2022 Judges | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Keynote Speaker


Rumu Sarkar
Rumu Sarkar

Rumu Sarkar, PhD, is pleased to join the adjunct law faculty of Case Western Reserve University to teach international development law in the spring semester of 2022.

Sarkar is the general counsel of Millennium Partners (MP), an international development consulting group based in Charlottesville, Virginia. MP focuses on implementing and evaluating Rule of Law reform projects in Eastern Europe and Africa. Sarkar was also the former general counsel for the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission. She also served as the general counsel for the Overseas Basing Commission, prior to joining the BRAC Commission.

Sarkar was the former assistant general counsel for Administrative Affairs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) (now the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, "DFC"), and formerly a staff attorney with the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She began her career as a litigation associate with two Wall Street law firms in New York.

Sarkar has had a distinguished academic career both in teaching and publishing. She is currently an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine. This is the Pentagon's medical school for its active duty medical students and global health specialists, co-located with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She won a Fulbright Scholarship and lectured at the John Paul II School of Law in Lublin, Poland in 2016. Sarkar was also a distinguished guest lecturer and served on the advisory board for Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She was also an adjunct law professor and a visiting researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center for many years where she taught several graduate law seminars. Sarkar has authored six legal texts and many law review articles.

Sarkar completed her undergraduate studies (BA) at Barnard College, Columbia University; her law degree (JD) from the Antioch School of Law; and her Masters of Law (LLM) degree, and her PhD in Philosophy from Newnham College, Cambridge University. She is a member of the NY, DC and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. She is also admitted as "In-House Counsel" in the Massachusetts Bar.


Judges


Lynn Carpenter
Lynn Carpenter

Co-founder of EPOCH Pi, Lynn Carpenter, has previously served as director for both South Franklin Street Partners and Candlewood Partners LLC. She also worked as an associate on the buyout team for Morgenthaler where she assisted in the management of $1 billion in capital. Carpenter has experience using culture assessment tools and is certified in using Denison Consulting's Organizational Culture Survey and has substantial experience adding both cultural and strategic alignment to traditional investment banking.


Christal L. Contini
Christal L. Contini

Christal Contini is a member and a co-chair of the McDonald Hopkins Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. She also provides general corporate counseling to a variety of middle-market businesses, business owners, boards of directors, management teams and investors on matters relating to corporate governance, commercial contracts, compliance and operational issues. Her industry experience covers a wide array of industries such as healthcare, restaurants and manufacturing.


Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper is senior vice president of Utilities, Power, and Renewable Energy, where he helps KeyBank invest in renewable energy, with a focus on solar and wind electricity generation, as well as utility-scale batteries. Cooper joined KeyBank after completing his MBA at Weatherhead School of Management in 2015, where he was also an inaugural Fowler Center Fellow. Before moving to Cleveland, Cooper earned his BA in economics from the University of Chicago. In his eight years in Fitch's Global Infrastructure & Project Finance Group, he concentrated on conducting credit analysis on power projects. In his spare time, Cooper enjoys strength training and remembering when he played Ultimate Frisbee.


Scott Hackenberg
Scott Hackenberg

Scott Hackenberg is the founder of JSH Impact Advisors, where he develops purpose-driven investment strategies for fund managers in the private capital markets. Hackenberg worked in private equity for Blackstone, was the co-founder of Swander Pace Capital and a director with Triplepoint Capital, a venture debt firm on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley. Hackenberg pivoted to impact investing soon after that term (“social impact investing”) came into existence and was brought in to help one of the early pioneers (RSF Social Finance) professionalize its $150 million social enterprise loan program. Hackenberg also worked with The Non Profit Finance Fund where he sourced and underwrote funding for community development projects in Oakland and California’s rural Central Valley. Hackenberg graduated with Distinction from Cornell University and boomeranged back to Cleveland several years ago after 25-plus years in Silicon Valley.


Christopher Jeannot
Christopher Jeannot

Chris Jeannot is a relationship management officer specializing in portfolio management in Glenmede's Cleveland office. Jeannot works with senior investment professionals to provide tailored tax-efficient advice for private wealth clients. Before working at Glenmede, he was an Investment Advisor at PNC Bank, where he worked with clients to provide comprehensive investment advice and portfolio management. He also gained experience at Vigilant Capital Management, where he served as chair of the Proxy Voting Committee and member of the Investment Policy Committee. Jeannot received his BS from The University of New Hampshire and is also a CFA charterholder.


William Vogelgesang
William Vogelgesang

Co-founder of EPOCH Pi, Vogelgesang was previously a co-founder and CEO of Candlewood Partners LLC and South Franklin Street Partners. Vogelgesang has also served on the board of numerous Cleveland-based companies. He has also served as chair of the Management Committee of Brown Gibbons Lang and a lender for Citicorp and KeyBank. Vogelgesang is also certified in using Barrett Values Center's cultural transformation tools, to help EPOCH Pi clients align their values in merger and acquisition transactions.


Amy Wojnarwsky
Amy Wojnarwsky

Wojnarwsky is an associate in the McDonald Hopkins' Business Department. She has provided counsel to privately held businesses in merger and acquisitions, contract and lending matters, new entity formation and business succession planning. Wojnarwsky earned her JD, cum laude, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2013. She also received a Master of Elementary Education, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University in 2009 and a BA in political science from Yale University in 2007.