Vincent Santana


Chief Administrative Officer of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University

During his professional tenure at Columbia University Vincent Santana has worked in research for 18 years. As the program manager for EFIGA-Estudio Familiar Influencia Genetica en Alzheimer, he was responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary recruitment in three countries.

This is a study funded by the National Institutes of Health started in Washington Heights which was expanded to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and aims to recruit families with multiple members affected with Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently that study is the largest of its kind in the world with over 1,000 families participating. Since 2008 he has held several Administrative positions, currently he is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Neurology and is responsible for Operations, IT and Human Resources. Professionally, he is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and a candidate for Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Santana is a Columbia University Senator representing the Medical Campus, which is in Washington Heights, and sits on several subcommittees that form policy. His interests include expanding healthcare access for all especially the Hispanic Community and increasing diversity within the ranks of healthcare and higher education.

Eliza Esquivel


Vice President of Global Brand Strategy at Mondelēz Global LLC

Eliza Esquivel, VP Global Brand Strategy at Mondelēz International, is responsible for nurturing the $36 billion start-ups portfolio of high growth global brands (e.g. Oreo and Cadbury among others).

She leads an international team of strategists who provide brand strategy and creative development support to Mondelēz brands as well as thought leadership to the global organization.

Eliza is a progressive thinker with a balance of classical planning, creative and integrated strategic skills accumulated across a range of global brands including Coke, Nike, McDonald’s, Philips, Accenture and Skittles.