September 9, 2018

Laureate Execs

Meet the Executive Team

Laureate bringing together leaders from the asset management and technology industries for one purpose: disrupt the current model in order to empower investors to earn compelling returns for them and not Wall Street.

Lawrence C. Newhook

Founder & CEO

Lawrence Newhook is a veteran investment professional with a 20+ year track record investing globally across all asset classes. He has built successful investment and hedge fund portfolios for the pension, family office, and high net worth investor communities, with a particular focus on identifying and extracting sources of alpha from both public and private markets.

Nicole L. Biernat

President and COO

Nicole Biernat has over two decades of experience in the alternative asset management industry, encompassing operations, investor relations, strategic business development, due diligence, and marketing.

Nicole brings to bear her extensive network of industry professionals and broad-based experience with the products and service providers in the industry in creating and managing the infrastructure of Laureate Digital.

Ophélie C. Chou

Chief Marketing Officer

Ophélie Chou has a background in finance, media relations, and building businesses. While in investment banking, she covered Fortune 500 clients in the industrials sector for the largest bank in the world based on total assets. She also due diligenced potential investment targets for China's largest full-service investment bank. She has relationships with 3000+ mainstream media organizations in the US and China, and an extensive network across the US, Europe and Asia which she is leveraging to identify investors and strategic partners for Laureate Digital.

Martin Wörner

Chief Technology Officer

Martin Wörner has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets technology, with tenures at Europe’s leading financial institutions. He has also founded several technology-based companies, including a blockchain company specialized in financial markets, and consulted on various emerging technology projects.


Dr. Mark Antonio Awada

Chief Risk and Data Analytics Officer

Mark Antonio Awada's distinguished career spans finance and academia. He has held leadership and executive roles at blue chip investment banks, and also managed capital at both a global investment firm which he founded and also at a top tier hedge fund. His academic background is in theoretical physics, and included post-doctoral research with Dr. Stephen Hawking as well as subsequent professorial positions at US universities.