Advisory Board

    Stephen Bruce

  • Stephen Bruce

    Board Chair

    Stephen Bruce founded the Alcentra group in 1997 through the creation of Imperial Credit Asset Management (ICAM) and Barclays Capital Asset Management in London. He was responsible for growing Alcentra's US asset management business from $500 million to over $4 billion. Alcentra was sold to Bank of New York in 2006, and has since grown to over $40 billion AUM, receiving numerous Portfolio Manager of the Year awards and Highest Ranking for back office expertise. Before Alcentra, Stephen was with David Tepper's Appaloosa Management, a then $1.8 billion asset manager, where he assisted in developing Thoroughbred Investment L.P. I, a $600 million bank loan fund. Prior to joining Appaloosa in 1995, Stephen was Director, Corporate Loan Product Manager, for Lehman Brothers in London. In 1993, he started Lehman Brothers' high yield loan desk in London, beginning his career at Lehman in 1992 as one of two traders hired to build a bank loan business within Lehman's High Yield Bond Group: the bank loan team was recognized in both New York and London as the number one bank loan trading desk. Before Lehman, Stephen originated and was co-manager of a $225 million portfolio consisting of investments in leveraged buyout funds, including initial investor in Blackstone and venture capital funds Summit Partners and Crosspoint Partners for Imperial Corporation of America. He began his career at ICA in 1987 as a financial analyst, prior to initiating management of the fund portfolio in 1990. Stephen received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1979 and attended graduate courses in Engineering Economic Systems at Stanford University in 1981- 1982 while working at Stanford Research Institute. Currently, he is an Advisory Board member of Granite Hill I private equity fund and a Foundation Board Trustee at UCSC, as well as Chair of the CAFIN Advisory Board.

  • Sameet Mehta

  • Sameet MehtaSameet Mehta is founder of Granite Hill Capital Partners, an early stage Silicon Valley based venture capital fund focused on cybersecurity, cloud and big data. Sameet was previously at Cisco Systems, heading up M&A and venture capital for India, as well as for consumer and video-based technologies. Other work experience includes hardware engineering at Apple Computer and corporate finance at Lehman Brothers technology investment banking. Sameet is a graduate of Stanford Business School, and earned an Electrical Engineering degree with a Certificate in Applied Mathematics at Princeton University.

  • Tiffine Wang

  • Tiffine WangTiffine Wang is a Partner at MS&AD Ventures, an early stage global fund (US, Singapore/South East Asia, Europe, Israel) focused on fintech, insurtech, impact/sustainability and digital health. She previously spent years with Singtel Innov8, working on investments and strategic partnerships primarily with startups and companies in Silicon Valley and North America and held positions in various global accelerator programs including AngelHack, European Innovation Academy (Portugal, Qatar, Italy, France, China) and Alchemist Accelerator. She serves as an Industry Fellow for the Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) at the University of California, Berkeley and sits on the Advisory Board of UC Santa Cruz's Center for Analytical Finance.

  • June Ou

  • June Ou


    June Ou is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Figure Technologies, Inc, a financial technology company in both the home equity and blockchain space. Previously, she served as CTO of Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi), and also cofounded Finaplex. She holds Master’s degrees from Stanford and UC Santa Cruz.