Who We Are
Founders + Judges
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman is Co-Chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office that she controls with her husband, Andrew Hauptman. Andell’s activities are divided between direct holdings in public and private companies and partnerships with top-tier investment managers around the globe.
In addition to this work, Ellen is involved in numerous philanthropic pursuits, having launched a number of programs and initiatives. She is a Co-Founder of the Hauptman Family Foundation and a Co-Founder and Board Member of City Year Los Angeles, an education-focused nonprofit that engages young people from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time community service in our nation’s most challenged schools. She also helped create Andell Family Sundays, an initiative to involve low-income families and children in the arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ellen is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Los Angeles Leadership Council, Conservation International’s Leadership Council and Visionary Women’s Visionary Circle. Previously, Ellen worked as a producer and film buyer for documentary and feature films at Cineplex Odeon, a North American-based theatrical exhibitor. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Andrew Hauptman is the Chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office. Andell invests directly in both control and minority stakes in private and public companies and real estate. The firm also partners with top-tier investment managers around the globe. Mr. Hauptman oversees the firm’s investment strategy and is actively involved in Andell’s sports, real estate, media, and other operating businesses.
Mr. Hauptman is the Owner and Chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club and is active on the League’s Board of Governors. In 2017, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame as Sports Advocate of the Year. He currently serves on the advisory board of Altas Partners and has acted as a director of numerous public and private companies including XIX Entertainment, BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility and Canyon Ranch Holdings, amongst others. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hauptman worked as an executive with Universal Studios in London and played a key role in the oversight of its international operations, focusing primarily on the music and filmed entertainment groups. He also worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex, Brown & Sons in New York. Mr. Hauptman has previously produced feature films through his production company Andell Entertainment, with credits including “State of Play,” starring Russell Crowe and “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle.
In addition to this work, he is deeply involved in several philanthropic and civic organizations, serving as a National Trustee of City Year, as the Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of City Year Los Angeles, as a Director of the Hauptman Family Foundation, and as President of the Chicago Fire Foundation. Mr. Hauptman is on the board of the Yale University Council, the advisory board of the Los Angeles Coalition for Jobs and the Economy and on the Leadership Councils of Service Year and of the International Medical Corps. He also participates in several business organizations, including the Bel Air and Aspen chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Mr. Hauptman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Stephen Bronfman is the Executive Chairman of Claridge Inc., where he has spent more than 20 years guiding the firm’s investment strategy and seeking out unique business opportunities both locally and globally. He is equally committed to environmental, cultural and community causes and, with his wife, Claudine, co-chairs the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.
Mr. Bronfman is also the Chief Revenue Officer of the Liberal Party of Canada and sits on the boards of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary and the David Suzuki Foundation. In addition, he serves as a member of Christie’s American Advisory Board.
At Claridge, Mr. Bronfman focuses on ventures with solid management and operational credentials, partnering with businesses to achieve long-term value and growth. Investing in sectors ranging from real estate to entertainment, he has led Claridge to strong partnerships and distinct market opportunities with many notable successes.
Under his leadership, both Claridge and his family foundation continue to seek opportunities for achieving exceptional results in the economic and social spheres. He serves as a Director for the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Claudine Blondin Bronfman
Claudine Blondin Bronfman is a committed philanthropist and seasoned marketing executive. Trained as a brand marketing manager over an almost ten-year career at Molson Coors Brewing Company, Claudine won accolades for repositioning brands and accelerating sales.
Today she puts her marketing expertise and savvy to work as a Director on several boards, where she oversees organizations focused on creativity, whether related to the development of new technology, innovation in sustainable business practices or the promotion of contemporary art. Claudine is Co-Chair of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and sits on the boards of C2-MTL, Notman House and Stingray Digital Group Inc. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her significant contributions and achievements.
The Honorable Rosalie Silberman Abella
Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004, after serving on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years. She practiced civil and criminal litigation until she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court in 1976. She subsequently chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission Report on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity.” She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988 to 1992, where she taught jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She is a specially elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano. She has served as a judge for the Giller Literary Prize, has written more than 90 articles and written or co-edited four books on a wide variety of legal topics. In addition, she chaired the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario. She holds 30 honorary degrees. Justice Abella is married to Canadian history professor Irving Abella and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Honorable Stuart E. Eizenstat
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat is Senior Counsel at Covington and Burling LLP, where he heads the firm’s international practice. During a decade and a half of public service in three U.S. administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat held a number of key senior positions, most recently as Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton.
He was a domestic policy adviser to President Carter and a staff member of the Johnson White House. As Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues in the Clinton administration, Ambassador Eizenstat negotiated major agreements with European countries for restitution of property and other compensatory payments resulting from Nazi atrocities. He is published often in the international press and prestigious journals, and is the author of two books — Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, and The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States. He has received seven honorary degrees and civilian citations from the governments of France, Germany, Austria, and Belgium. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ambassador Eizenstat is a cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He was married to the late Frances Eizenstat and has two sons and five grandchildren.
The Honorable Dan Meridor
The Honorable Dan Meridor recently served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy in the Israeli Cabinet. He served as Senior Partner at Haim Zadok and Co., a leading Israeli legal firm. Mr. Meridor was Minister of Strategic Affairs until February 2003. He served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset from 1999 to 2001, as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 1997, and as the Minister of Justice from 1988 to 1992.
From 1982 to 1984, Mr. Meridor served as the Secretary of the Cabinet under Prime Ministers Menahem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. A member of the Knesset between 1984 and 2003, and again from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Meridor served on the Committee of Constitution, Law and Justice, and on the Ethics Committee. He is Captain (res.) in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and fought as a tank commander in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Israel Museum and as Chairman of the Public Council of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gesher Theater. From 2003 until he joined the Cabinet in 2009, Mr. Meridor served as Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation. He is married to Dr. Leora Meridor, an economist, and they have four children.
Professor Amitai Ziv, M.D., M.H.A.
Professor Amitai Ziv, M.D., M.H.A. is the Founder and Director of MSR — the Israel Center for Medical Simulation and Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer. Influenced by his training as a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he has become a world leader in the field of simulation-based medical education, which aims to improve patient safety.
Simulation is used to enhance the clinical and communication skills of healthcare professionals – training them to make better decisions for their patients, enhancing teamwork, improving responses in emergency settings and extracting invaluable lessons from past errors — without endangering real patients. Professor Ziv is broadly involved in humanitarian initiatives and in developing national training and evaluation programs in collaboration with other social and medical organizations, and has advised the Israeli Defense Forces Medical Corps’ on preparedness for battlefield conditions. Medical centers and organizations around the world have sought him out — including the Mayo Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, McGill University, Albert Einstein Medical Center (Brazil), and the U.S. Department of the Army. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed the Department of Homeland Security on the use of simulation in medical emergency preparedness. He is married to Dr. Margalit Ziv, an education specialist, and they have three children.
Professor Ziv was the recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize in 2007.
The Honorable James D. Wolfensohn Emeritus
James Wolfensohn has had a long and distinguished career in business, finance and public service, focusing primarily on investment banking and the economic development of emerging market economies. He currently serves as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company LLC, a private investment firm that advises corporations and governments.
He is Chairman of the Citigroup International Advisory Board, and an adviser to Citigroup’s senior management on global strategy and international matters. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Wolfensohn served as the ninth President of the World Bank Group. During his ten years in that capacity, he returned the spotlight to the Bank’s true purpose: fighting global poverty and helping the world’s poor forge a better life. He has participated in a wide range of cultural and volunteer activities throughout his life, particularly, the performing arts. He established the Wolfensohn Center, a research initiative at the Brookings Institution centered on global poverty, and serves as Chairman Emeritus at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Wolfensohn’s autobiography, A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank, was published in 2010. He is married to Elaine Wolfensohn, an education specialist, and they have three children.
Paulette Light is Executive Director of The Charles Bronfman Prize, overseeing the annual nomination and prize review and awarding of the Prize and stewarding the fellowship of former recipients. Paulette has worked as an organizational and search consultant, primarily for the non-profit industry. Previously, she co-founded Momstamp, a tech startup that connected people to businesses and services based on friend referrals. She co-founded Ikar, a synagogue continuously named on Slingshot’s most innovative nonprofits list.
Paulette also has experience in the education sector, serving as chair of the board of Larchmont Charter schools as well as an adjunct professor of Finance for Nonprofits in the MBA Program at American Jewish University. Paulette is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, holds a Masters in Education with a degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.