Gamal Hennessy

Gamal is the president of the NCI. The organization is a product of his work and interest in nightlife. In 2004, Gamal formed Nightlife Publishing, a media company that is dedicated to nightlife and publishes the online magazine New York Nights. In 2009, he became a member of the Responsible Hospitality Institute as a featured speaker. Gamal has appeared on NPR radio and his articles have appeared in Bar Business Magazine, Chilled Magazine and the Examiner.



Alysse Jordan

Alysse Jordan is currently the Head of the Social Work Library at Columbia University. An information professional with over 15 years of experience in major research libraries, Alysse holds B.A. and M.I.L.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University. Her research interests include social policy, race and ethnicity, social inequality, health and mental health, and urban sociology.


Chris Alker

Chris Alker, aka The Dance Machine, is a New York based DJ, designer, party promoter, and writer.  Originally from Houston he moved to New York City in 2004 to work full time in the field of architecture.  With a passion for dance music, art, architecture and fashion, he has tapped into the city's creative pulse in an order to share his ideas, his writings and, most importantly, his cherished damaged-disco record collection.  He is responsible for countless dance parties in the East Village, LES, Williamsburg, Bushwick, & LIC, is a contributing writer for Discosalt, Crossfadr, Magnetic Magazine, & Societe Perrier, is an ambassador for Subtrak Records, has lectured on the art  and history of the DJ at Yale University, is the creator of the downtown soiree, DELUXE, at Gin Palace on the third Thursdays of every month.


Herbert Holler

Today, Herbert Holler is in his 12th year as a full-time DJ. He's played just about every lounge, bar and dance club from Wall Street to 125th, he continues to work with a growing list of high-profile clients and world-renown artists, has held residences and guest spots across the globe, and claims ownership of the longest running weekly Friday-night party in NYC history, the Freedom Party®. After years of hard work, dedication and professionalism, his name and reputation as a DJ in the music and entertainment industry precedes itself.