Our Team

Stephen Scott

Stephen Scott Founder

Stephen Scott

Founder

Stephen Scott

“I’ve seen the consequences of the trust crisis up close throughout my career. In every case, remedial efforts to restore trust have felt like doing too little, too late. And those who can afford it least always seem to wind up suffering the most. It’s time to shift our focus from risk mitigation to trust optimization.”

A recognized expert in due diligence and risk management, Stephen has worked throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe where he has helped leaders in business and government, to create, protect, and restore value and organizational integrity.

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Alif Saleh

Alif Saleh Co-Founder

Alif Saleh

Co-Founder

Alif Saleh

“I have engaged with communities throughout the world and come to the realization that success is built on our ability to create personal relationships with strangers. It is my firm belief that trust can be used as a currency, driving behavior between people, and that this will revolutionize the speed at which prosperous relationships are built.”

Alif is an entrepreneur and global business leader with a scientific background in systems biology, network theory and engineering. He has successfully led cross-disciplinary teams in technology and business across Asia, Europe and the Americas and has raised over $225 million in venture backed funding.

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Jeff Kupfer

Jeff Kupfer Co-Founder

Jeff Kupfer

Co-Founder

Jeff Kupfer

“Throughout my career, I’ve seen performance outcomes flow directly from the behavior of people in the organization.  Especially during periods of significant change or challenge, organizational success depends upon the trust relationships of employees.”

Jeff has served at the highest levels of the public, private, and non-profit sector.  He was the chief operating officer of a multi-billion dollar government agency and is an expert in regulatory policy and management.

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Erich Hoefer

Erich Hoefer Co-Founder

Erich Hoefer

Co-Founder

Erich Hoefer

“I’ve had the opportunity to lead numerous venture launches and innovation projects and more than any other factor, it is the culture of the organization that determines your ultimate success or failure.”

Erich has led corporate innovation and new venture launches for over 10 years. He’s been a part of 4 new venture launches as well as numerous business transformation initiatives with specific experience in enterprise software, ecommerce, and brand launches.

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Aurelien Mazurie

Aurelien Mazurie Chief Data Scientist

Aurelien Mazurie

Chief Data Scientist

Aurelien Mazurie

“Our society produces enormous amount of data which, correctly mined, can provide invaluable insight about what is happening, what is likely to happen, and what can be done about it. What we do is applying these cutting-edge techniques to trust modeling in organizations.”

Aurélien has provided his expertise in data science to public and private institutions both in the US and in Europe for over a decade. His background in systems biology, graph theory and machine learning applied to complex systems are a perfect mix to understand trust relationships in businesses and governments.

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Senior Advisors

Rick Ketchum

Rick Ketchum Former CEO, FINRA and NYSE Regulation

Rick Ketchum

Former CEO, FINRA and NYSE Regulation

Rick Ketchum
Richard Ketchum served as Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) from 2009-16. He also served as CEO of New York Stock Exchange Regulation (2006-09) and as the first Chief Regulatory Officer of the NYSE (2004-06). Previously, he spent twelve years at the NASDAQ and NASD, serving as President of both organizations, and fourteen years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, with eight as Director of the Division of Market Regulation.
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Dr. Mirea Raaijmakers

Dr. Mirea Raaijmakers Former Director of Culture & Conduct Supervision, Dutch National Bank

Dr. Mirea Raaijmakers

Former Director of Culture & Conduct Supervision, Dutch National Bank

Dr. Mirea Raaijmakers
Dr. Mirea Raaijmakers is a thought leader and innovator in the financial services industry and the first organizational psychologist to have been appointed by any central bank to lead inspections into behavior and culture in the financial industry. Her core competencies concern the understanding and influencing of the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations, especially during large scale change initiatives. Dr. Raaijmakers previously led the supervision of culture and behavior in the Dutch banking sector at the Dutch National Bank (“DNB”).
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Martin Wheatley

Martin Wheatley Former CEO, UK FCA and Hong Kong SFC

Martin Wheatley

Former CEO, UK FCA and Hong Kong SFC

Martin Wheatley
Martin Wheatley helped to form the Financial Conduct Authority and served as its inaugural CEO. The principal conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and markets in the UK, and prudential regulator for some 18,000, the FCA’s mission is to protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system and to ensure that markets are effective, efficient, reliable, and function to benefit firms, individuals and society as a whole.
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Venture Advisors

Valerie Plame

Valerie Plame Former Operations Officer, CIA

Valerie Plame

Former Operations Officer, CIA

Valerie Plame
As a career CIA covert operations officer, Valerie worked to protect America’s national security and to prevent the spread of WMDs. Author of the best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House and of the Vanessa Pierson spy-thriller series, Valerie appears in the press regularly on topics such as nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA’s data collection. A consultant to Warner Brothers TV and Director of Community Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, Valerie serves also on the boards of the United Way, the Penn State School of International Affairs, and the nuclear disarmament organization, GlobalZero. Valerie brings Starling invaluable expertise on the importance of trust in government and security and as a principal driver of behavior in organizations.
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Hooman Radfar

Hooman Radfar Founder, AddThis and Partner, EXPA

Hooman Radfar

Founder, AddThis and Partner, EXPA

Hooman Radfar
Hooman is an active advisor to and investor in start-ups such as Washio, Sweetgreen, Spoonrocket, Hinge, and more. Hooman founded AddThis the largest content engagement platform on the web which he scaled to reach 1.7bn users. Hooman brings Starling a well-informed and practical perspective on how best to develop and scale our trust technologies, technically as well as operationally.
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Jason Hreha

Jason Hreha Head of Product & Behavioral Science, Walmart

Jason Hreha

Head of Product & Behavioral Science, Walmart

Jason Hreha
Jason is a leader in applied psychology-based UX design. With renowned behavioral economist, Dan Ariely, Jason co-authored the workbook series, Hacking Human Nature for Good. Jason has worked with 80+ new ventures as a mentor to the Thiel Foundation and 500 Startups. Starling will benefit by Jason’s assistance in designing engaging and user retentive products.
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Neville Crawley

Neville Crawley Founder & CEO, Engram Labs

Neville Crawley

Founder & CEO, Engram Labs

Neville Crawley
Prior to founding Engram Labs, Neville was the CEO of Quid. He also led strategy and corporate development at Gerson Lehrman Group, the leading expert network firm. Prior to this, Neville was with McKinsey. As leader of the go-to-market strategy for a high-growth SaaS business, Neville is well placed to help Starling in the development of its business model and growth strategy.
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Karen Cook

Karen Cook Professor of Sociology Stanford

Karen Cook

Professor of Sociology Stanford

Karen Cook
Karen S. Cook is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford. She conducts research on social interaction, social networks, social exchange, and trust. She has edited or co-authored numerous books and articles on the subject of trust in the organization.
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Bob Bleimeister

Bob Bleimeister Sr. Advisor, Business Transformation and Former HR COO, AIG

Bob Bleimeister

Sr. Advisor, Business Transformation and Former HR COO, AIG

Bob Bleimeister
Bob Bleimeister has 25 years of experience leading large organizations through transformational change. His expertise includes organization strategy and operating models, technology strategy, and change leadership. He has an active practice working with Deloitte Consulting to advise senior executives from large public and private sector organizations, and with The Conference Board facilitating senior executive forums on global business issues. Bob advises several startup companies developing new business services platforms, and teaches the “Change Leadership” seminar at Norwich University’s School of Business.
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