about our board
Priscilla is a retired television journalist and anchorwoman. Originally from Seoul, Priscilla graduated from Ewha Women's College in 1981 with a degree in English Literature. Immediately upon graduating, she began working as a journalist and producer at the major Korean broadcast network MBC, where she would rise to become the first major female television personality in Korea. Over the course of her brief career in the 1980s, she anchored the morning news, hosted a popular television quiz show, served as master of ceremonies for numerous televised pageants, and was the official commentator at the 1984 LA Olympics. Following her marriage to Jeffrey Ahn, she moved to New York, and served as executive producer and news director at WNYE-25 and then as partner and executive director of Korean program at WNYC-31 until 1995, when she retired. Priscilla recently served as the President of the New York chapter of the Ewha Alumnae Association.
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Dayssi is a hotel and real estate developer based in New York City. She is the co-founder, President, and COO of Flag Luxury Group, a real estate development company with a primary focus on luxury and lifestyle hotel development and retail development. Aside from her distinguished professional career, Dayssi is an accomplished philanthropist; she has been the recipient of the prestigious Merit of Excellence Award in Philanthropy from Cornell University and was named Humanitarian of the Year at the Mary Haven Center of Hope. She is a long-time board member of New Yorkers for Children, where she is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Friends Committee, and is currently Secretary of the Board and on the Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, Dayssi is actively involved as a Board member for Save Venice, Inc, the largest private foundation dedicated to the restoration of art and architecture in Venice. She has been a member of and chaired various committees for the Associates Committee for Memorial Sloan Kettering, Friends of Baby Buggy, The American Ballet Theatre, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Melissa Ko is the Managing Member of Covepoint Capital Advisors LLC and serves as the Chief Investment Officer of the Covepoint Emerging Markets Macro Fund. Previously, she served as a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co., where she founded the Fund in 2005. Melissa Ko has an extensive history as an Emerging Markets trader and investor going back to the early 1990s. Before joining Bear Stearns in 2002, she was a Partner at Blue Border Partners, an Emerging Markets Hedge Fund, from 2000 to 2002. Prior to joining Blue Border, Melissa was a Director with Deutsche Bank in charge of Emerging Markets Currencies Proprietary Trading and was the Head of the Latin American Currency Desk at Bankers Trust. Prior to her tenure at Bankers Trust, Melissa held trading positions at Citibank and Abn-Amro. Melissa received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee and also serves on the boards at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Metropolitan Opera.