Advisors

Susan Athey

Susan Athey is Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Ph.D. from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard. In 2007, Professor Athey received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to “that American economist under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” She was elected to the National Academy of Science in 2012 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Professor Athey’s current research focuses on the economics of the internet, internet search, online advertising and the news media, and virtual currencies. She advises governments and businesses on the design of auction-based marketplaces, notably since 2007 serving as a long-term consultant to Microsoft Corporation in a variety of roles, including chief economist.

Donald Donahue

Donald Donahue is the President and CEO of Miranda Partners, LLC, a firm that provides risk-related consulting services to financial market infrastructure companies. Previously, Donahue served as the COO and then the CEO of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, the principal post-trade infrastructure organization supporting U.S. securities and derivatives markets, which processes transactions worth more than $1.6 quadrillion annually. Donahue has consulted for many years with U.S. government agencies on cybersecurity and other infrastructure protection matters. He currently sits on several philanthropic boards, including United Way of New York City, NYC Leadership Academy, and Physicians for Human Rights. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a boutique corporate advisory and investment firm headquartered in New York that provides strategic counsel and investment insights on European and international political, economic, technology, and security matters.

Mr. zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As youngest Defense Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding. During his time in office he was Germany’s most popular politician.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a CSU Bundestag Member during 2002-2011 and served as spokesman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and serves as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom.

Anja Manuel

Anja Manuel is a Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm that assists senior executives at major U.S. companies in key emerging markets such as China, India and the Middle East. She also teaches in Stanford University’s International Policy Studies program. Previously, Ms. Manuel served as an official at the U.S. Department of State, where she held responsibility for South and Central Asian policy, congressional outreach, and legal matters. Prior, Ms. Manuel was an attorney at WilmerHale and investment banker at Salomon Brothers International in London. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.