Selz

Senior Impact Manager, XPRIZE Foundation

Social Impact

Innovation 

Entrepreneurship

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Michael Leitch

Technical Manager, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

Social Impact

Innovation

Sustainability

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David J. Whelan ('02)

Chief Executive Officer, BioscienceLA

Healthcare

Public Policy

Entrepreneurship

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Neama Dadkhahnikoo

Tech Lead AI, XPRIZE

Social Impact

Innovation 

Entrepreneurship

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Nurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA

Sustainability

Public Policy

Social Impact

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Angela Hsiao ('14)

Director of Product Management, PatientSafe Solutions

Healthcare  Business 

Innovation 

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Richard Passov (’84)

Former CFO, Zoetis; Former Treasurer, Pfizer

Healthcare 

Business

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Danny Yu (’96)

CEO, Riven

Sustainability  Entrepreneurship  Deep Tech 

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Danie Beukman

Director, Kibo Global

Public Policy
Go-to-Market Strategies

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Sergio Gonzales

Former Director of Innovation Programs, eBay

Business  Innovation  Social Impact

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Peter Kung (’14)

SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Hospital Sisters Health System

Healthcare  Business 

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Farbod Hagigi, Ph.D. (B.A. ’02, MPH ’03)

CEO and Founder, ClinicalBox Inc.

Healthcare  Entrepreneurship  Public Policy

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Mary LeBlanc (’82)

President and Principal Consultant, Bridger Val Associates LLC

Healthcare  Business  Innovation

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Charles Corbett, Ph.D.

Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability, IBM Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Sustainability  Business

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Jess de Jesus, Pharm.D., MBA/HCM, FACHE

Chief Pharmacy Officer, UCLA Health

Healthcare  Pharmaceutical Services

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Jim McDermott

Founder and Managing Partner, Rusheen Capital Management LLC

Sustainability  Innovation  Entrepreneurship

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Yipeng Zhao

Managing Partner, Embark Ventures

Sustainability  Entrepreneurship
Early-Stage Fundraising

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Tom Georgis (’98)

CEO, Georgis Consulting

Sustainability  Business  Entrepreneurship

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Howard Ko (’06)

Principal, Morpheus Ventures

Healthcare  Innovation  Entrepreneurship

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Ryan Moore

Head of Revenue Strategy and Solutions, Quibi

Innovation  Business
Go-to-market Strategies

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Dena Bravata

Co-Founder, Lyra Health

Healthcare  Innovation  Entrepreneurship

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Get Involved

 

Want to be an advisor? Get involved with the Innovation Challenge as an advisor by emailing Jaymie Park, Innovation Challenge Program Manager at jaymie.park@anderson.ucla.edu.