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William A. Ackman Conference Co-Chair

William Ackman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Pershing Square is a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets, typically focusing on large-cap and mid-cap companies. Prior to forming Pershing Square, Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners Management Co., LLC, an investment adviser that managed public and private equity hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Gotham Partners, Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers & Singer, Inc. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College. Ackman’s board memberships include Chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP), the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School, and a number of not-for-profit boards.

Mark Axelowitz Conference Co-Chair

Mark Axelowitz is a Managing Director at UBS Private Wealth Management and provides investment advice to ultra-high net worth clients. Axelowitz, secretary of the board of Boys & Girls Harbor, has appeared on CNBC, was named a Top 10 Outstanding Broker of the Year by Registered Rep magazine, and has been recognized by Barron’s as one of the top advisers in the nation. He earned a bachelor’s from Hofstra University and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst, earned through the Wharton School of Business and advanced programs at the Stern School of Business.

Andrew Feldstein

Andrew Feldstein is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of BlueMountain Capital Management, a leading alternative asset manager with over $12 billion in assets under management and 147 professionals located in its New York and London offices. Prior to co-founding BlueMountain in 2003, Feldstein spent more than a decade at JPMorgan, where he was a Managing Director and served as head of structured credit, head of high yield sales, trading and research, and of Global Credit Portfolio. Feldstein is a board member of the Upper West Success Academy, a New York City-based charter school. He is a trustee of Third Way, a prominent, centrist think tank, and he serves on the Advisory Board of Third Way's Capital Market Initiative. He is a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council of New York and co-founded the Darfur Project, an organization that from 2007-2009 sponsored air lifts of food and medicine to provide relief to the people affected by the conflict in Sudan. Feldstein holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Mick McGuire

Mick McGuire is the Founder and Managing Member of Marcato Capital Management. Marcato manages a select number of passive and activist investments across all industries with a primary focus on opportunities in middle-market public equities. Prior to forming Marcato, McGuire was with Pershing Square Capital Management. Mick has spent his entire career in private and public equity investing and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University.

Howard Shainker

Howard Shainker is a Managing Partner of Bow Street LLC, a value-oriented event-driven investment firm he co-founded with Akiva Katz in 2011. Prior to Bow Street, Shainker worked at Third Point LLC, where he was a senior member of the firm’s long/short equity and mortgage teams and sat on the risk management committee. Before Third Point, Shainker was an Associate at Onex Partners and Lehman Brothers. He holds a B.A. in economics and history from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Mona K. Sutphen

Mona Sutphen is a Managing Director at UBS AG covering geopolitical risk and macro- policy trends, and also is a member of the U.S. President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. She served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for President Barack Obama from 2009 until March 2011. From 2001 to 2008, she was Managing Director at Stonebridge International, a global strategy consulting firm advising multinational corporations and financial institutions. Prior, Sutphen was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (1991-2000), serving in the Clinton Administration on the staff of the National Security Council, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo, the State Department and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. She is co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008). Sutphen also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the Board of Human Rights First.

David R. Weinreb

David R. Weinreb is the CEO and a member of the board of directors of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Weinreb spent 17 years as Chairman and CEO of TPMC Realty Corporation, a company he built into a multi-faceted investment firm. Weinreb has been actively involved in real estate transactions across the United States. He was the Managing General Partner, and a limited partner, in numerous single-asset entities. In Houston, he developed Innova, a 1.3 million square foot mixed-use project that included a 24-screen, state-of-the-art movie theatre and Park Towers, a 545,000 square foot, Class A, institutional office complex. Weinreb attended New York University and began his real estate career in the late 1970s in New York City. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.