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

Steve Jurvetson is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology and new industry formation. Steve was the early VC investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. He also led founding investments in five companies that went public in successful IPOs and several others that became billion-dollar acquisitions.  Before co-founding Future Ventures and DFJ, Steve was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his chip designs were fabricated. He also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT and management consulting with Bain & Company. He completed his undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree at Stanford in 2.5 years, graduating #1 in his class, and went on to earn a MSEE and MBA from Stanford.  In 2017, Steve received the Visionary Award from SV Forum. In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed Steve as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Steve has also been honored as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors" by Forbes, and as the “Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Deloitte.

Steve Jurvetson is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology and new industry formation. Steve was the early VC investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. He also led founding investments in five companies that went public in successful IPOs and several others that became billion-dollar acquisitions.

Before co-founding Future Ventures and DFJ, Steve was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his chip designs were fabricated. He also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT and management consulting with Bain & Company. He completed his undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree at Stanford in 2.5 years, graduating #1 in his class, and went on to earn a MSEE and MBA from Stanford.

In 2017, Steve received the Visionary Award from SV Forum. In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed Steve as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Steve has also been honored as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors" by Forbes, and as the “Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Deloitte.

Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director & Founder, Future Ventures

 
 
 

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

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.

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).

Carl Ward, Group Technology Officer, Accenture

Rose Luckin, Professor, UCL Learner Centred Design

Drue Kataoka is an artist-technologist-activist & CEO of Drue Kataoka Art Studios (www.Drue.Net). Creating in both material art genres such as steel sculpture and painting as well as virtual reality, she is known for her interactive and reflective visual mazes and experiences, which distort the perception of space-time. Her artwork Up!was featured in the first zero gravity art exhibit at the International Space Station. She is Artist in Residence for Google VR (Tilt Brush) and is part of Facebook's Oculus Launchpad.  Named a Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Drue presented a solo exhibition at the WEF in Davos and has presented at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. She is currently a member of the WEF’s 2018 Steering Committee on VR/AR/AI for the Creative Economy and is a contributing author to the book Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Drue has been invited to speak in Tokyo, New York, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Ulaanbaatar, Abu Dhabi, Yangon, Beijing, Geneva, Puerto Vallarta and more for multiple organizations, corporations and governments.  Drue’s piece “400,000 Is Not a Number” helped shine a light on the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits waiting for justice, and her “Touch Our Future” digital tapestry drew the attention & participation of dozens of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and heads of state to help reduce infant mortality. Only 24 hours after its creation, Drue’s portrait of British M.P. and humanitarian Jo Cox was carried by tens of thousands of people in Trafalgar Square, Batley, Dublin, Buenos Aires, New York, Washington DC, and many other cities, as a symbol of our shared humanity.  The tragic events of 9-11 provoked Drue to endow a youth scholarship through the sale of one of her artworks. Since 2001, 24 student recipients have benefitted from The Rotary Drue Kataoka Art Scholarship.  Drue's art has been featured on CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, CNBC, CBS, ABC, FoxNews, NY1, Telemundo, Barrons, Wired, Blackbook, Gentry, and others. Graduate of Stanford University. Recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her extensive community service.

Drue Kataoka is an artist-technologist-activist & CEO of Drue Kataoka Art Studios (www.Drue.Net). Creating in both material art genres such as steel sculpture and painting as well as virtual reality, she is known for her interactive and reflective visual mazes and experiences, which distort the perception of space-time. Her artwork Up!was featured in the first zero gravity art exhibit at the International Space Station. She is Artist in Residence for Google VR (Tilt Brush) and is part of Facebook's Oculus Launchpad.

Named a Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Drue presented a solo exhibition at the WEF in Davos and has presented at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. She is currently a member of the WEF’s 2018 Steering Committee on VR/AR/AI for the Creative Economy and is a contributing author to the book Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Drue has been invited to speak in Tokyo, New York, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Ulaanbaatar, Abu Dhabi, Yangon, Beijing, Geneva, Puerto Vallarta and more for multiple organizations, corporations and governments.

Drue’s piece “400,000 Is Not a Number” helped shine a light on the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits waiting for justice, and her “Touch Our Future” digital tapestry drew the attention & participation of dozens of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and heads of state to help reduce infant mortality. Only 24 hours after its creation, Drue’s portrait of British M.P. and humanitarian Jo Cox was carried by tens of thousands of people in Trafalgar Square, Batley, Dublin, Buenos Aires, New York, Washington DC, and many other cities, as a symbol of our shared humanity.

The tragic events of 9-11 provoked Drue to endow a youth scholarship through the sale of one of her artworks. Since 2001, 24 student recipients have benefitted from The Rotary Drue Kataoka Art Scholarship.

Drue's art has been featured on CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, CNBC, CBS, ABC, FoxNews, NY1, Telemundo, Barrons, Wired, Blackbook, Gentry, and others. Graduate of Stanford University. Recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her extensive community service.

Drue Kataoka, artist-technologist-activist & CEO, Drue Kataoka Art Studios 

 
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

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

 
Dr. Sara Jordan is an Assistant Professor of ethics in the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) at the Arlington, VA campus of Virginia Tech. Sara is the Vice-Chair for the IEEE Standards Committee of the Society for the Social Implications of Technology and the Chair of the Glossary Committee in the Global Initiative on Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Her research is available in policy, ethics, and technology journals. Sara is also a competitive outrigger canoe and va'a paddler.

Dr. Sara Jordan is an Assistant Professor of ethics in the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) at the Arlington, VA campus of Virginia Tech. Sara is the Vice-Chair for the IEEE Standards Committee of the Society for the Social Implications of Technology and the Chair of the Glossary Committee in the Global Initiative on Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Her research is available in policy, ethics, and technology journals. Sara is also a competitive outrigger canoe and va'a paddler.

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

 
Allison Thackston is the Engineering Lead and Manager of the Shared Autonomy Robotics team at Toyota Research Institute. Her team focuses on developing advanced robotic teleoperation technologies that enable robots and people to seamlessly and safely work together.  Allison previously held the position of Lead Manipulation Researcher/Project Manager at Toyota Partner Robotic Group where she investigated robust task and motion planning manipulation strategies in unstructured environments. Before joining Toyota, she was the Lead Engineer for Robotic Perception on Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot on the International Space Station. There, she was responsible for software development and applied vision research to facilitate the cooperation between robots and people.  Allison has a degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Her thesis focused on collision avoidance during supervised robotic manipulation.

Allison Thackston is the Engineering Lead and Manager of the Shared Autonomy Robotics team at Toyota Research Institute. Her team focuses on developing advanced robotic teleoperation technologies that enable robots and people to seamlessly and safely work together.

Allison previously held the position of Lead Manipulation Researcher/Project Manager at Toyota Partner Robotic Group where she investigated robust task and motion planning manipulation strategies in unstructured environments. Before joining Toyota, she was the Lead Engineer for Robotic Perception on Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot on the International Space Station. There, she was responsible for software development and applied vision research to facilitate the cooperation between robots and people.

Allison has a degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Her thesis focused on collision avoidance during supervised robotic manipulation.

Allison Thackston, Engineering Lead, Toyota Research Institute

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, Award-winning journalist & IVOW Founder

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, Founder/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

Maxime Legrand is an economist, an entrepreneur and an investor in the field of education. After being a member of the staff of French ministers and the president of local authorities, Maxime started his entrepreneurial adventure by setting up several small international companies such as “Educa” (a consulting company providing educational and career guidance for families, students and employees), “Excellence Consulting” (a consulting company accompanying institutions in the fields of higher education, research and innovation in their strategies and empowerment), “Skills Agency” (a consulting company focusing on the development of tools and services for life-long learning and guidance institutions), “Economic” (Edtech), the disruptive and innovative school “Educethic” and the human capital accelerator “Eduvalley”.  He is also the founder of Paris School of Education, the first French graduate school preparing students for jobs in the educational sector such as managers, middle managers, counselors, learning analysts, learning innovation designers….  Wishing to have an impact on the efficiency and social justice in education, he founded and presides the non-profit organizations “Future Without Borders” (youth empowerment) and the think tank “Revolution Educative”. Strongly committed to the revolution of teaching methods and, more generally, training for all ages and by all means, he has published several books and participated in the writing of many others and has hosted conferences on the topics of educational and career guidance, learning and life-long training.  Lecturer in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and economics of culture in prestigious schools and universities, he graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure, Sciences Po Paris, Sorbonne University and London School of Economics.

Maxime Legrand is an economist, an entrepreneur and an investor in the field of education. After being a member of the staff of French ministers and the president of local authorities, Maxime started his entrepreneurial adventure by setting up several small international companies such as “Educa” (a consulting company providing educational and career guidance for families, students and employees), “Excellence Consulting” (a consulting company accompanying institutions in the fields of higher education, research and innovation in their strategies and empowerment), “Skills Agency” (a consulting company focusing on the development of tools and services for life-long learning and guidance institutions), “Economic” (Edtech), the disruptive and innovative school “Educethic” and the human capital accelerator “Eduvalley”.

He is also the founder of Paris School of Education, the first French graduate school preparing students for jobs in the educational sector such as managers, middle managers, counselors, learning analysts, learning innovation designers….

Wishing to have an impact on the efficiency and social justice in education, he founded and presides the non-profit organizations “Future Without Borders” (youth empowerment) and the think tank “Revolution Educative”.
Strongly committed to the revolution of teaching methods and, more generally, training for all ages and by all means, he has published several books and participated in the writing of many others and has hosted conferences on the topics of educational and career guidance, learning and life-long training.

Lecturer in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and economics of culture in prestigious schools and universities, he graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure, Sciences Po Paris, Sorbonne University and London School of Economics.

Maxime Legrand, Founder & CEO, EduValley

 
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

Sreejit Chakrabarty is the Director for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at GEMS Education, one of the world's largest independent K – 12 education providers. He is from Mumbai, India. Before joining GEMS, Sreejit worked as an external consultant supporting schools in implementing Robotics and STEM-based solutions; including curriculum development, research, training, and Professional Development. He has also worked extensively with the Ministry of Education in UAE, Oman, Qatar, and India in developing strategies for incorporating STEM and Robotics in their respective curriculums, and has trained ministry teachers across the region. Sreejit holds a Bachelors of Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, a Masters in Business Administration from MGU and several professional recognitions from Harvard, IIT (Mumbai) and Carnegie Mellon University in Robotics and Maker Centered Learning. His passion for researching emerging technologies and finding ways of extracting educational benefits out of them is what gets him excited. Sreejit is also working closely with GEMS X (the R&D wing of the company) and is the TELLAL Network Leader across GEMS for Robotics, STEAM, and AI as well as EXPO2020.

Sreejit Chakrabarty is the Director for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at GEMS Education, one of the world's largest independent K – 12 education providers. He is from Mumbai, India. Before joining GEMS, Sreejit worked as an external consultant supporting schools in implementing Robotics and STEM-based solutions; including curriculum development, research, training, and Professional Development. He has also worked extensively with the Ministry of Education in UAE, Oman, Qatar, and India in developing strategies for incorporating STEM and Robotics in their respective curriculums, and has trained ministry teachers across the region. Sreejit holds a Bachelors of Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, a Masters in Business Administration from MGU and several professional recognitions from Harvard, IIT (Mumbai) and Carnegie Mellon University in Robotics and Maker Centered Learning. His passion for researching emerging technologies and finding ways of extracting educational benefits out of them is what gets him excited. Sreejit is also working closely with GEMS X (the R&D wing of the company) and is the TELLAL Network Leader across GEMS for Robotics, STEAM, and AI as well as EXPO2020.

Sreejit Chakrabarty, Director for Robotics and A.I. at GEMS Dubai American Academy

Fadl became an entrepreneur at age 18 and has since gained over 17 years of experience in media, data, and technology-related businesses in the MENA region as well as the USA. He is experienced in starting and building companies from the ground up based on a solid future vision. Fadl has raised over $10 million in growth capital across various ventures and built companies employing a total of over 500 people operating across multiple markets worldwide. After having built four startups and accumulating significant technology and marketing expertise, in January 2018 Fadl founded Nexford University (an online university) with a passion to build a business that combines financial viability with significant socioeconomic impact. Nexford is a licensed, degree-granting institution of higher education. Nexford University’s mission is to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world by providing learners access to high-quality, affordable, dynamic education that prepares them for the global workplace. Prior to founding Nexford University Fadl launched SOCIALEYEZ under the News Group umbrella and successfully grew the digital agency from two people to more than 120 across multiple countries. In his capacity as CEO Fadl has worked with Fortune 500s, government and regional organizations on building and executing award-winning digital media strategies across emerging markets. Prior to joining SOCIALEYEZ he held several positions at News Group International, from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Strategy Officer being his last. Fadl holds BBA from the American University in Cairo in addition to multiple management degrees from the George Washington and Middlesex Universities.

Fadl became an entrepreneur at age 18 and has since gained over 17 years of experience in media, data, and technology-related businesses in the MENA region as well as the USA. He is experienced in starting and building companies from the ground up based on a solid future vision. Fadl has raised over $10 million in growth capital across various ventures and built companies employing a total of over 500 people operating across multiple markets worldwide. After having built four startups and accumulating significant technology and marketing expertise, in January 2018 Fadl founded Nexford University (an online university) with a passion to build a business that combines financial viability with significant socioeconomic impact. Nexford is a licensed, degree-granting institution of higher education. Nexford University’s mission is to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world by providing learners access to high-quality, affordable, dynamic education that prepares them for the global workplace. Prior to founding Nexford University Fadl launched SOCIALEYEZ under the News Group umbrella and successfully grew the digital agency from two people to more than 120 across multiple countries. In his capacity as CEO Fadl has worked with Fortune 500s, government and regional organizations on building and executing award-winning digital media strategies across emerging markets. Prior to joining SOCIALEYEZ he held several positions at News Group International, from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Strategy Officer being his last. Fadl holds BBA from the American University in Cairo in addition to multiple management degrees from the George Washington and Middlesex Universities.

Fadl Al Tarzi, Founder & CEO, Nexford University

 
Haider W Yaqub brings with him international development experience of over twenty-five years. He has been involved in developing and implementing poverty alleviation programs in developing countries. More recently his programming has focused on bringing technology to development interventions such as for youth employment, managing micro-credit through use of handheld devices, developing machine learning platform for curbing bullying at schools violence and developing venues for poor population to gain access to art and science of artificial intelligence.  Haider holds Masters degrees in Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand and the postgraduate diploma in Regional Management and Development Planning from Dortmund University, Germany. In 2013 Haider completed Oxford University Business Education Program, UK.  Haider has worked for many organizations during his professional career which includes local government, academic institutions and for not for profits sector. Since 1998 Haider has been working with Plan International in various capacities and countries in Asia. His present position is Country Director for Plan International in China.

Haider W Yaqub brings with him international development experience of over twenty-five years. He has been involved in developing and implementing poverty alleviation programs in developing countries. More recently his programming has focused on bringing technology to development interventions such as for youth employment, managing micro-credit through use of handheld devices, developing machine learning platform for curbing bullying at schools violence and developing venues for poor population to gain access to art and science of artificial intelligence.

Haider holds Masters degrees in Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand and the postgraduate diploma in Regional Management and Development Planning from Dortmund University, Germany. In 2013 Haider completed Oxford University Business Education Program, UK.

Haider has worked for many organizations during his professional career which includes local government, academic institutions and for not for profits sector. Since 1998 Haider has been working with Plan International in various capacities and countries in Asia. His present position is Country Director for Plan International in China.

Haider W Yaqub, Country Director, Plan International

Gilad Babchuk has extensive experience establishing, developing and running various organizations, and has founded or co-founded over 15 social enterprises, academic programs, and NGOs both as an educator and social entrepreneur. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in the field of education in Israel (Ha’aretz, 2009). Gilad consults several international companies and institutions in the fields of e-learning and progressive education and does business development consulting for a multi-national biotech company. In 2012 Gilad co-founded the innovative alternative business school Groundswell in Vancouver, Canada, and serves as its Executive Director. Groundswell pioneers a new way to support aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals who want to develop their ideas into sustainable social enterprises, taking a holistic approach to education by incubating the individual, not just the business idea, within an ecosystem of support. Groundswell has supported the launch and growth of nearly 100 social ventures. Among his other roles, Gilad currently sits on the Board of CCEC Credit Union, and the Vancouver Fix-It Collective, a zero-waste textiles venture in Vancouver. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the First Nations Technology Council, the Advisory Board of Diversity in Tech, and Youth Rites of Passage. Among his other roles, Gilad currently sits on the Board of CCEC Credit Union, and the Vancouver Fix-It Collective, a zero-waste textiles venture in Vancouver. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the First Nations Technology Council, the Advisory Board of Diversity in Tech, and Youth Rites of Passage.

Gilad Babchuk has extensive experience establishing, developing and running various organizations, and has founded or co-founded over 15 social enterprises, academic programs, and NGOs both as an educator and social entrepreneur. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in the field of education in Israel (Ha’aretz, 2009). Gilad consults several international companies and institutions in the fields of e-learning and progressive education and does business development consulting for a multi-national biotech company. In 2012 Gilad co-founded the innovative alternative business school Groundswell in Vancouver, Canada, and serves as its Executive Director. Groundswell pioneers a new way to support aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals who want to develop their ideas into sustainable social enterprises, taking a holistic approach to education by incubating the individual, not just the business idea, within an ecosystem of support. Groundswell has supported the launch and growth of nearly 100 social ventures. Among his other roles, Gilad currently sits on the Board of CCEC Credit Union, and the Vancouver Fix-It Collective, a zero-waste textiles venture in Vancouver. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the First Nations Technology Council, the Advisory Board of Diversity in Tech, and Youth Rites of Passage. Among his other roles, Gilad currently sits on the Board of CCEC Credit Union, and the Vancouver Fix-It Collective, a zero-waste textiles venture in Vancouver. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the First Nations Technology Council, the Advisory Board of Diversity in Tech, and Youth Rites of Passage.

Gilad Babchuk, Director & Co-founder, Groundswell

Nicole is Partner and Head of Research in SV Insight. She has been working as researcher and strategic consultant for nearly ten years. In her current role, she is leading SV Insight Research, focusing on cutting-edge technologies and their application in education and healthcare. Previously, she was research and consulting leader in Wuzhen Institute, a researcher in Cisco advisory team, SACE Foundation(Kenya) and UNDP. Nicole holds a master degree in Economic Analysis from New York University.

Nicole is Partner and Head of Research in SV Insight. She has been working as researcher and strategic consultant for nearly ten years. In her current role, she is leading SV Insight Research, focusing on cutting-edge technologies and their application in education and healthcare. Previously, she was research and consulting leader in Wuzhen Institute, a researcher in Cisco advisory team, SACE Foundation(Kenya) and UNDP. Nicole holds a master degree in Economic Analysis from New York University.

Nicole Ni, Partner & Head of Research in SV Insight

Shuonan Chen, Founding Partner of IOVC & Agile VC, CEO of Shinect (Silicon Valley-based community of 5,000+ engineers passionate about entrepreneurship), and Board Member of North America Blockchain Association. At IO and Agile, Shuo has invested in and helped various startups globalize and expand into new markets; notable investments include Boom (unicorn), Chariot (acquired by Ford), Checkr (unicorn), Grubmarket, Matternet, Node.io, Rescale and Zenreach. She is also a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and Faculty at Singularity University.  Prior, Shuo worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking, where she was involved in deals including Alibaba’s $21.8 billion IPO, the largest IPO in US history. There, she also helped run the convertibles business and represented the firm on the Board of Women in Finance. Before that, Shuo was at PwC, where she worked on Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola and LinkedIn’s $119 million acquisition of SlideShare. She also ran Cashify, a social enterprise for financial literacy.  Shuo graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley with a triple major (and 2 minors) in 3 years and has been a Board Member for Berkeley’s alumni association. She also completed a JD with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where her work on financial regulation will be soon published by Cambridge University Press.

Shuonan Chen, Founding Partner of IOVC & Agile VC, CEO of Shinect (Silicon Valley-based community of 5,000+ engineers passionate about entrepreneurship), and Board Member of North America Blockchain Association. At IO and Agile, Shuo has invested in and helped various startups globalize and expand into new markets; notable investments include Boom (unicorn), Chariot (acquired by Ford), Checkr (unicorn), Grubmarket, Matternet, Node.io, Rescale and Zenreach. She is also a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and Faculty at Singularity University.

Prior, Shuo worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking, where she was involved in deals including Alibaba’s $21.8 billion IPO, the largest IPO in US history. There, she also helped run the convertibles business and represented the firm on the Board of Women in Finance. Before that, Shuo was at PwC, where she worked on Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola and LinkedIn’s $119 million acquisition of SlideShare. She also ran Cashify, a social enterprise for financial literacy.

Shuo graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley with a triple major (and 2 minors) in 3 years and has been a Board Member for Berkeley’s alumni association. She also completed a JD with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where her work on financial regulation will be soon published by Cambridge University Press.

Shuonan Chen, Founding Partner, IOVC & Agile VC

 
Robby is a researcher, entrepreneur, and standards professional known for creative and disruptive innovation in industry and academia. He is co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation, serves on the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, and has made fundamental contributions to fields ranging from pure mathematics to digital libraries, adaptive learning systems, and automated authoring tools. He is currently developing transformative infrastructure for competency-based education, training, and workforce development and working on several key IEEE standards initiatives.

Robby is a researcher, entrepreneur, and standards professional known for creative and disruptive innovation in industry and academia. He is co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation, serves on the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, and has made fundamental contributions to fields ranging from pure mathematics to digital libraries, adaptive learning systems, and automated authoring tools. He is currently developing transformative infrastructure for competency-based education, training, and workforce development and working on several key IEEE standards initiatives.

Robby Robson, Founder & CEO of EduWorks, IEEE Board of Governors

Frank Caufield is Managing Partner at Darwin Ventures. Frank founded Darwin Ventures in 2004. Through his unique experience, diverse network, and family history, Frank has gained access to the highest quality Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley and identified and invested in the most compelling rising stars in the VC industry.  Frank has over 25 years of experience in high technology finance, business development, marketing, and sales. As an entrepreneur, Frank founded several companies, most recently MarkLogic, a NoSQL Database company. Frank also worked at the Xerox Venture Lab, the Venture Capital arm of Xerox PARC. While at Xerox, he engineered the spinout of Outride Corporation. Outride was sold to Google in 2001 and was only the second company ever purchased by Google.  Frank is an active angel investor with 24 angel investments in Silicon Valley-based startups. As an investor and advisor, Frank has been involved with many high profile companies such as Ooyala, 42Floors, Tremor, Octopart, Tile, and Ustream, to name a few.  Frank received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business, UCLA.

Frank Caufield is Managing Partner at Darwin Ventures. Frank founded Darwin Ventures in 2004. Through his unique experience, diverse network, and family history, Frank has gained access to the highest quality Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley and identified and invested in the most compelling rising stars in the VC industry.

Frank has over 25 years of experience in high technology finance, business development, marketing, and sales. As an entrepreneur, Frank founded several companies, most recently MarkLogic, a NoSQL Database company. Frank also worked at the Xerox Venture Lab, the Venture Capital arm of Xerox PARC. While at Xerox, he engineered the spinout of Outride Corporation. Outride was sold to Google in 2001 and was only the second company ever purchased by Google.

Frank is an active angel investor with 24 angel investments in Silicon Valley-based startups. As an investor and advisor, Frank has been involved with many high profile companies such as Ooyala, 42Floors, Tremor, Octopart, Tile, and Ustream, to name a few.

Frank received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business, UCLA.

Frank R. Caufield, Managing Partner, Darwin Ventures

I am the founder and CEO of Tradeconductor (2007), a highly successful business and global trade marketing consultancy that has helped countless major corporations become what they are today. I am a frequent speaker at conferences + author of several bestseller books and have contributed to more than 14 books on life design & (self) leadership. Everything I do always serve a common purpose: to create more innovators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers–more peace in the world. I am an official expert at the World Economic Forum’s (Expert Network) Behavioural Sciences & Education and Skills. I am a columnist at FORBES on Leadership Skills in the Era of Diversity and Inclusion.  Today I work for clients as Samsung, Roche A/S, Leo-Pharma, NNIT, Genzyme, Aberdeen, DuPont, LEGO, McKinsey, DELL, Microsoft, Adecco, ManSoft, Alk Abello, Aon Hewitt, Citroen, Colliers, Diageo, Cisco, Ernst & Young, Volvo, FL Smidth, H. Lundbeck, IBM, TDC, SimCorp, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Danske Bank, and Deloitte etc. I work in Scandinavia, USA, Finland, Greenland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, Mongolia, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Greece, Thailand, Egypt, Venezuela, Morocco, Turkey, USA, China, Lebanon, Japan, Switzerland, Mexico and Bahrain.

I am the founder and CEO of Tradeconductor (2007), a highly successful business and global trade marketing consultancy that has helped countless major corporations become what they are today. I am a frequent speaker at conferences + author of several bestseller books and have contributed to more than 14 books on life design & (self) leadership. Everything I do always serve a common purpose: to create more innovators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers–more peace in the world. I am an official expert at the World Economic Forum’s (Expert Network) Behavioural Sciences & Education and Skills. I am a columnist at FORBES on Leadership Skills in the Era of Diversity and Inclusion.

Today I work for clients as Samsung, Roche A/S, Leo-Pharma, NNIT, Genzyme, Aberdeen, DuPont, LEGO, McKinsey, DELL, Microsoft, Adecco, ManSoft, Alk Abello, Aon Hewitt, Citroen, Colliers, Diageo, Cisco, Ernst & Young, Volvo, FL Smidth, H. Lundbeck, IBM, TDC, SimCorp, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Danske Bank, and Deloitte etc. I work in Scandinavia, USA, Finland, Greenland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, Mongolia, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Greece, Thailand, Egypt, Venezuela, Morocco, Turkey, USA, China, Lebanon, Japan, Switzerland, Mexico and Bahrain.

Soulaima Gourani, Owner & Co-Founder,   Tradeconductor.com and  womenreignite.com

Dr. Henan Cheng is the associate director of the Center on Chinese Education at Columbia University. She has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College since 2012. Her primary research interests include international and comparative education, educational development and equity issues in China, especially issues related to the education of ethnic minorities and children of internal migrants. Dr. Cheng’s publications on the education of migrant children have been cited in national and international media outlets including Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Hechinger Report, and Reference News.  Dr. Cheng has extensive interdisciplinary experience and training. In addition to teaching and working at various universities in China and the U.S. for almost two decades, Dr. Cheng has also been actively involved in educational development work at various international organizations over the past fifteen years, including Boston-based Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and the Yale-China Association. Dr. Cheng holds degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from Chongqing University and the University of International Business and Economics respectively, an Ed.M. from Boston University, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Henan Cheng is the associate director of the Center on Chinese Education at Columbia University. She has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College since 2012. Her primary research interests include international and comparative education, educational development and equity issues in China, especially issues related to the education of ethnic minorities and children of internal migrants. Dr. Cheng’s publications on the education of migrant children have been cited in national and international media outlets including Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Hechinger Report, and Reference News.

Dr. Cheng has extensive interdisciplinary experience and training. In addition to teaching and working at various universities in China and the U.S. for almost two decades, Dr. Cheng has also been actively involved in educational development work at various international organizations over the past fifteen years, including Boston-based Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and the Yale-China Association. Dr. Cheng holds degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from Chongqing University and the University of International Business and Economics respectively, an Ed.M. from Boston University, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Henan Cheng, Associate Director, the Center on Chinese Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

 
William Zhou is the CEO of Chalk, a K-12 education company that helps schools achieve data-driven decision making in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Zhou has been passionate about entrepreneurship from a young age, founding his first company in high school. He launched his first Internet business in 2010, which he sold at the age 18 during his first year of computer science at the University of Waterloo. To pursue the bigger challenge of changing education, Zhou founded Chalk to create data-driven education. Forbes named Zhou top 30 under 30. From small, independent schools to large, national school networks, Chalk is behind the academic strategies influencing millions of students.

William Zhou is the CEO of Chalk, a K-12 education company that helps schools achieve data-driven decision making in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Zhou has been passionate about entrepreneurship from a young age, founding his first company in high school. He launched his first Internet business in 2010, which he sold at the age 18 during his first year of computer science at the University of Waterloo. To pursue the bigger challenge of changing education, Zhou founded Chalk to create data-driven education. Forbes named Zhou top 30 under 30. From small, independent schools to large, national school networks, Chalk is behind the academic strategies influencing millions of students.

William Zhou, CEO, Chalk

Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential. Julia is the author of Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley, 2018). The book focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks. Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Julia’s writing has appeared in outlets including Education Next, Forbes, entrepreneur.com, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CNN. Her recent white papers focus on how disruptive innovations are changing the education landscape. These include The educator’s dilemma: When and how schools should embrace poverty relief with Michael B. Horn, Schools and software: What’s now and what’s next with Alex Hernandez, and Blending toward competency: Early patterns of blended learning and competency-based education in New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential. Julia is the author of Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley, 2018). The book focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks. Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Julia’s writing has appeared in outlets including Education Next, Forbes, entrepreneur.com, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CNN. Her recent white papers focus on how disruptive innovations are changing the education landscape. These include The educator’s dilemma: When and how schools should embrace poverty relief with Michael B. Horn, Schools and software: What’s now and what’s next with Alex Hernandez, and Blending toward competency: Early patterns of blended learning and competency-based education in New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of education research, Clayton Christensen Institute

Varun Arora is a Senior AI Product Leader at Baidu (Silicon Valley AI Lab), where he works on AI research productization of speech and NLP technologies. He is also the lead author of an upcoming book on "AI in Teaching and Learning" for educators and education technology makers. Previously, Varun was the CEO of the Y Combinator-backed education technology company OpenCurriculum, which uses expert systems and NLP technologies to help K-12 teachers design pedagogically effective curriculum and instruction, using research and evidence from around the world.  He has served as a Partner at Accelerated Studio and worked in several edTech products and engineering roles at Inkling, the United Nations, and on a One Laptop Per Child deployment in Polynesia, apart from brief teaching stints in K-12 and higher-ed institutions. He advises various education technology startups. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Varun Arora is a Senior AI Product Leader at Baidu (Silicon Valley AI Lab), where he works on AI research productization of speech and NLP technologies. He is also the lead author of an upcoming book on "AI in Teaching and Learning" for educators and education technology makers. Previously, Varun was the CEO of the Y Combinator-backed education technology company OpenCurriculum, which uses expert systems and NLP technologies to help K-12 teachers design pedagogically effective curriculum and instruction, using research and evidence from around the world.

He has served as a Partner at Accelerated Studio and worked in several edTech products and engineering roles at Inkling, the United Nations, and on a One Laptop Per Child deployment in Polynesia, apart from brief teaching stints in K-12 and higher-ed institutions. He advises various education technology startups. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Varun Arora, Senior AI Product Leader, Baidu (Silicon Valley AI Lab)

Michael Kehoe is the VP of Business Operations at OnePiece where he works across the operations, sales, marketing, and business development teams to drive growth and launch new products that serve the cross-border tech startup community.  Previously he co-founded BitTiger, an online learning platform for Chinese speaking students in the US and China to learn computer science. The platform grew to serve over 20,000 students with offices in Silicon Valley and Beijing. Prior to BitTiger he was a consultant at Deloitte, where he deployed software systems for modeling compensation, quota planning, and territory planning for sales organizations at Fortune 500 companies in the high tech, telecommunications, finance, and retail industries.  Michael earned a BS in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University, and completed both intensive Mandarin study and Chinese market economics at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Michael Kehoe is the VP of Business Operations at OnePiece where he works across the operations, sales, marketing, and business development teams to drive growth and launch new products that serve the cross-border tech startup community.

Previously he co-founded BitTiger, an online learning platform for Chinese speaking students in the US and China to learn computer science. The platform grew to serve over 20,000 students with offices in Silicon Valley and Beijing. Prior to BitTiger he was a consultant at Deloitte, where he deployed software systems for modeling compensation, quota planning, and territory planning for sales organizations at Fortune 500 companies in the high tech, telecommunications, finance, and retail industries.

Michael earned a BS in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University, and completed both intensive Mandarin study and Chinese market economics at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Michael Kehoe, VP of Business Operations, OnePiece

 
Natalie is an entrepreneur at heart. She has over 25 years’ experience, establishing startups and organizations in Silicon Valley and overseas. She is a founder of a non-profit called Advance Social Innovation (ASI) and a new Benefit Corporation, KZOOM. She has developed innovative programs such as CrowdDoing that by mobilizing volunteers raised $20 million for an electric car company Arcimoto at NASDAQ. ASI focuses on utilizing skilled-volunteering to help underrepresented entrepreneurs. In 2019 ASI is building a new coalition called “INCLUDE US” to facilitate public/private collaboration. The goal is to reinvent entrepreneurship for the 21st century by including women and minorities.  KZOOM is developing an AI for Entrepreneurship to change the way entrepreneurs develop startups and investors invest in them. The startup has developed its model and algorithms through collaboration with scientists from NASA, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, and investors. KZOOM uses the most reliable and available data to increase success rates for startups and investors.  Natalie has been trained at Cornell University as a Proactive Coach and at Columbia University as a strategist. She has an MBA from Royal Melbourne Technology Institute.

Natalie is an entrepreneur at heart. She has over 25 years’ experience, establishing startups and organizations in Silicon Valley and overseas. She is a founder of a non-profit called Advance Social Innovation (ASI) and a new Benefit Corporation, KZOOM. She has developed innovative programs such as CrowdDoing that by mobilizing volunteers raised $20 million for an electric car company Arcimoto at NASDAQ. ASI focuses on utilizing skilled-volunteering to help underrepresented entrepreneurs. In 2019 ASI is building a new coalition called “INCLUDE US” to facilitate public/private collaboration. The goal is to reinvent entrepreneurship for the 21st century by including women and minorities.

KZOOM is developing an AI for Entrepreneurship to change the way entrepreneurs develop startups and investors invest in them. The startup has developed its model and algorithms through collaboration with scientists from NASA, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, and investors. KZOOM uses the most reliable and available data to increase success rates for startups and investors.

Natalie has been trained at Cornell University as a Proactive Coach and at Columbia University as a strategist. She has an MBA from Royal Melbourne Technology Institute.

Natalie Nasseri, Founder, KZoom & Advance Social Innovation

Dr. Elise St. John is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Applied Technology and Public Policy at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is an expert in applied, mixed-methods research, and has extensive experience with cross-disciplinary collaboration within and across academic and non-profit research institutions. Her research agenda focuses on the political and organizational dynamics of educational reform, with a current emphasis upon education and the workforce in the context of AI and emerging technologies, particularly with regard to issues of equity. Elise earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership from the University of Washington in 2014, where she was a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Predoctoral Fellow, and her dissertation won the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Mixed Methods Research group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also holds degrees in Sociology and Political Science from San Jose State University and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Elise St. John is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Applied Technology and Public Policy at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is an expert in applied, mixed-methods research, and has extensive experience with cross-disciplinary collaboration within and across academic and non-profit research institutions. Her research agenda focuses on the political and organizational dynamics of educational reform, with a current emphasis upon education and the workforce in the context of AI and emerging technologies, particularly with regard to issues of equity. Elise earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership from the University of Washington in 2014, where she was a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Predoctoral Fellow, and her dissertation won the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Mixed Methods Research group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also holds degrees in Sociology and Political Science from San Jose State University and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Elise St. John, Senior Research Fellow, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

K.P. Thai, Ph.D. is a Senior Learning and Data Scientist at Squirrel AI Learning by Yixue Group. Her research focuses on applying artificial intelligence and cognitive science to instructional design and adaptive learning software. She also specializes in using learning analytics to evaluate and optimize learning outcomes. Previously, KP was a Manager of Learning Science and Research at Age of Learning, the maker of ABCmouse, and a Learning Science Researcher at Insight Learning Technology, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Quantitative Methods from the University of California, Los Angeles.

K.P. Thai, Ph.D. is a Senior Learning and Data Scientist at Squirrel AI Learning by Yixue Group. Her research focuses on applying artificial intelligence and cognitive science to instructional design and adaptive learning software. She also specializes in using learning analytics to evaluate and optimize learning outcomes. Previously, KP was a Manager of Learning Science and Research at Age of Learning, the maker of ABCmouse, and a Learning Science Researcher at Insight Learning Technology, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Quantitative Methods from the University of California, Los Angeles.

K.P. Thai, Senior Learning and Data Scientist,Squirrel AI Learning

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

 
Xiaoyin Qu is a speaker, product manager, and community leader in product management. She published her book, Building World Class Products, in China and ran a product management column with over 11K paid subscribers. She is also a contributor for Forbes China, a columnist for 36kr, and a writer for Hacker Noon. Previously, she led video and entertainment products in Facebook and Instagram, managing several products with hundreds of millions of users . She is also the founder of PM sisters, a community for Asian female product managers, with hundreds of female product managers as members.  Building World Class Product is a book Xiaoyin published in 2018. Based on her experiences leading products in Facebook and Instagram, she shared actionable tips and strategies on building products, defining product strategies, growth, managing cross-functional teams, and recruiting product managers. The book focuses on building and managing products that operate on a global scale, and targets product managers with 0-5 years of experiences. The book peaked no.5 in the management category of JD.com(China's Amazon).

Xiaoyin Qu is a speaker, product manager, and community leader in product management. She published her book, Building World Class Products, in China and ran a product management column with over 11K paid subscribers. She is also a contributor for Forbes China, a columnist for 36kr, and a writer for Hacker Noon. Previously, she led video and entertainment products in Facebook and Instagram, managing several products with hundreds of millions of users . She is also the founder of PM sisters, a community for Asian female product managers, with hundreds of female product managers as members.

Building World Class Product is a book Xiaoyin published in 2018. Based on her experiences leading products in Facebook and Instagram, she shared actionable tips and strategies on building products, defining product strategies, growth, managing cross-functional teams, and recruiting product managers. The book focuses on building and managing products that operate on a global scale, and targets product managers with 0-5 years of experiences. The book peaked no.5 in the management category of JD.com(China's Amazon).

Xiaoyin Qu, Product Leader, Speaker, Author of "Building World-class Products"

Harrison joined Bracket Capital as an Associate in January of 2018 and was quickly promoted to a Vice President. His primary job responsibilities include running day-to-day operations, performing diligence on prospective investments, sourcing deals, and portfolio construction. Harrison’s background in finance, entertainment and technology provide him with a multi-dimensional understanding of a wide variety of enterprises.  Harrison began his career as an analyst in the Asset Management Division of J.P. Morgan. During his time at J.P. Morgan, he performed financial analysis and implemented solutions for tech-entrepreneurs experiencing liquidity events to ensure the sale of their company effectively balanced long-term needs and objectives. Harrison also constructed and communicated investment strategies, credit facilities, banking solutions, and estate planning for his clients. Harrison was recognized across J.P. Morgan as the one of the top analysts in the country for his ability to source business and develop tools which streamlined efficiency and automated tasks.  Harrison graduated with honors from the Smeal School of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University with a major in Finance and a minor in International Business. In 2013, he lived in Prague studying Economics at Charles University.

Harrison joined Bracket Capital as an Associate in January of 2018 and was quickly promoted to a Vice President. His primary job responsibilities include running day-to-day operations, performing diligence on prospective investments, sourcing deals, and portfolio construction. Harrison’s background in finance, entertainment and technology provide him with a multi-dimensional understanding of a wide variety of enterprises.

Harrison began his career as an analyst in the Asset Management Division of J.P. Morgan. During his time at J.P. Morgan, he performed financial analysis and implemented solutions for tech-entrepreneurs experiencing liquidity events to ensure the sale of their company effectively balanced long-term needs and objectives. Harrison also constructed and communicated investment strategies, credit facilities, banking solutions, and estate planning for his clients. Harrison was recognized across J.P. Morgan as the one of the top analysts in the country for his ability to source business and develop tools which streamlined efficiency and automated tasks.

Harrison graduated with honors from the Smeal School of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University with a major in Finance and a minor in International Business. In 2013, he lived in Prague studying Economics at Charles University.

Harrison Horn, Vice President, Bracket Capital

Dr. Sam Haddad is Founder, CEO & President of HTCS www.htcservices.com since 1974.  Sam is a pioneering technologist, visionary and regularly presents invited seminars on Silicon Valley Culture Transfer to entrepreneurs mainly overseas and has mentored 47 startups.  Dr. Haddad was inducted into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame www.svec.org on 2/24/2012; alongside icons: William Hewlett, David Packard, Ted Hoff, Gordon Moore, and Steve Wozniak. Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Named Sam the Businessman for 2004.  Dr. Haddad has been a Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University since 1990 and he has over 40 years experience in engineering R&D, consulting, new product introduction and development, vibration/acoustics, customized software consulting and coaching/training for some Fortune 500 companies. These include Applied Materials, IBM, CISCO, SAIC, NASA, EPRI, US Navy, US Army, nVidia, SSL and Solectron. Haddad also served as Senior Vice President of MetaOption Outsourcing Software for over 5 years.  Sam served as chairman of Advisory Board for InMage Systems, acquired by Microsoft and as an advisor for EmpoweredU, acquired by Qualcomm – both in 2014. In particular, it was invigorating to serve for over 3 years in Business Development role for “Wheels of Zeus” a company founded by his friend Steve Wozniak www.woz.org who was Co-Founder of Apple Computers. WOZ company was sold to ZonTrak in 2006. Also, Sam was mentored for over 10 years by late Lew Platt, former CEO of Hewlett Packard Company.  Sam has served in faculty and R&D roles at Southampton, Loughborough, Western Michigan, Missouri/Columbia, Santa Clara, and Stanford Universities. Also, he was elected as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) from 1996 to 1998 and as Chairman of SVEC Hall of Fame and Awards Board for 8 years. SVEC is an umbrella organization for over 60,000 engineers, scientists, and technologists in Silicon Valley & in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.  Sam has authored/co-authored/edited 6 books, four book chapters and over 150 refereed and conference papers on vibration, noise control, predictive maintenance, and diagnostics. Dr. Haddad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering (Honors) and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Vibration, Acoustics & Engines from Southampton University in England. He is a Fellow of four professional societies and institutions in UK and United States - lived in the UK for over 20 years and in the US since 1984. Sam is fluent in Arabic and English and he speaks Assyrian. Since 1989, Sam lives with his family in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Dr. Sam Haddad is Founder, CEO & President of HTCS www.htcservices.com since 1974.

Sam is a pioneering technologist, visionary and regularly presents invited seminars on Silicon Valley Culture Transfer to entrepreneurs mainly overseas and has mentored 47 startups.

Dr. Haddad was inducted into Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame www.svec.org on 2/24/2012; alongside icons: William Hewlett, David Packard, Ted Hoff, Gordon Moore, and Steve Wozniak. Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Named Sam the Businessman for 2004.

Dr. Haddad has been a Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University since 1990 and he has over 40 years experience in engineering R&D, consulting, new product introduction and development, vibration/acoustics, customized software consulting and coaching/training for some Fortune 500 companies. These include Applied Materials, IBM, CISCO, SAIC, NASA, EPRI, US Navy, US Army, nVidia, SSL and Solectron. Haddad also served as Senior Vice President of MetaOption Outsourcing Software for over 5 years.

Sam served as chairman of Advisory Board for InMage Systems, acquired by Microsoft and as an advisor for EmpoweredU, acquired by Qualcomm – both in 2014. In particular, it was invigorating to serve for over 3 years in Business Development role for “Wheels of Zeus” a company founded by his friend Steve Wozniak www.woz.org who was Co-Founder of Apple Computers. WOZ company was sold to ZonTrak in 2006. Also, Sam was mentored for over 10 years by late Lew Platt, former CEO of Hewlett Packard Company.

Sam has served in faculty and R&D roles at Southampton, Loughborough, Western Michigan, Missouri/Columbia, Santa Clara, and Stanford Universities. Also, he was elected as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) from 1996 to 1998 and as Chairman of SVEC Hall of Fame and Awards Board for 8 years. SVEC is an umbrella organization for over 60,000 engineers, scientists, and technologists in Silicon Valley & in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Sam has authored/co-authored/edited 6 books, four book chapters and over 150 refereed and conference papers on vibration, noise control, predictive maintenance, and diagnostics. Dr. Haddad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering (Honors) and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Vibration, Acoustics & Engines from Southampton University in England. He is a Fellow of four professional societies and institutions in UK and United States - lived in the UK for over 20 years and in the US since 1984. Sam is fluent in Arabic and English and he speaks Assyrian. Since 1989, Sam lives with his family in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Dr. Sam Haddad, Founder, CEO & President, HTCS

Dee Kanejiya is the founder and CEO of Cognii, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence based educational technology. Cognii’s award-winning Virtual Learning Assistant uses conversational AI to provide personalized tutoring and automatic assessment of students’ written answers. Dee has over 18 years of experience in technology and business development in AI, speech recognition, and education industry including at AI companies Nuance and Vlingo that pioneered the virtual assistant technology for smartphones. Dee studied Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and conducted research at Carnegie Mellon University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He is passionate about improving the quality and affordability of education with the help of advanced technologies.

Dee Kanejiya is the founder and CEO of Cognii, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence based educational technology. Cognii’s award-winning Virtual Learning Assistant uses conversational AI to provide personalized tutoring and automatic assessment of students’ written answers. Dee has over 18 years of experience in technology and business development in AI, speech recognition, and education industry including at AI companies Nuance and Vlingo that pioneered the virtual assistant technology for smartphones. Dee studied Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and conducted research at Carnegie Mellon University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He is passionate about improving the quality and affordability of education with the help of advanced technologies.

Dee Kanejiya, Founder and CEO, Cognii

 
Sophie Chen cofounded JMDEdu and was responsible for international partnerships, discovering promising ed-tech start-ups worldwide, collaborating with global ed-tech hubs, and introducing great education resources into the Chinese market. JMDedu is a leading ed-tech media and community in China, focusing on the latest innovations and trends in the education industry and running the community that supports investors and companies of all sizes across China. Prior to JMDedu, she worked for New Oriental Education Group, the largest private education provider in China, and Roland Berge Consultancy. She holds a master degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sophie Chen cofounded JMDEdu and was responsible for international partnerships, discovering promising ed-tech start-ups worldwide, collaborating with global ed-tech hubs, and introducing great education resources into the Chinese market. JMDedu is a leading ed-tech media and community in China, focusing on the latest innovations and trends in the education industry and running the community that supports investors and companies of all sizes across China. Prior to JMDedu, she worked for New Oriental Education Group, the largest private education provider in China, and Roland Berge Consultancy. She holds a master degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sophie Chen, Co-founder & Advisor, JMDedu

Joe is the Vice President of Advancement at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. St. Ignatius is Jesuit secondary school known for its academic rigor, strong alumni, and presence in San Francisco since 1855. Joe works closely with the school’s president, Fr. Eddie Reese, SJ, to communicate the school’s mission and to identify and attract alumni, parents, and friends to support the school’s strategic vision: namely, to fund the Fr. Sauer Academy, a full scholarship middle school which prepares students for St. Ignatius; to build a 130,000 sq. ft. New Learning Complex dedicated to incorporating technology in the learning experience, and to build the school’s Scholarship Endowment Fund to provide $5 million a year in financial aid.  Joe attended Santa Clara University and taught high school English and Math for 17 years before moving to advancement work for the past 13 years. He has a Certificate from Stanford's Graduate School of Business Executive Leadership Program and is a director on the board of the Jack McGovern Cure Coats’ Disease Foundation. Joe is passionate about designing a school’s culture so that it has the ability to adapt readily to changing needs of both the students and society.

Joe is the Vice President of Advancement at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. St. Ignatius is Jesuit secondary school known for its academic rigor, strong alumni, and presence in San Francisco since 1855. Joe works closely with the school’s president, Fr. Eddie Reese, SJ, to communicate the school’s mission and to identify and attract alumni, parents, and friends to support the school’s strategic vision: namely, to fund the Fr. Sauer Academy, a full scholarship middle school which prepares students for St. Ignatius; to build a 130,000 sq. ft. New Learning Complex dedicated to incorporating technology in the learning experience, and to build the school’s Scholarship Endowment Fund to provide $5 million a year in financial aid.

Joe attended Santa Clara University and taught high school English and Math for 17 years before moving to advancement work for the past 13 years. He has a Certificate from Stanford's Graduate School of Business Executive Leadership Program and is a director on the board of the Jack McGovern Cure Coats’ Disease Foundation. Joe is passionate about designing a school’s culture so that it has the ability to adapt readily to changing needs of both the students and society.

JOE VOLLERT, VP, St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Taurean Dyer loves to learn, explore, tinker, teach, and solve interesting problems. In his spare time, he explores and builds things that augment people's experiences where the digital world meets the physical (i.e., with robots, IoT, and input devices), volunteer teaches, and mentor both kids and adults to achieve their aspirations. In his varied professional career, he has stayed on the forefront of cutting edge and next-generation technology exploring how humans and robots can work together in different situations, enabling new methods of enterprise collaboration, and helping organizations by making strategic business sense of potentially disruptive technology innovations. Taurean Dyer currently works in nVidia's AI Infrastructure division on the RAPIDS Opensource Project as a Technical Product Manager. Taurean has presented at the White House, guest lectured and gave research talks at Ivy League Universities, and worked with some of the most renowned researchers and innovators in the world to tackle paradigm shifting problems. His award-winning work has been showcased at Executive branch meetings, WEF, IFC, mentioned at Davos, shown at several Mobile World Congresses...and in local community center kids programs.

Taurean Dyer loves to learn, explore, tinker, teach, and solve interesting problems. In his spare time, he explores and builds things that augment people's experiences where the digital world meets the physical (i.e., with robots, IoT, and input devices), volunteer teaches, and mentor both kids and adults to achieve their aspirations. In his varied professional career, he has stayed on the forefront of cutting edge and next-generation technology exploring how humans and robots can work together in different situations, enabling new methods of enterprise collaboration, and helping organizations by making strategic business sense of potentially disruptive technology innovations. Taurean Dyer currently works in nVidia's AI Infrastructure division on the RAPIDS Opensource Project as a Technical Product Manager. Taurean has presented at the White House, guest lectured and gave research talks at Ivy League Universities, and worked with some of the most renowned researchers and innovators in the world to tackle paradigm shifting problems. His award-winning work has been showcased at Executive branch meetings, WEF, IFC, mentioned at Davos, shown at several Mobile World Congresses...and in local community center kids programs.

Taurean Dyer, Technical Product Manager, NVIDIA

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