Lobna Agbaria

Program Director

Lobna is an OGS alumna from the class of 2017, in which she co-founded SnapLand, an online platform for real estate professionals creating a new, disruptive standard and home base for real estate due diligence. Previously, she practiced law at her own firm, specializing in construction law with a focus on planning and building. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.  Lobna is a Palestinian citizen of Israel and is passionate about empowering Palestinian women through entrepreneurship. Lobna can be reached at

Guy Margalit

Senior Program and Regional Manager

Guy is an OGS alumnus of class 2019. Previously, he was the director of The Library – Tel Aviv Municipality's Urban innovation space, where he founded the city's accelerator for shared economy technologies and initiated smart city pilot projects for early-stage startups. Prior to that, he established a nonprofit named Shakuf, a crowdfunded independent journalism platform, which today is the largest independent media organization in Israel. Guy holds a Master's in Philosophy and a Bachelor's in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University. Guy can be reached at

Nicola Davidson

Operations Manager

Nicola joined the OGS team in 2018. Previously, Nicola held positions with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Washington and IKAR, a Jewish non-profit in Los Angeles, working for Rabbi Sharon Brous. She holds a degree in Nursing from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Nicola has spent 17 years volunteering at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with terminal and critical illnesses and their families. Additionally, Nicola is the former Board Chair of the Nansato Nursery Trust which functions in Mulange, Malawi. Nicola can be reached at

Izzy Nickel

Department Coordinator

Izzy joined the OGS team in 2018. During her last year as an undergraduate at Brandeis University she worked with the team as an intern before continuing as a permanent staff member. Previously, she held a position with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office, as well as worked with international solicitors and humanitarians while working and studying in The Hague, The Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Global Studies and Sociology from Brandeis University with a special focus in conflict resolution. Izabella can be reached at


Lisa M. Lynch

Provost of Brandeis University

 Lisa is the provost of Brandeis University. Previously, she served as interim president of Brandeis University and as dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Lynch has served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor; director and chair of the board of directors of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank; and president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.  Lynch has published extensively on the impact of technology and organizational innovation on productivity and workers, the determinants of youth unemployment, and the school-to-work transition. She received her BA from Wellesley College, and her MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. 

Brenda Anderson

Academic Director

Brenda is on the faculty at the Heller School for Social Policy as well as the International Business School at Brandeis University. She also teaches physician leaders in numerous Brandeis executive education programs, including the recently-launched EMBA Physicians program. Brenda has taught at the University of Sydney, Northeastern University, and Boston University. Her research focuses primarily on behavioral issues in accounting, with an emphasis on human information processing in professional auditor judgment.

Carole Carlson

Venture Development Leader

Carole is the Director of the MBA program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management where she teaches courses in strategy, social entrepreneurship, and consulting skills.  Before joining Heller, Carole was a Principal and Engagement Leader for The Parthenon Group, where she directed numerous client engagements in a wide range of industries, including nonprofit, government, information, and education.  Carole holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and a MCP from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Comprised of individuals with decades of combined experience in business development, finance, and management, the Growth Committee gathers with each OGS Venture on a quarterly basis to analyze their business plans and progress reports. The committee offers advice regarding strategy, execution and, barriers to success. 

Perry Solomon

Co-Chairperson of the Growth Committee

Perry is the former CEO and current Chairman of Esquire Solutions, which is a company that employs 2500 people and operates in 36 domestic cities. Perry also served a 6-year term as CEO of Wordwave, during which the company grew EBITDA in 470% and revenue in 175%. Additionally, the company acquired and integrated 36 acquisitions and eventually successfully sold the company to Merrill Communications. Perry has also served as the CEO of Bankruptcy Management Solutions, HR Logic, BostonCoach, and as the Executive in Residency at Battery Investment.

David Mendels

Co-Chairperson of the Growth Committee

David has helped build and lead several of the most innovative software companies of the last 25 years.  Most recently, David worked as the CEO of Brightcove, the leading software-as-a-service online video platform, delivering over 200 years of video every 24 hours for over 2000 customers in 75 countries. Brightcove was also named Best Place to Work in Boston by the Boston Globe. Prior to Brightcove, he held multiple leadership roles at Macromedia and Adobe for over 16 years, including leading the business units for technologies that had a fundamental impact on our experience of the internet such as Adobe Flash and PDF.

Sari Rapkin

Former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sari's career in public accounting and non-profit involvement in Greater Boston has spanned over 35 years. Recently retired, Sari served as an Assurance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their Private Company Services practice. Sari currently serves on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Jewish Arts Collaborative, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Jewish Federations of North America, and Mayyim Hayyim. Sari also serves on the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Board of Overseers at Brandeis.

Lester Fagen

Partner at Cooley LLP

Les has more than 30 years experience serving as corporate counsel and providing representation in business formations, acquisitions and dispositions, reorganizations, financings and private and public securities offerings. He also has substantial experience in technology joint ventures, licensing and other commercial ventures. Les' practice includes the representation of private equity and venture capital funds in their investment and acquisition activities. In this capacity, he has completed numerous private financings and serves as general and transaction counsel to portfolio companies of private equity and venture capital funds.

Sally Ourieff MD

Founder of Translational Consulting

Sally Ourieff MD has over twenty-five years of experience as a physician, health care leader, and executive advisor and consultant. As the founder of Translational Consulting, she works with C-suite leaders and teams to improve leadership performance and organizational management. Her clients range from Fortune 25 companies to start-up ventures with a primary focus in health care, pharma, biotech, academia, and finance. Sally is on faculty at Brandeis University where she teaches in their Executive MBA for physicians. She also facilitates in multiple programs in Executive Education at Harvard Business School including in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative for mayors. 


R. Nicholas Burns: Chairman, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)

Robert K. Kraft: Honorary Chairman, CEO & Chairman, The Kraft Group

Governor Deval L. Patrick: Founding Chairman, 71st Governor of Massachusetts 

Aron J. Ain: CEO, Kronos, Inc. 

Hani Alami: CEO, Coolnet 

Ibrahim AlHusseini: Founder and Managing Partner, FullCycle Energy Fund 

Ola Baker: Founder & CEO, Growon

Maysa Baransi: Founding Partner, BINA

Bradley M. Bloom: Managing Director, Berkshire Partners

Stuart W. Davidson: Partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson

Laurel W. Eisner: Former Chair of the Board of Directors, The Leir Foundation

Ohad Elhelo: Founder, Our Generation Speaks

Bahaa W. Fam: Managing Partner, Greystone Partners LLC & Senior Advisor to The MITRE Corporation

Michael G. Frieze: Chief Investment Officer & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gordon Brothers

Sandra E. Goodstein: Managing Director & Senior Financial Advisor, Wescott Financial Advisory Group

John Harthorne: Founder, MassChallenge

Linda Heller Kamm: Former General Counsel to the U.S. Cabinet Department of Transportation

Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Founding Chair & Director, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative

Andrew Kuritzkes: Executive VP and Chief Risk Officer, State Street

Douglass E. Karp: President, New England Development 

Meyer Koplow: Chair of Board of Trustees, Brandeis University

Daniel A. Kraft: President International, The Kraft Group

Randa Masri: Founder and CEO, ConnectME

David Mendels: Former CEO, Brightcove

Dale S. Okonow: Partner, The Watermill Group

Perry Solomon: Former CEO and Chairman, Esquire Solutions

Tracey Specter: President of the Board, Perelman School

Geraldine Acuna Sunshine: Board of Overseers, Harvard University

Imad Telhami: Founder and Chairman, Babcom

David Weil: Dean, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Lisa M. Lynch (Ex Officio): Provost, Brandeis University


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