Lowell Bryan led the effort to create the Touch Foundation and has served as President from inception in 2004 until 2020. As Touch’s President, and now Chairman of the Board, Lowell has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the organization, thus changing the lives of many in Tanzania.
Lowell retired in January 2012 from McKinsey & Company after 36 years at the firm. He served as a Director (i.e. senior partner) for 27 of those years. Over those years he helped found, and lead, McKinsey’s financial institutions practice and its strategy practice. He consulted to the top management and boards of directors of dozens of financial institutions, healthcare, and industrial clients primarily on issues of strategy and organization. He has written six books on banking, capital markets, strategy and organizational topics including Race for the World (about strategies for a global economy) and Mobilizing Minds: Creating Wealth From Talent in the 21st Century (organizing for the 21st Century).
He is a graduate and trustee of Davidson College, where he also established the Bryan Scholar program, a scholarship awarded to outstanding student-athletes. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and served on their board of visitors.
Lowell continues to serve as a Senior Partner Emeritus of the firm and continues to provide advice and counsel to the top management and the boards and directors of several large clients on a range of corporate strategy and organizational issues. He is also a board member of Tresata, a private company, and HWC, a private company.
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Celia A. Felsher has been a member of Touch’s Board of Directors since 2007. She became President and CEO of Touch in May of 2020.
Celia retired from her position as Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Reservoir Capital Group, an investment management firm based in New York, at the beginning of 2018. Ms. Felsher joined Reservoir in 1998 as General Counsel. She became a Partner at Reservoir in 2005, and added the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2008. From 1988 through 1997, Ms. Felsher was a Partner in the Corporate Department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Prior to 1988 Ms. Felsher was an Associate at Milbank. During her time at Milbank, Ms. Felsher represented both U.S. and non-U.S. clients in a wide variety of corporate matters, including the public and private issuance of debt and equity securities, stock and asset acquisitions, and in connection with the formation of REITs and private investment funds.
Ms. Felsher received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1976 and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1979, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Celia also serves on the Board of Save the Sound, an environmental action organization that fights climate change and works to save endangered lands, protect Long Island Sound and restore ecosystems.
Kevin is a Partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and the Founding Director of Stroock’s Public Service Project. His responsibilities include management of the program, leading cases, and advising and assisting associates and partners with their pro bono litigation and transactional work. Kevin has handled or supervised a broad range of matters within the Public Service Project, from special education hearings to family and housing court matters, as well as counseling non-profit entities and micro-entrepreneurs. During his tenure, Kevin and the Public Service Project have won dozens of awards from city, state, and national organizations, both public and private, including the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Prior to his 2001 appointment as the Project’s director, Kevin spent more than five years handling a wide range of commercial litigation matters for Stroock. He has written and presented on a broad range of social justice topics and his work has been recognized by two of his alma maters, Dartmouth College (Martin Luther King Jr./Lester B. Granger Lifetime Achievement Award) and Fordham University School of Law (Champion of Justice Award and The Louis J. Lefkowitz Award).
Claudio Braz Ferro is a former executive of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, where he was the Chief Supply Officer and member of the Executive Board of Management. Born in 1955, Claudio is a Brazilian citizen and holds a degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brazil, and has studied Brewing Science at the Catholic University of Leuven, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.
He is also on the board of The Icla da Silva Foundation, the largest “be the match registry” recruitment center in the United States for bone marrow donors, with a strong focus on minority communities.
Claudio is the founder and chairman of 7P Capital, a private investment company. He currently lives in London with his wife, and has two children and two grandchildren.
Claudia is Executive Director, Strategy at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Prior to joining Skadden in 2011, Claudia was a Principal with McKinsey & Company. She was with the firm for nearly 15 years, serving as the head of McKinsey’s Global Professional Services Practice and working in McKinsey’s Financial Services and Organization Practices. Claudia is the co-author of Mobilizing Minds: Creating Wealth From Talent in the 21st Century. She holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Mbago Kaniki is CEO of Alva Charge, an e-mobility company, and CEO of Adansonia Management, a private investment firm. He has invested in private and public companies since 2001. Mbago serves on nonprofit boards including Maendeleo and Touch Foundation.
Mbago was previously a Managing Director and the Head of Strategic Investments at 40 North Industries; a Senior Analyst at Anchorage Capital Group; a Principal at Sageview Capital; a Vice President at The Carlyle Group; and a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University.
Steven Kelmar is a healthcare executive with extensive experience working with healthcare systems across the world. He was Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and served as Chief of Staff to Aetna’s Chairman, responsible for corporate strategy and managing the executive committee of the corporation. Mr. Kelmar was also responsible for Aetna’s government, regulatory and policy teams; and head of Communications and the Aetna Foundation. He reported directly to Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini and served on the company’s executive committee.
Prior to Aetna, Mr. Kelmar was head of Global Public Affairs and Policy for Merck and Co., and also served in that capacity for Novartis AG, in Basel, Switzerland. In these roles, he was responsible for setting and driving the public affairs and policy strategies globally for these companies.
Before joining Novartis he served as Senior Vice President, External Relations for Medtronic Inc. In this role he led efforts to establish the company as a leading healthcare technology company. He also had responsibility for corporate planning and established business initiatives that lead to strengthening the company’s therapeutic franchises. Mr. Kelmar also served on the Executive Committee at Novartis and Medtronic.
Mr. Kelmar spent 14 years in public service in several executive positions. In 1990, he was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, he served as one of the federal government’s chief policymakers during a time of major national reexamination of healthcare delivery systems.
During his public service career, Mr. Kelmar was Chief of Staff to two Members of the U.S. Congress and also worked in several legislative capacities for Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has served on the board of several health care companies.
Mr. Kelmar received his Bachelor of Arts in public administration and economics from Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife Patricia have three children.
Dana Kirchman has over 20 years’ experience in consulting, coaching, facilitation and management. She supports senior executives and high potentials to develop their leadership capabilities, drive change and build effective teams.
Dana brings a combination of counseling skill and business perspective to her client work, coaching the “whole leader.” She helps executives to enhance their decision-making, self-awareness and resilience. Dana also facilitates team workshops, training events and panel discussions on topics such as inclusive communication and building an innovation culture. She holds advanced coach certification through Columbia University.
Dana works with executives in the financial, healthcare, media and technology industries. She has served clients in the US, UK, Western Europe, India and Latin America.
Before becoming a coach, Dana held leadership roles at Viacom, where she drove international business development for MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, and at American Express, where she led global marketing for corporate procurement card and negotiated co-brands with partners. Dana has been a speaker at the Conference Board on “Future Leaders: Millennial Perspectives” and “The Manager as Coach.” She is affiliated as a core instructor of the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program and chaired Columbia’s 2016 Second International Coaching Conference.
Dana is also a board member of the Ars Nova Theater, a dynamic company with over 15 years’ history of incubating new theater work and developing both creative and administrative leaders.
Robert H. Niehaus is the Chairman and Founder of GCP Capital Partners LLC which currently manages several private equity investment funds totaling $1.5 billion in committed capital. Mr. Niehaus has worked more than 30 years in the private equity industry, with prior tenure as a Managing Director in the private equity businesses of Morgan Stanley & Co. and Greenhill & Co. Bob is also a Board member of the Asia Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Student Sponsor Partners, and Success Academy Charter Schools. Bob is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Business School.
Michael Patsalos-Fox was previously Chairman, President & CEO of Vidyo. Before that, Michael was CEO of Stroz Friedberg, a trusted cybersecurity and specialized risk management firm, acquired by Aon Risk Solutions in 2016. Prior to Stroz Friedberg, Michael enjoyed a long career at McKinsey & Company where he served as chairman of McKinsey Americas. Michael also served as senior partner on McKinsey’s operating committee for nine years and held a seat on the board for 12 years. In addition to his role as Chairman, President & CEO, Michael currently serves on the boards of several other companies including Cognizant, Quid, and CloudPay. Michael began his career with Fujitsu Australia Limited and holds a B.Sc. in computer science and pure mathematics from Sydney University in Australia. He received his MBA with distinction from International Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Stephen Redwood is the founder of Redwood Advisory Partners. He specializes in helping leaders and organizations transform their business and adapt to the changing strategic and organizational challenges of the digital era. Stephen helps executives formulate strategies, structure their organizations, align their culture, and strengthen employee engagement. Prior to Redwood Advisory Partners, Stephen was a senior partner at Deloitte, McKinsey, and PwC, where he held various global, regional, and practice leadership roles covering organizational and strategy services.He co-authored Action Management, a book on organizational change strategies and has written and presented extensively on the subject of organizations. Stephen holds a degree in Psychology and postgraduate diploma in HRM, both from UK universities. He is also a chartered member of the UK Institute of Personnel and Development, a certified executive coach, and an honorary research fellow at the University of Texas in Dallas.
Sean William Ryan, MD is a Partner in the New York Office of McKinsey & Company. Since joining McKinsey in 2010, Sean has been serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and MedTech companies on a range of strategic topics. Sean has worked across a broad range of therapeutic areas (e.g., inflammation, GI, oncology, respiratory, cardiometabolic, dermatology, vaccines) with clients in a broad range of situations (e.g., public, private, venture/PE backed). He leads McKinsey’s US Emerging Growth pharma service line, focused on serving mid and small cap companies on growth strategy, new product launch, business development and other commercial topics.
Before joining McKinsey, Sean worked in investment banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Montgomery & Co., LLC. He holds a BA in Physics and Political Science from Colgate University and an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Charbel is the President of Specified Technologies Inc (STI), a provider of firestopping products and solutions he co-founded in 1990. Today, STI is one of the top two firestopping manufacturers in the United States, with an increasing presence world-wide.
Charbel holds a B.B.A. from the American University of Beirut (1974) and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1976). He then spent 8 years with McKinsey & Company, working on assignments in Europe, North Africa, the Middle-East, and the United States. Subsequently, he became a Vice President of Thomas and Betts, a manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, where he ran a division for three years.
Prior to founding STI, Charbel spent two years with an investment group. He is also involved with a number of non-profit organizations focused on the education of young people and in particular is President of TFL-US, which raises funds to support Teach For Lebanon. Charbel is a U.S. citizen. He enjoys gardening, playing tennis and golf, reading, and traveling with his family.
Tom retired from Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in 2018, where he was global head of Securitized and Government/Swaps investment strategies and co-head of the Cross-Sector strategy within the Global Fixed Income team. He was also a member of the Fixed Income Strategy Group. Tom joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 as an associate within the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division in New York, where he worked in the Research Department and then as a mortgage trader. He joined GSAM in 2000. Tom was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2006.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Tom was the assistant investment officer at Travelers Insurance Group from 1994 to 1997.
He earned a BA from the University of Maryland in 1992 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1994.