Michelle Brooks is a managing principal with Arlon Capital Partners, the direct private investment arm of the Continental Grain Company. Prior to joining Arlon, Michelle was a principal with Weston Presidio, a private equity investment fund, and Editorial Director for Experience, Inc. Michelle received her A.B. in Government from Harvard College and her M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. Michelle lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and children.
Jessamyn Berniker is a partner at law firm in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on patent litigation and licensing disputes, although she has significant litigation experience in criminal, copyright, antitrust, legal malpractice, and general civil matters as well. Jessamyn received undergraduate degrees in chemistry and French from Pacific Lutheran University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a long-time member of the 18th Street Singers, a Washington-based choir that performs regularly at the Kennedy Center. Jessamyn lives in Washington, DC with her husband.
Abdul-Rahman Lediju is currently an investment officer in Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance Group in NY, which focuses on impact investments globally via structured social investment vehicles. He has geographic responsibility for investments in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and supports the management of funds for inclusive financial institutions and clean cookstove and clean fuel social enterprises. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for FINCA International, a global microfinance network, in East, Southern and West Africa, including serving as Chief Operations Officer for FINCA’s greenfield operations in Nigeria. Previously, Mr. Lediju worked with the distressed investments group at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (New York) and in transactional and restructuring law for Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP (New York). He was also a fellow with the legal advisory group at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy). Mr. Lediju received his Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law and B.A. in Social Science (focus on African international development) and minor in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a licensed New York attorney.