About Us

About the Foundation

About the Foundation

Since inception, the Excellence in Investing for Children’s Causes Foundation and the Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference has raised over $1 million dollars to support Bay Area organizations focused on improving educational opportunities and life outcomes for underserved youth. A portion of the proceeds from the annual Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference also benefit our partner, The Sohn Conference Foundation, in their dedicated efforts towards finding new treatments and a cure for pediatric cancer and related childhood diseases.

Organizations interested in applying to be a conference beneficiary can contact info@excellencesf.org.




Patrick Wolff, President

Mr. Wolff is a managing director and portfolio manager at Thiel Macro LLC. He was previously founder and managing member of Grandmaster Capital LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund from January 2011 – June 2015. Prior to founding Grandmaster Capital, from August 2005 – December 2010 Mr. Wolff was a managing director at Clarium Capital Management, the predecessor fund to Thiel Macro LLC. Mr. Wolff graduated from Harvard University in 1997 with an AB in philosophy, magna cum laude and phi beta kappa. Mr. Wolff is also a chess grandmaster and played chess professionally from 1989 – 1997, and was twice US Chess Champion, in 1992 and 1995.

Peter Lardner

Peter Lardner, Vice President

Peter manages the West Coast Prime Brokerage business for Goldman Sachs and has been a relationship manager for West Coast hedge funds since moving to the San Francisco office in 2004. He is responsible for sourcing new hedge fund business and providing connectivity for current hedge fund clients to the firm’s full suite of resources. Peter joined Goldman Sachs in London in 2000 and worked in both equity and derivative sales. He was named managing director in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a financial correspondent for Reuters news agency in London and Tokyo, covering global energy markets. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the charitable organization Help For Children/Hedge Funds Care. Peter earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from London Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.


Adam Bristol

Adam Bristol, Secretary

Adam is co-founder and Director of Research of Aquilo Capital, a life sciences investment fund in San Francisco, California. From 2007-2010, he was a Portfolio Manager at BVF Partners, LP, where he helped manage BVF’s venture investment activities and assisted in aspects of BVF’s public markets investing. He has worked with the NIH’s Commercialization Assistance Program, UC-Davis’s Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Therapeutic Development Initiative. He is a Class 14 Kauffman Fellow and co-editor of Neuroscience of Creativity, published by MIT Press.  Adam did his postdoctoral training in neurobiology at Stanford University, his Ph.D. at Yale University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Abraham Kozhipatt, Treasurer & Beneficiary Selection

Abraham is a principal and senior analyst at Bocage Capital. He helps manage the fund’s investments in utilities and associated fuels, and renewables. Prior to joining Bocage Capital, Abraham was based out of London – latterly as the head of research for European gas/power/coal at Hetco, and prior to that, as an energy analyst in Shell’s scenarios group. Abraham has a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and completed his BA (Hons) from St.Stephen’s College in Delhi, India. Abraham passionately believes in improving public schools and that the best education combines both in and out of classroom experiences. He enjoys selecting and working with the very impressive and committed organisations that the EICC supports.