Board of Directors

Isabelle Freidheim

Isabelle Freidheim

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Isabelle is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: ATEK) and the founder and Chairman of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp (NYSE: ATHN), the first all women SPAC to announce a combination. Athena Technology announced a combination with Heliogen in July. She is also the founder and Chairman of the board of Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ACAQ). She is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur.

Ms. Freidheim co-founded Magnifi, an artificial intelligence and machine learning fintech company which was acquired by The Tifin Group in December 2020. In addition to co-founding the company, Ms. Freidheim acted as the Chief Executive Officer of Magnifi and led the company’s early growth.

Ms. Freidheim is co-founder and managing partner of Castle VC (formerly Starwood VC), making investments in technology companies across stages with a current focus on late-stage investments in the sectors of financial technologies, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ms. Freidheim has led investments in both early-stage and late-stage, pre-IPO growth companies. Ms. Freidheim also co-founded The London Fund, a fund that invests in IP-rich high-growth companies with a particular focus on emerging technologies. Ms. Freidheim was previously the first female venture partner at VC fund MissionOG, where she sourced investments in high-growth technology companies.

Ms. Freidheim started her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and then joined one of Invesco’s private equity funds to invest in European assets. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Kirthiga Reddy

Kirthiga Reddy

President and Director

Kirthiga Reddy brings over twenty years of experience leading technology-driven transformations. From December 2018 - October 2021, Ms. Reddy has served as the Investment Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, a private equity firm headquartered in London (SBIA), and served on the Investment Committee for the SoftBank Vision Fund Emerge program, a global accelerator for companies led by underrepresented founders. Ms. Reddy is also a co-founder and since October 2018 has served as Investment Council of F7 Ventures, a female-led seed investment fund focused on enabling human operations and the investment themes of connected communities, future of work, and physical and mental health. From July 2010 to March 2018, Ms. Reddy held various executive roles at Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB). At Facebook, Ms. Reddy first served as the Managing Director for India and South Asia, and subsequently focused on emerging and high- growth markets including Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, Ms. Reddy has served as a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Collective Health, Inc. since December 2019, where she also serves on the compensation and audit committees, WeWork Inc. since February 2020, and Fungible, Inc. since April 2021. Ms. Reddy has also served on the Investment Advisory Council for Neythri Futures Fund, a South Asian female-led stage-agnostic tech fund since March 2021. Ms. Reddy holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she graduated with the highest honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a B.E. in Computer Science from Marathwada University, India. She served on Stanford Business School Management Board from September 2014 to April 2019, including serving as Chair from September 2018 to April 2019. She has been recognized as Fortune India’s “Most Powerful Women” and as Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” among other recognitions.

Judith Rodin

Judith Rodin

Director

Judith Rodin has served as one of our directors since August 2021, sitting on the Board of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ATHN), one of the first all women SPACs. Dr. Rodin served as the President of The Rockefeller Foundation, which supports efforts to combat global social, economic, health and environmental challenges, from 2005 to 2017. From 1994 to 2004, she served as the President of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a professor of psychology and of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that, Dr. Rodin chaired the Department of Psychology at Yale University, and also served as the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and provost and served as a faculty member at the university for 22 years. Dr. Rodin has served as the chair of the board of Prodigy Services Limited, a fintech platform, since 2019, a member of the board of Portfolia, a venture investing firm, since 2018 and a member of the board and a member of the nominating and governance committee of Laureate Education, a higher education institution, since 2013. From 2002 to 2018, she served as a member of the board of directors and a member of the audit and compensation committees of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA). From 1997 to 2013, she served as a member of the board of directors and a member of the audit committee of American Airlines Group (formerly known as AMR Corporation) (Nasdaq: AAL). From 2004 to 2017, Dr. Rodin served as a member of the board of directors and a member of both the nominating and governance, and the compensation committees of Citigroup Inc. Dr. Rodin earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg

Director

Randi Zuckerberg currently works with more than 20 early and mid-stage companies as an investor and advisor. She sits on the board of directors for The Motley Fool since January 2019, Go Noodle since October 2020, and Life360 since January 2021 and she serves as a strategic advisor to Republic since February 2021 and OkCoin since September 2021. For the past decade, Randi has helped families navigate our digital world. Through her company, Zuckerberg Media, she has created award-winning content and experiences that educate families and bring to light issues around digital literacy and safety. Ms. Zuckerberg is the best-selling author of four books, producer of multiple television shows and theater productions, and hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM. Randi has been recognized with an Emmy nomination, three Tony awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Kidscreen Award. Prior to founding her own company, Randi was an early employee at Facebook, where she is best known for creating Facebook Live, now used by more than two billion people around the globe.

Sharon Brown-Hruska, PhD

Sharon Brown-Hruska, PhD

Director

Sharon Brown-Hruska, PhD is a Principal of Hruska Economics, LLC since October 2021, where she works with non-profit entities, associations, corporate clients, and government to facilitate practical and market-based solutions to our toughest social and economic challenges. She is on the Management Board of PRIME Finance Foundation since October 2021, and previously served on the Board of the PRIME Finance Dispute Resolution and Education Foundation. She is on the Advisory Board of ten12, a crowd-sourced database of institutional investor consensus prices for 300k+ securities which can be used to improve valuation practices and policies of mutual funds, pension funds, insurance cos., among others. As a financial economist and former regulator, she has over three decades of experience in public policy, leadership and administration, including as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of State from 2019 to 2021, and as Commissioner from 2002 to 2006 of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In addition to her public service, she was Managing Director and Partner in the Global Securities and Finance Practice of National Economic Research Associates from 2006 to 2019. She also previously served as a Public Director on the Electronic Liquidity Exchange, a Trustee on the International Securities Exchange Trust, and as Director on the public company board of MarketAxess Holdings. She was also a Professor at Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. She earned her PhD, MA, and BA from Virginia Tech.