KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Stavros N. Yiannouka is the CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a major initiative of Qatar Foundation dedicated to building the future of education through debate, dialogue and purposeful action.

Before joining WISE, Stavros was Executive Vice-Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (2005-2012). At the LKY School he spearheaded the implementation of an ambitious growth strategy he helped develop as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Stavros is the co-author, with Kishore Mahbubani, et al. of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: Building a Global Policy School in Asia (World Scientific, 2012).

Stavros worked at McKinsey & Company from 2000 to 2005, serving private and public sector clients in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Canada, predominantly in the financial services, healthcare and education industries. From 1995 to 1998, Stavros practiced corporate law in the City of London with the firms Gouldens, and Mayer, Brown & Platt. He holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the London Business School, an LLB (with Honours) from the University of Bristol, is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and an Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor at the LKY School.

Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education)

Yao Zhang, founder and CEO of RoboTerra Inc., has been working in the education and technology field for more than a decade. RoboTerra, recognized as the annual "Star Company" at the 2014 World Learning Technology Summit and a "Top 30 Innovations Company in 2015 SVIEF", provides a cloud-based learning solution connecting educational robots built by students and respective course modules, which allows students a rewarding and fun learning experience. A Columbia University alumna, Yao was recognized for her great entrepreneurship, contribution and leadership in robotics and education, as a "Top 25 Women in Robotics in 2015" by RoboHub, and most recently honored as a 2016 Young Global Leader by Davos World Economic Forum, an Innovation Ambassador by the United Nations (UNCTAD), a Global Future Council AI & Robotics Committee member and one of "7 Women in AI & Robotics" by major tech media.

Yao Zhang, founder & CEO, RoboTerra Inc

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He works in business, consulting, executive coaching and space education. He is a professional international speaker, and a co-founder and the CEO of OneOrbit, providing keynotes and training to companies and schools. Chiao also holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine and is an advisor to the Houston Association for Space and Science Education. He has worked in both government and commercial space programs and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. He was the first LSU Raborn Distinguished Chair Professor. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Dr. Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100.  Dr. Chiao left NASA in December, 2005 following a fifteen-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). In 2009, he served on the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.  A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.  Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corp. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He works in business, consulting, executive coaching and space education. He is a professional international speaker, and a co-founder and the CEO of OneOrbit, providing keynotes and training to companies and schools. Chiao also holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine and is an advisor to the Houston Association for Space and Science Education. He has worked in both government and commercial space programs and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. He was the first LSU Raborn Distinguished Chair Professor. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Dr. Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100.

Dr. Chiao left NASA in December, 2005 following a fifteen-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). In 2009, he served on the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.

A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.

Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corp. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Dr. Leroy Chiao, former NASA astronaut & International Space Station commander, co-founder & CEO of OneOrbit

Carl Ward is the Group Technology Officer for our Global Health and Public Service business. He specializes in framing and architecting large-scale transformation programs for the public sector. Carl is responsible for the business and solution architecture for many of Accenture's Public Service transformation opportunities, including work in Tax, Human Services, Health, Postal, Police, and Defence. Carl holds a first class BA (Physics and Theoretical Physics) and MA from Cambridge University, UK.

Carl Ward is the Group Technology Officer for our Global Health and Public Service business. He specializes in framing and architecting large-scale transformation programs for the public sector. Carl is responsible for the business and solution architecture for many of Accenture's Public Service transformation opportunities, including work in Tax, Human Services, Health, Postal, Police, and Defence. Carl holds a first class BA (Physics and Theoretical Physics) and MA from Cambridge University, UK.

Carl Ward, Group Technology Officer, Accenture

 
 
 

2019 CONFERENCE CHAIR

Louis serves as Executive Director of YouthSF, a nonprofit foundation helping students from underserved communities.  The innovative “Tech Rec” pedagogy he developed is helping students move from spectators in the digital revolution to active participants.  A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Louis’s career has taken him from the United Nations in New York City to Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC to internet startups in Silicon Valley.  Louis’s business experience is extensive and deep having consulted in the Media, Communications, Technology and Education sectors. His creative work has earned industry acclaim and been recognized with a variety of awards.

Louis serves as Executive Director of YouthSF, a nonprofit foundation helping students from underserved communities.

The innovative “Tech Rec” pedagogy he developed is helping students move from spectators in the digital revolution to active participants.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Louis’s career has taken him from the United Nations in New York City to Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC to internet startups in Silicon Valley.

Louis’s business experience is extensive and deep having consulted in the Media, Communications, Technology and Education sectors. His creative work has earned industry acclaim and been recognized with a variety of awards.

Louis Kolenda, Executive Director, YouthSF

 
 

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His career has been spent thinking about and working on the application of these technologies to support education institutions and lifelong learning. As a serial technology entrepreneur in transformative education technology businesses, he has a deep understanding of what does and does not work. Through his various roles as CEO, leader of sales and professional services organizations, and product development teams he values those activities that make a real difference in the hands of education stakeholders. He has been fortunate to work with the leading firms in the field, like IBM, Apple and Pearson, in thinking about and implementing transformative programs. He enjoys connecting with ed tech leaders on transforming education through advanced technologies. Sessions he has participated in at Harvard University, Columbia University, IBM Research and many others have been a great opportunity to both share and provoke conversations.

His career has been spent thinking about and working on the application of these technologies to support education institutions and lifelong learning. As a serial technology entrepreneur in transformative education technology businesses, he has a deep understanding of what does and does not work. Through his various roles as CEO, leader of sales and professional services organizations, and product development teams he values those activities that make a real difference in the hands of education stakeholders. He has been fortunate to work with the leading firms in the field, like IBM, Apple and Pearson, in thinking about and implementing transformative programs. He enjoys connecting with ed tech leaders on transforming education through advanced technologies. Sessions he has participated in at Harvard University, Columbia University, IBM Research and many others have been a great opportunity to both share and provoke conversations.

Alex Kaplan, Global Leader, IBM Watson Education

Rosemary Luckin is a UCL Professor whose research involves blending theories from the learning sciences with techniques from Artificial Intelligence. She is author of ‘Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: the future of education in the 21st century’ (2018); Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Commons Education Select Committee; Co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education; a member of the UK Office for Students Horizon Scanning panel, adviser to the Topol review into the NHS workforce; one of the 20 most influential people in Education (Seldon List 2017).

Rosemary Luckin is a UCL Professor whose research involves blending theories from the learning sciences with techniques from Artificial Intelligence. She is author of ‘Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: the future of education in the 21st century’ (2018); Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Commons Education Select Committee; Co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education; a member of the UK Office for Students Horizon Scanning panel, adviser to the Topol review into the NHS workforce; one of the 20 most influential people in Education (Seldon List 2017).

Rose Luckin, Professor, UCL Learner Centred Design

Davar Ardalan (born Iran) is a U.S.-based author, journalist, and entrepreneur. Ardalan is the founder and storyteller in chief of IVOW with international experience in storytelling campaigns and social impact projects. She worked at Washington, D.C.-based National Public Radio as a producer and journalist for over 20 years.

Davar Ardalan (born Iran) is a U.S.-based author, journalist, and entrepreneur. Ardalan is the founder and storyteller in chief of IVOW with international experience in storytelling campaigns and social impact projects. She worked at Washington, D.C.-based National Public Radio as a producer and journalist for over 20 years.

Davar Ardalan, NPR Award Journalist, Founder, IVOW

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Jihan Bowes-Little, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Bracket Capital

 
Jim Bildner is the CEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Jim is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Jim is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, The Non-Profit Finance Fund, The Public Citizen Foundation, Healthy Americas Foundation, Trustee Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, an Overseer Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the executive board of WBUR (Boston Public Radio). He also serves on the boards of ROCA, Inc., Fox Islands Wind, LLC, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute, and Coastal Innovation Loan Fund, Education SuperHighway, IDEO.org, SIRUM, the Earth Genome, CAST, OpenBiome, Service Year, Open Up Resources, Inc., Landed, Inc., the GroundTruth Project, the Empowerment Plan, UpTrust, on the board of the Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia and Climate Central. He is a member of Young Presidents/World Presidents Organization and a member of the Chief Executives Organization. In his board service, Mr. Bildner serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregated endowments in excess of $4 B as well as a member of numerous finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards.

Jim Bildner is the CEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Jim is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Jim is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, The Non-Profit Finance Fund, The Public Citizen Foundation, Healthy Americas Foundation, Trustee Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, an Overseer Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the executive board of WBUR (Boston Public Radio). He also serves on the boards of ROCA, Inc., Fox Islands Wind, LLC, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute, and Coastal Innovation Loan Fund, Education SuperHighway, IDEO.org, SIRUM, the Earth Genome, CAST, OpenBiome, Service Year, Open Up Resources, Inc., Landed, Inc., the GroundTruth Project, the Empowerment Plan, UpTrust, on the board of the Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia and Climate Central. He is a member of Young Presidents/World Presidents Organization and a member of the Chief Executives Organization. In his board service, Mr. Bildner serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregated endowments in excess of $4 B as well as a member of numerous finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards.

James Bildner, CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Author of the definitive book,  Learning to Think Strategically , 4th ed., 2019 (Best Business Book of the Year, The Financial Times), Dr. Julia Sloan is widely recognized for her pioneering work on the application of complex cognitive theory to everyday global strategic thinking practice.  Julia teaches at Columbia University, has been on the faculty of the Brookings Institute, and was named as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Mohammad bin Rashid School of Government (Dubai). Additionally, Julia has lectured at Harvard University, Princeton University (US); Bejing University, Central University of Finance and Economics (China); Tokyo University, Keio University (Japan); and India Institute of Management (India).  Awarded a Fulbright and a Researcher-in-Residence fellowship, Julia has also received Faculty Excellence Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, Ahead of the Curve Teaching Award, and Innovation Influencer Award.  A resident of New York City, Dr. Sloan holds a doctorate from Columbia University, master’s studies at Yale University and University of Alaska, and undergraduate studies from Kent State University.

Author of the definitive book, Learning to Think Strategically, 4th ed., 2019 (Best Business Book of the Year, The Financial Times), Dr. Julia Sloan is widely recognized for her pioneering work on the application of complex cognitive theory to everyday global strategic thinking practice.

Julia teaches at Columbia University, has been on the faculty of the Brookings Institute, and was named as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Mohammad bin Rashid School of Government (Dubai). Additionally, Julia has lectured at Harvard University, Princeton University (US); Bejing University, Central University of Finance and Economics (China); Tokyo University, Keio University (Japan); and India Institute of Management (India).

Awarded a Fulbright and a Researcher-in-Residence fellowship, Julia has also received Faculty Excellence Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, Ahead of the Curve Teaching Award, and Innovation Influencer Award.

A resident of New York City, Dr. Sloan holds a doctorate from Columbia University, master’s studies at Yale University and University of Alaska, and undergraduate studies from Kent State University.

Dr. Julia Sloan, Columbia & MIT Adjunct Faculty, Best-Seller Author “Learning to Think Strategically”

Marc Macaluso is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, repped by two of the premiere talent businesses in the world, William Morris Endeavor and Management 360. Marc's first script landed on the Black List, an industry-voted list of the top unproduced scripts of the year. That film is now being produced by Gary Levinsohn, producer of Saving Private Ryan.  Marc also consults companies and organizations in transforming their business and brand to thrive in the shifting paradigms of the 21st century. Most recently he has been focusing on the higher education market in New York.  Marc's trajectory began in technology. At 23 he was a self-taught engineer, and three-years later the tech company he co-founded based on complex adaptive systems, was sold to IBM. He later became the head of product development and creative director at Bain Capital-backed, a distributed computing software company, DataSynapse. That company was acquired by Tibco. Marc then launched the first Creative Technology division at the digital arm of one of the world's most prestigious advertising firm, BBDO New York. There, Marc led large cross-disciplinary teams and successfully launched several campaigns for Fortune 100 brands in multiple languages and regions, including the global rebrands of Citi, Johnson, and Johnson leading up to the Beijing Olympics, Conservational International, Emirates Airlines, Dubai Tourism, FedEx, the NFL children’s initiative and many more.  Marc is an advisor and mentor for several startups and has led product and branding workshops at Parson's School of Design in New York.  Marc has lived in four continents and considers the world his home

Marc Macaluso is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, repped by two of the premiere talent businesses in the world, William Morris Endeavor and Management 360. Marc's first script landed on the Black List, an industry-voted list of the top unproduced scripts of the year. That film is now being produced by Gary Levinsohn, producer of Saving Private Ryan.

Marc also consults companies and organizations in transforming their business and brand to thrive in the shifting paradigms of the 21st century. Most recently he has been focusing on the higher education market in New York.

Marc's trajectory began in technology. At 23 he was a self-taught engineer, and three-years later the tech company he co-founded based on complex adaptive systems, was sold to IBM. He later became the head of product development and creative director at Bain Capital-backed, a distributed computing software company, DataSynapse. That company was acquired by Tibco. Marc then launched the first Creative Technology division at the digital arm of one of the world's most prestigious advertising firm, BBDO New York. There, Marc led large cross-disciplinary teams and successfully launched several campaigns for Fortune 100 brands in multiple languages and regions, including the global rebrands of Citi, Johnson, and Johnson leading up to the Beijing Olympics, Conservational International, Emirates Airlines, Dubai Tourism, FedEx, the NFL children’s initiative and many more.

Marc is an advisor and mentor for several startups and has led product and branding workshops at Parson's School of Design in New York.

Marc has lived in four continents and considers the world his home

Marc Macaluso, Serial Entrepreneur in AI, Hollywood Film & TV Writer

Armand Doucet is one of the world’s foremost pracademics and teachers in education, he is a sought-after leader, inspirational speaker, coach, columnist, author of Teaching Life: Our Calling, Our Choices, Our Challenges (May,2019) and co-author of the best-selling book Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice (Routledge 2018). He has spoken to tens of thousands of teachers on 4 continents and with dignitaries such as Jack Ma, Irina Bokova and Sunny Varkey. Armand currently teaches Modern History and World Issues in French Immersion at Riverview High School in the Anglophone East School District in New Brunswick, Canada. A Global Teacher Prize Top 50 2017, he has received the Governor General Award for Teaching Excellence in History (2017), Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), is a Meritorious Service Medal Recipient Governor General of Canada, is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Teach SDGs Ambassador.

Armand Doucet is one of the world’s foremost pracademics and teachers in education, he is a sought-after leader, inspirational speaker, coach, columnist, author of Teaching Life: Our Calling, Our Choices, Our Challenges (May,2019) and co-author of the best-selling book Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice (Routledge 2018). He has spoken to tens of thousands of teachers on 4 continents and with dignitaries such as Jack Ma, Irina Bokova and Sunny Varkey. Armand currently teaches Modern History and World Issues in French Immersion at Riverview High School in the Anglophone East School District in New Brunswick, Canada. A Global Teacher Prize Top 50 2017, he has received the Governor General Award for Teaching Excellence in History (2017), Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), is a Meritorious Service Medal Recipient Governor General of Canada, is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Teach SDGs Ambassador.

armand c. doucet, Co-Author “Teaching in the 4th Industrial Revolution”, Global Teachers Prize

 
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Dr. Sara Mattingly-Jordan, Vice-Chair, IEEE Standard Association AI Glossary Committee

Mark runs Applied AI Product Management for Xerox at PARC where he works with developers and research scientists to bring Artificial Intelligence from the lab into the marketplace. He previously founded Rank Dynamics which developed AI to enhance the relevance of search results. He has an EE degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

Mark runs Applied AI Product Management for Xerox at PARC where he works with developers and research scientists to bring Artificial Intelligence from the lab into the marketplace. He previously founded Rank Dynamics which developed AI to enhance the relevance of search results. He has an EE degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

Mark Cramer, Applied AI Product Management, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Sharon Rylander has helped a generation of Silicon Valley leaders connect tech-thinking with people thinking. Working mostly behind the scenes, she has spent many hundreds of hours covering tech with thought leaders, government dignitaries, Fortune 100 execs. Her acumen derives from thousands of hours interviewing real people about their relationship with technology—how and why they use it (or don’t!). Most recently, she helped Pixar animators, sound sculptors, designers and engineers to birth Cozmo, the world’s first consumer, true AI robot companion, by Anki. She’s currently applying her signature passion at Square Panda, a startup that teaches kids to read through adaptive and engaging phonics games. She‘s also a repeat guest speaker at UC Berkeley, U. Rochester, U. Texas at Austin, and TWU.

Sharon Rylander has helped a generation of Silicon Valley leaders connect tech-thinking with people thinking. Working mostly behind the scenes, she has spent many hundreds of hours covering tech with thought leaders, government dignitaries, Fortune 100 execs. Her acumen derives from thousands of hours interviewing real people about their relationship with technology—how and why they use it (or don’t!). Most recently, she helped Pixar animators, sound sculptors, designers and engineers to birth Cozmo, the world’s first consumer, true AI robot companion, by Anki. She’s currently applying her signature passion at Square Panda, a startup that teaches kids to read through adaptive and engaging phonics games. She‘s also a repeat guest speaker at UC Berkeley, U. Rochester, U. Texas at Austin, and TWU.

Sharon Rylander, Director, user Experience, Square Panda

Thomas researches, designs, and constructs new learning systems with a belief that we need to re-imagine our world and build lasting foundations for the future. Over the last 5 years, his work has encompassed all aspects of the design and launch process for dynamic new schools, projects, and education systems, globally. His portfolio has included company-wide foresight research and planning and the design of future-focused education projects that benefit core business and the world. He has worked with large education companies, businesses, and governments. In 2019 he is working on a range of global education and life-long learning projects.

Thomas researches, designs, and constructs new learning systems with a belief that we need to re-imagine our world and build lasting foundations for the future. Over the last 5 years, his work has encompassed all aspects of the design and launch process for dynamic new schools, projects, and education systems, globally. His portfolio has included company-wide foresight research and planning and the design of future-focused education projects that benefit core business and the world. He has worked with large education companies, businesses, and governments. In 2019 he is working on a range of global education and life-long learning projects.

Thomas Steele-Maley, Chief Education Officer, nexquare

 
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Allison Thackston, Engineering Lead, Toyota Research Institute

Tang Heng is an Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University—National Institute of Education. Tang’s research investigates what happens when people and ideas cross national and educational contexts. In recognition of her work, she received the 2019 Early Career Award by the Comparative and International Education Society’s Study Abroad and International Students Special Interest Group. Tang’s work is informed by her experiences as both a practitioner and researcher in public and for-profit organizations in Singapore, China, the U.S., and Dubai.

Tang Heng is an Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University—National Institute of Education. Tang’s research investigates what happens when people and ideas cross national and educational contexts. In recognition of her work, she received the 2019 Early Career Award by the Comparative and International Education Society’s Study Abroad and International Students Special Interest Group. Tang’s work is informed by her experiences as both a practitioner and researcher in public and for-profit organizations in Singapore, China, the U.S., and Dubai.

Dr. Tang Heng, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Manish Sinha is a bay area based fullstack engineer and corporate trainer. Some of his clients include Kleiner Perkins, MobilizeAmerica, Credit Suisse, UBS, and TIAA. Prior to his consulting work, he co-founded an equipment sharing startup, was a technology associate at Morgan Stanley, and was an operations staff assistant in the Obama White House. He's in his fourth year as a volunteer for ScriptEd where he teaches underserved high school students how to code. He also mentored and judged in the first ever hackathon in the Gaza Strip on behalf of a NGO. He has both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Irvine and Columbia University respectively.

Manish Sinha is a bay area based fullstack engineer and corporate trainer. Some of his clients include Kleiner Perkins, MobilizeAmerica, Credit Suisse, UBS, and TIAA. Prior to his consulting work, he co-founded an equipment sharing startup, was a technology associate at Morgan Stanley, and was an operations staff assistant in the Obama White House. He's in his fourth year as a volunteer for ScriptEd where he teaches underserved high school students how to code. He also mentored and judged in the first ever hackathon in the Gaza Strip on behalf of a NGO. He has both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from UC Irvine and Columbia University respectively.

Manish Sinha, President, CVC (COLUMBIA VENTURE COMMUNITY)

Laura Montoya is the Founder and Executive Director of Accel.AI, a global Non Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence, she also founded and co-Chairs the Latinx in AI Coalition. She has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development. She jumpstarted her career in software engineering at Intuit revamping their Quickbooks online platform. She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.

Laura Montoya is the Founder and Executive Director of Accel.AI, a global Non Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence, she also founded and co-Chairs the Latinx in AI Coalition. She has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development. She jumpstarted her career in software engineering at Intuit revamping their Quickbooks online platform. She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.

Laura Montoya, Founder & CEO, Accel.aI

 
Melissa is an award-winning senior executive with expertise building rapid scale-up businesses in start-up, Fortune 500, and social impact environments. She is proven in conceptualizing, monetizing and scaling up businesses that uplift lives, exponentially, extremely fast. Melissa has ground experience leading teams, building products and conducting UX research in Asia, Europe, Africa & Southeast Asia markets. Currently, Melissa is the Chief Operating Officer of RoboTerra, working on developing AI & Robotics educational products for students.

Melissa is an award-winning senior executive with expertise building rapid scale-up businesses in start-up, Fortune 500, and social impact environments. She is proven in conceptualizing, monetizing and scaling up businesses that uplift lives, exponentially, extremely fast. Melissa has ground experience leading teams, building products and conducting UX research in Asia, Europe, Africa & Southeast Asia markets. Currently, Melissa is the Chief Operating Officer of RoboTerra, working on developing AI & Robotics educational products for students.

Melissa Lo, Product VP & COO, RoboTerra

David Berg is the Director of Technology at Big Picture Learning. In that role, he works with schools to leverage technology to build student engagement and manage the complexities of personalized learning.  A key component of David's work has been developing ImBlaze - The BPL Internship Management App. David was also the Learning Through Interest Coordinator for a cutting edge new BPL school in Issaquah, WA. Gibson Ek High School bridges the gap between work-based learning and a cutting edge Maker/prototyping space on campus.  David Berg was an advisor and Vice Principal at The Met Sacramento High School for ten years. He has served on the SCUSD Google Apps Rollout Committee, has conducted ed-tech professional development for a variety of schools throughout the country and has showcased latest ed tech for Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Education.  David lives a somewhat dichotomous professional life. When not negotiating the wilds of the ed-tech landscape, David is also a lead instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he has taught leadership on sea kayaking expeditions for college students, the US Navy and NASA. Leaving to Learn!  David is an administrative credential candidate, holds a masters of science in Resource Management and an undergraduate degree in Political Science. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

David Berg is the Director of Technology at Big Picture Learning. In that role, he works with schools to leverage technology to build student engagement and manage the complexities of personalized learning.

A key component of David's work has been developing ImBlaze - The BPL Internship Management App. David was also the Learning Through Interest Coordinator for a cutting edge new BPL school in Issaquah, WA. Gibson Ek High School bridges the gap between work-based learning and a cutting edge Maker/prototyping space on campus.

David Berg was an advisor and Vice Principal at The Met Sacramento High School for ten years. He has served on the SCUSD Google Apps Rollout Committee, has conducted ed-tech professional development for a variety of schools throughout the country and has showcased latest ed tech for Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Education.

David lives a somewhat dichotomous professional life. When not negotiating the wilds of the ed-tech landscape, David is also a lead instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he has taught leadership on sea kayaking expeditions for college students, the US Navy and NASA. Leaving to Learn!

David is an administrative credential candidate, holds a masters of science in Resource Management and an undergraduate degree in Political Science. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

David Berg, Director of Technology, Big Picture Learning

An active child with boundless energy and curiosity, Julien was often thrown out of his classrooms or required to attend Saturday School (what we in the US call “detention”). This resulted in shame and negative associations with the learning experience. As he made his way into adulthood, he knew he wanted to transform the education system and to create inclusive learning spaces for every kind of student. He says that he doesn’t regret those childhood experiences, as he believes his personal struggles have informed his contribution as co-founder of Holberton School and to the radical rebuilding of today’s educational system.  His people-first values show in the time he spends talking to and finding ways to empower Holberton students, and his commitment to rethinking education is evident in his focus on ethics in curriculum and aversion to discipline and uniformity.  Being a father to his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter has also informed Julien’s views on gender equality both in the world and in our educational system. Inclusivity and equality are baked into the DNA of Holberton School with a blind, automation admissions process and Income Share Agreements that allow anyone, regardless of financial ability, to attend the school.  Before founding Holberton, Julien was the head of Growth, Marketing and Community at  Docker , one of the tech industry’s fastest-growing products for developers and now heavily used by companies such as Google, Uber, Spotify, Amazon. Julien also co-founded three startups and co-created several non-profit projects ( hnwatcher ,  techmeabroad ,  while42 ). His specialties include growth hacking, low-level programming, system programming and reverse engineering. Despite his early struggles within a rigid education system, when allowed to learn in a flexible system, Julien graduated as a valedictorian from the European Institute of Technology, one of the top software engineering school in Europe.     Julien has been listed on  Vanity Fair’s Future Innovator Index 2018  and was the winner of the  EdTech Leadership Award 2017  for School Leader. He’s an advisor for source{d}.  When not chasing around his toddlers, Julien enjoys sports, chess and reverse engineering something new and spectacular.

An active child with boundless energy and curiosity, Julien was often thrown out of his classrooms or required to attend Saturday School (what we in the US call “detention”). This resulted in shame and negative associations with the learning experience. As he made his way into adulthood, he knew he wanted to transform the education system and to create inclusive learning spaces for every kind of student. He says that he doesn’t regret those childhood experiences, as he believes his personal struggles have informed his contribution as co-founder of Holberton School and to the radical rebuilding of today’s educational system.

His people-first values show in the time he spends talking to and finding ways to empower Holberton students, and his commitment to rethinking education is evident in his focus on ethics in curriculum and aversion to discipline and uniformity.

Being a father to his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter has also informed Julien’s views on gender equality both in the world and in our educational system. Inclusivity and equality are baked into the DNA of Holberton School with a blind, automation admissions process and Income Share Agreements that allow anyone, regardless of financial ability, to attend the school.

Before founding Holberton, Julien was the head of Growth, Marketing and Community at Docker, one of the tech industry’s fastest-growing products for developers and now heavily used by companies such as Google, Uber, Spotify, Amazon. Julien also co-founded three startups and co-created several non-profit projects (hnwatcher, techmeabroad, while42). His specialties include growth hacking, low-level programming, system programming and reverse engineering. Despite his early struggles within a rigid education system, when allowed to learn in a flexible system, Julien graduated as a valedictorian from the European Institute of Technology, one of the top software engineering school in Europe.


Julien has been listed on Vanity Fair’s Future Innovator Index 2018 and was the winner of the EdTech Leadership Award 2017 for School Leader. He’s an advisor for source{d}.

When not chasing around his toddlers, Julien enjoys sports, chess and reverse engineering something new and spectacular.

Julien Barbier, EdTech Leadership Award 2017, Founder, Holberton

Kwiri Yang is the Founder and CEO of LifeGyde, an education technology company that equips the next generation with interpersonal skills to thrive and lead in an exponentially changing world.

Kwiri Yang is the Founder and CEO of LifeGyde, an education technology company that equips the next generation with interpersonal skills to thrive and lead in an exponentially changing world.

Kwiri Yang, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, CEO, LifeGyde

 
David is a highly experienced software engineer, graduated with an Engineer’s Degree specializing in Information Technology (IT) in 2007 at the National School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics of Grenoble. After gaining additional experience through several software engineering positions, he joined Microsoft for nearly 8 years and progressed into various roles from Software Development Engineer, to Software Quality Engineering Lead and then to Senior Software Development Engineering Lead. These experiences equipped him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in management and leadership as well as extensive experience in software development such as the development of data intelligence platforms, applications, and worldwide media services. He co-founded Uptale in 2017 and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

David is a highly experienced software engineer, graduated with an Engineer’s Degree specializing in Information Technology (IT) in 2007 at the National School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics of Grenoble. After gaining additional experience through several software engineering positions, he joined Microsoft for nearly 8 years and progressed into various roles from Software Development Engineer, to Software Quality Engineering Lead and then to Senior Software Development Engineering Lead. These experiences equipped him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in management and leadership as well as extensive experience in software development such as the development of data intelligence platforms, applications, and worldwide media services. He co-founded Uptale in 2017 and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

David Ristagono, Co-founder & CEO, Uptale

Amy Chou is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at AI4ALL. In her current role, she focuses on building long-lasting relationships with organizations that are excited to join AI4ALL in fostering a diverse pipeline to artificial intelligence careers. Immediately prior to joining AI4ALL, Amy was the Customer Solutions Manager at Clever, an edtech startup that aims to make it easier to bring technology into K-12 classrooms. At Clever, she led a growing support team that consistently delivered on key metrics. She also spent nearly a decade leading due diligence projects on M&A deals at Aon, a global financial services firm. She is excited to leverage her project management and customer success experience to increase diversity and inclusion in AI.  Amy holds a B.A. in Sociology, a B.S. in Business Administration, and an M.B.A., all from the University of California - Berkeley. During the MBA program, she co-created a full-time MBA course on Large-Scale Social Change, and was a founding member of the Race Inclusion Initiative. She is also a founding board member of Camp Common Ground, a Bay Area leadership camp committed to building community between racially and economically diverse students.

Amy Chou is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at AI4ALL. In her current role, she focuses on building long-lasting relationships with organizations that are excited to join AI4ALL in fostering a diverse pipeline to artificial intelligence careers. Immediately prior to joining AI4ALL, Amy was the Customer Solutions Manager at Clever, an edtech startup that aims to make it easier to bring technology into K-12 classrooms. At Clever, she led a growing support team that consistently delivered on key metrics. She also spent nearly a decade leading due diligence projects on M&A deals at Aon, a global financial services firm. She is excited to leverage her project management and customer success experience to increase diversity and inclusion in AI.
Amy holds a B.A. in Sociology, a B.S. in Business Administration, and an M.B.A., all from the University of California - Berkeley. During the MBA program, she co-created a full-time MBA course on Large-Scale Social Change, and was a founding member of the Race Inclusion Initiative. She is also a founding board member of Camp Common Ground, a Bay Area leadership camp committed to building community between racially and economically diverse students.

Amy Chou, Corporate Partnerships, AI4ALL

Bola is a Social Entrepreneur and he Co-founded ScholarX, a Scholarship Management platform t hat helps young Africans access funding to get an education; by connectin g the diaspora with students who need funds, due to his passion for human capital development in Africa through increased access to Education.  ScholarX was nominated by Apps Africa as Best App in West Africa in 2017, and it received the award for innovation and impact at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium in Silicon Valley. Most recently, the startup was selected to join Injini’s second Edtech incubator in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as being one of five global startups chosen to participate in Qatar foundation’s WISE Accelerator.  Prior to ScholarX, he worked as a Business Analyst with companies such as ConocoPhillips, Accenture, and Shell and he helped deliver multiple million-dollar IT systems implementation projects.  He is a 2018 African Changemakers Fellow and has been featured as a Speaker at Africa focused Tech/Entrepreneurship events in Europe, Africa, and the United States. Bola graduated from University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2009 and he also obtained an Executive certificate for Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018

Bola is a Social Entrepreneur and he Co-founded ScholarX, a Scholarship Management platform that helps young Africans access funding to get an education; by connecting the diaspora with students who need funds, due to his passion for human capital development in Africa through increased access to Education.

ScholarX was nominated by Apps Africa as Best App in West Africa in 2017, and it received the award for innovation and impact at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium in Silicon Valley. Most recently, the startup was selected to join Injini’s second Edtech incubator in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as being one of five global startups chosen to participate in Qatar foundation’s WISE Accelerator.

Prior to ScholarX, he worked as a Business Analyst with companies such as ConocoPhillips, Accenture, and Shell and he helped deliver multiple million-dollar IT systems implementation projects.

He is a 2018 African Changemakers Fellow and has been featured as a Speaker at Africa focused Tech/Entrepreneurship events in Europe, Africa, and the United States. Bola graduated from University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2009 and he also obtained an Executive certificate for Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018

Bola Lawal, Co-founder, ScholarX

Mursal is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Chatterbox. A former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent in the refugee community. Since starting up in August 2016 Chatterbox has been backed by British and Silicon Valley investors and counts the Red Cross and five UK universities amongst its clients.

Mursal is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Chatterbox. A former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent in the refugee community. Since starting up in August 2016 Chatterbox has been backed by British and Silicon Valley investors and counts the Red Cross and five UK universities amongst its clients.

Mursal Hedayat, Founder, Chatterbox

 
Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human possibility and technology. She is the CEO of the Willow Group and Executive Director of the Transformative Technology Lab. Prior to becoming a leader in Transformative Technology, Bradford was a senior executive in video games with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi Games. Nichol is a graduate of Singularity University GSP15, has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. She is a fellow of the British American Project, served on the board of the Brandon Marshall Foundation for Mental Health, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human possibility and technology. She is the CEO of the Willow Group and Executive Director of the Transformative Technology Lab. Prior to becoming a leader in Transformative Technology, Bradford was a senior executive in video games with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi Games. Nichol is a graduate of Singularity University GSP15, has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. She is a fellow of the British American Project, served on the board of the Brandon Marshall Foundation for Mental Health, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nichol Bradford, CEO, the Willow Group

Edward Keller is the Co-founder and CEO of Smart Science® Education.  Edward is a lifelong learner, lover of science and education. He attended Brown University where he completed a BS in Physics and he coached local high school science clubs discovering glaring issues with the way gifted students were being introduced to content in science classes. After graduating, Edward moved to California where he became a high school science teacher and further reinforced the myriad of issues that plague today's science instructors as they aim to engage their students in high-quality lab experiences. During this time, Dr. Harry Keller and Jayne Keller (Edwards parents) were investigating the creation of a video interactivity tool that could act as a measuring device between students and online videos. Together they started Smart Science® Education to give students a learning platform in science that will revolutionize science education.  Besides running Smart Science® Education, Edward is passionate about beach volleyball and social impact. He has been married for 11 years to Amy Keller who has spent her career impacting various different areas of high social need such as climate change, nutrition, and climate change.

Edward Keller is the Co-founder and CEO of Smart Science® Education.

Edward is a lifelong learner, lover of science and education. He attended Brown University where he completed a BS in Physics and he coached local high school science clubs discovering glaring issues with the way gifted students were being introduced to content in science classes. After graduating, Edward moved to California where he became a high school science teacher and further reinforced the myriad of issues that plague today's science instructors as they aim to engage their students in high-quality lab experiences. During this time, Dr. Harry Keller and Jayne Keller (Edwards parents) were investigating the creation of a video interactivity tool that could act as a measuring device between students and online videos. Together they started Smart Science® Education to give students a learning platform in science that will revolutionize science education.

Besides running Smart Science® Education, Edward is passionate about beach volleyball and social impact. He has been married for 11 years to Amy Keller who has spent her career impacting various different areas of high social need such as climate change, nutrition, and climate change.

Edward Keller, Co-founder & CEO, Smart Science® Education