Ms. Gillian Sandler

Managing Partner, Galapont
Overview

Gillian Sandler has two decades of experience as a Chairman & CEO, board member, corporate strategist, advisor, investor, entrepreneur, and Equity Research analyst.

She is currently advising and investing in companies at an inflection point of growth driven by technology innovation, demographics and regulatory changes. 

She has also provided support to and collaborated with countless scientists, inventors, investment funds, non­profits, entrepreneurs, and family investments & causes in the U.S. and internationally.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Invicro, after having co-led and structured an investment in Invicro in order to help finance the acquisition of Molecular Neuro Imaging (MNI).  Together Invicro and MNI are leaders in providing the most advanced imaging solutions to life sciences companies from discovery research through Phase 3 clinical trials. Their innovative imaging work in the field of Alzheimer’s and cancer immunotherapy is critical to reducing the cost and time to get effective new treatments to market safely. 

She also serves on the Board Council of Johns Hopkins Department of Astrophysics and Institute for Data Intensive Science and on the Advisory Board of Arc Fusion, a global think tank that brings together top minds across science, engineering, IT, genomics, technology, art and design to explore risks, challenges and solutions to the future of human health and longevity.

She is also an advisor to Intuitive Machines; which was founded in Houston in 2013 by Steve Altemus [formerly Head of Engineering and Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center NASA] to bring advanced, complex, and rapid engineering solutions to solve challenges in aerospace, security, and energy at a fraction of the time and cost achieved by traditional engineering firms.  

She was previously the CEO & Chairman of Todobebe, Inc from 2002 to 2012 (sold to Entravision (EVC) 2012). In this role, she received the 1st Pioneer Award for Changing Health Disparity among underserved populations by former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, and was nominated as a top CEO of Hispanic Media companies by Hispanic Ad (2010 & ‘11).

Under her leadership, Todobebe grew from the first global website for Spanish & Portuguese speaking parents expecting and raising children 0-5 years old, to a recognized pioneer in the Hispanic market globally reaching 10s of millions across Emmy nominated Broadcast TV (over 250 episodes), Digital, Radio, Events, Marketing, Research, Mobile, Publishing, and Licensing, anchored by multi-year partnerships with the top distribution platforms in the market (Univision, Telemundo-NBC, Televisa, Walmart).

During this time she also served on the Board of Directors of Medcenter Solutions, the leading CRM Pharmaceutical marketing and Continuing Medical Education Company serving Latin America, and on the Board of the Pediatric Brain Injury (PBI) Program, U of Miami (the pediatric arm of The Miami Project) a leading center for the prevention, research, and rehabilitation of children with severe brain injury.  

Previously she was the co‐Founder & the first CEO of Wallaware, Inc, a next generation mobile software company with a platform to enable Telco’s to securely control, manage, analyze, develop use cases, drive apps development, and monetize consumer and enterprise mobile data use (prior to IOS / Android). 

During her tenure, the company was ranked as: a top­4 emerging technology company in Europe by Tornado Insider (2000); selected by IBM as its first “Blue Light” case study supporting emerging mobile tech companies (2001); and ranked top 10 by Wireless Internet Daily.

She was also a Corporate Strategist with AppNet/CMRC where her role was to advise Fortune 500 corporations on how to leverage their assets to prepare for long term growth in a rapidly changing technology & media landscape – build/buy/partner, 10 year business plan development, deal structures, valuation, negotiation.

She was also an equity analyst at JPMorgan, on the team that earned the #1 Institutional Investor ranking for the Telecom Industry in Latin America. She covered privatizations and IPOs across the region at a time that marked the beginning of prepay-cellular, falling long distance rates, formation of independent regulatory bodies, the break up Telebras in Brazil, and the first Internet connections in the region (96-98).

She also worked in JP Morgan Global Credit developing credit ratings and recommendations behind loans to the largest U.S. retailers during a period of rapid industry transition and high number of bankruptcies (1995).

In October 2012 and February 2013 she completed the Executive Programs “FutureMed” and “Singularity” at Singularity University at NASA/Ames in Mountain View California.

At JPMorgan, she completed the Management Services training program, the Equity Research training program, and received her Series 7 and Series 63 certifications.

Gillian received a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate for International Relations from Wesleyan University (CT) in 1995, with a focus on developing world economies and political systems.

She also competed on the University Track & Cross Country teams, volunteered at Head Start, and pursued hobbies in piano, astronomy, sailing, and scuba diving.     

Prior to University, she worked for a semester at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA doing programming (IDL) and satellite industry research.  

During University she had internships working for Mark Green’s consumer protection agency fashioned after “Nadar’s Radars” (investigating pharmacy red lining and price gauging in inner cities), the David Dinkin’s Mayoral re-election campaign (as manager of constituencies), and MBIA/CLASS, the first pooled investment funds for municipalities and public school systems (producing a report on applicability of hospital financial systems for the CLASS funds model).