Richard E. Witten
Richard serves as the Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University, a position he assumed after retiring as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University. He is the Founder of Columbia Entrepreneurship and a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors, where he chairs the Cancer Advisory Council. Richard is also the Founder and Senior Managing Director of The Orienta Group, an investment and advisory firm, and is a retired General Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co, where he had a senior management role in the firm’s fixed income, currencies and commodities businesses. Richard is the Co-Chairman of the Board of New York City Center, and a member of the Board of the Harlem Children’s Zone. He also chairs the Board of Advisors of the Ragon Institute, a health research partnership between the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and MIT. Mr. Witten is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School.