Advisory Board

Prof. Valter Longo

President, Founder

Valter Longo Ph.D., the Founder and President of the Create Cures Foundation based in Los Angeles, California (USA) and the Fondazione Valter Longo in Milan (Italy), is a best-selling author who was selected by Time Magazine as the world’s Most Influential Nutrition & Health Expert for his research on nutrition and fasting-mimicking diets to improve health and prevent disease.

An Italian-American biogerontologist and cell biologist, he is the Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science at University of Southern California; the Director of the Longevity Institute at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which is one of the leading centers for research on aging and age-related disease; and the Director of the Longevity and Cancer Program at the IFOM Institute of Molecular Oncology in Milan, Italy.

Among his awards, he has received the 2016 Glenn Award for Research on Aging, which was based on the discovery of both genes and dietary interventions able to regulate aging and prevent diseases; the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR); and the 2010 Nathan Shock Lecture Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH).

Dr. Longo opened a premier specialty clinic in Los Angeles in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Create Cures Foundation Clinic focuses on nutrition for the prevention and treatment of major chronic illnesses.  The CCF’s clinic uses research-based projects on longevity, aging, and disease associated with aging and clinical studies to provide therapies and assistance in an integrative manner to combine traditional medicine with innovative, well-grounded, and integrative interventions, which helps ensure healthy lives, improve the well-being of all ages, and reduce mortality due to non-communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, autoimmune, neurodegenerative disease, and obesity.

Academically, Dr. Longo earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed post-doctoral training in the neurobiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Southern California (USC). His research focuses on the analysis of multiple genetic mechanisms underlying aging and the identification of therapeutic strategies, including nutrition, to slow down or halt the onset of age-related diseases.

Dr. Longo donates all profits from his books to his two charitable foundations, including his best-selling book “The Longevity Diet” (“A dieta da longevidade”), which has been translated into 20 languages and sold in more than 28 countries.  His Italian books include “Alla tavola della longevità” (“The Longevity Table”) and “La longevità inizia da bambini” (“The Seeds of Longevity are Planted in Childhood”), which was recently released. In 2012, he appeared on the Emmy-nominated series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” to discuss his research on prolonging longevity. Dr. Longo is also a global keynote speaker with the American Program Bureau.

Garry Hall


(Board Chairman)

Former White House Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Former Sr. Director for International Orgs. & Alliances at National Security Council

The Rear Admiral GARRY E. HALL USN (ret) received an appointment to serve as a Senior Director on the National Security Council (NCS) and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.  On the NSC he was responsible for Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, Immigration and Migration, Atrocity Prevention, United Nations Operations, Democracies, and Fragile States. In support of these portfolios, he led a team of career professionals dedicated to each of these functional areas.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy he served 35 years on active duty. A naval aviator, he flew anti-submarine warfare helicopters and commanded two squadrons. Additionally, he commanded the capitol ship USS Tarawa LHA 1, which had a complement of 1000 Sailors, 2000 Marines, 32 aircraft, and 3 landing craft.  As a Flag Officer, he served as General Tommy Franks Information Operations Officer at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, served with NATO in the United Kingdom, commanded an Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the Middle East, and led a Senior Service college at National Defense University. Admiral Hall holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and is a graduate of National Defense University’s Capstone Course.



(Board Vice-Chairperson)

CAROL ALEXIS CHEN is an award-winning former federal prosecutor and renowned trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice and is currently a partner and trial lawyer at Winston & Strawn LLP. Based on her 20+ years of legal experience, her practice covers all aspects of white-collar criminal, regulatory and compliance, internal investigation, litigation, and trial matters, and cuts across many different sectors such as Financial and Banking; Health Care and Life Science; Technology, New Media, and Telecommunication including matters involving the disruptive technology of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, and encrypted communications; and Complex Commercial Litigation including class action, RICO, and products liability matters.

Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Ms. Chen served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for over 15 years, including as the first female Chief in office history of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section. She led numerous high-profile, priority initiatives, task forces, and working groups, and also oversaw the nationally modeled opioids enforcement program. As the rare former federal prosecutor who served in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the office, Ms. Chen directed federal and local law enforcement in hundreds of large-scale, complex federal criminal grand jury and wiretap investigations, evaluated thousands of investigations for federal prosecution, trained law enforcement officials and prosecutors including on building complex investigations and courtroom and trial advocacy, and helped to lead law enforcement and community outreach efforts on the criminal side and defended the United States and its employees in significant tort, civil rights, employment discrimination, and immigration cases on the civil side; as such, Ms. Chen is armed with extensive criminal and civil casework and first-chair trial experience.

Having handled some of the most significant investigations and cases of the Department, many of them novel and ground-breaking, and having consistently been recognized and lauded for her trial prowess including by federal judges before whom she has tried 13 criminal and civil cases (as an example, the Chief Judge stated on the record that in all of her years on the bench, she had not seen, and would likely never see, a better-tried case), Ms. Chen is the recipient of numerous accolades including, among others, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section’s 2019 Prosecutor of the Year Award and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Director’s 2018 National Award for Outstanding Transnational Money Laundering Investigation of the Year; nominations for the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2020 and 2017 and for the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2018 and 2017; and commendations from the FBI, the IRS – Criminal Investigations, ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Whittier Police Department Chief, and the City of Santa Fe Springs.

Ms. Chen earned a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. She is active in advocacy and mentoring related to women’s and children’s issues and rights, including through serving on the Los Angeles County Bar Association President’s Advisory Council on Women in the Legal Profession and the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA); as a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers; and as a mentor for various organizations including Yale Law Women and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization, animal rights and welfare causes, and efforts on behalf of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities, which includes serving on the Civic Engagement Committee of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance and as a member of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum.

Adriana Sanford


(Board Secretary)

Adriana Sanford is a former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel, an award-winning cybersecurity and global privacy laws expert, and an international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 93+ million Spanish-speaking viewers.

As an American Program Bureau global keynote, she provides the keynote addresses at some of the world’s top technology, IT, security, legal, and compliance industry conferences including to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the 19th Annual SuperConference, a Corporate Counsel event in Chicago. She is also Private Equity International’s upcoming keynote to hundreds of Chief Compliance Officers and compliance professionals for the upcoming Private Fund Compliance Forum in 2021 in New York. With multiple law degrees, fluency in four languages, Sanford has served as a keynote or featured speaker at more than 140 industry conferences, including to thousands of leading cybersecurity professionals at the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² Security Congress conferences in 2020, 2019, and 2018, which brought together more than 4,000 cyber professionals from around the world. This October 2021, she is an (ISC)² featured speaker at the 11th annual global industry conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Notre Dame law and Georgetown law-educated international corporate lawyer has also led Lean Six Sigma projects at multiple locations throughout the United States and Latin America for a global manufacturing company. Moreover, Sanford has served on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative; on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (USA); as an honored delegate of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit in Chile; and is Of Counsel with one of the leading Chilean law firms recently appearing on the 2021 Best Lawyers list, Puga Ortiz Abogados. She also co-authored books on global threats that were adopted by Institute for Supply Management and then further distinguished herself by educating tens of thousands of corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on the dangers of corporate corruption.

As the global COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Sanford became international resource for The University of Oklahoma Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business by chairing a four-part COVID-related series, OU Global Risks & Threats Series (OU GRTS) Leadership Forum and served as a Senior Fellow for OU’s Center for Intelligence and National Security. Sanford also began co-producing and co-hosting The Sanford & Hall Report with retired Rear Admiral Garry E. Hall (USN), former senior director on the National Security Council at the White House for National Security Affairs. The S&H virtual series is regularly featured among some of the World’s Most Influential Countries with an audience reach of 159+ million.

Sanford also dedicates her time and work on other philanthropic activities related to global public health and wellness. The Chilean-American educator, humanitarian, and global threats expert currently serves as the Global Development Director for the Create Cures Foundation.

Sanford Climan


Founder and President of Entertainment Media Ventures; American Film Producer; Former Senior Management Executive at Creative Artists Agency

Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Mr. Climan, EMV is active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media, and entertainment. He is an investor, producer and considered a media visionary.

Throughout his career, Mr. Climan has held senior management positions in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Climan served as Corporate Executive Vice and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios, where Mr. Climan oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing and five studio operating divisions with $1.4 billion in revenue.

Mr. Climan was the founding head of CAA’s corporate practice, working with global companies including Sony Corporation on its acquisition of Columbia Pictures, Matsushita Electric on its acquisition of MCA/Universal, Credit Lyonnais on its restructuring of MGM, Coca-Cola, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, Pacific Telesis and other Fortune 500 Companies. Additionally, while at CAA, Mr. Climan was part of the senior management team for 12 years, representing talent including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, and Michael Mann, as well as many prominent film and television production companies.

Notable achievements include: Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D motion picture, “U2 3D” and Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Mr. Climan has served as a bridge between Silicon Valley and Hollywood since the mid-1990s, and has been an active venture investor, board member, and senior advisor to numerous entrepreneurial companies in media, technology, fintech, and healthcare.
Mr. Climan serves on several charitable boards, including The American Cinematheque, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and the UCLA Longevity Center of the Semel Institute for Neurosciences and Human Behavior. From 2008-2012, Mr. Climan served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For over twenty years, Mr. Climan served on the board of The Fulfillment Fund, the leading organization for mentoring at-risk public high school students in Los Angeles. Mr. Climan also serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland, as a member of the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, as a member of the Advisory Board to the Yale CEO Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management, and as a member of the philanthropic Advisory Board of Lifestyles Magazine. Mr. Climan was awarded an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2018 and serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Ellis Island Honors Society.

Mr. Climan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.



Vice President of Azure Security

Aanchal Gupta is Vice President of Azure Security and leads Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the front-line defense for millions of customers around the world who use Microsoft platforms and products. Previously, as Chief Information Security Officer for Novi (Calibra) at Facebook, she led a team responsible for assessing and mitigating security risks across Facebook’s cryptocurrency initiative. Aanchal joined Facebook in 2016 after serving as Chief Information Security Officer at Microsoft for Skype and Skype for Business. Prior to Microsoft, Aanchal led Yahoo’s Global Identity team, contributing to various authentication and authorization open standards such as OpenID and OAuth.

Aanchal was named one of Business Insider’s “Most powerful female engineers of 2018”. She serves on the Board of Directors of Silvergate Capital Corporation (NYSE:SI), Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), and a fellow at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). She also serves on Silicon Valley CISO Investments’ (SVCI) board and invests in and guides cybersecurity startups. Aanchal is passionate about building diverse teams and serves on the review board for the Grace Hopper, Enigma, and Black Hat conferences.

Jose Hernandez


Award-Winning  Astronaut Assigned to the Crew of Space Shuttle Mission STS-128; Former NASA Branch Chief of Materials & Processes Branch, Johnson Space Center

JOSÉ MORENO HERNÁNDEZ is a Mexican-American engineer and a former NASA astronaut, who was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. His life story is being featured in the new Netflix film “A Million Miles Away,” which is based on his autobiography Reaching for the Stars. The American Program Bureau motivational speaker is also the founder of the Reaching for the Stars Foundation (RFTS) and the RFTS Summer Academy, which promotes STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) among the students. Among his awards, he received the Los Angeles Times “Latinos De Hoy” Award (2016) and the 2015 Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit Pioneer Award.

One of four children in a migrant farming family from Mexico, Dr. Hernández — who did not learn English until he was 12 years old — spent much of his childhood on what he calls “the California circuit,” traveling with his family from Mexico to southern California each March, then working northward to the Stockton area by November, picking strawberries and cucumbers at farms along the route. Then they would return to Mexico for Christmas and start the cycle all over again come spring.

Academically, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific in Stockton and was awarded a full scholarship to the graduate program at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he continued his engineering studies. In 1987, he accepted a full-time job with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he had worked as a co-op in college. While at Lawrence Livermore, Dr. Hernández worked on signal and image processing applications in radar imaging, computed tomography, and acoustic imaging.

Later in his career, Dr. Hernández worked on developing quantitative x-ray film imaging analysis techniques for the x-ray laser program. He applied these techniques in the medical physics arena and co-developed the first full-field digital mammography imaging system. This system has proven useful for detecting breast cancer at an earlier stage than present film/screen mammography techniques. Dr. Hernández has won recognition awards for his work on this project. He has also worked in the international arena where he represented Lawrence Livermore and the U.S. Department of Energy on Russian nuclear non-proliferation issues.


Expert Clinician & Consultant

Teresa Lawsky is an expert clinician and consultant in breast health care. She has spent the last two decades, focused on the health of women. Teresa has a diverse background from nationally acclaimed cancer centers across the United States, including New York University’s (NYU) Langone Health Perlmutter Cancer Center in New York City and Hoag Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center in Newport Beach, California.

Teresa is currently the Founder and CEO of The Laurus Project®, a breast cancer non-profit organization. She is a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the Society for Integrative Oncology. She enjoys spending her free time traveling with her husband and two young sons.


CEO and Founder at Seven Hound Ventures

Sean Trigony is an investor, serial entrepreneur, and business advisor, with a strong interest in food technology, longevity, and mental health and wellness. He is the Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Seven Hound Ventures (7HV); the single-source, boutique venture capital fund based in Los Angeles is focused on pioneering startups that curate, create, and inspire entrepreneurs to change the world. More recently, his focus has shifted towards investing in and advising companies and entrepreneurs that facilitate or accelerate the inevitable end of factory farming and the unnecessary suffering of all animals globally.

7HV’s early investments in iconic brands and businesses are improving the way technology and science come together to enhance the lives of millions of people and billions of animals around the globe every day. Mr. Trigony also serves as an Advisor to Finless Foods, a cell-cultured tuna company; an Advisor to Field Trip Health, whose mission is to heal the sick, and better the well, through therapeutic psychedelics; is a Co-Founder of Revinate, the industry-leading guest feedback and reputation management platform for the hospitality industry; and is an active investor with over 40 investments to date including Atai Life Sciences, Beckley Psytech, Jellatech, Little Spoon, L-Nutra, MindMed, Orbillion, Real Sleep, Rebellyous Foods, Spiritual Gangster, Tilray, and Vosges Haut Chocolate.

Mr. Trigony holds a degree from Vanderbilt University.


Managing Partner and Co-Head at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Ken Leonard is a managing partner and a co-head for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors’ middle market direct lending strategies. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson, Mr. Leonard was with Cerberus Capital where he was a co-founder of Dymas Capital Management and helped lead the development of a middle-market, private equity-focused lending business. While at Dymas, he played a leadership role in completing over 130 transactions with underwritten commitments of more than $4.5 billion.

Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Leonard was a senior vice president in the merchant banking syndications team at GE Capital from 2001 to 2002, where he headed up the syndications effort. From 1998 to 2001, he oversaw the corporate finance syndications team of Heller Financial. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Leonard served as an investment professional in the turnaround private equity group of Heller Investments, Inc. Mr. Leonard serves on the Advisory Board of Youth Technology Corps, which is a nonprofit that provides technology and engineering education to at-risk youth through after-school clubs, competitions, and camps. Mr. Leonard earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellog School of Management. He is passionate about health and wellness, as well as educating the public regarding healthspan extension.


Silicon Valley-based Global Entrepreneur and Strategist

Paolo Privitera is a Silicon Valley-based global entrepreneur and strategist with a passion for innovation and growth using the power of data, strategic analysis, creativity, and teamwork. He has more than 25 years of experience in tech and internet-based businesses.

Born and raised in Venice Italy, he founded his first Internet company in 1994 when he was 16 years old. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Evensi, the world’s largest events discovery and promotion network, with more than 150 million events, 50 million users, 7 million event organizers. Mr. Privitera has founded 6 companies, invested in more than 70, and advised hundreds. He has also received 10 career awards and 4 of his companies had an exit. Mr. Privitera is also a mentor at 500 Startups, Google Launchpad, China Accelerator, Start-Up Chile, Health Wildcatters, and an advisor at Future Food Institute. He loves to give back and help other people and companies.


He is an internationally renowned singer/songwriter and producer with 10 albums to his credit. He is also an influencer who currently has over 1.5 million followers and over I.5 billion views of his songs in YouTube alone. His songs have become a staple in the Latin American community.

A true humanitarian and survivor of multiple bouts with cancer, depression, and other serious illnesses. He has had the stamina and courage to fight and overcome many serious health challenges, including an intramedullary spinal cord tumor, Sepsis, a partial nephrectomy of the left kidney, an appendectomy, a radical prostatectomy, and a cryoablation of the left kidney.

He is a humble leader and role model with a good old-fashioned fighting spirit, who has touched millions with his gifted voice and inspirational lyrics. Mr. Medina exemplifies a life of purpose, leadership and service.



Jim Gordon is former tech industry leader, recently retiring from a 23-year career at Intel where he held a variety of roles over this time. He has held product, strategy, marketing and engineering leadership positions in Intel’s channel organization, its influencer groups, and software & services division. Most notably he served 3 years as Chief of Staff to Intel’s then President Renée James. Just prior to retirement his most recent leadership roles were GM of Ecosystem & Business Development in Intel’s Platform Security Division and leader of Intel’s COVID-19 Innovation Fund for Economic Recovery.

He is also a self-motivated and active contributor to diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts at Intel and in industry efforts – even though he does not nor has he ever worked in a HR capacity. At Intel he served as a leader in its internal “Executive Inclusion Advocates” program – a program dedicated to engaging, training, activating and supporting influential “male majority” business leaders to take responsibility for and proactive actions towards full inclusion. Beyond that, he is an active speaker, blogger and social media activist on the same subject.

Jim holds a BS in economics from the University of California at Davis as well as an MBA from Purdue University

Rick Hernandez


Television Director; Film Producer; Magician

RICK HERNANDEZ is an Emmy ® award-winning live television director with CNN at the world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He has directed various types of television programs for the past 21 years and has been with CNN for 25 years.
Since 2012, Mr. Hernandez has also served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. His previous board work includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Weird Sisters Theater Project from 2013 through 2019. He also served six years as Area Team Chairman for Alabama and Georgia for AFS Intercultural Programs, which is an international youth exchange organization that consists of over 50 independent, not-for-profit organizations, each with its own network of volunteers, professionally staffed offices, and volunteer board of directors.

In 2013, Mr. Hernandez expanded his work into film production by serving as co-Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary Magicians: Life in the Impossible. The documentary was produced in association with Subjective Films and Film for Thought and had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in 2016. Lastly, Mr. Hernandez also works as a part-time professional magician, ‘Rick Taliesin.’ He has performed in 12 countries and is a regular live performer in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2009, his magic was featured in a television commercial campaign seen in over 20 countries. Mr. Hernandez has a B.S. degree in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Texas at Austin and studied Arthurian Literature at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. He enjoys his free time practicing magic, reading, and collecting rare books.


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