• Refik Anadol

    Refik Anadol

    Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts. He is working in the fields of site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts. He holds a master of fine arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, master of fine arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as bachelors of arts degree with summa cum laude in Photography and Video. Co-founder and Creative director at Antilop.

  • Zoe Beloff

    Zoe Beloff

    "Zoe Beloff grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1980 she moved to New York to study at Columbia University where she received an MFA in Film. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings; venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art,Site Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. She has been working with the Christine Burgin Gallery on a number of artist projects that include books and prints.

    Zoe works with a wide range of media including film, projection performance, installation and drawing. She considers herself a medium, an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imaginary. Each project aims to connect the present to past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways. Her most recent completed project is A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood. Through films, drawings, architectural models and archival documents, Zoe explores their unrealized film scenarios “Glass House” and “A Model Family in a Model Home” and reimagines their ideas for today.

    She has been awarded fellowships from. The Graham Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a Professor in the Departments of Media Studies and Art at Queens College CUNY."


  • Guy Ben-Ary

    Guy Ben-Ary

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    Guy Ben-Ary, born in Los Angeles, is a Perth based artist and researcher. He currently works at SymbioticA, an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and hands-on engagement with the life sciences, which is located within the University of Western Australia. Recognised internationally as a major artist and innovator working across science and media arts, Guy specialises in biotechnological artwork, which aims to enrich our understanding of what it means to be alive.

    Guy’s work has been shown across the globe at prestigious venues and festivals from the Beijing National Art Museum to San Paulo Biennale to the Moscow Biennale. His work can also be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009, his work Silent Barrage was awarded an Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and also won first prize at VIDA, a significant international competition for Art and Artificial Life.

    Guy specializes in microscopy, biological & digital imaging, tissue engineering. His Main research areas are cybernetics, robotics and the interface of biological material to robotics. Much of Ben-Ary’s work is inspired by science and nature. His artworks utilize motion and growth to investigate technological aspects of today’s culture and the re-use of biological materials and technologies.

    , Artist/Researcher, University of Western Australia

    University of Western Australia

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    & SymbioticA, The center for excellence in biological arts at the University of Western Australia

    SymbioticA, The center for excellence in biological arts at the University of Western Australia

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  • Nancy Boehm

    Nancy Boehm

    "Nancy Boehm is a young interaction designer specialised in smart textiles. She works as freelance from Paris, and as a consultant on innovative wearables for different companies. Aside from this, she is a young entrepreneur in the smart textiles field and an active member of the fashiontech ecosystem. From a traditional textile and fashion background, She learned the basis of electronics in a Parisian hackerspace. She did herfirst wearable tech showpiece in 2011 and continued with other prices since then. Then she moved on to a masters degree in Interaction design where she had the pleasure to work on very various projects, collaborating with engineers, doctors, scientists, hackers…

    She is the secretary of Lafashiontech, the first french association for innovative and responsible fashion. Aside from this, She’s part time fashiontech shows co-coordinator and blogger on positive impact innovation and smart textiles."


  • Biayna Bogosian

    Biayna Bogosian

    "Biayna Bogosian is an architect and a computational designer interested in environmental data-driven procedural design. Biayna is pursuing a PhD in Media Arts + Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University.

    Biayna is a founding partner of Los Angeles based studio Somewhere Something that works at the intersection of art, architecture, computation, fabrication and education. The research sees human activity and behavior as an integrated part of the design process realized by advanced fabrication techniques.

    Since 2011, Biayna has taught digital media seminars and architectural design studios at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, USC School of Architecture, Woodbury School of Architecture, and Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She has also lead design workshops in Hungary, Armenia, Spain and China. Biayna’s work has been exhibited and published extensively in various international periodicals and newsletters."


  • Ana Carvalho

    Ana Carvalho

    "Ana Carvalho is a visual artist and performer, academic and web designer. Through live events, or setting up rules, Ana’s art work and visual performances are result of the interaction with others in the exploration of fictional biography, ways of knowing, everyday life and process as art. As co-editor of the Project VJ Theory with Brendan Byrne she has contributed to the development of a growing comunity of theorists and practitioners who reflect and develop theoretical work related to the practices of audiovisual realtime interactive performance. As part of the editorial body of VJ Theory, she has been giving presentations at,for example, Mapping Festval (Geneva, CH), Perform.Media (Indiana, USA) and Cimatics (Brussels, Belgium) amongst others. She has also conducted a few interviews published by VJ Theory, with Mark Amerika and Lance Blisters for example and wrote recently a text about communities related to this project, published by Vague Terrain."


  • Brendan Ciecko

    Brendan Ciecko

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    Brendan Ciecko is the founder and CEO of Cuseum, a technology startup that helps museums engage their visitors. Founded in 2014, Cuseum works with cultural institutions around the globe, has raised over $1.4M in funding, and recently went through Techstars.

    Prior to Cuseum, Ciecko started Ten Minute Media, an agency that specializes in digital media and creative services for the music entertainment industry. Since its official establishment in 2003, Ten Minute Media has acquired a flourishing list of clients including some of the biggest names in entertainment. Ciecko’s entrepreneurial career and projects have gained the attention of the national press. In October of 2008, Ciecko appeared on the cover of Inc. Magazine in the feature article, Cool, Determined, Under 30: Meet the brains behind America's smartest new companies. He has also appeared in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, New York Times, The Guardian, BMW Magazine, Boston Globe, PC Magazine and was a national finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

    Ciecko has spoken extensively on the topic of entrepreneurship at conferences and universities around the globe, including Harvard, MIT, InternetBeta, MultiMania, and Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour.

    He currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Museum Council at Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Community Advisory Board for the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. Ciecko has also served on the Massachusetts "It's All Here" Advisory Board, Board of Washington Gateway Main Streets, Boston’s ONEin3 Council, and Regional Leadership Team of Technology for Obama.

    Brendan currently lives in Boston’s historic Fort Point neighborhood with his wife Elizabeth and their little dog Misiu.

    , Founder & CEO, Cuseum


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  • Simon Denny

    Simon Denny

    "Denny’s work often refers to the psychology and abstract language of the new media economy, invoking "clouds" of big data and the constant pressure to "update” our lives. He typically finds the sources for his work within the materials, advertising, and packaging produced by technology and media companies, and often deploys graphic interfaces borrowed from commercial display to highlight connections between the utopian goals of the new media economy and those of historical modernism. Denny has had solo exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum; Kunstverein Munich; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MuMoK), Vienna; and Portikus, Frankfurt; and was included in the 2013 Venice Biennale. In 2015, represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale."


  • Laurie Frick

    Laurie Frick

    Laurie Frick is a data artist exploring the bumpy future of data captured about us. We’re halfway thru the decade when humans shift from mysterious beings - to big data algorithms, where everything about us will be known. Rather than worry, Frick envisions a time when personal data is a unique glimpse into our hidden personality. Patterns of behavior will become patterned artworks and the mass of data will predict our lives.

    Will it backfire? Our movements, choices, health - even the food we ingest will be anticipated. How will it feel when self-delusion and forgetting become impossible? Using her background in high-technology Frick creates physical works that imagine this completely wired ‘data-selfie’ future.

    She holds an MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studies at New York University’s ITP program. Frick recently was awarded residencies by Samsung Research and the Neuroscience Research Center University of Texas. Frick’s talks and publications include The Atlantic, Nature Publishing, Los Angeles Times, Haaretz, New Scientist, NPR, Creative Mornings and TEDx. FRICKbits ‘your data is now art on your phone’ was crowdfunded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and is now in the iPhone store. She has exhibited widely, with solo shows in New York, California and Texas. She is represented by Edward Cella gallery in Los Angeles, and Pavel Zoubok in New York.

  • William Gibson

    William Gibson

    "Also known as the Noir Prophet of the Cyberpunk subgenre, William Gibson is an American Canadian science fiction novelist. In his short story, Burning Chrome (1982), Gibson used for the first time and invented the term cyberspace and later used the concept as a base for his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984). Gibson served as an iconographer for the information age before the wide spread of the Internet in 1990s. William Gibson is also associated with very accurately predicting the rise and upcoming popularity of reality television, video games and the World Wide Web. In 1999, The Guardian stated William Gibson as the most important novelist of the past two decades. His vast array of works includes authoring ten acclaimed novels, above twenty short stories in addition to making contributions to various major publications. Pressing a strong influence on the works of other science fiction authors, academics, technology and cyberculture, Gibson has also extensively collaborated in the fields of performing arts, music and film on different projects."


  • Catherine Griffiths

    Catherine Griffiths

    "Catherine Griffiths is a designer and filmmaker working at the intersection of data, film and landscape inquiries. Her new cinematic practice addresses computation as a core language and technology of our time. Her research combines computational visualization and cinematic aesthetics to reveal, analyze and subvert media tactics. She has an interdisciplinary background having worked on both ecological schemes in architecture and engineering firms and film projects engaged with the landscape.

    She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London, a master’s degree in Architecture from The Bartlett, University College London, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles."


  • Neil Harbisson

    Neil Harbisson

    Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognised as a cyborg by a government.

    The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites.

    Harbisson identifies himself as a cyborg, he feels both his mind and body are united to cybernetics. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. His artworks investigate the relationship between colour and sound, experiment the boundaries of human perception and explore the use of artistic expression via sensory extensions.

    In 2010 he co­-founded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organisation that aims to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as a social and artistic movement.

  • Pierre Huyghe

    Pierre Huyghe

    "Pierre Huyghe is a French artist who works in a variety of media from films and sculptures to public interventions and living systems. Huyghe has been working with time-based situations and has explored the exhibition process from the '90s. His works imply such diverse forms as living systems, objects, films, photographs, drawings and music. In recent years, he has created self-generating systems, including living entities and artifacts, in which emergence and rhythm are indeterminate and exist beyond our presence. Taking the exhibition and its ritual as an object in itself, Pierre Huyghe has worked to change the paradigm of this encounter, exploring the possibility of this dynamic experience."


  • Android (Andrew) Jones

    Android (Andrew) Jones

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    Lyons, Colorado born Independent Artist Android Jones began studying art at age 8. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota FL, where he trained in traditional academic drawing/painting and animation. Jones interned at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic and later founded Massive Black, an art development company based in LA. Android began his career as an Independent Artist in 2005. He now lives in his home town of Lyons, maintaining a large art studio in a re-purposed barn.

    Best described as a “digital painter,” Jones has created an immense body of work. He has become well known for his many layered, psychedelic works and live performances using a custom built digital set up. He participated in the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour and his work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. A long time member of the Burning Man community, Android has traveled the world exhibiting his work and has contributed to events on 6 continents.

    , Digital Artist, Self


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  • Mikael Jorgensen

    Mikael Jorgensen

    Born in suburban New Jersey to Scandinavian immigrant parents, Mikael Jorgensen developed a fascination with music and its production while accompanying his father Joe, an accomplished New York recording engineer, to recording studios in NYC at age 7. From this technology-rich childhood, Mikael went on to gain formal education ranging from fine arts and video to electronics and computer science, a combination that now forms the core of his creative endeavors as a master of modern-digital and retro-analog production.<br>Working at SOMA Studios in Chicago, owned by John McEntire of Tortoise, Mikael worked on records with artists like Stereolab, Rob Mazurek and The Aluminum Group. This period culminated with Mikael engineering Wilco‘s Grammy winning album “A Ghost Is Born,” during which he transcended his engineering role and began playing keyboards in the group, where he has been for over a decade.<br>Jorgensen is half of the group Quindar, a collaboration with art historian and musician James Thomas named after the “beeps” heard in transmissions during early manned space missions. Quindar remix the NASA audio and film archive and present a sprawling, improvisational, electronic, multi-paned journey through the early days of the space age. Consider Quindar performances the center of a venn diagram consisting of NASA, Kraftwerk and The Grateful Dead.

  • Yeliz Karadayi

    Yeliz Karadayi

    Yeliz Karadayi is a hybrid designer + developer with a focus in physical computing, currently working both as an Artist in Residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9 office and as as a Tangible Interaction Designer for research at Sony. Her process involves synthesizing design, coding, and engineering skills. She thrives in interdisciplinary groups, working in collaboration with others to find delightful new interactions within a given time frame. She is focused on understanding beyond aesthetic and functional solutions, delving into what is success within an interaction system.

    Through her work, Yeliz explores her passion for a future in which humans and machines can work together to perform collaborations that engage in creative design and fabrication processes, as well as exploring the social relationship people may have with machines. Where is the line between a collaborator and a tool? How can machines augment the analog process, as opposed to replacing it? How to people understand the machines they work with, and how does it influence their perception of authorship?

    Yeliz graduated with a Master’s of Tangible Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University in December, 2015, and she completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor in Architecture in May 2014. Her years of experience with 3D modeling tools, 2D and 3D design, and parametric and data-based computation design for architecture sparked her interest in computer science as well as robotics, digital fabrication, and interaction design. She considers herself a hybrid designer, thriving as a maker and prototyper, while equally as comfortable in conceptualizing and exploring her passion for human-machine interactions.

  • Christine Sun Kim

    Christine Sun Kim

    "Sound artist Christine Sun Kim makes kinetic installations that combine performance with scores of harmonies, cacophonies, and vibrations. Kim was born deaf and has made it her project to explore the physicality of sound. “I constantly questioned the ownership of sound, now I’m reclaiming sound as my property,” Kim has said. The artist also makes paintings and drawings from her experiments with field recordings and breathing. For her “Seismic Calligraphy” works, she places canvases with ink-laden brushes on top of subwoofers. As sound is piped through the speakers, the brushes move and mark the canvas. The “Scores and Transcripts” series visualizes sound with poem-like compositions of words and syncopated lines on paper."


    , American sound artist, Self


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  • Kapwani Kiwanga

    Kapwani Kiwanga

    "Working with sound, film, performance, and objects, Kapwani Kiwanga relies on extensive research to transform raw information into investigations of historical narratives and their impact on political, social, and community formation. The Paris-based artist’s work focuses on sites specific to Africa and the African diaspora, examining how certain events expand and unfold into popular and folk narratives, and revealing how these stories take shape in objects and oral histories. Trained as an anthropologist, Kiwanga performs this role in her artistic practice, using historical information to construct narratives about groups of people. Kiwanga is not only invested in the past but also the future, telling Afrofuturist stories and creating speculative dossiers from future civilizations to reflect on the impact of historical events."


  • Joanie Lemercier

    Joanie Lemercier

    "Light as a medium, Space as a canvas

    Joanie Lemercier is a French artist primarily focused on projections of light in space and its influence on our perception.
    Lemercier was introduced to creating art on a computer at age five by attending classes on pattern design for fabrics taught by his mother. The threads of his early education grounded his interest in physical structures: geometry, patterns, and minimalist forms. As Lemercier’s work evolved, he began to play with these concrete structures through the physics and philosophy of how light can be used to manipulate perceived reality.

    Since 2006 Lemercier has worked with projected light, and he co founded visual label AntiVJ in 2008, with artists Yannick Jacquet, Romain Tardy and Olivier Ratsi. He worked on stage design for festivals such as Mutek (Montreal, Mexico) and worked alongside artists such as Flying Lotus (special show at the Roundhouse London), and with Portishead’s Adrian Utley (as part of the cultural Olympiads, London 2012), and architectural projections all around the world.

    In 2010, Lemercier turned his focus on installations and gallery work, and exhibited at China Museum of Digital Art, (Beijing), Art Basel Miami and Sundance film festival 2013.

    In 2013, Lemercier founded a creative studio in NYC, focused on research and development of artworks and experiments that use projected light in space.

    He is represented by Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York City."

  • Kristin Lucas

    Kristin Lucas

    "Kristin Lucas is a media artist who works in video, performance, installation and on the Internet. Her work explores the impacts of technology on humanity, blurring the boundary between the technological and corporeal.[2] In her work she frequently casts herself as the protagonist in videos and performances where her interactions with technology lead to isolation, and physical and mental contamination.[3]

    A key theme in Lucas' work is the blurring boundary between humanity and technology and the relationship between technology and disease. Her character often presents a diseased body to be diagnosed by technology.[4] In Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive (2007), her character grows digital sores on her skin.[5][6] She explored this theme in her 2007 work Change of Name, where she legally changed her name to the same name. When she went before the judge at the hearing, she poetically used words like "refresh" "empty my cache" and "reboot." This work has been called an "ontological intervention" that negotiates the and boundary "between the body and the machine."[7] Identity exchange appeared again in her and Andrew Kortina's contribution to Rhizome at the New Museum's Seven on Seven project, where they proposed using Twitter as an interface for swapping identities.[8]

    Lucas' work has been commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation, and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[9][10] Her videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix and her work is represented by Postmasters.[11][12] Lucas was an Eyebeam resident in 2013.[13][14]


  • Pia MYrvoLD

    Pia MYrvoLD

    "Pia MYrvoLD is a Paris-based artist and futurist specialized in interactive art interfaces that involve the public on a deeper level in the thinking and the creative process. Through technology and multimedia like 3D animation, painting, video, fashion and design, MYrvoLD builds new relationship between the art, the dissemination of ideas and the public. Her art exhibitions and installations spearhead new roles for the future of the museum and the intrinsic role of art in building future societies.

    Through her 3D worlds and VR installations, MYrvoLD shows us that art and language are virtual concepts rooted in historic procreation, cultural structure and fluid identities. The fractal instinct to build presents itself in this era of technologies and global connectedness with new media, through perception, imagination, and participation with individual and collective creativity.

    The installation ‘ART AVATAR’ at the Centre Pompidou in November 2014 suggested a fractal bridge from the past to the future. Key elements where a virtual reality space mirrored with exact detail the real space in real time allowed the public to make their personal animated sculpture visible in the virtual space. By using tracking devices and infrared motion sensors, the public’s role changes from spectator to co-creator without compromising the artistic content and experience of the exhibition.

    Her 2015 project, ‘WANDS’, - a first generation smart sculptures project and the ongoing large scale Syn-Energy sculpture project aim to integrate the process of artistic production with industry, urban culture planning, energy harvesting and to be an inspirational model for governments and urban developers."


  • Miwa Matreyek

    Miwa Matreyek

    "Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles.

    She has been an internationally touring independent artist since 2010.

    Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Her work exists both at the realm of the hand-made and tech. She travel as a one woman show, often incorporating artist talks and workshops.

    She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, tech conferences, and universities. A few past presenters include TED, MOMA, Sundance New Frontier, Lincoln Center, Future of Storytelling, Exploratorium, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Walker, Wexner, REDCAT, TBA festival, Fusebox Festival, and many more.

    She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007.

    She is also a co-founder and collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.

    She is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award (2013), Sherwood Award (2016), and Princess Grace Award (2007).

    She has made commissioned performance work (Pop-up magazine), as well as worked as a video designer for the Austin based theater company Rude Mechs, and the Vancouver based Dance company 605 Collective. She also works intermittently as a freelance animator/designer."

  • Wayne McGregor

    Wayne McGregor

    "Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine of McGregor’s life-long choreographic enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It encompasses his own touring company of dancers, Company Wayne McGregor; creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; and highly specialised Learning and Engagement and Research programmes.
    In 2017 Studio Wayne McGregor will open a world-class arts space within Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This state of the art building will form the pulsing hub of all our creative work, the home of Company Wayne McGregor, and an inspiring new resource for the arts and the communities of east London."

  • Agnes Meyer-Brandis

    Agnes Meyer-Brandis

    "Agnes Meyer-Brandis is a German installation artist, known for her Moon Goose Colony, an internationally exhibited artwork and film in which she raises a flock of geese and teaches them to become astronauts."

  • Amor Muñoz

    Amor Muñoz

    "Rhythmic manufacture is a performance (daily action), that use the drawing and technological imaginaries as support trying to be as a machine, conditioning the body and brain to a mechanical work, to a repetitive corporal pattern timed and marked by a rhythm with a metronome. During a week, 8 hours per day in an open space, the artist (factory worker) draws a series of electronic components, transforming the real, three-dimensional and functional object, to a simple representation, without dimension and function, as a metaphor of the exponential obsolescence of objects today."

  • Amanda Palmer

    Amanda Palmer

    "Amanda Palmer commands attention. The singer-songwriter-blogger-provocateur, known for pushing boundaries in both her art and her lifestyle, made international headlines this year when she raised nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter (she’d asked for $100k) from nearly 25,000 fans who pre-ordered her new album, Theater Is Evil.

    But the former street performer, then Dresden Dolls frontwoman, now solo artist hit a bump the week her world tour kicked off. She revealed plans to crowdsource additional local backup musicians in each tour stop, offering to pay them in hugs, merchandise and beer per her custom. Bitter and angry criticism ensued (she eventually promised to pay her local collaborators in cash). And it’s interesting to consider why. As Laurie Coots suggests: “The idea was heckled because we didn’t understand the value exchange — the whole idea of asking the crowd for what you need when you need it and not asking for more or less.”

    Summing up her business model, in which she views her recorded music as the digital equivalent of street performing, she says: “I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.”

    Amanda’s nonfiction book, The Art of Asking: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, which was released in November 2014 with Hachette and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at #7, digs deeply into the topics she addressed in her TED Talk."


  • Mark Pauline

    Mark Pauline

    "Mark Pauline (born December 14, 1953) is an American performance artist and inventor, best known as founder and director of Survival Research Laboratories. He is a 1977 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Pauline founded SRL in 1978 and it is considered the premier practitioner of "industrial performing arts", and the forerunner of large scale machine performance. SRL is known for producing the most dangerous shows on earth. Although acknowledged as a major influence on popular competitions pitting remote-controlled robots and machines against each other, such as BattleBots and Robot Wars, Pauline shies away from rules-bound competition preferring a more anarchic approach. Machines are liberated and re-configured away from the functions they were originally meant to perform.

    Pauline has written of SRL, "Since its inception SRL has operated as an organization of creative technicians dedicated to re-directing the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare." Since its beginning through the end of 2006, SRL has conducted about 48 shows.

    In the summer of 1982, Pauline severely damaged his hand while experimenting with solid rocket fuel.[1] In August 1990, ArtPark, a state-sponsored arts festival in Lewiston, New York, cancelled a Pauline performance when it turned out he intended "to cover a sputtering Rube Goldberg spaceship with numerous Bibles" that would "serve as thermal protective shields" and be burned to ashes in the course of the performance.[2]

    According to Pauline "I like to make machines that can just do their own shows... machines that can do all that machines in the science fiction novels can do. I want to be there to make those dreams real."[3]"

    , Founder and Director, Survival Research Laboratories

    Survival Research Laboratories

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  • Esther Pizarro

    Esther Pizarro

    Esther Pizarro got a Fine Arts Degree at Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain), Sculpture Department in 1990. She got a PhD at the same university in 1995. Actually, she is Associate Professor at the European University, Madrid.
    The interest in the city and how the human being moves, perceives and identifies him or herself in urban areas is the epicenter of Esther Pizarro`s artistic research. Mobility maps, cognitive cartographies, topography imagined, architectural prosthesis that colonize everyday objects are some of the series in which this artist has been working over the past twenty years. Her latest installations explore the visualization of complexity in the contemporary city: mobility, connection between cities, polycentric urban systems, physical and digital connections, Big Data and urban profiles; are some of the topics covered in her most recent projects where the use of new technologies has been increased.
    Pizarro has been granted by diferent institutions: Fundación Pollock-Krasner, New York; Casa de Velázquez, Madrid; Spanish Academy, Rome (Italy); Spaninsh College, Paris (France) and Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, Los Angeles (United States). She has got many awards and recognitions: Ayuda a la Producción en Artes Plásticas 2012 de la Comunidad de Madrid; Award El Ojo Crítico de Radio Nacional de España speciality Fine Arts; Award Pámpana de Oro at LXI Exposición Nacional de Artes Plásticas de Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real; among others.

    Esther Pizarro has had Solo Shows at Fundación Metrópoli, Madrid; Museo Real Casa de la Moneda, Segovia; MataderoMadrid; Casa Asia, Barcelona; Hospital Real, Granada; Museo San Telmo, San Sebastián; Galería Raquel Ponce, Madrid; Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Sala A, (CEART), Fuenlabrada; Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Canarias COAC, Demarcación Las Palmas; Museo Barjola, Gijón; Galería Antonio Prates, Lisboa, Portugal; Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Galería Isabel Ignacio, Sevilla; Galería Teresa Cuadrado, Valladolid; Galería Espacio Líquido, Gijón; Carmen de los Mártires, Diputación de Granada; Sala Saura, Diputación de Huesca, Huesca; Gallery B, California State University, Long Beach, Estados Unidos; Casa de Velázquez, Madrid y Centro Municipal de las Artes, Alcorcón, Madrid.
    Among her latest Group Shows are: la I Bienal del Sur de Panamá; Edificio Miller, Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Bienal de Venecia de Arquitectura, Pabellón de España, Venecia, Italia; Centro Cultural de España en Lima, Perú; Centro de Arte Dasto, Oviedo; Instituto Cervantes y Academia de España en Roma, Italia; “20 de 1000”, Caja de Madrid, Itinerante por España; Academia de San Fernando, “Becarios Roma 1998-99”, Madrid; Museo Oraziano- Palazzo Orsini, Licenza, Roma, Italia; ESTAMPA 99, Galería Raquel Ponce, Madrid; Centro Municipal de las Artes, Alcorcón, etc ...

    She has worked lately in public art commisions and site-specific works, colaborating many times with architects and landscape architects: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition 2010, Expo Zaragoza 2008, Parque de Pradolongo, Madrid; Plaza del Pueblo, Alcobendas, Madrid; Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Mérida; West Lake Park, Hangzhou, China; Parque Casino de la Reina, Lavapiés, Madrid; San José de Ocoa, República Dominicana; Estación de metro de Arganda del Rey, Madrid; Estación de metro de Fráncos Rodríguez, Madrid y Junta Municipal de Latina, Madrid.

    Her work is represented in public and private collections.

    In the university profile, she has directed the Department of Artistic Creation and Theory of Arts in the School of Art and Architecture at the European University of Madrid, during the academic years 2002-2005. She currently combines her teaching, as professor of sculpture, with academic research, it focused primarily on the study of the interrelations between art, architecture and landscape and technology.

  • Miller Puckette

    Miller Puckette

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    Miller Puckette obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1980) and Ph. D. in Mathematics from Harvard (1986). He was a member of MIT's Media Lab from its inception until 1987, and then a researcher at IRCAM (l'Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Musique/Acoustique), founded by composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. At IRCAM he wrote Max, a widely used computer music software environment, released commercially by Opcode Systems in 1990 and now available from .

    Puckette joined the Music department of the University of California, San Diego in 1994, where he is now professor. From 2000 to 2011 he was Associate Director of Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD.

    He is currently developing Pure Data ("Pd"), an open-source real-time multimedia arts programming environment. Puckette has collaborated with many artists and musicians, including Philipe Manoury (whose Sonus ex Machina cycle was the first major work to use Max), and Rand Steiger, Vibeke Sorensen, and Juliana Snapper. Since 2004 he has performed with the Convolution Brothers. In 2008 Puckette received the SEAMUS Livetime Achievement Award.

    , Professor, Mathematician, and Author of Max and Pure Data, Center for Research in Computing and the Arts

    Center for Research in Computing and the Arts

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    Music Department, UCSD

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  • Casey Reas

    Casey Reas

    "Reas' software, prints, and installations have been featured in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and recent commissions have been awarded by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New World Symphony in Miami. Reas' work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelors degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts.

    Reas recently co-wrote and designed the book 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (MIT Press, 2013). Reas and Fry published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, a comprehensive introduction to programming within the context of visual media (MIT Press, 2007). With Chandler McWilliams and Lust, Reas published Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), a non-technical introduction to the history, theory, and practice of software in the visual arts. Reas' Process Compendium 2004—2010 documents six years of his work exploring the phenomena of emergence through software."


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  • Annina Roescheisen

    Annina Roescheisen

    "Having graduated from the Elite University of Ludwig Maximilian, Munich (Masters in History of Art – Medieval Art, Philosophy and Folklore), Annina Roescheisen joined Sotheby’s in Munich in 2006. In 2008 she moved to Paris where she represented contemporary artists and thus worked with a number of galleries. She completed her first piece in 2012, followed by two successful inital solo exhibitions in Paris in 2013. In 2015 her piece of videoart was presented at the Venice Biennale, (Palazzo Bembo & Mora), in the context of the European Pavillion, among well known artist such as Daniel Buren and Yoko Ono.

    Annina Roescheisen is a multimedia artist, a humanist and philanthropist. She approaches art as a tool to break down the barriers of elitist thinking and enhance connectivity.

    Roescheisen’s multimedia works, including video, photography, installation and sculpture, though visually diverse, are held together by underlying concepts such as iconography, religious image, Medieval art, German Romanticism, Gothic architecture and the fairytale. The fairytale becomes the symbol of the interplay between dream and reality. The medium of video art furthers the exploration of this relationship, where it is considered ‘painting in motion and emotion’. The videos are slow and deliberate, encouraging the viewer to exist outside time constraints, constrictions and pressures."


  • Neil Stephenson

    Neil Stephenson

    "Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, postcyberpunk, and baroque.

    Stephenson's work explores subjects such as mathematics, cryptography, linguistics, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired.

    Stephenson has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system, and is also a cofounder of Subutai Corporation, whose first offering is the interactive fiction project The Mongoliad. He is currently Magic Leap's Chief Futurist."


  • Hito Steyerl

    Hito Steyerl

    Solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Artists Space, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eidenhoven, The Netherlands; ICA, London, UK; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013); the Art Institute of Chicago; E-flux, New York (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2010); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2009); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2008).
    Group exhibitions include the German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy; the Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany; CAC Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); Cut to Swipe, Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Darknet, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Bienal de la Imagen en Movimento, Goethe- Institut Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archeology, MCA Chicago; Nine Artists, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bergen Triennial, Bergen, Norway; Venice Biennale (2013); Taipei Biennial; Gwangju Biennial (2010); documenta 12, Kassel (2007) and Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004).

  • Helen Thorington

    Helen Thorington

    "Helen Thorington is the Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., the founder and producer of the national weekly radio series, New American Radio (1987-1998), the founder and producer of the and websites (1996-); and co-founder with Jo-Anne Green of the blogs, Networked_Performance and Networked_Music_Review, and Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) (2009). She is also a writer, sound composer, and radio producer, whose radio documentary, dramatic work, and sound/music compositions have been aired internationally for the past thirty years. She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences including: MIT5: creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age, Massachusetts Institute for Technology (2007); Digital Arts Weeks, Zurich (2007); Music in the Global Village in Budapest (2009); and Sounding Cultures at Cornell University (2011). Her writings have been published in numerous periodicals including Contemporary Music Review (2005, 2006); and Intermedia Art (Tate Modern, London, 2008); she has contributed to numerous recent exhibitions of sound art in the US and abroad."

    , Founder, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.

    New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.

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  • Rirkrit Tiravanija

    Rirkrit Tiravanija

    "Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His practice defies media-based description combining traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action.

    Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tiravanija studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, Canada, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. He has exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide. Major solo retrospectives include: YBCA, San Francisco (2015); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas (2014); Park Avenue Armory, New York (2013); Bonnierskonsthall, Stockholm (2011); Kunsthalle Bielefield (2010); Museé de la Ville de Paris (2005); Museum Bojmans Van Beuningen (2004); Chiang Mai University Art Museum (2004); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo (2002); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997).

    Tiravanija’s work has been recognised with numerous prestigious awards including the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award, the Hugo Boss Prize from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2004) and the 2010 Absolut Art Award.

    Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts at Columbia University, and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija is also President of an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is part of a collective alternative space called VER located in Bangkok where he maintains his primary residence and studio."


  • Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei

    "Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, China in 1957. An outspoken human rights activist, Ai was arrested by Chinese authorities in April 2011 and held incommunicado for three months. Upon his release, he was prohibited from traveling abroad, engaging in public speech, and was subjected to continued government surveillance. Ai’s position as a provocateur and dissident artist informs the tenor and reception of much of his recent work. He infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with political conviction and personal poetry, often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese political and social issues. In his sculptural works he often uses reclaimed materials—ancient pottery and wood from destroyed temples —in a conceptual gesture that connects tradition with contemporary social concerns. He also employs sarcasm, juxtaposition, and repetition to reinvigorate the potency and symbolism of traditional images and to reframe the familiar with minimal means. A writer and curator, Ai extends his practice across multiple disciplines and through social media to communicate with a global public and to engage fellow artists with projects on a massive scale. Ai Weiwei attended the Beijing Film Academy and the Parsons School of Design in New York. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Politics and Social Science, University of Ghent, Belgium (2010), as well as many awards, including the Skowhegan Medal (2011) and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (2008). His work has appeared in major exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2011); Asia Society Museum, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); São Paulo Bienal (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); and Documenta XII (2007). Ai Weiwei lives and works in Beijing, China."


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  • Nicholas Abbott

    Nicholas Abbott

    "Dr. Abbott is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests span colloid, interface, and surfactant science. A particular focus is directed toward the design of new surfactants that can be placed under active control, the use of liquid crystalline materials to amplify biomolecular interactions, and the design of interfaces with chemistry and topography patterned on nanometer dimensions. His work has been recognized by honors, which include a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. He has published in leading journals, including Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Physical Review Letters and Langmuir."


    , Co-Founder, Imbed Biosciences

    Imbed Biosciences

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  • Thomas Barnes

    Thomas Barnes

    "Thomas Barnes is the CSO of Intellia Therapeutics.

    Intellia is a leading genome editing company, focused on the development of proprietary, potentially curative therapeutics using a recently developed biological tool known as the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Intellia believes the CRISPR/Cas9 technology has the potential to transform medicine by permanently editing disease-associated genes in the human body with a single treatment course."


    , CSO, Intellia Therapeutics

    Intellia Therapeutics

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  • João Barroso-Batista

    João Barroso-Batista

    "Co-evolution between the mammalian immune system and the gut microbiota is believed to have shaped the microbiota’s astonishing diversity. Here we test the corollary hypothesis that the adaptive immune system, directly or indirectly, influences the evolution of commensal species. We compare the evolution of Escherichia coli upon colonization of the gut of wild-type and Rag2_/_ mice, which lack lymphocytes. We show that bacterial adaptation is slower in immune-compromised animals, a phenomenon explained by differences in the action of natural selection within each host. Emerging mutations exhibit strong beneficial effects in healthy hosts but substantial antagonistic pleiotropy in immune-deficient mice. This feature is due to changes in the composition of the gut microbiota, which differs according to the immune status of the host. Our results indicate that the adaptive immune system influences the tempo and predictability of E. coli adaptation to the mouse gut."


    , Graduate student, ITQB NOVA, an interdisciplinary research and advanced training institute of Universidad Nova de Lisboa

    ITQB NOVA, an interdisciplinary research and advanced training institute of Universidad Nova de Lisboa

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    & ITQB NOVA, an interdisciplinary research and advanced training institute of Universidade Nova de Lisboa

    ITQB NOVA, an interdisciplinary research and advanced training institute of Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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  • Frank Breitling

    Frank Breitling

    "Studies in biology, PhD in biochemistry (1992), habilitation in high-throughput methods (2003) all at the University of Heidelberg. Parallel to the group of Prof. Greg Winter Dr. Breitling invented the new technology of recombinant antibodies, which he advanced further in the groups of Prof. Dr. M. Little (DKFZ) and Prof. Dr. E.K.F. Bautz (University of Heidelberg). He then moved to the DKFZ department Molecular Genome Analysis, which was headed by Prof. Annemarie Poustka (1997-2004), and later became one of three independent leaders of the DKFZ-group Chip based peptide libraries (2004-2009). There, he worked on his inventions of particle based high-density peptide arrays and on the construction of a library of human hybridomas. Since September 2009 Dr. Breitling works at KIT. Most of his patents were licensed to companies. They are the economical basis of DKFZ spin-off companies Affimend ( ) and PEPperPRINT ( ). In 2009 PEPperPRINT won the renowned business plan competition Science4Life (awarded with 30.000 €)."


  • Cynthia Burzell

    Cynthia Burzell

    "Cynthia Burzell, Ph.D., Aequor's Founder, is a Medical and Marine Microbiologist who has pioneered research in "biofilm," an impenetrable matrix that almost all marine, industrial and medical bacteria form in order to protect the underlying colony.

    Dr. Burzell discovered "green" chemicals in the ocean that control bacteria in a new way. They inhibit the ability of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria to form biofilm and remove existing biofilms -- the cause of agro-industrial microfouling, macrofouling, and most bacterial infections.


  • Emmanuel Caeymaex

    Emmanuel Caeymaex

    "Belgian drugmaker UCB (Euronext Brussels: UCB) has shown fast and sustained efficacy with its psoriatic arthritis (PsA) candidate bimekizumab.

    The Phase Ib study evaluated the pharmacokinetics, safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of multiple doses of bimekizumab in patients with PsA who had inadequate responses to at least one disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD), and/or one biologic.

    Despite the limited patient set and exposure, the results have provided some excitement at the potential of bimekizumab, which is a highly selective monoclonal antibody that inhibits the activity of both IL-17A and IL-17F, key pro-inflammatory cytokines expressed in several inflammatory diseases.


  • Richard Daly

    Richard Daly

    "Richard (Dick) Daly is the CEO of DNAnexus. Dick has three decades of experience in building companies in healthcare and genomics, including 13 years at Baxter Laboratories. Subsequently to Baxter, Dick founded companies in both managed care and laboratory services, and was also the CEO of Visible Genetics (NASDAQ: VGIN), the pioneer in laboratory-based gene sequencing and bioinformatics. Education includes a BS in finance from New York University and an MBA from Harvard University.


  • Kelly Gardner

    Kelly Gardner

    Kelly Gardner is currently Director of Marketing at ProteinSimple. Previously, she was CEO & co-founder at Zephyrus Biosciences, a venture-backed start-up company she spun out from her Ph.D. lab to commercialize a transformative microfluidics-based platform that can profile tumors at the single-cell level and provide high resolution views into the diverse cell types that make up an individual patient’s tumor. She led Zephyrus from incorporation through to acquisition by ProteinSimple and was recently selected as a Global Innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology Review for her work. Single-cell analysis was named the 2013 Method of the Year by Nature Methods, signaling the importance of this rapidly emerging field in biomedicine. In the future, the technology developed at Zephyrus will be used to identify the composition of an individual patient’s tumor so that treatments can be prescribed to target metastatic, resistant, and other subtypes of cells. This will radically advance personalized medicine and lead to more effective targeted cancer therapies.

    Kelly holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from U.C. Berkeley, an MBA-equivalent from Cambridge University where she was a Gates Scholar, and a B.S. from Yale University.

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  • Tillman Gerngross

    Tillman Gerngross

    "MobyMax, the most widely adopted personalized learning curriculum in the United States, is honored to announce its recognition as the best e-learning and blended learning solution in the 2016 EdTech Digest Awards.

    The EdTech Digest Awards are presented to the best new, emerging, and established technology solutions for education. The annual recognition program seeks to highlight and celebrate the most effective products and the most innovative and inspiring people.

    “This award shows how intensely we listen to our teachers,” said Glynn Willet, co-founder of MobyMax. “We are the first to create an award-winning personalized, blended learning curriculum for all subjects.”

    Launched in 2011, MobyMax offers a free, complete curriculum for all K-8 subjects. MobyMax identifies skill gaps with find-and-fix technology that helps students increase one full grade level in just 40 hours. This comprehensive solution also includes diagnostic testing, assessments, progress monitoring, IEPs and student motivational tools.

    A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veteran educators conducted this year’s evaluations.

    “This year's program had some very stiff competition, and hard decisions were made in selecting the winners,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest. “We're very proud to honor these cool tools, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology. These honorees are among edtech’s best and brightest.”)

  • Charles Gersbach

    Charles Gersbach

    "Dr. Charles A. Gersbach is an Associate Professor at Duke University in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, an Investigator in the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, and Director of the Duke Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering. He received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute. His research interests are in genome and epigenome editing, gene therapy, regenerative medicine, biomolecular and cellular engineering, synthetic biology, and genomics. Dr. Gersbach’s laboratory at Duke University is focused on applying molecular and cellular engineering to develop new methods to genetically modify genome sequences and cellular gene networks in a precise and targeted manner. Examples of technologies used in his research include protein engineering, directed evolution, genetic reprogramming, gene delivery, and optogenetics. Dr. Gersbach’s work has been recognized through awards including the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the Outstanding New Investigator Award from the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.


  • Maxine Gowen

    Maxine Gowen

    "Dr. Gowen is the founding President and CEO of Trevena. Prior to this Dr. Gowen held a variety of leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over a period of fifteen years. As Senior Vice President for the Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD), she developed an innovative new approach to externalizing drug discovery in big pharma. Dr. Gowen was previously President and Managing Partner at SR One, the venture capital subsidiary of GSK, where she led its investments in and served on the board of directors of numerous companies. Until 2002 Dr. Gowen was Vice President, Drug Discovery, Musculoskeletal Diseases at GSK, responsible for drug discovery and early development for osteoporosis, arthritis and metastatic bone disease. Dr. Gowen held a tenured academic position in the School of Pharmacology, University of Bath, UK from 1989-1992. She has authored more than 100 refereed scientific publications. Dr. Gowen graduated with a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK, then received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Sheffield, UK, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gowen served on the board of Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) until its purchase by GSK in July 2012. She currently serves on the board of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (AKBA) since July 2014 and Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IDRA) since January 2016, both public biopharmaceutical companies, and on the boards of the state and national biotechnology industry associations, Life Sciences PA and BIO, respectively."

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  • Chih-Ming Ho

    Chih-Ming Ho

    Dr. Chih-Ming Ho received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1967, and Ph.D. in Mechanics and Material Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. Dr. Ho started his career at the University of Southern California and rose to the rank of Full Professor. In 1991, Dr. Ho moved to the University of California, Los Angeles to lead the establishment of the micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) program in UCLA and served as the founding Director of the Center for Micro Systems. Currently, he is Distinguished Research Professor and was the Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Chair Professor in UCLA School of Engineering. He was the Director of NIH supported Center for Cell Control and the Director of NASA supported Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE). He served as UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research from 2001 to 2005.

    He is among the pioneers of phenotypic personalized medicine (PPM), microfluidics and control of turbulent shear flows. He was ranked by ISI as one of the top 250 most cited researchers in all engineering category (2001-2014). In 1997, Dr. Ho was inducted as a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. In the next year, he was elected as an Academician of Academia Sinica which honors scholars of Chinese origin with exceptional achievements in liberal arts and sciences. He received Doctor of Engineering Honoris Causa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Ho holds nine honorary chair professorships including the Einstein Professorship from Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has published 191 journal papers, 185 refereed conference papers, 25 book chapters and edited one book. He has presented 25 named distinguished lectures and 154 plenary/keynote talks in international conferences. Dr. Ho was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as the 3M-Nano Society.

    In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has made extensive contributions to multiple internationally-recognized conferences and professional societies. Of note, he recently served as the co-chair of the first Gordon Research Conference on Personalized Medicine (July 2016). He has chaired the Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) in American Physical Society. Dr. Ho has served on numerous Advisory Boards of international conferences. He was on the advisory board for AIAA Journal. He was a member of the IEEE/ASME JMEMS coordinating Committee. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He also has served as a Guest Editor for Annual Review of Fluid Dynamics.

    On the international level, he has served on advisory panels to provide assistance to many countries and regions including China, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and United Kingdom, on technology development.

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  • Dr. David Horning

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    "David Horning, PhD, is a research associate in the Joyce Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). In 2012, with the support of the Fannie and John Foundation Fellowship, he received his PhD in biotechnology from TSRI. David’s thesis, "Evolving Ribozymes to Make RNA Aptamers", detailed a new approach to develop an RNA enzyme that can copy RNA. This “replicase” could make any RNA enzyme, including itself, and could be used to form the core of RNA-based synthetic life. Although RNA enzymes exist that can copy short RNA sequences, none are active enough to copy the sequences of most (typically longer) RNA enzymes. The new method uses directed Darwinian evolution to adapt these enzymes to make much longer functional RNA sequences.

    David is currently continuing as a postdoc at TSRI, using the method he developed to evolve RNA enzymes that can copy a variety of functional RNA sequences. In August 2016, along with his colleagues at TSRI, David published as first-author paper detailing the RNA replicating scientific breakthrough that he had been investigating. Their findings, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), titled "Amplification of RNA by an RNA Polymerase Ribozyme", support key aspects of the widely accepted “RNA World” hypothesis, in which single-stranded RNA molecules are thought to have constituted one of the earliest forms of life – if not the earliest form of life -- some 4 billion years ago. In the longer term, David plans to continue in academic research, studying both the origin of life and synthetic biology.


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    The Scripps Research Institute

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    Dr. Gerald Joyce

    "Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute say they have made a major advance toward the goal of producing life through test-tube evolution. Gerald F. Joyce and David P. Horning report having produced an RNA enzyme that both synthesizes complicated functional RNA molecules and replicates simpler RNA molecules. This effort is quantitatively different from earlier work that produced only simple RNA, Joyce said. The evolved enzyme, called a ribozyme, was selected for its ability to make functional RNA, but it cannot reproduce itself. Work toward that end continues, Joyce said. Such a self-replicating molecule would meet the essential criteria for life, he said. Self-replicating RNA is hypothesized to have existing before DNA, which carries the code of life in all living organisms. This "RNA world" is thought to have given way to DNA billions of years ago. Its existence is inferred from the properties of RNA, which acts both as a transmitter of genetic information and an enzyme that can perform functions of some proteins." source:
  • Dongeun (Dan) Huh

    Dongeun (Dan) Huh

    "Huh's laboratory aims to develop innovative bioengineering tools and technologies using biologically inspired design principles and micro/nanoengineering approaches to improve human health and promote environmental sustainability. Huh's research focuses primarily on developing i) microengineered biomimetic models of human organs (organs-on-chips), ii) self-assembled tissue/organ scaffolds, iii) cell-based self-regulating "smart" biomedical devices, and iv) efficient biomimetic transport systems. Huh explores the use of these bioinspired engineering systems for a variety of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and environmental applications."

  • Stefan Jansson

    Stefan Jansson

    Birth date February 5, 1959, Sveg, Sweden
    Nationality: Swedish
    Marital status: Married, 5 children
    ORCID 0000-0002-7906-689, ResearcherID A-1119-2009

    Positions and education
    1986 Teachers college in Chemistry and Biology, Umeå University, Sweden
    1992 PhD, Dep. of Plant Physiol, Umeå University, Sweden, Plant Molecular Biology
    1994 Postdoc, KVL, Copenhagen, Denmark
    1995 Assistant professor, Dept.of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden
    2001 Associate professor, Dept. of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden
    2002- Professor, Dept. of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden
    2016- Head of Department, Dept. of Plant Physiology Umeå University, Sweden,

    Awards etc.
    2013 “Roséns Linné prize”, Kungl Fysiografiska Sällskapet, Sweden
    2013 Listed (by Labtimes) as one of the most frequently cited plant scientists in Europe
    2014- Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
    2014- Member of the Royal Skytteanic Society”, Sweden
    2015 SPPS (Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society) Popularization prize
    2015 “Baltics samverkanspris med populärvetenskaplig inriktning”, Umeå university
    2015- President, SPPS (Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society)
    2016 “Forest biotechnologist of the year”
    2016 President, FESPB (Federation of European Societies of Plant Biologists)

    Throughout my scientific career I have led pioneering efforts to develop and apply various approaches to elucidate plants’ behaviour in real environments, photosynthesis and roles of the light-harvesting proteins. For example, my group was among the first to demonstrate the utility of reverse genetics techniques (first antisense, then T-DNA knock-out and later RNA interference and artificial microRNA) for unravelling activities and interactions of the photosynthesis genes in Arabidopsis. Similarly, we were global leaders in demonstration of the analytical power of studying well-defined mutants under field conditions, and creation of the required tools and techniques. Furthermore, we introduced studies of mutants under fluctuating light, and the use of seed production under field conditions as a proxy to assess contributions of defined genes to plants’ Darwinian fitness. UPSC (Umeå Plant Science Centre), which my department is part of, has pioneered use of genomics in Sweden, and led the development of Populus as a model system. During the last 10 years, I have led much of the resource development (for example DNA microarrays, bioinformatics and databases, and genome sequencing) both at UPSC and in the global tree research community. However, I also realized that studies on natural variation in aspen were essential to complement the huge resources that we had developed at UPSC using a “model genotype” of Populus. We have systematically collected, planted and analysed wild aspen accessions, developed the tools needed to use them in functional studies, and studied the trees under field conditions rather than only in climate chambers. The goal has been to apply approaches based on the use of biotechnology, single genes, single genotypes and/or controlled conditions in synergistic combination with approaches based on use of genomics, natural accessions and/or natural conditions.

    10 selected publications
    1. Li, X-P, Björkman, O, Shih C, Grossman, AR, Rosenquist, M, Jansson, S, Niyogi, K.K. (2000) A pigment binding protein essential for regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting. Nature 40: 391-395
    2. Külheim C, Ågren J, Jansson S (2002) Rapid regulation of light harvesting is crucial for plant fitness in the field. Science 297:91-93
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  • Jeff Karp

    Jeff Karp

    Chemical Engineer Dr. Jeff Karp is a world leader in the fields of drug delivery, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He is an Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He has published 100 peer-reviewed papers (with nearly 11,000 citations) and has given 235 national and international invited lectures and has 65 issued or pending patents. Several technologies developed in his lab have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of four companies including Gecko Biomedical, Skintifique, Frequency Therapeutics, and Alivio Therapeutics.

    The Boston Business Journal recognized him as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation and MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Dr. Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world (3 members from his laboratory have received this award).

    His work has been selected by Popular Mechanic's "Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine.” He gave a TEDMED talk on bioinspired medical innovation and is a member of the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board. In 2015 he received a Breakthrough Award from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and was a commencement speaker at the University of Toronto.

    Dr. Karp was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all Faculty at MIT and he received the HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor of Harvard-MIT students. To date, 18 trainees from his laboratory have secured faculty positions.

  • Patricia Kovatch

    Patricia Kovatch

    "Ms. Kovatch has been the Associate Dean for Scientific Computing at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine since October 2011. She is responsible for achieving the School’s high-performance computing (HPC) goals, which are critical to the advancement of the School's research enterprise, filling an essential role by ensuring the efficient and effective delivery and maintenance of computational resources. Since joining the School, she has deployed a 7,000 core, high-performance cluster with 1.5Pbyte of shared disk space, which is already fully utilized by the School's genomic and biomedical research programs. She has also led a statewide collaboration to upgrade network infrastructure to accelerate data-intensive science with broad community benefit. In addition, she manages the Data Warehouse and the Research Information Technology groups."

    , Associate Dean, Scientific Computing at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Scientific Computing at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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  • Fredrik Lanner

    Fredrik Lanner

    "Assistant Professor Fredrik Lanner undertook his PhD thesis at the department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet followed by postdoctoral research in Janet Rossants lab at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. In Toronto he studied mouse pre-implantation development and show that FGF signaling is key in setting up the first cell types of the mouse embryo (Development 2010). Having returned to Karolinska Institutet, he started his independent research lab in 2013, exploring human pre-implantation development, pluripotent stem cells and how to best use embryonic stem cells for treatment of age related macular degeneration. One of the first studies from the Lanner lab is a single cell transcriptional roadmap describing human pre-implatation development (Cell 2016). The lab is now setting up genome editing capabilities using CRISPR to perform functional studies, to identify the genes that control early human embryo development.


  • Jeremy Levin

    Jeremy Levin

    "Dr. Levin has more than 25 years of experience in the global pharmaceuticals industry, leading companies and people to develop and commercialize medicines that address compelling medical needs worldwide. Most recently, Dr. Levin served as President and CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA). Previously, he was a member of the Executive Committee of Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) where he had global responsibilities for strategy, alliances and transactions. In this role, he devised and led the BMY’s “String of Pearls” strategy, which resulted in the transformation of the company. Prior to BMY, he was Global Head of Strategic Alliances at Novartis (NYSE: NVS). In this role, he established and managed strategic collaborations with multiple companies around the world. Dr. Levin has served on a number of public and private company boards over the years, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of BioCon, Ltd (NSE: BIOCON) and privately-held ZappRx.

    Dr. Levin is the recipient of a number of awards including the Kermode Prize for work on novel hypertension drugs, the Albert Einstein Award for Leadership in Life Sciences and the B’nai B’rith Award for Distinguished Achievement for commitment to improving global health care.

    Dr. Levin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and was awarded a Masters of Arts and a Doctorate in the structure of Chromatin from the University of Oxford. He also received degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Cambridge. He has practiced internal medicine at University Hospitals in England, Switzerland and South Africa.


  • Evan Macosko

    Evan Macosko

    "Evan Macosko is a post-doctoral fellow at the McCarroll Lab at Harvard. Evan Macosko has helped invent a technology called Drop-Seq, which allows a researcher to look at thousands of cells, one by one, to determine how each is carrying out its genetic instructions. Such analysis of a single cell can be done with existing tools, but it is typically painstaking, expensive work that involves dropping individual cells into tiny wells. “If you get two cells in a well, you’re screwed,” says Macosko.

    To greatly speed up the process, Macosko figured out how to take each cell he wanted to analyze, break it apart, and attach the expressed genes to a tiny bar-coded bead. Once material from each cell is labeled, the genes can be analyzed rapidly—all for a cost of just seven cents a cell.

    Macosko says he and his team have nearly finished profiling hundreds of thousands of cells spanning most of the mouse brain. Next stop: the 86 billion neurons and innumerable other cells that make up the human brain. By analyzing the great variation in the cells in our brains, he hopes to identify the rogue cells that are malfunctioning or interfering with normal function in disorders like schizophrenia, autism, and Alzheimer’s.


  • Collen Masimirembwa

    Collen Masimirembwa

    "Colleen Masimirembwa is a Biochemical Pharmacologist trained at the University of Zimbabwe (BSc) and at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden (PhD). After a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship at Uppsala University (Sweden) I worked for 10 years at AstraZeneca, Sweden, as a Principal Scientist in Pharmacokinetics and Bioanalytics. With the help of industry and international organizations, I founded the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST) with the aim of promoting the sciences and technologies of drug discovery and development in Africa. I am currently the President and Chief Scientific Officer of AiBST. I have over 75 original publications in peer reviewed journals, 5 book chapters and co-edited a book on Drug Discovery in Africa. I have conducted pioneering work in predictive pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics in preclinical and clinical drug discovery research, contributions which have been recognized through various awards, memberships to various international organizations, expert consultancy to companies & organization such as WHO, and invitations to make keynote presentations at international meetings. I have a passion for training postgraduates and have trained 10 PhD students and several masters students to completion. I believe that innovative hybridization of industrial and academic approaches has a chance to jumpstart biomedical developments in Africa.


  • Santiago Naranjo

    Santiago Naranjo

    "Santiago Naranjo is a Graduate Student at MIT. Together with Justin D. Smith and team, Naranjo won the 2016 PLOS Genetics Research Prize for their paper, ‘Dissecting the Genetic Basis of a Complex cis-Regulatory Adaptation.‘

    In their article, Santiago Naranjo and colleagues set out to identify the molecular basis of polygenic adaptation. To achieve this goal, the authors use a clever approach: they test for evidence of selection on gene expression (via a sign-test), specifically looking for sets of genes showing allele-specific expression in F1 hybrids between Saccharomyces paradoxus and S. cerevisiae. They found that genes from a pathway involved in resistance to citrinin—a naturally occurring mycotoxin produced by fungi—showed highly significant bias towards the S. paradoxus alleles. To assess the significance of this observation, they used growth assays in several strains to show that S. paradoxus has indeed recently evolved citrinin resistance. Next, the authors performed RNA-seq analysis on hybrids exposed to citrinin to identify candidate genes underlying this resistance. They identified five candidates, and were able to confirm four of them by knockout. They went on to use promoter-replacement experiments to show that the S. paradoxus promoters drive much of the divergence in expression that they had identified. Higher expression of these genes confers a fitness advantage in the presence of citrinin, while exacting a cost in its absence—a fitness trade-off.

    Overall, the manuscript makes a major contribution to our understanding of evolutionary processes, and tells a beautifully complete story. It uses an elegant approach to screen for cis-regulatory divergence of expression and then follows up candidate genes with functional tests to better understand their underlying molecular mechanisms. The editors were particularly impressed not only with this specific result—demonstrating how small individual effects of regulatory elements can together have a large impact on fitness—but also the potential of the overall approach to be used to identify the genetic basis of polygenic adaptation in additional conditions or species.


  • Don Nicholson

    Don Nicholson

    "Donald “Don” Nicholson is the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Nimbus. He joined from Merck where he held various strategic, leadership and operational roles in diverse therapeutic areas, including respiratory, inflammation, immunology, bone, endocrine, urology, infectious diseases and neurosciences. He began his career in 1988 at the Merck-Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Montreal and advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President & Site Head of the Merck Neurosciences Research site in San Diego, Calif., and most recently as Vice President and Worldwide Discovery Head for the Respiratory & Immunology Franchise, based in Kenilworth, N.J. Dr. Nicholson has co-authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals and is internationally-recognized for his contributions to the field of apoptotic cell death. He received his Ph.D. and an Honors B.Sc. degree in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and trained as a Medical Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the University of Munich in Germany. He is the recipient of multiple academic and professional honors.


  • Belinda Pastrana

    Belinda Pastrana

    "Alphabet is an American holding company founded in 2015 to house Google and all of its web-based properties, as well as the increasingly diverse real-world ventures the Internet behemoth was swelling to encompass, from driverless cars and life-extension research to high-speed Internet. Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Alphabet as part of a bold restructuring through which they hope to nurture Google's multifarious ventures into significant businesses, rather than hobbies that drag on Google's earnings. Alphabet, like Google, is headquartered in Mountain View, California and helmed by Page as CEO and executive chairman (and former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt. Alphabet is no small gamble: Not all of its futuristic ideas will work, and visionary leaders may not be in large enough supply. But Page and Brin's willingness to reinvent themselves according to their growing ambitions almost 20 years into Google's existence is a model worth studying for people looking to create big change in the world.


  • Anne Marie Quinn

    Anne Marie Quinn

    "Anne Marie Quinn is the Founder and CEO of Montana Molecular.

    Montana Molecular develops genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors and probes for cell-based assays and live cell imaging. Our products are used for drug discovery and to observe and measure cell signaling processes. Our scientific team is focused on creating breakthrough innovations that empower both basic research scientists and drug discovery teams. The company is committed to building a sustainable biotech industry in the state of Montana, providing good jobs in a safe and healthy environment.


  • Robert Shmookler Reis

    Robert Shmookler Reis

    Name: Robert J. Shmookler Reis

    Current tenured positions:
    (a.) Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR 72205:
    Research Chemist, GS-15 (Research Service & GRECC); Sr. Research Career Scientist.
    (b.) University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205:
    Udupa Chair of Gerontologic Research, and Professor, Dept. of Geriatrics

    Mailing Address: Reynolds Institute on Aging – Room 4120, 629 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock AR 72205
    Telephone (office): 501-526-5820; (fax): 501-526-5830
    E-mail: or

    Educational background:
    D.Phil., 1971, conferred 1972 (Genetics) University of Sussex, Brighton, England, U.K.
    B.A., 1967 (Biology) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

    Professional experience:
    7/2012–present Affiliate Professor, Pathology Dept., Univ. of Washington Medical School, Seattle WA
    2013–present Sr. Research Career Scientist, Central Ark. Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR
    1/2003 –present Research Health Scientist/Senior Research Career Scientist, CAVHS, Little Rock AR
    2002–present Udupa Chair of Gerontologic Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    7/97–present Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
    7/92–present Professor, Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology / Toxicology, UAMS
    1985–1992 Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UAMS.
    1984–1/2003 Research Health Scientist, GRECC, Central AR Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), Little Rock AR
    1984–1992 Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology/Div. Interdisciplinary Toxicology, UAMS.
    1983–1992 Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UAMS.
    1981–1984 Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UAMS.
    1980–1983 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UAMS.
    1977–1980 MRC Professional Associate, McMaster Univ. Medical Ctr., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    1975–1977 Independent Research Fellow, Dept.of Botany, University of Edinburgh, Scotland U.K.
    1972–1975 Staff Member, Medical Research Council (U.K.) Mammalian Genome Unit, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    1971–1972 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Biology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

    Awards and Honors during Training
    Advanced Placement, 1963, Harvard University.
    Harvard College Scholarship, 1963-1967, Harvard University.
    Graduate Fellowship, 1967-1971, National Science Foundation.
    Woodrow Wilson Teaching Internship Award, 1971, U.S. Dept. of Education.

    Professional Activities
    (a.) Offices held/committee service in national/international professional organizations:
    Chair, Session on Longevity Genes & Human Aging, Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Molecular Genetics of Aging, U.S.A. 10/2014.
    Co-chair, International Program Committee, and Session Chair, 3rd International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity, Sochi, Russia 4/2014.
    Chairman, International Program Committee, and Session Chair, 2nd International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity, Moscow, Russia 4/2012.
    Session Chair, “The Role of Damage-Control Mechanisms in Longevity”, 2nd International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity, Moscow, Russia 4/2012.
    Member, Organizational Committee. Third International Workshop on the Genetics of Bone Disease. Davos, Switzerland, 3/2006.
    Co-chair, session on Genetics of Osteoporosis. Second International Symposium on the SAM Mouse. Sapporo, Japan, 7/2003.
    Member, Organizational Committee. Second International Workshop on the Genetics of Bone Disease. Davos, Switzerland, 2/2003.
    Chair, Symposium on Genetics of Bone and Mineral Disorders. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), 24th Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX (9/2002).
    Chairman, session on Cellular Aging. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 49th Annual Meeting, Washington DC (1996).
    Chairman, symposium on The Genetics of Aging. Keystone Symposium on the Molecular Biology of Aging, Lake Tahoe CA (1993).
    Co organizer and co-chairman (with James R. Smith) of 3 symposia on cellular aging: (I.) Differential Gene Expression During Cellular Senescence; (II.) Genes that Inhibit Cell Cycling; (III.) Genomic Changes Interacting with Cellular Aging. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 43rd Annual Meeting, Boston MA (1990).
    Organizer and chairman of 3 symposia on cellular senescence: (I.)Differential Gene Expression in Cellular Senescence; (II.) Transformation to Immortality; (III.) Differentiation and Aging. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 42nd Annual Meeting, Minneapolis MN (1989).
    Organizer of symposium, Molecular Biology of Aging. American Aging Association 18th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (1988).
    Co chairman (w/David Busbee) of symposium, Gene Expression and Aging. International Aging Association / American Aging Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY (1987).
    Organizer and Co-Convener (w/Robert Schimke) of special session, Molecular Instability and Aging. Tissue Culture Association 36th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (1985).
    (b.) Membership on national grant proposal review boards and policy councils:
    Member, VA Research Career Scientist & Promotions Panel, 11/2016
    Member, VA Merit Review Board, Neurodegenerative Diseases, 06/2014
    Member/Chair, NIH/NIA Special Review Board (ZAG1 ZIJ-2) 10/2013
    Chairman, NIH/NIA Special Review Board, 06/2011.
    Member, Veterans Administration Career Development Review Committee, 2009 – 2010.
    Member, Site Visit Team, NIH/NICHHD, Genetics of Differentiation (I. Dawid), 2008.
    Chairman, NIH/CSR Special Emphasis Panel, ZRG1-BDA-A, 2006.
    Member, Medical Research Advisory Group & Career Development Review Committee, U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 2000–2003.
    Member, Special Grant Review/Site Visit Teams for NIH (26), the Dept. of Energy, and the National Cancer Institute, 1983–present.
    Ad hoc reviewer for NIH and the Amer. Federation for Aging Research, 1983–present.
    Member, NIH Molecular Cytology Study Section, 1984–1988.
    Member, NIA Genetics and Molecular Biology Advisory Council, 1985–1987.
    Chairman, NIA Scientific Merit Review Committee, 1986.
    Chairman, NIA Program Project Site Visit Team/Review Committee, 1987.
    Chairman, Biomarkers B Study Section, 1987.
    Chairman, NIA Gerontology-Geriatrics Review Committee, 1987.
    Member, NIH Reviewers Reserve, 1988–1992.
    (c.) Membership on editorial review boards:
    Mutation Research / DNAging: Genetic Instability and Aging, Editorial Board 1989-1996.
    AGE Journal: Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Cell Immortalization and Senescence”, 1999.
    Calcified Tissue International: Editor for Genetics of Bone Disease, 2001 – present.
    Frontiers in Genetics: Editorial Board, 5/2012 - present; Associate Editor, 5/2014 – present
    (d.) Veterans Administration Service
    1991 – 2001 Chairman, Little Rock VAMC Safety and Recombinant DNA Biosafety Committee
    2000–2003 Member, MRAG & CaDe Review Committee, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    2009 – 2010 Member, Career Development Review Committee, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    2010–present Member, CAVHS Research & Development Committee
    2015–present Chair, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Service, Research & Development

  • Florian Solzbacher

    Florian Solzbacher

    "Research Statement
    Gas Sensors

    The focus of this research is on the development of a gas sensor toolkit for sensitive, selective and stable detection of undesirable gas species (e.g. NOx, SOx, CO, CO2) at high-temperatures. In2O3, NiO, Ga2O3 and Y-doped BaZrO3 for the detection of NOx, H2, CO and humidity, respectively have been investigated. Of primary importance were the effects of materials processing conditions on the gas sensitivity and response rate. Design, fabrication and integration of microhotplate structures with gas sensitive layers capable of functioning at temperatures greater than 500 °C were also performed.

    Hydrogel Sensors for Metabolic Markers

    The main objective of the research is to develop a sensor array that can monitor different biomarkers such as glucose, pH and pCO2 to help avoid long term diseases caused by irregularities in their levels. A sensing platform based on piezoresistive pressure transducers has been developed which is integrated with stimuli responsive polymers or smart hydrogels that act as the sensing element. Several in vitro experiments have been performed so far to establish stability and reproducibility of the sensor arrays to changes in glucose, ionic strength and pH concentrations in the environmental analyte. Response times to changes in concentrations have been found to be in the range if 5 to 10 minutes.

    Integrated Neural Interfaces

    The integrated neural interface program centered at the University of Utah is focused on developing chronically implantable, wireless, integrated neural interface devices based on the Utah electrode array. These devices may be used in the central or pheripherial nervous system for neural signal recording and/or stimulation to help people with motor or sensory impairments."

  • Stephen Turner

    Stephen Turner

    Stephen Turner, PhD co-founded Pacific Biosciences in July 2000. Dr. Turner served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from the company's inception until March 2004, when he assumed his current role as our Chief Technology Officer. He served as a member of our board of directors from inception until July 2010. Prior to founding the company Dr. Turner contributed to the establishment of the Nanobiotechnology Center at Cornell University in January 2000. Dr. Turner holds a PhD in Physics from Cornell University. He received B.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    (Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Virginia, and director of the School of Medicine's Bioinformatics Core

    University of Virginia, and director of the School of Medicine's Bioinformatics Core

    No bio available at the moment
    ) & Jonas Korlach (Chief Scientific Officer, Pacific Biosciences)

    Pacific Biosciences

    No bio available at the moment

    Jonas Korlach

    "Dr. Jonas Korlach is Chief Scientific Officer at Pacific Biosciences. He co-invented the company’s SMRT technology with Stephen Turner, Ph.D., Pacific Biosciences Founder and Chief Technology Officer, when the two were graduate students at Cornell University. SMRT technology dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of DNA sequencing. Dr. Korlach joined Pacific Biosciences as the company's eighth employee in 2004. Dr. Korlach is the recipient of multiple grants, an inventor on 33 issued U.S. patents, and an author of numerous scientific studies on the principles and applications of SMRT technology, including publications in Nature, Science, and PNAS. He received both his Ph.D. and his M.S. degrees in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell, and received M.S. and B.A. degrees in Biological Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. SOURCE:"
  • Langston Suen Wai-Leung

    Langston Suen Wai-Leung

    "Langston Suen Wai-leung is a research from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is a co-developer of a new drug delivery tool that can administer drugs into the eye through ultrasound. The traditional therapy for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, wet age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion, involves monthly injections directly to patients’ eyes, risking side effects and complications. The needle injection, as a surgical-level procedure, is required to be performed by surgeons only. However, it is very likely that nurses or even patients themselves will be able to operate the new device. Mass production for the device may come within four years as the research team is in discussion with business partners.


  • Kai Wang

    Kai Wang

    "Dr. Kai Wang is President and co-founder of Tute Genomics. Dr. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, University of Southern California. He was trained as a molecular bioligist at Peking University in China, and later became interested in Computational Bioligy and obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, working on genomic analysis of human diseases. His current research focuses on next-generation sequencing data analysis, including the development of functional interpretation approaches, CNV calling methods and pathway-based association tests. He is the crator of ANNOVAR, the most widely used genome annotation software, which has been downloaded over 30,000 times, and cited in over 1000 scientific articles. Dr. Wang has over 100 scientific publications to date with over 10,000 citations.


  • Jonathan Weissman

    Jonathan Weissman

    "Dr. Weissman received his undergraduate physics degree from Harvard College. After obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Peter Kim, Dr. Weissman pursued postdoctoral fellowship training in Arthur Horwich's laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. He has received the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery. Dr. Weissman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Saji Wickramasekara

    Saji Wickramasekara

    "Saji Wickramasekara is a co-founder of Benchling, which aims to be the "Salesforce of biotech." Benchling is a developer of cloud-based tools for biotech research. They aspire to equip life sciences researchers with the world-class software which helps researchers design and run experiments, analyze data, and share results with their colleagues. Ultimately, they aim to increase the rate of scientific output and the pace of research itself.

    Wickramasekara previously studied Computer Science at MIT and did research in personalized cancer therapeutics in Narendra Maheshri's lab.


  • John Zhang

    John Zhang

    Doctor Zhang is the Founder/CEO of New Hope Fertility Center in New York City where he has served as the Medical Director since opening in 2004, and oversaw the expanding fertility network internationally to China, Russia, and Mexico. He is also the founder of Darwin Life.

    A true pioneer in the area of minimally invasive (Natural Cycle and Mini-IVF™) fertility care, Dr. John Zhang is an active researcher and medical technology developer. He has been behind several notable achievements in the area of assisted reproductive technology (ART), including the birth of a child by a 49 year-old using her own eggs, helping to restore a young woman’s fertility through a recent ovarian tissue transplant surgery in February of 2012, and being named one of New York’s Top Doctors.

    Dr. Zhang completed his medical degree in at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, and subsequently received his Master’s Degree at Birmingham University in the UK. In 1991, Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and, after studying and researching the biology of mammalian reproduction and human embryology for nearly ten years, became the first Fellow in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of New York University’s School of Medicine in 2001.

    Today, Dr. Zhang continues his research in non-embryonic stem cell research, long-term cryopreservation of oocytes, and oocyte (human egg cell) reconstruction by nuclear transfer. He is currently one of a handful of Reproductive endocrinologists in the United States to hold a Ph.D. in embryology while also being certified as a High Complexity Lab Director.


    1989 – 1990 British Medical Research Council research Grant
    1993 – 1997 China-Cornell Fellowship sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation, USA
    1997 Winner of the General Prize Paper, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting; title: In vitro maturation of human preovulatory oocytes following germinal vesicle transfer
    1997 Winner of the first place poster, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine
    Annual Meeting, 1997; title: Electrical activation and in vitro development of
    Human oocytes which failed fertilization following intracytoplasmic sperm injection
    2001 Winner of the best resident research project, Department of OB/Gyn, New York University Medical Center
    2002 – 2004 ASRM/Organon Research Award to study on “Mitochondrial DNA segregations following nuclear transfer in mouse oocytes”; $50,000 for two years
    TOP 10 of New York
    2013 Resolve Hope Award for Achievement
    Top Clinic 2015-2016 Busiest IVF Clinics- Forbes, 2016

Communications Technology

  • Phil Alexander

    Phil Alexander

    "Phil Alexander is the CEO and Founder of ConceptDrop. ConceptDrop is a platform that provides graphic design on demand for businesses, ConceptDrop is used by over 300 businesses for marketing material and design. They own technology that relies on a set of algorithms that pairs projects with freelancers based on skillset, availability, and time zone. The company was founded in 2013 and is based out of Chicago, Illinois.


  • Mukesh Ambani

    Mukesh Ambani

    "Mukesh Ambani is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited. An MBA from Stanford University, USA, he joined Reliance in 1981. Ranked as the 5th Best CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review, he has steered Reliance’s petrochemicals manufacturing capacity from less than a million tonnes to about twenty million tonnes per year, making it the second-most valuable company in India by market value. In 2016 he was named the richest man in India by Forbes.


  • Alex Austin

    Alex Austin

    "Branch was founded in June 2014 by Alex Austin, Mada Seghete, Mike Molinet, and Dmitri Gaskin. The team had worked together on Kindred Prints, a photobook printing app. Frustrated by the limitations imposed by app stores on user acquisition, they built links that passed data through install to grow the Kindred userbase.

    They decided to sell Kindred and work on Branch full-time when their developer friends kept asking how they solved the growth problem.

    Branch provides deep linking technology for developers to gain and retain users. Branch's solution works on every platform and handles all edge cases. It also supports all major deep linking features from Google, Facebook and Apple so developers can quickly and easily take advantage of the latest technology without infrastructure, licensing or maintenance costs.

    With over $53 million in funding, Branch is uniquely positioned to help solve mobile discovery by connecting users to relevant app content through deep links. Branch is used by over 11,000 apps including e-commerce apps like Jet and Ticketmaster, digital content apps like Buzzfeed, Fox Sports and We Heart It, travel and real estate apps like HotelTonight, Home Away and Redfin, games by companies like Zynga, and social apps like Pinterest, Dubsmash and Coffee Meets Bagel. The best teams in mobile use Branch.


  • Jake Barton

    Jake Barton

    StoryCorps, 9/11 Memorial & Museum Interactive Technology, NYC&Co.,

  • Polina Bayvel

    Polina Bayvel

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    "Polina Bayvel is an electrical engineer who has made major contributions to the investigation and design of high-bandwidth, multi-wavelength optical communication networks. Formerly a Royal Society University Research Fellow (1993-2003), her research has focused on maximising the speed and capacity of optical fibre transmission systems, and the fundamental studies of capacity-limiting optical nonlinearities and their mitigation.

    She was one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical etworks over a range of distance- and time-scales. She has established the applicability of these new optical network architecture concepts, which have been widely implemented in commercial systems and networks. These systems and networks underpin the Internet, and the digital communications infrastructure - and are essential for its growth.

    Polina Bayvel is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2002), and a recipient of a number of awards. These include the 2013 IEEE Photonic Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 Royal Society Clifford Paterson Lecture & Medal, and 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award."


    , Electrical Engineer, Optical Communications & Networks in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London

    Optical Communications & Networks in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London

    No bio available at the moment
  • Dinesh Bharadia

    Dinesh Bharadia

    "I am Dinesh. I recently moved to CSAIL at MIT after my Ph.D. at Stanford University. At Stanford, I was advised by Prof.Sachin Katti. My research interests include advancing the theory and design of modern wireless communication systems, sensor networks, and data-center networks.

    From 2013 to 2015, I took a leave of absence from the Ph.D. to commercialize our research; I was a Principal Scientist for Kumu Networks, where I worked to commercialize my research in practical full-duplex communication systems.

    I graduated with Masters in Electrical Engineering in 2013 and went onto leave of absence from the Ph.D. program from 2013 to March 2015. I returned to Stanford in April 2015 to complete Ph.D.

    Before joining Stanford, I received my bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2010. I was awarded a gold medal at IIT Kanpur for graduating at the top of the class of 2010 in Electrical Engineering.


  • Nathan Blecharczyk

    Nathan Blecharczyk

    "Nathan Blecharczyk is cofounder and chief technology officer of Airbnb, which lists 2 million homes, or rooms in people's houses or apartments, for rental stays in 190 countries. Some 60 million guests have used the service since it launched in 2008. In 2015 Blecharczyk helped oversee Airbnb's push into Cuba. Valued at more than $25 billion in a 2015 financing round, Airbnb was reportedly seeking to raise another $850 million in the summer at a $30 billion valuation. He and his cofounders joined the Giving Pledge in June 2016, promising to give away at least half of their fortunes to philanthropic causes.


    , Airbnb


    No bio available at the moment
  • Charlie Catlett

    Charlie Catlett

    "Charlie Catlett is a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy scientific research laboratory. Catlett is also a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His current research focus areas include urban data science, cyber security and privacy, mobile devices and social networks, and the use of mobile and embedded computing to create intelligent infrastructure. He served as Argonne's Chief Information Officer from 2007-2011.

    From 2004 through 2007 he was director of the TeraGrid Initiative, a national-scale facility supported by the National Science Foundation.

    In 1999 Charlie co-founded the Global Grid Forum, (now Open Grid Forum) serving as its founding chair from October 1999 through September 2004. Concurrently, he directed the State of Illinois funded I-WIRE optical network project, deploying dark fiber and transport infrastructure to ten institutions in Illinois. I-WIRE today provides over 200 Gb/s of lambda and dark fiber resources to major projects including TeraGrid, the Starlight international optical network hub, Optiputer, and ESnet.

    Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, Charlie was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). As part of the original team that established NCSA in 1985, Charlie participated in design, deployment, and evolution of NSFNET, which was one of several early national networks that collectively evolved into today's Internet. Beginning in 1992 his team designed and operated NCSAs web infrastructure during the exponential growth of the web following NCSA's release of the Mosaic web browser.


  • Lori Cheek

    Lori Cheek

    "Lori Cheek is the founder and CEO of Cheekd.

    Cheekd reimagines online dating with a new app that makes missed connections obsolete. Cheekd uses a cross-platform low energy Bluetooth technology, which fosters hyper local engagement. The app connects people in real time, versus virtual time. Connections begin in person; Cheekd helps you take the next step and continue the conversation online.

    Cheekd ensures you 'Never Miss a Connection'; thanks to this new Bluetooth technology, the app works on the train; on a plane...anywhere—You'll get a notification if someone who meets your criteria is within 30 feet of you. If you're near a potential spark, Cheekd makes sure you know about it.


  • Robert Fan

    Robert Fan

    "Rob Fan is the CTO of Sharethrough.

    An early adopter of lean principles learned directly through Lean Startup author Eric Ries and investor Steve Blank, Rob has used these principles to grow Sharethrough into an international organization. Prior to Sharethrough, Rob worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and earned degrees from both Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities.


  • Jorge Ferreira

    Jorge Ferreira

    "Building software applications since his early teens, Jorge held senior software designer roles and led development teams across his 12 year career at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 1993 with a Computer Science degree from the University of Washington and participated in the development and release of numerous versions of Word, Office and SharePoint. With a passion for traveling and sailing, Jorge has visited upwards of 40 countries in all continents but Antarctica. Jorge is currently Co-Founder and CTO at addappt, a contacts manager and messaging app.


  • Jen Fitzpatrick

    Jen Fitzpatrick

    "Jen Fitzpatrick leads Google’s Local and Maps teams, whose services are used by more than 1 billion people to connect people to places around the world. One of the company’s first female engineers, Jen co-founded Google’s User Experience team and continues to focus on delivering meaningful experiences to Google users everywhere. During her 15+ years at Google, Jen has led software development for a wide variety of products and teams including Search experience, AdWords, News, Shopping and Internal systems.

    Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University. For her master’s degree, she specialized in theoretical computer science.


  • Ashifi Gogo

    Ashifi Gogo

    "Ashifi serves as CEO of Sproxil and is an expert in end-consumer authentication technologies. He is Six Sigma Black Belt certified in Good Manufacturing Practice and Continuous Process Improvement. Ashifi previously co-founded VSOL, a VoIP company that provides telephone services to the administration of a 24,000-student university in Ghana. The Clinton Foundation, USAID, GSVC Berkeley, Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network, NCIIA Venture Well and Nokia have all acknowledged his work through a variety of prizes and fellowships. Ashifi frequently presents at conferences including those organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Global Health Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Ashifi holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a BA in Mathematics and Physics from Whitman College. He is Dartmouth’s first-ever PhD Innovation Fellow.


  • Diane Greene

    Diane Greene

    "As the new Cloud Chief of Google, Diane Greene has vastly reorganized the cloud team and surrounding teams in preparation to take on market leader Amazon Web Services. Under her guidance, Google Cloud has become 'the highest quality, lowest-cost cloud' on the market.

    Diane Greene has served as a member of Alphabet’s board of directors since October 2015 and has served as a member of Google’s board of directors since January 2012. Diane has also been a member of the board of directors of Intuit Inc., a provider of business and financial management solutions, since August 2006 and serves on its audit and risk committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.

    Diane co-founded VMware, Inc., a virtualization software company, in 1998 and took the company public in 2007. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of VMware from 1998 to 2008, as a member of the board of directors of VMware from 2007 to 2008, and as an Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions and services, from 2005 to 2008.

    Diane holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science degree in naval architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont.


  • Alex Haro

    Alex Haro

    "Alex Haro is co-founder and President of Life360, the world’s largest Family Network serving over 35 million families. Prior to taking on the role of President, Alex was CTO and was responsible for driving the development of Life360 technology platform. Prior to Life360, Alex worked on Orbited, a popular open source project that allows real-time communication in the browser. Alex studied computer science at Pomona College/Harvey Mudd and is a lover of all things digital.


  • Jake Horowitz

    Jake Horowitz

    "Jake Horowitz is the Founder of Mic. Before Mic, he worked at Jake graduated from Stanford University. He was named to the 2014 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list.


  • Bruce Howard

    Bruce Howard

    Imagine wearing a watch that allowed you to interface with the electronics around you like a computer mouse.

    Then imagine not having to touch a button or hold anything in your hand, but were still able to interface with your computer or electronics, virtually. That is the destiny of

    Worn on the underside of your wrist, optical sensors scan hand and finger motion, bringing your gestures to life.

    Following in the footsteps of the computer mouse, speaks the global language of gestures and will "bridge the cultural gap" as the next universal & international human interface. The technology begins with simple mouse motion and button selection but quickly evolves into a multi-purpose device that allows the user's hands and finger motion to interface with their surroundings. Whether at home, at work, in a hospital setting or on the go, all this is attained, virtually.

    How is this possible?

    Worn on the underside of your wrist, the device's optical sensors scan hand and finger motion to bring your gestures to life.

    The technology created for this innovation is based on optical reflectance whereby the scanning emitters and receptors are co-located on the leading edge of a watch facing your palm. Light is emitted out from the wrist and then reflected off the moving fingers back to the receivers.

    This allows for real time motion capture of hand gestures, finger motion and button selection while only "touching" light. When accompanied by accelerometers, gyroscopes and positioning technology, your watch becomes a convenient VR glove... without the glove.

    In addition to computing and gaming functionality, this technology has beneficial uses in the medical community such as physician sterile interface and extremely sensitive hand and finger rehabilitation tool.

    The power of virtual control is in the palm of your hands and works at the speed of light. Turning light into a button and your watch into a VR glove, that is

    , Founder/CTO, Lightglo Holding Co.

    Lightglo Holding Co.

    No bio available at the moment
  • Edward Johnston

    Edward Johnston

    Ed Johnston has been pioneering the use of augmented reality (AR) incorporating it into Exhibition Design.
    HIs latest effort for the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University overlays information for the visitor to experience in the Exhibition "Toys Through Time".

  • John Jones

    John Jones

    "John Jones is director of innovation at Avnet Silica

    Avnet Memec - Silica is the European semiconductor specialist of Avnet, Inc., one of the leading global distributors. Customers may expect state-of-the-art technologies, comprehensive technical support and advanced supply chain and logistics services. Avnet Memec - Silica is a partner of leading semiconductor manufactures and innovative solution providers over many years. With a team of more than 200 application engineers and technical specialists, Avnet Memec - Silica supports projects all the way from the idea to the concept to production.

    Avnet is making a particular effort to support Internet of Things innovation, with its Visible Things platform, one of the first IoT systems and applications platforms to made available from an electronics component and systems distributor. The platform delivers tested, proven, secure and integrated hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors and embedded devices via gateway solutions or LPWA networking technologies, right through to the cloud and enterprise software applications. It is designed to be a highly flexible offering that provides customers a menu of different options along the path from edge to enterprise.


  • Abigail Kiefer

    Abigail Kiefer

    "Abigail Kiefer is the CEO of Red Clay Design, aa platform that connects brands to freelance designers to bring physical products to market.

    In 2011, Abigail founded Red Clay with Ashley to help retail companies design products faster, cheaper, and better. She is Red Clay’s chief relationship builder and risk-taker, responsible for creating new relationships with great retail companies.

    Today, Red Clay works with many of the world’s largest retailers, brands, and cutting edge startups. They have five of the Fortune 15 as customers, including some of the world’s largest retailers and brands.


  • Larry Kiss

    Larry Kiss

    "Larry Kiss is the Co-Founder and CTO of Spothero.

    SpotHero is the nation’s leading parking reservation service, as measured by cars parked, live facilities, and app downloads. Launched in 2011, SpotHero empowers drivers with easy, affordable parking at 2,500 garages, lots, and valets across the U.S. As of 2016, the company has grown to 70-plus team members, 250-plus operating partners, 1,000-plus operating facilities, and 2,000,000-plus cars parked in a little over four years.


  • Steve Kokinos

    Steve Kokinos

    "Steve is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Fuze.

    Under his leadership, the company is transforming the way enterprises view communications as a key driver of business visibility, process improvement, and results.

    Previously, Steve was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc., a recognized leader in the data center automation market with a Fortune 500 client list that includes GE, Time Warner, Microsoft, Cable & Wireless, Walmart, and Sprint, among others.

    Prior to BladeLogic, Steven was founder, president, and CEO of WebYes, Inc., an early market leader in the Web hosting and application service provider arena. WebYes provided the electronic software distribution platform for all of Sun Microsystems’ software products, including Java, and was acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999. At Breakaway, Steve established and ran the company’s ASP business. He played a critical role in driving the business to $120M in revenue and taking the company public, and in just 18 months was responsible for Breakaway’s #2 worldwide ASP industry ranking.

    Steve holds a B.A. from McGill University


  • Jay Kreps

    Jay Kreps

    "Jay Kreps is the co-founder and CEO of Confluent, a company backing the popular Apache Kafka messaging system. Prior to founding Confluent, he was the lead architect for data infrastructure at LinkedIn. He is among the original authors of several open source projects including Project Voldemort (a key-value store), Apache Kafka (a distributed messaging system) and Apache Samza (a stream processing system).


  • Girish Mathrubootham

    Girish Mathrubootham

    "Girish Mathrubootham founded Freshdesk in 2010, and as the CEO, has been setting the vision and direction for the company since inception. Prior to founding Freshdesk, Girish was the VP of Product Management at ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corp, where he was responsible for setting worldwide product strategy and overseeing product marketing, product management, and customer support. In addition to the pedigree of having some of the happiest customers in the world, he is also the reigning in-house Foosball champion.


  • Alexandra Meis

    Alexandra Meis

    "Alexandra Meis is Co-founder and Chief Product Officer for Kinvolved. Alex is responsible for overseeing all matters related to the development of the product, the technical team, as well as Kinvolved’s impact-related work.

    Prior to co-founding Kinvolved, Alex worked in the South Bronx educating and advocating for families of children with special needs. Alex is a 2012 Education Pioneers Fellow, where she worked with Teach For America and Leadership for Educational Equity developing scalable eLearning platforms.

    Alex holds an MPA in Health Policy and Analysis from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology from Lafayette College. Alex received the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges from New York University in 2013. She was named an Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator in 2014. She was recently named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community as a leader in entrepreneurship. She was also named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in education in 2015, with her co-founder Miriam Altman."

    , Kinvolved


    No bio available at the moment
  • James Messer

    James Messer

    James is a recognized expert in the cloud-based billing industry, having pioneered many of the concepts and solutions that are widely embraced and adopted in the global monetization space today.

    Prior to founding goTransverse, James spent 25-years building monetization platforms for the world’s largest telecommunications and IT businesses. He served as vice president for LHS Group, one of the largest implementation and support networks in the global customer care and billing marketplace with more than 300 customer sites worldwide and 18 global and regional partners. James also served as vice president for Sema Group plc, which became the world leader in communications software and solutions after the acquisition of LHS for $4.75 billion. Sema then surpassed all global billing competitors in revenue, subscribers, sites and solutions. Related to B/OSS, James also served in senior management positions for leading billing company CSG Systems (NASDAQ: CSGS), US Telecom Advanced Telecom Service (sold to CSG) and TechnoCom Wireless (now LocationSmart)– a leader in wireless location-based services. Additionally, James also founded and led Federal Programs for Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), helped found CET Online, an early pioneer in Internet-distributed news, and served on the staff of U.S. Senate Leader Bob Dole focusing on telecommunications, IT and foreign policy.

    In addition to serving as CEO of goTransverse, James also participates as a partner in Spectrum Five LLC, the largest holder of DBS spectrum with full U.S. coverage.

    , CEO, GoTransverse


    No bio available at the moment
  • Josh Miller

    Josh Miller

    "Josh Miller joined the White House in September of 2015 and currently serves as Director of Product Management for the Office of Digital Strategy. Prior to this role, he was a Product Manager at Facebook, and CEO and co-founder of Branch. A native of Santa Monica, California, he's on a leave of absence from Princeton University.


  • Ivan Nolasco

    Ivan Nolasco

    "Ivan Nolasco is the Chief Engineering Architect for referralMD.

    referralMD is an enterprise cloud-based web application for leading health systems that want to control referral leakage, improve access to care, and streamline communication between their referral sources.

    The current communication system is a patchwork of wasteful resources and human effort (analog in a digital world) with each system unable to coordinate care efficiently. Poor patient care results from non-standardized approaches to standard information. Bad data collection methods and the inability to track this data leads to referral leakage – which ultimately costs providers and patients more than just money.

    ReferralMD is a cloud-based, highly secure and scalable web application using cutting edge, modern code architecture. The core framework is JavaScript, AngularJS. The UI is built with Twitter Bootstrap and is responsive for use on tablets and mobile devices. The platform is hosted on AWS. The system is designed to be fully HIPAA-compliant and scalable.


  • Fikayo Ogundipe

    Fikayo Ogundipe

    "Ogundipe Fikayo is the CEO and Co-founder of, Nigeria's leading property platform.

    Our goal is to provide our users the best property search experience be it online or offline. To achieve this, we have created a fast and smooth online search system. While also using technology to connect you with legitimate and verified real estate agents to ensure the offline/physical aspect of your property search is equally seamless.


  • Neil Patel

    Neil Patel

    "Dr. Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De. Born and raised in California, Dr. Neil holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He completed his dissertation on a mobile voice-based social platform for small farmers in India to access and share agricultural advice. The system was a success, and organizations across India (agriculture, health, education, women's empowerment, labor, microfinance) asked him to help apply the same technology to their own information dissemination and communication needs. Working with his advisor, UC Berkeley Professor Tapan Parikh, led Dr. Neil to the founding of Awaaz.De.


  • Damien Patton

    Damien Patton

    "Damien Patton is the Founder/CEO of Banjo, the mobile technology that provides real time content discovery by location across all major social networks. He leads the product development and technology strategy, resulting in a global presence with over 3.5 million users in just 17 months. Under Damien’s leadership, Banjo’s patented mobile location technology has received multiple awards.

    Damien’s passion for problem solving is at the hallmark of everything he does. He has put his talents to use in some vastly varied disciplines. In addition to being a four-time entrepreneur, he served in Desert Storm, was the Chief Mechanic of a top NASCAR team and a crime scene investigator (no joke!) while working full time in the role of COO for a technology company.

    A trailblazer in the industry, Patton speaks frequently at conferences on subjects ranging from social, mobile and location-based technology to agile development and privacy. He currently serves as a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Lab, Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program (IXP).


  • Daniela Perdomo

    Daniela Perdomo

    "Daniela Perdomo is the co-founder & CEO of goTenna. Perdomo grew up in São Paulo, and lives in Brooklyn.

    goTenna builds next-generation, decentralized communication technology.

    goTenna’s first device was the first and only way to enable communication on regular smartphones over practical long distances when when there’s no service of any kind. The award-winning device is powered by the company’s Aspen Prime protocol, which enables users to intelligently route messages to specific recipients, receive delivery confirmation receipts, and never have to worry about channels and interference.

    The company’s second consumer product, goTenna Mesh, announced in fall 2016, enables users to expand the reach of their networks by way of a first-of-its-kind mesh networking technology. goTenna’s Aspen Grove protocol turns goTenna Mesh into the first 100% off-grid, mobile, long-range, consumer-ready mesh network. goTenna Mesh effectively enables users to relay messages through each other, extending range and utility all the while creating a network that actually does get stronger the more people join it. goTenna Mesh is the company’s first product available internationally.

    goTenna’s mission is to create bottom-up, people-powered connectivity that can run parallel to top-down communications infrastructure. The company is set on redefining communication according to need as opposed to access, and committed to evolving its technology so that it becomes an essential part of the everyday communication stack, and critical to scaling resilient, accessible communication for disconnected people across the world.


    , Co-founder & CEO, goTenna


    No bio available at the moment
  • Thuan Pham

    Thuan Pham

    "Thuan Pham is the CTO of Uber.

    Thuan demonstrates daily that hard work can be really fun and that success is more achievable with a talented team that is highly aligned and cohesive. He’s scaling Engineering to address the challenges that arise with Uber’s rapid growth.

    Previously a VP of Engineering at VMWare, Westbridge and Doubleclick, Thuan has proven to be an inspirational leader who can deliver exceptional mission critical software and services. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and an M.S. in EE/CS from MIT. Beyond being a talented scholar, published author, amazing friend and father, he’s also an avid ping-pong and tennis player.


    , CTO, Uber


    The launch of Uber’s self-driving pilot program in September 2016 marks the public unveiling of the company’s secretive work in autonomous vehicles and the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the U.S. public." (source:
  • Ari Roisman

    Ari Roisman

    "Ari Roisman is the Co-Founder & CEO of Glide, a video messaging company.

    Ari is passionate about big opportunities and great ideas. He started his career by proving the commercialization value of a small nanotech startup. Within 12 months of joining the effort, the company was acquired by the world's largest materials manufacturer.

    Ari has co-founded 4 profitable ventures and consulted for several others. Ari holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He loves learning new things and spending time with amazing people.


    , Glide


    "Glide is a unique communication platform that launched in Spring 2013 with the goal of making authentic communication incredibly accessible. Used by millions of people around the world, Glide’s messaging app leverages the power and spontaneity of in-the-moment video to capture the essence of human communication. The resulting back-and-forth conversations add depth, humor and heart to relationships that matter. Because Glide is asynchronous in nature, it collapses time and distance, enabling ongoing conversations to continue with ease. Glide’s secret sauce is an innovative, cloud-based technology that powers lightning-fast photo and video messaging. Within one second of beginning to record a video, the recipient can already watch the message live. Photos and videos are stored for free on Glide’s secure private cloud, so they can be experienced anytime and don’t take up any space on users’ devices. Since its debut, Glide has attracted millions of users who have sent billions of videos through its free apps for iOS, Android, Android Wear, Apple Watch and Windows Phone. It has dramatically improved how millions of users worldwide communicate face-to-face with their loved ones – regardless of time or place. By allowing people to easily message visually, Glide has strengthened relationships across the globe by adding a human connection to daily digital exchanges. SOURCE:"""
  • Nick Romano

    Nick Romano

    "As co-founder and CEO of Prinova, Nick possesses over 15 years of experience in the customer communication management space. He is a leading expert on the design, successful implementation and management of high-volume, enterprise-class customer touchpoint messaging strategies. Over the years, Nick has helped many Fortune 1000 companies transform the way they communicate with their customers. Prior to Prinova, Nick worked for Xenos Group where he developed communications management solutions for their enterprise customers. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.


    , Prinova


    "As co-founder and CEO of Prinova, Nick possesses over 15 years of experience in the customer communication management space. He is a leading expert on the design, successful implementation and management of high-volume, enterprise-class customer touchpoint messaging strategies. Over the years, Nick has helped many Fortune 1000 companies transform the way they communicate with their customers. Prior to Prinova, Nick worked for Xenos Group where he developed communications management solutions for their enterprise customers. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON." (source:
  • Paulo Rosado

    Paulo Rosado

    "Paulo Rosado is Founder & CEO of OutSystems. Since founding the company in 2001, he has helped grow the company from a startup to an international leader in cutting-edge approaches to the delivery of web and mobile enterprise applications. As CEO, he is responsible for OutSystems’ day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s product development and technology strategy. He is a champion and leader in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), first steering the design of a platform in 2001 to solve application development and deployment problems for customers moving to web- and cloud-based infrastructures.

    Having led more than 170 Private PaaS implementations, Rosado brings a wealth of experience in what does and does not work when deploying PaaS into Private Cloud environments. OutSystems has successfully delivered more than 700 custom development and PaaS migration projects across industries under Paulo’s leadership.


    , Outsystems


    "Paulo Rosado is Founder & CEO of OutSystems. Since founding the company in 2001, he has helped grow the company from a startup to an international leader in cutting-edge approaches to the delivery of web and mobile enterprise applications. As CEO, he is responsible for OutSystems’ day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s product development and technology strategy. He is a champion and leader in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), first steering the design of a platform in 2001 to solve application development and deployment problems for customers moving to web- and cloud-based infrastructures. Having led more than 170 Private PaaS implementations, Rosado brings a wealth of experience in what does and does not work when deploying PaaS into Private Cloud environments. OutSystems has successfully delivered more than 700 custom development and PaaS migration projects across industries under Paulo’s leadership." (source:
  • Shan Sinha

    Shan Sinha

    "Shan Sinha is the CEO and Founder of Highfive. Highfive is a fast growing technology company that makes beautifully simple video conferencing hardware and cloud software. Highfive’s flagship all-in-one video system delivers high quality enterprise video conferencing to any size conference room at 1/20th the cost of traditional products. Highfive also provides web conferencing and screen sharing functionality for personal devices, giving customers the ability to make one-click video calls and share their screens from their laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.


  • Evan Spiegel

    Evan Spiegel

    "Evan Thomas Spiegel (born June 4, 1990) is an American Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of the mobile app Snapchat, which he created with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown while they were students at Stanford University."


    (CEO + Co Founder, snapchat


    "Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown[3] when they were students at Stanford University. The app's marketed product name was originally used to form the company Snapchat, Inc., which was later renamed Snap Inc. The corporate headquarters are located in Venice, California.[4][5][6][7] The prototype for Snapchat was started by Brown and Spiegel as a project for one of Spiegel's classes at Stanford, where Spiegel was a product design major. Beginning under the name "Picaboo", the idea was to create a selfie app which allowed users to share images that were explicitly short-lived and self-deleting. The temporary nature of the pictures would therefore encourage frivolity and emphasize a more natural interaction.[1][7] When, in April 2011, Spiegel floated the product idea in front of his class as a final project, the classmates focused on the impermanent aspect of the potential product, and balked at the thought of temporary photos.[7][8] Murphy was eventually brought into the project to write the source code for the application, and Picaboo first launched as an iOS-only app in July 2011 from Evan Spiegel's living room (who was still staying at home with his father when not away at school). The application was relaunched two months later under the name Snapchat.[7][8][9][10] Snapchat evolved into a mix of private messaging and public content, including brand networks, publications, and live events such as sports and music. Nevertheless, according to survey studies conducted in March 2016, the personal oriented messaging was still being accessed by users more than the publicly offered content that was being presented. 71% of users surveyed said that they preferred the app for its chat, messaging, and imaging services, versus 5% who almost exclusively chose the various events, published features, and media content on a daily basis. 24% responded that they accessed all features equally. However, about three quarters of those surveyed were also familiar with the events, media brands, and celebrity content, having a favorable opinion of those areas.[11]"
    ) & Bobby Murphy (Co-Founder, snapchat)


    "Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown[3] when they were students at Stanford University. The app's marketed product name was originally used to form the company Snapchat, Inc., which was later renamed Snap Inc. The corporate headquarters are located in Venice, California.[4][5][6][7] The prototype for Snapchat was started by Brown and Spiegel as a project for one of Spiegel's classes at Stanford, where Spiegel was a product design major. Beginning under the name "Picaboo", the idea was to create a selfie app which allowed users to share images that were explicitly short-lived and self-deleting. The temporary nature of the pictures would therefore encourage frivolity and emphasize a more natural interaction.[1][7] When, in April 2011, Spiegel floated the product idea in front of his class as a final project, the classmates focused on the impermanent aspect of the potential product, and balked at the thought of temporary photos.[7][8] Murphy was eventually brought into the project to write the source code for the application, and Picaboo first launched as an iOS-only app in July 2011 from Evan Spiegel's living room (who was still staying at home with his father when not away at school). The application was relaunched two months later under the name Snapchat.[7][8][9][10] Snapchat evolved into a mix of private messaging and public content, including brand networks, publications, and live events such as sports and music. Nevertheless, according to survey studies conducted in March 2016, the personal oriented messaging was still being accessed by users more than the publicly offered content that was being presented. 71% of users surveyed said that they preferred the app for its chat, messaging, and imaging services, versus 5% who almost exclusively chose the various events, published features, and media content on a daily basis. 24% responded that they accessed all features equally. However, about three quarters of those surveyed were also familiar with the events, media brands, and celebrity content, having a favorable opinion of those areas.[11]"

    Bobby Murphy

    "Bobby Murphy cofounded photo and video messaging app Snapchat --renamed Snap Inc. in late September 201 6 - with fellow Stanford University fraternity brother Evan Spiegel. Nearly 40% of 18 to 34-year-old U.S. smartphone users access the app monthly. Snapchat lets users send friends photos or videos with captions and graphics that "disappear" in 10 seconds or less; it first started to take off in late 2011. "We weren't cool," Murphy once told Forbes, referring to his college days. "So we tried to build things to be cool." Investors valued the company at $18 billion in May 2016. SOURCE:"
  • Daniel Undurraga

    Daniel Undurraga

    "Cornershop is an on-demand grocery delivery service for Latin America led by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Oskar Hjertonsson and Daniel Undurraga. Cornershop was launched in the Fall of 2015 with an active presence in Mexico and Chile. Oskar and Daniel have been active with the Endeavor network in Chile, California, and Mexico. They were originally selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs in April 2008 at ISP 25 in Mexico City.

    Oskar and Daniel’s original Endeavor company – Needish – was acquired by Groupon in 2010, after which they led Groupon Latin America from mid-2010 to mid-2012. Several angel investors in Endeavor’s network are also angel investors in Cornershop.


  • Niniane Wang

    Niniane Wang

    "Niniane Wang is the founder of Evertoon. Previously she was Chief Technology Officer of Minted, cofounder of Sunfire Offices, and an engineering manager at Google and Microsoft for a combined decade.


    , Founder, Evertoon


    No bio available at the moment
  • Nick Weaver

    Nick Weaver

    "Mr. Nick Weaver is Co-founder of eero inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Weaver is an Associate at Menlo Ventures. Mr. Weaver joined Menlo in 2012 and focuses on investments in mobile, consumer internet, digital media, and enterprise software. Prior to this, Mr. Weaver worked at McKinsey & Company and advised technology and private equity clients on ecommerce, go-to-market strategy, and acquisitions. While at Stanford, he was involved Stanford Student Enterprises and helped found StartX (formerly, SSE Labs). Mr. Weaver holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.


  • Derek Yoo

    Derek Yoo

    "Derek is co-founder and CTO of Fuze, responsible for the technology and product strategy behind the Fuze cloud communications platform. Fuze helps enterprises move their legacy on premise communications infrastructure to a cloud-based mobile user experience coupled with a rich set of data insights that help make end users and managers more efficient. Derek has spent the last 10+ years building and scaling the Fuze platform which includes voice, mobile, pbx, video, web collaboration, enterprise messaging, contact center, and data analytics features.

    Previously, Derek served as product manager at BladeLogic, an industry-leading provider of enterprise data center automation software. At BladeLogic, Derek defined and launched products in the early devops market including a platform for automated server provisioning and ongoing configuration management. Bringing the right devops message and product to the enterprise market was a catalyst for BladeLogic’s tremendous growth from a start-up through an IPO in 2007 and eventual acquisition by BMC Software for $880 million. Prior to BladeLogic, Derek worked at WebYes, a high end application hosting provider, where he developed and managed high availability ecommerce applications deployed across 11 data centers on four continents.

    Derek holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


    , Fuze


    "Derek is co-founder and CTO of Fuze, responsible for the technology and product strategy behind the Fuze cloud communications platform. Fuze helps enterprises move their legacy on premise communications infrastructure to a cloud-based mobile user experience coupled with a rich set of data insights that help make end users and managers more efficient. Derek has spent the last 10+ years building and scaling the Fuze platform which includes voice, mobile, pbx, video, web collaboration, enterprise messaging, contact center, and data analytics features. Previously, Derek served as product manager at BladeLogic, an industry-leading provider of enterprise data center automation software. At BladeLogic, Derek defined and launched products in the early devops market including a platform for automated server provisioning and ongoing configuration management. Bringing the right devops message and product to the enterprise market was a catalyst for BladeLogic’s tremendous growth from a start-up through an IPO in 2007 and eventual acquisition by BMC Software for $880 million. Prior to BladeLogic, Derek worked at WebYes, a high end application hosting provider, where he developed and managed high availability ecommerce applications deployed across 11 data centers on four continents. Derek holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania." (source:
  • Eric S. Yuan

    Eric S. Yuan

    "Eric Yuan is the CEO of Zoom. Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration.

    Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.


    , Zoom Video Comm

    Zoom Video Comm

    "Eric Yuan is the CEO of Zoom. Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration. Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program." (source:
  • JJ Zhuang

    JJ Zhuang

    "Zhuang received a Bachelor of Science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He worked at Openwave Systems Inc as a software architect from December 2000 to December 2006. He then became a software architect at Zimbra and moved along its merger with Yahoo! and VMWare. He was promoted to Chief Architect at Zimbra in February 2010 and later Chief Architect and Director of Engineering at VMWare in March 2012.

    Zhuang co-founded Acompli with Javier Soltero and Kevin Henrikson. He served as CTO until its acquisition by Microsoft in December 2014. Acompli is a company which builds email mobile applications and has raised $7.3 million in venture capital financing. Acompli was acquired by Microsoft for $200 million in 2014 and is now Outlook Mobile.

    Zhuang joined Microsoft upon its acquisition of Acompli. He is currently Principal Architect at Microsoft.



  • Marko Ahtisaari

    Marko Ahtisaari

    "My name is Marko Ahtisaari and I’m thrilled to be joining The Sync Project team as CEO. I feel the things I’ve done and enjoyed in my life so far, as an entrepreneur, designer, and musician come together in this ambitious venture. 
    The Sync Project’s mission is to develop music as medicine. We are bringing together the scientists, technologists, clinicians and musicians of the world to accelerate the discovery of the clinical applications of music. We’re building a data platform that maps music characteristics to real time, objective measurements of physiology from a rapidly growing variety of sensors and devices. 
    I first heard about the remarkable idea behind The Sync Project earlier this spring in Boston, over breakfast with Joi Ito. Joi said that this idea might be interesting as my next venture. He was right. Since then, like a great melody, the idea of The Sync Project has stayed with me. 
    Like many people, I’ve “self medicated” with music all my life. Whether it’s music to work and focus in, music to exercise to, music to calm down before sleep, or recognising the effects of playing music, I’ve done it all. I’m inspired by the potential of the The Sync Project. To now do this with data and the best science. )

  • Diogenes Brito

    Diogenes Brito

    "Diógenes Brito is a digital product designer and engineer from New York, now based in San Francisco. He worked at Google, LinkedIn, and Squarespace before joining Slack in 2014.

    Brito was recently featured as one of The Most Creative People in Business 2016 by “Fast Company.” He can be found tweeting or dancing with San Francisco Bay Area salsa and hip hop dance teams."

  • Mr. William Broadway

    Mr. William Broadway

    Will Broadway, 22 , a recent Graduate from Loughborough University Design School in UK .

    Inspiration for Isobar came from a trip to Cambodia in 2012 and the book 'From the Killing Fields to the Healing Fields' by Howard Clarke which highlighted the problems of vaccine delivery in the region.

    I was encouraged to research alternative cooling methods after a surfing trip to Mexico when my group had to source 11 Kg of ice for a 4 day trip off grid . Isobar was my final year undergrad project.

    Isobar was Runner up in the McKinsey Venture Academy 2016(as asolo effort against teams of PhD students from Oxford and Cambridge) and UK winner of the James Dyson Award 2016

    Development work continues.

  • Amber Case

    Amber Case

    "Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist: She studies how humans’ relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. Case’s TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed more than a million times. She’s been named one of “National Geographic’s” Emerging Explorers, listed among “Inc. Magazine’s” 30 under 30, and featured as one of “Fast Company’s” Most Influential Women in Technology.

    Case was the co-founder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. In 2008, she founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers. Case is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She is the author of “Calm Technology: Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Design.”)

  • Haoran Chen

    Haoran Chen

    "Lumos is a next generation bicycle helmet. Featuring integrated lights, brake, and turn signals, Lumos helps you stay safe by standing out on the road and more effectively communicate your intentions to drivers and people around you.)

  • Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

    Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

    "Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London.

    She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014).

    She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, connected lamps for your global friends and family.

    She is also the Director of designswarm a strategic consultancy focusing on the internet of things. Some of her clients include BBC R&D, P&G, British Gas, EDF R&D and Nominet, British Telecom and others.

    She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK.

    She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the second largest meetup on that topic in the world.

    Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and galleries around the world.

    She is part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group and an advisor to many startups.)

  • Basia Dzaman

    Basia Dzaman

    "In a family of programmers, School of Form graduate Basia Dzaman needed a way to express her individual aspirations. Starting out in Arts, she soon found her real home at the School of Form in Poznan, Poland. There she found a way to combine her love for robotics and her passion for design.

    Dzaman customised a KUKA robotic arm to give it the ability to intricate patterns. She used the design to weave a pattern inspired by snutki, a traditional Polish embroidery technique. Her project proves that robotic arms are able to assemble intricate patterns rather than just the heavy-lifting required for the assembly of machines. But is the innovation just another step toward using robots to replace the human labour force?

    “My personal opinion is that there are jobs that can enrich themselves using robotics, but the worst part of it is that people will lose their jobs when the robots can do it 100 times faster,” says Dzaman.

    Dzaman was one of the global graduates at the Design Indaba conference 2016.)

  • Kristian Eke

    Kristian Eke

    "Ikea's unisex SLADDA bike is designed to easily carry things a person might normally transport via car. SLADDA's click-on system lets users quickly add or remove a basket, rack, trailer, or a child seat.)

  • Behnaz Farahi

    Behnaz Farahi

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    Exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body, Behnaz Farahi is interested in the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies.

    Her work has been exhibited internationally (most recently at Ars Electronica, Linz) and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Motherboard, Dezeen, Frame Magazine, The Creators Project and many more. Ms Farahi has won several awards, including Kinetic Art Organization International First Prize in 2013, Student First Prize at Acadia 2013, Best Paper at Technarte 2016, and is the recipient of the Madworkshop Grant and the Rock Hudson Fellowship.

    Ms Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems / will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars.

    She has been Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9. Currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has a Bachelor’s and two Masters degrees in Architecture.

    , Designer, Architect, and Annenberg Fellow, University of Southern California (USC)

    University of Southern California (USC)

    No bio available at the moment
  • Nicholas Felton

    Nicholas Felton

    "Nicholas Felton works primarily with infographics, making charts and graphs for publications including Wired, the New York Times, and Esquire. With Ryan Case, he’s also the co-creator of Daytum, an app that puts graphing tools in the hands of the masses, allowing anyone to track and organize their data, from fantasy football to diet to corporate sales figures. )

    , Infographic Designer and Author, Personal Annual Reports

    Personal Annual Reports

    No bio available at the moment
  • Tinker Hatfield

    Tinker Hatfield

    "After 28 years of brainstorming and 11 years of R&D, after many false starts, delays, and blown deadlines, after the vanquishing of internal skepticism, after innumerable prototypes, iterations, and redesigns, Nike’s automatic electronic self-lacing shoe is scheduled to ship to stores this holiday season. The company is calling the technology “adaptive fit,” and the sneaker is the HyperAdapt 1.0—each shoe has a sensor, battery, motor, and cable system that adjusts fit based on an algorithmic pressure equation. When a foot is inserted, the shoe tightens automatically until it senses friction points. There are a pair of buttons near the tongue to adjust fit as needed. That such high tech shoes, with a likely (though still TBD) high price tag to match, would be desirable in a country that spends billions a year on sneakers was almost taken for granted. That Hatfield, now Nike’s vice president of creative concepts and probably the world’s most celebrated designer of shoes, a human icon inside a corporate one, would lead the team behind them was only expected. And while no one will say how much the company has spent on the shoe’s development—“a considerable amount of R&D dollars” is as specific as Parker, now the company’s CEO, will get—Hatfield believes the HyperAdapt is the first step in a revolution in adaptive footwear and thus worth every red cent. “We’re talking about a project that’s maybe the most difficult in the history of footwear,” Hatfield says. “I’m more excited about this than any project I’ve ever been involved with.”)

    , Vice President for Design and Special Projects, Nike


    No bio available at the moment
  • Benjamin Hubert

    Benjamin Hubert

    Benjamin Hubert (born 11 March 1984, United Kingdom) is a British industrial designer. He is the founder of Layer, a strategic industrial design agency focused on experience-driven design for both the physical and digital worlds. He has partnered with a number of globally recognised brands, including Samsung, Braun, BMW, Oral B, Panasonic, Maggie’s cancer charity, Fritz Hansen, and Herman Miller.

    Benjamin graduated from Industrial Design & Technology at Loughborough University in 2006. He began his career at DCA Design, the largest design consultancy in the UK, before moving to London in 2007 to work for internationally renowned design consultancy Seymour Powell as senior industrial designer on a variety of projects, including Eurostar interiors. He then moved to Tangerine, the agency at which Jonathan Ive worked prior to joining Apple.

    In October 2010, at the age of 26, Benjamin founded Benjamin Hubert Ltd. with the aim of creating products that would connect with people. It was during this period that Benjamin became a leading voice in the global design industry. Challenging the traditional royalty-based model of the lifestyle design industry, Benjamin created both a service and a retail platform for Benjamin Hubert Ltd.

    In September 2015, Benjamin re-branded Benjamin Hubert Ltd as Layer, a new agency with a focus on creating meaningful experiences based on extensive research and human behaviours. The agency's practice incorporates diverse industries, including industrial design, mechanical and electrical engineering, user experience design, user interaction design, branding, and human-centred research. From app design and the next generation of wearables to smart domestic appliances, fast moving consumer goods, and intelligent furniture systems, Layer creates products that meet the demands of tomorrow today.

    Benjamin has presented his work at leading events around the world – including London Design Festival, Milan, ICFF, and Tokyo Design Week – and has received a number of awards, including the RedDot Design Award, iF Design Award, and London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year. He has also been invited to judge a number of prestigious awards programmes, including the BraunPrize 2015.

    , Founder, Layer


    No bio available at the moment
  • Terry Irwin

    Terry Irwin

    "Terry Irwin is the head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, where she leads the design of new programs and curricula. This includes the Ph.D. in transition design, a new area of design research, study, and practice that launched in fall 2014.

    Irwin was a founding partner of international design firm MetaDesign, where she served as the San Francisco creative director from 1992–2001. In 2003 Irwin moved to Devon, England to undertake a master’s degree in holistic science at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake Ph.D. studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

    Irwin’s research explores how the principles of living systems can inform a more appropriate and responsible approach to design. She holds an M.F.A. in design from the Basel School of Design and currently teaches a master’s and doctoral seminar in transition design.)

  • Kazuya Kawasaki

    Kazuya Kawasaki

    "A student in Keio University’s SFC X design programme, Kazuya Kawasaki’s work centres around the development of new materials for the manufacture of garments. In a DIY biohacking approach, Kawasaki created a strong textile with nothing but a children’s pool and a cocktail of organisms.

    Inspired by an article about biohacking, a social movement led by amateur biologists, Kawasaki realised he too could pursue his research into bio activism in his own backyard.

    “Since reading this, I’ve started to imagine how the biological revolution influences the fashion industry,” Kawasaki tells the Design Indaba Conference 2016 audience. “What if fashion designers could grow their own materials or material firms replaced bio laboratories?”

    As part of his graduate project, Kawasaki established his own laboratory at home. In his DIY-bio lab, which was essentially a kiddy pool in a garage, Kawasaki grew his own material.

    “I believe that fashion can imagine and question the future just like science fiction,” says Kawasaki. “I believe that fashion can break down social issues in a way that makes it accessible to society.” )

  • Roli Lamb

    Roli Lamb

    "Roland Lamb is the founder and CEO of ROLI and the inventor of the Seaboard. With wide-ranging interests in music, technology, design, and philosophy, he leads a company of creative polymaths who are inventing new, joyful ways for humans to interact with technology.

    Roland grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he was homeschooled. His father is a jazz pianist, and Roland started on the piano when he was a toddler. He started his first business - a jazz cafe for other students - while attending Summerhill, an alternative school in the UK.

    At eighteen Roland moved to Japan to live in a Zen monastery. He then traveled the world for several years working as a visual artist and a jazz musician. A passion for cross-cultural thought eventually took him back to the US, where he entered Harvard University. He studied classical Chinese and Sanskrit and graduated summa cum laude.

    Roland moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art, where he earned a PhD in Design Products. From an early age he saw the piano keyboard as a source of infinite possibilities, but at the RCA he also thought deeply about the limitations of the keyboard as a mechanical interface designed to create sound. He explored the concept of a new instrument whose tactile interface would enable a range of sonic expression that far surpassed what is possible on a standard keyboard. This concept became a series of sketches, and the sketches became the Seaboard. While at the RCA Roland built the first Seaboard Seaboard prototype, developed the Seaboard’s core technologies, founded ROLI, and established ROLI’s distinctive design ethos.

    As an entrepreneur, Roland gathered a diverse team of engineers who would help turn the Seaboard into a market-ready instrument for music-makers around the world. He led the development of ROLI’s expanding range of hardware and software products. ROLI launched the revolutionary Seaboard GRAND in September 2013. Between September 2015 and January 2016, ROLI launched the Seaboard RISE 25, acquired music-sharing platform, released the NOISE app, and introduced the Seaboard RISE 49. With many other products in the pipeline, Roland views the development of the Seaboard as just the beginning of ROLI’s long journey toward creating a set of seamlessly connected, intuitively designed tools for modern music-making.

    He won a Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal at the London Design Festival in 2014. The Seaboard has won numerous design and technology awards since the debut of the Seaboard GRAND. The Seaboard RISE won a CES Best of Innovation Award as the most innovative computer-peripheral product - in music technology and beyond - for 2016.

    Roland and his wife, the novelist Tahmima Anam, live in East London with their son."

  • Jonathan Lee

    Jonathan Lee

    "Jonathan Lee works on the Material Design team at Google, developing a unified design framework for Google’s products, services, and platforms. He helps run Google Design, an outreach which seeks to connect Google’s resources, designers, and their stories with the international design community. Outside of Google, Lee currently serves as president of AIGA/NY, and lives in Brooklyn and San Francisco—enjoying sandwiches in both cities, equally.)

  • John Maeda

    John Maeda

    "John Maeda draws on his diverse background as an MIT-trained engineer, award-winning designer, and organization executive to help leaders, inventors, and designers push the boundaries of innovation in their fields. An internationally recognized speaker and author, Maeda’s books include “The Laws of Simplicity,” “Creative Code,” and “Redesigning Leadership,” and his TED talks have received more than 2 million views to date.

    Maeda holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an M.B.A. from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D from University of Tsukuba in Japan. He was the recipient of the White House’s National Design Award, the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit Award, the AIGA Medal, the Raymond Loewy Foundation Lucky Strike Designer Award, the Mainichi Design Prize, the Tokyo TDC Design Prize, and has been inducted into the ADC Hall of Fame. Maeda’s Twitter account was dubbed one of “Time” magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012.)

    , Associate Director
  • Roman Mars

    Roman Mars

    "Roman Mars is the host and creator of “99% Invisible,” a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 40 million downloads, the “99% Invisible” podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015, and in 2013 “Fast Company” named him one of the “100 Most Creative People.” His crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $1 million, making him the highest funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He’s also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking story-driven podcasts.)

  • Mike Monteiro

    Mike Monteiro

    "Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design Studio. He prefers elegant, simple sites with clear language that serve a real need, and designers with strong spines. Monteiro writes and speaks frequently about the craft and business of design.

    Monteiro loves client services so much, he wrote two books on the topic: “Design is a Job” and “You’re My Favorite Client.” In 2014, Monteiro received the Net Award for Conference Talk of the Year for his inspirational polemic on responsibility, “How Designers Destroyed the World.”)

  • Sebastian Padilla

    Sebastian Padilla

    "Born in Monterrey, Sebastián Padilla is one of the founding partners of Anagrama, an international branding, architecture, and software-development firm with offices in Monterrey and Mexico City. Together with Mike Herrera, Gustavo Muñoz, Danie Garza, and Roberto Treviño, Padilla is in charge of the art and creative direction of every project, from branding, to web and architecture.

    Anagrama focuses on creating the perfect balance between a design boutique and a business consultancy, developing creative pieces with the utmost attention to detail, while also providing solutions based on data analysis. Their services span the branding spectrum—strategic brand consulting, logotype, naming, peripherals, and captivating illustration design—and are applied through architecture and interior design projects, and business-based solutions around custom-developed software.)

  • Mauro Porcini

    Mauro Porcini

    "The Spire family of equipment, launched about one year ago, is the first output of Pepsi’s design-thinking approach. Spire is a series of fountains and vending machines that let you customize your drink: you choose the beverage and add flavors. It’s been well received by the market, and it’s helped us as a design organization to show what design is about. We launched a new series of products this year and there is much more in the pipeline, but Spire is probably the project I love the most.

    What makes Spire significant is that it’s such a change for the industry. Usually it’s external partners and suppliers that do a lot of the work on equipment, but.with Spire, we said, let’s reset and let’s try to understand what makes up the portfolio of products we really want to offer. We rethought the architecture of the existing machines, but we also reimagined how we might build beverage, and eventually food, experiences in restaurants in the future.)

  • Laura Weidman Powers

    Laura Weidman Powers

    "Laura Weidman Powers is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latino/as. She brings to this work a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. Laura has started two organizations in the education space, one nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia that is currently celebrating its 10th year, and one for-profit tutoring company that gave rise to a book.

    Laura first explored the tech space as a project manager in a small web development shop in New York and, most recently before CODE2040, she served as VP of Product at a consumer web startup in Los Angeles, redesigning the product development process to be inclusive of engineers.

    Laura is a 2016 New America California Fellow. She was a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 Stanford Social Innovation Fellow. The Root named her one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans in 2013 and Goldman Sachs named her one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013. In 2015, San Francisco Magazine saluted her as one of 37 Soldiers of Social Change, and Fortune named her one of 10 Female Executives on the Rise. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, NBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, NPR, and others. Laura currently sits on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has a BA cum laude from Harvard College and a JD and an MBA from Stanford University.

    Laura and CODE2040 are based in San Francisco.


  • Kazuyo Sejima

    Kazuyo Sejima

    "SANAA is a Tokyo-based architecture firm known for its nature-inspired design solutions. Founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the firm has forged a highly regarded body of work that includes cultural, retail, institutional, and residential projects. Some of SANAA's highest-profile commissions include Dior's Tokyo flagship (2004); New Museum in New York (2007); The annex to the Toledo Museum of Art (2006); the 2009 edition of the Serpentine Pavilion; and the EFPL Rolex Learning Center (2010). In 2010, SANAA won the Pritzker Prize, the architecture profession's highest honor. The jury cited the firm's ability to create structures that are "simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain, creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness." SANAA continues to receive accolades and in 2015 beat Snohetta for the commission of the National Gallery of Hungary and--ahead of competitors Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano, and Herzog & de Meuron--also won the commission for the Art Gallery NSW in Sydney, Australia. The momentum continues with a March 2016 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which examines SANAA's place in the Japanese architectural canon.)

  • Christopher Simmons

    Christopher Simmons

    "Christopher Simmons is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based designer, writer, design advocate, and educator. As principal/creative director of the San Francisco design office, MINE™, Simmons designs and directs brand and communication design projects for clients ranging from Facebook and Microsoft to the Edible Schoolyard Project and Obama for America. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions ranging from the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art to the Smithsonian Institution. He has been interviewed in design issues by “The New York Times,” NPR, and the CBS Evening news, but happily voices his opinions in informal settings as well.

    Simmons is the author of four books and writes the hamburger/design blog “The Message is Medium Rare.” From 2004–06 he served as president of the San Francisco Chapter of AIGA and was the founder of San Francisco Design Week—prompting then-mayor Gavin Newsom to issue an official proclamation declaring San Francisco to be a city where “Design Makes a Difference.” He currently serves on AIGA’s national board.)

  • Catherine Small

    Catherine Small

    "Catt Small is a product designer, game maker, and front-end web developer. She has done design work for companies of all sizes including SoundCloud, NASDAQ OMX, and Scholastic. At the age of 10, she began coding, and was designing at the age of 15. In 2011, Small graduated from SVA with a B.F.A. in graphic design, and she earned an M.S. in integrated digital media from NYU in 2016.

    Small also makes video games with Brooklyn Gamery and Buttered Toast Studios; teaches game development with The Code Liberation Foundation; and draws comics."



    "OYSFLOATER- Oyster-Breeding Raft
    To deal with the pollution caused by discarded raft,we have presented an assistive design for oyster farming that incorporates three major functions: 1. sustainable development of environmental protection, 2. ease of operation and
    3. intelligent management."

  • Bas Van Abel

    Bas Van Abel

    "Planned obsolescence is a major problem in tech. Increasingly complex products are designed to degrade after a certain period of time; consumers keep buying new versions without considering how to fix their current model; and, as a result, the Earth is getting overrun with unnecessary e-waste. Fairphone 2 offers an alternative to that vicious cycle, with a durable, modular smartphone designed for ease of use (and reuse). Thanks to a streamlined hardware design with minimal component parts, users have the power to troubleshoot repairs with household tools, and in the process form a new relationship with their gadget. A broken screen takes less than a minute to replace, no tools required, and the camera, headphone jack, and micro USB connector can be fixed using a screwdriver.)

    , Founder and CEO, Fairphone


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  • Bret Victor

    Bret Victor

    "When Bret Victor came in for his first day of work as a “Human Interface Inventor” at Apple, he found an iPad sitting on his desk. It was August of 2007. The original iPhone was only a couple months old. iPods still generated a third of the company’s revenue. The App Store didn’t exist."

  • Tricia Wang

    Tricia Wang

    "Tricia Wang

    Global technology ethnographer and co-founder, Constellate Data

    United States

    Tricia Wang is a global technology ethnographer and co-founder of Constellate Data.

    With more than 15 years’ experience working with designers, engineers, and scientists, Tricia has a particular interest in designing human-centered systems. She advises organizations on integrating “Big Data” and what she calls Thick Data — data brought to light using digital age ethnographic research methods that uncover emotions, stories, and meaning — to improve strategy, policy, products, and services. Organizations she has worked with include P&G, Nokia, GE, Kickstarter, the United Nations and NASA. She recently finished an expert-in-residency at IDEO where she extended and amplified IDEO’s impact in design research.

    When not working with organizations, she spends the other half of her life researching online anonymity and the bias towards the quantifiable. Recognized as a leading authority on applied research, human-centered design, social media, and Chinese internet culture, Tricia’s work and points of view have been featured in Slate, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Fast Company, Makeshift, and Wired. A sought-after speaker, she has given talks at conferences such as Lift, Strata, Webstock, and South by Southwest. She has also spoken at Wrigley, P&G, Nike, 21st Century Fox, Tumblr and various investment firms.

    Tricia has a BA in Communication and PhD in Sociology from UC San Diego. She holds affiliate positions at Data and Society, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She is also a Fulbright Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow where she is the first Western scholar to work with China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in Beijing, China.

    Tricia began her career as a documentary filmmaker, an HIV/AIDS activist, a hip-hop education advocate, and a technology educator in low-income communities. She has worked across four continents; her life philosophy is that you have to go to the edge to discover what’s really happening. She’s the proud companion of dog #ellethedog.

    She also oversees Ethnography Matters, a site that publishes articles about applied ethnography and technology to a public audience. She writes for Medium publication On Human-Centric Systems.

    She is also writing a book about anonymity in the digital age."

  • Michael Wehner

    Michael Wehner

    "Soft robotics could help revolutionize how humans interact with machines. But researchers have struggled to build entirely compliant robots. Electric power and control systems — such as batteries and circuit boards — are rigid, and until now soft-bodied robots have been either tethered to an off-board system or rigged with hard components.

    Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Jennifer A. Lewis, the Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), led the research. Lewis and Wood are also core faculty members of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

    “One longstanding vision for the field of soft robotics has been to create robots that are entirely soft, but the struggle has always been in replacing rigid components like batteries and electronic controls with analogous soft systems and then putting it all together,” said Wood. “This research demonstrates that we can easily manufacture the key components of a simple, entirely soft robot, which lays the foundation for more complex designs.”"

  • Nathan Yau

    Nathan Yau

    "Death is inevitable, but the circumstances of any person’s pivotal moment of passing on are largely uncertain. When and How You Will Die is a macabre digital experiment that aggregates different demographic variables like gender, age, and average life expectancy. It combines that data with stats on the most common ways to perish (think cancer or congenital disorders), then generates an interactive visualization that predicts the potential cause and timeline for your own personal adios. It’s heavy stuff anchored in data, stats, and simulations that may or may not make you feel better about your impending mortality.)

  • Iris van Herpen

    Iris van Herpen

    "The haute couture works of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen can seem mind-bendingly ahead of their time. At Paris Fashion Week, in March, models in seemingly gravity-defying ensembles strode down a runway dotted with strategically placed optical screens that reflected and distorted

    the models’ appearance like high-tech fun house mirrors. Van Herpen’s designs are sleek in a way that calls to mind marvels of evolutionary design, like stingrays or coral, combined with the type of repetitive structures one expects only a machine could produce.

    Her silhouettes range from close-fitting to outsized and geometric. One outfit looked like a freeze frame of a dress swept upward by a strong wind. Another, with exaggerated shoulders and hips, had the shape of a moth with its wings spread. The show’s focal dress was made from 5,000 individual pieces, each 3-D printed and then hand-woven together to evoke a glimmering, gothic needlepoint. Van Herpen has been hailed by the New York Times for her “different way of thinking,” a high-concept designer who fuses an interest in fashion, art and architecture with cutting-edge technologies and fields of science as diverse as particle physics, robotics and microbiology. “Iris van Herpen’s astonishing designs don’t look like ‘clothes,’” the Washington Post wrote last year. “They look like the future.”

    The 31-year-old van Herpen, who grew up in a small town in Holland, studied fashion design at the esteemed Dutch art academy Artez and had an internship during college with the pathbreaking fashion designer Alexander McQueen. She does think about the future, but less, perhaps, than many of her admirers might expect. “I don’t find my work futuristic,” says van Herpen, in a recent interview with Smithsonian. “It’s bizarre how the mind works. Many of the concepts and explorations happening today,” she says, like those she tries to conjure with the designs she puts on display at her fashion shows, “feel as though they are the future, not yet real.”

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    , Dutch fashion designer




    "Degreed "jailbreaks the degree" by measuring all of the world's learning.

    Degreed helps individuals track all of their academic, professional, and informal learning. We then use that information to match each learner with the best learning resources in the world: courses, trainings, professional certificates, conferences, articles, etc.

    Degreed helps organizations see everything that their employees, teams, & company know. We then help employees and managers set goals, track learning across, and track spending back to the skills gained."

  • John Paul (JP) Benini

    John Paul (JP) Benini

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    John Paul Benini (JP) is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Elemental Path--the company making smart toys smarter through its flagship product, the CogniToys Dino. JP built the world's first cognitive toy using Elemental Path’s own proprietary secret sauce and IBM Watson. Hoping to shake up the smart toy industry, JP works each and every day to improve how the Dino works and set an industry-wide standard for toys that don't just talk, but interact and get smarter over time.


    , Co-Founder and chairman, Elemental Path

    Elemental Path

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  • Alexandra Bernadotte

    Alexandra Bernadotte

    "Beyond 12 was founded in 2009 by entrepreneur, Alexandra (Alex) Bernadotte, who drew inspiration to create the organization from her own experience as a first-generation college graduate. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Alex grew up in inner city Boston, the oldest daughter of immigrant parents who were determined to see her succeed. Like many first-generation college students, Alex struggled with the transition to college. Her first year at Dartmouth was tough. After years of hard work to get into college, Alex was shocked to realize that receiving her acceptance letter had been the easiest step. But she stuck it out, graduated in four years, and became the first in her immediate family to receive a college degree. The challenges Alex faced during those years at Dartmouth planted a seed for what she wanted to do: start a movement to ensure other first-generation college students wouldn’t struggle as she had.

    Alex has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Immediately before launching Beyond 12, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at NewSchools Venture Fund where she conducted the research and developed the business plan for Beyond 12. Alex's previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation.

    Alex was also the executive director of Foundation for a College Education (FCE). She currently serves on the FCE advisory board, as well as the board of directors of the Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center. Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the 2011 NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the year award, and a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service. In addition, Fast Company recently named Beyond 12 “one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in education."


    , Founder, Beyond 12

    Beyond 12

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  • Micha_ Borkowski

    Micha_ Borkowski

    "Education systems and cultures may differ across the world, but nearly every student has to do homework. Many are going online for help. With more than 60 million users across 35 countries, Brainly knows this well.

    The Polish startup, based in Kraków, has raised $15 million in a Series B round led by Naspers, a South African media group founded in 1915 that that is the biggest (and somewhat controversial) company in Africa. Naspers also actively invests in startups around the world, and established a venture office in San Francisco this month. Brainly is the the firm’s first education technology investment.

    Brainly’s previous investors, General Catalyst Partners and Learn Capital, along with Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, also contributed to this round. This deal boosts the company’s funding total to $27 million.

    Brainly was started in 2009 by a trio of university students as an online community where students can get homework help from their peers. The product works like Quora or Yahoo Answers; students post questions and get answers. Within a year the tool reached a million users in Poland, and the startup soon expanded to Russia and Turkey. In spring 2014, Brainly opened a New York office that now houses 10 employees. (Expect that number to double by the end of the year with the addition of engineering, product and marketing staff.)

    This is the third fundraise for the company, even though it does not make any money. Michal Borkowski, the company’s CEO, suggests future monetization plans may involve offering tutoring and university enrollment services—“market opportunities that are obvious revenue sources,” in his words. But right now, “Brainly is about growth right now and our main focus is on making sure that we reach all students globally,” he tells EdSurge.)

  • Adam Braun

    Adam Braun

    "Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of both MissionU, a newly created college alternative for the 21st century, and Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built more than 325 schools supporting children and teachers across the developing world. In 2015, he also served as the Director of the Global Education Platform, an initiative conceived by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education to accelerate breakthroughs in learning innovation.

    He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

    His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.)

  • Michael Crow

    Michael Crow

    "Michael M. Crow is an academic leader and educator, designer of knowledge enterprises, and science and technology policy scholar. He has been the sixteenth president of Arizona State University since July, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he designed known as the “New American University.” Under his leadership ASU has established major interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute, Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), and more than a dozen new transdisciplinary schools, and witnessed an unprecedented academic infrastructure expansion, quadrupling of research expenditures, and attainment of record levels of diversity in the student body. Crow was previously professor of science and technology policy and executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he served as chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise and technology transfer operations. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy, as well as defense and intelligence agencies and a number of nation-states on matters of science and technology policy in areas related to intelligence and national security, and knowledge enterprise design. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is the author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and technology policy and the design of higher education institutions and systems. Crow received his PhD in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.)

  • Sahiba Dhandhania

    Sahiba Dhandhania

    "Like many other recent graduates, Sahiba Dhandhania and Aditya Gandhi entered the workforce only to discover that they were completely unprepared. Despite their education, neither had received practical training to help them tackle the realities of their jobs. So they decided to start Purple Squirrel Eduventures, a supplementary education platform that offers students hands-on, experiential learning to prepare them for their careers. Users can sign up for workshops and go on company visits in industries ranging from computer science to business to the arts. "In wanting to help students choose better careers, we realized we had to change the way they learned in the first place," says Dhandhania. In less than two years, Purple Squirrel has grown to more than 100 employees and helped organize 10,000 student experiences with hundreds of companies across India.)

  • Adam Enbar

    Adam Enbar

    "Enbar is not your typical Harvard Business School grad: After teaching entrepreneurship to prisoners and a stint in sales, the 33-year-old is now running a coding academy. Coding schools will change how we train and build the next wave of software engineers, and the Flatiron School is a flagship program in the industry. The school does such a good job preparing its students that it was one of only eight selected by the Department of Education to permit low-income students to apply federal student aid to classes there through the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships program. Their secret to success is in their focus on outcomes and data, including proof that they actually provide positive outcomes for their students through jobs reports.)

  • Mr. Jeff Fernandez

    Mr. Jeff Fernandez

    Jeff Fernandez is the Cofounder and CEO of Grovo, a SaaS company reimagining learning for the enterprise. Under Jeff's leadership, Grovo has delivered 17 million learning moments in 190 countries and created an award-winning company culture in the process. Headquartered in New York City, Grovo serves clients including Capital One, WeWork, Chevron, and the NBA, and has raised venture financing from some of the world’s best investors, including Accel Partners. The company recently earned recognition as #2 on Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Medium Workplaces list. Prior to Grovo, Jeff served as product manager at Clickable (acquired by Syncapse), a web service that brings simplicity to online advertising, and led business development and sales for Doostang (acquired by Universum Global). Originally from Dumont, N.J., Jeff graduated with highest honors from Harvard College, where he penned his thesis on maximizing human performance. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Cori.

  • Jose Ferreira

    Jose Ferreira

    "No two students come from the same background or learn the same way. With Knewton adaptive learning, every student is supported and challenged.

    Anyone can log in to to create free adaptive learning lessons that help students meet learning goals. Learning companies can use Knewton Enterprise to build or enhance powerful adaptive learning products across grade levels and subject areas.)

    , Founder and CEO, Knewton


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  • Adam Freed

    Adam Freed

    "Adam Freed is the CEO of Teachers Pay Teachers (or TpT), a community of over 3.8 million educators who come together to share their work, insights, and inspiration with each other. TpT is the world’s first and largest open marketplace where teachers share, sell, and buy original educational resources. There are more than 2 million available resources for every aspect of PreK-12 education. In 2015 alone, two in three U.S. teachers downloaded a teaching resource from TpT.

    Prior to joining TpT, Freed was the COO of and led International Product Management and Online International Sales Operations teams at Google. He speaks 10 languages including Japanese and Spanish, and holds a Master’s degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Harvard. Freed also co-chairs the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.)

  • Kristen Hamilton

    Kristen Hamilton

    "Kristen Hamilton is co-founder and CEO of Koru. Kristen is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion for education innovation and technology, and a successful track record driving value for customers and investors. She co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public in 2000. As co-founder, Kristen built the organization from 0 to 500 people, raised over $300 million of investment capital, and led the M&A team to acquire and integrate four private companies in two years. Kristen then shifted focus to education, first as COO of World Learning, where she ran operations for their education and development programs in 66 countries, and later leading educator strategy for Microsoft.

    Kristen is a frequent speaker and content contributor for tech, start up, entrepreneur, and business media and conferences. She is a graduate of Ivey Business School at Western University.)

  • Lissa Johnson

    Lissa Johnson

    "Mosa Mack Science provides teachers with inquiry-based science curriculum that pairs short animated mysteries with hands-on activities and engineering challenges."

  • Jeremy Keeshin

    Jeremy Keeshin

    "Reading and writing have always been core to the skills we expect students to learn, but Keeshin wants to add another one: Coding. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Keeshin helped to teach introductory computer science classes, and learned a lot about what it took to make coding fun and more accessible. After graduation, the 26-year-old decided to build on that experience by co-founding CodeHS in 2012, which aims to teach every high schooler how to code, equipping them with the skills to problem solve and create. The platform provides web-based curricula, robust tools and resources to help teachers and administrators implement computer science programs in high schools. According to Keeshin, the platform reaches 20,000 teachers and 300,000 students.)

  • Paul Kellenberger

    Paul Kellenberger

    "zSpace delivers the ultimate learning experience to inspire curiosity and accelerate understanding. Our product, zSpace®, combines elements of VR and AR, on an all-in-one computer, to create lifelike experiences that are immersive and interactive. Among its numerous awards and accolades, zSpace was named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc., “Best in Show at ISTE” by Tech & Learning Magazine for three consecutive years and was ranked #143 on the 2016 Inc. 500 list. zSpace is a privately held, venture backed company located in Sunnyvale, California, and has been granted more than 25 patents for its innovative technologies. For more information, visit, or follow on Twitter @zSpace."

  • Salman Khan

    Salman Khan

    "The groundbreaking collaboration of pro sports franchise and educational organization, unveiled Wednesday, could take the 49ers' program national.

    The 49ers Foundation will make a $250,000 contribution to Khan Academy.

    If nothing else, the teaming of Khan Academy and the 49ers is designed to help Bay Area students, teachers and parents hand off in-class learning to the home field. Students can continue a lesson at home or on their smartphones.

    Currently, five-hour class field trips to Levi's Stadium include a look at a variety of STEAM topics in an in-stadium classroom, but besides some prep work for the class and lessons to take back to school, there has been little way of knowing whether lessons were scoring with students.

    "The long-term future isn't growing the scope of field trips, but in classrooms and homes," Lovejoy said. "We knew we needed an online platform.)

  • Eduardo Lima

    Eduardo Lima

    "Brazil is Latin America's largest smartphone market, YouTube's second-biggest market, and has the most Facebook users of any country except the U.S.; Brazilians are digitally savvy. They are also eager to pursue higher education, especially outside of city centers where there are few universities. Online education startup EduK was founded in May 2013 and is now Brazil's largest education startup, with more than 2 million students enrolled in 600 courses as of mid-2015. Its lectures and lessons cover extensive ground, from how to make and sell chocolates to how to use LinkedIn. The startup offers live lectures for free, with paid subscriptions available in three tiers to accommodate a variety of budgets.)

  • Bharat Merdiratta

    Bharat Merdiratta

    Bharat Mediratta is the CTO and co-founder at AltSchool.

    "AltSchool is designing a technology-enabled network that connects teachers, parents, and students to deliver a personalized, whole-child education. Our approach focuses on developing self-awareness, innate capability, and collaboration skills so all children can successfully navigate their future."


    (CTO, Altschool


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    ) & Max Ventilla (Founder and CEO, Altschool)


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    Max Ventilla

    "Typically, a tiny chain of six private schools doesn't warrant national attention and a $100 million investment led by Mark Zuckerberg's and wife Priscilla Chan's Founders Fund. But AltSchool is not your typical education setting. Conceived by cofounders Max Ventilla (CEO, formerly the head of personalization at Google) and Bharat Mediratta (CTO, also a former Googler), AltSchool takes the old-school concept of the one-room schoolhouse and uses technology and outsider thinking to offer students a hyper-personalized experience that it thinks could be the answer to the problems entrenched in the American education system. "Micro-schools" host a range of ages in one space, and students move through the day with their own tablet, completing individual and group activities from a "playlist" that's customized to address their needs and interests. As they work, AltSchool uses tracking software, cameras, and wearable devices to collect data points and develop software that will eventually allow the schools to automate educator tasks such as planning and assessment, freeing them up for actual instruction. But the ultimate goal is even bigger: AltSchool plans to bundle the solutions pioneered in its classrooms to create what Ventilla calls an "operating system for a 21st century education" that can be licensed to districts nationwide.)
  • Dr. Adrian Mims

    Dr. Adrian Mims

    Dr. Adrian B. Mims Sr. is the founder of The Calculus Project, a program that was derived from his dissertation, Improving African American Achievement in Geometry Honors. The goal of the project is to increase the number of Black, Hispanic and low income students enrolled in Calculus Honors, AP Calculus and AP Statistics so they can pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). He currently serves as the National Calculus Project Director at Cambridge Education and the Project Director of the Calculus Project and Leadership Academy at Boston University. His program pre-teaches core mathematical concepts and teaches leadership skills to Black, Latino, and low-income students in a college setting from the moment they enter the eighth grade until they become seniors in high school.

    From 2013 to 2015 he was the National Calculus Project Director at Replications Inc., a nonprofit based in New York. There he successfully implemented the program in over twenty-five (25) schools located in Florida, New York and Massachusetts. His math program was inducted into the Minority Student Achievement Network’s Promising Practices Clearinghouse in 2011. In 2012, the College Board awarded Dr. Mims the Asa G. Hilliard Models of Success award for his commitment to closing the achievement gap for African Americans in mathematics and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Assembly Leadership Award. In 2016, Dr. Mims was honored by Amtrak and the Boston Celtics during half-time where he received the Amtrak Pioneer Award for his work with Boston youth through The Calculus Project.

    Dr. Mims is a former adjunct faculty member at Simmons College where he taught an Organizational Management course to graduate students who are aspiring educational leaders. He also taught mathematics at Brookline High School for 19 years while serving in several leadership positions such as: Summer School Director, Associate Dean and Dean of Students. Dr. Mims is a former trustee of the College Board and former board member of The Brookline Teen Center. He also served on the board of Noonan Scholars, a nonprofit organization that helps high-achieving, under-resourced students from the Greater Boston area prepare for success in college.

  • Andres Moreno

    Andres Moreno

    "Andres Moreno is the Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Open English, the leader in internet-based English language instruction.

    Growing up in eight countries spanning three continents, Moreno managed to learn four languages on his own. He began his entrepreneurial career in his native Venezuela, co-founding Optimal English, a company that provided English-language training to Latin American executives at Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter and Gamble, Sun Microsystems, and Cargill. In 2005, Moreno left the traditional English language training company and teamed up with his classmate and friend Wilmer Sarmiento in Caracas to design a different type of online English course.

    They rejected the traditional brick and mortar model and decided to create a system that would allow students to learn English online, with native English-speaking teachers from their home or workplace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Currently, Open English has enrolled more than 500,000 students and has raised over USD $120 million in venture capital to drive the company’s expansion throughout the globe. Andres has also become the face of his own brand for appearing in the company’s television commercials, which have aired extensively since 2009 in over 20 markets.

    Besides his role as engaged CEO and occasional TV ad actor, Moreno is a multifaceted entrepreneur involved in a myriad of projects of global impact. In 2013 he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor Miami, a leading global promoter of entrepreneurship in emerging markets present in more than 16 countries, including 6 in Latin America. He is also a member of YPO Americas Gateway chapter, the world’s leading network of Chief Executives. Moreno also travels frequently to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries to hold conferences on success and entrepreneurship.

    In 2014, Andres Moreno founded his latest incursion, Next University, an online higher education institute that is bringing job-ready skills to the emerging middle class in LatAm.

    The explosive growth of Open English and Andres’ thriving entrepreneurial role have resonated with the international press, being thoroughly featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, El Mercurio, Globo, El Tiempo, 0 Estado de Sao Paulo, The Miami Herald and other top media across the Americas.)

    , Open English

    Open English

    No bio available at the moment
  • Tal Oron

    Tal Oron

    "Lost My Name is publishing and technology startup that creates highly customized picture books for children. Founded in London in 2012, Lost My Name has created more than 1.4 million story books for children in 167 countries. The company's is known for its debut title The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name, whereby a young boy or girl discovers his or her name has gone missing and goes on a courageous journey to find it, one letter at a time, thanks to various animals and characters encountered along the way. In 2014, Lost My Name's founders scored £100,000 for just 4% of their company on Dragon's Den--the BBC's version of Shark Tank--the best equity deal in the history of that show.)

  • Gregg Pollack

    Gregg Pollack

    "Code School, officially founded in 2011, first emerged from founder Gregg Pollack’s long-time efforts in developing educational content for developers, which he had begun doing around eight years ago. Originally interested in what was then a still relatively new framework, Ruby on Rails, he began to blog about it, speak about it at conferences, and create videos about it. The content he was creating in his downtime was attracting an audience, which he later realized meant there was a potential business to pursue.

    In late 2010, he created a Rails course that combined watching videos and coding in the browser. “Other people had done the coding in the browser thing,” Pollack told us earlier. “But we put it together in a new way.”

    Code School was officially off the ground the following year, and has since grown to include over 40 courses on a variety of different topics for a wide range of developers, including first-time learners and those looking to expand their current skill sets. Its courses cover things like JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Ruby, iOS and Git, and are combined with screencasts where you learn to put the technologies to work. At the time of the deal, Code School counted roughly 40,000 users actively learning on its site and had doubled its member base over the past year to 1 million sign-ups. The recently launched mobile application have allowed Code School users to watch and re-watch videos while on-the-go, as a complement to the online learning and code tutorials.)

  • Saleem Qazi

    Saleem Qazi

    "RaaWee K12, an enterprise software development company focused on the needs of K12 Education, today announced that Truancy & Dropout Prevention System was named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best K-12 Enterprise Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 30 years. The SIIA CODiE awards are considered the American software industry’s ‘Oscar awards’.

    This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. New this year, top awards in three overall Education categories will also be presented. Overall categories include Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.

    RaaWee K12 Truancy & Dropout Prevention System provides a first in its class enterprise solution for K12 Education, including Collaboration & Intervention, Truancy Intelligence, i-App Mobile Field Intervention Application and Truancy Court Documentation Management. This powerful, yet easy to use system is built on the Microsoft SharePoint platform, facilitating collaboration at its highest level. It is available as a Cloud hosted application as well as an on-premise hosted solution.

    “This recognition is a great honor for me and all those who have made our Truancy & Dropout Prevention System the powerful solution that it is. Our thanks to SIIA, the judges and the members,” said Saleem Qazi, CEO & Director of Customer Success & Support of RaaWee Inc.)

  • Alexis Ringwald

    Alexis Ringwald

    "Alexis Ringwald is an entrepreneur with a passion for solving massive social challenges. She co-founded LearnUp after spending six months in America’s unemployment offices researching the education and jobs crisis.

    Prior to LearnUp, Alexis lived in India for three years as a Fulbright Scholar. While there, she co-directed a Climate Solutions Road Tour, driving 2,400 miles across India in solar plug-in electric cars. Alexis then co-founded Valence Energy, which was acquired by Serious Energy in 2010.

    Alexis is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and on Forbes “30 Under 30” and Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Tech.” She completed her BA/MEM from Yale University, and speaks French, German, Spanish and basic Hindi.)

  • Joanna Schneier

    Joanna Schneier

    A native of Israel, Jo Schneier has been developing cutting-edge Educational technology products since 1999. With her Cognotion colleagues, she built the two leading digital language products delivered via the Internet in the US foreign language K-12 market. She has also developed learning applications for governmental and corporate environments that were validated by third party efficacy trials as highly impactful.

    Prior to Cognotion, Mx. Schneier built an internationally recognized, full-fledged end-to-end business strategy and marketing consultancy, Third Space Creative, which has served large corporations, governments, the world’s largest publishers and leading universities. She has also served as a consultant for distinguished nonprofits in the field of human trafficking, including USAID.

    Mx. Schneier serves as a mentor and visiting speaker at New York University, Village Capital, and Cornell University. In addition, Mx. Schneier oversees current pedagogical and technology related Research & Development with the National Institutes of Health, New York University, CUNY, the Department of State, and several Fortune 500 companies. Under Mx. Schneier, Cognotion has won the 1776 Education Challenge Cup, is a Techstars alum, won the Association of American Publishers REVERE award, and is in the Red Herring Top 100 companies.

  • Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

    Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

    "A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge began her career in tech as a venture-backed startup founder. Thereafter, she scaled Startup Weekend Education from three to six continents, officially establishing it as the largest initiative in the world focused on teaching people how to use entrepreneurship to improve education.

    In October 2015, Mandela joined Kapor Capital as its founding Portfolio Services Director. At the Oakland-based venture capital firm, Mandela oversees a portfolio of over 100 tech startups, helping them make progress on their business, social impact, and diversity goals. Most recently, Mandela helped launch a first-of-its-kind venture-backed diversity pledge titled the Founders’ Commitment.

    Over the past five years, Mandela has advised hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs and her project, The Startup Couch, is a reflection of those lived experiences. To-date, Mandela has presented on over 40 stages and has received several recognitions, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education list, presenting at TEDx, and publishing two Top 20 Medium posts about startups.)

  • Dr. Kimberly A. Scott

    Dr. Kimberly A. Scott

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    Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU) and Founder/Executive Director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST). Founded by Scott, the center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Center projects include the National Science Foundation-funded COMPUGIRLS; Gates-funded project on African American Families and Technology Use; and NSF-funded Culturally Responsive Co-Robotics Program. Scott is also an Affiliate Faculty in George Mason University’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity located in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Scott’s interdisciplinary work examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their technosocial innovations. With nearly 50 publications in outlets such as the, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, Feminism and Psychology, Huffington Post, and Slate, to name a few, Kimberly is also co-author of the Rowman and Littlefield book Kids in Context and co-editor of the IAP published book, Research in Urban Educational Settings: Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Practice. Recently, she published Women Education Scholars and Their Children’s Schooling (Routledge) and is completing COMPUGIRLS: Becoming Ourselves in This Digital Age (University of Illinois Press).

    Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Having written and successfully won over $4 million in grant funding to support research about and programs for girls of color and digital media use, Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. The same year, the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education identified Kimberly as one of the top 30 women in higher education. Dr. Scott earned her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and French Literature, an M.S. from Long Island University in Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education and her Ed.D. from Rutgers University in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and completed at Harvard’s Business School the High Potentials Leadership Program.

    , Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU)

    Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU)

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  • Amit Sevak

    Amit Sevak

    "Amit is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Laureate South Asia region and also the CEO for Laureate India. Earlier Amit was CEO for Laureate Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and also the Chief Executive Officer for INTI Education Group. Prior to these roles, Amit served as the Chief Operating Officer of University of Technology of Mexico (UNITEC) which is one of the Laureate’s largest and most successful private institutions.

    Prior to joining Laureate, Amit was Vice President of DeVry University in Chicago. Before that, he held positions with Siebel Systems, Bain & Company, as well as several years of teaching and research in the US and in Asia. Amit has a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Harvard Business School.)

  • Mr. Jay Silver

    Mr. Jay Silver

    "Jay Silver is the Founder/CEO of JoyLabz/Makey Makey and was the first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel. Jay's MIT PhD topic was World as Construction Kit. He made many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time's Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and Makey Makey (Kickstarted for $500,000, Pop Sci Best of ToyFair). Jay has been a speaker at many TED events, exhibited artwork internationally, and been named a Top 100 Inspirational World Changer by DELL. He sits on the board of directors of Maker Ed, One Day on Earth, and Sunseed Food. Jay works with teens at places like Not Back to School Camp, and he believes that being a romantic is of the utmost importance.)

    , Founder and CEO, JoyLabz/Makey Makey

    JoyLabz/Makey Makey

    No bio available at the moment
  • Aaron Skonnard

    Aaron Skonnard

    "Aaron Skonnard is the cofounder of Pluralsight, one of tech’s “unicorns,” the term for privately-held companies valued at $1 billion or more. Skonnard started the company in 2004 as a lifestyle business; it would rent out hotel conference rooms and provide tech trainings to other companies. Today, it’s an online learning company for developers, IT workers and creatives -- taking on, which was acquired by LinkedIn for $1.5 billion in 2015. On top of leading the company, which has more than 520 employees, Skonnard, 44, also has five kids with his wife Monica.)

  • Joel Spolsky

    Joel Spolsky

    "Joel Spolsky is CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow. As a globally recognized expert on software development, Joel has not only built the foundation for the world’s largest developer community, but has also scaled three companies based around his innovative set of best practices in attracting and retaining top technical talent.

    In 2000, Joel founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers and most recently launched a group project management sharing tool, Trello. Prior to this, he worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. Joel is also a world-­renowned speaker and has written four books, including User Interface Design for Programmers and Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent. His personal website, Joel on Software, has been popular with developers around the world since its inception in 2000 and has been translated into over 30 languages. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.

    Stack Overflow is the preeminent site for programmers to find, ask, and answer questions about software development. Co-founded in 2008 by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, the company was built on the premise that serving the developer community at large would lead to a better, smarter Internet. Since then, Stack Overflow has become the most trusted developer resource on the Internet and currently serves more than 40 million programmers every month.)

  • WTN Test Nominee

    WTN Test Nominee

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  • Wade Willett

    Wade Willett

    "MobyMax, the most widely adopted personalized learning curriculum in the United States, is honored to announce its recognition as the best e-learning and blended learning solution in the 2016 EdTech Digest Awards.

    The EdTech Digest Awards are presented to the best new, emerging, and established technology solutions for education. The annual recognition program seeks to highlight and celebrate the most effective products and the most innovative and inspiring people.

    “This award shows how intensely we listen to our teachers,” said Glynn Willet, co-founder of MobyMax. “We are the first to create an award-winning personalized, blended learning curriculum for all subjects.”

    Launched in 2011, MobyMax offers a free, complete curriculum for all K-8 subjects. MobyMax identifies skill gaps with find-and-fix technology that helps students increase one full grade level in just 40 hours. This comprehensive solution also includes diagnostic testing, assessments, progress monitoring, IEPs and student motivational tools.

    A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veteran educators conducted this year’s evaluations.

    “This year's program had some very stiff competition, and hard decisions were made in selecting the winners,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest. “We're very proud to honor these cool tools, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology. These honorees are among edtech’s best and brightest.”)


  • P.M. Ajayan

    P.M. Ajayan

    "Professor Ajayan earned his B. Tech in metallurgical engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1985 and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 1989. After three years of post-doctoral experience at NEC Corporation in Japan, he spent two years as a research scientist at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay in France and nearly a year and a half as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Metallforschung, Stuttgart in Germany. In 1997, he joined the materials science and engineering faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an Assistant Professor and was the Henri Burlage chair Professor in Engineering until he left RPI in 2007. He joined the mechanical engineering and materials science department of Rice University, as the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering from July 2007. From 2014, he is the founding chair of the new department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University.

    Professor Ajayan’s research interests include synthesis and structure-property relations of nanostructures and nanocomposites, materials science and applications of nanomaterials, energy storage, and phase stability in nanoscale systems. He is one of the pioneers in the field of carbon nanotubes and was involved in the early work on the topic along with the NEC group. He has published one book and 600 journal papers with nearly 45,000 citations and an h-index of 104, based on ISI database. He has given more than 300 invited talks including several named lectures, keynote and plenary lectures in several countries and at several international conferences.

    Ajayan has received several awards including the Spiers Memorial Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Senior Humboldt Prize, MRS medal, Scientific American 50 recognition, RPI senior research award, the Burton award from the microscopic society of America and the Hadfield medal for the outstanding student metallurgist in India. He has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), AAAS, foreign fellow of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences (India), and has been elected honorary member of Materials Research Society of India and the Indian Institute of Metals. He also received the distinguished alumnus award from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University and from Banaras Hindu University. He has held distinguished guest Professorships in the school of Materials Sciences at University of Louis Pasteaur at Strasbourg and ISIS (France), Tsinghua University (China), Shandong University (China) and Shinshu University (Japan), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (India), Indian Institute of Technology Chennai (India), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He received the Docteur Honoris Causa Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2014. He is on the advisory editorial board of several materials science and nanotechnology journals and on the boards of several nanotech companies. He has been part of two Guiness Book of World records, one for the creation of the smallest brush and the other for creating the darkest material.


  • Michael Aziz

    Michael Aziz

    "Michael J. Aziz received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard in 1983. He has been a member of the faculty at what is now the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since he joined in 1986 and is now Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies. Aziz has made significant contributions to a number of fields in applied physics and materials science. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Materials Research Society. Among his research interests are novel materials and processes for energy technology and greenhouse gas mitigation. He is the Faculty Coordinator for Harvard's University-Wide Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, for which he developed a quantitative course on Energy Technology for a group of students in diverse disciplines.




    "E-Round is a technologic traffic roundabout, born to replace common roundabout located in our cities to generate electric power through natural sources. In fact, it's able to convert wind energy, mechanical, solar and rainwater in electric energy, so we can light streets and cycles track during night hours.Part of production, will be used to irrigate the lawn and the planters of the streets. In this project we can see two innovative energy: mechanical and rainwater. The first, consists to convert mechanical vibration produced by car when its passing over particular speed bumps; the second, we uses water as a refrigerant to cool some heatsinks connected to thermoelectric plates. In this mode, energy production will start in every moment and with all weather conditions. Thanks to batteries, the production of energy is stored and used when sun go down, using PV panels as twilight. If E-Round will be installed in scattered points, we can save a lot of energy.


  • Leslie Dewan

    Leslie Dewan

    "Dr. Leslie Dewan graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Leslie has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship. She was named a TIME Magazine “30 People Under 30 Changing the World”, an MIT Technology Review “Innovator Under 35,” and a Forbes “30 Under 30” in Energy.


    , Transatomic Power

    Transatomic Power

    No bio available at the moment
  • Robert Dominko

    Robert Dominko

    "Robert Dominko obtained a PhD in 2002 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His current position is a senior research assistant at the National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia where he is head of Battery group within the Laboratory for materials chemistry. He is assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana. He has published close to 100 peer-reviewed papers in the field of batteries with a H index of 38 (>50 citations per paper). He has been awarded several national awards. Currently his main research activities are related to the field of post Li-ion technologies. An important part of his present scientific efforts is the coordination of two European projects on the Li-S system, EUROLIS ( and HELIS ( Both projects are divided into the basic research part with a focus on the development various cell components and on the applied part where the obtained knowledge is successfully implemented into cylindrical prototype cells. Additionally, he is actively involved in Alistore-ERI activities (European network for batteries) and has a tight collaboration with national industries as well as with HONDA Europe, Gmbh."


  • Aaron Fyke

    Aaron Fyke

    Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capital Investor

    Aaron Fyke has spent over twenty years as an entrepreneur, having founded, or assisted in the creation of, five companies. He has a track record of building successful energy companies across a number of technology areas including fuel cell, ocean power, concentrating solar, advanced automotive engines, and energy storage technologies. He has deep experience as an operating executive, investor, and engineer.

    He is currently a Investment Director at Rusheen Capital, and a Venture Partner with Climate Change Capital, bringing investment capital to bear on some of the world’s toughest problems in energy, water and food sustainability.

    While he was the CEO of Edisun Heliostats, he was committed to lowering the costs of solar thermal power. Backed by Idealab, Bill Gates, NRG, and others, Edisun has already received the recognition from Hawaii’s Energy Excelerator as their only company to be accepted into both their 2015 and 2016 portfolio cohorts. Edisun is the cumulation of prior attempts by solar thermal power companies to reduce the costs of solar energy production. By adopting a scalable system with integrated storage, Edisun’s system can ultimately deliver firmed, renewable energy for less than the cost of fossil fuels.

    Prior to Edisun, Aaron was the Founder and CEO of Energy Cache, a low-cost grid scale energy storage technology company, serving a multi-billion dollar energy market. Energy Cache had the backing of Idealab, Bill Gates, and Claremont Creek Ventures.

    Previously he headed up the development of a $10m X PRIZE in Energy for the X PRIZE Foundation. Prior to that he was a Partner at Starfish Ventures, Australia’s largest venture capital firm, where Aaron led the investment into the fund’s biggest investment and exit – Ausra, a KPCB and Khosla Ventures backed solar thermal energy company.

    Aaron earned his MBA and MSME as an LGO fellow at MIT, and his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, where he graduated at the top of his class. He has achieved certification as a Professional Engineer both in California and British Columbia.

  • Christine Ho

    Christine Ho

    ""Christine Ho is the CEO of TerraPower®. TerraPower is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries decided that the private sector needed to take action. They believed that business interests could develop a scalable, sustainable, low-carbon and cost-competitive energy source that would allow all nations to quicken their pace of economic development and reduce poverty. TerraPower’s goal is to provide the world with a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy.

    Since 2008, TerraPower has been bringing together the strengths and experiences of the world’s public- and private-nuclear energy sectors. With deep technical knowledge and commercial experience, TerraPower set out to develop a new nuclear technology called the traveling wave reactor (TWR). Mission-driven innovation has distinguished TerraPower from other nuclear energy endeavors. TerraPower’s unique approach will greatly simplify the current nuclear energy supply chain and significantly mitigate many of the shortcomings of today’s nuclear energy technologies. "


    , CTO, Imprint Energy

    Imprint Energy

    No bio available at the moment
  • Mercouri Kanatzidis

    Mercouri Kanatzidis

    Mercouri Kanatzidis was educated in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece to earn a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1984. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University from 1985 to 1987. He currently is a Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Chair Professor at Northwestern University and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Kanatzidis has been named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Beckman Young Investigator, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teaching Scholar, Guggenheim Fellow, and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.

    , Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern


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  • Mark Keevers

    Mark Keevers

    "Dr. Mark Keevers is a solar researcher at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Keevers has a history of setting new records of sunlight-to-electricty conversion efficiency. Most recently, he achieved a conversion effeciency of 34.5%, nudging closer to the theoretical limits for unconcentrated light.

    The record-setting UNSW mini-module combines a silicon cell on one face of a glass prism, with a triple-junction solar cell on the other. Multi-junction solar cells of this type are unlikely to find their way onto the rooftops of homes and offices soon, as they require more effort to manufacture and therefore cost more than standard crystalline silicon cells with a single junction. But the UNSW team is working on new techniques to reduce the manufacturing complexity, and create cheaper multi-junction cells.


    , Solar Researcher, University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia

    University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia

    No bio available at the moment
  • Dr. Michel Laberge

    Dr. Michel Laberge

    In his pursuit of fusion energy, Dr. Michel Laberge and his company General Fusion have the potential to transform the energy landscape. In 2002, Dr. Laberge founded General Fusion with a vision for a more practical path to commercial fusion energy. Since then, the company has grown to 70 employees, attracted over $100 million in funding from leading venture capital firms, and been featured in publications including TIME Magazine and Scientific American.

    Prior to establishing General Fusion, Michel spent nine years at Creo Products in Vancouver as a senior physicist and principal engineer. His roles included inventor, designer, and scientific project leader on projects that resulted in more than $1 billion worth of product sales.

    Michel holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from Laval University. In 1990, he earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia, and in 1991 completed a post doc at L’ecole Polytechnique in Paris. In 1992, he completed another post doc at the National Research Council in Ottawa. He has published numerous scientific papers.

  • Eric Loth

    Eric Loth

    "Prof. Eric Loth is the Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and serves as the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Engineering at the University of Virginia. For his formal education, Loth is a graduate from of the University of Michigan where he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a dissertation on experiments of multiphase supersonic turbulent flows. He earned M.S. and B.S. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University, also in Aerospace Engineering, where he conducted research in the area of aerodynamic simulations. In 1990, he joined the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department and rose to Associate and then Full Professor by 2002. In that year, he was also named a Willett Faculty Scholar of the College of Engineering. In 2008, he was also appointed the Associate Head of Undergraduate Studies. He has held visiting appointments at University of Cambridge, Brown University, University of California San Diego, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Arnold Engineering and Development Center. In January 2010, he joined the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia as Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering.


  • Bryan McCloskey

    Bryan McCloskey

    "B.S. Colorado School of Mines (2003); Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2009); Postdoctorate (2009-2011) and Research Staff Member (2012-2013), IBM Almaden Research Center; VW/BASF Science Award Electrochemistry (2015); Early Career Analytical Electrochemistry Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2015); National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant (2015); IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (2013); NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2005-2008)"

  • Lee McIntire

    Lee McIntire

    "Christine Ho is the CEO of TerraPower®. TerraPower is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries decided that the private sector needed to take action. They believed that business interests could develop a scalable, sustainable, low-carbon and cost-competitive energy source that would allow all nations to quicken their pace of economic development and reduce poverty. TerraPower’s goal is to provide the world with a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy.

    Since 2008, TerraPower has been bringing together the strengths and experiences of the world’s public- and private-nuclear energy sectors. With deep technical knowledge and commercial experience, TerraPower set out to develop a new nuclear technology called the traveling wave reactor (TWR). Mission-driven innovation has distinguished TerraPower from other nuclear energy endeavors. TerraPower’s unique approach will greatly simplify the current nuclear energy supply chain and significantly mitigate many of the shortcomings of today’s nuclear energy technologies.


  • Kenneth Osazuwa

    Kenneth Osazuwa

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    I am Kenneth Osazuwa, a 21 year old African American male breaking down stereotypical walks and inspiring my peers to be the next generation of innovators and the voices of change. Nom Technologies is a company that is committed to global development as we will seek to create innovation that was once thought impossible and make it possible. We will not only inspire the next generation but also support them. Every city or country that implements our technology, will get 5%of profit from the transaction donated to their department of education.
    We plan to help in efforts to change the world while helping improve lives at the same time.

    , Founder & CEO
  • Christoph Ostermann

    Christoph Ostermann

    "Christoph Ostermann is the founder and CEO of sonnen GmbH, the German market leader for intelligent li ion storage systems. Christoph realized early on that storage would enable decentralized energy and could therefore be the key to a sustainable energy future. In 2008, when even in Germany the market for storage systems was still non-existent, he and his co-founder Torsten Stiefenhofer decided to join forces and to use their complementary skills to turn their vision into reality. Since the launch of the first prototype in 2010, Christoph is now on the mission to create a global one stop shop for decentralized energy and to disrupt the energy market.


  • Michael Ottaviano

    Michael Ottaviano

    "Michael Ottaviano is CEO/Managing Director at Carnegie Wave Energy Limited. Carnegie is the ASX-listed inventor, owner and developer of the patented CETO wave energy technology that converts ocean swell into zero-emission renewable power and desalinated freshwater. Over $140m has been invested to fund the development of the CETO technology. Carnegie employs a combination of rapid prototyping, computational simulation, wave tank testing and, in-ocean testing in developing CETO. Carnegie operates two ocean test sites – a “nursery site” at its Private Wave Energy Research Facility in Fremantle, Western Australia and an open ocean site at its Perth Wave Energy Project site off HMAS Stirling, Australia’s largest naval base, at Garden Island, Western Australia.


  • Geoff Ozin

    Geoff Ozin

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    Geoffrey Ozin is renowned for his pioneering research in nanochemistry. His work has defined, enabled and popularized a chemical approach to nanomaterials. His career invention profoundly impacted defining, enabling and popularizing a chemical approach to nanomaterials for innovative nanotechnology in advanced materials and biomedical science. Past 6 years his innovation is focused on the following topics of CO2 utilization by ground breaking discovery of nanocatalysts.
    2010s: Ultrathin inorganic nanowires – Discovery of a new class of nanowires with an unprecedented small diameter below 2 nm. These amazingly thin inorganic nanowires look, grow and behave like organic polymers. This work inspired a flurry of activity around the globe to explore the composition, structure, property and dynamics of these uniquely thin one-dimensional nanomaterials and raised the important question about how to expand and enrich the myriad applications enjoyed by organic polymers into the uncharted territory of ultrathin inorganic nanowires. Green nanochemistry – Separation of poly-dispersions of non-toxic QSE silicon nanocrystals into mono-disperse colloidally-stable fractions with tailored organic surfaces and bright, size-tunable visible to near infrared photoluminescence, provided their size-dependent chemical, physical and biological properties, creating opportunities for the development of novel advanced materials and biomedical devices. Solar Fuels – Research aimed at exploiting the boundless energy of the sun to make fuels and chemicals from carbon dioxide and a hydrogen source rather than the current practice of continuing to deplete our legacy fossil fuels, the ultimate goal being an energy transition from an unsustainable fossil fuels based economy to a sustainable one founded on solar powered CO2-to-fuels. ArtNanoInnovations – cofounded with artist Todd Siler Using multimedia artworks and aesthetic experiences, the possibilities of nature-inspired innovations in nanoscience and nanotechnology are explored that can benefit humankind by meeting global challenges, This project considers new ways of synthesizing and responsibly applying nanomaterials and critiques the significant impact these developments are having on the built and natural environment—and on humanity. An inaugural exhibition was held at the Armory, New York City in 2014 followed by another in 2015 at the Boulder Art Museum sponsored by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

    Geoffrey Ozin Curriculum Vitae
    Short Form –

    NAME: Geoffrey Alan Ozin

    BIRTH: London, England 23rd August 1943

    POSITION: Canada Research Chair and Distinguished University Professor University of Toronto

    ADDRESS: University of Toronto, Chemistry Department, 80 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6, Canada

    CITIZENSHIP: British-Canadian

    CONTACT: 1-416-978-2082, E-mail:






    B.Sc., Honors Chemistry, 1965, University of London, King's College, London, UK
    D. Phil., Inorganic Chemistry, 1967, University of Oxford, Oriel College, London, UK
    ICI Research Fellow, 1967-69, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry

    SYNOPSIS OF RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Innovative and transformative fundamental scientific and technological advances in nanocrystals and nanowires, nanoporous materials and nanophotonic crystals, and nanomotors led to new nanoscale constructs capable of controlling electrons and photons, molecules and materials, and producing chemically powered motion in unprecedented ways, a genre of nanochemistry which shaped the course that nanotechnology is taking today. Published 717 papers with 22 in Science and Nature with ISI h index 92 and 38,415 citations, Google Scholar h-index 100, Citations 43,287, journal front covers for 49 papers, a portfolio of 53 patents filed and/or issued, wrote gold standard introductory undergraduate and advanced graduate textbooks on Nanochemistry, trained a cadre of around 300 top-rank students 45 of which have secured academic posts in universities around the world, generated a substantial portfolio of advanced materials and nanomaterials patents, co-founded Torrovap Industries Incorporated in 1985, a Toronto based spin-off company that manufactures scientific instrumentation (, co-founded Opalux Incorporated in 2006, a Toronto spin-off company whose mission is to commercialize a portfolio of photonic crystal based products (, co-founded ArtNanoInnovations in 2010, a partnership with American artist Todd Siler dedicated to taking advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology into the art world (, and inaugural guest editor invited to write monthly Opinion Editorials for Materials Views Wiley-VCH family of materials journals: Advanced Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Health Materials, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Interfaces, Advanced Science, Small, Particle


    Canada Research Chair Tier 1, University of Toronto, 2001-2021
    Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, 2005-2007
    Senior Fellow of Massey College, 2007
    University of Toronto Distinguished University Professor, 2004-
    University of Toronto, University Professor, 2001-2004
    Institute for Optical Sciences, University of Toronto, Founding Member, 2004-
    Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Founding Fellow, Nanoscience, 1999-
    Isaac Walton Killam Memorial Fellow, 1995-97
    University of Toronto, Professor, 1977-2000
    Caltech, Sherman Fairchild Fellow, 1977-78
    University of Toronto, Associate Professor with Tenure, 1973-77
    University of Toronto, Assistant Professor, 1969-72


    Global Chair, Bath University, England, 2014-2015
    Distinguished Research Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 2010-2015
    Guest Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 2005-2009
    Humboldt Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Colloid Science, Golm, Germany, 2005
    External Associate London Centre for Nanotechnology, London 2004-2008
    Honorary Professorial Fellow, Royal Institution, London, 2001-2008
    Honorary Professorial Fellow, University College, London University, 2001-2008
    3M Research Fellow, 3M Corporation Minneapolis Saint Paul, 1982-85
    Sherman Fairchild Fellow Caltech, 1977-78


    Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    Member of the Canadian Chemical Society
    Member of the American Chemical Society
    Member of the British Chemical Society
    Member of the Materials Research Society
    Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

    , Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry and Distinguished University Professor, University of Toronto

    University of Toronto

    No bio available at the moment
  • Dale A. Prouty

    Dale A. Prouty

    "Dale A. Prouty has been CEO of Tri Alpha Energy (TAE) since January 2005. TAE is a venture-backed company focused on developing commercially competitive clean fusion power. It is the world's largest private fusion company.

    First became involved with Tri Alpha Energy as a seed investor in 1999. Joined full-time as COO in 2001. Has led company's business and commercialization strategy, guided technology development and secured multiple successful funding rounds.

    Served as a CEO, investor, board member or operating director for more than 25 entrepreneurial technology businesses. Experienced in selling companies and taking businesses public through IPOs and mergers. Previous companies have eclipsed $2 billion in market capital on NYSE.


  • Dr. Adam Rondinone

    Dr. Adam Rondinone

    Dr. Adam Rondinone received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and immediately joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a prestigious Wigner Fellow. He conducts his research at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, where he is an expert on materials chemistry at the nanoscale. His research is focused on developing novel means to create functional nanomaterials for energy applications. He has served on various committees in service to ORNL, including two years as a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate working on energy and technology issues. He is also the outreach coordinator for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.

  • Katie Shanks

    Katie Shanks

    "Katie Shanks is a PhD student working with modelling software to design and optimise optics in the concentrating photovoltaic system. She works with Professor Tapas Mallick and a small group of researchers involved in the BioCPV project, a BURD (Bridging the Urban and Rural Divide) project tackling the challenges of rural living in developing countries by meeting energy demands for the health care centre, School and cooking in small villages.


  • Neelam Singh

    Neelam Singh

    "Neelam is a materials scientist with over 6 years of experience in Li-ion battery research. Her primary expertise is in the development of Li-ion batteries and supercapacitor architectures and their methods of fabrication. Neelam holds a PhD in Materials Science from Rice University, a MS in Materials for Energy Storage Conversion from University Picarde Jules Verne in France, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from HBTI, Kanpur in India.


  • Konstantin Turitsyn

    Konstantin Turitsyn

    "Dr. Konstantin Turitsyn received the M.Sc. degree in physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Ph.D. degree in physics from Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow, in 2007. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. Before joining MIT, he held the position of Oppenheimer fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Kadanoff-Rice Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Chicago. His research interests encompass a broad range of problems involving nonlinear and stochastic dynamics of complex systems. Specific interests in energy related fields include stability and security assessment, integration of distributed and renewable generation. He is the recipient of 2016 NSF CAREER award “Computational toolbox for improved security of power systems”.


  • Daryoosh Vashaee

    Daryoosh Vashaee

    "Daryoosh Vashaee is an Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. Vashaee is an expert in superlattices and nanostructured materials for energy conversion and sensing applications. In the past, he has contributed to the development of several key thermoelectric structures including heterostructure thermionic devices and bulk nanocomposite materials. He has published more than 150 technical articles, and is the winner of the 2004 Goldsmid Award for research excellence in thermoelectrics from the International Thermoelectric Society. Prior to NCSU he worked at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor and at MIT as postdoctoral scholar.


  • David Watson

    David Watson

    "David Watson is professor and department chair University of Buffalo's chemistry department.

    Our research involves materials chemistry, surface chemistry, photochemistry, and spectroscopy. We synthesize nanostructured inorganic materials, functionalize their surfaces with molecules and nanoparticles, and study photoinduced charge transfer at the resulting interfaces. Our goals are (1) to synthesize nanostructured materials architectures with intriguing light-harvesting properties and charge-transfer reactivity and potential applications in energy conversion, and (2) to develop, through our fundamental studies, structure-property-reactivity relationships pertaining to surface functionalization and electron transfer at nanostructured interfaces.

    Current research projects focus on (1) the synthesis of quantum dot-molecule-semiconductor interfaces and the interrogation of their photoinduced charge-transfer reactivity, (2) electron injection from organic dyes to metal oxide semiconductors, and (3) fundamental studies of monolayers and mixed monolayers of adsorbates on porous metal oxide films.


  • Alan Weimer

    Alan Weimer

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    Dr. Weimer is H.T. Sears Memorial Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU-Boulder and is a world recognized expert in fluid-particle processing. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is named inventor on 24 issued and eight pending U.S. Patents. Prior to joining the faculty at CU in 1996, he was Associate Research Scientist for The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI) where he had worked since 1980. While at Dow, Dr. Weimer co-invented, developed, and commercialized materials synthesis technology. For this work, Dr. Weimer received Dow’s 1990 Ceramics Founder’s Spangenberg Award, the 1993 Dow Central Research Inventor of the Year Award, and was named recipient of the 1995 Dow Chemical Company Excellence in Science Award. In 1993, Dr. Weimer was named recipient of the mid-Michigan Professional Progress Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Dr. Weimer received both the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the CU campus-wide Faculty Research awards in 2005. In 2005, he also received the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program R&D Award. He is a Fellow of the AIChE and received their Fluidization Processes Recognition Award in 1997 and the 2009 AIChE Thomas Baron Award for Fluid-Particle Systems. Professor Weimer has delivered five invited Keynote addresses at International Conferences since 2005. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

    , Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU-Boulder

    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU-Boulder

    No bio available at the moment
  • Dr. Colin Wessells

    Dr. Colin Wessells

    Colin Wessells is presently the CEO and cofounder at Alveo Energy, a battery technology start up company based in Santa Clara, California. At Alveo, he has raised $18 million in investments, committed investments, and federal awards from leading venture capital firms and ARPA-E. He is the primary inventor of Alveo's proprietary sodium-ion battery technology. Before founding Alveo in 2012, he was a doctoral student in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He has co-authored eighteen peer-reviewed publications and six patents. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in materials science from Stanford.

  • Peidong Yang

    Peidong Yang

    Prof. Peidong Yang received a B.S. in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 1993 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1997. He did postdoctoral research at University of California, Santa Barbara before joining the faculty in the department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. He is currently professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering and a senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He is S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair Professor in Energy.

    He is the director for California Research Alliance by BASF, and co-director for the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute. He is one of the founding members for DOE Energy Innovation Hub: Joint Center for Artificial Photosysnthesis (JCAP) and served as its north director for the first two years. Yang is an associate editor for Journal of the American Chemical Society and also serves on editorial advisory board for number of journals including Acct. Chem. Res. and Nano. Lett. He was the founder of the Nanoscience subdivision within American Chemical Society. He has co-founded two startups Nanosys Inc. and Alphabet Energy Inc.

    He was elected as MRS Fellow, and a member of National Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Honorary Fellow of Chinese Chemical Society, a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and a senior fellow for Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is the recipient of MacArthur Fellowship, E. O. Lawrence Award, ACS Nanoscience Award, MRS Medal, Baekeland Medal, Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, MRS Young Investigator Award, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, ACS Pure Chemistry Award, and Alan T. Waterman Award. According to ISI (Thomas Reuters), Yang is ranked as No. 1 in materials science and No. 10 in chemistry for 2001-2012 based on average citation per paper, and he has an h-index of 125 (Web of Science). He is 2014 Thomas Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics.

    , Professor, University of California, Berkeley

    University of California, Berkeley

    No bio available at the moment


  • Brad Allen

    Brad Allen

    "As executive chairman for NextVR, Brad is primarily responsible for finance, business development and marketing for the company. He brings more than 32 years of experience in the investment banking and securities industries. His career includes working at major investment banks, in both the institutional and private sectors in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Brad has invested in multiple early stage technology companies in the US, Hong Kong and China, and spent 18 years working and living in Hong Kong where he completed institutional transactions representing more than $1.5 billion in value including M&A and equity capital raises.

    In addition to his institutional activities, Brad created, funded and operated two technology start-ups in the e-commerce and enterprise software sectors. Brad also currently serves as a venture partner with Miramar Digital Ventures."


  • Scott Aukerman

    Scott Aukerman

    "Scott Aukerman is an American writer, actor, comedian, television personality, director, producer, and podcast host. Starting as a writer and performer in the later seasons of the sketch series Mr. Show, Aukerman is best known as the host of the weekly comedy podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! as well as the IFC original television series of the same name. Aukerman is the co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and co-founder of the Earwolf podcast network. He is also the Chief Creative Officer of Midroll Media."


  • Brandon Beck

    Brandon Beck

    "Riot Games is an American gaming company founded in 2006 that specializes in video game publishing and esports tournaments. Riot is known for its flagship League of Legends, a free-to-play, online battle game that has 67 million global players and culminates each year in a world championship as spectacular as any traditional sporting tournament: packed-stadium crowds, a million-dollar prize, and ESPN-like coverage courtesy of Riot's online esports network. Riot has been instrumental in helping to build the billion-dollar infrastructure of esports, taking loosely organized events that were initially created mainly by fans and turning them into a professional league of divisions and tiers. The company's annual collegiate series uLOL awards more than $660,000 in scholarships."


    , CEO, Riot Games

    Riot Games

    No bio available at the moment
  • Paul Bettner

    Paul Bettner

    Paul Bettner has been creating entertainment for 20 years. In 2008, Paul and his brother David founded Newtoy, Inc. to create the smash hit Words With Friends and changed the landscape of mobile gaming forever. Before that Paul was at Microsoft where he helped create the blockbuster hits Halo Wars and Age of Empires.

    In 2012, Paul founded a new studio: PLAYFUL CORP. Today, the team at Playful carries on this tradition of creating beloved entertainment, utilizing breakthrough technologies and platforms. Their first shipped title, Lucky’s Tale, is a delightful platforming adventure designed exclusively for virtual reality and bundled with every Oculus Rift.

    Paul is an avid pilot and devoted family man. He lives in a 110 year-old home in McKinney, Texas with his lovely wife and three adorable children.

    , CEO, Newtoy, Inc.

    Newtoy, Inc.

    No bio available at the moment
    & Playful Corp

    Playful Corp

    No bio available at the moment
  • Jonathan Blow

    Jonathan Blow

    "Jonathan Blow is an American indie game programmer and designer. He is best known as the creator of Braid, which was released in 2008 and received critical acclaim. His latest game, The Witness, was released to critical acclaim in 2016.

    For many years Blow wrote the Inner Product column for Game Developer Magazine. He was the primary host of the Experimental Gameplay Workshop each March at the Game Developers Conference, which has become a premier showcase for new ideas in video games. In addition, Blow was a regular participant in the Indie Game Jam. Blow is a founding partner of the Indie Fund, an angel investor fund for independent game projects."


  • Charlie Brooker

    Charlie Brooker

    "Charlton "Charlie" Brooker is an English satirist and broadcaster. He is the creator of the acclaimed anthology series Black Mirror. He won the 2009 Columnist of the Year award at the British Press Awards, the 2010 Best Entertainment Programme Award for Newswipe from the Royal Television Society, and has received three British Comedy Awards: Best Newcomer in 2009, Best Comedy Entertainment Show Award for Newswipe in 2011, and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality in 2012."


  • Louis CK

    Louis CK

    "Louis Székely known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor. He began his career writing for several comedy shows in the 1990s and early 2000s for comedians including David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Chris Rock. Also in this period, he was directing surreal short films and went on to direct two features—Tomorrow Night (1998) and Pootie Tang (2001). "Louie", an acclaimed semi-autobiographical comedy-drama series that C.K. created, stars in, writes, directs, executive produces, and is the primary editor of, began airing in 2010 on FX.

    He released his debut comedy album, Live in Houston, in 2001 directly through his website and became among the first performers to offer direct-to-fan sales of tickets to his stand-up shows, as well as DRM-free video concert downloads, via his website. C.K. has released nine comedy albums in his career, often directing and editing their specials as well. He is known for his use of observational, self-deprecating, dark and vulgar humor.

    C.K. has won a 2012 Peabody Award and six Emmy awards, as well as numerous awards for The Chris Rock Show, Louie, and his stand-up specials Live at the Beacon Theater (2011) and Oh My God (2013). He has won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album twice. Rolling Stone ranked C.K.'s stand-up special Shameless number three on their "Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies of All Time" list."


  • Eddie Codel

    Eddie Codel

    Eddie Codel is a San Francisco-based live video streaming consultant, aerial cinematographer, drone maker and founding director of the Flying Robot international Film Festival. In his role as a live video streaming director over the past 10 years, Eddie has worked with a variety of clients such as the US Drone National Championships, MakerBot, Red Bull, startup accelerators Highway1 and 500 Startups and Ustream, where he was the Head of Production Services. When not flying drones or playing pinball, Eddie can easily be found on the Internet at

  • Bonnie Comley

    Bonnie Comley

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    BroadwayHD is the online theater streaming service that recently made history with the first-ever live stream of a Broadway show, Roundabout Theatre Company’s She Loves Me. Since launch in late 2015, BroadwayHD has aimed to extend the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber productions to theater lovers all over the world. The service, with assistance from several partners along the way, is helping to move the theater industry into the digital age. Just shy of a year since launch, BroadwayHD has live streamed several Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, brought viewers backstage access at the 2016 Tony Awards, increased its on-demand library to over 150 theatrical productions, and made Broadway even more accessible with the addition of Roku, AppleTV and mobile apps.

    Stewart F. Lane is co-founder of BroadwayHD, a six time Tony-winning producer, an author, and co-owner of the legendary Palace Theatre. Tony credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles. Mr. Lane and his wife, Bonnie Comley, have spent their lives giving back to the theater community, creating scholarships, supporting Performing Arts institutions and serving on several boards. In 2015, they set off to help the theater community in a new way, by preserving and extending the reach of theater through BroadwayHD.

    Bonnie Comley is co-founder of BroadwayHD, a Tony Award-winning producer, and vice president of Stellar Productions. Tony credits include Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, War Horse, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. She and her husband, Stewart F. Lane, first experienced the magic of stage-to-screen in 2007, when Legally Blonde was filmed for television and aired on MTV that November. This solidified their suspicion that there was an appetite for stage-to-screen theater and inspired the creation of BroadwayHD.

  • Ethan Diamond

    Ethan Diamond

    "Ethan Diamond is the Founder and CEO of Bandcamp.

    Bandcamp has quietly been helping underground artists make a living for several years now, providing a platform for them to sell their albums and songs. The company just recently announced that since being founded in 2008, it has distributed over $100 million to thousands of artists. The company now claims that they bring in over $3.5 million in revenue every month, most of which goes right back out the door to the artists."


  • Daniel Ek

    Daniel Ek

    "Daniel Ek is a Sweden based musician and software programmer. He is best known for Spotify, a mobile phone music service that gives access to a huge database of artist tunes. His sales force is present in San Francisco, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, and a dozen more countries where he offers his services. Ek has become an important name in the industry of music. He is passionate about music, and has contributed towards it in his own ways."


    , Co-Founder/CTO, Spotify, Inc.

    Spotify, Inc.

    No bio available at the moment
    & Spotify


    No bio available at the moment
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    "Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor and filmmaker. He also founded the online production company hitRECord in 2004 and has hosted his own TV series, HitRecord on TV, since January 2014."


    , Founder and CEO, hitRECord


    No bio available at the moment
  • Todd Howard

    Todd Howard

    "Todd Howard is an American video game designer, director, and producer. He currently serves as director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, where he has led the development of titles within the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series.

    GamePro magazine named Howard one of the "Top 20 Most Influential People in Gaming" over the last 20 years. He has also been named one of IGN's "Top Game Creators of All Time". He received one of the industry's highest awards by being named "Best Game Director" by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in 2012. In 2014, he received the Lara of Honor, Germany's lifetime achievement award for gaming. Howard is one of a small number of developers to have created four consecutive Game of the Year award winners with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4."


    , Bethesda Game Studios

    Bethesda Game Studios

    No bio available at the moment
  • Rami Ismail

    Rami Ismail

    "Rami Ismail is one half of Dutch independent studio Vlambeer. He’s best known for his work on games as Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing, LUFTRAUSERS and Super Crate Box. Besides games, Rami creates independent game creation tools such as presskit() and distribute(). Rami continuously travels the world, and has dedicated a large part of his efforts towards encouraging and supporting game development in emergent territories."


  • Arnt Jensen

    Arnt Jensen

    LIMBO (2010), INSIDE(2016)

    , Founder, Playdead


    No bio available at the moment
  • Roland Lamb

    Roland Lamb

    "After high school, Roland moved to Japan to practise Zen Buddhism. He earned a degree in Classical Chinese and Sanskrit Philosophy from Harvard University. His diverse achievements led to a scholarship to pursue an MA in Design Products at the RCA. There he invented the award-winning Seaboard GRAND and ROLI was born."


  • Alexander Ljung

    Alexander Ljung

    "SoundCloud founder and CEO. All jet. No Lag. Terrible surfer. Berlin / San Francisco / Here, there, everywhere and nowhere."


    (, SoundCloud


    No bio available at the moment
    ) & Eric Wahlforss

    Eric Wahlforss

    No bio available at the moment
  • Chris Milk

    Chris Milk

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    "Beginning his career in music videos and photography, Chris Milk’s work has expanded beyond the traditional: his art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, turning new technologies, web browsers, ephemeral events and even physical gestures into new found canvasses. His work continues to test the frontiers of interactive technology and art as Founder and CEO of Within (formally Vrse), a virtual reality media company, and Founder and Creative Director of Here Be Dragons (formally, a virtual reality production company. Milk presented at TED in 2015 on the power of virtual reality as a medium to advance humanity.

    Milk first gained recognition as a music video director, working with Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Beck, Jack White, U2, Johnny Cash, Gnarls Barkley, The Chemical Brothers, John Mellencamp, Courtney Love, and Modest Mouse. He has been honored with the top industry awards for his music video and commercial work, including the Grand Prix Cannes Lion, the D&AD Black Pencil, the Grand Clio, and SXSW’s ‘Best of Show’, as well as multiple Grammy® nominations, MTV Moon Men, and the UK MVA Innovation Award.

    In recent years, Milk has focused on using cross-media innovations to enhance emotional human storytelling, exposing the beauty in the things – physical, digital, intangible – that connect us all. “The Johnny Cash Project” and “The Wilderness Downtown” with Arcade Fire take the intensely personal, emotive power of music and use breakthrough technologies to create a visual experience that is interconnected to a global consciousness while still being individually meaningful and moving for each participant. Milk partnered again with Arcade Fire in 2011 for “Summer Into Dust,” a kaleidoscopic, crowd-fueled installation that physically connected the audience and their collective emotional response with the band and their performance at Coachella, widely credited as the highlight moment of the festival. “This Exquisite Forest” is a collaborative online piece that turns branching stories into an endless forest of animated narratives, and was exhibited at the Tate Modern in London in 2012 and 2013.

    “The Treachery of Sanctuary,” currently touring the world with the ‘Digital Revolution’ exhibit, is a large-scale interactive triptych: a story of birth, death and transfiguration that uses shadows of the participants’ own bodies to unlock a new artistic language. A special installment of “The Treachery of Sanctuary” is featured at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

    Milk most recently has been building multiple projects with Virtual Reality as the canvas. His collaboration with Beck in January of 2013 called “Sound & Vision” represents the first live-action, fully spherical, virtual reality film. It has been exhibited in an Oculus Rift at the Future of Storytelling Summit, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festival.

    Milk subsequently launched the Vrse app platform at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, creating the first home for premiere content in virtual reality. At the festival, Milk released “Evolution of Verse,” a photo-realistic CGI rendered3D virtual reality experience. The project represents the sheer potential of virtual reality to transport audiences to new worlds in which they feel fully present.

    Milk and Within have since partnered with the United Nations, The New York Times, Nike, Vice News, NBC, Apple Music and U2 amongst others to tell extraordinary stories in virtual reality.

    Milk was born and raised in Glen Cove NY, and lives in Los Angeles."


    , Co-Founder and CEO of Within, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Here Be Dragons

    Co-Founder and Creative Director of Here Be Dragons

    No bio available at the moment
  • Rand Miller

    Rand Miller

    "Rand Miller is a trailblazer in the video game industry – meaning he has gray hair. He co-founded Cyan about 30 years ago and has developed everything from MMO’s to mobile apps, including the blockbusters Myst and Riven. His passion is discovery, and when he’s not exploring the real world with his wife, he concocts ideas of strange places that can only be explored virtually. Even though Myst is now officially a museum-piece, he optimistically feels that the best years lie ahead."


  • Vinith Misra

    Vinith Misra

    "Fans of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” will be familiar with Misra — or at least his code. Misra was the Stanford Ph.D. consultant who developed the algorithms for Pied Piper, the show’s (extremely realistic) data compression startup. He’s since taken his talent to another screen: He’s one of Netflix’s Senior Data Scientists, focused on building the statistical models that not only surface suggestions to you, but inform the entertainment company as to what types of original content to create. “Entertainment today is in the midst of dramatic changes,” the 29-year-old says. “Unprecedentedly massive amounts of data are being generated about how people want to be entertained.” So what’s the future of entertainment? One component should be computer-generated jokes, Misra believes. Last year he gave a TED talk on why machines need an algorithm for humor."


  • Sean Murray

    Sean Murray

    "Sean Murray is the company director of Hello Games. Hello Games is a British video game developer and publisher based in Guildford, England, who are best known for the science fiction adventure game, No Man's Sky. No Man's Sky is a procedurally generated space exploration game, with over 18 quintillion planets to explore."


  • Gabe Newell

    Gabe Newell

    "Gabe Newell runs Valve Corporation, which plays a big role in PC game sales through its Steam digital game store; some liken it to the iTunes of video games. Through Steam, Valve sells licenses to 125 million users of its own and other developers' titles and collects a percentage of the sales. Newell has led Valve since he cofounded it in 1998 with former Microsoft colleague Mike Harrington; the company found initial success with games like Half-Life and Portal. Forbes estimates that Newell owns just over half the company, which operates out of Bellevue, Washington and is known for its flat organization and what some call "Valve Time," a tendency to postpone releases of its creations until long after their initial announcement. In April 2016 the private company ventured into new territory with the release of Vive, a Virtual Reality headset developed with Chinese consumer electronics company HTC, which has become one of the more popular brands in the booming VR-market."


    , Co-Founder and Managing Director, Valve


    No bio available at the moment
  • Jonas Norberg

    Jonas Norberg

    "Jonas Norberg is the inventor of The Pacemaker, the pocket-size DJ system and founder of Tonium, the company developing the product. Being an engineer and professional DJ, he started working on the Pacemaker in 2005, hoping to shrink the common DJ interface of two CD players and a mixer into something a bit larger than an iPod. “I wanted a PlayStation Portable for music,” he said."


    , Inventor, The PacemakeI

    The PacemakeI

    No bio available at the moment
    & The Pacemaker

    The Pacemaker

    No bio available at the moment
  • Tim Rogers

    Tim Rogers

    "Tim Rogers is an American video game journalist and developer. In games journalism, he is known for his association with mid-2000s New Games Journalism, his verbose writing style, and his video game reviews website The Guardian cited his 2005 "Dreaming in an empty room: a defense of Metal Gear Solid 2" as a core example of New Games Journalism, a style of video game journalism that emphasizes the author's subjective and personal experiences in relation to the game world. Rogers has also written for Next Generation, GamesTM, Play, Game Developer, and Kotaku.

    In game development, he is a co-founder of Action Button Entertainment, where he designed games including Ziggurat and Videoball. The four-person studio specializes in simple aesthetics and controls, following from Rogers's own video game aesthetic and minimalist eSports interests. He compared the studio's design philosophy to the spartan menu selections of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares."


  • John Sinclair

    John Sinclair

    "John Sinclair is co-founder and CEO of ustwo, a digital product agency and maker of the hit game Monument Valley.

    Ustwo Games has big ambitions for 2016, with extra staff, multiple projects and a move onto new platforms potentially on the cards. The Monument Valley studio finished up Gear VR effort Land’s End at the end of last year, while its debut title saw its most impressive 12 months to date, racking up more than 21 million downloads during 2015."


  • Min-Liang Tan

    Min-Liang Tan

    "Min-Liang Tan is a Singaporean entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of gaming hardware company, Razer Inc.. He directs and oversees the design and development of all Razer products."


  • Mr. Scott Vandonkelaar

    Mr. Scott Vandonkelaar

    As the founder and CTO of Zero Latency, Scott designed and implemented the first multiplayer immersive virtual reality gaming centre in the world, launching months before the Oculus Rift. Scott is an application developer who has broad experience working across mobile, desktop, unified communications and web-based systems. Starting his career as a software developer at Unified Foods he went on to hold roles as an analyst programmer and developer in major corporations including the National Australia Bank and IBM Global Business Services. When designing Zero Latency he imagined a game that wouldn’t feel like a game. Where your body is the controller and your mind believes it’s real. Here the digital and real world mesh seamlessly together, to transport you inside the virtual like never before. When you move, the game moves with you. He describes the experience as pure immersive mayhem with the freedom to get up and go.

  • Gary Wang

    Gary Wang

    "Light Chaser Animation, which was founded by Chinese tech billionaire Gary Wang, created 'Sent', a new VR short film, to highlight the storytelling potential of virtual reality. Pioneering Chinese studio Light Chaser Animation is offering fans a chance to enter their smartphones and meet the emojis that dwell inside.

    Light Chaser is calling Sent a short story rather than a VR experience, as the project was developed to highlight the narrative potential of virtual reality rather than the immersive experience of "presence" the technology is already famous for."





    "Kees Arts is the founder of Protix"


  • Lars Aagaard

    Lars Aagaard

    "Lars Aagaard is the managing director of the Danish Energy Association.

    The Danish Energy Association is a non commercial lobby organisation for Danish energy companies. It is managed and financed by its member companies, mainly the electricity companies, and works to secure for them the freest and most favourable conditions for competition and development in order to ensure development, growth and well-being in Denmark."


  • Glenn Alers

    Glenn Alers

    "Dr. Glenn Alers is currently President of Soliculture Inc. Prior to Soliculture, Dr. Alers was president of APV Research and provided photovoltaic reliability characterization services to the solar industry for 4 years. In 2009, Alers was a visiting scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) photovoltaic module reliability group. He has been an organizer and has given numerous tutorials on photovoltaics reliability for IEEE Reliability Physics Symposium, IEEE Integrated Reliability Workshop, SPIE Optics and Photonics and NREL PV Reliability Workshop. Prior to working on photovoltaic reliability, he was a principal engineer and senior process manager at Novellus Systems working on integration and reliability issues associated with copper / low k interconnects. Prior to Novellus Systems, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill for seven years. He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was a Research Associate in the Physics Department of Michigan State University for two years. He has published over 60 papers in refereed journals and has received 22 US patents."


    , President, Soliculture Inc.

    Soliculture Inc.

    No bio available at the moment
  • Ngai Weng Chan

    Ngai Weng Chan

    "Ngai Weng Chan is Professor of Physical Geography at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. His main research areas are Environmental Hazards Management, Hydro-Climatology & Water Resources Management. He is currently Vice-President of the International Water Resources Association, Member of International Association of Hydrological Sciences and Member of International Water Association. He is currently President of Water Watch Penang (WWP), Treasurer of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGOs) and member of Malaysian Water Partnership and Malaysian Water Association. He has completed more than 50 research/consultancy projects and published 26 Books, 59 Chapters in Books, and more than 100 professional papers."


  • Mr. Maher Damak

    Mr. Maher Damak

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    Maher is a PhD Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department at MIT. In 2013, to pursue his interests in interfacial engineering and fluid mechanics, Maher then joined the Varanasi group at MIT where he has studied the impact of droplets on hydrophobic surfaces and investigated ways to solve the problem of poor retention of agricultural sprays on hydrophobic plant leaves.
    When farmers spray their fields with pesticides or other treatments, only 2 percent of the spray sticks to the plants. A significant portion of it typically bounces right off the plants, lands on the ground, and becomes part of the runoff that flows to streams and rivers — often causing serious pollution. By using a clever combination of two inexpensive, natural and biodegradable additives to the spray, Maher and Prof. Varanasi found they can drastically cut down on the amount of liquid that bounces off. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The next steps are implementing large field studies, and commercializing the product through a startup that Maher and Prof. Varanasi plan to found.
    Maher is also particularly interested in solving problems faced by the less privileged of this world. For his studies at MIT, he has been awarded a fellowship from the Tata Center of Technology and Design, which aims to address the challenges of resource-constrained communities, particularly in India. As part of this program, he participated in seminars on design, operations and innovation in emerging countries and traveled to India multiple times to see the problems farmers face on the ground and engage with various stakeholders. Maher's personal interests are travelling, with 29 countries visited so far, horse riding that he practiced intensively in college, and international relations.

    , PhD candidate, MIT - Mechanical Engineering

    MIT - Mechanical Engineering

    No bio available at the moment
  • Jerome Delafosse

    Jerome Delafosse

    "The Energy Observer, the world's first boat powered by solar, wind and self-generated hydrogen, is gearing up for its scheduled maiden journey in February 2017. The boat will sail for six years around the world as a floating exhibition and clean energy laboratory, with stops in 50 countries and 101 ports of call. "For the first time, Energy Observer will allow us to explore the oceans without leaving any trace behind us," Jerome Delafosse, a director and co-captain of the expedition."


  • Leonardo Dicaprio

    Leonardo Dicaprio

    "Following the success of Titanic in 1997 along with earlier films, 24-year-old DiCaprio established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting environmental awareness. Although concerned with all areas of the environment, it focuses on global warming, preserving Earth's biodiversity and supporting renewable energy. It has worked on projects in over 40 countries and has produced two short web documentaries, Water Planet and Global Warning.

    Because of his active involvement in those causes, he has received praise from environmental groups. Among the accolades received were the Martin Litton Environment Award, in 2001, from Environment Now, and the Environmental Leadership Award in 2003 from Global Green USA."


    , Founder, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

    The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

    No bio available at the moment
  • Menachem Elimelech

    Menachem Elimelech

    "Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Professor Elimelech received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Hebrew University in Israel and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989 in Environmental Engineering. His research interests include (i) engineered osmosis for sustainable production of water and power, (ii) environmental applications and implications of nanomaterials, (iii) membrane separations for desalination and water reuse, and (iv) water and sanitation in developing countries. Professor Elimelech has received numerous awards in recognition of his research and teaching. Notable among these are his election to the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2006, the Eni Prize for ‘Protection of the Environment’ in 2015, the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2011, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering in 2008, and the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research in 2005."


  • Claudia Eyzaguirre

    Claudia Eyzaguirre

    "Claudia is a solar industry professional with strong experience in emerging solar markets and the energy regulatory environment. She is passionate about making solar energy ubiquitous. She is a co-founder of PVComplete."


  • J. Michael Fay

    J. Michael Fay

    "Mike Fay has spent his life as a naturalist—from the Sierra Nevadas and the Maine woods as a boy, to Alaska and Central America in college, to North Africa and the depths of the central African forest and savannas for the last 25 years.

    Fay has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Bronx since 1991. He received a B.S. in 1978 from the University of Arizona and spent six years in the Peace Corps as a botanist in national parks in Tunisia and the savannas of the Central African Republic. He joined the staff of the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1984 to do a floristic study on a mountain range on Sudan's western border, but ended up doing his Ph.D. on the western lowland gorilla. It was at this time that Fay first entered the forests of central Africa, surveying large forest blocks and creating and managing the Dzanga-Sangha and Nouabale-Ndoki parks in the Central African Republic and Congo.

    In 1996, Fay flew over the forests of Congo and Gabon and realized there was a vast, intact forest corridor spanning the two countries from the Oubangui to the Atlantic Ocean. In 1997, he walked the entire corridor, over 2,000 miles, surveying trees, wildlife, and human impacts on 12 uninhabited forest blocks. Called Megatransect, the project had the objective of bringing to the world's attention the last pristine forest in central Africa and the need for protection. This work led to a historic initiative by the Gabonese government to create a system of 13 national parks in Gabon, making up some 11,000 square miles (28,500 square kilometers).

    Fay also hosted Colin Powell on a forest walk in Gabon after the former secretary of state's announcement to support the Congo Basin with tens of millions of dollars for national park creation, development, and forest management. Fay worked for a year setting up park management infrastructure in Loango National Park.

    In 2004, Fay completed the Megaflyover, an eight-month aerial survey of the entire African continent. He logged 800 hours and took 116,000 vertical images of human impact and associated ecosystems, many of which are now visible on Google Earth.

    In 2008 Fay completed the Redwood Transect, a new project to learn more about the redwood forest. He walked the entire range of the redwood tree, over 700 miles.

    The conservation progress in Gabon inspired another young scientist and conservationist, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, to create the Pristine Seas project, exploring the world's most remote and untouched underwater environments to document their biodiversity and help to get them protected. Mike has participated in several of these expeditions and as a result of the 2012 Pristine Seas expedition to the waters off Gabon, has returned there to help stop illegal fishing and establish the marine protected areas named by President Bongo."

  • Peter Head

    Peter Head

    "Peter is a champion of sustainable development. He established the Ecological Sequestration Trust in 2011. He advocates that changing the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sectors adopt sustainable development principles.

    Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind."


  • Makala Jasper

    Makala Jasper

    "Makala Jasper, a skilled forester and dedicated conservationist, is chief executive officer of the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI), a Tanzanian nonprofit committed to improving the well-being of rural communities—as well as the forests upon which they rely.

    Founded in 2004, MCDI pioneered community-based forest management in southeastern Tanzania. Today, MCDI supports more than 55,000 men, women and children in 35 communities, empowering local people to take control of and sustainably manage their forests while providing economic benefits and improving livelihoods."


  • Zhangke Jia

    Zhangke Jia

    "Jia Zhangke is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the "Sixth Generation" movement of Chinese cinema. Jia's films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally, notably winning the Venice Film Festival's top award Golden Lion for Still Life. NPR critic John Powers described him as perhaps "the most important filmmaker working in the world today."


  • Kevin Chan Kar-ho

    Kevin Chan Kar-ho

    " Kevin Chan KAr-Ho is the co-founder of a Hong Kong-based start-up, Insight Robotics, that has proven that there is a smarter way to detect wildfires no matter how small, using an automated system that combines a high-precision, pan-tilt robot with thermal imaging sensors and advanced artificial intelligence vision technology Its Computer Vision Wildfire Detection System has been used by the Guangdong Academy of Forestry to protect the mainland’s forests and ecosystem since 2010, recording a 100 per cent detection rate in multiple field trials and deployments This early-warning system has been implemented in more than 10 forestry and local government agencies in five provinces and seven cities across the mainland. SOURCE: "

  • Andrew Kimbrell

    Andrew Kimbrell

    "Andrew Kimbrell is an internationally recognized public interest attorney, public speaker, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of Center for Food Safety. He also is Director of the San Francisco based Center for Technology Assessment, co-founder of Foundation Earth, and President of the Board of Humane Farm Animal Care (that administers the Certified Humane label).

    As an attorney, Kimbrell has successfully challenged federal agencies in several historic court cases. He initiated the court challenge that resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court victory forcing, for the first time, EPA regulation of greenhouse gases and their impact on climate change. He also pioneered the legal strategy that led to the Supreme Court ruling that DNA is not patentable due to being a "product of nature." Through his leadership at CFS, Kimbrell has been at the forefront of legal challenges to genetically engineered crops and lawsuits forcing FDA to adopt new food safety regulations. His legal work has also helped maintain the integrity of organic standards."


  • Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy

    Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy

    Name: Arun Krishnamurthy
    Contact: – 91-994020871
    Date of Birth: 30.12.1986

    1. Founder at Krish Info Media, a firm focusing on communications and research.
    2. Founder at Environmentalist Foundation of India, a non-profit working towards
    scientific environment conservation.

    • B.Sc. Microbiology: Madras Christian College. I have majored in Microbiology
    with allied subjects including Biochemistry, Bio-Physics & French.
    • PGD at Indian Institute of Mass Communication- Delhi: Advertising & Public
    • Short Course on Wastewater Management at UNESCO-IHE-2014.

    Work Experience (Past):
    1. Employer: Google India, Hyderabad
    Work Period: 21st May 2007 to 30 July 2010 Designation: Account Associate – Sales Acquisitions.
    Job Responsibilities: Online Media Advertising
    1. Prepare sales business proposals for Google clients.
    2. Create online ads, advertising accounts.
    3. Managing online media accounts
    4. Preparing traditional media advertising proposals
    5. Lead generation
    6. Working on CRM software.
    I had taken additional responsibilities other than my job role at Google. I had worked for the Orkut team & the Google CSR team.

    Environmentalist Foundation of India:

    I started The Environmentalist Foundation of India which is an environmental conservation group focusing on wildlife conservation and habitat restoration. EFI is a non-profit and is spread across 9 cities including Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Chennai. (Headquarters)
    • Started in 2007 EFI has established itself strong in the area of animal welfare and lake restoration across cities.
    • The group has scientifically restored 9 lakes and 14 ponds. EFI is working on 39 other lakes to be cleaned and restored.
    • Also the group has adopted the entire beach stretch from Injambakkam to Besant Nagar in Chennai to clean and restore the beach ecosystem.


    Krish Info Media (KIM):
    Krish Info Media is my start up where we focus Digital Marketing, Psephology and Psychological Interventions. KIM is my commercial venture, EFI is my social venture.

    a. Through KIM we predict and analyse elections for local media houses in TamilNadu. Our predictions have been closest to the actual results.
    b. We create Text-Image-Motion based content for our clients
    c. We organize Human Resource Training and Skill Development Curriculum for MSMES.

    Languages Known:
    • To read, write & speak: English, French, Hindi, and Tamil
    • To speak: Telugu.

    Documentary Films: I have made 2 documentary films:
    • “Kurma” on the sea turtles in India for the International Sea Turtle Symposium –
    San Diego.
    • Elixir poisoned – on the contaminated water bodies of Delhi
    Have been part of other films “Ambassadors of the ocean” & “Why care about turtles”

    Other Interests:
    I am a theater artist, participating in political debates, panel member with the British Council and Association of British Scholars. I can play the violin and interested in volleyball & sport cycling.

    British Council International Climate Champion Excellence Award in 2010.
    Google Alumni Impact Award in 2011.
    Rolex Awards for Enterprise award in 2012 for cleaning Lake Kilkattalai in Chennai.
    Jane Goodall Institute Global Youth Leadership Award, 2010.
    Youth Action Net Fellow.
    IHS AI Youth Urban Professional Award

  • Kendra Kuhl

    Kendra Kuhl

    Dr. Kendra P. Kuhl has committed the last eight years to studying the conversion of carbon dioxide into higher value chemicals and fuels. Kendra entered the PhD program at Stanford University in 2006 and soon after joined the lab of Prof. Thomas Jaramillo, where her research laid the groundwork for carbon dioxide conversion catalyst discovery by developing new methods allowing for accurate and sensitive quantitation of reaction products, including minor products that had not been previously reported. Kendra continued her research as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Anders Nilsson at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. At SLAC, she worked on in situ catalyst characterization and studied the effect of surface morphology on activity. In 2015, Kendra co-founded Opus 12, with the goal of commercializing CO2 conversion technology.

    , CTO, Opus 12

    Opus 12

    No bio available at the moment


    "Nutrisea: From Waste to Nutrients
    The Nutrisea kit is a simple and effective kit for communities to transform a coastal waste, Sargassum Seaweed, into a nutritious powder. The powder form is non-perishable and can be distributed inland, helping to alleviate micronutrient deficiency worldwide."

  • Guy Lamstaes

    Guy Lamstaes

  • Yinan Li

    Yinan Li

    "Yinan Li is the CEO and Founder of NIU. Previously, he was the CTO at Baidu Adr, and vice president of Huawei."


  • Amory Lovins

    Amory Lovins

    Recovering physicist and energy innovator Amory B. Lovins has advised the energy and other industries for four decades and the Departments of Energy and Defense, and is a member of the National Petroleum Council. His work in 65+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin, Hutchens, and Happold Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, and National Design Awards, as well as a previous World Technology Award for inventing Hypercars. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed more than 30 heads of state and written over 600 papers and 31 books. In 1982 he cofounded Rocky Mountain Institute (, an independent nonprofit think-and-do tank that transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure future. Formerly RMI's CEO and Chairman, he continues as its full-time Chief Scientist.
    Lovins has led the superefficient redesign of scores of buildings, several land and sea vehicles, $40+ billion worth of industrial facilities, much of the thinking behind today’s renewable electricity revolution and energy-efficiency industry, and the creation of three of RMI’s six for-profit spinoffs. The latest of his ten visiting posts were in Stanford’s School of Engineering and (currently) as Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2009, *Time* named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and *Foreign Policy*, one of the 100 top global thinkers. In 2016, the President of Germany awarded him that nation’s highest civilian honor, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit, for his seminal role in Germany’s *Energiewende*, and Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations celebrated the 40th anniversary of his 1976 *Foreign Affairs* reframing of energy.
    A fuller biography is at A list of publications is available on request.

    , Co-Founder & CEO


    "As Global Chief Information Officer at Unilever, Jane Moran is responsible for driving Unilever’s sustainability agenda through technology with the aim to double the size of their business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. Moran is involved in some of the most innovative technology developments in the industry – the internet of things, digitising not only marketing but their supply chain and other key functions across Unilever. Her role is to lead the global IT agenda within Unilever by driving strategy, implementation and support for internal and external business tech applications, platforms, networks and data centres.

    Jane is passionate about technology and has held chief information officer posts within global IT organisations for the past 15 years. She left Thomson Reuters to join Unilever in June 2014 as global CIO. In December 2015, Jane became a non executive director at J.P. Morgan Securities PLC.

    Jane is an active member of the global technology community, sitting on the CIO council for, Workday and SAP, as well as being an advisory board member of the Anita Borg Institute and Brown University’s Advisory Committee for Computer Science and IT."


  • Elon Musk

    Elon Musk

    "Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer and inventor.

    He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of which merged with PayPal of Confinity.

    Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the "risk of human extinction" by "making life multiplanetary" by setting up a human colony on Mars."


    , Chairman & CEO, Musk Foundation

    Musk Foundation

    No bio available at the moment
    & TESLA


    No bio available at the moment
    & Tesla Motors, Inc.

    Tesla Motors, Inc.

    No bio available at the moment
  • Rene Ngongo

    Rene Ngongo

    "Ngongo, 48, founded the influential "Organisation Concertee des Ecologistes et Amis de la Nature" (OCEAN) in 1996 to give a voice and infrastructure to Congolese civil society in its fight against forest destruction. A University of Kisangani graduate, he is a renowned ecologist, environmentalist and human rights campaigner. Ngongo is an expert on the impacts of environmental destruction in the Congo Forest Basin. He has also worked extensively with forest communities informing them of their rights with respect to both forest protection and environmental conservation.

    Born in Goma, eastern DRC, he lives in Kinshasa with his wife and four children, whom he sees as an inspiration for his work. Commenting on the award he said: "We need to protect the Congo Basin forests to ensure the livelihoods of future generations. Beyond that we also know that we need to save the forests to save the climate. The rich biodiversity our forests house might very well help us and our children adapt to a changing climate, which sadly is increasingly necessary. But, we will only manage to save the forests of the Congo Basin by working together locally, nationally and internationally - hopefully this award will help bring more attention to the issue."

    Ngongo's collaboration with Greenpeace began in 2004 and he has worked for the international environmental organization since 2008. He was the obvious choice to oversee the opening of Greenpeace's first office in Kinshasa. Since then Ngongo has continued to challenge government and international organizations to ensure transparency for on going forest reforms. In a recent open letter to the DRC Minister of Environment, Ngongo wrote on behalf of Greenpeace: "It is not too late to save the intact forests of the DRC and to support truly sustainable development models that benefit the Congolese people. But the time to act is now."(2) The Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest in the world, after the Amazon."

  • Yue Pan

    Yue Pan

    "The news that Mr Pan Yue, deputy minister of China's Ministry of Environmental Protection, will soon move to a new position outside the environmental apparatus leaves many people with mixed feelings. Some will be pleased for the long-serving minister, who is in effect, being promoted. But there are regrets that environmental policy-making will be deprived of his vision. After serving as deputy environment minister for 13 years, Pan has been appointed party secretary of the Central Socialist Institute, a full ministerial position.

    In his role at the environment ministry, Pan was a symbol of the Chinese government's green commitments, winning himself the unforgettable nickname "Hurricane Pan" (an allusion to the numerous high-profile campaigns he waged to crack down on polluting industries).

    Pan pioneered many initiatives that were later considered groundbreaking (for example, his creation of a 'Green GDP' system that factors in the economic costs of pollution). But one important aspect of his legacy could be easily overlooked especially after an extended period of low public visibility in recent years. One of Pan's achievements is his articulation of a kind of environmentalism that is so organically Chinese that it has become subconsciously rooted in the national narrative. Today, upon the departure of Hurricane Pan from the environmental field, it is a good moment to review his accomplishments .

    In 2007, Pan made a speech in front of a group of students that was later published online as an article. It came at the height of his reputation as China's "environment tsar", and demonstrated an eloquence at the time uncommon among (or unmatched by) Chinese bureaucrats. The article provided an interesting snapshot of Pan's thinking on an issue that occupied a special place in his heart ever since he became one of China's first environmental journalists in the 1980s.

    Unlike mainstream environmental narratives in the West, which often have nature at the heart of their concern, Pan's message was, and is, one of national rejuvenation. The fundamental issue he grappled with is not the relationship between man and nature, but the one between the environment and the nation.

    Titled Green China and Young China, the article explained that China had reached the stage where continued environmental disasters not only degrade its natural resources and harm its economy, but also hamper its prospect of again rising to become a great nation."

  • Carlo Petrini

    Carlo Petrini

    "Carlo Petrini is the founder of the international Slow Food movement.

    He was elected president of the organization at its inception and every year since. Today the movement exists in over 50 countries and has over 80,000 members and supporters. Slow Food International is responsible for publishing periodicals, books, and guides that are read in many languages around the world.

    Carlo is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Communicator of the Year trophy of the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, The Sicco Mansholt Prize from Holland, an honorary degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Instituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples, an honorary degree from the University of New Hampshire, and the Eckart Witzigmann Science and Media Prize from Germany. He was also named “Innovator” in the 2004 Time Magazine list of European heroes. Carlo Petrini is a visionary who works to improve the world’s agriculture and food supply, one bite at a time.""


  • Prof. Vilas Pol

    Prof. Vilas Pol

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    Prof. Vilas Pol is Associate Professor at Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering, USA. Before joining Purdue University, he was a materials scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Department at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA. He earned his M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Chemistry from Pune University and Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He has 15 years of research experience in the fields of energy storage, materials science, chemistry, engineering and electrochemistry. He developed numerous synthetic approaches for the fabrication of various functional electrode materials including anodes and cathodes of Li-ion batteries, K-ion, Na-ion and Li-S batteries. At Argonne, he was a lead PI and Co-PI on several research projects. Currently he leads NASA, DOE and NAVY funded research projects. Prof. Pol’s scientific breakthroughs have been featured in various media outlets including New Scientist, Discovery, Popular Science, ACS, MRS, DOE webpages and TV (NOVA, ABC7, Asia TV, and Univision) news. He has authored or co-authored more than 115 research publications (h index 35), authored 4 book chapters and an inventor on 15 US patents/applications. He is ACS Grand Prize winner, was honored with Argonne National Laboratory’s distinguished ‘Directors postdoctoral fellowship’, MRS science as art first prize, Intel prize, Argonne’s Near Hit Safety award, 2013 British Carbon Society’s Brian Kelly award and is a ‘Gold Medalist’ in Sports. In 2015, his sustainable materials development technology own R and D 100 award (Oscars of Invention). In 2016, Pol is honored with ‘Sustainable Engineering Forum research award’ by American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2016, Prof. Pol's 'Upcarbon' technology is selected as Finalist for R and D 100 award.

    , Associate Professor, Purdue University

    Purdue University

    No bio available at the moment
  • Henry Saragih

    Henry Saragih

    "Henry Saragih is the General Coordinator for La Via Campesina. He has led the Indonesian Peasant Union and represented Via Campesina in many forums around the world. Via Campesina has a strong food sovereignty agenda and includes millions of small farmers around the globe. Henry Saraghit, is based in Indonesia."


  • Ben Simon

    Ben Simon

    "American grocery stores are basically beauty pageants. For every four perfect apples you put in your car, one has been thrown away for its unappealing looks — shoppers just won’t buy odd fruit and vegetables. Simon, 26, is out to rescue the ugly ducklings of the produce world. His company, Imperfect, is educating consumers “that when it comes to produce, it’s what’s on the inside that counts,” he says. At the same time, Simon is creating a very real market for these foods by delivering these imperfect fruits and veggies at an affordable cost to customers around the Bay Area. Imperfect has had a big year so far, showing up on the cover of National Geographic in March and tripling in size over the last two months."


  • Terry Tamminen

    Terry Tamminen

    "From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government.

    During his service in state government, Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative.

    In February 2007, he founded the non-profit organization Seventh Generation Advisors (SGA). This strategic approach has proven successful, and since 2007, Terry and SGA convinced many states and provinces to copy California policies and other “best practices” on clean energy and climate policy. In 2011 Terry was appointed as the R20 Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor. The R20 Regions of Climate Action, helps sub-national governments around the world to develop and communicate low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects.

    Terry was one of six finalists for the 2011 Zayed Future Energy Prize, which offers $2.2 million of awards in the category of clean, sustainable energy recognizing individuals, non-profits, and companies that are doing the most to commercialize and distribute renewable energy to replace fossil fuels and cut pollution. Terry Tamminen was named Vanity Fair’s May 2007 Environmental Hero and in TIME Magazine’s 2007 Earthday edition, he was featured in the “51 Things We Can Do” section. In 2008, The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.” In 2009, Tamminen was named an “Eco Baron” in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes’s book, Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet."


  • Paul Watson

    Paul Watson

    "For 35 years, Captain Paul Watson has been at the helm of the world's most active marine non-profit organization – the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

    Watson was one of the co-founders of the Greenpeace Foundation. In October 1969, his involvement began when he helped organize a voyage on the U.S. and Canadian border to protest against the nuclear testing at Amchitka Island by the Atomic Energy Commission.

    Watson has received many awards and commendations over the years. In 1996, Watson was awarded an honorary citizenship to the French town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Previous to that he was made an honorary citizen of the Florida Keys in 1989. Other awards include Toronto City TV's Environmentalist of the Year Award for 1990, the Genesis Award in 1998, and he was enrolled in the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also awarded the George H.W. Bush Daily Points of Light Award in 1999 for his volunteer efforts with conservation activism. He was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000."


  • Kenji Williams

    Kenji Williams

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    Kenji Williams is a composer and director for multi-media live theater, augmented reality, virtual reality, and interactive datavisualization.

    Named a "100 Top Creative" by Origin Magazine, a World Technology Network award nominee in Arts, Entertainment, and Education, and a Grammy voting member, Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as astronaut Koichi Wakata orbiting live aboard the International Space Station, multimedia artist Paul Miller, top world music musicians, and institutions such as NASA, UNEP, UNESCO.

    Williams is an artist in residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder Arts & Sciences developing a live Augmented Reality theater show titled "Origin Stories" and an interdisciplinary initiative for students.

    Combining unique skills in film and music, Williams has earned international film awards from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Sundance Film Festival, Science Media Awards, Best Soundtrack Composition at the Macau International Fulldome Film Festival, to the People's Choice Award Fiske Fulldome Film Festival, and has garnering media exposure from the Village Voice, BBC, NPR, PBS, USA Today, Huffington Post, and Washington Post.

    Williams expresses his work around the world, at performing arts theaters, museums, and conferences such as, TEDx, Aspen Institute, Smithsonian, Guggenheim Museum, Strathmore, Marin Civic Center, Winspear Opera House, UNESCO, U.S. Dep State, and film soundtracks. ​

    , Director, Bella Gaia

    Bella Gaia

    No bio available at the moment


  • Nayef Al-Rodhan

    Nayef Al-Rodhan

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    Prof. Nayef Al-Rodhan, is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist.
    He is an Honorary Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and Senior Fellow and Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.
    He is highly recognised as a prolific writer and thought leader in geostrategy, global security and the
    Philosophy of Politics, Human Nature, History and Science and Technology. He is a Prize-winning scholar who has written 21 books, convened many international conferences and published numerous articles on emerging strategic technologies, political philosophy, neuro-philosophy, outer space security, sustainable history, trans-cultural security and geopolitics.
    Prof Al-Rodhan is a Neuroscientist by training and holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. He graduated from Newcastle University medical school in England in 1984, and later obtained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1988
    (Molecular Neuropharmacology) from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
    Nayef Al-Rodhan became a fellow at Yale University in 1993 and Harvard University in 1994 and was
    appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Medical School in 1995 at Harvard University. While there, he
    founded the Neurotechnology Program, headed Translational research and founded the laboratories
    for Cellular Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Technology in 2005 at the Department of Neurosurgery
    at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

    , Honorary Fellow, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

    St Antony's College, University of Oxford

    No bio available at the moment
  • Florence Appel

    Florence Appel

    "Dr. Florence Appel joined the Computer Science faculty of Saint Xavier University in 1986. She has most recently taught introductory and programming courses, as well as courses in database, operating systems and computer ethics. She is an active member of the U.S. Association of Computing Mechinery (USACM), is past chair of USACM's Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS) and currently serves on the the United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) Public Policy Committee. Dr. Appel is committed to attracting more diverse students into the computing community, and has organized two regional celebrations of women in computing."


  • Françoise Baylis

    Françoise Baylis

    "Françoise Baylis is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop new strategies to allow bioethicists to make just and lasting policy contributions.

    Baylis believes that bioethicists need to take on greater advocacy roles and use their talents and expertise in pursuit of social justice. They need to exercise their moral imagination and find creative ways to make policymakers and others in positions of power care. Her current research interests concern women's reproductive health, research involving humans, embryo research, novel genetic technologies, and access to health care. Her work challenges readers to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science, and biotechnology. Her most recent book, with Carolyn McLeod, is Family-making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges (2014). Her next book, with Angela Ballantyne, is Clinical Research Involving Pregnant Women: Missed Trials (2016)."


  • Jared Bielby

    Jared Bielby

    "I presently serve as Co-Chair for the International Center for Information Ethics and editor for the International Review of Information Ethics. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Freelance Netizen™. My consulting services currently address IEEE's Internet Initiative Collabratec™ Internet Technology Policy community: Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP), where I moderate on Internet Governance (IG) and the Internet of Things (IoT). My research explores the inter-disciplinary and intercultural connections between Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) and information culture. I have spoken internationally on subjects of information ethics, Internet Governance, Internet of Things (IoT) and global citizenship in a digital era with a specific address of digital citizenship and the netizen (see "Services" tab above). My research is published with McFarland & Company Inc. and with Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies. I have peer reviewed for the Journal of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer) and am the co-editor of the Festschrift, Information Cultures in the Digital Age.

    My consulting addresses local and international academic communities and information technology policy groups on subjects of ethics and policy relating to ICTs. My career objective is to design and implement innovative pedagogical practices that support international and intercultural teaching in issues of technology, information policy and ethics where a focus on informed and responsible interactions with technology and information defines the curricula. As communications liaison and Co-chair for the International Center for Information Ethics, my goal is to establish and support local and globalized centers and forums around the world that address the confluence of ethics and technology towards transforming inter-nationally based technology policy into inter-culturally based technology policy. I have presented at universities and spoken on panels in Israel, China, Canada and the United States, participating in China's 2015 World Internet Conference on cyberspace governance."


  • Nick Bostrom

    Nick Bostrom

    "Nick Bostrom is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, the reversal test, and consequentialism. In 2011, he founded the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, and he is currently the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.

    He is the author of over 200 publications, including Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), a New York Times bestseller and Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy (2002). In 2009 and 2015, he was included in Foreign Policy' Top 100 Global Thinkers list. Bostrom's work on superintelligence – and his concern for its existential risk to humanity over the coming century – has brought both Elon Musk and Bill Gates to similar thinking."


    , Director, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

    Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

    No bio available at the moment
    & University of Oxford

    University of Oxford

    No bio available at the moment
  • Annelien L. Bredenoord

    Annelien L. Bredenoord

    "Annelien L. Bredenoord, PhD, is an associate professor of medical ethics at the University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands) as well as a member of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament. She examines the ethics of emerging biomedical technology and has published widely in this field.

    Bredenoord is a member of several national and international committees including the Ethics and Public Policy Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences."


  • Alta Charo

    Alta Charo

    "Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the Law School and Medical School of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where her scholarship focuses on reproductive rights, pharmaceutical development and safety, biotechnology policy, and human subjects research.

    Her government services includes membership on President Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission and President Obama's transition team, as well as positions as a policy analyst for the former congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Charo is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and co-chaired the Academies' committee on embryonic stem cell research guidelines and served on committees studying topics ranging from childhood vaccination programs to national security concerns about dual-use echnologies."


    , Professor of Law and Bioethics; Associate Dean for
  • Raphael Cohen-Almagor

    Raphael Cohen-Almagor

    "Raphael Cohen-Almagor (D. Phil., Oxon) is an educator, researcher, human rights activist and Chair in Politics, University of Hull, UK. He has published extensively in the fields of political science, law, ethics and philosophy. He was Visiting Professor at UCLA and Johns Hopkins, Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Founder and Director of the Center for Democratic Studies, University of Haifa, and Member of The Israel Press Council. He is the Founder and Director of the Middle East Study Group at the University of Hull. Among his recent books are Speech, Media and Ethics (2001, 2005), The Scope of Tolerance (2006, 2007), The Democratic Catch (2007), and his second poetry book Voyages (2007)."


  • Kate Crawford

    Kate Crawford

    "Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT's Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social implications of large scale data, machine learning and AI. Recent publications address the topics of data discrimination, social impacts of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and due process, ethical review for data science, and algorithmic accountability.

    In July 2016, she was the co-chair of the White House symposium AI Now: The Social and Economic Implication of AI in the Near-Term. The symposium addressed artificial intelligence across four domains: labor, health, social inequality and ethics. You can watch the talks and read the primers here:

    Kate is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, as well as the UN Thematic Network on Data for Development. She is co-PI of the NSF-funded Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society, and she is on the editorial boards of several journals including Big Data & Society, Social Media & Society, and Fibreculture. For her work on big data and ethics, Kate was named a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow in 2013."


    , Principal Researcher, Visiting Professor, Senior Fellow, Microsoft Research, MIT's Center for Civic Media, and NYU's Information Law Institute

    Microsoft Research, MIT's Center for Civic Media, and NYU's Information Law Institute

    No bio available at the moment
  • Kathleen Culvera

    Kathleen Culvera

    "Kathleen Culver joined the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 to help launch an innovative converged curriculum to prepare students for a changing media landscape. When Culver was advised early on that she was “preparing students for jobs that may not even exist yet,” she scarcely had a clue how quickly and massively the ground would shift.

    She is currently studying the ethical implications of data, sensors and drones in journalism and emerging ethics in online commenting. Culver serves as education curator for MediaShift, where she helps advance innovation in journalism curricula and courses, and a visiting faculty member for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies."


  • Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    "Michael Davis is an American philosopher specializing in professional ethics. He is Professor of Philosophy at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Senior Fellow at its Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions.

    Davis is the author of several books, including Accountability in the Professions (1995), Profession, Code, and Ethics (2002), and Engineering Ethics (2005)."


    , Illinois Institute of Technology

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    No bio available at the moment
  • Pavan Duggal

    Pavan Duggal

    "Pavan Duggal[1] is an advocate specialized in the field of Cyberlaw, E-Commerce law. He is also a member of NOMCOM Committee on Multilingual Internet Names Consortium(MINC).[2] Pavan's was for some time a recognized face as an English newsreader with the Indian state run television network Doordarshan. Pavan Duggal[3] is the Conference Director[4] of the International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity[5] organized by Cyberlaws.Net.[6]"

  • Guillermo Foladori

    Guillermo Foladori

    "Originally from Uruguay, Guillermo Foladori is an anthropologist with a PhD in Economics. He has worked as professor at universities in México, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Brazil and had been visiting fellow at the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes at Columbia University. His main research areas are environment, public health and nanotechnology.

    Foladori is now teaching in the Doctoral Program on Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, México, and is member of the National System of Researchers of México. He coordinates the Latin American Nanotechnology and Society Network

    Research Areas: Environment, public health, nanotechnology)

  • Frances Grodzinsky

    Frances Grodzinsky

    Frances Grodzinsky is a Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Sacred Heart University where she has developed and taught a wide range of courses including Computer Ethics, Software Engineering, Networking, Systems Analysis and Design and Theory of Programming Languages. She also serves as the Senior Thesis advisor. She is co-chair of the Hersher Institute of Ethics at Sacred Heart University, an institute dedicated to teaching faculty how to incorporate ethics into their courses. To that end, she has led reading groups, given workshops on ethics and presented a Ted Talk on Why Big Data needs the Virtues. Her papers have appeared in Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Technology: Critical Reflections, Springer, Book Series: Philosophy & Engineering Book Series, ed Hilmi Demir, The Gender Politics of ICT, ed: Archibald, Emms, Grundy, Payne and Turner, Middlesex University Press, Readings in Cyberethics, Spinello and Tavani,, Computing and Philosophy, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Computers and Society , Philosophy and Technology, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, and Science and Engineering Ethics. She has given many presentations at major Computer ethics conferences and has been a keynote speaker at CEPE-IACAP 2015, invited speaker at the Research Center for Computing and Society, invited participant at the Workshop on the Philosophy of Computing Science and Information Lorenz Institute in the Netherlands and invited participant at the NSF workshop on Big Data. In 2006 she was invited to Ionian University to give three talks on ethical issues in Information Technology. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Research Center on Computer Ethics and Social Responsibility, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT since 2000, and serves on the board of INSEIT (the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology) and COPE (Committee on Professional Ethics) of the ACM.

    , Professor and Co-Director, Hersher Inst. of Applied Ethics

    Hersher Inst. of Applied Ethics

    No bio available at the moment
  • Barbara Grosz

    Barbara Grosz

    "Barbara Grosz is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University. Her research in AI has led to major advances in natural language processing and multi-agent collaborative systems. She is currently working on systems to improve coordination of health care providers and doctor-patient communication. Grosz is a fellow of the AAAI and the Association of Computing Machinery and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society. She received the 2009 Allen Newell Award for her contributions to AI research. In 2015 she received the Research Excellence Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization.)

  • John Harris

    John Harris

    "John Harris is director of the Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation and of the Wellcome Strategic Programme in the Human Body, Its Scope, Limits, and Future at the University of Manchester, where is he is Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics.

    Harris is the author or editor of 20 books and over 350 papers. He has published in most of the leading philosophical journals in his field including The Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, The Hastings Centre Report, Philosophy, The Philosophical Quarterly, The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, and Philosophy & Public Affairs. He has also published in many of the leading science journals including Nature, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Cancer, Science, Cell Stem Cell, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Lancet Oncology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and The British Medical Journal. His books include The Value of Life; Wonderwoman and Superman; Clones Genes and Immortality; Bioethics; A Companion to Genethics: Philosophy and The Genetic Revolution (Blackwell's Companions to Philosophy Series); On Cloning; and Enhancing Evolution. His new book, How to Be Good, will be published in 2016."


    , Lord Alliance Professor, Bioethics, University of Manchester

    Bioethics, University of Manchester

    No bio available at the moment
  • Eric Horvitz

    Eric Horvitz

    "Eric Horvitz is a Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Redmond. His research focuses on the principles and applications of machine intelligence, including methods for leveraging the complementarities of human and machine reasoning. He is a fellow and former president of the AAAI, as well as a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2013 he was elected to the CHI Academy, honoring his significant contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.)

  • Noela Invernizzi

    Noela Invernizzi

    "Nanotechnology is often presented as a disruptive technology that will transform industrial production and society at large. A growing body of literature is directed to the study of the economic, social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Little attention has been paid, however, to its implications for work and employment. The purpose of this research is twofold: a) to analyze in what ways nanotechnology innovations materialized in existing products may affect work and employment, and b) to examine perspectives of trade unions, social organizations and NGOs concerning these issues. Advancing knowledge on incipient labor changes related to nanotechnology diffusion is essential to inform early public policy responses regarding nanotechnology development, employment and training.)

  • Dr. Workineh Kelbessa

    Dr. Workineh Kelbessa

    Workineh Kelbessa is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He obtained his BA degree in Philosophy from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, his Master’s in Politics of Alternative Development Strategies from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics from Cardiff University, UK. He is the author of Traditional Oromo Attitudes towards the Environment: An Argument for Environmentally Sound Development (2001), and Indigenous and Modern Environmental Ethics: A Study of the Indigenous Oromo Environmental Ethic and Modern Issues of Environment and Development (2011). He also published many articles in referred journals and chapters in books in the fields of environmental ethics, African philosophy, globalization, philosophy of sex, and indigenous knowledge. His research interests include environmental ethics and philosophy, African philosophy, development ethics, globalization, philosophy of love and sex, climate ethics and indigenous knowledge and ethics. He is a former Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and a member of the UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology.

  • Patrick Lin

    Patrick Lin

    "Patrick Lin is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, based at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is also an associate philosophy professor. He has published several books and papers in the field of technology ethics, especially with respect to nanotechnology, human enhancement, robotics, cyberwarfare, space exploration, and other areas. He teaches courses in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of law. Dr. Lin has appeared in international media such as BBC, Forbes, National Public Radio (US), Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Reuters, Science Channel, Slate, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Times (UK), Wired, and others (see this page for more).

    Dr. Lin is currently or has been affiliated with several other leading organizations, including: Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, Stanford's School of Engineering (CARS), New America Foundation, UN Institute for Disarmament Research, University of Notre Dame, US Naval Academy, and Dartmouth College. He earned his BA from University of California at Berkeley, and MA and PhD from University of California at Santa Barbara. "

    , Affiliate Scholar, California Polytechnic State University (SLO)

    California Polytechnic State University (SLO)

    No bio available at the moment
    & Center for Internet & Society, Stanford University

    Center for Internet & Society, Stanford University

    No bio available at the moment
  • Alan Mackworth

    Alan Mackworth

    "Alan Mackworth is a professor of computer science at the University of British Columbia. He works on constraint-based AI with applications to vision, robotics and assistive technologies. He created the first soccer-playing robots and inspired an annual competition called RoboCup that promotes AI research. He is a fellow and former president of the AAAI, as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian AI Association. He has received the AAAI Distinguished Service Award, the Association for Constraint Programming Award for Research Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian AI Association.)

  • David Magnus

    David Magnus

    by David Magnus, Ph.D.

    This issue of the American Journal of Bioethics contains two extremely important Target Articles in the history of clinical ethics consultation. The first presents the eagerly awaited results of the ASBH attestation pilot, while the second provides a detailed account of the development and application of the VA National Center for Ethics Consultation quality assessment tool that aims to evaluate the quality of an ethics consultation by analysis of documentation.)

    , Co-Editor
  • Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron

    Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron

    HAGIT MESSER-YARON received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University (TAU), ISRAEL, and after a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, she joined the faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University in 1986, where she is a Professor of Electrical Engineering.
    On 2000 - 2003 she has served as the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, ISRAEL. After returning to TAU she was the head of the Porter school of environmental studies (2004-6), and the Vice President for Research and Development (2006-8). She has served as the President of the Open University in Israel (2008-2013). Since October 2013 to January 2016 she has been the Vice-Chair of the Council of Higher Education, Israel.
    Hagit Messer is an active researcher in the field of Statistical Signal Processing. She is also interested in various aspects of higher-education and science policy, including: ethics, science-society interplay, and commercialization of academic research. Prof. Messer-Yaron is committed to the advancement of women in science and technology.

  • Tom Mitchell

    Tom Mitchell

    "Tom Mitchell is the E. Fredkin University Professor and the chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research includes the Never-Ending Language Learning project, a computer system that has been learning to read the Web since 2010 by sifting through web pages for new facts. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Engineers. He received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award from the AAAI.)

  • Jürgen Mittelstraß

    Jürgen Mittelstraß

    "Summary of scientific research
    Jürgen Mittelstraß' main subject and field of interest is history and philosophy of science, also epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and ethics. His interests developed out of his dissertation which dealt with the history of a Greek research principle in astronomy ('saving the appearances'). These studies were continued with an extensive analysis of the genesis of modern science and philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries. In philosophy of science he devoted most of his work to models of scientific rationality, particularly to the concepts of justification and reconstruction, and to concepts like the apriori, the unity of science, scientific explanation, and time. He is also editor of an encyclopedia dealing mainly with philosophy of science, history of science, epistemology and scientific methodology (Enzyklopädie Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie, I-IV, 1980-1996, 2nd ed., I-VIII, 2005 ff.).)

  • Ejembi John Onah

    Ejembi John Onah

    "Professor and Chair at US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Academy of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology(USEACANN))

  • Deborah H Oughton

    Deborah H Oughton

    "Norwegian University of Life Sciences Professory in
    Environmental Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Nanotechnology)

  • Marie-Hélène Parizeau

    Marie-Hélène Parizeau

    "Professor in the Philosophy department
    at Universite Laval, Quebec, QC)

  • Simon Rogerson

    Simon Rogerson

    Simon Rogerson is lifetime Professor Emeritus in Computer Ethics at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), De Montfort University. His most important research focuses on providing rigorously grounded practical tools and guidance to computing practitioners.

    Rogerson has been the prime instigator in establishing a computer and information ethics movement in Europe. As founding director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) his visionary leadership resulted in the ETHICOMP conference series, which he co-directed with Terry Bynum, and the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. There have been 15 ETHICOMP conferences to date with around 1,250 papers being presented. The ETHICOMP name has become recognised and respected in the field of computer and information ethics. Now in its fourteenth volume, the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society aims to promote thoughtful dialogue regarding the wider social and ethical issues related to the planning, development, implementation and use of new media and information and communication technologies

    In September 2015, Rogerson was a keynote speaker at ETHICOMP 2015 in which he reflected on a 20 year journey for a group of people who have the greatest of concerns over the creation and use of information and communication technology (ICT) throughout the world. This speech, recently published as The ETHICOMP Odyssey: 1995 to 2015, is part of his current work which focus on the realignment of the ICT Ethics movement In his paper Future Vision (2015) he proposes a global action plan as an initiative to address the serious fragmentation of work in and between academia and industry related to ICT Ethics. The aim is to regenerate the relationships across the wider community so that ICT will be developed and utilised in an ethical and socially acceptable manner. It is not simply an academic initiative but a whole-world initiative which will lead to an improvement in practice. His position is one of evolutionary leadership for he writes, “I and my generation are not the ones to drive this through. Future Vision is in the hands of the millennials.”

    , Professor Emeritus, De Montfort University

    De Montfort University

    No bio available at the moment
    & Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University

    Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University

    No bio available at the moment
  • Prof. Zabta Khan Shinwari

    Prof. Zabta Khan Shinwari

    Candidate’s academic background and achievements:

    Hailing from Kohat (Tribal Area Pakistan) – Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari got Ph.D. from Kyoto University (Japan) followed by several Post Doc. Fellowships in some of the most prestigious institutions of Japan. He served Pakistan Museum of Natural History, where he developed Herbarium and displayed complex scientific findings in form of dioramas for the benefit of students, researchers, and general public. Also was leading a team to present data/findings in schools for awareness raising in science. Worked for indigenous people for protection for their intellectual property rights, raising issue of access and benefit sharing at various forums.

    Then he was selected to lead National Herbarium, a project of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, where he guided Pakistan Agricultural Research Council to develop their labs on modern lines using Biotechnology and Information Technology; made plans to develop Botanical Gardens for economic wild plants and guided farmers to adopt under-utilized crops for their socio-economic development.

    He moved to WWF-Pakistan, as Technical coordinator of Ethnobotnay Project, his job description included to:
    Guide local communities in harvesting natural resources sustainably to enhance their income; introduce better alternatives for existing fodder & fueldwood resources; train staff and local communities to grow off-season vegetables; facilitate universities in the development of curricula on Applied Ethnobotany and ethics in science; delivered lectures on how to involve communities in conserving natural resources; organize Thematic Workshops on critical issues like gender balance, sustainable use of NTFP, poverty alleviation through natural resource uses, etc.; Raise funds for community participation in conservation. He has compiled three books describing the indigenous knowledge about medicinal plants of various regions of Pakistan in addition to several articles in scientific journals of repute.
    Looking at his activities he was appointed Programme Leader at Frontier Technologies Research Center (CPC) by COMSTECH. Main target of his job was to train young scientists from OIC in frontier technologies and holding workshops in doing sciences on established ethics and having code of conduct.
    He was appointed as Vice Chancellor (President) of Kohat University of Science & Technology at age of 45. One of his major achievements is to extend higher education facilities to the neglected communities of Pakistan especially to female by providing massive relief to the deserving students in fees. Because of his team’s hard work, KUST can rightly boast of being a centre of excellence in higher education and became number 4 in medium sized universities of Pakistan. He also established University of Science & Technology, Bannu. He is the founder of KUST Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) that has started both the classical MBBS along with the BEMS (Bachelor of Eastern Medicine & Surgery, modernizing Unani Medicines). His major contribution was focus on Bioethcis in these organizations. Dr. Shinwari also served private sector as CEO of Qarshi Research International (Pakistan number one Unani Medicine Company) and Vice Chancellor/PD Qarshi University-Lahore.
    Presently, he is Professor & Chairman of Biotechnology in Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He is Fellow/Secretary General of Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He is running a number of funded research projects (Both National & International) and supervising score of M.S. and Ph.D. students.

    As a scientist, Dr. Shinwari focused attention on the molecular aspects of drought, cold, water and salt stress tolerance genes. He deciphered the signal transduction pathways of these genes to maximize the expression and using this technology developed a drought resistant tobacco (GM) crop which can withstand prolonged dry periods and thrive on 70% less water than ordinary tobacco plants. He also worked on Biosafety assessment of GM crops and published articles on these assessments.

    On his return to Pakistan, Dr. Shinwari introduced the use of molecular techniques to describe taxon which at the time was little known in Pakistan. He has reported sequences of more than 340 genes from plants, to elucidate taxonomic relationship of economically important plants while five were found to be drought, cold, and stress tolerant. The purpose of DNA barcodes of Medicinal Plant research was quality assurance of herbal medicine which is a major way of treatment specifically of poor communities which is 70% of developing countries. His group is also working on Endophytic microorganisms of invasive species of plants. Opportunity to find new, interesting and biotechnologically useful endophytic microbes among myriads of plants in different settings and ecosystems is great.
    Currently, Zabta Shinwari’s main interest is in teaching and developing Modules on Bioethics & Dual Use Education. He has been a partner in promoting Biosecurity education in Pakistan, as well as being a key figure in Pakistan in terms of Biosecurity and international engagement on Biosecurity issues.

    Prof. Shinwari has developed linkages with various national and international agencies like BEP, USA; LNCV- Italy and Bradford University etc. to promote Biosecurity education in Pakistan. He is exploring opportunities to deliver the materials to a multi-institutional audience, allowing him to promote the idea of a national Pakistani Biosecurity network, through networking at the event. His principal aim is to promote Biosecurity in Pakistan; promoting Biosecurity from the grassroots upwards, to economic improvement in Pakistan’s growing biotechnology industry; informed scientists are better equipped to meet the needs of international ethical and safety standards, improving the country’s economic standing. He published book and several articles highlighting ethics in science beside holding several training workshop to preach ethics in science.

    He won several awards including national civil award (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) by the president of Pakistan for his scientific achievements; Best University Teacher Award by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and is also fellow of Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He is also a UNESCO Laureate (Avicenna Gold Medalist for Ethics in Science: 2015)and Member UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific knowledge and Technology (COMEST) 2016-2020.

  • Yoav Shoham

    Yoav Shoham

    "Yoav Shoham is a professor of computer science at Stanford University. His research seeks to incorporate common sense into AI. More recently he has been interested in the intersection between computer science and game theory. Shoham is a fellow of the AAAI and the Association of Computing Machinery. He received the 2013 Allen Newell Award for his research on AI, and he is a founding member of the Game Theory Society.)

  • Stefan Sorgner

    Stefan Sorgner

    "Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is a metahumanist philosopher,[1][2] a Nietzsche scholar,[3][4][5] a philosopher of music[6][7] and an authority in the field of ethics of emerging technologies.[8][9][10] Currently, he teaches medical ethics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He studied philosophy at King's College London (BA), the University of Durham (MA by thesis; examiners: David E. Cooper, Durham; David Owen, Southampton), the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Dr. phil.; Examiners: Wolfgang Welsch, Jena; Gianni Vattimo, Turin).[11] Before coming to Erlangen, he taught philosophy and ethics at the Universities of Giessen, Jena and Erfurt.[12] He is a member of several editorial and advisory boards.[12]"

  • Prof. John Sullins

    Prof. John Sullins

    "Dr. Sullins, (Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY), 2002) is an assistant professor at Sonoma State University. His specializations are: philosophy of technology, philosophical issues of artificial intelligence/robotics, cognitive science, philosophy of science, engineering ethics, and computer ethics.

    His recent research interests are found in the technologies of Robotics, AI and Artificial Life and how they inform traditional philosophical topics on the questions of life and mind as well as its impact on society and the ethical design of successful autonomous machines. His work also crosses into the fields of computer and information technology ethics as well as the use of computer simulations in studying the evolution of morality."

    , Professor of Philosophy, Sonoma State University

    Sonoma State University

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  • Peter-Paul Verbeek

    Peter-Paul Verbeek

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    Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, vice dean of the School of Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences, and co-director of the DesignLab at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He studied Applied Physics in combination with Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (1998 – 2004) and received his PhD from the University of Twente in 2000. In 2006 he was guest professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. From 2010 until 2012 he held the Socrates chair at Delft University of Technology. In 2016, he was guest professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Between 2013 and 2015 he was President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology; between 2011 and 2013 he was chairman of the ‘Young Academy’, which is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
    Verbeek’s research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. He explicitly combines his academic work in the ethics and philosophy of technology with concrete engagement with technological practices and societal discussions, e.g. by being a member of COMEST (UNESCO Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology), the Supervisory Board of TNO (a major Dutch center in applied technological research), the board of the Rathenau Institute (Dutch office for Technology Assessment), and th Center for Ethics and Health of the Dutch Ministry of Health.

    Peter-Paul Verbeek is author of Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011), in which he analyzes the moral significance of technologies, and its implications for ethical theory and for design practices. He also published What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005), which investigates how technologies mediate human actions and experiences, with applications to industrial design. He is co-editor of the volumes Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations (Lexington 2015, with Robert Rosenberger), The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts (Springer 2014, with Peter Kroes), and User Behavior and Technology Design – Shaping Sustainable Relations between Consumers and Technologies (Springer 2006, with Adriaan Slob). He frequently receives international invitations for presentations and keynote lectures, including for example the McLuhan Centennial Conference (Brussels 2011); Applied Ethics (Sapporo 2013); Design for Interactive Systems (Vancouver 2014); Philosophy of Nursing (Stockholm 2015); Engineering for Society (Kalamazoo 2015); Society for Philosophy and Technology (Shenyang 2015); Well-Being@Work (Amsterdam 2016).

    In 2014, he received a prestigious VICI-award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (EUR 1.500.000) to develop a theory of technological mediation in a team of six researchers, after having received a VIDI-award (2008, EUR 800.000), for studying the blurring boundaries between humans and technologies and a VENI-award (2004, EUR 200.000), for studying the moral significance of technology, and its implications for design. In 2012, he received the Borghgraef Prize (KU Leuven) in biomedical ethics.

    Prof. Verbeek engages actively in many outreach activities. He explicitly addresses a wider audience with parts of his work, combining international scientific publications with Dutch-language popular publications, like his books De Grens van de Mens and Op de vleugels van Icarus. He gave talks at the Lowlands festival and De Zwarte Cross, a TV lecture on Heidegger and technology, participates in the philosophy talkshow Het Filosofisch Kwintet and played a central role in documentaries like ‘De Volmaakte Mens’ and a Tegenlicht documentary on drones. He frequently gives lectures and is a columnist for De Ingenieur and regional newspaper Tubantia.

    Academic/research appointments to date including current appointment:
    - 2009 – present: full professor Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente
    - 2016 (July): guest professor Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of History and Culture of Science
    - 2009 – 2012: endowed full professor (bijzonder hoogleraar) Philosophy of Human Enhancement, TU Delft (0,2 fte) (Socrates chair)
    - 2006 (Oct – Nov): guest professor Philosophy of Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark (Center for Studies of Science, Technology, and Society, Department of Information- and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities)
    - 2005 – 2009: associate professor (UHD) Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente
    - 1998 – 2005: assistant professor (UD) Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente
    - 1995 – 1998: PhD candidate (AiO), University of Twente, Dept of Philosophy

    Administrative positions:
    - Vice-dean, Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences, University of Twente, 2015-present
    - Co-director, DesignLab, University of Twente, 2015 – present
    - Member of Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht) TNO , 2012 – present
    - Member of Council for the Humanities (Raad voor Geesteswetenschappen, KNAW), 2011 – present
    - Board member, Rathenau Instituut, 2016 – present
    - President, international Society for Philosophy and Technology, 2013 – 2015
    - Chairman (voorzitter) The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie, KNAW), 2011 – 2013
    - Member of the Executive Board of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, 2009 – 2013
    - Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, jan 2013 – sept 2015
    - Board member, DesignLab Twente, 2014 - present
    - Member of Management Team of the Faculty of Behavioral Science (University of Twente), 2010 – 2011; 2013 – 2014
    - Director of International Master Program Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Society (University of Twente), 2006 – 2011

    Awards and recognition:
    - president, Society for Philosophy and Technology (2013-2015)
    - three prestigious awards for excellent researchers from Dutch Science Foundation NWO: VENI (2004, €200.000), VIDI (2008, €800.000), VICI (2014, €1.500.000)
    - Borghgraef Prize in biomedical ethics (Leuven University, 2012)
    - membership The Young Academy (early-career division of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences, 2009-2014)
    - membership Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij van Wetenschappen (2013-present)
    - membership Dutch Academy for Technology and Innovation (AcTI, 2016-present)
    - guest professorship Shanghai Jiao Tong University (one of China’s top universities; 2016)
    - guest professorship Aarhus University (2006)
    - membership UNESCO Committee on the Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST, 2016-present)
    - membership Dutch Council for the Humanities, KNAW (2011-present)

    , Professor, Vice Dean , Co-Director of DesignLab, University of Twente, The Netherlands

    University of Twente, The Netherlands

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  • Matt Waite

    Matt Waite

    "Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting and digital product development. He is also a graduate of the college, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1997.

    Prior to joining the faculty, he was the senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.)

  • Elisabeth Hodson de Jaramillo

    Elisabeth Hodson de Jaramillo

    "Expert plant biotechnology, significant experience in institutional development, promotion R&D, project administration, formulation and implementation of biotechnology and biosafety policies, training in biosafety systems, risk assessment and management, public perception.)


  • Melissa Ablett

    Melissa Ablett

    "Melissa is the General Manager for CIC Rotterdam. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and went to work at the Mass Tech Collaborative’s Innovation Institute – a public agency focused on growing the innovation economy in Massachusetts. During her time there, Melissa helped launch a number of startup-focused initiatives and public-private partnerships. Following this, she joined the digital media startup Streetwise Media, and led its flagship property as General Manager until the company’s acquisition in 2013. Prior to becoming General Manager, Melissa helped extensively on CIC’s expansion to the Netherlands and launch in Miami, Florida."


  • Abdalla Absi

    Abdalla Absi

    "A college dropout, and a serial social entrepreneur - Founded 6+ companies, advising several startups, and aiming to make the Arab world a hub for innovation.

    Featured in April '15 as one of 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40. (

    Currently leading Zoomaal, a crowdfunding platform that funds creativity in the Arab world and the first startup to get 4 Arab VCs on one table.

    Nothing makes me happier than motivating and empowering people to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

    I have a lot of ideas being baked from web&mobile apps, disruptive knowledge sharing platforms, to how the broom stick is supposed to work. I'm happy to share any of them with you only if you promise to steal them.

    Idea = Nothing
    Idea + Team + Execution = Millions

    You can catch me at most entrepreneurship events in Lebanon, or the weekly entrepreneurship meetup I organize in Beirut:

    Some projects I've co/founded:
    - Zoomaal (Founded)
    - eClub (Founded)
    - Askolar (Co-Founded)
    - Rifflex (Founded)
    - (Founded)
    - YallaSMSme (Founded)
    - TimeToSMS (Founded)
    - LebAutos (Co-Founded)
    - and 70 others waiting in line"

  • Steve Anderson

    Steve Anderson

    "A Seattle native, Steve Anderson is a seed investor. Steve founded Baseline Ventures, a privately held early stage seed investor in 2006.Bringing his diverse experience from eBay, Microsoft, Kleiner Perkins, Starbucks and Digital Equipment Corporation, Steve founded Baseline to in order to help entrepreneurs build and grow their ideas into companies. Steve was also named to the Forbes Midas list three years running (peaking at #5) for earning top returns for entrepreneurs and investors.

    Since its inception, Baseline has invested in more than 90 companies and helped more than 30 companies exit profitably for founders and investors alike. Baseline is proud to be a seed investor associated with the following highly promising companies: Instagram (founding investor) and Parakey (both acquired by Facebook)Heroku, ExactTarget, GoInstant and CoTweet (all acquired by Crashlytics and GeoAPI (both acquired by Twitter) IndexTank (acquired by LinkedIn) Librato (acquired by SolarWinds) Rupture (acquired by EA) Sendori (acquired by Versely (acquired by Cisco) Aardvark and DocVerse (both acquired by Google) Yardbarker (acquired by Fox Sports) BookFresh (acquired by Sugar Media) Cake Financial (acquired by E*Trade) ScanScout (acquired by Tremor Media) StaxNetworks (acquired by Cloudbees) Hunch (acquired by eBay) Instructables (acquired by AutoDesk) Flowtown (acquired by DemandForce) OMGPop (acquired by Zynga) Xobni (acquired by Yahoo!) Metaresolver (acquired by Millenial Media)"


    , Baseline Ventures, Inc.

    Baseline Ventures, Inc.

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  • Tina Baker

    Tina Baker

    "Tina Baker is a co-founder and partner of Jag Shaw Baker. Tina has nearly 20 years of experience representing venture capital funds and emerging technology companies on international financings, exits and commercial transactions.

    Tina is both a US (New York State Bar) and UK English qualified lawyer. She was formerly the chair of Brown Rudnick LLP’s European Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Practice. She is currently a member of the Seedcamp Advisory Board and was “Highly Commended” in the category of Best Startup Adviser/Mentor of the Year at the Europas (the European Startup awards). Tina is ranked as a leading individual in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK for Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment, the 2016 edition of Legal 500 for Venture Capital and listed in Thomson Reuters’ UK Super Lawyers publication 2013. Tina has been a contributor to Forbes and The Fundraising Field Guide."


  • Cyan Banister

    Cyan Banister

    "Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in heavily regulated industries, marketplaces, SaaS and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Cyan was an active angel investor with a portfolio including Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, EShares, Postmates and Affirm.

    A self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, Cyan has held a number of technical leadership positions throughout her career. As an early employee at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco, Cyan oversaw support infrastructure and performance for a global customer base.

    Cyan has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity, and the Co-founder of Signal Media Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes and facilitates the accurate portrayal of science, technology, and history in popular media."


    , Partner, Founders Fund

    Founders Fund

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  • Andres Barreto

    Andres Barreto

    "Andres Barreto is a seed investor and entrepreneur founder of Socialatom Group, Grooveshark, PulsoSocial and Onswipe. With Socialatom Group he has built or invested in over 45 companies. He is a founding fellow of Non-Profit Coderise. BusinessWeek’s top 25 under 25, MIT Tech Review Top 10 Innovators under 35, Inc Magazine’s Top 30 under 30.

    Andres is a frequent speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and developing nations and has participated in Conferences throughout Latin America and the US."


  • Roelof Botha

    Roelof Botha

    "Roelof F. Botha[2] (born 19 September 1973[1]) is a venture capitalist and company director. By training, he is a qualified actuary.

    Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Jawbone, Eventbrite, Evernote, Mahalo, Natera, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Weebly, Unity, Whisper and Xoom. He also works with 10gen, AssureRX, FutureAdvisor, Instagram, Mixpanel and MuSigma.[3] He previously sat on the board of directors of Meebo and YouTube before they were each acquired by Google."




    Former CEO and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities

    United Kingdom

    Sherry is a former CEO and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge University Press and a Non-Executive Director of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group. She also serves on the Advisory Board of As an angel investor, she works with entrepreneurs to solve problems that matter and specialises in consumer internet, information services and education. She has made angel investments in more than 50 companies and holds investments in 4 venture capital firms. As an entrepreneur, Sherry was founder of two businesses in the financial services industry. Aside from the finance world, she is also non-executive director of Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charity founded in 2009 to promote the study of basic computer science in schools, and is responsible for developing a credit card sized, single-board computer called the Raspberry Pi. In a long list of awards and recognitions, Sherry was voted by TechCrunch as the best CEO mentor / advisor in Europe in Nov 2010. Tornado Insider has named Sherry as one of the “Top 20 trend-setting women in Europe”. She has been rated by Wired UK (2011 & 2010) as one of the top 100 digital people and one of the top ten female digital people in the UK.

    In 2015, Sherry received a number of awards and honours, being named Top Entrepreneur contributing to ‘Queen and Country’, one of top 10 most influential women in UK IT industry and Most Interesting Venture Capitalists in the UK."

  • Swati Chaturvedi

    Swati Chaturvedi

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    Swati Chaturvedi founded the Propel(x) investment platform as a way to enable large-scale global investment in science and technology companies. As the CEO of Propel(x), Swati has helped close investments in 28 companies that are at the forefront of scientific innovation. She has also pioneered a systematic, data driven approach to investing. Prior to starting Propel(x), Swati founded the MIT Alumni Angel Investors group and drove the syndication of 8 investments within the first year of formation. Swati has worked as an investment professional in Private Equity and Venture Capital (Exigen Capital, Siemens Venture Capital, Temasek Holdings).
    Swati has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, an M.S. from MIT (Technology and Policy Program) and an M.S. from UC Berkeley (Civil Engineering). She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

    , Co-founder and CEO, Propel(x)


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  • Jeff Clavier

    Jeff Clavier

    "Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the original seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 175+ investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll (Yahoo), LiveRamp (Acxiom), Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Gnip (Twitter), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Curse (Amazon), Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Poshmark, Hired, Postmates, Vungle, Shippo, Front and Molekule. The portfolio has also seen acquisitions by Groupon, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. The firm has $300M+ under management and is currently investing out of its $85M Fund IV, making on average 15 seed commitments of $850K per year in mobile/cloud saas, consumer services, connected devices, marketplaces and healthcare IT.

    Born, raised and educated in France, Jeff graduated with a MS in Computer Science and a degree in Distributed Computing. He joined Effix, a financial services startup, as one of the initial developers while still at school and eventually led it as CTO. After 5 years, Reuters acquired the company and Jeff expanded his remit to several product and development organizations in Europe and the USA. In 2000, he moved to Silicon Valley as General Partner for RVC, the $450M venture fund affiliated with Reuters."

  • Matt Clifford

    Matt Clifford

    "Matt co-founded EF after being a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Prior to EF Matt spent his time studying at MIT fuelled by an obsession with R, Python and unusual datasets.
    EF is the best place for Europe’s top technical individuals to meet and build world-changing startups in London.They select purely on the basis of technical talent, so you can apply before you have a team or an idea. The intensive 6-month programme is designed to give you the best possible support in the first 200 days of your startup’s life.
    They have created over 40 startups now worth over $300 million. The startups are funded by some prestigious investors including Balderton Capital, Index Ventures, Octopus Investments and Y Combinator."


    (Co-founder & Chief Executive, Entrepreneur First

    Entrepreneur First

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    ) & Alice Bentinck (Co-founder, Entrepreneur First and Code First: Girls)

    Entrepreneur First and Code First: Girls

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    Alice Bentinck

    "Alice Bentinck MBE is cofounder of Entrepreneur First and Code First: Girls. Entrepreneur First builds startups from scratch and over the last 5 years Alice has helped build more than 100 startups, now worth in excess of $450m. Entrepreneur First's most recent exit is Magic Pony Technology to Twitter for $150m after 18 months. In 2016, Entrepreneur First won the Europa for the Best Accelerator in Europe. The Entrepreneur First model is unique - they invest in individuals, before they have a team or an idea, and put them through an intensive six month process to get them to the stage where they can take on seed funding. They focus primarily on individuals with technical backgrounds (computer science or engineering) and aim to build and invest in deep tech startups. Alice also set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that teaches young women to code for free. More than 4000 students and young professionals have been through the programme. Alice is a blogger for TechWorld, is on the Imperial College Computer Science Department Board and has advised the Prime Minister on startups at the Northern Future Forum. Alice has been recognised in the top 1000 most influential Londoners and the Management Today 35 under 35. Alice started her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company." (source:
    & Matt Wichrowski (Head of Funding, Entrepreneur First)

    Entrepreneur First

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    Matt Wichrowski

    Matt Wichrowski serves as Entrepreneur First's Head of Funding and leads a dedicated service line to our portfolio for all things fundraising. Matt's primary task is to develop a robust US investor network with a mission to provide EF teams with a highly tailored guidance on the most relevant investors for their needs. Moreover, his approach aims at sharing EF's proprietary dealflow with investors that are eager to back the next generation of frontier technologies. In addition to network construction, Matt supports the portfolio with tool design, analysis, training and mentorship. Prior to EF Matt spent time at White Star capital, an early stage venture fund, where he focused on investments in the AI/machine learning and 3D printing space. Before that he spent several years as a management consultant, specializing in operations strategy, supply chain and cost reduction. Matt holds and MBA from London Business School and a Bachelors degree in Finance from Indiana University. Matt calls Boston home but travels frequently between London, New York and San Francisco.
  • Jack Conte

    Jack Conte

    "Jack Conte is an American musician, singer-songwriter, disc jockey, entrepreneur, and filmmaker. He is also one half of Pomplamoose with his wife Nataly Dawn.

    Conte has recorded two EPs — Sleep in Color and Nightmares and Daydreams — and released them along with the compilation VideoSongs Volume I through the iTunes Store. Conte's use of Electro-Harmonix audio equipment has been featured by the company in several different videos.

    Conte is also the co-founder of Patreon."


  • Peter Fenton

    Peter Fenton

    "Peter Fenton is one of six partners at Bechmark, a leading venture firm that spans the eras of eBay and Uber. Fenton splits his expertise between consumer and enterprise companies, sitting on the board at Twitter, which he invested in during the Series C in 2009 (a rare growth-stage bet for the early-stage firm) and amassed a 6.6% stake in the then $25 billion (market cap) company by the time of its IPO in November 2013 (it's since trading at about half value). In enterprise, Fenton had one of the most unusual days in venture history in December 2014: Two of his investments, Hortonworks and New Relic, went public on the same day. Fenton also was an investor in Zendesk (IPO 2014) and Yelp (IPO 2011), and joined the board of billion-dollar startup Docker when it was still called DotCloud in 2011. Most recently, he saw exits through the acquisitions of Pentaho and Polyvore in 2015 to Hitachi and Yahoo and invested in Cockroach Labs in its Series A round. Somehow, he finds time to complete triathlons and fly helicopters, too. Says Fenton of Benchmark's artisanal approach: "We're more of a jazz band than a marching band.""

    , Benchmark Capital

    Benchmark Capital

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  • Manny Fernandez

    Manny Fernandez

    "Fernandez is a rising investor star of Silicon Valley. He is co-founder/CEO of, which is an equity crowdfunding platform that provides access to pre-IPO companies. Manny is the winner of SF Angel Investor of the Year and equity crowdfunding leadership award."


    , Investor, CNBC's Make Me A Millionaire Inventor

    CNBC's Make Me A Millionaire Inventor

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  • Oliver Gajda

    Oliver Gajda

    "I co-initiated the ECN in late 2011 as an informal networking group, which we expanded in 2012. I finally set up the European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (an international NGO) in early 2013 as its Founding Executive Director and Founding Chairman. I since have secured around €1 million in funding going forward and build a strong team of six staff."


  • Sameer Ghandi

    Sameer Ghandi

    "Sameer Gandhi finally breaks into the Midas top 15 in his sixth year on the list. An Accel partner since 2008, Gandhi is its heavy-hitter now that Jim Breyer is gone, Gandhi led the firm's investments in Dropbox (a pickup from his earlier days at Sequoia), Flipkart (valued at $15 billion) and drone-maker DJI. Accel invested $75 million in DJI a year ago in May, and launched a $10 million SkyFund with DJI to invest in other drone-related startups. Other notable exits in the past five years include selling Dropcam to Nest/Google for $555 million in June 2014, and IPOs for Opower (April 2014), Barracuda Networks (2013) and Trulia (2012). Gandhi is also on the boards of Birchbox, Spotify, Flipkart, Bonobos,, Crowdstrike and Plex Systems. Outside of Accel, Sameer is a frequent speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of business because he is passionate about sharing real-world lessons with the next generation of entrepreneurs. Sameer is also a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust."

  • Antonio Gracias

    Antonio Gracias

    "Antonio Gracias serves as Valor Equity Partner's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee. His duties include overall responsibility for the Firm's management, operations, and investing.

    Prior to founding Valor in 2001, Gracias served as Founder and Managing Member of MG Capital from 1995 through 2000. MG Capital was a private equity firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. As the lead transaction principal, Gracias sourced investments in nine middle market manufacturing companies where MG Capital played the role of lead equity sponsor. He also sourced three non-lead investments in a diverse set of industries.

    Gracias served as the Chief Executive Officer of MG Capital's electronic connector holdings, Connector Service Corporation. He managed the company through growth from $10 million to $125 million in revenue before exiting the investment in 2001.

    Gracias is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Victoria Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a member of the Board of Directors of The Economic Club of Chicago, a Trustee of the Field Museum, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Chicago Law School. Gracias received the 2008 Immigrant & Refugee Contributions Award for Entrepreneurial & Business Leadership from Changing Worlds, an educational arts non-profit organization. Gracias is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow, an Aspen Institute program designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. He is also a member of several Valor portfolio company boards."


  • Carolina Huaranca

    Carolina Huaranca

    "Carolina Huaranca Mendoza joined Kapor Capital in 2016 and focuses on identifying early stage investments, evaluating those investments, and partnering with entrepreneurs to grow their companies. She is particularly interested in Future Work, People Operations Technology, and Education. Prior to becoming Principal, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Kapor Center for Social Impact (KCSI) working on a tech platform for teacher professional development.

    Carolina began her career as a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker at Citi but left to pursue opportunities in the technology and education sectors. She began her technology career in 2003 as a Sales & Marketing Manager at SchoolNet, which sold to Pearson for $230MM. In 2012, she founded Spriggle, a marketplace helping parents identify science and math inspired products for children ages 3-9.

    Carolina is a graduate of Cornell University and was awarded the Konologie Fellowship at The Wharton School. As a woman and first-generation Peruvian-American from Long Island, Carolina is passionate about ensuring that people from all backgrounds know how to access capital. Based on her experience serving as the founding National Director of Girls Who Code Clubs, where she launched 186 Clubs serving approximately 2,000 girls, she is extremely passionate about working to close the gender gap in technology. Outside of work, Carolina mentors women entrepreneurs and low-income teens interested in pursuing careers in tech."


  • Maha Ibrahim

    Maha Ibrahim

    "Maha Ibrahim is a General Partner at Canaan Partners.

    Maha has been involved in the venture capital and technology industries for over 15 years, developing a stellar reputation for supporting entrepreneurs through all phases of the start-up cycle. She also mentors women and girls in entrepreneurship.

    With a focus on innovative cloud and digital media companies, Maha’s current boards include Kabam, an innovator in the gaming industry. Plus, she keeps current with couture as a board member for TheRealReal, the world’s largest luxury marketplace, and Cuyana, an e-commerce brand that creates luxury apparel and accessory collections with materials sourced from around the world."


  • Jose Iglesias

    Jose Iglesias

    "José Iglesias oversees all the early stage activity in EMEA at Techstars. Techstars is a global ecosystem built for entrepreneurs, that includes startup programs, accelerators, venture capital and an enormous network. The Techstars ecosystem includes more than 7.000 founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners, and more than 8.000 community leaders who work together to create a worldwide network of entrepreneurial support."


  • Candace Johnson

    Candace Johnson

    "Candace Johnson is the Co-founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and the architect of SES Global. She is also the founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network, and the Founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network. Ms. Johnson is also a founding investor and Member of the Board of Kacific, the high-throughput Satellite Internet System for the Pacific. She is also the founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany, and of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN).

    During her time as President of EBAN, she has co-founded MBAN, the Middle East and North Africa Business Angel Network and ABAN, the African Business Angel Network. Candace Johnson is also a Member of the Board at SES-ESL, Store Electronic Systems Electronic Shelf Labeling, a publicly quoted company on the EuroNext, and President of Succès Europe, a French Investment Holding with an AMF Visa, President of Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV), which is a principal founding shareholder with AXA, Caisse des Depots, Bayerische Landesbank, and the SPEF of Sophia Euro Lab. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of numerous European and US ventures as well as being a Member of the Board of Governors of EDHEC (France), the University of Haifa in Israel, Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Senior Enterprise Fellow for the University of Essex and its OECD-Leeds Program."


  • Joshua Kopelman

    Joshua Kopelman

    "Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization.

    In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. was acquired by eBay in July 2000 – and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world’s first anti-spam router. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.

    Josh co-founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. Since that time, the firm has invested in over 300 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. For the last five years, Josh has consistently ranked in the top 20 on the Forbes “Midas List” which ranks the top 100 tech investors, earning the number four spot in 2014. Josh has been named one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of “Tech’s New Kingmakers” by Business 2.0 magazine and a “Rising VC Star” by Fortune magazine."


  • Kristjan Laanemaa

    Kristjan Laanemaa

    "As a portfolio manager Kristjan manages ASI’s portfolio companies and also participates in the screening process for new investments. His main strengths are financial management and analysis.

    Prior to joining ASI, Kristjan worked in the field of private equity investment management and earlier as a corporate finance analyst in investment banking.<br>Outdoor endurance sports such as mountain biking and cross country skiing are Kristjan’s favourite activities outside of his professional life.

    Kristjan holds a BA degree on banking and finance from Tartu University."


  • Louis Lebbos

    Louis Lebbos

    "Louis is Founding Partner of AstroLabs, an organization on a mission to create a thriving tech ecosystem in MENA.

    AstroLabs launched MENA’s only Google partnered tech hub, hosting tech entrepreneurs from across the world in Dubai and delivers classes focused on teaching digital skills through AstroLabs Academy.

    Before starting AstroLabs, Louis co-founded Namshi, an e-commerce portal for the Middle East, where he led the marketing, onsite experience, and human resources teams. Before Namshi, Louis was a consultant at the Dubai office of McKinsey & Company, focusing on growth strategy projects. Previously, Louis was part of the general management development program at a US Fortune 200 multinational.

    He is passionate about economic development, social enterprise, technology, and seeing people succeed beyond their expectations. Louis studied for his electrical engineering degree at North Carolina State University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School."


  • Adam Lisagor

    Adam Lisagor

    "In 2009, Adam made what accidentally became the first of his many videos for neat tech products. He co-developed an iOS app with a friend, made a video to promote it, and became his own first client.

    A year later, he started Sandwich Video and began to grow the company into what it is now—a team of talented people he enjoys working with every day he can."


  • Ruby Lu

    Ruby Lu

    "Ruby Lu, Chen’s partner at her firm H Capital until this month, previously co-founded the China business for DCM Ventures. Lu argued that women have the best chance to excel by helping each other and sharing experiences of victory and defeat. "

  • Fern Mandelbaum

    Fern Mandelbaum

    "Fern Mandelbaum is an entrepreneur, coach, teacher and investor who currently works at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her forte is creating and growing technology oriented businesses in consumer Internet, mobile, media and software spaces. She is also the Managing Partner at Vista Venture Partners and is a partner at Monitor Ventures. Her portfolio includes New Vine Logistics, Case Central, WetFeet, NapaStyle, and more. She has made investments in 5 companies, both through Monitor Ventures and her personal investments. Her expertise spans a variety of fields, and because of all her experience, she works a coach for many organizations, including LinkedIn and RelateIQ."


  • Andrew McIntyre

    Andrew McIntyre

    "Andrew is Head of William Fry's San Francisco office. He is a Corporate Partner specialising in cross border transactional mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the technology sector. He has extensive experience advising on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, corporate/tax restructurings, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital. He also leads the firm's Foreign Direct Investment focus on the West Coast of the US where he works with businesses establishing or expanding operations in Ireland. Andrew acts for a wide range of Irish and international corporations and venture capital firms in the technology, healthcare and infrastructure sectors."


  • Leandra Medine

    Leandra Medine

    "Leandra Medine is one of the youngest female angel investors out there, but she has ample experience in what it means to found your own company. When she graduated from college, she started Man Repeller, an award-winning multimedia business and global community of individuals interested in fashion, style, feminism, beauty, wellness, and much more. She has received numerous awards for her blog, including Blogger of the Year and 25 Best Blogs of 2012 by TIME. Forbes “30 under 30” also twice named her. This entrepreneur has invested in AYR, the womenswear label, reflecting a continuation of her passion to support fashion and lifestyle organizations."


  • Ron Miller

    Ron Miller

    "Ronald D. Miller is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur having visualized, founded built and sold five companies through management buyouts, private equity firms, private investors and public markets. Ron’s success has been publicly recognized as a four time Inc. 500/5000 Award recipient and as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award Finalist. As a Venture Partner, Ron brings his deep expertise as a leader and operator at many companies which he has taken to exit.

    He is especially passionate about cause-based entrepreneurship and holds the trademark for "Doing Well by Doing Good.""


  • Yuri Milner

    Yuri Milner

    "Yuri Milner is a venture capitalist and founder of DST Global, a global technology investment firm whose portfolio has included Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Flipkart, and others. In 1999, he founded Group, which became one of Europe’s leading Internet companies, and took it public in 2010. In 2012, Milner and his wife joined a group of tech entrepreneurs including Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg to launch the Breakthrough Prizes, large scientific awards honoring achievements in fundamental physics, life sciences, and mathematics. In 2015, Milner launched the $100 million Breakthrough Initiatives to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe."


  • David Nabti

    David Nabti

    "Munir David Nabti is the Co-founder and CEO of Altcity.

    He grew up between California and Beirut, and studied at UC Berkeley. He created his first start up at the age of 18. He’s now CEO of AltCity, one of the leading startup support hubs in Lebanon, with a focus on new media, web/mobile, and gaming, including for-profit social impact ventures across all those sectors."


  • Roy Oron

    Roy Oron

    "Roy Oron is a Head of Venture Development at PLUS Ventures.
    With over 13 years of experience in leading global Business Development and sales, Roy has experienced the whole journey from a bootstrapped start-up, through VC funding, M&A and eventually leading sales and business development at international traded companies.
    Roy served as Vice President of sales and business development, and Israel County Manager at AOL Inc. for over 6 years.
    Roy lives and breathes the start-up world, and within Plus Ventures and Explore, he's supporting our portfolio companies "hands-on". With much creativity, vast experience and a "get-stuff-done" approach, Roy is also our active representative and mentor at Microsoft Azure Accelerator."

  • Chamath Palihapitiya

    Chamath Palihapitiya

    "Born in Sri Lanka & raised in Canada, Palihaptiya is a Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur. Palihapitiya is the founder & CEO of Social Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to transforming society with technology."

    , Social and Capital PArtsnership

    Social and Capital PArtsnership

    No bio available at the moment
  • Vanessa Pestritto

    Vanessa Pestritto

    "Vanessa Alexandra Pestritto is Partner at Lattice Ventures, First Stop for Seed Capital. She invests in companies innovating in outdated industries with technologies that are defensible via network effects. She was the former Executive Director of New York Angels. She sourced and managed deal flow and the investor network. She increased membership engagement, community participation and investment activity. After NYU Stern, she worked in technology management consulting on product development as a business lead. She worked for small businesses where she restructured operations, marketing and managed sales. She currently is a Mentor for the NYU Berkley Venture Competition, BrainTrust Advisor for Entrepreneurs@Athena, was named a Top Latino Tech Leader by the New America Alliance and blogs at"


  • Kim Pham

    Kim Pham

    "Kim Pham is the Head of Platform at Frontline Ventures, the Founder of EU Internal Ecosystem Builders, and the President Emeritus of tech@nyu."


  • Deborah Quazzo

    Deborah Quazzo

    "Deborah Quazzo is the Founding and Managing Partner at GSV Acceleration in Chicago, has over 45 investments in disruptive technology companies and counting. The ASU GSV Summit she cohosts, now in its 8th year, brings together over 3,500 and has been called a “must attend conference for educational investors” by the New York Times."


    , Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors

    GSV Advisors

    No bio available at the moment
  • Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant

    "I am the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. I previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of and I’m an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo."


  • Danny Rimer

    Danny Rimer

    "Danny joined Index in 2002 and established the firm's London office. He later opened the San Francisco office with Mike Volpi. His investments include Anki, Dropbox, Hollar, Farfetch, Figma, Flipboard, 1stdibs, Nastygal, Patreon, Viagogo and Zesty.

    He was previously a director of Etsy, Sky, Trialpay, KVS,, Lovefilm, MySQL, Neoteris, and Skype; and formerly on the Board of Trustees at SFMOMA."





    Co-founder & Partner at Seedcamp

    United Kingdom

    Reshma Sohoni was born in India but has grown up, studied and worked in the US within business and technology. She then moved to Europe for her MBA, and founded Seedcamp which is the number one startup accelerator in Europe. Seedcamp is a new kind of incubator which aims to provide a catalyst for Europe’s next generation of entrepreneurs through the provision of seed capital and a world class network of mentors. They have more than 1500 mentors active annually, 200 companies mentored annually and 20 investments made on an annual basis.

    Before Seedcamp, Reshma was part of the Venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over three years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions.

    Sohoni serves on the European board of All Hands. She used to serve on the board of Zoombu. Sohoni has received dual undergraduate degrees in Environmental Systems Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. degree from INSEAD in 2003."

  • Chris Sacca

    Chris Sacca

    "An accomplished venture investor, private equity principal, company advisor, entrepreneur, and public speaker, Chris manages a portfolio of over two dozen consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start-ups as well as an array of mature enterprises through his holding company, Lowercase Capital. Among his representative investments is Twitter Inc., where Chris was one of the first investors and works with the company every week as a strategic advisor.

    Previously, Chris served as Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc. In that role, among other responsibilities, he founded and headed up the alternative access and wireless divisions. His most visible projects include Google's 700MHz and TV white spaces spectrum initiatives, the company's groundbreaking data center in Oregon and Google's free citywide WiFi network in Mountain View, CA. Chris also spearheaded many of Google's business development and M&A transactions and was on the founding team of the company's New Business Development organization.

    The Wall Street Journal cited Sacca as "possibly the most influential businessman in America" and he was also recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, annually selecting 20 of the world's most promising leaders and public servants under the age of 45. In addition, Chris serves as an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University. Chris regularly appears on television, radio, and in print and has been featured in Business Week, Fortune, Fast Company, and on CNBC, BBC, CNN, FOX, and NPR as an expert in the realms of entrepreneurism, venture capital, and disruptive technologies. In parallel with his frequent keynotes at technology industry events, Chris is perennially hired by many of the world's largest companies, financial institutions, universities, and even some governments to speak about innovation, workplace design, and business strategy in a digital era. Back home, Chris is a fixture in the Silicon Valley startup community, and his reputation for fruitful and fun collaborations with early stage companies earned him a 2009 TechCrunch Crunchie Award nomination for Best Angel Investor and he was named as one of the top 10 angel investors in the country by Business Week."


    , Venture Investor, Company Advisor and Entrepreneur as well as a former lawyer
  • Scott Sandell

    Scott Sandell

    "Scott Sandell is a 20-year veteran at NEA yet is still posting wins with enterprise software firm Workday (IPO 2012), and was also the lead investor in Playdom, which sold to Disney in 2010 for $563 million (plus a $200 million earn-out). He was the largest shareholder in Fusion-io, with NEA holding a 39% stake at the time of its 2011 public debut. NEA also participated in a $130 million round for Bloom Energy in January 2015 and a $35 million Series B for Branch Metrics. Other investments include Tableau (IPO 2013) and Green Chef. Outside of work, one of his favorite things to do is mountain bike the hills south of San Francisco. Sandell cut his teeth in tech as a product manager at Microsoft."


  • Eduardo Saverin

    Eduardo Saverin

    "Cofounder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin has reinvented himself as a venture capitalist. In May he closed a new $144 million venture fund focused on India and Southeast Asia, with Silicon Valley investor Raj Ganguly. Velos Partners, the Los Angeles private equity firm that the pair cofounded, has recently invested in, a Singapore property hunting site, and Xfers, a payment-processing startup."


  • Aydin Senkut

    Aydin Senkut

    "Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ 2014, 2015 and 2016 Midas Lists, and previously appeared as one of the top 15 tech angels by Businessweek. In March 2016 he was named among the New York Times’ Top 20 Venture Capital Investors Worldwide. Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Shopify, Fitbit, Adyen, Diffbot, Greenhouse, Credit Karma, Rovio and Vicarious. Over 60 Felicis companies such as Brightroll, Climate Corp, Cruise, Dropcam, Twitch, and Meraki, have been acquired by industry leaders such as Google, Amazon, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, General Motors, AT&T, Disney, Yahoo and Ebay.

    His recent focus areas include consumerization of enterprise, next gen financial services, along with AI and machine learning. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google, responsible for strategic partner development and account management in Asia Pacific (including Japan). Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for world-wide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI.

    Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google, responsible for strategic partner development and account management in Asia Pacific (including Japan). Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for world-wide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI."


    , Founder & Managing Director, Felicis Ventures LLC

    Felicis Ventures LLC

    No bio available at the moment
  • Nanpeng Shen

    Nanpeng Shen

    "Neil Shen, the managing partner of Sequoia Capital China, has built a reputation as one of China's most successful entrepreneurs and investors. In 1999 Shen cofounded and served as president of International, the country's largest travel booker. His legacy may be greater as Sequoia's lead Chinese investor, a role he's held since 2005. Portfolio companies that have successfully gone public include Vipshop Holdings, Qihoo 360 Technology and e-commerce giant Shen's best bets aren't always in tech: the one-time programming whiz also founded Homeinns Hotel Group in 2002, a large hotel chain in China. It went public on the Nasdaq in 2006. Shen serves as co-chairman."


  • Esteban Sosnik

    Esteban Sosnik

    "Esteban is an entrepreneur passionate about leveraging play in education. He is the Executive Director at co.lab, an accelerator for startups at the intersection of games and learning. Before working in education Esteban co-founded and led two gaming studios, both successfully acquired by Vivendi and DeNA respectively. Before that he was the CEO of Penguin Holdings, an early stage seed fund for Latin American startups and an M&A analyst at JP Morgan."


  • Ekaterina Steube

    Ekaterina Steube

    "Ekaterina is the Campaign Success Manager at Seedrs.

    Seedrs is the UK's No.1 equity crowdfunding platform, and has over 6 years experience in helping startups expand internationally."


  • Chelsea Stoner

    Chelsea Stoner

    "Chelsea joined Battery in 2006 and focuses on investments in the software and healthcare-IT sectors. She is particularly interested in vertically focused SaaS companies. Chelsea currently serves on the boards of Avalara, ClearCare, Intacct and WebPT. She was also involved with Battery’s investment in Glassdoor. Her previous investments including Brightree (acquired by ResMed), Data Innovations (acquired by Roper Industries), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Guidewire (NYSE: GWRE), Marketo (NASDAQ: MKTO, acquired by Vista Equity Partners) and RealPage (NASDAQ: RP). In 2013, Chelsea was named to the Forbes Midas “Hot Prospects” list of up-and-coming venture capitalists.

    Prior to Battery, she was an associate at the private equity firm Key Principal Partners. Earlier in her career, Chelsea was a manager at Accenture, where she led technology and strategy projects. She also has held positions with Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and with Classified Ventures. She received a BS with honors in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago."


  • Rodrigo Teijeiro

    Rodrigo Teijeiro

    "Rodrigo Teijeiro is a tech entrepreneur, CEO & Founder of RecargaPay. He received the MIT's TR35 2012 Awardee and is YGL 2014 honoree from the World Economic Forum. Rodrigo has founded and lead many online businesses, all of them under the Company Builder named Fnbox. Social Network with over 53 million registered users (Sold to, with over 1 billion voip minutes sold, Cuponica a daily deal business that runs in Brazil, Argentina, México and Colombia as well as Winkal with over 5MM unique visitors per month. Fnbox has raised 6 million in US venture capital and added renowned angel investors such as Martin Varsavsky, Fabrice Grinda and Romero Rodriguez. In 1997 he won, among 700 teams, "The Business Junior Achievement Contest" whose final round took place in Japan.

    Rodrigo was part of the Group of 2.0 Leaders at the 2009 and 2010 edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was both a panelist and speaker. He also presented to the MBA in the MIT Sloan Latin Conference, an event that gathers more than 500 influential leaders."


  • Pawel Tomczuk

    Pawel Tomczuk

    "Pawel Tomczuk, currently CEO Corporate & Financial at MSLGROUP Poland, is the co-founder of Ciszewski Financial Communications, which in December 2011 he has sold to Publicis Groupe and became part of MSLGROUP strategic communications & engagement consultancy. In his current role he is managing over 40 people team, which is both the largest and most experienced corporate communications firm on the Polish market.

    He specializes in the corporate and financial communications,, issues & change management and public affairs & lobbying. He has extensive track record in helping companies to manage crisis situations as well as advising founders and C-suite executives on their reputation management.

    Beyond his role at MSLGROUP he is also Senior Advisor and Venture Partner at Ariadne Capital leading European VC firm based in London and Entrepreneur Country Global. He is also actively involved with various NGO roles including being advisor to the board of TOP 500 Innovators association, senior advisor of the US Poland Innovation Hub (part of USPTC) and senior advisor to the Chairman of the Think Tank Oncology 2025.

    He has a long track record of advising top Polish and international organizations including firms such as: Santander Bank, Citigroup, Allen & Overy, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, EY, Enterprise Investors, ING, Mercer, KGHM, Warsaw Stock Exchange."


  • Pedro Torres Picon

    Pedro Torres Picon

    "Pedro Torres Picón is the Founder and Managing Director of Quotidian Ventures. Originally from Venezuela, Pedro has been actively investing in early stage tech companies since 2004 and has made over 60 investments in various areas such as: real estate, construction management, digital and out of home advertising, home maintenance, mobile commerce and several others. In 2010 he created Quotidian Ventures to invest in passionate entrepreneurs and help them realize their potential to turn great ideas into amazing companies.

    In addition to his role at Quotidian (, he is currently the CEO and product lead at Matchbook (, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering ("


  • Yossi Vardi

    Yossi Vardi

    "Joseph "Yossi" Vardi (Hebrew: ____ ______, born 1942) is an Israeli entrepreneur and investor. He is one of Israel's first high-tech entrepreneurs. For over 47 years he has founded and helped to build over 85 high-tech companies in a variety of fields, among them software, energy, Internet, mobile, electro-optics and water technology"

    , Israeli entrepreneur and Co-Founder, International Technologies

    International Technologies

    No bio available at the moment
  • Annie Vereecken

    Annie Vereecken

    "Annie Vereecken has extensive experience in clinical psychology. She is currently the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive of Medhold NV, a private clinical laboratory that analyzes human, industrial, and veterinary medicines in Belgium and the Netherlands. MedHold operates as a subsidiary of Sonic HealthCare Ltd. The Australian company, Sonic Healthcare Ltd., is ranked as #2 worldwide in pathology services. Through MedHold, Annie invested in the Belgian software startup UgenTec. Annie’s specializations are in prenatal diagnosis with an emphasis on screening for Down Syndrome. She holds her degrees as a pharmacist, as well as a degree from the Vlerick Management School in Ghent where she wrote her thesis on the evolution of medical labs in Belgium."


  • Joanne Wilson

    Joanne Wilson

    "Joanne Wilson, the founder of Gotham Gal Ventures and Co-Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Festival, is a New York City enthusiast who, in her own words, “works hard and plays hard.” She started on the media side of technology in the 1990s, and has always had her eye on emerging trends and big pictures. She has invested in over 90 companies, starting with Curbed Media, and she sits on the board of a number of businesses. She believes in the power of angel investing because it is empowering to help founders build their businesses. She believes that angels invest in people, rather than companies. After being in the investing world for years, she realized that oftentimes women had great ideas but limited support compared to men in the startup space, so she made a conscious decision to support the ideas of women more than anything else. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Festival is a community for women entrepreneurs to share, to be seen, and to be heard. Joanne continues to invest, actively blogs about NYC as Gotham Girl, and makes connections wherever she goes."


  • Chen Xiaohong

    Chen Xiaohong

    "Founded by Chen Xiaohong, Tiger Global's former China managing partner, H Capital is a venture capital firm focused on China internet firms. The team also includes DCM co-founder Lu Rong (Ruby Lu)."


  • Magdalena Yesil

    Magdalena Yesil

    "Magdalena Yesil, the founding member of Broadway Angels and founding board member and first investor of Salesforce, has been an early investor in over 30 companies. She has been active in Silicon Valley for over three decades in a variety of roles. Most recently, she worked as a general partner at the venture capital firm US Venture Partners. She also recently joined the Perkins Fund as an Advisor. Her investments are typically in the technology startup sector. Before her investing career, Magdalena worked as an entrepreneur, pioneering the commercialization landscape of the Internet. She founded two successful electronic commerce companies, CyberCash and MarketPay. Her early work with the Internet, helping it move out of the realms of government and university and into commercial domains, earned her the 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year award according to Red Herring magazine."


  • Santiago Zavala

    Santiago Zavala

    "Mr. Santiago Zavala is the Founder, Managing Partner, Partner, and Venture Partner at 500 Mexico City. Mr. Zavala is also a Partner at 500 Startups. He is a Co-Founder of SuperHappyDevHouse Mexico City. He served as a General Partner at Mexican.VC. Lately, he is developing serious games at Innovations Games and not so serious game during his free time. He is programming and building stuff for a lifetime. He is also an Editor of the weekly Hacker Digest newsletter. He was a Key Player in the development of products such as Tikkia and DoingIt."


Health and Medicine

  • Sasan Amini

    Sasan Amini

    Sasan has a passion for applying new technologies to solve real world problems and promote healthy living. After many years of experience in the life sciences, he decided to combine his passion and expertise to start Clear Labs with the mission of making food transparent. After getting his PhD in Genomics from Princeton, Sasan spent a few years in the Advanced Research Department at Illumina, working on the most state-of-the-art Genomics approaches and platforms. Sasan received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the University of Tehran, where he entered as a gold medalist in the International Biology Olympiad. While in college, he served as the youngest Board member of the Iranian National Biology Olympiad Committee and authored a problem book on Mendelian Genetics which has been re-printed 10 times over the past decade. He holds multiple patents and publications in the field. He is currently CEO and co-founder of Clear Labs and sits on the Board of Directors of ProdermIQ.

  • Karlin Bark

    Karlin Bark

    "Karlin Bark received her Ph.D in mechanical engineering at Stanford University in 2009 working under Professor Mark Cutkosky in the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory. She received her B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2003, and the M.S degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University in 2005 with a focus on design methodology and controls. Her research interests include haptics, human factors based design, and robotics with medical applications. When not pondering the challenges of skin stretch, she enjoys keeping up to date on the latest in movies, television and theater, and spending quality time with her friends and family."


    , Mechanical Engineer, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

    No bio available at the moment
  • Prof. Muyinatu Bell

    Prof. Muyinatu Bell

    Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell is a recently hired Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Prof. Bell obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (biomedical engineering minor) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she spent a year abroad as a Whitaker International Fellow conducting research at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Bell was a postdoctoral fellow with the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins University. She published over 40 scientific journal articles and conference papers, holds a patent for SLSC beamforming, and is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the prestigious NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and the esteemed MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Award.

    Prof. Bell leads a highly interdisciplinary research program that integrates optics, acoustics, robotics, electronics, and mechanics, as well as signal processing and medical device design, to engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that simultaneously address unmet clinical needs and significantly improve the standard of patient care. As the director of thePhotoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab, Prof. Bell develops theories, models, and simulations to investigate advanced beamforming techniques for improving ultrasonic and photoacoustic image quality. In parallel, she designs and builds novel light delivery systems for photoacoustic imaging and incorporates medical robots to improve operator maneuverability and enable standardized procedures for more personalized medicine. The technologies developed in her lab are then interfaced with patients to facilitate clinical translation. These technologies have applications in neurosurgical navigation, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, and cancer detection and treatment.

  • Visar Berisha

    Visar Berisha

    "I joined Arizona State University in Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Electrical Computer and Energy engineering and the department of Speech and Hearing Science. The overarching goal of research conducted in my lab is to develop and apply new machine learning and statistical signal processing tools to better understand and model signal perception. With a focus on speech, the goal is to develop reliable, data-driven models that can mimic aspects of human cognition. Some recent projects include developing non-parametric signal processing methods and using them to model pathological speech perception, developing auditory perception models based on psychoacoustics, and developing new machine learning tools for use with behavioral experiments.

    Making progress against these goals requires an interdisciplinary approach that spans multiple fields. My contributions to this effort are centered on developing computational models guided by collected behavioral data."


  • Heather Bowerman

    Heather Bowerman

    "Heather Bowerman is a biomedical engineer and healthcare technology leader. She is the founder and CEO of Dot Laboratories, a San Francisco-based company that has developed the first diagnostic test for endometriosis, a disease that affects 1 in 10 women and is a leading cause of infertility. Today, diagnosis requires laparoscopic surgery under general anesthesia, and the average time to diagnosis is eleven years.

    Prior to Dot Labs, Ms. Bowerman was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and a Science & Technology Policy Associate at the White House under the first Obama Administration. While at the White House, she focused on the “Strategy for American Innovation” and the Administration’s flagship innovation-focused legislation, the “America Invents Act.” The AIA is often cited as the most significant piece of US patent reform since 1952. By training, Ms. Bowerman is a biomedical engineer, and was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School Office of Technology Development. Early in her career, Ms. Bowerman worked in New York City at a private equity fund where she handled the buyout of a portable molecular diagnostics company with key technology to combat epidemics of H5N1 and H1N1.

    Ms. Bowerman was named one of 2016's top 35 innovators under age 35 by the MIT Technology Review. She is a frequent speaker (EmTech MIT, Handelsblatt Health, IBM Edge), guest lecturer (UC Berkeley Engineering, Bayer Healthcare), and Harvard Teaching Fellow in Nanotechnology."


    , CEO, Dot Laboratories

    Dot Laboratories

    No bio available at the moment


    "Daniel Choi studies Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada.




    "Huayi Gao is the Founder of Mendella Health. She studied Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada.




    "I'm 26 and grew up in London but have lived in New York and Tokyo as well. I've got two Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as a Masters from the Royal College of Art in Design and Innovation.

    I had my first academic paper published this year - on surface mathematics - Curved Crease Tube Structures as an Energy Absorbing Crash Box, published in ASME 2016 - IDETC/CIE 2016.

    Late last year I was also made a fellow of the Dyson Foundation, as well as Wates Giving and Innovation RCA (royal college of art), and I'm a fellow of the Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

    In 2015 I had my design work shown in the Science Museum, Design Museum and V&A in London, as well as in MoMA in NY and the Canadian National Design museum. Along with Alex Kitching in 2015 I won the judges award at the Augmented Human conference in Singapore for my virtual reality work on stimulating taste."

  • Wei Gao

    Wei Gao

    Wei Gao was born in Xuzhou, China. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 2007 and a master's degree from Tsinghua University in 2009. As a Jacobs Fellow and a HHMI International Student Research Fellow, he received a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of California, San Diego, in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He was selected as one of 2016 MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) and won 2015 ACS Young Investigator Award (Division of Inorganic Chemistry). His research interests encompass the fields of chemistry, materials science, and engineering. His work focuses on wearable and flexible biosensors for non-invasive physiological monitoring and clinical assessment, as well as synthetic therapeutic micro/nanorobots for drug delivery and precision surgery.

    , Purdue


    No bio available at the moment
  • Prof. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

    Prof. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

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    Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (PhD, ECE, UT Austin, Dec 2005) is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering program of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Before joining KAUST was Program Manager of Emerging Technology Program in SEMATECH, Austin. His program was funded by DARPA NEMS, CERA and STEEP programs. A regular panelist of US NSF grants reviewing committees, Dr. Hussain is the Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Physics, UK and Institute of Nanotechnology, UK, IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer, Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience (Springer-Nature), Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, and an IEEE Senior Member. He has served as first or corresponding author in 86% of his 241 research papers (including 18 invited reviews, 19 cover articles and 104 journal papers). He has more than 50 issued and pending US patents. His students are serving as faculty and researchers in MIT, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Purdue, TSMC, KACST, KFUPM, KAU, and DOW Chemicals. Scientific American has listed his research as one of the Top 10 World Changing Ideas of 2014. Applied Physics Letters selected his paper as one of the Top Papers of 2015. He and his students have received 36 research awards including IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2016, TEDx 2017, Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award 2015 (UT Austin Alumni Award), US National Academies’ Arab-American Frontiers of Sensors 2015, 2016, DOW Chemical Sustainability Challenge Award 2012, etc. His research has been highlighted extensively in international media like in Washington Post, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), IEEE Spectrum, etc. His research interest is to expanding the horizon of CMOS electronics and technology for futuristic applications.

    , Associate ​Professor, Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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    & King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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  • Mert Iseri

    Mert Iseri

    "Born in Turkey, Mert Iseri attended Istanbul Technical University before finding his way to Northwestern University to complete his education.

    As a sophomore industrial engineering student at Northwestern, he and a few friends helped found Design for America, an award-winning national design initiative that brings together students from all backgrounds – from musicians to electrical engineers, anthropologists to biologists – to create a national network of designers and community members confident in their ability to create social impact through design.

    Meeting challenges in education, health, transportation, and energy, DFA teaches human centered design and implements innovative solutions based on insights into human needs, rapid prototyping, user-testing, and interdisciplinary team work.

    Iseri founded SwipeSense in 2012, which has since raised $12.2M. The goal is to bring excellence to patient safety and save hundreds of thousands of lives that are lost every year due to Hospital Acquired Infections.


  • Shu Lam

    Shu Lam

    "Shu Lam is a 25-year-old PhD student at the University of Melbourne.


  • Erez Lieberman

    Erez Lieberman

    "Erez Lieberman Aiden received his PhD from Harvard and MIT in 2010. After several years at Harvard's Society of Fellows and at Google as Visiting Faculty, he became Assistant Professor of Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Rice University.

    Dr. Aiden's research has won numerous awards, including recognition for one of the top 20 "Biotech Breakthroughs that will Change Medicine", by Popular Mechanics, membership in Technology Review's 2009 TR35, recognizing the top 35 innovators under 35; and in Cell's 2014 40 Under 40. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the Houston Chronicle. Three of his research papers have appeared on the cover of Nature and Science. In 2012, he received the President's Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, the highest government honor for young scientists, from Barack Obama. In 2015, his laboratory was recognized on the floor of the US House of Representatives for its discoveries about the structure of DNA."


  • Todd Lowe

    Todd Lowe

    "Todd Lowe (born May 10, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Terry Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood, and as Zach Van Gerbig on Gilmore Girls. Lowe most recently played Terry Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood,[1] a PTSD-suffering Iraq War veteran who works as a short order cook at Merlotte's Bar & Grill.[2]

    In addition to television and film, Todd has starred in over twenty stage productions and has worked on several plays written by playwright Justin Tanner.

    Lowe has been a singer and guitarist for Pilbilly Knights,[3] a country-rock band based in Los Angeles. The band released a compact disc, California Nigth Club (sic) in January 2007. He is currently a member of another rock country band, The LA Hootenanny.

    Lowe is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999. While looking for jobs as an actor, Lowe worked as a substitute teacher.[4]"

  • Iseri Mert

    Iseri Mert

    "Born in Turkey, Mert Iseri attended Istanbul Technical University before finding his way to Northwestern University to complete his education.

    As a sophomore industrial engineering student at Northwestern, he and a few friends helped found Design for America, an award-winning national design initiative that brings together students from all backgrounds – from musicians to electrical engineers, anthropologists to biologists – to create a national network of designers and community members confident in their ability to create social impact through design.

    Meeting challenges in education, health, transportation, and energy, DFA teaches human centered design and implements innovative solutions based on insights into human needs, rapid prototyping, user-testing, and interdisciplinary team work.

    Iseri founded SwipeSense in 2012, which has since raised $12.2M. The goal is to bring excellence to patient safety and save hundreds of thousands of lives that are lost every year due to Hospital Acquired Infections."


  • Yoshinori Ohsumi

    Yoshinori Ohsumi

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    "Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi was born in Fukuoka in 1945. In 1963, he entered to The Univ. of Tokyo, then he chose decisively to follow molecular biology as the path of his future. As a graduate student, Dr. Ohsumi studied the initiation mechanism of E. coli ribosome and then action of colicin E3, which inhibits the translation of E. coli cells by binding to its receptor. Near the end of 1974, he enrolled in Rockefeller Univ., to study under Dr. G. M. Edelman. First Dr. Ohsumi worked on in vitro fertilization in mice, then switched to work on the mechanism of initiation of DNA replication using yeast, which introduced him to yeast research. Dr. Ohsumi returned to Japan at the end of 1977, and worked as an assistant professor under Prof. Y. Anraku, at the Faculty of Science, The Univ. of Tokyo. Dr. Ohsumi decided to take up the study of the yeast vacuolar membrane. By making pure vacuolar membrane vesicles, he succeeded to show various active transport systems and a novel type of proton-pump, v-type ATPase on the vacuolar membrane. In 1988, Dr. Ohsumi became an associate professor in College of Arts and Sciences of The Univ. of Tokyo and opened up his own small lab. He decided to work on the lytic function of the vacuole. Soon after, Dr. Ohsumi found yeast autophagy by light and electron microscopy. Taking advantage of yeast system, he performed a genetic screen for autophagy-defective mutants. His group could get 15 genes essential for starvation-induced autophagy by the first screen, and started cloning of these ATG genes. Then Dr. Ohsumi moved to The National Inst. for Basic Biology at Okazaki, and uncovered that these Atg proteins consist of six unique functional groups, such as a protein kinase complex, two ubiquitin-like conjugation systems, a PtdIns 3-kinase complex and so on. Drs. T. Yoshimori and N. Mizushima in his lab started studies on ATG genes in mammals and a student also worked on plant, proving that the ATG system is well conserved in higher eukaryotes. However, up to now, Dr. Ohsumi has focused on dissection of the molecular mechanism of the Atg proteins in yeast. In 2009, Dr. Ohsumi moved to Tokyo Inst. of Technology, and continues to elucidate the molecular details of membrane dynamics during autophagosome formation and the physiological relevance of autophagy by combination of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and structural biology.


    , Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology's Institute of Innovative Research.

    Tokyo Institute of Technology's Institute of Innovative Research.

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  • Shwetak Patel

    Shwetak Patel

    "Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs his research group, the Ubicomp Lab. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology. His work includes developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health, and developing new interaction technologies.

    Dr. Patel was a founder of Zensi, Inc., a residential energy monitoring company, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of a low-power wireless sensor platform company called SNUPI Technologies and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome. WallyHome was acquired by Sears in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Dr. Patel is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2011), Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011), Sloan Fellowship (2012), TR-35 Award (2009), World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013), NSF Career Award (2013), and the Presidential PECASE Award (2016). He was also was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.

    Dr. Patel is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community. He was selected as a Seattle Shaper in March 2012."

  • Rebecca Richards-Kortum

    Rebecca Richards-Kortum

    Guided by the belief that all of the world’s people deserve access to health innovation, Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum’s research and teaching focus on developing low-cost, high-performance technology for low-resource settings. She is known for providing vulnerable populations in the developing world access to life-saving health technology, focusing on diseases and conditions that cause high morbidity and mortality, such as cervical and oral cancer, premature birth, and malaria. Professor Richards-Kortum’s work in appropriate point-of-care screening technologies has earned her induction into the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
    Rebecca is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and a member of the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. After receiving a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985, she continued her graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received an MS in Physics in 1987 and a PhD in Medical Physics in 1990. She joined the faculty in Bioengineering at Rice University in 2005 and served as Chair of Bioengineering from 2005-2008 and 2012-2014.
    Dr. Richards-Kortum’s research group is developing miniature imaging systems to enable better screening for oral, esophageal, and cervical cancer and their precursors at the point-of-care. She led development of a novel high resolution microendoscope capable of real-time, subcellular imaging of epithelial tissue. Her team developed low-cost (<$2500), robust hardware platforms, including a tablet- and cell-phone based system. Together with colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine and the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, she has carried out clinical trials involving more than 1,000 patients, which show that the device has promise to improve early diagnosis of esophageal, oral, and cervical precancer. In a prospective, multi-center clinical trial carried out in the US and China, high resolution microendoscopy improved specificity for esophageal precancer from 29% to 79%, without reducing sensitivity. Clinical trials of over 15,000 patients in China, Brazil, and El Salvador are now underway.
    Her group has integrated advances in nanotechnology and microfabrication to develop novel, low-cost sensors to detect infectious diseases at the point-of-care, including HIV, cryptosporidium, malaria, and Tuberculosis. Her group developed a low-cost sensor to detect hemoglobin concentration; the device reduced per test cost by more than 100-fold (less than US$0.01 per test) compared to standard care. She led development of novel nucleic acid tests to enable diagnosis of HIV in infants in low-resource settings, introducing the first integrated paper and plastic device for isothermal amplification of DNA.
    Together with Maria Oden, Dr. Richards-Kortum led development and dissemination of low-cost, robust technologies to improve neonatal survival in sub-Saharan Africa. Her team developed a $160 bubble CPAP device to treat premature infants with respiratory distress; the device delivers the same flow and pressure as systems used in the US, at 30-fold cost reduction. Clinical evaluation showed that the device improved survival rates from 24% to 65%, mirroring the impact of CPAP when it was introduced in the US. The device has been implemented at all government hospitals in Malawi, and introduced in Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa. In 2014, CPAP was recognized by the UN as one of 10 innovations that can save the lives of women and children now. The team is now developing a comprehensive set of technologies to enable essential newborn care at district hospitals in Africa, with the goal to equip a district hospital serving a catchment area of 250,000 people for less than $10,000.
    At Rice University, Dr. Richards-Kortum has established new educational programs in global health technologies. She founded the Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) program in which undergraduate students from multiple backgrounds learn to think beyond geographic and disciplinary boundaries to solve challenges in global health. In 2012, Science awarded BTB the Prize for Inquiry Based Instruction. In addition, the National Academy of Engineering recognized BTB with the Real-World Education Prize for successfully integrating real world experiences into undergraduate curriculum. BTB has also been recognized by ASEE with the Chester Carlson Award (2007) and with the IEEE Educational Activities Board Vice-President Recognition Award (2008).
    Rebecca is married and has three sons, Alexander, Maxwell and Zachary and three daughters, Katie, Elizabeth, and Margaret.

  • Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld

    Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld

    "Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld was appointed Foundation Director of Monash institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) in 2014 and is a Senior Neurosurgeon, for the Department of Neurosurgery at the Alfred Hospital, Adjunct Professor in Surgery at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, USA, Honorary Professor of Neurosurgery Longgang Central Hospital, Shenzhen China and Honorary Professor in Neurosurgery, University of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

    Professor Rosenfeld's main research interests are traumatic brain injury and bionic vision. He is one of Australia’s leading academic neurosurgeons and senior military surgeons and is internationally recognised for his neurotrauma research and teaching. He was the CIB on the landmark Decompressive Craniectomy Study, the first multicentre randomised controlled trial of this procedure which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2011. He has been an international leader in surgery for hypothalamic hamartoma. He has been an invited Visiting Professor in 11 countries and an invited speaker for 12 named orations and 65 international meetings. He has published over 260 peer reviewed articles, including in Lancet, Lancet Neurology and NEJM), 40 book chapters and 2 books for which his Google Scholar profile shows an H Index of 41 and over 6,000 citations. Over his career Professor Rosenfeld has been awarded $20.5 million in competitive grant funding including $9.9 million from the ARC and $4.973 million from the NH&MRC.


  • Nicholas Roy

    Nicholas Roy

    "The goals of Nicholas Roy's robotics lab at MIT are to build unmanned vehicles that can fly without GPS through unmapped indoor environments, robots that can drive through unmapped cities, and to build social robots that can quickly learn what people want without being annoying or intrusive. Such robots must be able to perform effectively with uncertain and limited knowledge of the world, be easily deployed in new environments and immediately start autonomous operations with no prior information. This engineering challenge will require algorithmic advances in decision-theoretic planning, statistical inference, and artificial intelligence. We specifically focus on problems of planning and control in domains with uncertain models, using optimization, statistical estimation and machine learning to learn good plans and policies from experience."


    , MIT AgeLab

    MIT AgeLab

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    "Keisuke Shimakage studies at the Media Creation Research department at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan.


  • Ramille Shah

    Ramille Shah

    "The Shah TEAM lab is a leader in the new and developing field of “3D-Printable Materials Development and Characterization”. We develop novel processes for engineering new 3D-inks that greatly expands the variety of materials that are compatible with the additive manufacturing technique of direct ink writing. An additional focus of the group is defining “printability”, or the characteristics that enable a material ink to be successfully 3D-printed into a bulk structure. We also perform characterization, functional testing, and optimization of resulting 3D-printed structures for both biological and non-biological applications.

    Located in the heart of the NU Medical Campus in downtown Chicago, the TEAM lab interacts closely with medical clinicians and surgeons. Through additional close collaborations with Materials Science faculty, the same technologies developed by the TEAM lab for medical applications have been successfully extended to many additional material systems with applications in energy, smart materials, aerospace, and advanced structures. Our specific projects are listed on our research page."


  • Elliot Swart

    Elliot Swart

    "Elliot Swart’s computer science education began at the age of eight, when he began programming in Logo. He went on to study computer science and engineering at Yale, did dermatology- and biology-inspired machine-learning research at Stanford, and worked on smart prosthetics at Johns Hopkins. Today he is co-founder and CTO of 3Derm Systems, a telemedicine imaging system that allows any user to take clinical-quality 3D images of troubling skin lesions and upload the images via cloud computing for review by a dermatologist. Elliot leads 3Derm’s technology team in architecting and developing a scalable, high security platform for the transmission of these skin images, and oversees the development of the 3Derm imaging device."


    (Co-founder and CTO, 3Derm Systems

    3Derm Systems

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    ) & Elizabeth Asai (CEO, 3Derm Systems)

    3Derm Systems

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    Elizabeth Asai

    Liz Asai is the CEO and co-founder of 3Derm Systems. While studying biomedical engineering at Yale, Liz and her co-founder, Elliot Swart, invented a 3D skin-imaging device that allows a dermatologist to see a patient remotely and triage skin concerns. The two founded 3Derm in 2012 and financed their first two years of R&D through NSF awards and other public and private research grants. Liz is the youngest person to serve as Principal Investigator of a Small Business Innovation Research grant in the history of the award. Over the last five years the 3Derm team has conducted three clinical studies in order to demonstrate that their system is on par with an in-person dermatologist, and brought their solution to market in 2016. Liz is actively involved with local and national health tech policy groups drafting testimony and legislation advocating for telemedicine reimbursement. She serves as a mentor in the startup community and writes guides to help new entrepreneurs through the grant writing process. Liz was recently featured in LinkedIn’s top 10 healthcare professionals under 35.

IT Hardware

  • John Alexiou

    John Alexiou

    "John Alexious is the Founder and CEO of SubPac.

    SubPac is an audio hardware company founded in 2013 whose technology transfers low frequencies directly to users' bodies to add a new dimension to music listening and allow listeners to "feel" sound. The tactile audio technology is currently patent pending and is a product of Canada-based independent music platform StudioFeed. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SubPac also has offices in the Bay Area, London, and Toronto. The SubPac M series, first launched in 2013, is a wearable subwoofer optimized for bass that is as easy to carry as a backpack, which is useful for DJs and gamers. In 2015 SubPac worked with electronic music producer Amon Tobin on a collaborative project with Peugeot: a music-based concept car called 'the Fractal'. Launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Sept 2015, it features SubPac technology embedded into the seats allowing each passenger to simultaneously have a bass experience unique to their seat position. Next up, the company is looking to expand into virtual reality--an area in which the company already has a good start. In June 2015, SubPac partnered with Universal to create a two-and-a-half-minute VR experience around the release of Jurassic World called Jurassic World: Apatosaurus.


  • Gadi Amit

    Gadi Amit

    "Gadi Amit is a San Francisco-based designer behind some of today's most innovative technology devices. He is the founder, creative leader, and president of NewDealDesign, a 2013 National Design Award winner.


    , Principal / Designer, New Deal Design

    New Deal Design

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  • Ian Bernstein

    Ian Bernstein

    " Ian Bernstein is co-founder of Sphero, a company that seeks to develop products that bring virtual reality alive in the physical world. The company — which has secured some $90 million in funding from lauded investors like Brad Feld of Foundry Group and The Walt Disney Company — now has a full suite of mobile-controlled products on the market like SPRK+, an app-enabled robot ball that teaches foundational programming through STEM activities in K12 education. When Star Wars fans first saw that a new toy maker was on the market with a robot shaped like BB-8, the response was overwhelming. In just 12 hours, Sphero, the then hardly known robotics company based in Boulder, Colo., sold 22,000 units for $149 a pop. It’s been a year since little BB-8 started rolling around over 1 million homes and offices around the country, and it’s clear that Sphero is not your average toy company. SOURCE: "

    , Sphero


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  • Doug Burger

    Doug Burger

    "Doug Burger is Director of the Client and Cloud Applications group in Microsoft Research's Technologies division. His group's goal is to build disruptive research prototypes that provide new directions and capabilities for Microsoft's product divisions. His group currently works in the areas of new datacenter architectures, specialized silicon accelerators, new device form factors, platforms for virtual and augmented reality, advanced optics, personalization and privacy of mobile services, and new mobile/cloud system architectures. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008, he was on the Computer Sciences faculty at the University of Texas at Austin for ten years, where he co-led the TRIPS project. He is an ACM Fellow, and IEEE Fellow, and the recipient of the 2006 ACM Maurice Wilkes Award."


    , Director, Microsoft's Research Technologies Division

    Microsoft's Research Technologies Division

    No bio available at the moment
  • Sara Chipps

    Sara Chipps

    No bio available at the moment
  • Anshuman Das

    Anshuman Das

    "Anshuman Das is a Tata Center postdoc with the MIT Media Lab. He works with optical system designs, cameras and imaging, signal processing, low cost diagnostics, and prototyping. He is part of the Media Lab’s Camera Culture group."


  • James Dyson

    James Dyson

    "Sir James Dyson is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works on the principle of cyclonic separation."


    , Inventor, Founder, Dyson company

    Dyson company

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  • Lisa Fetterman

    Lisa Fetterman

    "LISA Q. FETTERMAN is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in Wired, Make, and Forbes, and was named on both Forbes and Zagat Survey’s 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Lisa has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country including Babbo and Jean-Georges in New York and Saison in San Francisco.


  • Prof. Peer Fischer

    Prof. Peer Fischer

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    Peer Fischer is a Professor of Physical Chemistry (Univ. of Stuttgart) and the head of the MPG Micro- Nano- and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. He heads an interdisciplinary lab of scientists and engineers that develops chemical nanomotors and nanorobots. Peer Fischer holds an ERC Grant (2012) and has received an Attract Award of the Fraunhofer Society (2009). He has been a Rowland Junior Fellow at Harvard University (2004-2009), and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at Cornell University (2000-2004). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1999) and a B.Sc. (First Class Hons.) in physics from Imperial College London (1995). Together with his group he has developed new 3D nanofabrication methods, made the first reciprocal microswimmer, and realized the smallest chemical nanomotors, as well as the first swimming soft microrobot that moves using body shape changes. Recently, the first acoustic hologram was developed in his lab. He is a member of the Max Planck – Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Center for Molecular Nanoscience and Technology as well as the research network on Learning Systems with ETH Zurich. He holds several patents on optical instruments, nanotechnology and robotic actuators. Peer Fischer is a Founding Editorial Board Member (2016) of the AAAS journal Science Robotics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2015).

    , Professor, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart

    Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart

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  • Limor Fried

    Limor Fried

    "The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most-influential women in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet and/or to each other.

    Individuals were named on the basis of attainment of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on experience developing IoT technology, outstanding research related to IoT, and social reach, among other factors.

    Fried founded the open-source hardware firm Adafruit from her MIT dorm room in 2005. The Manhattan-based company, which now employs more than 50 people, offers tools, equipment and electronic components targeted at the “maker” audience, including IoT technology. She was the first female engineer to appear on the cover of WIRED and was Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.

    In June, Fried was designated as a White House Champion of Change.

    As Adafruit’s sole owner, Fried has become known for creating resources for and supporting the learning of electronics for makers of all ages and skill levels."

    , Electrical Engineer and Owner, Adafruit Industries

    Adafruit Industries

    No bio available at the moment
  • Meron Gribetz

    Meron Gribetz

    "A neuroscientist by training, Meron Gribetz spent years studying how the human mind and body work. A flash of insight at a New York bar – where he watched people both fail and succeed in communicating with each other using their mobile devices – inspired a desire to build a new kind of “natural machine” that could better connect people to each other and the world around them. Building on his research in both computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University, he developed the basic tenets that now underscore Meta’s Neural Interface design philosophy. Today, he leads as the founder of Meta, the first company to deliver augmented reality (AR) designed around the way people are built to experience the world.


    , Founder and CEO, Meta


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  • Alex Hegyi

    Alex Hegyi

    "Dr. Alex Hegyi is a Member of Research Staff in the Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center (formerly known as Xerox PARC). He currently works on inventing and developing novel optical detection systems ranging from hyperspectral imagers to fiber optic sensor readouts and flow cytometers. Dr. Hegyi received his BS in Physics with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University in 2008, and his PhD in Dr. Hegyi received his BS in Physics with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University in 2008, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2013. His thesis work was performed under the guidance of Prof. Eli Yablonovitch and culminated in the first known demonstration of imaging by optical detection of magnetic resonance through scattering tissue. Dr. Hegyi was a Hertz Foundation Fellow, and his thesis was awarded the Hertz Thesis Prize.


  • Peiman Hosseini

    Peiman Hosseini

    "Peiman Hosseini is the founder of Bodle Technologies, which is developing a new way of making displays that can be viewed in direct sunlight using electrical impulses rather than a constant current of energy. This could potentially reduce smartphone charging to once a week instead of the current daily charge.


  • Naira Hovakimyan

    Naira Hovakimyan

    "Naira Hovakimyan received her MS degree in Theoretical Mechanics and Applied Mathematics in 1988 from Yerevan State University in Armenia. She got her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics in 1992, in Moscow, from the Institute of Applied Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences, majoring in optimal control and differential games. Before joining the faculty of UIUC in 2008, she has spent time as a research scientist at Stuttgart University in Germany, at INRIA in France, at Georgia Institute of Technology, and she was on faculty of Aerospace and Ocean engineering of Virginia Tech during 2003-2008. She is currently W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. In 2015 she was named as inaugural director for Intelligent Robotics Lab of CSL at UIUC. She has co-authored a book and more than 300 refereed publications. She is the recipient of the SICE International scholarship for the best paper of a young investigator in the VII ISDG Symposium (Japan, 1996), the 2011 recipient of AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight award and the 2015 recipient of SWE Achievement Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Humboldt prize for her lifetime achievements and was recognized as Hans Fischer senior fellow of Technical University of Munich. In 2015 she was recognized by UIUC Engineering Council award for Excellence in Advising. She is an associate fellow and life member of AIAA, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of SIAM, AMS, SWE, ASME and ISDG. Naira is co-founder of IntelinAir, Inc., a company that commercializes data-drones for delivering actionable information from aerial imagery for various industries. Her research interests are in the theory of robust adaptive control and estimation, control in the presence of limited information, networks of autonomous systems, game theory and applications of those in safety-critical systems of aerospace, mechanical, electrical, petroleum and biomedical engineering.


  • Nikki Kaufman

    Nikki Kaufman

    "Founder and CEO of Normal, a tech company that develops and manufactures custom earbuds and 3-D printed headphones.


  • Samay Kohli

    Samay Kohli

    "Samay is one of the masterminds behind building India's first indiginous Humanoid Bot, our very own AcYut. He has also Co-Founded the company Grey Orange Robotics which aims to be India's answer to Honda's Asimov. He has been a researcher at C & C Tachnologies and has been a research intern at ROBOTIS.


  • Nathan Kundtz

    Nathan Kundtz

    " Kundtz has a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University and is CEO of Kymeta. Kymeta’s thin antennas use “holographic metamaterials” to reach those connections, opening up “5000 times more capacity than we have today to cellphones,” he said at a presentation in August. The company, backed by Bill Gates and others, raised another $62 million earlier this year and is already partnering with companies like Toyota to bring its antennas to moving vehicles. SOURCE: "

  • Anthony Laing

    Anthony Laing

    "Dr Laing is a lecturer and an EPSRC Early Career Fellow in the Centre for Quantum Photonics and School of Physics. His research contributions include the invention of new methods for quantum tomography and verification, the development of new experimental techniques for quantum simulations and computation, and the invention of new protocols for quantum cryptography. He is lead investigator on several programmes to develop applications for photonic quantum technologies and is a co-Investigator in the UK's Quantum Communications Hub."

  • Nancy Liang

    Nancy Liang

    "Nancy Liang is the Senior product manager for Amazon Alexa. Previously, she launched some of the first consumer 3D-printed products at Shapeways, creating food-safe ceramics, and then co-founded a custom 3D printing company called Mixee Labs, whose team later joined Amazon.


    , Senior Product Manager, Amazon Alexa

    Amazon Alexa

    No bio available at the moment
  • Desmond Loke

    Desmond Loke

    "Dr. Desmond Loke is a Postdoc Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Singapore University of Technology and Design. He works on a research project on the topic of the synthesis of novel computer memory material and devices. He completed his BS at the National University of Singapore in 2008, and did his PhD at the University of Cambridge & National University of Singapore between 2008 and 2012. In 2013, he was awarded a research fellowship from MIT and SUTD to start his independent research work. He has won many prestigious awards, for example, the MIT Regional TR35 Innovators Under 35 award and Singapore TKK Young Inventors' award. His research has been highlighted in global news, such as Yahoo! News, International Business Times and Science Daily. He has written more than 10 research articles, including first authored journal papers in Science, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA and Advanced Materials.


  • Christina Mercando

    Christina Mercando

    "Christina Mercando is the founder and CEO of Ringly, a New York City company composed of designers and engineers dedicated to blending fashion and technology in meaningful ways. Their first suite of products integrates wearable technology with beautifully designed jewelry and accessories. Ringly’s core belief is that technology can be more discreetly and smartly integrated into our lives.

    Prior to founding Ringly, Christina was the VP of Product at Hunch, a social recommendation service aiming to build a ‘taste graph’ of the entire web by intelligently connecting people to the things they love. Hunch was acquired by eBay in 2011 where Christina played a major role in improving the social shopping and merchandising experience across

    Christina’s passion for art and technology started at an early age. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in both Fine Art and Human Computer Interaction. She has a strong interest in user-centered design and its power to enrich and strengthen both online and offline experiences."



  • Dr. Barani Raman

    Dr. Barani Raman

    Baranidharan (Barani) Raman received the B.Sc. Eng. degree (with distinction) in computer science from the University of Madras, Chennai, India, in 2000, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. From 2006 to 2010, he was a joint Post-Doctoral Fellow with the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD. He then joined Washington University as an Assistant Professor in 2010. His current research interests include sensory and systems neuroscience, sensor-based machine olfaction, machine learning, biomedical intelligent systems, and dynamical systems. Dr. Raman is a recipient of the Wolfgang Gopel Award in 2011 from the International Society for Olfaction, Chemical Sensing and a NSF CAREER awardee (2015), and IEEE Donald G. Fink Award (2016).

    Notable publications:
    Key papers in biological olfaction
    J1. D. Saha*, W. Sun*, C. Li*, W. Padovano, Z. Chen, D. Barbour and B. Raman†, “Switching between distinct neural ensembles mediates sensing and unsensing of a sensory stimulus,” under review Nature Communications, August 2016.

    J2. D. Saha*, C. Li*, S. Peterson, W. Padovano, N. Katta and B. Raman†, “Behavioral correlates of synchronous vs. asynchronous odor evoked neural activities,” Nature Communications, 6: 6953, 2015 (doi:10.1038/ncomms7953).

    J3. D. Saha*, K. Leong*, C. Li*, G. Siegel and B. Raman†, “A spatiotemporal coding mechanism for background invariant recognition of odors,” Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 16, pp. 1830-1839, 2013. (Cover article)

    J4. D. Saha, K. Leong, N. Katta and B. Raman†, “Multi-unit recording methods to characterize neural activity in the locust (Schistocerca americana) olfactory circuits,” Journal of Visualized Experiments, (71), e50139, doi:10.3791/50139, 2013.

    J5. B. Raman†, M. Stopfer and S. Semancik, “Mimicking biological design and computing principles in artificial olfaction,” ACS Chemical Neuroscience, Vol. 2(9), pp. 487-499, September 2011

    J6. B. Raman*, J. Joseph*, J. Tang, and M. Stopfer, “Temporally diverse firing patterns in olfactory receptor neurons underlie spatio-temporal neural codes for odors,” Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1994-2006, 2010 (Highlighted article; 32nd most downloaded paper in February, 2010).

    J7. I. Ito, M. Bazhenov, C. R. Ong, B. Raman, and M. Stopfer, “Frequency transitions in odor-evoked neural oscillations,” Neuron, Vol. 64, pp. 692-706, December 2009.

    J8. I. Ito, C. R. Ong, B. Raman, and M. Stopfer, “Sparse odor representation and olfactory learning,” Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 11, no.10, pp. 1177-1184, October 2008 (Highlighted article; F1000 evaluation: ‘Must read’).

    J9. B. Raman, I. Ito, and M. Stopfer, “Bilateral olfaction: two is better than one for navigation,” Genome Biology, Vol. 9, pp. 212, March 2008 (News and Views).

    J10. B. Raman, and M. Stopfer, “Olfactory computations: Non-linear processing separates smell,” Current Biology, Vol. 18, no. 1, pp. R29-R32, January 2008 (News and Views).

    Key papers on technology development:

    J11. In vivo photoacoustic neuronal imaging of odor-evoked calcium signals in the drosophila brain
    Ruiying Zhang, Bin Rao, Haoyang Rong, Baranidharan Raman, Lihong V. Wang
    Proc. SPIE 9708, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2016, 97082V (April 27, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2235935

    J12. T. York, V. Gruev, D. Saha, B. Raman, A 220× 128 120 mW 60 frames/s current mode polarization imager for in vivo optical neural recording, IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, pp. 1849-1852, 2014.

    J13. N. Katta, K. Benkstein, D. Meier, S. Semancik, B. Raman†, “I/O transform of a chemical sensor,” Sensors & Actuators B, Vol. 232, pp. 357-368, 2016.

    J14. K. D. Benkstein, P. Rogers, C. Montgomery, C. Jin, B. Raman, S. Semancik, “Chemiresistive microsensor arrays in a simulated Martian atmosphere,” Sensors & Actuators B, Vol. 197, pp. 280-291, 2014.

    J15. T. York, S. B. Powell, S. Gao, L. Kahan, T. Charanya, D. Saha, N. W. Roberts, T. W. Cronin, J. Marshall, S. Achilefu, S. Lake, B. Raman, and V. Gruev, “Bio-Inspired Polarization Imaging Sensors: from Circuits and Optics to Signal Processing Algorithms and Biomedical Applications,” Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 102, no. 10, pp. 1450-1469, 2014.

    J16. B. Raman†, R. Shenoy, D. C. Meier, K. Benkstein, C. M. Mungle and S. Semancik, “Detecting and recognizing odors in untrained backgrounds,” IEEE Sensors, Special Issue on Machine Olfaction, Vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 3238 – 3247, 2012.

    J17. B. Raman*, D. C. Meier*, J. K. Evju and S. Semancik, “Designing and Optimizing Microsensor Arrays for Recognizing Chemical Hazards in Complex Environments,” Sensors & Actuators B, Vol. 137(2), pp. 617-629, April 2009.

    J18. B. Raman*, J. Hertz*, K. Benkstein, and S. Semancik, “A bio-inspired methodology for artificial olfaction,” Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 80, no. 22, pp. 8364-8471, November 2008 (Highlighted article).



    I am Mark Selvan. Currently pursuing my degree in Mechanical Engineering in University of Science Malaysia. This are my achievements;

    -Ranked Top 20 in Valeo Innovation Challenge 2015 among hundreds of international teams while securing a monetary award of 5000€.
    -Ranked Top 24 in Valeo Innovation Challenge 2016 among 73 countries, 785 universities and 1344 teams in the world while securing a monetary award of 5000€.
    -Selected as the International Top 20 in the world for the James Dyson Award 2016 in the international round judged by Dyson Engineers.
    -Team captain for the team from USM to participate in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition



    "A tool that allows visually disabled people to distinguish the difference in colors of the object they are touching through the difference in vibrations they feel in their fingertips. Three vibrators vibrate in response to the three primary colors. The light sensor separates the colors of the object the user is touching into the three primary colors (red, green, blue), and by making the 3 vibrators provided for each primary color vibrate in proportion to the strength of each color, it is possible to distinguish the differences in color as a difference in the vibration felt in the fingertips.
    Vibrations change with the motion of touching an object, so it is possible to perceive the distribution of color..
    For confirmation for supporters, the tool also comes equipped with a color LED that displays read values from the light sensor.
    I thought that if maps are color-coded via contours, by touching them it would be possible to perceive them; that with a page with geometric shapes drawn on it, it would be possible to understand their shape just by touching it; and that if one were to touch a painting, it would be possible to picture it."



    "In 2012, Urska Srsen co-founded the company Bellabeat (often called Baby Watch) with Sandro Mur. Srsen is the Chief Operating Officer. Srsen is originally from Slovakia and first applied to study medicine in college. After changing her mind about her intended degree, she then studied sculpture at the Helsinki Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

    Bellabeat is a company that developed and produces self-tracking tools for women, which have a focus on prenatal care. It tracks the health of pregnant women, new mothers, unborn children, and then newborn children. Srsen has been awarded First Prize in the 2013 Pioneers Festival start-up competition in Vienna and was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Europe. Additionally, she has also been voted Most Likely to Succeed among the Silicon Valley winter cohort. The company headquarters is in San Francisco, California.


  • Diego Saez-Gil

    Diego Saez-Gil

    "Diego Saez-Gil is at tech founder and product developer. He's currently CEO & co-founder of Bluesmart (YC W15), a company that develops and sells smart, connected travel products. Before Bluesmart he founded venture-backed mobile travel startup WeHostels, acquired by StudentUniverse, the leading online travel youth company.


  • Doug Simpson

    Doug Simpson

    " Doug Simpson, CEO of Navdy, a San Francisco-based startup, is building a digital head-up display for cars that it says will make driving and smartphone use safer. On Thursday, it announced that it had raised $20.3 million in new funding that it will use to continue growing its team and ramp up manufacturing. Navdy’s technology would let drivers handle tasks like sending text messages, making phone calls and getting driving directions without having to take their eyes off the road. SOURCE: "

  • Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor

    "Alice is Founder/CEO of MakieLab, a toys-and-games company in London and creators of Makies, the world’s first 3D Printed toy at retail. Makies are award-winning, customisable dolls, created by their individual owners via apps and games. Each doll is one of a kind, reflecting the personality and creativity of its owner.

    MakieLab is developing further exciting products on its software-driven manufacturing platform, each exploring the smart creativity enabled by all forms of nu-manufacturing, including brand new IP toy-game combinations with big name partners.

    Previously, Alice was Commissioning Editor, Education at Channel 4, publishing games and media for kids & teens, with awards including two BAFTAs and the Prix Jeunesse. Alice was Develop magazine’s Game Publishing Hero 2010; pre Channel 4, Alice was VP Digital Media at BBC Worldwide, Los Angeles.




    "What It Does
    CircuitStack combines the flexibility of breadboarding with the correctness of printed circuits to enable rapid and extensible circuit construction supporting circuit reconfigurability, component reusability, and high efficiency in early-stage prototyping.
    The Inspiration
    Electronic prototyping plays a huge role for makers and engineers. However, a breadboard gets a lot messy with tangled wires causing slow prototyping and error-prone. One of the solutions is using printed circuits, which avoids manual wiring. Despite the rapidness and convenience of printed circuits, it has an Achilles' heel_it is hard to maintain reliable contact between electrical components and paper. Thus, we combine the top layer of breadboard, which provides a pluggable and reliable platform, with printed circuits sandwiched in the bottom layer, to develop a better prototyping tool.
    How It Works
    CircuitStack is a hybrid of the two prototyping tools by using a stacked PCB structure where pieces of printed circuit paper (PCP) are sandwiched on the bottom layers and the top breadboard layer inherits the exact same layout as a breadboard. Contact springs/Pogo pins are used in our physical design to deliver signals between layers and physically make contact with PCP that determines the connection pattern for breadboard layer. Each row of the breadboard layer has its corresponding contact spring/pogo pin on its bottom side to deliver signals to the bottom layers and PCP. After stacking all the PCB layers in the first version of CircuitStack, aluminum plastic panels are used to evenly distribute forces to prevent PCB flex caused by tightened screws on the corners. In the second version of CircuitStack, this problem is solved by using magnetic-snapping mechanism where we distribute magnets across on a PCB case."

  • Joshua Yang

    Joshua Yang

    "Prof. J. Joshua Yang and his research group focus on Post-CMOS ionic and electronic devices, with applications in unconventional computing technologies.


  • Jesus Zozaya

    Jesus Zozaya

    "Jesus Zozaya studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


IT Software

  • Jobert Abma

    Jobert Abma

    "Jobert Abma
    Co-founder, HackerOne

    Hacking is a way of life for 26-year-old Abma — or at least for half of it; he has been hacking into computers since he was 13. It makes perfect sense then that in 2013, Abma co-founded a San Francisco-based startup that connects companies with other white-hat hackers — people who can expose a system’s weaknesses before the bad guys do. Companies are willing to pay big bucks to access this global network of 80,000-plus registered hackers; to date, the startup has paid out more than $10 million in “bug bounties” to over 3,500 hackers who have helped fix 30,000-plus vulnerabilities. Even the Pentagon has hired HackerOne hackers to attack the U.S. Department of Defense’s computer systems. Though HackerOne takes a 20 percent cut of each bounty that’s paid out, Abma still hacks for fun on the side. He’s on track to bring in an extra $100,000 this year in bounty from companies that haven’t hired HackerOne — yet."

  • Anup Akkihal

    Anup Akkihal

    "Anup brings 14 years experience in supply chain strategy across a broad range of industries in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has enjoyed the privilege of designing field/tactical logistics systems with the United States Army, managing SAP enterprise software projects, and advising USAID, WHO and World Bank on supply chain management & technology. Seeking to advance the public condition, Anup now conducts research, development, and social outreach to enhance BoP access to essential commodities, and improve market linkages for village producers. The effort evolved into the development – and ongoing deployment in India and Africa – of robust mobile supply chain management (mSCM) tools that are now changing landscapes across healthcare, agriculture, construction, livelihoods and disaster response. He hopes mSCM technology generates positive externalities in rural emerging markets, tangibly impacting the condition of the world’s poorest citizens & fostering self-reliance. Anup earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and MIT."


  • Pankaj Anand

    Pankaj Anand

    "Pankaj Anand is the VP of Engineering at Declara. Anand is the leader of the engineering team and is responsible for architecting and delivering the Whodini product. Prior to Whodini, Anand was the Cloud Services Architect for HP's ePrint platform.

    In 2003, he co-founded Opelin, an online backup product company (acquired by HP in 2007). Anand has also built products at Microsoft and eCircle Technologies. Anand received his B.Tech from Punjab Technical University."


  • Brian Anderson

    Brian Anderson

    "I and a bunch of my friends are building a new systems programming language called Rust. It does things that no other language does, it's open source, has a large and growing community of contributors, and people dig it."


  • Greg Brockman

    Greg Brockman

    "Greg Brockman is co-founder and CTO at OpenAI. Previously, he was the CTO of Stripe, building the company from 4 to 250 employees."


    , Co-founder and CTO, OpenAI


    No bio available at the moment
  • Natalia Burina

    Natalia Burina

    "Parable is a social network for creativity. In a nutshell, it’s ‘Instagram for Thoughts.’ With sleek and playful functionality for crafting posts, Parable has a community around everyday creativity, where users share, inspire and engage."

  • Jessica Butcher

    Jessica Butcher

    "A marketing pioneer and visionary technology entrepreneur with a demonstrable track record of building successful businesses from scratch over the last 15 years. Most notably, with Blippar- a business that has grown from a pub idea into an established global brand with a multi-million $ valuation in 4 years. (Named one of CNBC's Global 'Disruptor 50' Companies for 2015 - and Fast Co 'Most Innovative Companies' of 2016 -

    I have consistently been drawn to fast-growth, disruptive businesses through a desire to challenge established consumer behaviours and drive better business efficiencies and enhanced customer experiences.

    At Blippar, I have in turns, overseen the commercial and marketing operations across Europe and the US and external communications and brand evangelism, driving the ever-growing global awareness of the powerful new verb ‘to blipp’. Led Blippar to victory in a number of start-up competitions including Le Web, London and Mobile World Congress where the business was named ‘Most innovative new tech' for 2012. In &lt;4 years, the business has grown to over 200 staff across 10 global offices by working with many of the world's leading brands, boasts a consumer app audience &gt;60M users and can stake it's claim to be the #1 platform of its kind internationally.

    Named as one of the BBC’s international list of ‘100 Women’ in 2014, Fortune Magazine's global 'Top 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs' in 2012 and winner of the Natwest EveryWoman Iris (tech) award in 2013 amongst other accolades.

    Experienced public speaker and press interviewer on the subjects of entrepreneurialism, women in business and technology, mobile and technology trends, visual recognition and augmented reality, interactive print and more."


    , CMO & Founding Director, Blippar


    No bio available at the moment


    "John Gunnar Carlsson is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineeering (ICME) at Stanford University in 2009 under Yinyu Ye and my A.B. in mathematics and music from Harvard College in 2005. Carlsson works on algorithms for solving problems in continuous location theory, and more generally, optimization problems that have some kind of geographic element. His research is supported by DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Transportation, and he was previously supported by an NSF GOALI grant, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Boeing Company."


  • Wences Casares

    Wences Casares

    "Wences Casares is an entrepreneur specializing in global business and financial services technology. As an entrepreneur, he has sold multiple companies for a combined total of more than $1 billion. Most recently Wences was the founder and CEO of digital wallet platform, which was acquired by Lifelock for $50 million in December 2013.

    Prior to, Wences founded Lemon Bank, which was acquired in 2009, and Wanako Games, which was acquired in 2007. Prior to that, in 2000, Wences founded and then later sold online brokerage firm Patagon to Banco Santander for $750 million. Originally from Patagonia, Argentina, Casares also launched the country’s first internet provider in 1994.

    Having grown up in Argentina and experiencing the country’s extreme inflation, Wences immediately saw the promise and utility of Bitcoin as a global currency. With Xapo, he plans to drive Bitcoin adoption and offer safe, secure, and convenient digital currency storage."


  • Jennifer Chayes

    Jennifer Chayes

    "Jennifer Tour Chayes is Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she co-founded in 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City, which she co-founded in 2012. These two laboratories are widely renowned interdisciplinary centers, bringing together computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, social scientists, and biologists, and helping to lay the foundations of data science. Prior to founding these labs, Chayes was Research Area Manager for Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Cryptography at Microsoft Research Redmond. Chayes joined Microsoft Research in 1997, when she co-founded the Theory Group. Her research areas include phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of large networks, mechanism design, and graph algorithms. She is the co-author of about 130 scientific papers and the co-inventor of about 30 patents.


  • Jeffrey Chen

    Jeffrey Chen

    Jeff Chen is the Chief Data Scientist of the Department of Commerce and leads wide-ranging efforts to integrate data science into policy and operations. A statistician by trade, he has led and deployed data-driven efforts in 35 fields, from disaster response to legal affairs to fraud detection. His work in predictive in modeling has driven operational interventions across government and industry, has established a new subfield of predictive research focused on fire safety, and has been a founding member of multiple data teams throughout government.

    Prior to working at the Department of Commerce, he served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on the President’s Climate Data Initiative, finding ways to use data science for climate resilience. While serving the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) as the first Director of Analytics, he led data scientists and firefighters in developing new public safety algorithm products, such as the FireCast machine learning system that accurately predicted and targeted inspections to buildings with the greatest fire risk.

    Prior to FDNY, he served in the NYC Mayor’s Office during the Bloomberg Administration leading initiatives on citywide priorities such as data-driven response after Hurricane Sandy to lawsuit outcome prediction to welfare fraud detection. Jeff started his career as a senior consultant and econometrician at Halcrow, an international consultancy focusing on large scale economic, transport and environmental investments. In his off hours, Jeff has served as a Data Scientist-in-Residence at Georgetown University and has served as a statistical advisor for medical supply chain research with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and an M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University. 

  • Tiffany Chu

    Tiffany Chu

    "Tiffany is passionate about improving cities through design.

    She's mapped 100+ street vendors in Vietnam, crafted 3D models at Pixar Animation Studios, written for Dwell Magazine, worked for the City of New Orleans post-Katrina, was an innovation consultant at Continuum, and studied architecture and urban planning at MIT. She was the first UX hire at Zipcar, working with the product team to research and shape the experience of car sharing and urban mobility. In 2014, she moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts to San Francisco to be a Fellow at Code for America, working with local governments to improve technology in the public sector.

    By day, she is currently a cofounder at Remix, building software to help cities plan better public transit. By night, she bicycles, dances, cooks, flows through a few vinyasas, and plays on the internet.


  • Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

    Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

    "Ricardo is the founder & CEO of VOIQ - an on-demand call app, disrupting the call center space. This YCombinator-backed company allows businesses to qualify thousands of sales calls in minutes at half the cost of call centers by leveraging thousands of professional VOIQ on-demand call agents who work from the VOIQ app on their smartphone. VOIQ is the API of sales qualification calls online and will soon become the largest workforce of call agents worldwide.

    Ricardo is a 2015 YCombinator fellow and was recently recognized as a 2015 Silicon Valley Top Diverse Tech 40 Under 40. He also founded the group of the Top 20 Latino Tech Leaders in the US. Ricardo is a member of the Board of Advisors to the World Policy Institute. He holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Politics from the same institution."


  • Hilton Goldstein

    Hilton Goldstein

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    Dr. Hilton Goldstein founded Hilton Software to develop outstanding multi-platform mobile aviation solutions. Dr. Goldstein earned his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Computer Science and Advanced Mathematics. He completed his Honours in three-dimensional computer graphics, his Masters in Computed Skull Reconstruction Technology, and his Ph.D. in Signal Image Processing at the University of Natal, Durban in South Africa.
    Dr. Goldstein is a Commercial Pilot holding certificates and ratings in single-engine and multi-engine land and sea aircraft. Hilton is also a Certificated Flight Instructor with Airplane, Instrument, and Multi-Engine Ratings.

  • Felice Gorordo

    Felice Gorordo

    "L. Felice Gorordo is President & CEO of Clearpath, a venture-backed tech company revolutionizing the confusing, costly and paper-based immigration filing process – just as TurboTax transformed tax filing. At Clearpath, Felice is leveraging technology to empower immigrants and democratize the immigration process by making it easier, more affordable and secure for individuals to file their own applications.

    Felice also co-founded and leads Roots of Hope, a national non-profit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba and the “Best Grassroots Organization” – according to the Miami New Times. In 2009, Felice was an advisor to Grammy winner Juanes and helped organize the historic "Peace without Borders" concert in Cuba, with 1.2 million people in attendance.

    PODER Magazine has named Felice one of the "100 Poderosos" Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., as well as one of the "Top 20 Under 40." He has been featured on CNN's "Young People Who Rock," and appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, CNBC, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, The Economist, and The New York Times. Felice is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of several national and community-based nonprofits."


  • Jiawei Gu

    Jiawei Gu

    "Jiawei Gu is a Design & Research Lead, leading the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) team at Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Baidu Research. Currently he is responsible for directing a team to design, prototype and create novel digital experience, industrial design and nature user interface (NUI) for intelligent paradigms (including wearable device, intelligent transportation, home automation, robotics, IoT) utilizing technologies of artificial intelligence, deep learning and big data, project includes BaiduEye, DuLight_DuBike_Face-It App. Previously he worked in Microsoft Research, mainly focus on tangible and embodied I/O interfaces and solutions for next generation Microsoft products, including Windows Surface, Xbox Kinect and Windows 10, meanwhile he has been awarded 22 US invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents, acting as corporation instructor of Stanford ME310 Global New Product Design Innovation Program. His experience and interest lies at the intersection between user-centered design and applied research."


  • Raul Gutierrez

    Raul Gutierrez

    "Raul Gutierrez is the founder and CEO of Tinybop, the Brooklyn-based design studio. Tinybop brings together researchers, artists, and engineers to build digital toys that delight and educate children. Their award-winning app, The Human Body, has been recognized by Fast Company, Wired, Common Sense Media, teachers, and countless parents for its constructivist approach to application design. The first in a series, The Human Body has been downloaded 4.9 million times and was an App Store Best of 2013.

    Before forming Tinybop in 2012, Raul had a 20-year career at the intersection of technology and the arts: from working in production at Paramount Pictures for producer Scott Rudin to designing large-scale web campaigns for movie studios and building the first incarnation of the art site 20×200. He’s also a photographer, occasional blogger, and collector of unusual objects. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons."


  • Valentin Heun

    Valentin Heun

    Valentin Heun is a PhD candidate and research assistant at MIT Media Lab, where his research focuses on new computer interaction paradigms for the physical space. He is interested in transferring benefits from our shared digital experiences to our physical reality. Currently he is using his interdisciplinary design and engineering skills to build tools that empower designers. His works have been published in academic conferences such as Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP, 2012, 2013), SIGGRAPH Asia (SA, 2012), Tangible Embodied and Embedded Interaction (TEI, 2013), Computer Human Interaction conference (CHI, 2013) and User Interface Software and Technology (UIST, 2014). He has been interviewed by online media outlets such as Fast Company, Vice, Verge, Wired, Core77, PSFK, the Daily Dot, Makezine and Boston Globe; received the 2012SIGGRAPH Asia
    Emerging Technologies Prize and was awarded by Wired UK to the Smart List 2013, Fast Company’s Boldest Ideas in User Interface Design 2015 and Postscapes 2016 Editors Choice Award for IoT Software & Tools. He works closely with industry collaborators such as Steelcase, Audi, Lego, Qualcomm, Sony and NEC to create a new human interaction experience with everyday objects. His talks and workshops are valued by international organizations such as WeSchool Bombay, Royal College of Art London, MIT Sloan School Executive Programs, O'Reilly Media, Natura Cosméticos, Deutsche Telekom and Porsche. Valentin holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the German Diplom in Design from the Bauhaus-University Weimar. He is a NEC fellow and was a EXIST scholar.

    , PhD candidate and research assistant, MIT Media Lab

    MIT Media Lab

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  • Geoffrey Hinton

    Geoffrey Hinton

    "Geoffrey Hinton received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh in 1978. After five years as a faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon he became a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and moved to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto where he is now an emeritus distinguished professor. He is also a distinguished researcher at Google.

    Geoffrey Hinton was one of the researchers who introduced the backpropagation algorithm and the first to use backpropagation for learning word embeddings. His other contributions to neural network research include Boltzmann machines, distributed representations, time-delay neural nets, mixtures of experts, variational learning and deep learning. His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that revolutionized speech recognition and object classification.

    Geoffrey Hinton is a fellow of the UK Royal Society and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the David E. Rumelhart prize, the IJCAI award for research excellence, the Killam prize for Engineering, the IEEE James Clerk Maxwell Gold medal, and the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal which is Canada's top award in Science and Engineering."


  • Lara Hogan

    Lara Hogan

    "Lara Hogan
    Engineering director, Etsy

    A self-taught front-end developer, 31-year-old Hogan now leads the 40-person product infrastructure engineering team at Brooklyn-based Etsy. A regular on the conference circuit, Hogan aims to get other engineers and companies to believe that performance and page-load times matter. For example, Etsy employees have access to a toolbar on each page that will show any A/B tests in progress and how long it took the page to load. “As people are designing and developing, we try to insert some things into the workflow to help make it easier to remind them about performance as part of the process,” Hogan said on The Path to Performance podcast. In fact, Hogan is so set on delivering this message beyond Etsy that she makes her book, “Designing for Performance,” free to read online at — and she donates all e-book and print proceeds to charities like Women Who Code, Black Girls Code, and Latinas in STEM. “I believe that information should be freely available,” Hogan told LinkedIn. “And that the more we can do to make websites fast, the more equitable we can make the Internet for people who have limited connection speeds or access to mobile devices.”"

  • Dr. Mohammed Ehsan Hoque

    Dr. Mohammed Ehsan Hoque

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    M. Ehsan Hoque is a researcher interested in developing computational approaches to decipher and model the unwritten rules of human communication.

    In particular, he is interested in applying emotion technologies in the domains of social skills training, public speaking preparation, customer service modeling, assessment technologies, and assisting individuals with social developmental disabilities.

    Hoque received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. His thesis — “Computers to Help with Conversations: Affective Framework to Enhance Human Nonverbal Skills” — was the first of its kind to demonstrate that it is possible for people to learn and improve their social skills by interacting with an automated system. The thesis was showcased at the MIT Museum as one of the most unconventional inventions at MIT.
    His work is recognized in the related areas of pervasive computing, human-computer interaction, and machine learning, including best paper awards at leading conferences. Over the years, he has won a number of awards, including the IEEE Gold Humanitarian Fellowship, MIT Tech Review Top 35 innovators under 35 (MIT TR35), and Best of Papers Awards at premier Human-Computer Interaction venues such as Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), Automated Face and Gesture Recognition (FG), Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), one of the most influential articles for IEEE Transactions for Affective Computing, and Google Faculty Research Award (2014, 2016).

    Some of his research prototypes have been deployed in Disney Parks, and at several public places of MIT, allowing open interaction with thousands of people and data collection for an extended period. The software that he has written as part of my PhD dissertation has been sub-licensed by several companies including Shell, FoxNews, StateFarm, & Hisense for commercialization opportunities. He is currently collaborating with ICICI Bank, one of the largest banks of India, to automate some aspects of customer service training as well with Educational Testing Services (ETS) to design the future of assessment technologies.

    Hoque’s achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as Wired, Canadian National TV, National Public Radio (NPR), Boston Public Radio (WGBH), Time, The Daily Telegraph, The Atlantic, Wired, Wall Street Journal, and MIT Tech Review.

    Now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester, Hoque teaches undergraduate and graduate students the potential impact of Human-Computer Interaction in every possible discipline that touches human lives. He also directs the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) Lab where he actively pursues his research.

    , Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Rochester

    University of Rochester

    No bio available at the moment
  • Yann LeCun

    Yann LeCun

    "Yann LeCun is Director of AI Research at Facebook, and Silver Professor of Dara Science, Computer Science, Neural Science, and Electrical Engineering at New York University, affiliated with the NYU Center for Data Science, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, the Center for Neural Science, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

    His current interests include AI, machine learning, computer perception, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. He has published over 180 technical papers and book chapters on these topics as well as on neural networks, handwriting recognition, image processing and compression, and on dedicated circuits and architectures for computer perception. The character recognition technology he developed at Bell Labs is used by several banks around the world to read checks and was reading between 10 and 20% of all the checks in the US in the early 2000s. His image compression technology, called DjVu, is used by hundreds of web sites and publishers and millions of users to access scanned documents on the Web. Since the late 80's he has been working on deep learning methods, particularly the convolutional network model, which is the basis of many products and services deployed by companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, IBM, NEC, AT&T and others for image and video understanding, document recognition, human-computer interaction, and speech recognition.

    LeCun has been on the editorial board of IJCV, IEEE PAMI, and IEEE Trans. Neural Networks, was program chair of CVPR'06, and is chair of ICLR 2013 and 2014. He is on the science advisory board of Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, and has advised many large and small companies about machine learning technology, including several startups he co-founded. He is the lead faculty at NYU for the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment, a $36M initiative in collaboration with UC Berkeley and University of Washington to develop data-driven methods in the sciences. He is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award."


    , Director, Facebook, AI Research

    Facebook, AI Research

    No bio available at the moment
  • Paula Long

    Paula Long

    "Paula is the CEO and co-founder of DataGravity, a company turning data into information. She brings more than 30 years of experience to DataGravity in delivering meaningful and game changing high-tech innovation. In 2001 Paula co-founded storage provider EqualLogic, resetting the bar on how customers managed and purchased data storage. EqualLogic was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008 and Paula remained at Dell as vice president of storage until 2010. Prior to founding EqualLogic, she served in several engineering management positions at Allaire Corporation and oversaw all aspects of the ClusterCATS product line while at Bright Tiger Technologies.

    Her executive and technical leadership has been extensively recognized, including the New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Ernst & Young 2008 Northeast Regional “Entrepreneur of the Year” and a national finalist for the same award. Her technical awards span systems designs and enterprise software including the EqualLogic and ClusterCATS product lines.


  • Hilary Mason

    Hilary Mason

    "Hilary Mason is CEO and Founder of Fast Forward Labs, an independent data technology research lab. She is also Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Chief Scientist for bitly, the popular link-shortening service, where she continues to work as Scientist Emeritus, advising a team that studies attention on the internet in realtime.

    Her work at Fast Forward Labs, which synthesizes the latest breakthroughs in big data from a wide range of fields, give her a uniquely broad understanding of the field. As Hilary explains, the most exciting breakthroughs in data right now are fragmented across a wide range of isolated communities. Hackers don’t talk to academic researchers. But Hilary and her team at Fast Forward unify these disparate forms of research — so if you’ve heard of some new development and want to know how to put it into effect, no one can help you more than Hilary.

    Hilary is the co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City; co-host of DataGotham, an annual event for professionals involved in data science; and member of NYCResistor. She advises a number of companies, including Mortar,, collective[i], DataKind, Betaspring, and TechStars New York. She also served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

    Hilary is on Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013 and 1000 Most Creative People in Business 2014. Other honors include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and the Crain’s New York Business 40 under Forty.


  • Laura Mather

    Laura Mather

    "Laura combines expertise in technology, insights into human behavior and an entrepreneurial savvy to address major challenges facing business and society. She co-founded Silver Tail Systems in 2008 and built it to a team of 100 that protected over one billion accounts before it was acquired by RSA, the security division of EMC, in December of 2012. Laura began her career at the National Security Agency and then before pioneering anti-phishing practices for eBay and PayPal in the early 2000s.

    Through Unitive, Laura is developing a suite of software to transform the talent management landscape by bolstering traditional human resource processes with software to eliminate unconscious bias and get the right people into the right jobs.

    In 2012, Laura was named number 16 on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list, number six on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and number nine on Business Insider’s list of Most Powerful Women Engineers. In 2013, she was named to the top 50 Future Digital Strategists for Corporate Boards by Agenda magazine.

    She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.


  • Austin Meyer

    Austin Meyer

    "Austin Meyer the developer behind X-Plane and Xavion, and the filmmaker behind The Patent Scam. He also built his airplane N844X with a team and have made many other apps."


  • Mark Newman

    Mark Newman

    "Mark Newman is transforming the hiring process for Fortune 500 companies — especially within the travel and leisure category — with HireVue, a platform that records and analyzes interviews. Rather than showing up for an in-person interview, job candidates log onto HireVue and answer a series of questions directly into their computer camera. The company then analyzes those clips, for things like facial expression or word choice, to provide better insight into a candidate’s potential job fit. This digital process is meant to reduce unconscious bias connected with human judgement and lead to more diversity and dynamism in hiring. Newman, 32, has expanded the company to more than 600 companies across nearly 180 countries, including big names in travel and leisure: Hilton, Delta Air Lines and United, among others."


  • Andrew Ng

    Andrew Ng

    "Andrew Ng is VP & Chief Scientist of Baidu; Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera; and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University.

    In 2011 he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and also taught an online Machine Learning class to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a great education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality online courses, and is the largest MOOC platform in the world.

    Ng also works on machine learning with an emphasis on deep learning. He founded and led the “Google Brain” project which developed massive-scale deep learning algorithms. This resulted in the famous “Google cat” result, in which a massive neural network with 1 billion parameters learned from unlabeled YouTube videos to detect cats. More recently, he continues to work on deep learning and its applications to computer vision and speech, including such applications as autonomous driving."


    , Stanford


    No bio available at the moment
  • Christopher Nguyen

    Christopher Nguyen

    "Christopher Nguyen is co-founder & CEO of Arimo, a Big Data/Machine Learning enterprise startup.

    Christopher is a former engineering director of Google Apps, a recipient of the Google Founders' Award, a Stanford PhD who co-founded two enterprise startups with successful exits, and was a professor and co-founder of the Computer Engineering program at HKUST. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley summa cum laude. Christopher has extensive experience building technology companies that solve enterprise business challenges."


  • Peter Norvig

    Peter Norvig

    "Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc. Previously he was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He was co-teacher of an Artifical Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. His publications include the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences."


    , Director of Research, Google, Inc.

    Google, Inc.

    "Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware."
  • Lance Obermeyer

    Lance Obermeyer

    "I am a technologist and entrepreneur. I have all the standard CTO skills, including being able to write production quality code, architect a system, create and manage a development group, advocate a technical approach to staff, prospects, and investors, and be a member of an executive team."


  • Dr. Helen Papagiannis

    Dr. Helen Papagiannis

    Dr. Helen Papagiannis has been working with Augmented Reality (AR) for over a decade as a researcher, designer, and technology evangelist with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences in AR. Dr. Papagiannis was named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers (#16) of the Digital Media Industry in 2013, and is featured as an innovator in the book, “Augmented Reality: An Emerging Technologies Guide to AR”, published in 2013. Her work and research in the field include her past roles as Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Augmented Reality Inc. (New York City and Tel Aviv), and Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented Reality Lab in the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Art (Toronto).

    Dr. Papagiannis has presented her interactive work and Ph.D. research at global conferences and invited events including TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design), ISMAR (International Society for Mixed and Augmented Reality) and ISEA (International Symposium for Electronic Art). Her TEDx 2011 talk was featured among the Top 10 Talks on Augmented Reality and Gamified Life. Prior to her augmented life, Dr. Papagiannis was a member of the internationally renowned Bruce Mau Design studio where she was project lead on “Massive Change: The Future of Global Design”, an internationally touring exhibition and best-selling book examining the new inventions, technologies, and events changing the world. She is the author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping The New Reality”, published by O’Reilly.

    , Founder, O'Reilly Media and Augmented Stories

    O'Reilly Media and Augmented Stories

    No bio available at the moment
    & XR Goes Pop

    XR Goes Pop

    No bio available at the moment
  • Johnathan Perichon

    Johnathan Perichon

    "Jonathan has a Masters degree in Computer Science and before founding Checkr, he worked as an engineer for transportation and mobile software startup companies."


  • Frank Ramirez

    Frank Ramirez

    "Frank Ramirez is a Co-Founder of Bookalokal and a Co-Founder & Product Manager at SixPlus.

    A former Senior Consultant with Deloitte, Mr. Ramirez previously served as the technical lead for the design of an interoperable mHealth platform in the country of Tanzania.

    A native of Miami, he holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science and an M.B.A from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)."


  • Albert Redo-Sanchez

    Albert Redo-Sanchez

    "Albert Redo-Sanchez is currently Research Specialist in the camera culture group at the MIT Media Lab. His interests include terahertz systems and applications, photonics, advanced data processing and analysis, inverse problems, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and modeling and simulation. He is also an aviation nut and he dreams to become an astronaut some day."


  • Oscar Salazar

    Oscar Salazar

    "Imagine a world where any child with a smartphone has access to a personal tutor who's familiar with his or her learning style. Where bots recognize the symptoms of a sickness you describe, so a healthcare provider can quickly and efficiently help you get better. And where transportation companies know where and when you need to get somewhere before you even tell them.

    That’s the world Oscar Salazar, a co-founder of Uber and now an independent entrepreneur, is excited about.

    And he thinks artificial intelligence will get us there.

    He’s so bullish on AI that he predicts he’ll spend the next five or 10 years — as well as a significant amount of money — working on AI.

    "We’ve been discussing AI since I can remember," Salazar said in a recent interview at his regular haunt, an Italian restaurant in downtown Manhattan that he visits almost every day. “It feels real now… it's starting to feel that AI is not an obscure concept. It's actually something I can use to make my life easier and better."

    Salazar thinks artificial intelligence will play the biggest role — and have the biggest impact — on three areas: education, healthcare, and transportation.

    “They're fabrics for society," Salazar said. If you use technology to make these areas more efficient, “cities are going to be better and societies are going to be better.""

    , Co-Founder, Uber


    The launch of Uber’s self-driving pilot program in September 2016 marks the public unveiling of the company’s secretive work in autonomous vehicles and the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the U.S. public." (source:
  • Suchi Saria

    Suchi Saria

    "Dr. Suchi Saria is an assistant professor of computer science and health policy and management, and director of the Machine Learning and Computational Health Informatics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Her research spans machine learning, computational statistics and their application to mining information from electronic health records (EHR) and sensing data. She also teaches advanced machine learning to graduate students at Johns Hopkins. Prior to joining Hopkins, she earned her PhD with Daphne Koller from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, where early iterations of several influential big data projects - including the Google self-driving car, Google Brain, and Coursera - were developed.

    Dr. Saria has received numerous awards, including a cover article on Science Translational Medicine featuring her work on risk prediction in preemies; a Google Research award; a National Science Foundation Computing Innovation Fellowship (awarded to 20 nationally) for work on developing techniques for extraction from EHR data; a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation award for big data approaches in reducing patient harm in the ICU; and most recently a large National Science Foundation award for predicting disease course in patients with complex, chronic conditions.


  • Rossano Schifanella

    Rossano Schifanella

    "Rossano Schifanella is an Assistant Professor in computer science at the University of Turin where he is a member of the Applied Research on Computational Complex Systems (ARC²S) group. He is a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo Labs where he collaborates with differente teams under the Faculty Research and Engagement Program. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing collaborating with the Networks & agents Network (NaN) group.

    His research mainly focuses on a data-driven analysis of the behavior of (groups of) individuals and their interactions on social media platforms, aiming to reach a deeper understanding of online and offline social behavior. He is also interested in computational methods to investigate social phenomena, aesthetics and creativity in media platforms, and emotion and sensory aware methods to explore urban spaces."


  • Clara Shih

    Clara Shih

    "Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Social, whose predictive analytics technology helps salespeople reach out to clients at the right time with the right message while staying in compliance with industry regulations. A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era. Her latest book, The Social Business Imperative: Adapting Your Business Model to the Always-Connected Customer, was released in April 2016. Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” BusinessWeek’s “Top Young Entrepreneurs,” and both Fortune’s and Ad Age’s “40 Under 40.” She was also named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, InvestmentNews’ “40 under 40,” and “5 to Watch” in ThinkAdvisor’s 2015 IA 35 for 35.

    Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and She graduated #1 in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an MS in computer science. She also holds an MS in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.


    , Hearsay Social

    Hearsay Social

    No bio available at the moment
  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith

    "Stephen Smith is a Research Progressor at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.

    My research interests are in artificial intelligence, primarily in the areas of constraint-based search and optimization, automated planning and scheduling, configurable and adaptive problem solving systems, multi-agent and multi-robot coordination, mixed-initiative decision-making, and naturally inspired search procedures. One integrating focus has been the development of core technologies for coordination and control of large-scale, multi-actor systems, and their application to domains spanning transportation, manufacturing, logistics, mission planning, and energy systems."


  • Kieran Snyder

    Kieran Snyder

    "Kieran Snyder is the Co-Founder and CEO of Textio, a machine learning company that provides text analytics on job listings, resumes, performance reviews, and other documents about people. She holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and has previously held product and engineering leadership roles at Microsoft and Amazon. Her work on language, technology, and document bias has appeared in Fortune, Re/code, The Washington Post, Slate, VentureBeat, and CNN.


  • Anu Sridharan

    Anu Sridharan

    "Anu Sridharan is CEO of NextDrop, a real-time utility alert system in Karnataka, India. Anu holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of California, Berkeley, where her Master’s research focused on the optimization of piped networked systems in developing economies. Anu also served as the Education and Health director for a water/sanitation project in the slums of Mumbai, India called “Haath Mein Sehat”, where she piloted a successful volunteer recruitment and community-training model. Anu was featured in Forbes’ “30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30” list for her work with NextDrop.


  • Stefanie Tellex

    Stefanie Tellex

    "Stefanie Tellex is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University. The aim of her research program is to construct robots that seamlessly use natural language to communicate with humans. In twenty years, every home will have a personal robot which can perform tasks such as clearing the dinner table, doing laundry, and preparing dinner. As these machines become more powerful and more autonomous, it is critical to develop methods for enabling people to tell them what to do. Robots that can communicate with people using language can respond appropriately to commands given by humans, ask questions when they are confused, and request help when they get stuck. The Tellex Lab applies probabilistic methods, corpus-based training, and decision theory to develop interactive robotic systems that can understand and generate natural language. Tellex completed her Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in 2010, where she developed models for the meanings of spatial prepositions and motion verbs. Her postdoctoral work at MIT CSAIL focused on creating robots that understand natural language. She has published at SIGIR, HRI, RSS, AAAI, IROS, and ICMI, winning Best Student Paper at SIGIR and ICMI. She was named one of IEEE Spectrum’s AI’s 10 to Watch and won the Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award at Brown University.


  • Selina Tobaccowala

    Selina Tobaccowala

    "Selina Tobaccowala is President and Chief Technology Officer at SurveyMonkey. Previously she cofounded Evite, and she was Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster’s Europe division, where she managed the 200-person Product, Technology and Operations team. Selina has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.


  • Alex Torrenegra

    Alex Torrenegra

    "Alex Torrenegra, is the founder and CEO of Bunny Inc. He won the Colombia TR35 “Innovator of the Year” award from MIT’s Technology Review. Alex founded his first business at the age of 14. After migrating to the US, he has co-founded several successful tech companies including WeHostels, Voice123, and BookingMarkets. Alex is also a Co-Founder of Torrenegra Labs, an incubator for online marketplaces, which was named one of the top immigrant owned startups in the US by Forbes Magazine."


  • Brad Weston

    Brad Weston

    Brad is the founder of Renewed Vision and he invented a video server / player that is used now by the lion share of the churches as well as major events.

    , President, Renewed Vision LLC

    Renewed Vision LLC

    No bio available at the moment
  • Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn

    "Michelle Zatlyn is the co-founder & Head of User Experience of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. Michelle creates products people love. Prior to CloudFlare, she worked at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. CloudFlare was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology company two years running, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Today CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 2 million web properties.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Management, with Distinction, from McGill University. She also holds her MBA from Harvard Business School and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. Michelle is an experienced public speaker, frequent panelist and sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Top Women to Watch in Technology by the Huffington Post and one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine. She has spoken at numerous conferences including Women 2.0, Harvard Business School, Cloud Factory, The Canadian University Software Engineering Conference, GO Youth, Metabridge, and she’s a frequent panelist for TechCrunch Disrupt.

    In addition to being on the board of directors at CloudFlare, Michelle sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC, the NextGen Advisory Board for the Computer History Museum, and has been nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program.


  • Yan Zhu

    Yan Zhu

    "Hi, I’m yan, AKA bcrypt. I like information freedom, infosec, stunt h4cks, cryptography, an internet that respects humans, theoretical physics, and art. I dislike non-consensual power structures.

    I’m a Senior Software Engineer at Brave and a Technology Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, I dropped out of high school, got my B.S. from MIT in Physics, and started a PhD at Stanford before dropping out of that too.



  • Christa Anderson

    Christa Anderson

    "Christa Anderson handles complex and high-stakes business litigation for some of the country’s top corporations, including Google, SanDisk, Broadcom, American Honda, Sutter Health and Intel. She has extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property (patent, copyright and trademark), breach of contract, antitrust, business torts and class actions.

    Ms. Anderson has litigated, mediated and tried cases in federal courts around the country (including California, Texas, and Virginia), as well as in California state court.)

  • Ed Batts

    Ed Batts

    "Ed, resident in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, regularly counsels publicly traded technology companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and cyber-security, including the following:

    M&A: Fiduciary duty counseling of public boards, cross border transactions, tender offers and going private transactions.
    Corporate Governance: Board matters and public reporting obligations, including activist investor situations, stockholder proposals and accounting related issues.
    Cyber: Crisis management of significant cyber-security incidents as well as advice on regulators, plaintiffs and law enforcement.
    Prior to joining Orrick, Ed was partner and co-chair of DLA Piper’s Northern California Corporate and Finance Practice.

    Ed maintains a blog on public company matters, accessible at

  • Juanita Brooks

    Juanita Brooks

    "Juanita R. Brooks, a Principal of the firm and an elected member of the firm’s Management Committee, is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer who specializes in complex intellectual property, product liability, and mass tort litigation. In 2014, she was named “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer. Ms. Brooks, called “a titan of the patent bar,” has been lead counsel in more than 13 patent trials over the past two years, and has handled more than 150 trials in her career. In 2016, she led a team that successfully defended one of the largest mass tort/wrongful death cases in the United States, which included 12,000 cases (some of them class actions representing hundreds of individual plaintiffs).

    Ms. Brooks is a master storyteller, and paints pictures with words to explain the complex technologies that she handles to judges and juries in a way that is both understandable and compelling, and will be remembered throughout the trial. In 2016, Law360 named her an “Icon of IP” for her “skill at trying complicated patent cases without getting bogged down in the technical weeds” and said she is a “jury whisperer.”

    Ms. Brooks is highly skilled at cases that rest in large part on expert analysis, testing, and testimony. Using the firm’s science and technology-intensive expertise, she crafts novel, outside the box legal strategies. Her ability to present and challenge expert testimony in court has been a decisive factor in courtroom victories. For example, in one case the trial judge noted that the opposing expert’s “credibility was eviscerated on cross-examination” by Ms. Brooks.

    While she tries cases nationally, she is also very active in her local community and played a significant role in drafting the original and the subsequent amendments to local patent rules for the Southern District of California.)

  • Ryan Calo

    Ryan Calo

    "Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School, and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Calo holds courtesy appointments at the University of Washington Information School and the Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.&lt;br&gt;Professor Calo's research on law and emerging technology appears or is forthcoming in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online) and technical publications (MIT Press, IEEE, Science, Artificial Intelligence), and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media (NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Professor Calo has testified before the full Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate and the German Parliament and has organized events on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House. He has been a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival and NPR's Weekend in Washington. Business Insider named him one of the most influential people in robotics.&lt;br&gt;Professor Calo is an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS), where he was a research fellow, and the Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP). He serves on numerous advisory boards, including the University of California's People and Robots Initiative, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Without My Consent, and the Future of Privacy Forum. Professor Calo is a CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow for the class of 2015.&lt;br&gt;Professor Calo worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to law school at the University of Michigan, Professor Calo investigated allegations of police misconduct in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College."


    , Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Law

    University of Washington School of Law

    No bio available at the moment
  • Pria Chetty

    Pria Chetty

    "Pria Chetty has over 10 years experience as a technology law and policy advisor to public and private sector organisations, developing country governments and international organisations. In 2007, Pria founded a leading South African technology law firm which was acquired by Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 2011. Following the acquisition, Ms. Chetty was responsible for establishing and heading the technology legal and regulatory service area for the PwC national advisory practice. She left PwC in 2013 and went on to serve as an expert consultant on an ITU project focusing on technical assistance in the area of cybersecurity law and policy for Southern African countries.
    As a thought leader, Pria has presented at local and international technology conferences including conferences in Egypt, Canada, Senegal and Namibia and published in local and international newspapers, magazines, and journals. She has also published book chapters examining emerging technology law and policy topics with particular emphasis on recommendations for developing countries. Pria currently serves as a member of regional and international expert groups and advisory boards including the BRICS Cybersecurity Expert Group and the Southern African Innovation Network and is an Associate at the Global Cybersecurity Centre at Oxford University.
    Pria is passionate about facilitating technology law and policy that enables ICT opportunities in Africa.)

  • Yana Chirko

    Yana Chirko

    "Yana Chirko is an Of Counsel in Dentons’ St. Petersburg office. Yana focuses on intellectual property, Internet regulation and e-commerce, information technologies and intellectual rights management. Until 2013, Yana held the position of Chief Lawyer in one of the largest law firms in Belarus and consulted the largest Belarusian start-up community Minsk Start-up Weekend.
    Yana has a significant counselling experience supporting transactions of high-technology companies’ assets acquisition, due diligence in intellectual property, creation of accounting and management system of works made for hire, customs and administrative protection of trademark holders against counterfeit, legal support of commercial concession transactions, general commercial matters.
    Yana also works on transactions involving the creation of intellectual property and the disposal of IP rights and advises on and advertisement and unfair competition matters.)

  • Robby Coelho

    Robby Coelho

    "Robby Coelho is a partner and the head of the TMT&IP Practice Group and the TMT Sector Group at Webber Wentzel. He obtained his BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and was admitted as an attorney in 2001.

    Robby also spent two years as a Legal Manager for EDS (the leading global technology services company which subsequently merged with Hewlett Packard) and was primarily responsible for overseeing its activities in the Middle East and Africa. During this time, he was involved in several significant transactions in the Middle East and throughout Africa.

    His expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global.)

  • Alica Del Valle

    Alica Del Valle

    "Strategic, driven and creative tech lawyer with broad-based expertise and demonstrated ability to thrive and innovate in high-pressure, fast-paced environments, named to the Recorder/ALM's selective list of Women Leaders in Tech Law for 2013, 2014 and 2016.

    I am currently leveraging my extensive experience in Intellectual Property, marketing/advertising, product development, go-to-market strategies, technology transactions, internet governance, privacy and related corporate and tech law matters as the principal counsel for all IP and marketing matters at Airbnb - one of the most extraordinarily innovative and disruptive tech companies of our time.)

  • Jay Edelson

    Jay Edelson

    "Mr. Edelson, 42, is a class-action lawyer. He is also, if not the most hated person in Silicon Valley, very close to it. His firm, Edelson PC, specializes in suing technology companies, claiming privacy violations. He has gone after pretty much every tech company you have heard of — Amazon, Apple, Google — as well as many that you have not. His cases read like a time capsule of the last decade, charting how computers have been steadfastly logging data about our searches, our friends, our bodies.

    Remember when companies started clogging your phone with text messages? Edelson sued dozens of them for that. Have you ever searched for yourself online and found that some of the stuff about you is wrong? This is the basis of a lawsuit against Spokeo, a search engine based in Pasadena, Calif.

    If you have ever wondered how Facebook is able to automatically name your friends in pictures that you have uploaded to the social network, then you may be interested in a lawsuit Mr. Edelson filed on Wednesday. That one contends that Facebook has “secretly amassed the world’s largest privately held database of consumer biometrics data.”)

    , Founder and CEO, Edelson PC

    Edelson PC

    No bio available at the moment
  • Robin Feldman

    Robin Feldman

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    "Professor Robin Feldman received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, graduating the Order of the Coif and receiving the Urban A. Sontheimer Award for graduating second in the class. Professor Feldman also served in the Articles Department of the Stanford Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for The Honorable Joseph Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

    Professor Feldman holds the Harry & Lillian Hastings Chair. She has received the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence, the Visionary Award from the UC Hastings Board of Directors, and the 1066 Foundation Award for Scholarship. In 2015, she was honored by the American Lawyer Publications as one of the Women Leaders in Law & Tech, and was the sole academic to receive the honor.

    Professor Feldman has published two books, Rethinking Patent Law (Harvard 2012) and The Role of Science in Law (Oxford 2009), as well as an extensive number of articles in journals at laws schools including Yale Stanford, Columbia, Virginia, and Georgetown and in the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Economic Review. Her work has been cited by the White House and by numerous federal and state agencies and members of Congress. She has provided testimony and commentary for committees of the US Congress and the California legislature, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Patent & Trademark Office, and the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Feldman has chaired the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Association of Law Schools and has served as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012 where she serves as an advisor to the ALI's Restatement of Copyright Project.

    Professor Feldman is also the Director of the UC Hastings Institute for Innovation Law, which is dedicated to data-driven law-making and the active classroom. As part of the Institute, Professor Feldman runs the Startup Legal Garage, which has been named one of the most innovative law school program in the country and recognized by the American Association of Law Schools as one of the nation's "Innovative & Other Outstanding Programs." More information on the Institute, including disclosures on funding, can be found at

    , Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law

    UC Hastings College of the Law

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  • Brian Fletcher

    Brian Fletcher

    "Local Service With Global Reach
    The Fletcher Law Firm PLLC helps individuals, businesses, academic and research institutions, and government agencies create, protect and leverage their intellectual property, both in the United States and in other countries. We also work with international law firms to help their clients obtain intellectual property rights in the United States.

    We are a fixed-fee, value-oriented law firm whose strength is intellectual property law, in particular patents. We also help clients obtain trademarks and copyrights. We give clients of all sizes the highest quality work product delivered in a responsive and accountable way."

  • Detlev Gabel

    Detlev Gabel

    "Detlev is a partner in the Frankfurt office who focuses on the areas of data protection and technology law. He is also the chair of the Firm's Global Data, Privacy & Cyber Security Practice.

    Detlev advises multinational clients on a broad range of data protection and data security matters, including European and German data protection law compliance, international data transfers and information governance issues.

    In the technology area, he counsels clients on large information technology and business process outsourcing arrangements, cloud-based contracts and software license and development agreements.

    He frequently publishes and speaks on topics relating to the aforementioned areas. He also lectures on data protection law at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, in a course leading to a Master of IT Law.)

  • Andre Garber

    Andre Garber

    "Andre Garber is Director of the Dentons Canada Startup Program, a program designed to successfully launch startups into the marketplace. Based in Dentons’ Toronto office, Andre practises corporate law with a strong focus on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors. He advises startups and entrepreneurs on a broad spectrum of legal matters, from commercial arrangements to capital raising and exit strategies. Andre is a contributor to Dentons’ Technology Startup Guide: A Practical Legal Guide for Founders, Executives and Investors, and is a regular blog contributor to Dentons’ highly recognized offering valuable practical advice on legal issues faced by the startup community.)

  • Andre Gharakhanian

    Andre Gharakhanian

    "Andre Gharakhanian is the founder of Silicon Legal Strategy. He has an established track record of delivering top-tier legal and strategic advice to emerging technology companies, c-level executives and venture investors. Andre has served as the primary legal counsel for emerging companies at varying stages of development – from fledgling endeavors to venture-backed companies with hundreds of employees.

    He has advised both companies and investors in connection with several hundred angel, bridge and venture capital financings. He has also helped clients to negotiate and structure countless M&A transactions, strategic partnerships, consulting arrangements and licensing agreements. Andre has also counseled Boards of Directors as they hire executives and advised executives as they negotiate compensation packages.

    In 2012, Andre was named one of the top 20 Lawyers in California under the age of 40 by the Daily Journal. Andre is also consistently named among the top venture lawyers in Silicon Valley via social media outlets like Quora and Venture Hacks."


  • Kathryn Haun

    Kathryn Haun

    "Kathryn Haun is a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2006, she has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in the Washington D.C. area and now in San Francisco, California. She has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of violations of federal criminal law in U.S. courts, with a focus on transnational and organized crime syndicates, cybercrime, the deep web, and digital currency. Kathryn has substantial experience litigating privacy issues relating to electronic surveillance and location-based services, and is a frequent speaker at international and domestic conferences on these topics and on cyber issues in general.

    She has successfully investigated and prosecuted corporate compliance failures, and negotiated criminal resolutions with Fortune 100 tech and telecom companies. Kathryn has also served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, including RICO murder and organized crime cases, all to successful verdict, and led several high profile, complex investigations including against the former federal agents investigating the Silk Road marketplace.

    Kathryn previously worked on national security issues and held senior positions in the Justice Department, including Counselor to Attorney General Michael Mukasey and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Prior to that she was in private practice at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington D.C. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and is an Honors graduate of Stanford Law School where she served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review.)

  • David Hernand

    David Hernand

    "Mr. Hernand is a leading lawyer in M&A and investments involving companies in media, entertainment and technology. His practice includes advising companies, board of directors, special committees, investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms, and high net-worth individuals and families in public and private merger and acquisition transactions (including cross-border and distressed M&A transactions), corporate control contests, strategic partnering arrangements, public and private capital raising transactions, and general company representation matters.

    He has been recognized as a leading lawyer in M&A and venture capital by industry publications such as Chambers USA, Super Lawyers Magazine, and Legal 500, and as a “Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter, and one of the best lawyers in the entertainment industry by Variety.

    Much of Mr. Hernand’s practice involves working with companies at the intersection of entertainment/media and technology. His past and current entertainment/media sector clients include China Media Capital, Club Penguin, Collective Digital Studios, DigiTour Media, DIRECTV, DreamWorks Animation, FAWN, FilmTrack, Idealab, Machinima, One Equity Partners, Paradigm, Playdom, Relativity Media, Roundup Media, Saban Capital, Screambox, Shamrock Capital, SK Telecom, Sony Entertainment, Snapchat, Style Haul, The Raine Group, United Talent Agency, Universal Music Group, Wiredrive, and William Morris.

    In the technology sector more broadly, Mr. Hernand has been involved in many of the most significant technology company M&A and investment transactions in Southern California in recent years, including transactions involving AutoAnything,, Collective Digital Studio, DemandMedia, HauteLook, Homestore, IGE, Intermix (MySpace), LegalZoom, LowerMyBills, Oversee, PriceGrabber, Playdom, ProvideCommerce, ReachLocal,, SeeBeyond, Swagbucks, TeleSign, The Honest Company, and The Rubicon Project.)

  • Christopher Higgins

    Christopher Higgins

    Chris Higgins is a patent attorney who has developed a global reputation as an authoritative source on 3D printing and intellectual property. He has been a featured speaker at 3D printing and additive manufacturing events around the world, educating the industry on innovative solutions to capitalize on 3D printing intellectual property. Chris started the 3D printing practice at Orrick, which includes advising companies on all aspects of intellectual property. Chris has lead the growth of Orrick's 3D printing practice into cybersecurity, data privacy, and emerging companies fields. Orrick now has a unique multi-practice 3D printing group that is able to assist clients in the growth and development of their companies.

  • Noreen Krall

    Noreen Krall

    "Noreen Krall is Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Apple Inc., and is responsible for all aspects of Apple’s global commercial and intellectual property litigation.

    Prior to joining Apple, Ms. Krall was the Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Sun Microsystems, providing legal counsel over all facets of Sun’s intellectual property assets and leading Sun’s engagement on intellectual property law and policy issues.

    Ms. Krall started her career as an engineer at IBM where she worked for 12 years and held various positions in both the engineering and legal departments, supporting IBM’s server, storage and global services divisions.

    Ms. Krall earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Iona College and a Juris Doctor from Denver University.

    Ms. Krall has been frequently recognized for her leadership skills, winning the YWCA Tribute to Women award in May 2008, being named one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP in 2010 and named as one of the Top 100 In-house Counsel in 2013. Ms. Krall was the only woman named to the first list of Top 40 IP Market Makers by the global IAM group in 2014 and was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech Law in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    Ms. Krall has three daughters who are all pursuing careers in engineering.)

  • Victoria Lee

    Victoria Lee

    "Victoria Lee has been practicing in DLA Piper's Technology and Sourcing practice for over 17 years. Her practice focuses on representation of emerging growth and public companies in complex technology and commercial transactions in the software and semiconductor industry, as well as a variety of other industry sectors.

    Victoria has extensive expertise in developing strategies for clients to protect, license and exploit their intellectual property assets. Her practice includes structuring, drafting and negotiating complex commercial and intellectual property agreements, such as:

    License agreements for patents, software, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets
    Agreements for product distribution, including OEM, distribution, sales representative and reseller agreements
    Manufacturing and purchase and supply agreements
    A significant component of Victoria's practice includes advising clients on open source business models and compliance issues and she has substantial expertise in representing both customers and service providers in cloud computing transactions. She also has significant experience assisting clients in the intellectual property aspects of buy and sell-side M&A transactions, spin-ins and spin-outs.)

  • Monique Liburd

    Monique Liburd

    "Monique E. Liburd is an Associate Trademark Counsel at Google Inc. in Mountain View, CA. Monique oversees trademark responsibilities for the company’s Knowledge, Apps, and Infrastructure global trademark portfolios, most notably the GOOGLE, GMAIL, GOOGLE DRIVE, and GOOGLE FIBER trademarks. She handles all aspects of the protection, acquisition, and enforcement of the company’s trademark rights, as well as intermediary liability relating to trademarks and general advocacy and education.)

  • Shannon Liss-Riordan

    Shannon Liss-Riordan

    "A Liss-Riordan victory could put companies such as Uber and GrubHub on the hook for costs that would eat deeply into their profit margins. Labor experts estimate that their cost of doing business would increase by 30% to cover payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation. Costs would rise even more with overtime payments and — particularly in the Lyft and Uber cases, in which drivers use their own vehicles and pay for their own gas — expense reimbursements.

    Could big firms such as Uber and Lyft afford it? Liss-Riordan believes so. But in Silicon Valley, where sky-high profit margins lead to enormous company valuations that could translate into staggering returns on investment, any increase in the cost of doing business poses a threat. After all, Uber didn’t become the world’s most highly valued private company by paying for its drivers’ gas.

    If the companies are to be believed, any significant changes to their business model would fall on the drivers. The Ubers and Lyfts of the world argue that recognizing workers as employees would come at the cost of flexible working hours, which is the reason many people sign up to drive for an on-demand service.

    Liss-Riordan huffs at the notion. Smaller companies such as Shyp (on-demand shipping), Munchery (on-demand meal delivery) and Luxe Valet (on-demand valet parking) have been able to do it while retaining some flexibility, although their workers now have scheduled shifts.

    “These companies just don’t want to do it because it’s going to cost more,” she said. “And there’s nothing stopping them from giving their workers flexible schedules.”

    She almost has to fight back an eye roll when she hears the on-demand economy’s defense.

    “It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me why we should throw all these worker protections out the window to help a $50-billion company like Uber when the workers who are actually doing the work are struggling and need those protections,” she said.

    She speaks with an urgency. As she delivers each statement, one can imagine a concurrent thought bubble floating above her head in which she grabs people by the shoulders and shakes them: “Can’t you see? Can’t you see why this matters?”)

  • Mika Mayer

    Mika Mayer

    "Mika has extensive experience with investor-side and company-side patent due diligence. She has led hundreds of patent due diligence reviews, ranging in size from small seed investments to multibillion- dollar acquisitions in the medical device, drug delivery and pharmaceutical fields. On the company-side, her clients include Gilead Sciences, W.L. Gore & Associates, Alcon, Magic Leap and Astellas Pharma. On the investor-side, she has represented clients such as Vivo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, Vertex Healthcare Ventures and Canaan Partners. Clients rely on her ability to translate IP risks into business risks with ease, and to provide strategic guidance.)

  • Lynn Miller

    Lynn Miller

    "Associate General Counsel Chief Litigation/Privacy Counsel at Tesla Motors)

  • Allison Mull

    Allison Mull

    "Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Facebook)

  • Josh Rosenkranz

    Josh Rosenkranz

    Josh Rosenkranz heads the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.

    A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and then-Judge Antonin Scalia on the D.C. Circuit, Josh has personally argued more than 180 appeals in state and federal appellate courts across the nation, including 12 before the U.S. Supreme Court

    The American Lawyer named Josh “Litigator of the Year” in 2012, dubbing him “the Defibrillator” based on his streak of appellate wins for companies that “appeared to be at death’s door.” Chambers USA has reported, “He wins accolades for his ‘brilliant analysis and judgment.’ Clients appreciate how he ‘rethinks every case from the ground up,’ and add: ‘He can take the most complicated legal or technological issue and present it in a way that seems like common sense.’” Another edition of Chambers USA added: “‘His briefs are quite simply beautiful,’” and “clients describe his courtroom presence as ‘both commanding and accessible at the same time.’ He has the ‘perfect combination of persuasiveness, intelligence, wit, and deference.’”

    Josh's practice covers a wide range of subjects, including securities, intellectual property, antitrust, federal preemption, insurance law, corporate governance, criminal law and constitutional litigation. Among his recent clients are Apple, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, Kleiner Perkins, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Oracle, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS.

    Clients turn to Josh to win the highest stakes appeals, including appeals in cases that threaten the very survival of a business. He represented DISH Network in one of the most high-profile patent appeals in the country, successfully overturning an infringement finding that yielded $400 million in damages and an injunction that ordered the satellite TV company to turn off the recording capabilities of millions of customers. He represented Facebook in the high-profile battle waged by the founder's Harvard classmates who laid claim to the idea for Facebook, winning a ruling from the Ninth Circuit to end the lawsuit. He represented Apple in the "smartphone wars" in an appeal about the validity of the patent on Apple's revolutionary touchscreen.

    In 2005, he successfully represented Merck KGaA in a Supreme Court case that the National Law Journal described as “the most significant patent infringement case to confront the biotech and pharmaceutical industries in a generation.” He represented 36 law schools in a high-profile Supreme Court case against the Department of Defense. He also argued and won a case that many consider to be the most important employee benefits case of the decade. And in March 2013, he won a landmark victory in a Supreme Court case that rescued the estimated $60 billion U.S. market of copyrighted goods manufactured abroad.

    Josh was the founding president and CEO of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, one of the country’s foremost public interest firms. Over the course of eight years, he was the Brennan Center’s chief strategist on litigation and public policy advocacy. Under his direction, the center represented parties in connection with more than 50 cases (including three at the U.S. Supreme Court) and filed almost 40 amicus briefs (including 20 at the U.S. Supreme Court). Before creating the Brennan Center, Josh founded the Office of the Appellate Defender, a public defender office specializing in criminal appeals in New York state courts.

    Josh has published numerous books, monographs, chapters and scholarly articles. He has also authored 18 op-eds or articles in major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Time, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Monthly, The Boston Review, The National Law Journal, and The American Prospect.

    Supreme Court Engagements:

    - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: Lead counsel in a landmark copyright case that rescued the estimated $60 billion U.S. market of copyrighted goods manufactured abroad from the brink of potential disaster. The Court had split 4-4 when it previously addressed the issue. Josh won over the ninth Justice and flipped another vote, for a 6-3 win. SCOTUSBlog reported: “A common trope says that it is common for a case to be lost at oral argument but rare for one to be won. I am not so sure.... Joshua Rosenkranz managed to directly confront, and apparently defuse, the concerns of several Justices who seemed opposed to his position. This well might be the rare case of a victory at oral argument.” On April 23, 2016, Josh argued a follow-on case before the Supreme Court, this time to establish the standard for prevailing parties to obtain attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act.

    - United States v. June: Lead counsel in a 5-4 victory securing a critical ruling that makes it easier for victims of wrongful government conduct to seek accountability.

    - Los Angeles v. Patel: Lead counsel in a high-profile case defending the constitutionality of an ordinance—aimed at deterring prostitution, drugs, and other crime at cheap motels—requiring hotel operators to keep a guest register and make it available to the police.

    - Merck KGaA v. Integra LifeSciences: As lead counsel, on behalf of Merck KGaA, persuaded the Supreme Court to reverse the Federal Circuit, 9-0, to grant a broad protection allowing pharmaceutical companies to perform experiments on promising drugs before a relevant patent had expired.

    - MetLife v. Glenn: As lead counsel in an employee benefits case, persuaded the Supreme Court that courts must give less deference to an insurance company’s decisions to deny benefits than to the decisions of a neutral administrator, because the insurance company labors under a conflict of interest.

    - Sheriff v. Gillie: Lead counsel in a case involving interpretation of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and the rules governing how to interpret federal statutes that are alleged to infringe on state sovereignty.

    - Rumsfeld v. FAIR: Lead counsel in a Supreme Court case representing 36 law schools and an organization of 900 law professors in a suit challenging, on First Amendment grounds, the Solomon Amendment, a federal law requiring academic institutions to assist military recruiters.

    - Nevada Comm'n on Ethics v. Carrigan: Lead counsel in a landmark Supreme Court case about whether the First Amendment protects a legislator's right to vote.

    - Fox v. Vice: Lead counsel in persuading a unanimous Supreme Court that a court may not award attorneys’ fees against a civil rights plaintiff without showing that the fees would not have been incurred but for the plaintiff's decision to plead a frivolous federal claim.

    - Van de Kamp v. Goldstein: Lead counsel in a case about the scope of prosecutorial immunity.

    - Travelers v. PG&E: Lead counsel arguing, on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric, that an unsecured creditor cannot recover attorneys' fees for intervening in a bankruptcy proceeding.

    - Kentucky Retirement Systems v. EEOC: Leading role in successfully defending Kentucky against allegations of age discrimination in connection with the structure of its plan of retirement benefits for public employees, a case that threatened to invalidate thousands of plans in two dozen states.

    - Bruesewitz v. Wyeth: Helped brief the major preemption victory for Wyeth, holding that plaintiffs claiming to have been harmed by childhood vaccines cannot bring lawsuits asserting that the vaccine should have been designed more safely.

    - McConnell v. FEC: Leading role in representing Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold and other sponsors successfully fending off 11 consolidated lawsuits challenging the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform measure, before a three-judge district court in Washington, D.C., and then the U.S. Supreme Court.

    - Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez: Leading role in a successful First Amendment challenge against the restrictions Congress imposed on lawyers funded by the Legal Services Corporation.

    - Shrink Missouri Gov’t PAC v. Nixon: Leading role in successfully defending Missouri’s campaign contribution limit against a First Amendment challenge.

    Representative Other Appeals:
    - Lead counsel on behalf of Facebook, successfully defending in the Ninth Circuit a ruling finally ending a contentious litigation by competitors who claim to be the true owners of Facebook.

    - Lead counsel in patent appeal to the Federal Circuit, successfully representing DISH Network in challenging an infringement finding that yielded $400 million in damages and injunction requiring DISH to turn off DVR functionality for millions of customers.

    - Lead counsel in Ninth Circuit appeal, successfully challenging an injunction requiring MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, to abandon the line and turn over its entire $1 billion a year trademark portfolio to Mattel.

    - Lead counsel successfully persuading the Second Circuit to dismiss a putative class action filed against UBS by shareholders seeking $800 million in lost “merger premium” for a failed merger.

    - Lead counsel on behalf of Intel in Federal Circuit appeal, successfully defending the grant of summary judgment on a major patent-infringement case on flash memory.

  • Jane Ross

    Jane Ross

    "Jane Ross represents buyers and sellers of public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including the information technology and life sciences sectors. Ms. Ross also has extensive experience handling cross_border transactions and complex cross-border joint ventures.
    Ms. Ross’ experience includes representation of:

    Intel in its $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera
    Facebook in its $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp
    eBay in its $2.4 billion acquisition and subsequent sale of GSI Commerce, and its recent acquisitions of Apptek, MotorTalk and Cargigi
    Adobe Systems in its $800 million acquisition of Fotolia, its $600 million acquisition of Neolane, and its recent acquisitions of LiveFyre, certain assets of ComScore, Maximo and Behance
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its $1 billion acquisition of Gentium S.p.A.
    RF Micro Devices in its $1.6 billion merger of equals with TriQuint Semiconductor
    Telstra Corporation in its acquisition of Ooyala
    Ms. Ross was named “Best in Mergers and Acquisitions” by Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards (2015). Ms. Ross was also named among Law360’s Top Female Deal Makers in 2011 and was named one of California Lawyer magazine’s 2012 “California Attorneys of the Year.” She was also recognized as one of The Recorder’s top “Women Leaders in Tech Law” for 2014-2016, and was recognized as an “expert” in M&A by Expert Guides’ “Women in Business Law” in 2014. She was included in the Daily Journal’s list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California of 2012_2015, as well as the publication’s list of the Top Women Lawyers of 2011-2016. She was named as a “leading” lawyer for M&A in the U.S. by IFLR1000. She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in the field of Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts, where she has been described as “a wonderful M&A lawyer” who is “a pragmatic straight-shooter, cost effective and driven to achieve great results for her clients.”)

  • Stefani Shanberg

    Stefani Shanberg

    "Stefani Shanberg is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she specializes in patent litigation with a particular emphasis on defending technology companies against claims of patent infringement from competitors and non-practicing entities. Under the right circumstances, Stefani also represents clients asserting patents against competitors. She has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation relating to intellectual property. Stefani has handled matters pending before the federal courts, the International Trade Commission, arbitral tribunals, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

    Stefani's patent litigation engagements have related to diverse technologies, including smartphone apps, email, network security, wireless communications, and other Internet, hardware, and software products, as well as consumer products. She is currently representing Google, LinkedIn, Netflix, Spotify, Square, and Symantec, among many other clients ranging from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 public companies. Stefani has obtained successful outcomes, often based on creative and novel issues of law, including winning cases at trial, winning cases on summary judgment and on motions to dismiss, prevailing on advantageous claim constructions, winning motions to transfer and stay, and convincing the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal to affirm favorable lower-court rulings.

    Stefani was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati earlier in her career. Prior to rejoining the firm, she was a partner at Perkins Coie. Stefani has served on numerous firm committees. She is the lateral hiring partner for IP litigation and a member of the Compensation Committee. She previously co-chaired the firm’s Associate Career Development Committee and served on the firm’s Partner Nominating and Board Nominating Committees.)

  • Bryant Walker Smith

    Bryant Walker Smith

    "Bryant Walker Smith is an assistant professor of law and (by courtesy) engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, reporter to the Study Committee on State Regulation of Driverless Cars of the Uniform Law Commission, chair of the Planning Task Force for the On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee of the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, a faculty affiliate of the Rule of Law Collaborative, and a member of the New York Bar.<br>Bryant's research focuses on risk (particularly tort law and product liability), technology (automation and connectivity), and mobility (safety and regulation). As an internationally recognized expert on the law of self-driving vehicles, Bryant taught the first-ever course on this topic and is regularly consulted by government, industry, and media. His publications are available at<br>Before joining the University of South Carolina, Bryant led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Bryant worked as a transportation engineer.)

  • Christopher Sprigman

    Christopher Sprigman

    "Christopher Sprigman came to NYU School of Law in 2013 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Sprigman teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy, and comparative constitutional law. His research focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies. Sprigman’s widely cited works have had an influence on important aspects of copyright law, and often belie the conventional wisdom about intellectual property rights. He was an appellate counsel from 1999 to 2001 in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, where US v. Microsoft was among his cases, and later was elected partner in the Washington, DC, office of King & Spalding before becoming a residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Sprigman received his BA in history magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and a JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993. He subsequently clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Lourens H. W. Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sprigman also taught at the University of the Witwatersrand’s law school in Johannesburg."

    , Professor of Law, New York University

    New York University

    No bio available at the moment
  • Wilmari Strachan

    Wilmari Strachan

    "Wilmari Strachan has been a director at Werksmans Attorneys in the Technology practice since October 2014. Her areas of specialisation include technology, internet and telecoms law. Wilmari has performed legal consulting for a number of years for large listed companies in the IT industry and retail sector. She has been involved in ground-breaking innovation and technology advancements in the South African internet market. Working for a leading ISP, Wilmari drafted and negotiated agreements with international providers for the landing of the first international submarine capacity cables in Africa. She also lent her expertise to the creation of the first open peering and uncapped internet policies and agreements in South Africa.)

  • Kathleen Sullivan

    Kathleen Sullivan

    Kathleen Sullivan is a partner for Quinn Emanuel’s New York office and the chair of its national appellate practice. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s top appellate advocates, she has been named repeatedly to The National Law Journal’s list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In other recognition, she has been repeatedly named a leading individual in Chambers USA, which reports that clients have described her as “tremendously agile and a fabulous advocate,” “a consummate practitioner before any appeal court” and “a brilliant appellate lawyer.” Lawdragon has included her numerous times in its list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America, as has Super Lawyers, which in 2015 named Sullivan one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York Metro area. Law360 has three times named Sullivan an Appellate MVP, The American Lawyer Litigation Daily has twice named her Litigator of the Week, and California Lawyer once named her Appellate Lawyer of the Year. Sullivan was profiled in the December 2013 issue of The American Lawyer in a cover story entitled “The Golden Touch” and in a 2014 Super Lawyers feature entitled, “Kathleen Sullivan and the Appeal of Appellate Law," reprinted as the cover story in Super Lawyer’s 2015 issue on the top women lawyers in the New York area. In 2014, Sullivan was elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and in 2015, the New York Law Journal conferred on her a Lifetime Achievement award in its feature “Lawyers Who Lead By Example.”<br>The former Dean of Stanford Law School, Sullivan joined the firm in 2005 after a long and storied career as professor of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools, where she taught constitutional law to several generations of law students. She represents a wide range of clients, including Samsung, Shell Oil, Entergy, Google, Cisco, Coca-Cola, AIG, and CNA. She has argued nine times before the United States Supreme Court; numerous cases in the US Courts of Appeals, including the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuits; and various cases in state high courts including the New York Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. In addition to her appeals practice, she plays an active role in the firm’s trial practice, including by arguing numerous significant pre-trial, trial and post-trial motions in the federal district courts.

  • Kristin Sverchek

    Kristin Sverchek

    "Kristin Sverchek, general counsel of Lyft, has perfected taking a proactive approach to becoming one of the most respected business leaders in the growing “sharing economy” space. Even though her current position is remarkably disruptive, Sverchek started her legal career in a more traditional fashion. She spent five and a half years advising startup companies and investors on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues ranging from venture capital financing, to M&A transactions, to day-to-day commercial and corporate governance matters. While it’s not a surprise that her broad expertise garnered the attention of her venture capital clients, Sverchek thoughtfully focused on the skills that would eventually make her a natural choice for the role of general counsel at Lyft. Joining Lyft led Sverchek to let go of the traditional path, which has proven useful as she navigates the new regulatory and professional landscape in front of her. Despite this huge change, Sverchek continues to consciously build upon her skills and develop new ones. She credits this proactive approach as a large contributing factor to her success.)

  • Nicholas (Nick) Szabo

    Nicholas (Nick) Szabo

    "Nick Szabo is a computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in computer science.[1]

    The phrase and concept of "smart contracts" was developed by Szabo with the goal of bringing what he calls the "highly evolved" practices of contract law and practice to the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet.[2][3] Smart contracts are a major feature of cryptocurrencies[4][5] and the E programming language.[6]

    Szabo influentially[7] argued that a minimum granularity of micropayments is set by mental transaction costs.[8][9]"

    , Co-founder, 3Derm Systems

    3Derm Systems

    No bio available at the moment
  • Stephen Venuto

    Stephen Venuto

    "Stephen Venuto, a partner who works out of both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and media companies and their founders, advisors and investors.<br>Steve was Facebook’s first lawyer and is widely recognized as one of the leading startup lawyers in the country. The American Lawyer recently named him “Dealmaker of the Year”, recognizing his corporate work and representation of Instagram in its sale to Facebook, and quoting a prominent board member as saying that Steve “is an outstanding lawyer, but he’s also an outstanding business partner . . . [He] is someone who cares about everybody [who’s] involved in a company.” In September of 2013, the Daily Journal named him to its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. In February of 2014, the Daily Journal named him to its inaugural Top Emerging Companies Lawyers list.<br>Numerous standout technology companies and their founders have turned to Steve for representation including Asana, Bleacher Report (sold to Time Warner), Facebook, Instagram (sold to Facebook), Mailbox/Orchestra (sold to Dropbox), Ooma, Pinterest, ResearchGate and Quora. He also works with new media companies including Brit & Co., Full Picture Productions (executive producer of Project Runway), Say Media, U2, Upworthy and Zuckerberg Media. Steve provides general corporate legal counseling and represents companies at all stages of their life-cycle.)

  • Ted G. Wang

    Ted G. Wang

    "Ted Wang represents emerging companies, venture capitalists and investment banks involved in a wide range of technologies with a focus on consumer Internet, e-commerce and software sectors.<br>His practice ranges from the formation of new startup companies through venture capital financings to public offerings, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, where he has sold numerous companies to acquirers including AOL, CBS, eBay, Fox, Oracle, Google and Zynga. Ted has also counseled a number of Chief Executive Officers on employment agreements._)

  • Emily Ward

    Emily Ward

    "Emily Ward is Vice President at PayPal with deep expertise in mobile payments, FinTech, ecommerce, voice-over- ip, cyber security, and big data. PayPal is a global technology platform and payments leader with 184M active user accounts and the PayPal mobile app is used in 145 markets worldwide.

    She split the IP portfolios for eBay and PayPal during PayPal’s spin-off from eBay in 2015. She was a driving force in eBay’s M&amp;A teams that assessed and bought GSI ($2.4B), Bill Me Later ($1.2B), Braintree ($800M), and numerous other companies, as well as divested Skype. While at eBay, she oversaw a strategic limited partnership with multi-billion dollar fund, including negotiating and establishing the relationship as well as being the company decision-maker for company investments and accountability for fund performance.

    Ms. Ward has won numerous awards, including being recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (SV Business Journal, 2013), one of the Top Women Leaders in Technology Law (The Recorder newspaper, 2014 &amp; 2015), one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM, 2015 &amp; 2016), Legal Impact Winner (Asian Law Alliance, 2016), Multicultural Leadership Award (2016), Legal Momentum Women of Achievement honoree (2015) and was selected to be part of the Direct Women Board Institute program (2015).

    Ms. Ward is a Co-Founder and Board Director of ChIPs, an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of women in technology, intellectual property, and policy. She has testified on patent reform before Congress. She is also an expert negotiator and has trained the mediators of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also an executive sponsor and leader for PayPal’s women’s leadership and initiative networks.)

  • Seth Waxman

    Seth Waxman

    "Universally considered to be among the country's premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates, Seth Waxman served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through January 2001. In addition to leading the firm's appellate practice, Mr. Waxman engages in a broad litigation and counseling practice, with particular emphasis on complex challenges involving governments or public policy, intellectual property, regulatory, criminal and commercial issues.<br>A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Waxman also is a widely respected trial litigator. In January 2016, The American Lawyer named him "Litigator of the Year." Mr. Waxman was also named Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016 and Litigation - First Amendment Law and Regulatory Enforcement Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015 by Best Lawyers in America, and, in 2014, Super Lawyers deemed him the "number one" lawyer in Washington DC. Mr. Waxman has been accorded both "star" rating by Chambers USA and "leading lawyer" ranking in PLC's Global Counsel Handbook.)

  • Marc Zwilllinger

    Marc Zwilllinger

    "Marc Zwillinger is the founder and managing member of ZwillGen PLLC. Marc counsels on issues related to the laws governing Internet practices, including issues related to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”), data breach notification, data privacy, and fantasy sports. He also helps Internet Service Providers and other clients with their compliance obligations pertaining to the use and disclosure of customer and subscriber information.Marc also works with clients who have suffered security breaches in managing the incident response, conducting internal investigations, complying with security breach notification laws, and responding to FTC and state Attorney General inquiries.In 2008 Marc made history by representing Yahoo! in its litigation with the government over the government’s effort to force Yahoo! to comply with directives issued under the Protect America Act, the precursor to the FISA Amendments Act. In that case, he appeared before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, and is believed to be the only private lawyer ever to do so. Since then he has continued working on national security and foreign intelligence matters and holds a Top Secret security clearance.Over the past two years, Marc has represented Internet clients in seven FTC investigations involving data security, data privacy, and advertising practices. He has negotiated settlement agreements with the NY & MD state Attorney General offices, and defended media and internet companies against privacy class actions brought under ECPA, CFAA, the VPPA and the VRPA."In both the Chambers USA and Chambers Global guides, Marc is listed as a leader in the field of Privacy and Data Security law. Prior to founding ZwillGen PLLC, Marc ran the Privacy and Security groups at Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Before that, he spent three years prosecuting cybercrime from the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.)

Marketing Communications

  • Daniel Altmann

    Daniel Altmann

    "Daniel Altmann
    Co-founder and CEO, Naritiv
    What do Coca-Cola, Marriott and “Pretty Little Liars” have in common? They’ve all teamed up with Naritiv, the Los Angeles-based startup helping brands dominate Snapchat. The company works with over 300 Snapchat stars — who collectively earn 16 billion views a month — to craft compelling (and disappearing) campaigns. Naritiv, which emerged from the first class of Disney’s accelerator, helps brands reach Millennials and Gen Z more effectively. This demographic “is so used to getting what media companies want to give them,” explains Altmann. “We are focused on creating a media brand that creates the way they do.” This approach is working for clients: Naritiv’s work for Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has helped them see over 1 billion views, 2 million screenshots and 6 billion seconds watched from fans. As for Altmann, the 29-year-old is already thinking about the next phase. He and the Naritiv team are determined to innovate on “the platforms most of the industry doesn't understand.”

    , Co-founder and CEO, Naritiv


    No bio available at the moment
  • Gabriel Araujo

    Gabriel Araujo

    "Araujo moved into PR after 15 years in advertising, working with Ketchum to create a full service agency within the Omnicom umbrella called Little George. The firm already rolled out one of the most innovative projects in South America — “Safe Stories. Turning the Page on Zika," the world's first mosquito repellent storybook — an interesting tool in combatting the region's public health crisis.)

  • Jeremy Basset

    Jeremy Basset

    "Basset's role as head of Unilever Foundry sees him oversee technological and cultural transformation across the FMCG giant. Formerly global marketing strategy director at Unilever, he launched Unilever Foundry to drive the company's work with startups. As part of the initiative, furthermore, Basset's work involves partnering social impact startups with relevant Unilever brands that share a similar purpose and vision. Basset is a fierce advocate for using technology to drive social good, in keeping with Unilever's purpose-oriented corporate strategy. "The brands that really put sustainability at the center are growing 30% faster than the rest of our portfolio," he said earlier this year, noting that the business case is critical."


    , Founder, Foundry


    No bio available at the moment
  • Bob Bechek

    Bob Bechek

    "Bob Bechek is the worldwide managing director of Bain & Company. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm's strategy, team and operations across Bain's global network of 50+ offices. Bob leads the firm in its mission to deliver the best client results in the management consulting industry.

    Over the course of nearly 30 years at Bain, he has served in a variety of leadership roles, including most recently as head of Bain's Boston office and Northeast region and, before that, as co-head of the firm's Global Telecom, Media & Technology practice.

    Based in Boston, Bob has a long and successful record of helping clients with strategy and other general management challenges. He has particular depth working with significant clients across the high-tech industry and at the intersection of media and technology, but draws upon a variety of cross-industry experience as well.)

  • Mallory Blair

    Mallory Blair

    "Mallory Blair
    Co-founder and CEO, Small Girls PR

    “Public relations is more than press hits,” says Blair, 27. That’s the foundation of Small Girls PR, the agency she founded along with Bianca Caampued. It’s no longer enough to push out a 700-word press release and hope the media picks up on the story. Instead, Blair and her team think about capturing attention more like an advertising agency. “We come up with the types of campaigns typically pitched by creatives,” says Blair. “Except we poise these moments for earned coverage rather than paid placements.” That approach has attracted some big clients and even bigger attention. A recent New York Fashion Week campaign with TaskRabbit, promoting an Instagram Husband marketplace, generated more than 75 million media impressions — no ad dollars needed. The coverage included spots in ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar, outlets where TaskRabbit had never previously been featured."


    , Co-founder and CEO, Small Girls PR

    Small Girls PR

    No bio available at the moment
  • Rainer Bock

    Rainer Bock

    "Bock has literally internalized the topic of “wearables”. With a chip implanted in his right hand, he became a “cyborg” in September 2015, in a bid to use his chip implant as an encryption and locking device and to help create genuine use cases for the technology. That kind of commitment to the future of technology helps inform Bock's role at Kaspersky Lab, where he oversees corporate PR efforts, creating measurement tools to better demonstrate the business value of PR to other business units and evolving messaging and content strategy.)

  • Sean Cassidy

    Sean Cassidy

    "Sean F. Cassidy is President of DKC, one of the leading independently-owned public relations agencies in North America. Sean’s extensive experience includes media, corporate, music, aviation, health and legal public relations as well as crisis management. Named a Partner in 1996, Sean built DKC’s health care practice into one of the largest and most reputable providers of public relations services to hospitals and health related not-for-profit organizations.

    Sean assumed the role of President in January 2004, overseeing the company’s day-to-day client service operations and senior management teams while leading several of the company’s highest-profile accounts. During his tenure as President, the firm has been named the Holmes Report’s “Consumer Agency of the Year” and the #1 Most Powerful Public Relations Agency by the New York Observer, all while experiencing a 400 percent growth in overall revenue.

    Sean has orchestrated strategic communications and brand building campaigns for clients including Delta Air Lines,, NBC Universal, Facebook, Instagram, The Honest Company, HBO, Sony Music Entertainment, Clive Davis, Lady Gaga, Bill Maher,NYU Langone Medical Center, The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, The Hearst Corporation, Esquire, Wenner Media, USA Today, The Big East,New Balance Athletic Shoe, Avenues: The World School, Grand Central Terminal, Cantor Fitzgerald, Michael Eisner/ The Tornante Company.

    Named one of the “Most Influential New Yorkers” by New York Magazine, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history from Tufts University. Sean is on the board of directors of the Children’s Health Fund, and resides in New York City with his wife and two children.)

  • Anna Choi

    Anna Choi

    "In charge of corporate strategy, cross-division business development, communications and government affairs at Siemens in Hong Kong, Choi has demonsrated a rare ability to integrate corporate strategy and engagement, which has helped to elevate the company's core mission. A strong advocate of smart cities and innovative technologies, Choi also leads Siemens' 'digitalization' strategy, including its partnership with startups and its efforts to drive cultural change. Selected as one of the 40 most impressive marketing professionals under 40 by Campaign Asia in 2015, Choi joined Siemens in 2010.)

  • Jess Clifton

    Jess Clifton

    "At Edelman, Clifton has contributed more than $20m in new revenue by creating new revenue streams around a truly integrated service offering. Her forward-thinking has led to double-digit growth for the Adobe digital business and she's doubled revenue and business as a digital leader in the Los Angeles office, securing wins with clients like Disney, Barbie, Petco, Activision and Facebook. She launched Edelman’s first Video Influencer center of excellence, creating a new revenue stream of nearly $3m. )

  • Frederique Covington Corbett

    Frederique Covington Corbett

    "Frederique Covington Corbett
    SVP, marketing, Asia-Pacific


    "Understand what's making people scared and show them it can be overcome"

    Voted Asia's most influential CMO in 2015, Covington Corbett moved to the region in 2007 to oversee strategy at Bates 141, before taking on a succession of senior marketing roles at Microsoft, Twitter and, in her current position, Visa. A well-known change agenct among CMOs, Covington Corbett brings a considerable depth of experience to her position at Visa, having successfully built Twitter's international marketing business during her two-year stint at the company. "

  • Sean Corcoran

    Sean Corcoran

    "Sean Corcoran
    Executive director of digital media & innovation


    "The marketing industry has built tremendous technology for finding and reaching audiences but is woefully behind in bringing that same level of innovation to actually telling engaging and relevant stories."

    For tripling the size of MullenLowe's US Mediahub in three years — including setting a standard for the firm's integrated work for brands like JetBlue, Netflix, Lenovo and others. And for understanding how to use content in a way that makes sense and matters. For instance, using SXSW concert videos as content marketing for Bose, repurposing historical news stories from 1865 as content marketing for the National Geographic's channel's "Killing Lincoln" and launching one of the first social media sponsorships of the NFL Draft with ESPN.)

  • Alexandra Dimiziani

    Alexandra Dimiziani

    "Alexandra Dimiziani
    Global marketing director

    San Francisco

    Newly-ensconced as Airbnb's global marketing director in San Francisco, Dimiziani previously led EMEA marketing duties for the accommodation disruptor, describing the job as a "match made in heaven". Dimiziani brings a unique background to her position, having worked in numerous roles across advertising, brand consultancy and marketing, building a range of experiences as diverse as luxury brand strategy and communications for brands such as Ralph Lauren; marketing highly-subsidized health products, like condoms, to the most vulnerable populations in central Africa for an NGO; producing global integrated marketing campaigns and leading content for Coca-Cola; lobbying government officials for tax exemptions; and, managing internal change and investor relations. Unsurprisingly, Dimiziani describes herself as an "entrepreneur at heart", noting that her 'lattice' career path is a "reflection of my deeply held belief that most innovation arises from extracting lessons and approaches from one area and applying them to another.)

    , Global Marketing Director, Airbnb


    No bio available at the moment
  • Robert Dowling

    Robert Dowling

    "Robert Dowling

    Robert Dowling is founder and CEO of Hudson Cutler, 2015's new agency of the year. His work with clients including BMW, AMC, Visa and Conde Nast has helped redefine marketing and set a new standard for the industry. HC's ability to combine traditional marketing and technology makes programs more relevant, compelling, efficient and measurable.

    Prior to HC, Robert was president at FleishmanHillard and president at Weber Shandwick. He has been recognized for his award-winning work for clients including Samsung, Microsoft, and Cap Gemini among others.

    , Founder and CEO, Hudson Cutler and Co.

    Hudson Cutler and Co.

    No bio available at the moment
  • Teddy Goff

    Teddy Goff

    "Teddy Goff

    Precision Strategies

    "I am biased, but I believe Hillary Clinton is running the most technologically and analytically innovative campaign ever."

    President Obama's digital strategy has become the modern playbook across American politics. During the groundbreaking 2008 election cycle, Goff oversaw Obama's email and social media programs and online organizing across more than 25 battleground states. By 2012, Goff was digital director for President Obama's reelection campaign, managing a 250-person team responsible for everything digital. Ultimately, Goff's efforts contributed to Obama for America raising more than $690 million and registered more than a million voters online. His next big challenge is shoring up comparable victories for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.)

  • Tadashi Inokuchi

    Tadashi Inokuchi

    "Tadashi Inokuchi
    Executive division director

    Dentsu PR

    "PR professionals must be able to move the hearts of consumers; the ability to move people as a team is essential"

    As a multidisciplinary communications planner and strategist, Inokuchi leads Dentsu's communication design division, and is responsible for some of the world's most acclaimed PR campaigns of recent years, including 'Turn the page' for Iwanami Shoten; ‘Japan’s milk price problem'; and 'Second LifeToys' by Green Ribbon Project Committee. Much of this work is done to the ambitious rethink of public relations that Inokuchi has spearheaded at Dentsu, resulting in highly creative thinking and exceptional strategic insight.)

  • Sachar Klein

    Sachar Klein

    "Sachar Klein

    Sachar Klein Kommunikation

    "Don't just look for innovation, but look for real solutions for real problems"

    A PR professional with more than 15 years of media experience, Klein is often regarded as a digital pioneer in Germany, particularly via his work for Glossybox, where he spent more than two years in charge of global communications. It was a role that saw Klein embrace digital communication, often ahead of many of his peers, demonstrating a facility for visual storytelling that remains rare among the country's communcations pros. Klein left Glossybox earlier this year to start his own consultancy, with his former employer as an anchor client. Prior to moving into PR, he worked as a journalist at Bild.)

  • David Ko

    David Ko

    "David Ko
    Founder & MD

    Daylight Partnership
    Hong Kong

    "Sometimes the best ideas demand a leap of faith."

    David Ko led Waggener-Edstrom's Asia-Pacific operations with considerable success after selling his Hong Kong firm Shout to the US tech giant in 2005. After departing that position in late 2012, Ko resurfaced with a new digital marketing firm called Daylight, which brought to life his contention that the agency model is not set up to reward innovation. Since then he has focused on such areas as content creation, immersive storytelling and analytics, netting numerous clients and developing a range of innovative services and tools.)

  • Abhinav Kumar

    Abhinav Kumar

    "Abhinav Kumar
    Chief communications & marketing officer, Europe

    Tata Consultancy Services
    "No change has ever come about without someone having the courage to challenge how things are done"

    Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services made a smart decision when it opted to integrate marketing and communications in Europe under Abhinav Kumar in 2011. Since then Kumar, who had previously served in senior communications roles in Latin America and Europe, has overseen a string of award-winning campaigns at the company, many of which leverage a passion for groundbreaking research and analysis into such areas as youth social media adoption and political trends.)

  • Chad Latz

    Chad Latz

    "Chad Latz
    Global president of digital innovation

    Cohn & Wolfe
    "What is innovation if not a disruptive force that captures the attention of the public? And that’s exactly what the most successful PR work accomplishes."

    For dismantling Cohn & Wolfe's digital practice and inserting digital concepts and engagement strategies across the agency — from grocery store to established pharma clients. Since then, he's also launched the firm's paid media business and created M.E.-24 a mobile engagement unit within the WPP-firm. Latz is also responsible for Cohn & Wolfe’s position as the only PR agency member of WPP’s Data Alliance. These contributions have, no doubt, helped with the firm's remarkable growth (45% over the last couple of years) that has made Cohn & Wolfe one of the industry's top-performing large agencies.)

  • Monte Lutz

    Monte Lutz

    "Monte Lutz
    Global head of communications and digital marketing


    "No matter how many people we have creating content in-house or at our agencies, we will never be able to come close to the sheer voice, volume, creativity and passion of our community."

    Under Monte Lutz's leadership, Activision has developed a remarkable track record of memorable, smart campaigns that seem to truly speak to its core community — Hack in Black and Marshawn Lynch Answers the Call of Duty were among the work that has garnered results and praise across the industry. All the while, Lutz continues to push the industry to expand its boundaries on both digital and content ownership.)

  • Elodie Monchicourt-Lecuyer

    Elodie Monchicourt-Lecuyer

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    "Elodie Monchicourt-Lecuyer
    Matriochka Influences

    "Innovation only makes sense if it genuinely responds to the expectations of the time"

    After co-founding Agency Elan, the French firm that has effectively redefined consumer marketing in the country, Monchicourt-Lecuyer opted to start again in 2014, launching Matriochka Influences in a bid to integrate traditional communications with more modern influencer techniques. That has resulted in an approach that counts as relatively disruptive not just in France, but in the broader region too, helping Matriochka Influences win Best New Consultancy of the Year honours, thanks to cutting-edge work for L’Oreal Foundation (notably #ChangeTheNumbers, which helped improve the international visibility of women in science), Coca-Cola, Chanel and Biotherm.)

    , Co-Founder and President, Matriochka Influences

    Matriochka Influences

    No bio available at the moment
  • Mobbie Nazir

    Mobbie Nazir

    "Mobbie Nazir
    Chief strategy officer

    We Are Social

    "Innovation for the sake of innovation will always fail"

    As chief strategy officer at We Are Social, Mobbie Nazir has played an important role in the agency's rise into one of the world's top digital firms, underpinned by eye-catching work for such brands a Adidas, Google, Hello Bank and Youtube. Nazir is a long-term champion of the role of social thinking to drive business value, but her career owes as much to refreshing willingness to work across boundaries, which has included previous roles in digital, PR, and advertising for Digitas, Fishburn Hedges and JWT.)

  • Michael Nutt

    Michael Nutt

    "Michael Nutt
    Co-founder and CTO, Movable Ink

    There are so many channels for a marketer to master, but boring old email is still one of the most valuable. It’s also one that offers little room for creativity or interactivity. Nutt’s found a way to remove that liability. The CTO of Movable Ink, his agileEMAIL platform allows marketers to dynamically update emails based on the recipient’s time, location, device and social context at the time of opening — which means marketers can add features like live Twitter updates or a countdown to the end of a sale. It’s a hit with brands like American Eagle, Seamless, McDonald’s and the New York Times. Nutt, 32, says “virtually anything is possible” on Movable Ink’s platform, and that’s exactly his challenge as CTO: “to make simple things easy while making complex things possible.”)

  • Chris Perry

    Chris Perry

    "Chris Perry
    Chief digital officer

    Weber Shandwick
    "Real innovation is accelerating at the intersection of social, content and commerce."

    This year, Paul Holmes called out Weber Shandwick as "the most complete public relations firm" because of the firm's remarkable business performance, diverse talent, award-winning creative work and its overall ecosystem of brands. For the creative work piece, a notable amount of credit should go to Chris Perry. Under his watch, Weber Shandwick's work has included — and excelled — at the gamut of modern public relations — analytics, creative, strategy, production, integrated media execution.)

  • Juliana Rotich

    Juliana Rotich

    "Juliana Rotich



    Technologist and entrepreneur Rotich has helped transform the way that technology democratizes particularly among emerging societies. As co-founder of Ushahidi, Rotich's helped build tools for improving interactivity, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Through, and accompanying mobile applications, Ushahidi also made crowdsourcing tools available, including BRCK — which Rotich helped to develop into a rugged self-powered, mobile wi-fi device which connects people and things to the internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure. Rotich is now executive director at BRCK's non-profit affiliate, and also serves as an advisor to the councils of BASF, Risk Cooperative, and the Lemelson Foundation. In addition, she is a trustee of the iHub in Kenya and Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain and is on the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.)

  • Howard Rubienstein

    Howard Rubienstein

    "Rubenstein is a strategic, results-oriented publicity and media relations company. We are creators of innovative publicity opportunities and communications solutions that support the full range of client objectives. In addition, we are expert at crisis management and financial relations, and serve as counselors on image management and corporate citizenship.

    With a roster of over 450 clients served by a staff of more than 180 professionals, we represent a wide spectrum of clients, including global corporations, media and entertainment companies, sports teams, financial services organizations, real estate concerns, educational and cultural institutions, law firms, healthcare providers, not-for-profit organizations, business executives and public figures."

  • Lyle Stevens

    Lyle Stevens

    A self-described data nerd and hacker, Lyle Stevens is the co-founder and CEO of Mavrck, the leading influencer activation engine trusted by premier brands to discover and activate their existing influential customers to drive conversions on social. Under Stevens’ leadership, Mavrck has secured dozens of Fortune 500 clients, including P&G, Dunkin Donuts, and Hulu. The company also won Massachusetts’ “Innovative Technology of the Year in Sales & Marketing” award by MassTLC, and created a stellar culture of ‘curious hustlers,’ earning Entrepreneur’s ‘25 Best Small Company Cultures’ of 2015.

    Prior to founding Mavrck, Stevens held several management roles at Raytheon, including identity services lead and information technology project manager. At Raytheon, Stevens designed a secure project collaboration system using the company’s internal social network and analytics engine to identify connected engineers.

    Stevens graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA), with a focus on management information systems, entrepreneurship and computer science.

  • Rod Strother

    Rod Strother

    "The Innovator 25:

    Rod Strother
    VP, digital transformation


    "Rather than give you the usual fail fast words, I'd say you should realise that you have to push from the bottom up and work the top down"

    As VP of digital transformation at Singapore telco Starhub, Strother has taken on a weighty role that calls for considerable insight into multi-platform brand engagement. Luckily, in Strother, Starhub have found someone who can credibly be described as a digital marketing pioneer, dating back to his work with Grey Direct Interactive and Proximity in Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to Starhub, furthermore, Strother led Lenovo's worldwide social media marketing team, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the company's global digital & social center of excellence in Singapore as well as the development of its global analytics hub, and its pivotal work with social influencers. )

  • Ken Sunshine

    Ken Sunshine

    "Ken Sunshine is an American public relations consultant, co-CEO and founder of Sunshine Sachs Consultants. He began his career in New York City politics, including serving as chief of staff for Mayor David Dinkins.)

  • Oscar Zhao

    Oscar Zhao

    "Oscar Zhao
    Chairman & CEO

    BlueFocus Communication Group

    "Stay curious about new things and explore the potential of technology to enable efficiency"

    After founding one of China's first homegrown PR agencies in 1996, Zhao has turned BlueFocus into a genuine marketing communications behemoth, with revenues of $1.5bn forecast for 2016. Much of this is down to the 47-year-old's willingness to innovate, whether by investing deeply in digital marketing and data analytics, or in making BlueFocus the first Chinese marketing service group to expand beyond its home market. Indeed, the confluence of factors leading to BlueFocus’ rise amount to a perfect storm of modern geopolitical and social trends: A local Chinese PR firm invests heavily in digital and technology, expanding beyond its home market in a bid to challenge the dominant holding group hegemony. It is a narrative that has sparked plenty of speculation about how far Zhao can take his outfit, but it would take a brave person to bet against him. )


  • Polina Anikeeva

    Polina Anikeeva

    " Prof. Polina Anikeeva joined DMSE in 2011. Dr. Anikeeva's Ph.D. thesis focussed on physical properties and design of light emitting devices based on organic materials and nanoparticles, working under the supervision of Prof. Vladimir Bulovic in EECS. She previously held the Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Medicine, Stanford and was in the group of Prof. Karl Deisseroth in the Department of Bioengineering. Her current research is focused on development of optoelectronic and magnetic materials and devices for recording and modulating activity of neurons in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral organs."

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  • Anna Balazs

    Anna Balazs

    Anna C. Balazs is the Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Robert von der Luft Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. in physics from Bryn Mawr College in 1975 and her Ph.D. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. Her research involves developing theoretical and computational models to capture the behavior of polymeric materials, nanocomposites and multi-component fluids. Balazs is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Materials Research Society. She was a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. She has served on a number of editorial boards, including: Macromolecules, Langmuir, Accounts of Chemical Research, and Soft Matter. She was Chair of the American Physical Society Division of Polymer Physics in 1999-2000. She received a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2003, she received the Maurice Huggins Memorial Award of the Gordon Research Conference for outstanding contributions to Polymer Science. Recently, she received the American Physical Society Polymer Physics Prize (2016), the Royal Society of Chemistry S F Boys-A Rahman Award (2015), the American Chemical Society Langmuir Lecture Award (2014) and the Mines Medal from the South Dakota School of Mines (2013).

    , Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and the Robert v. d. Luft Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

    Chemical Engineering and the Robert v. d. Luft Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

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  • Denis Baranov

    Denis Baranov

    "A new study has shown how silicon nanoparticles can be controlled to achieve effective non-linear light manipulation, a breakthrough that could help introduce new optical devices with many functionalities, such as transmitting, reflecting or scattering incident light in a particular direction, depending on its intensity. Devices based on the nanoparticles could also allow flexible data processing in optical communication systems and be integrated into microchips to bring ultrafast all-optical signal processing in optical communication lines and new optical computers.

    Devices that require electromagnetic waves for information transmission and processing require an antenna to receive or transmit signals in a specific direction. However, as incoming signals often need to be flexibly processed, it is key to have a reconfigurable antenna whose characteristics can be altered in a specific way during signal processing. Although quickly transmitting information through is already achievable, silicon-based electronics can’t process incoming data as fast as fiber optics; non-linear nanoantennas that operate at optical wavelengths could resolve this problem."

  • Moungi Bawendi

    Moungi Bawendi

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    "Professor Moungi Bawendi, PhD, is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of QD Vision and a tenured faculty member of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He focuses on creating zero dimensional semiconductor and magnetic quantum materials, and understanding the physical characteristics of molecular devices, including the chemistry, physics, applications and assembly of nanostructures. Dr. Bawendi was a Scientific Founder of Quantum Dot Corporation (ACQ: IVGN) that focused on utilizing quantum dots as biochemical labels for research and diagnostic purposes. Professor Bawendi received an A.M. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago. He worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at Bell Laboratories before accepting his academic appointment."


    , Professor, Scientific Advisory Board of QD Vision and a tenured faculty member of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Scientific Advisory Board of QD Vision and a tenured faculty member of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    No bio available at the moment
  • Katia Bertoldi

    Katia Bertoldi

    "Katia Bertoldi’s research involves the use of continuum mechanics and applied mathematics to model the mechanical behavior of novel materials at the small scale, such as nano-composites and biological composites.<br>The aim of her group is to establish relationships between the internal structure of a material and its mechanical properties. The greater understanding of existing and potential discovery of new materials, especially those with improved and even ‘tunable’ properties, have direct use in many critical fields, including acoustics, optics, and electronics.<br>Her primary areas of interest include: continuum mechanics analyses of behavior of modern materials; buckling and instabilities; waves propagation; constitutive modeling of polymers; computational mechanics; fracture mechanics; applied mathematics; and the mechanical behavior of biological materials.<br>Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Bertoldi was an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She earned a Ph.D. in Mechanics of Materials and Structures from the University of Trento in Italy; an International Masters in Structural Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden; and a Laurea Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Trento." Source:

  • Chun-Long Chen

    Chun-Long Chen

    "Materials scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a new material that performs like a biological cell membrane — a material that has long been sought for applications like water purification and drug delivery.

    The “peptoid” material can assemble itself into a sheet that’s thinner, but more stable, than a soap bubble, the researchers report this week in Nature Communications. The assembled sheet can withstand being submerged in a variety of liquids and can even repair itself after damage.

    “We believe these materials have potential in water filters, sensors, drug delivery, and especially fuel cells or other energy applications,” said chemist Chun-Long Chen.

    Biological cell membranes, which are made from thin sheets of fatty molecules called lipids, are at least ten times thinner than an iridescent soap bubble and yet allow cells to collectively form organisms as diverse at bacteria, trees and people.

    Cell membranes are also very selective about what they let pass through, using tiny embedded proteins as gatekeepers. Membranes repair dings to their structure automatically and change thickness to pass signals from the outside environment to the cell’s interior, where most of the action is.

    Scientists would like to take advantage of these gatekeeping and other membrane properties to make filters. A cell-membrane-like material would have advantages over other thin materials such as graphene. For example, mimicking a cell membrane’s efficient gatekeeping could result in water purifying membranes that don’t require a lot of pressure or energy to push the water through."

  • Qian Chen

    Qian Chen

    Prof. Chen received her BS in Chemistry from Peking University (China, 2007), and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UIUC with Prof. Steve Granick (2012). She then won the prestigious Miller fellowship at UC Berkeley and worked with Prof. Paul Alivisatos on in situ TEM related energy studies and bio-imaging. She is an assistant professor of MatSE and Chemistry (affiliated) at UIUC since 2015.

  • Bruce Clemens

    Bruce Clemens

    " Bruce Clemens studies growth and structure of thin film, interface and nanostructured materials for catalytic, electronic and photovoltaic applications. He and his group investigate phase transitions and kinetics in nanostructured materials, and perform nanoparticle engineering for hydrogen storage and catalysis. Recently he and his collaborators have developed nano-portals for efficient injection of hydrogen into storage media, dual-phase nanoparticles for catalysis, amorphous metal electrodes for semiconductor devices, and a lift-off process for forming free-standing, single-crystal films of compound semiconductors."


  • Reinhold Dauskardt

    Reinhold Dauskardt

    " Reinhold Dauskardt is the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the Deparment of Materials Science and Engineering and has additional appointments as Professor in Mechanical Engineering, the Biodesign Institute and the Deptment of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine.

    The underlying theme of his research is to enable innovation and design of high-performance materials and devices by exploiting the fundamental connection between material structure and resulting thermomechanical function and reliablity. His research group studies the chemistry and molecular structure of materials in bulk form or thin films and their thermo-mechanical behavior, adhesive and cohesive fracture properties, and behavior under complex loading and environmental conditions. Materials include thin-film and layered structures for nanoscience and energy technologies, high-performance laminates, biomaterials and soft tissues.

    Dauskardt and his group have worked extensively on integrating new nano and molecular materials into emerging technologies and pioneered quantitative methods for adhesion and cohesion characterization for which he was awarded the prestigious Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award in 2010 for research which has provided substantive and sustained contributions to semiconductor industry science and technology. His research on soft tissues and wound healing has concentrated on establishing a biomechanics framework to understand and control the biological processes that determine the effects of treatments and exposures on damage processes in human skin for which he was awarded the Henry Maso Award for fundamental contributions to the advancement of cosmetic and skin science, and scar formation in healing cutaneous wounds. Experimental studies are complimented with computational and modeling simulations."


  • Walter Dressick

    Walter Dressick

    " Dr. Walter J. Dressick (U.S. citizen) is currently a Senior Research Manager and Chemist in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering (Code 6910) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. His early research at NRL emphasized the areas of nanoparticle catalyst development for selective electroless (EL) metallization and (photo/)chemical reactivity of organosiloxane self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for micro/nanolithography applications. His photopatterning strategies have been successfully adopted by coworkers for various biological applications, including patterning active neurons for neural network fabrication, epithelial cells for wound repair applications, and DNA and antibodies for bioassay development.

    Dr. Dressick is also the inventor of a Pd(II) nanoparticle catalyst that enables cost-effective, additive, adhesive EL plating on substrates via a covalent ligand binding approach. His research has yielded new, size-optimized nanocatalysts capable of controlling metal particle sizes for fabrication of nanoscale metal features in advanced lithography programs. His more recent work includes development of non-covalent methods for selective materials deposition onto polymer and SAM films, fabrication of nanostructured polymer films and composites exhibiting surface anisotropy (e.g., wetting, adhesion, friction), preparation of 3-D nanoscale metal structures using biological materials as reaction templates, and fabrication of nanostructured polyelectrolyte multilayer film composites for use as improved fuel cell electrodes and self-decontaminating coatings.

    Dr. Dressick is the co-inventor of technologies described in 30 issued U.S. patents and co-author of 95 peer-reviewed scientific publications (October 2014). Based on the journal impact factors and citations of his articles, ISI Essential Science Indicators® ranked Dr. Dressick as one of the top 1% of materials chemists worldwide during 2001-2008." Source:

  • Netalee Efrat

    Netalee Efrat

    " Netalee Efrat is a Computer vision PhD Student at Weizmann Institute of Science. She has lead research into a new “Cinema 3D” display lets audiences watch 3-D films in a movie theater without cumbersome glasses. Developed by a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Weizmann Institute of Science, the prototype display uses a special array of lenses and mirrors to enable viewers to watch a 3-D movie from any seat in a theater." SOURCE:

  • Nicholas Fang

    Nicholas Fang

    "Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are 3D-printing structures based on shape-memory polymers that “remember” and spring back to their original shapes when heated to a certain temperature “sweet spot” — even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles.

    That makes them useful for applications ranging from soft actuators that turn solar panels toward the sun to tiny drug capsules that open upon early signs of infection. Other applications include biomedical devices, deployable aerospace structures, and shape-changing photovoltaic solar cells.

    For some structures, the researchers were able to 3D-print micrometer-scale features as small as the diameter of a human hair — dimensions at least ten times smaller than with other printable shape-memory materials, but with materials that can be stretched 10 times larger than those printed by commercial 3-D printers.

    The team’s results were published earlier this month in the online open-access journal Scientific Reports."


  • Matteo Fasano

    Matteo Fasano

    "Matteo Fasano is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Politecnico di Torino specializing in Nanotechnology, Heat transfer, Desalination, Solar Energy, Heat Storage with 28 published papers to date."


  • Cristophe Guberan

    Cristophe Guberan

    " Industrial designer Christophe Guberan is fascinated by the intrinsic features of materials and how he can reimagine their properties and aesthetic.

    It is the experimental side of his work that he shared with the Design Indaba audience. His explorations into active textiles came from his fascination with how paper is able to fold itself when in contact with moisture. He developed a desktop printer that can print lines of water and ink onto paper in grids and patterns. As the ink dries the paper automatically folds itself along the lines, creating mountains and valleys.

    A professor from MIT saw Guberan’s paper at an exhibition in Milan and invited him to visit MIT in Boston and develop the project further. Guberan extended his active material exploration to include wood, rubber and fabrics. He went on to work on a textile shoe project with the London Design Museum."

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  • Liangbing Hu

    Liangbing Hu

    Dr. Hu leads a team working on various types of energy device, which include Li-ion and Na-ion batteries, supercapacitors, next-generation solar cells and photo-electrochemical water splitting. Devices enabled by nanomaterials and nanostructures will be a major emphasis in his research. Fundamental chemistry, physics, electrochemistry and material science will be heavily investigated in these new devices. Dr. Hu is also interested in printed electronics for circuits, display and biological applications.<br>Dr. Hu did his PhD in nanoelectronics at UCLA, had three-year industry experience in large-scale nano-ink based roll-to-roll printed electronics at Unidym Inc and did his postdoc research in Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors at Stanford. His research at UMD UMERC will focus on not only solving the energy problems with scalable manufacturing techniques and earthly abundant materials, but also attacking their fundamentals with the understanding in nanoscale.

  • Mona Jarrahi

    Mona Jarrahi

    "Mona Jarrahi received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2000 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2007. She served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California Berkeley from 2007 to 2008. After serving as an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, she joined University of California Los Angeles in 2013 as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Terahertz Electronics Laboratory."

  • Rajiv Joshi

    Rajiv Joshi

    Dr. Rajiv V. Joshi is a key technical lead and research staff member at T. J. Watson research center, IBM. He is a member of IBM Academy of Technology. He received his B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, India), M.S degree from Massachusettes Institute of Technology and Doctorate in Eng. Science from Columbia University, USA. His novel interconnects processes and structures for aluminum, tungsten and copper technologies which are widely globally for various technologies from sub-0.5μm to14nm. He has expertise in technology, circuit design, CAD, and predictive techniques and interest in predictive analytics. He received 3 Outstanding Technical Achievement (OTAs), 3 Corporate Patent Portfolio awards for licensing contributions, holds 59 invention plateaus and has over 220 US patents and over 350 including international patents. He has published over 185 papers in refereed journal/conferences with over 40 keynote/invited talks. He has also given many seminars at universities internationally. He has led successfully pervasive statistical methodology for yield prediction and also the technology-driven SRAM at IBM Server Group. He commercialized these techniques. He received prestigious BMM award in 2015 for outstanding contribution in science, technology. He is a recipient of 2013 IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award. He is inducted into NJ Inventor Hall of fame along with Nikola Tesla. He is IEEE and ISQED fellow and distinguished alumnus of IIT Bombay. He is winner of the IEEE TVLSI best Associate Editor award in 2016. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE CAS and EDS societies. He is selected to serve on IEEE Board of Governors (BOG). He serves as an Associate Editor of TVLSI. He served on committees of ISLPED (Int. Symposium Low Power Electronic Design), IEEE VLSI design, IEEE CICC, IEEE Int. SOI conf ISQED and Advanced Metallization Program committees. He is SRC liaison with universities.

    , Key Leader, Innovator, Research Scientist, The B Team

    The B Team

    No bio available at the moment
    & IBM, a member of IBM academy of technology and IEEE CAS Board of Governors

    IBM, a member of IBM academy of technology and IEEE CAS Board of Governors

    No bio available at the moment
  • Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh

    Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh

    I am a Distinguished Professor (one of the 10 across RMIT) and a successful Director who has created a number of nationally and internationally recognised ground-breaking teaching and research outcomes. As a leader, I established and am the Director of the most successful research centre at RMIT (Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors (CADES)) that now has a strong international reputation for the development of novel sensors, microfluidics and medical devices. I established a large sized research and development group of ~40 PhD students and ~15 researchers and academics. What I have achieved so far at RMIT has been significant, considering my age, degree of seniority (15 years since PhD), and minimal initial financial support. I have co-authored over 350 highly cited publications that generated 12.5% of RMIT’s total international citations in 2015 alone. I am the most cited Australian academic in any field of engineering with less than 15 years since PhD graduation, according to Scopus, with over 13,500 citations to my co-authored works (ref: Google Scholar, October 2016).
    As a lecturer, I have created some of the most successful academic references in the fields of sensors and nanotechnology for which I have received coveted Australia’s Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards. My books resulting from these teaching materials are now amongst the best sellers in the fields internationally. I have been involved in the management/academic teams of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT and have
    been instrumental in the rapid rise of the School’s profile, in terms of student numbers, increase in students’ entrance scores and international ranking in the past decade.
    I am one of the most recognised engineers in the field of nanotechnology enabled systems, with a high international standing for the development of medical devices, sensors, micro/nano fluidics, nano electronics and functional materials. I have introduced several new paradigms to bio sensing and optical transducing templates, including novel nanotechnology enabled biosensors, electronic and optical systems. I have contributed significantly to the field of electronics and optics with the development of various types of two dimensional semiconductors (the most highly cited paper of Nature Publishing Group in 2012, Nature Nanotechnology, 7, 699). The devices, which I have created, are now used in a number of industries and by reputed companies for gas and bio sensing. This includes Veolia France, Alere UK, BHP Billiton Australia and Katcon Mexico. More importantly, several of my developed sensors will be employed by the medical sector for point-of-care diagnostics including “human gas capsules” (Ref: Time Magazine, March 2015), which has been predicted to significantly impact the medical diagnostics market (ref: ThomasNet and Yahoo Finance).

    Academic qualifications

    Year Qualification University
    2002 PhD RMIT University, Australia
    1997 MSc Tehran University, Iran
    1993 BSc Sharif University of Technology, Iran

    Employment history

    Year Position Location / Organisation
    Since Jan 2016 Distinguished Professor (one of ten at RMIT) RMIT University, Australia
    Since Jan 2013 Director of the Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors (CADES) RMIT University, Australia
    2013-2015 Professor RMIT University, Australia
    2009-2013 Associate Professor RMIT University, Australia
    2009-2010 Senior Researcher MIT, USA
    Jan 2007-Jan 2009 Senior Lecturer RMIT University, Australia
    July 2002- Dec 2006 Lecturer Level B RMIT University, Australia
    Dec 2001- July 2002 Research Fellow RMIT University, Australia
    1993-1998 Senior Engineer Parakooh Engineering Co, Iran
    1994 Associate Researcher Stuttgart University, Germany

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Nominated and shortlisted for the International AMA Sensorik und Messtechnik - AMA Innovation Award, 2016
    • Media Star of the year, RMIT University, 2015
    • Australian Academy of Sciences, Honorific Award in Engineering, Nominated and Shortlisted, 2014
    • RMIT University Award for Research Excellence, $3,000, 2014
    • RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence, $10,000, 2014
    • The Platform Technologies Research Institute (PTRI) most citation award, RMIT University, $250, 2013
    • Research Paper Media Star, RMIT University, 2013
    • International Media Star, RMIT University, 2012
    • Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australia, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, $10,000, 2011
    • RMIT Foundation International Research Exchange Fellowship (with Professor Kaner, UCLA), $8,000, 2011
    • Chosen as the face of the American Chemical Society (ACS - Ref: Chem. Eng. News 2010), 2010
    • Australian Academy of Sciences, Travel Award to North America, A$9,400, 2009
    • RMIT Research Leave Award, $35,000, 2008
    • RMIT Teaching Awards, Certificate of Achievement in the Physical Sciences and Related Studies, 2008
    • Runner up of the RMIT Emerging Researcher Award, 2007
    • Endeavour Australia Award (fellowship award for a six-month sabbatical), $25,000, 2005
    • CASS Foundation Travel Awards, total A$10,000, 2003, 2004, and 2008
    • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Ultrasonics Society best paper awards, 2003 and 2004
    • IEEE Ferroelectrics Society Emerging Scientist Award, US$1,500, 2002

    PhD completions

    As the first supervisor: 21 PhD students
    As the first supervisor: 19 PhD students

    Selected Invited, Keynote and Plenary talks since 2008

    • 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting & Exhibition, Apr 2017, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    • Plenary talk: The 5th Beneficial Microbes Conference, Oct 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    • Keynote talk: The Materials Science & Technology 2016 (MS&T 2016), Oct 2016, Salt Lake City, USA
    • The 18th International Symposium on the Physics of Semiconductors and Applications (ISPSA 2016), July, 2016, Jeju, Korea
    • The Conferences Internationales Matiaux et Technlogies (CIMTEC), June, 2016, Perugia, Italy
    • Public talk at the University of San Deigo, California (on human gas sensor capsules), May 2016, San Diego, USA
    • The 5th International Symposium on Graphene Devices (ISGD-5), July 2016, Brisbane, Australia
    • 7th annual Recent Progress in Graphene and Two Dimensional Materials Research Conference, Oct 2015, Lorne, Australia
    • NanoS-E3 Workshop, Sep 2015, Gold Coast, Australia
    • Anaerobic Plants, Workshop by Veolia France, Aug 2015, Sydney, Australia
    • The Symposium on Two-dimensional Nanomaterials, 2015, Melbourne, Australia
    • 3rd biennial conference of combined Australian Materials Societies, 2014, Sydney, Australia
    • The AISRF workshop on Nano Materials for Renewable Energy, 2014, Melbourne, Australia
    • Australia-India Workshop, 2013, Melbourne, Australia
    • The CMOS Emerging Technologies Conference, 2013, Whistler, Canada
    • New Frontier on Advanced Functional Nanomaterials, Thailand - Australia Symposium, 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Aus-India Workshop, 2011, Melbourne, Australia
    • NanoS-E3 Workshop, 2011, Gold Coast, Australia
    • International Materials Research Conference (MRS), 2008, Chongqing, China
    • International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, 2008, Columbus, Ohio, USA

    Conference and meetings organisations

    Major conference organisations in the past 10 years
    • Program Committee Member for the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2017, Porto, Portugal, Feb 2017
    • Symposium Co-chair for the topic of “Thin Film and Surface Engineering” at the 9th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, Kyoto, August 2016
    • Co-Chair, the 7th annual Recent Progress in Graphene and Two Dimensional Materials Research Conference 2015 (RPGR2015), Lorne, Australia, Oct 2015
    • Program Committee Member, Recent Advances on Mechanics Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Barcelona, Spain, April 2015
    • Program Committee Member, New Developments in Biology, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Vienna, Austria, March 2015
    • International Advisory Board Member, the 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Materials, Minerals & Environment (RAMM) & 2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Materials, Mineral and Polymer (MAMIP), Universiti Sains, Malaysia, August 2015
    • Organiser, the Symposium on Two-dimensional Nanomaterials, Melbourne, Australia, March 2015
    • Program Committee Member, the 2014 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Material Science, Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 2014
    • Oraganising Committee Member, IEEE Sensors, Valencia, Spain, November 2014
    • Oraganising Committee Member, the Australia-India Joint Symposium on Smart Nanomaterials, Melbourne, Australia, November 2011
    • Technical Chair, the 13th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS), Perth, Australia, July 2010
    • Oraganising Committee Member, The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Transducers and Micro/Nano Technologies (APCOT), Perth, Australia, July 2010
    • Oraganising Committee Member, IEEE Sensors, New Zealand, Christchurch, October 2009
    • Conference co-chair, International Symposium on Smart Materials, Nano- and Micro-Smart Systems, the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE), Melbourne, Australia, December 2008
    • Conference co-chair, International Symposium on BioMEMS and Nanotechnology, (SPIE), Melbourne, Australia, Canberra December 2007

    Committee, Editorial and Review duties

    • Associate Editor: Applied Materials Today (since 2016)
    • Editorial Advisory Board: ACS Sensors (since 2016 – to appear online in December)
    • Editorial Board Member: Micro Nano Letters (since 2016)
    • Editorial board: Biosensors (since 2015)
    • Editorial board: AIMS Materials Science (since 2013)
    • Editorial board: Indian Journal of Materials Science (since 2013)
    • Advisory Board on Nanotechnology and Sensors, Lifeboat Foundation (since 2013)
    • Editorial board: Journal of Materials (since 2012)
    • Editorial board: Journal of Sensors (since 2006)
    • Frequent associate guest editor: IEEE Sensors Journal (since 2008)
    • Conference proceedings editor: BioMEMS and Nanotechnology III (Proceedings of SPIE, December 2007), D. V. Nicolau, D. Abbott, K. Kalantar-zadeh, T. Di Matteo (Author), S.M. Bezrukov (ISBN-10: 081946970X)
    • Conference proceedings editor: Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems IV (Proceedings of SPIE, December 2008), S.F. Al-sarawi, V. K. Varadan, N. Weste, K. Kalantar-zadeh (ISBN-10: 0819475203)
    • Frequent reviewer for the following Journals: Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Nano, Small, Nanotechnology, Langmuir, and Nano Letters.
    • Reviewer for: ARC grants, National Science Foundation (NSF-USA), New Zealand Science Council, UK Science Council, French Science Organisation, Estonia Science and Education Ministry and Research Council Luxemburg

    Media interviews / opinion pieces

    My work has been constantly featured in Australian and international media (&gt;300 in the past 5 years). Some of the most significant media releases and opinion pieces are as follows:

    1- Live Science - Can Eating Cinnamon Cool Off the Stomach? 5 Oct. 2016
    2- Australian Science, Digestible Gas Sensors Diagnose Irritable Bowel, September, 2016
    3- IEEE Spectrum - Human Life is a Gas, 16 January 2016
    4- Christian Science Monitor - Smartphones could detect pollution, thanks to a sensor breakthrough, 27 October 2015
    5- The Companies and Markets - Global smart pills market researchers have begun developing a pill that measures intestinal gas, 30 April 2015
    6- Time Magazine - Gas-Sensing Pills May Detect Underlying Stomach Problems, 13 March 2015
    7- The Age - Aussie scientists' breakthrough could mean thinner, faster and lighter gadgets, 5 January 2013
    8- ABC Science, Boost in low-cost solar cell efficiency, 31st of May 2012
    9- Australian Manufacturing Technology Magazine, One on one with Dr Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, May 2012
    10- Scientific American, Unexpected discovery of new power sources, 13th of Feb 2012

    Industry and commercial links

    Successfully converted research concepts into patents, which have proved attractive for industrial uptake:
    • A large contract with Veolia, France, for the development of anaerobic fermentation plants
    • A key person for the development of surfaces acoustic wave biosensors for the UK based biosensor Company, CMI (Cambridge Medical Innovation) Ltd., Cambridge (now the Cambridge research and development centre for Alere Inc)
    • The gas sensor capsule, which was developed in collaboration with CSIRO, under a Department of Agriculture funded project has passed the pilot tests and will be soon deployed in many farms in Australia to assess the effect of ruminants' feed and diet on mitigating greenhouse gases including methane
    • Received industrial grants from AusIndustry (Biotechnology Innovation Fund - BIF – fabrication of biosensors)
    • CSIRO (fabrication of RF ID tags and development of membranes for farm sensor nodes)
    • DSTO (fabrication of humidity and strain sensors). One ARC Linkage grant with ALCOA and BHP Billiton companies in 2010.
    • Development of human gas sensor capsules – the partnership contract now under final stage of negotiation with Medtronic

    Australian and internationally filed patents:
    1. 2002, Surface acoustic wave sensor, IP Australia Appn. No. 2002308401, US 10/492, 153, EP 02801811.7, Canada TBA, Microtechnology Centre Management Limited; Kalantar-zadeh, K.; Wlodarski, W.
    2. 2002, Surface Acoustic Wave device, IP Australia Appn. No. 2002308402 Microtechnology Centre Management Limited; Kalantar-zadeh, K.; Wlodarski, W
    3. 2004, Layered Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor IP Australia Appn. No. 2004900942 Microtechnology Centre Management Limited; Kalantar-zadeh, K.
    4. 2012, Niobium Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, Kalantar-Zadeh K., Ou J.Z., provisional patent application AU2011904262
    5. 2015, Gas sensor nanocomposite membranes, Kalantar-zadeh K., Berean K., Ha N, Ou J.Z., AU2014903506, provisional patent
    6. 2015, NOx gas sensor, Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J.Z., Li Y.X., Ha N., AU2015902219, provisional patent

    Commercial Exhibitions
    • Organising a stand at the Digestive Disease Week Exhibition (for presenting human gas sensor capsules), San Diego Exhibition Centre, San Diego, USA, May 21-24, 2016
    • Organising a stand at the Sensors + Tests 2016, The Measurement Fair (for presenting human gas sensor capsules), Nurnberg, Germany, 10-12 May, 2016


    Total publications &gt;350 co-authored manuscripts

    • Total citations: ~10,000 according to Scopus, &gt;9,500 according to Web of Science and ~13,500 according to Google Scholar (18/10/2016).
    • h-index: 49 according to Scopus and Web of Science and 57 according to Google Scholar (18/10/2016).
    IF = two year impact factor issued in 2016 by Thomson Reuters
    Journal Citation Reports (JSR) issued in 2016 by Thomson Reuters

    Only included 200 of my most influential scholarly outputs since 2006 are presented here

    Scholarly books
    1. K. Kalantar-zadeh, Sensors: An Introductory Course, Springer, USA (2013) [ISBN: 9781461450511]
    2. K. Kalantar-zadeh and B. Fry, Nanotechnology Enabled Sensors, Springer, USA (2007) [ISBN: 9780387324739]

    Scholarly book chapters
    3. Walia S. and Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013 ‘Thermopower Wave-Based Micro and Nanscale Energy Sources’, in Energy Harvesting with Functional Materials and Microsystems (Devices, Circuits and Systems), M. Bhaskaran, S. Sriram and K. Iniewski eds, CRC Press, pp. 105–128, ISBN: 1466587237
    4. Powell, D. Kalantar-zadeh, K. Wlodarski, W. and Ippolito, S. 2006, ‘Layered surface acoustic wave chemical and bio-sensors’, in Encyclopedia of Sensors, Volume 5 I-M, American Scientific Publishers, United States, pp. 245–263, ISBN: 1-58883-061-6

    Refereed journal articles (selected)
    5. Zavabeti A., Daeneke T., Chrimes A.F., O’Mullane A.P., Ou J.Z., Mitchel A., Khoshmanesh K., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2016 ‘Ionic Imbalance Induced Self-propulsion of Liquid Metals’ in Nature Communications, vol. 7, article number 12,402 [IF = 11.329, JCR ranking of 3/63 in Multidisciplinary]
    6. Atkin P., Daeneke T., Wang Y., Carey B.J., Berean K.J., Clark R.M., Ou J.Z., Trinchi A., Cole I.S, Kalantar-zadeh K, 2016 ‘2D WS2/carbon dot hybrids with enhanced photocatalytic activity,’ in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 4, pp. 13563-13571 [IF = 8.262, JCR ranking of 4/88 in Energy & Fuel]
    7. Daeneke T., Clark R., Carey B. J., Ou J. Z., Weber B., Fuhrer M. S., Bhaskaran M., Kalantar-zadeh K. 2016 ‘Reductive exfoliation of substoichiometric MoS2 bilayers using hydrazine salts’ in Nanoscale, vol. 8, pp. 15252-15261 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    8. Rezk A.R., Carey B., Chrimes A. F., Lau D. W. M., Gibson B. C., Zheng C., Fuhrer M. S., Yeo L. Y., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2016 ‘Acoustically-Driven Trion and Exciton Modulation in Piezoelectric Two-Dimensional MoS2’ in Nano Letters, vol. 16, pp. 849–855 [IF = 13.779, JCR ranking of 3/80 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    9. Ou J.Z., Cottrell J.J., Ha N., Pillai N., Yao C.K., Berean K.J., Ward S.A., Grando D., Muir J.G., Harrison C.J., Wijesiriwardana U., Dunshea F.R., Gibson P.R., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2016 ‘Potential of in vivo real-time gastric gas profiling: a pilot evaluation of heat-stress and modulating dietary cinnamon effect in an animal model’ in Scientific Reports, vol 6. article number 33387 [IF = 5.228, JCR ranking of 7/63 in Multidisciplinary]
    10. Wang Y., Carey B., Zhang W., Chrimes A. F., Chen L., Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J. Z., Daeneke T., 2016, ‘Intercalated 2D MoS2 Utilizing a Simulated Sun Assisted Process: Reducing the HER Overpotential’ in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 120, pp. 2447–2455 [IF = 4.509, JCR ranking of 22/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    11. Tang S.-Y., Joshipura I.D., Lin Y., Kalantar-zadeh K., Mitchell A., Khoshmanesh K., Dickey M.D., ‘Liquid Metal Microdroplets Formed Dynamically with Electrical Control of Size and Rate’ in Advanced Materials, vol. 28, pp. 604-608 [IF = 18.960, JCR ranking of 14/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    12. Chrimes A.F., Berean K.J., Mitchell A., Rosengarten G., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2016, ‘Controlled electrochemical deformation of liquid-phase gallium’ in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 3833-3839. [IF = 7.145, JCR ranking of 2/144 in Chemistry, Physical]
    13. Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J.Z., 2016, ‘Biosensors based on Two Dimensional MoS2,’ in ACS Sensors vol 1, pp. 5-16 [the first paper published in this new American Chemical Society journal]
    14. Kalantar-zadeh K., Yao C. K., Berean K. J, Ha N., Ou J. Z., Ward S.A., Pillai N., Hill J., Cottrell J. J., Dunshea F. R., McSweeney F., Muir J. G., Gibson P. R., 2015, ‘Intestinal gas capsules: a proof-of-concept demonstration’ in Gastroenterology, vol. 150, pp. 37-39 [IF = 18.187, JCR ranking of 1/76 in Gastroenterology & Hepatology]
    15. Alsaif M. M. Y. A., Chrimes A. F., Daeneke T., Balendhran S., Bellisario D. O., Son Y., Field M. R., Zhang W., Nili H., Nguyen E. P., Latham K., van Embden J., Strano M. S., Ou J. Z., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘High-Performance Field Effect Transistors using Electronic Inks of Two-Dimensional Molybdenum Oxide Nanoflakes’ in Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 26, pp. 91–100 [IF = 11.382, JCR ranking of 7/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    16. Hill J., McSweeney C., Wright A. G., Bishop-Hurley G., Kalantar-zadeh K. 2015, ‘Measuring methane production from ruminants’ in Trends in Biotechnology, vol. 34, pp. 26-35 [IF = 12.065, JCR ranking of 3/164 in Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology]
    17. Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J. Z., Daeneke T., Strano M. S., Pumera M., Gras S. L., 2015, ‘Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides in Biosystems’ in Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 25, pp. 5086–5099 [IF = 11.382, JCR ranking of 7/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    18. Zhang W., Srichan N., Chrimes A. F., Taylor M., Berean K. J., Ou J. Z., Daeneke T., O’Mullane A. P., Bryant, G. Kalantar-zadeh K. 2016, ‘Sonication synthesis of micro-sized silver nanoparticle/oleic acid liquid marbles: A novel SERS sensing platform’ in Sensors and Actuators B, vol. 223, pp. 52–58 [IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
    19. Ou J. Z., Ge W., Carey B., Daeneke T., Rotbart A., Shan W., Wang Y., Fu Z., Chrimes A. F., Wlodarski W., Russo S. P., Li Y. X., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Physisorption-Based Charge Transfer in Two-Dimensional SnS2 for Selective and Reversible NO2 Gas Sensing’ in ACS Nano, vol. 9, pp. 10313-10323 [IF = 13.334, JCR ranking of 4/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    20. Nguyen E. P., Carey B. J., Ou J. Z., van Embden J., Della Gaspera E., Chrimes A. F., Spencer M. J. S., Zhuiykov S., Kalantar-zadeh K., Daeneke T., 2015, ‘Electronic tuning of 2D MoS2 through surface functionalization’ in Advanced Materials, vol. 27, pp. 6225-6229 [IF = 18.960, JCR ranking of 14/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    21. Berean K. J., Ou J. Z., Daeneke T., Carey B. J., Nguyen E. P., Wang Y., Russo S. P., Kaner R. B., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘2D MoS2 PDMS Nanocomposites for NO2 Separation’ in Small, vol. 11, pp. 5035–5040. [IF = 8.315, JCR ranking of 10/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    22. Ou J. Z., Yao C. K., Rotbart A., Muir J. G., Gibson P. R., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Human intestinal gas measurement systems: in vitro fermentation and gas capsules’ in Trends in Biotechnology, vol. 139, pp. 71–80 [IF = 12.065, JCR ranking of 3/164 in Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology]
    23. Clark R. M., Carey B. J., Daeneke T., Atkin P., Bhaskaran M., Latham K., Cole I. S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Two-step synthesis of luminescent MoS2–ZnS hybrid quantum dots’ in Nanoscale, vol 7, pp. 16763-16772 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    24. Ab Kadir R., Rani R. A., Alsaif M. M. Y. A., Ou J. Z., Wlodarski W., O’Mullane A. P., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Optical Gas Sensing Properties of Nanoporous Nb2O5 Films’ in ACS applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 7, pp. 4751–4758 [IF = 7.145, JCR ranking of 2/144 in Chemistry, Physical]
    25. Wang Y., Ou J. Z., Chrimes A. F., Carey B. J., Daeneke T., Alsaif M. M. Y. A, Mortazavi M., Zhuiykov S., Medhekar N., Bhaskaran M., Friend J. R., Strano M. S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Plasmon Resonances of Highly Doped Two-Dimensional MoS2’ in Nano Letters, vol. 15, pp. 883–890 [IF = 13.779, JCR ranking of 3/80 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    26. Carey B., Daeneke T., Nguyen E., Wang Y., Ou J. Z., Zhuiykov S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Two Solvent Grinding Sonication Method for the Synthesis of Two-dimensional Tungsten Disulphide Flakes’ in Chemical Communications, vol. 51, pp. 3770–3773 [IF = 6.567, JCR ranking of 21/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    27. Berean K. J., Ou J. Z., Nour M., Field M. R., Alsaif M. M. Y. A., Wang Y. C., Ramanathan R., Bansal V., Kentish S., Doherty C. M., Hill A. J., McSweeney C., Kaner R. B., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Enhanced Gas Permeation through Graphene Nanocomposites’ in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, pp. 13700–13712 [IF = 4.509, JCR ranking of 22/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    28. Zhang W., Naidu B. S., Ou J. Z., O’Mullane A. P., Chrimes A. F., Carey B. J., Wang Y., Tang S-Y., Sivan V., Mitchell A., Bhargava S. K., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Liquid Metal/Metal Oxide Frameworks with Incorporated Ga2O3 for Photocatalysis’ in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 7, pp. 1943–1948 [IF = 7.145, JCR ranking of 2/144 in Chemistry, Physical]
    29. Mojiri A., Stanley C., Taylor R. A., Kalantar-zadeh K., Rosengarten G., 2015, ‘A spectrally splitting photovoltaic-thermal hybrid receiver utilising direct absorption and wave interference light filtering’ in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 139, pp. 71–80 [IF = 5.337, JCR ranking of 10/89 in Energy & Fuels]
    30. Khoshmanesh K., Almansouri A., Albloushi H., Yi P., Soffe R., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘A multi-functional bubble-based microfluidic system’ in Scientific Reports 5, article number: 9942 [IF = 5.228, JCR ranking of 7/63 in Multidisciplinary]
    31. Berean K. J., Adetutu E. M., Ou J. Z., Nour M, Nguyen E. P., Paull D., Mcleod J., Ramanathan R., Bansal V., Latham K., Bishop-Hurley G. J., McSweeney C., Ball A. S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘A unique in vivo approach for investigating antimicrobial materials utilizing fistulated animals’ in Scientific Reports 5, article number: 11515 [IF = 5.228, JCR ranking of 7/63 in Multidisciplinary]
    32. Nguyen E. P., Carey B., Daeneke T., Ou J. Z., Latham K., Zhuiykov S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Investigation of two-solvent grinding assisted liquid phase exfoliation of layered MoS2’ in Chemistry of Materials, vol. 27, pp. 53–59 [IF = 8.354, JCR ranking of 15/139 in Chemistry, Physical]
    33. Hoshyargar F., Khan H., Kalantar-zadeh K., O'Mullane A. P., 2015, ‘Generation of catalytically active materials from a liquid metal precursor’ in Chemical Communications, vol. 51, pp. 14026–1402 [IF = 6.567, JCR ranking of 21/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    34. Chrimes A. F., Khodasevych I., Mitchell A., Rosengarten G., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Dielectrophoretically controlled Fresnel zone plate’ in Lab on a Chip, vol. 15, pp. 1092–1100 [IF = 5.586, JCR ranking of 8/77 in Biochemical Research Methods]
    35. Daeneke T., Carey B. J., Chrimes A. F., Ou J. F., Lau D. W. M., Gibson B. C., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Light-driven growth of silver nanoplatelets on 2D MoS2 nanosheet templates’ in Journal of Materials Chemistry C, vol. 3, pp. 4771-4778 [IF = 5.066, JCR ranking of 18/145 in Physics, Applied]
    36. Ab Kadir R., Zhang W., Wang Y., Ou J. Z., Wlodarski W., O'Mullane A. P., Bryant G., Taylor M., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2015, ‘Anodized nanoporous WO3 Schottky contact structures for hydrogen and ethanol sensing’ in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, pp. 7994–8001 [IF = 8.262, JCR ranking of 4/88 in Energy & Fuel]
    37. Tang S. Y., Khoshmanesh K., Sivan V., Petersen P., O'Mullane A. P., Abbott D., Mitchell A., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Liquid Metal Enabled Pump’ in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, vol. 111, pp. 3304–3309 [IF = 9.423, JCR ranking of 4/63 in Sciences, Multidisciplinary]
    38. Nour M., Berean K., Chrimes A., Zoolfakar A. S., Latham K., McSweeney C., Field M. R., Sriram S., Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J. Z., 2014, ‘Silver nanoparticle/PDMS nanocomposite catalytic membranes for H2S gas removal’ in Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 470, pp. 346–355 [IF = 5.557, JCR ranking of 7/135 in Engineering, Chemical]
    39. Alsiaf M. M. Y. A., Latham K., Field R. M., Yao D., Medehkar N., Beane G., Kaner B. R., Russo S., Ou J., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Tunable Plasmon Resonances in Two-Dimensional Molybdenum Oxide Nanoflakes’ in Advanced Materials, vol. 26, pp. 3931–3937 [IF = 18.960, JCR ranking of 14/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    40. Alsaif M. M. Y. A., Field M. R., Murdoch B. J, Daeneke T., Latham K., Chrimes A. F., Zoolfakar A. S., Russo S. P., Ou J. Z., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Substoichiometric two-dimensional molybdenum oxide flakes: A plasmonic gas sensing platform’ in Nanoscale, vol 6, pp. 12780 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    41. Ab Kadir R., Li Z., Sadek A. Z., Rani R. A., Zoolfakar A. S., Field M. R., Ou J. Z., Chrimes A. F., Kalantar-zadeh K., ‘Electrospun Granular Hollow SnO2 Nanofibers Hydrogen Gas Sensors Operating at Low Temperatures’ in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, pp. 3129–3139 [IF = 4.509, JCR ranking of 22/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    42. Ou J. Z., Chrimes A. F., Wang Y., Tang S., Strano M. S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Ion-Driven Photoluminescence Modulation of Quasi-Two-Dimensional MoS2 Nanoflakes for Applications in Biological Systems’ in Nano Letters, vol. 14, pp. 857–863 [IF = 13.779, JCR ranking of 3/80 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    43. Yi P., Awang R. A., Rowe W. S. T., Kalantar-zadeh K., Khoshmanesh K., 2014, ‘PDMS nanocomposites for heat transfer enhancement in microfluidic platforms’ in Lab on a Chip, vol. 14, pp. 3419–3426 [IF = 5.586, JCR ranking of 8/77 in Biochemical Research Methods]
    44. Zoolfakar A. S., Rani R. A., Morfa A. J., O'Mullane A. P., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Nanostructured copper oxide semiconductors: A perspective on materials, synthesis methods and applications’ in Journal of Materials Chemistry C, vol. 2, pp. 5247–5270 [IF = 5.066, JCR ranking of 18/145 in Physics, Applied]
    45. Yi P., Khoshmanesh K., Campbell J. L., Coughlan P., Ghorbani K., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Investigation of different nanoparticles for magnetophoretically enabled nanofin heat sinks in microfluidics’ in Lab On a Chip, vol. 14, pp. 1604–1613 [IF = 5.586, JCR ranking of 8/77 in Biochemical Research Methods]
    46. Tang S-Y., Sivan, V., Petersen, P., Zhang, W., Morrison, P. D., Kalantar-zadeh K., Mitchell A., Khoshmanesh K., 2014, ‘Liquid metal actuator for inducing chaotic advection’ in Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 24, pp. 5851–5858 [IF = 11.382, JCR ranking of 7/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    47. Yi P., Khoshmanesh K., Chrimes A. F., Campbell J. L., Ghorbani K., Nahavandi S., Rosengarten G. Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014 ‘Dynamic Nanofin Heat Sinks’ in Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 4, pp. 1300537 [IF = 15.230, JCR ranking of 3/88 in Energy & Fuels]
    48. Nahavandi S., Tang S-Y., Baratchi, S., Soffe R., Nahavandi S., Kalantar-zadeh K., Mitchell A., Khoshmanesh K., 2014, ‘Microfluidic Platforms for the Investigation of Intercellular Signalling Mechanisms’ in Small, vol. 10, pp. 4810–4826 [IF = 8.315, JCR ranking of 10/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    49. Berean K., Ou J. Z., Nour M., Latham K., McSweeney C., Paull D., Halim A., Kentish S., Doherty C. M., Hill A. J., Kalantar-Zadeh K., 2014, ‘The effect of crosslinking temperature on the permeability of PDMS membranes: Evidence of extraordinary CO2 and CH4 gas permeation’ in Separation and Purification Technology, vol. 122, pp. 96–104 [IF = 3.229, JCR ranking of 21/135 in Engineering, Chemical]
    50. Yao D. D., Rani R. A., O’Mullane A. P., Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J. Z., 2014, ‘High-performance electrochromic devices based on anodized nanoporous Nb2O5’ in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, pp. 476–481. [[IF = 4.509, JCR ranking of 22/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    51. Rani R. A., Zoolfakar A. S., Subbiah J., Ou, J. Z., Kalantar-zadeh, K., 2014, ‘Highly ordered anodized Nb2O5 nanochannels for dye-sensitized solar cells’ in Electrochemistry Communications, vol. 40, pp. 20–23 [IF = 4.569, JCR ranking of 5/27 in Electrochemistry]
    52. Alsaif M. M. Y. A., Balendhran S., Field M. R., Latham K., Wlodarski W., Ou J. Z., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2014, ‘Two dimensional α-MoO3 nanoflakes obtained using solvent-assisted grinding and sonication method: application for H2 gas sensing’ in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 192, pp. 196–204 [[IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
    53. Sivan V., Tang S. Y., O'Mullane A. P., Petersen P., Kalantar-zadeh K., Khoshmanesh K., Mitchell A., 2014, ‘Influence of semiconducting properties of nanoparticle coating on the electrochemical actuation of liquid metal marble’ in Applied Physics Letters, vol. 105, pp. 121607[IF = 3.142, JCR ranking of 28/145 in Physics, Applied]
    54. Ramanathan R., Walia S., Kandjani A. E., Balendran S., Mohammadtaheri M., Bhargava S. K., Kalantar-zadeh K., Bansal V., 2014, ‘Low-temperature fabrication of alkali metal–organic charge transfer complexes on cotton textile for optoelectronics and gas sensing’ in Langmuir, vol. 31, pp. 1581–1587 [IF = 3.993, JCR ranking of 35/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    55. Zhang W., Ou J. Z., Tang S.Y., Sivan V., Yao D.D., Latham K., Khoshmanesh K., Mitchell A., O'Mullane A.P., Kalantar‐zadeh K., 2014 ‘Liquid metal/metal oxide frameworks’ in Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 24, pp. 3799-3807 [IF = 11.382, JCR ranking of 7/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    56. Walia S., Balendhran S., Nili H., Zhuiykov S., Rosengarten G., Wang Q. H., Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Strano M. S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Transition metal oxides – Thermoelectric properties’ in Progress in Materials Science, vol. 58, pp. 1443–1489 [IF = 31.083, JCR ranking of 3/271 in Materials Science, Multidisciplinary]
    57. Wang Y., Ou J. Z., Balendhran S., Chrimes A. F., Mortazavi M., Yao D. D., Field M. R., Latham K., Bansal V., Friend J. R., Zhuiykov S., Medhekar N. V., Strano M. S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Electrochemical Control of Photoluminescence in Two-Dimensional MoS2 Nanoflakes’ in ACS Nano, vol. 7 , pp. 10083–10093 [IF = 13.334, JCR ranking of 4/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    58. Balendhran S., Walia S., Alsaif M., Nguyen E. P., Ou J. Z., Zhuiykov S., Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Field Effect Biosensing Platform Based on 2D α-MoO3’ in ACS Nano, vol. 7, pp. 9753–9760 [IF = 13.334, JCR ranking of 4/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    59. Balendhran S., Deng J., Ou J. Z., Walia S., Scott J., Tang J., Wang K. L., Field M. R., Russo S., Zhuiykov S., Strano M. S., Medhekar N., Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Enhanced charge carrier mobility in two-dimensional high dielectric molybdenum oxide’ in Advanced Materials, vol. 25, pp. 109–114 [IF = 18.960, JCR ranking of 14/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    60. Balendhran S., Walia S., Nili H., Ou J. Z., Zhuiykov S., Kaner R. B., Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Two-dimensional molybdenum trioxide and dichalcogenides’ in Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 23, pp. 3952–3970 [IF = 11.382, JCR ranking of 7/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    61. Chrimes A. F., Khoshmanesh K., Stoddart P. R., Mitchell A. Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Microfluidics and Raman Microscopy: Current applications and future challenges’ in Chemical Society Reviews, vol. 42, pp. 5880–5906 [IF = 34.040, JCR ranking of 2/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    62. Chrimes A. F., Khoshmanesh K., Tang S. Y., Wood B. R., Stoddart P. R., Collins S. S. E., Mitchell A., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘In situ SERS probing of nano-silver coated individual yeast cells’ in Biosensors & Bioelectronics, vol. 49, pp. 536–541 [IF = 7.476, JCR ranking of 1/27 in Electrochemistry]
    63. Di Yao D., Field M. R., O'Mullane A. P., Kalantar-zadeh K., Ou J. Z., 2013, ‘Electrochromic properties of TiO2 nanotubes coated with electrodeposited MoO3’ in Nanoscale, vol. 5, pp. 10353–10359 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    64. Gutruf P., Shah C. M., Walia S., Nili H., Zoolfakar A. S., Karnutsch C., Kalantar-zadeh K., Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., 2013, ‘Transparent functional oxide stretchable electronics: Micro-tectonics enabled high strain electrodes’ in NPG Asia Materials, vol. 5, pp. e62 [IF = 8.772, JCR ranking of 18/271 in Materials Science, Multidisciplinary]
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    66. Nili H., Kandjani A. E., Du Plessis J., Bansal V., Kalantar-zadeh K., Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., 2013, ‘Alkali ratio control for lead-free piezoelectric thin films utilizing elemental diffusivities in RF plasma’ in CrystEngComm, vol. 15, pp. 7222–7229 [IF = 3.849, JCR ranking of 5/26 in Crystallography]
    67. Nour M., Berean K., Balendhran S., Ou J. Z., Du Plessis J., McSweeney C., Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘CNT/PDMS composite membranes for H2 and CH4 gas separation’ in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 38, pp. 10494–10501 [IF = 3.205, JCR ranking of 8/27 in Electrochemistry]
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    69. Pimpang P., Zoolfakar A. S., Wongratanaphisan D., Gardchareon A., Nguyen E. P., Zhuiykov S., Choopun S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Atomic force microscopy adhesion mapping: Revealing assembly process in inorganic systems’ in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, pp. 19984–19990 [IF = 4.509, JCR ranking of 22/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
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    74. Shafiei, M., Yu J., Chen G., Lai P. T., Motta N., Wlodarski W., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Improving the hydrogen gas sensing performance of Pt/MoO3 nanoplatelets using a nano thick layer of La2O3’ in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 187, pp. 267–273 [IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
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    76. Tang S. Y., Sivan V., Khoshmanesh K., O’Mullane A. P., Tang X., Gol B., Eshtiaghi N., Lieder F., Petersen P., Mitchell A., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Electrochemically induced actuation of liquid metal marbles’ in Nanoscale, vol. 5, pp. 5949–5957 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    77. Tang S. Y., Zhang W., Baratchi S., Nasabi M., Kalantar-zadeh K., Khoshmanesh K., 2013, ‘Modifying dielectrophoretic response of nonviable yeast cells by ionic surfactant treatment’ in Analytical Chemistry, vol. 85, pp. 6364–6371 [IF = 5.886, JCR ranking of 4/75 in Chemistry, Analytical]
    78. Tang X., Tang S. Y., Sivan V., Zhang W., Mitchell A., Kalantar-zadeh K., Khoshmanesh K., 2013, ‘Photochemically induced motion of liquid metal marbles’ in Applied Physics Letters, vol. 103, pp. 174104 [IF = 3.142, JCR ranking of 28/145 in Physics, Applied]
    79. Walia S., Balendhran S., Yi P., Yao D. D., Zhuiykov S., Pannirselvam M., Weber R., Strano M. S., Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘MnO2-based thermopower wave sources with exceptionally large output voltages’ in Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, pp. 9137–9142 [IF = 4.509, JCR ranking of 22/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    80. Walia S., Balendhran S., Wang Y., Ab Kadir R., Zoolfakar A. S., Atkin P., Ou J. Z., Sriram S., Kalantar-zadeh K., Bhaskaran M., 2013, ‘Characterization of Metal Contacts for Two-Dimensional MoS2 Nanoflakes’ in Applied Physics Letters, vol. 103, pp. 232105 [IF = 3.142, JCR ranking of 28/145 in Physics, Applied]
    81. Yaacob M. H., Ahmad M. Z., Sadek A. Z., Ou J. Z., Campbell J., Kalantar-zadeh K., Wlodarski W., 2013, ‘Optical response of WO3 nanostructured thin films sputtered on different transparent substrates towards hydrogen of low concentration’ in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 177, pp. 981–988 [IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
    82. Yu J., Wen H., Shafiei M., Field M. R., Liu Z. F., Wlodarski W., Motta N., Li Y. X., Kalantar-zadeh K., Lai P. T., 2013, ‘A hydrogen/methane sensor based on niobium tungsten oxide nanorods synthesised by hydrothermal method’ in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 184, pp. 118–129 [IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
    83. Yu J., Yuan L., Wen H., Shafiei M., Field M. R., Liang J., Yang J., Liu Z. F., Wlodarski W., Motta N., Li Y. X., Zhang G., Kalantar-zadeh K., Lai P. T., 2013, ‘Hydrothermally Formed Functional Niobium Oxide Doped Tungsten Nanorods’ in Nanotechnology, vol. 24, pp. 495501 [IF = 3.573, JCR ranking of 24/145 in Physics, Applied]
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    85. Zoolfakar A. S., Ab Kadir R., Rani R. A., Balendhran S., Liu X., Kats E., Bhargava S. K., Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Zhuiykov S., O’Mullane A. P., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Engineering electrodeposited ZnO films and their memristive switching performance’ in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 15, pp. 10376–10384 [[IF = 4.449, JCR ranking of 6/35 in Physics, Atomic, molecular & Chemical]
    86. Zoolfakar, A. S., Ahmad M. Z., Rani R. A., Ou J. Z., Balendhran S., Zhuiykov S., Latham K., Wlodarski W., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Nanostructured copper oxides as ethanol vapour sensors’ in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 185, pp 620–627 [IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
    87. Nasabi M., Khoshmanesh K., Tovar‐Lopez F. J., Kalantar‐zadeh K., Mitchell A., 2013, ‘Dielectrophoresis with 3D microelectrodes fabricated by surface tension assisted lithography’ in Electrophoresis, vol. 34, pp. 3150–3154 [IF = 2.482, JCR ranking of 26/75 in Chemistry, Analytical]
    88. Szpakolski K., Latham K., Rix C., Rani R. A., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2013, ‘Silane: A new linker for chromophores in dye-sensitised solar cells’ in Polyhedron, vol 52, pp. 719–732 [IF = 2.011, JCR ranking of 10/23 in Crystallography]
    89. Wang Q. H., Kalantar-zadeh K., Kis A., Coleman J. N., Strano M. S., 2012, ‘Electronics and optoelectronics of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides’ in Nature Nanotechnology, vol 7, pp. 699–712 [IF = 35.267, JCR ranking of 1/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    90. Zoolfakar A. S., Rani R. A. , Morfa A. J., Balendhran S., O’Mullane A. P., Zhuiykov S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Enhancing the current density of electrodeposited ZnO-Cu2O solar cells by engineering their heterointerfaces’ in Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 22, pp. 21767–21775
    91. Pearson A., Zheng H., Kalantar-zadeh K., Bhargava S. K., Bansal V., 2012, ‘Decoration of TiO2 nanotubes with metal nanoparticles using polyoxometalate as a UV-switchable reducing agent for enhanced visible and solar light photocatalysis’ in Langmuir, vol. 28, pp. 14470–14475 [IF = 3.993, JCR ranking of 35/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    92. Balendhran S., Ou J., Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Ippolito S., Vasic Z., Kats E., Bhargava S., Zhuiykov S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Atomically thin layers of MoS2 via a two-step thermal evaporation-exfoliation method’ in Nanoscale, vol. 4, pp. 461–466 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    93. Chrimes A., Khoshmanesh K., Stoddart P., Kayani A., Mitchell A., Daima H., Bansal V., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Active control of silver nanoparticles spacing using dielectrophoresis for surface-enhanced Raman scattering’ in Analytical Chemistry, vol. 84, pp. 4029–4035 [IF = 5.886, JCR ranking of 4/75 in Chemistry, Analytical]
    94. Nour M., Berean K., Griffin M. M., G. Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Nanocomposite carbon-PDMS membranes for gas separation’ in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 161, pp. 982–988 [IF = 4.758, JCR ranking of 2/56 in Instruments & Instrumentation]
    95. Ou J., Abdul Rani R., Ham M., Field M., Zhang Y., Zheng H., Reece P., Zhuiykov S., Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., Kaner R., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Elevated temperature anodized Nb2O5: a photoanode material with exceptionally large photoconversion efficiencies’ in ACS Nano, vol. 6, pp. 4045–4053 [IF = 13.334, JCR ranking of 4/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
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    97. Sriram S., Bhaskaran M., Chen S., Jayawardhana S., Stoddart P., Liu J., Kalantar-zadeh K., Mitchell A., 2012, ‘Influence of electric field on SERS: frequency effects, intensity changes, and susceptible bonds’ in Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 134, pp. 4646–4653 [IF = 13.038, JCR ranking of 10/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    98. Walia S., Weber R., Balendhran S., Yao D., Abrahamson J., Zhuiykov S., Bhaskaran M., Sriram S., Strano M., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘ZnO based thermopower wave sources’ in Chemical Communications, vol. 48, pp. 7462–7464 [IF = 6.567, JCR ranking of 21/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
    99. Wong K., Field M., Ou J., Latham K., Spencer M., Yarovsky I., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Interaction of hydrogen with ZnO nanopowders-evidence of hydroxyl group formation’ in Nanotechnology, vol. 23, pp. 1–7 [IF = 3.573, JCR ranking of 24/145 in Physics, Applied]
    100. Yao D., Ou J., Latham K., Zhuiykov S., O’Mullane A., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Electrodeposited alpha- and beta-phase MoO3 films and investigation of their gasochromic properties’ in Crystal Growth & Design, vol. 12, pp. 1865–1870 [IF = 4.425, JCR ranking of 3/26 in Crystallography]
    101. Yi P., Kayani A., Chrimes A., Ghorbani K., Nahavandi S., Kalantar-zadeh K., Khoshmanesh, K., 2012, ‘Thermal analysis of nanofluids in microfluidics using an infrared camera’ in Lab on a Chip, vol. 12, pp. 2520–2525 [IF = 5.586, JCR ranking of 8/77 in Biochemical Research Methods]
    102. Zhuiykov S., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘Development of antifouling of electrochemical solid-state dissolved oxygen sensors based on nanostructured Cu0.4Ru3.4O7 + RuO2 sensing electrodes’ in Electrochimica Acta, vol. 73, pp. 105–111 [IF = 4.803, JCR ranking of 3/27 in Electrochemistry]
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    104. Ou J. Z., Balendhran S., Field M. R., McCulloch D. G., Zoolfakar A. S., Rani R. A., Zhuiykov S., O'Mullane A. P., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘The anodized crystalline WO3 nanoporous network with enhanced electrochromic properties’ in Nanoscale, vol. 4, pp. 5980–5988 [IF = 7.760, JCR ranking of 12/83 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
    105. Khoshmanesh K., Baratchi S., Tovar-Lopez F. J., Nahavandi S., Wlodkowic D., Mitchell A., Kalantar-zadeh K., 2012, ‘On-chip separation of Lactobacillus bacteria from yeasts using dielectrophoresis’ in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 12, pp. 597–606 [IF = 2.537, JCR ranking of 7/30 in Physics, Fluids & Plasmas]
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    114. Liao Y., Zhang C., Zhang Y., Strong V., Tang J., Li X., Kalantar-zadeh K., Hoek E., Wang K., Kaner R., 2011, ‘Carbon Nanotube/Polyaniline Composite Nanofibers: Facile Synthesis and Chemosensors’ in Nano Letters, vol. 11, pp. 954–959 [IF = 13.779, JCR ranking of 3/80 in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology]
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    117. Pearson A., Jani H., Kalantar-zadeh K., Bhargava S., Bansal V., 2011, ‘Gold nanoparticle-decorated keggin ions/TiO2 photococatalyst for improved solar light photocatalysis’ in Langmuir, vol. 27, pp. 6661–6667 [IF = 3.993, JCR ranking of 35/163 in Chemistry, Multidisciplinary]
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  • Andras Kis

    Andras Kis

    "We are working on nanoelectronics based on two-dimensional materials such as monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2, WSe2, MoSe2,..). In 2010 we demonstrated a transistor based on a single, two-dimensional layer of semiconducting MoS2. This showed for the first time that high-quality devices can be made using this class of materials, opening the way to studying their fundamental properties and practical applications.

    MoS2 and related materials are now one of top ten hottest areas in physics.

    We investigate electrical properties, fundamental physics and practical applications of 2D materials in a vertically integrated approach. We grow 2D materials, incorporate them into devices in the EPFL class 100 1500 m2 cleanroom, perform electrical, optical and nanomechanical characterization using our fully equipped electronics and optics labs."

  • Xuying Liu

    Xuying Liu

    " Dr. Liu Xuying and colleagues from the National Institute for Materials Science developed a printing technique capable of forming 1 _m wide metal circuits on flexible substrates. They used DryCure-Au, a metal nanoparticle ink that can form a conductive film at room temperature, to develop fully-printed organic TFTs with a channel length of 1 _m on flexible substrates. In future studies, they aim to use the technique in applications such as large-area flexible displays and sensors. Other applications may also be possible in medical and bioelectronics fields, they say." Source:

  • Higuchi Masayoshi

    Higuchi Masayoshi

    "Dr. Masayoshi Higuchi, along with a team of researchers, created a multi-layered sheet screen that contains pigment particles. It's not an LED screen, nor is it e-ink — it's an organic-metallic hybrid display that responds to electrical inputs, such as from an AA battery or jumper cables, and doesn’t need a continuous charge. A plastic polymer layer sits on top, and is smooth and flat and conceals the metal ions (electrochromic layer) that move across the bottom of a gel electrolyte layer. A final plastic polymer layer underneath seals the deal.

    Using ordinary scissors, the screen can be cut in half, and still be programmed to show separate words or images on each of the display halves. In order to change or reprogram what’s on the screen, a current of electrons is needed to move the metal ions to a formation designated by a predetermined film in the polymer. For now, jumpers are applied to the screen to run a 3V charge through it for a few seconds, which in turn causes the metal ions to move and the display to update. When the jumpers are removed, the screen retains whatever was displayed on it last for up to several days, as the metal ions stay in place within the polymer until charged again."

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  • Delia Milliron

    Delia Milliron

    "Delia Milliron is an associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and a fellow of the Henry Beckman Professorship. Her research is motivated by the potential for nanomaterials to introduce new functionality to and reduce manufacturing costs of energy technologies. Milliron previously worked at the Molecular Foundry of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, beginning as a research staff member and rising to director of the inorganic nanostructures facility and later deputy director. From 2004 to 2008, she worked at IBM’s research division. Her recent awards include a DOE Early Career award, two R&D 100 Awards, and an MDV Innovator’s Award." source:

  • Emilia Morosan

    Emilia Morosan

    Emilia Morosan is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University. After receiving a BS in Physics in Romania in 1999, she moved to US for graduate work. Prof. Morosan got her PhD in Physics in 2005 from Iowa State University, and subsequently moved to Princeton University as a postdoctoral research assistant in Chemistry. Since joining Rice in 2007, she received several early career awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) and the NSF CAREER. Prof. Morosan was recently selected as a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fellow in Materials Synthesis.

  • T. Pradeep

    T. Pradeep

    Pradeep’s work is in the area of molecular materials and surfaces. In his formative years, he studied molecular aggregates in the gas phase. He measured the very first vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectrum of Ar2. These days most of his work is on nanomaterials and ice surfaces.<br>His group found that noble metal nanoparticles can completely degrade halocarbons into amorphous carbon and metal halides. This discovery has led to the world’s first nanochemistry based filter for pesticide removal. This technology is estimated to have reached about 7.5 million people. His group developed several technologies to remove contaminants from drinking water. Combining several such materials, an all-inclusive affordable drinking water purifier has been developed. Exciting aspect of this technology is the creation of advanced materials by simple and environment-friendly methods. This technology is being implemented now in the arsenic affected regions of India. About 400,000 people are benefitted from these installations. To take such technologies forward, a company has been incubated with the participation of IIT Madras. This activity is now being expanded globally.<br>A large part of his recent research is on atomically precise clusters of noble metals. His group discovered several new clusters called quantum clusters or nanomolecules. These have been used for diverse applications ranging from luminescent labels to metal ion sensors. Very recently his group has shown that such small pieces of matter behave like simple molecules, in their chemical reactions between each other. To account for their unique properties, including reactions, a nomenclature system has been introduced. They are named as aspicules, meaning ’shielded molecules’.<br>His group studied the dynamics of monolayers in monolayer protected nanoparticles and showed that monolayers existed in a rotationally frozen state on nanoparticle surfaces. His group found a 'transverse electrokinetic effect' in which a potential is generated on nanoparticle assemblies anchored on surfaces, when a liquid is flown over them. His group also discovered that in the presence of metal nanoparticles, single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) bundles emit light in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum, irrespective of whether it is metallic or semi-conducting.

  • Ramesh Ramamoorthy

    Ramesh Ramamoorthy

    Purnendu Chatterjee Chair Professor, Physics / Materials Science
    Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    Professor Ramesh graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph. D. in 1987. He returned to Berkeley in 2004 and is currently the Purnendu Chatterjee Chair Professor in Materials Science and Physics. Prior to that he was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. From 1989-1995, at Bellcore, he initiated research in several key areas of oxide electronics, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. His landmark contributions in ferroelectrics came through the recognition that conducting oxide electrodes are the solution to the problem of polarization fatigue, which for 30 years, remained an enigma and unsolved problem. In 1994, in collaboration with S. Jin (Lucent Technologies), he initiated research into manganite thin films and they coined the term, Colossal Magnetoresistive (CMR) Oxides. At Berkeley, he continues to pursue key scientific and technological problems in complex multifunctional oxide thin films, nanostructures and heterostructures. His group demonstrated the existence of a large ferroelectric polarization in multiferroic BiFeO3 films, in agreement with first principle predictions; they also demonstrated electric field control of antiferromagnetism as well as ferromagnetism, a critical step towards the next generation of storage and spintronics devices that are completely electric field controlled. His current research interests include thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion in complex oxide heterostructures. He has published extensively on the synthesis and materials physics of complex oxide materials and his work is highly cited (over 55,000 citations, H-factor =110). He received the Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize and Fellowship to the American Physical Society (2001). In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the David Adler Lectureship of the American Physical Society. In 2007, he was awarded the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Lectureship Award, in 2009, he was elected Fellow of MRS and is the recipient of the 2010 APS McGroddy New Materials Prize. In 2014, he was recognized as a Thomsn-Reuters Citation Laureate for his work on multiferroics; these are TR’s picks for a possible Nobel prize. From December 2010 to August 2012 he served as the Founding Director of the SunShot Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing and coordinating the R&D activities and funding (300M$/year) of the U.S. Solar Program. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. From July 2013 to August 2014 he served as the Deputy Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In September 2014, he returned to Berkeley and LBNL as the Associate Lab Director for Energy Technologies.

    , American materials scientist, University of California Berkeley in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics

    University of California Berkeley in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics

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  • C.N.R. Rao

    C.N.R. Rao

    " C.N.R Rao is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world. He has authored around 1,500 research papers and 45 scientific books. On 16 November 2013, the Government of India announced his selection for Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, making him the third scientist after C.V. Raman and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to receive the award. Rao is currently the National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore which he founded in 1989. He was appointed Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Indian Prime Minister in January 2005, a position which he had occupied earlier during 1985–89. He is also the director of the International Centre for Materials Science (ICMS) and serves on the board of the Science Initiative Group. He shares co-authorship of around 1500 research papers and has co-authored and edited 45 books."

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  • Michael Scheibner

    Michael Scheibner

    "I am devoted to the investigation, creation, manipulation, and control of novel solid state materials with superior properties. The thrust of my research is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interaction mechanisms between quantum structures, with the objective to apply the coupling mechanisms as tools in future quantum technologies."

  • Sudipta Seal

    Sudipta Seal

    "Dr. Sudipta Seal joined the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) and Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Central Florida in 1997. He has been consistently productive in research, instruction and service to UCF since 1998. He has served as NanoInitiative Coordinator for the Vice-President of Research & Commercialization. He is currently the Director of AMPAC and NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC) since 2009. In 2014 Mar, Dr. Seal was appointed Interim Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering Department of CECS. He is a Pegasus Professor and University Distinguished Professor. He is the recipient of the 2002 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR-YIP). He created the first UCF student chapter of the Electrochemical Society, a century-old society and was honored with the privilege of viewing the ECS historical archives. He's also been selected for the Japan Society of Promotion of Science Award and the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow, ASM IIM Lecturer award, Royal Soc of Eng - Elected Visiting Professor Fellow at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, 2009 Invited to the Frontiers of Eng Sym, National Academy of Engineering. He received the Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence (first one) and received both the 2011 UWM CECS Materials Eng Distinguished Alumnus award and UWM GOLD award (alumni of the past decade), Central Florida Engineers Week Award. He is a Fellow of American Soc of Materials (FASM), American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Vacuum Society (FAVS), Institute of Technology (FIoN), National Academy of Inventors (FNAI), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (FAIMBE)."

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  • Chandra Sharma

    Chandra Sharma

    Chandra Sharma's lab synthesizes a variety of carbon micro- and nano- structures using sol-gel emulsion, electrospinning and chemical vapor deposition technique. A large number of polymer precursors such as photoresists, organic gels, and polymers are employed to yield carbon structures. Polymer structures and thin films are patterned and miniaturized to fabricate three dimensional carbon surfaces upon pyrolysis which are used as electrode materials for MEMS. These hierarchical carbon structures and surfaces find potential applications in energy storage devices, microfluidics, biosensors, catalyst supports and environment remedial applications. Sharma is also interested in fabrication of functional surfaces with controlled porosity and wettability through bio-mimetic route which may serve as bioplatforms for cell adhesion and growth.

  • Sergei Sheiko

    Sergei Sheiko

    Materials science strives for intelligent polymer materials that are able to sense, process, and response to impacts from the surrounding environment. The range of applications ranges from drug delivery and microelectronics to oil recovery and climate change.<br>Within this broad area of research, Sergei Sheiko's lab is particularly interested in the design and physical properties of interactive macromolecules and molecular assemblies. Sheiko want to develop molecular systems that would enable lithography on sub-50 nm length scales, activation of specific chemical bonds within large macromolecules, and enhancement of the acoustic signal for oil detection. He also intend to develop a new direction in chemistry, wherein chemical bonds are activated by mechanical tension intrinsically generated inside macromolecules, which mimics functioning principles of life objects. Unlike traditional mechanochemistry, our strategy does not require external fields and devices, yet allows accurate control of tension in a broad range from 1 pN to 10 nN.

  • Skylar Tibbits

    Skylar Tibbits

    "Tibbits, 31, is out to show that any material can achieve what he calls “robot-like functionality.” At MIT’s Self Assembly Lab, which he co-directs, he and his colleagues are programming physical materials that essentially build themselves. It sounds like some hazy, sci-fi dream: an object that changes shape on its own, without help from humans or machines. But Tibbits says this type of manufacturing could apply to any industry: a shoe that grows itself; a pipe that expands or contracts based on the flow of water. The objects store information in their geometry and respond to energy, like heat. “These programmable materials don't require any batteries, motors, sensors, computers, power,” Tibbits tells LinkedIn. He got his start in architecture, working with famous firms like Zaha Hadid Architects, before moving to MIT. As for success, Tibbits says he looks for opportunities to surprise himself. “What is just fucking radical and awesome that we could be working on?” he tells LinkedIn. “How do we make it real and applicable to any industry and any challenge?”"

    , American designer and computer scientist
  • Robert Vajtai

    Robert Vajtai

    "Robert Vajtai received his undergraduate and doctor of university degrees in physics and his Ph.D. in solid-state physics from the University of Szeged (formerly Jozsef Attila University), Hungary, in 1986, 1991 and 1997, respectively. From 1987 to 2002 he was tenured faculty in the Department of Experimental Physics. He was rewarded the Bolyai Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for 1999-2000, spent sabbaticals as a Fellow of the Swedish Institute in The Ångstrom Laboratory in Uppsala in 1998-1999; as an Eötvös Fellow at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1995-1996 and at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany in 1993. Before joining Rice in 2008, Vajtai spent eight years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was the Laboratory Manager of the nanoparticle generation and the carbon nanotechnology laboratories at the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center.<br>He has more than 150 publications in scientific journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, PRL, Nanoletters, ACS Nano, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, etc., cited more than five thousand times, and has delivered invited, keynote and plenary lectures."

  • Philipp Vecera

    Philipp Vecera

    Philipp Vecera is a Ph.D student at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in Germany. A team he leads, in collaboration with a time from the University of Vienna, have succeeded in producing “perfect” defect-free, high-quality graphene directly from graphite (“pencil lead”) for the first time. This new low-cost method may make it possible for the semiconductor industry to scale up use of graphene in pioneering technologies such as transparent electrodes for flexible displays. (source:

  • Zengbo Wang

    Zengbo Wang

    " Zengbo Wang research expertise lies in the fields of nanoscopy, imaging, nanofabrication, nanoplasmonics, laser material processing, laser cleaning and their applications. He has wrote more than 120 publications (WOS H-index: 18), including papers in Nature family journals. He has delivered more than 30 invited talks in major international and national conferences and workshops.
    He is the leading inventor of the world’s first microsphere-based super resolution white-light nanoscope (known as “microsphere nanoscope”). The work, published in Nature Communications (vol 2, 218, 2011), had attracted wide public interests and media coverage including BBC, New York Times, Daily Mail, etc. It was awarded a first prize in a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) poster competition event in nano-engineering, presented as an invited feature article in Laser Focus World, and selected by the RCUK as one of ’50 big ideas for the future’ in year 2011. Recently, James led his team developed world’s first commercially viable superlens prototype product at Bangor, which is now patent filed (PCT/GB2014/052578). The ‘Bangor superlens’ product can effectively transform a regular microscope into a nanoscope (offering 100 nm resolution in wide field and 50 nm resolution in confocal mode). The superlens resembles a standard coverslip glass design so it is naturally compatible with all existing microscopes used in teaching and research. James has a dream that someday every microscope user will have the ‘Bangor superlens’ product in their hand for daily use of microscopes. The superlens product can find applications in nanofoucsing, nanolithography, nano-solar energy concentrator, nanochemistry, nanomedicine areas as well. A team of British and Chinese scientists has developed a new “metamaterial-based solid immersion lens” (mSIL) microscope lens design that can extend the magnification of an optical microscope to see objects smaller than the approximately 200 nanometers Abbe diffraction limit, the smallest size of bacteria. Led by Zengbo Wang, PhD, at Bangor University UK and Prof Limin Wu at Fudan University, China, the team created minute droplet-like lens structures on the surface to be examined. These act as an additional lens to magnify the surface features previously invisible to a normal microscope lens, adding 5x magnification to existing microscopes." SOURCE:

  • Michael Wehner

    Michael Wehner

    "Soft robotics could help revolutionize how humans interact with machines. But researchers have struggled to build entirely compliant robots. Electric power and control systems — such as batteries and circuit boards — are rigid, and until now soft-bodied robots have been either tethered to an off-board system or rigged with hard components.

    Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Jennifer A. Lewis, the Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), led the research. Lewis and Wood are also core faculty members of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

    “One longstanding vision for the field of soft robotics has been to create robots that are entirely soft, but the struggle has always been in replacing rigid components like batteries and electronic controls with analogous soft systems and then putting it all together,” said Wood. “This research demonstrates that we can easily manufacture the key components of a simple, entirely soft robot, which lays the foundation for more complex designs.”"

  • Chip Wilson

    Chip Wilson

    Chip Wilson is best known as the founder of the yoga-inspired company lululemon athletica, and as a visionary in technical apparel. He founded his first retail apparel company, Westbeach Snowboard Ltd., in 1979. The venture sold apparel targeted at the emerging surf, skate, and snowboard markets. Wilson would go on to sell Westbeach in 1997 and founded lululemon athletica in 1998. In 2004, Ernst & Young named him Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year for Innovation and Marketing and in 2012 the University of Victoria presented him the “Distinguished Entrepreneur” award.

  • William S. Y. Wong

    William S. Y. Wong

    "William S. Y. Wong and team developed a method for the low-cost synthesis of large-scale ultradurable superhydrophobic coatings by rapid template-free micronano texturing of interpenetrated polymer networks (IPNs). A highly transparent texture of soft yielding marshmallow-like pillars with an ultralow surface energy is obtained by sequential spraying of a novel polyurethane-acrylic colloidal suspension and a superhydrophobic nanoparticle solution. The resulting coatings demonstrate outstanding antiabrasion resistance, maintaining superhydrophobic water contact angles and a pristine lotus effect with sliding angles of below 10° for up to 120 continuous abrasion cycles. Furthermore, they also have excellent chemical- and photostability, preserving the initial performance upon more than 50 h exposure to intense UVC light (254 nm, 3.3 mW cm–2), 24 h of oil contamination, and highly acidic conditions (1 M HCl). This sprayable polyurethane-acrylic colloidal suspension and surface texture provide a rapid and low-cost approach for the substrate-independent fabrication of ultradurable transparent self-cleaning surfaces with superior abrasion, chemical, and UV-resistance."


  • Lining Yao

    Lining Yao

    Lining Yao is currently a PhD candidate at Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab. She is going to join CMU School of Computer Science as an assistant professor in 2017. Her work lies at the intersection of interaction design, material science, digital fabrication and biological engineering. Her goal is to combine natural and engineering approaches to develop physical materials with dynamic and tunable properties, such as shape, color, stiffness, texture and density. The design opportunities are embedded in the wide myriad of life: things we wear, live with and within, play with, eat or drink.

    Lining was named Wired 2015 innovation fellow and has presented her work on the stage of Wired UK, Aspen Idea Festival, Tokyo Designers' Week and MIT Museum. She has exhibited her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Dubai Design Week. She curated and implemented bioLogic exhibition for MIT Media Lab 30's anniversary in October, 2015. Upcoming exhbitions including Center Pompidu in New York,

    In peer reviewed academic conferences, she has been awarded Best Paper award (UIST 2013), Nominated Best Demo award (UIST 2013), Best Talk award (CHI 2015) and paper Honorable Mention award (CHI 2015). She has won numerous design awards including 2016 Fast Company Design Award, 2016 A Design Award, Core77 Community Choice Prize Winner, Red Dot Award, iF Design Award and IxDA Awards. In addition, she has been collaborating with industrial partners including New Balance, Toyota, Cisco, Estee Lauder and Colgate to explore the future of wearable, mobility, communication, food and cosmetics.

    Lining Yao received her master in media arts and science as a Cisco Fellow at MIT, where she developed communication toolsets that embody physicality, materiality and interactivity into remote meetings. Prior to MIT and the US, she had been deeply involved in Chinese local design and manufacturing industry in Shenzhen and Hangzhou as a design consultant and entrepreneur. She earned her diploma from Zhejiang University in China after attending the Industrial Design Department under the Computer Science School for 4 years, and the Clinical Medicine under the Medical School for 2 years.

    , PhD Candidate, Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab

    Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab

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Media and Journalism

  • Nick Bilton

    Nick Bilton

    "Nick Bilton (born Darlington, UK)is a British-American journalist and author.

    He is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, where he writes features and columns for the magazine and website. He co-wrote the 2015 Vanity Fair New Establishment List.[1] Bilton is a former technology and business columnist at the New York Times and formerly the lead blogger for the New York Times' bits blog.[2][3][4] He is also a contributor to CNBC, regularly appearing on air to discuss technology and business topics.

    Bilton's reporting is credited with helping to lead the Federal Aviation Administration to overturn their long-time ban of using cell phones on airplanes.[5][6]

    He is the author of two books: I live in the Future and Here's how it Works[7] and Hatching Twitter. The latter was a New York Times best seller and voted Best Book of the Year on The Wall Street Journal Readers Choice.[8] The book was optioned by Lionsgate and is currently[when?] being turned into a TV series.[9]

    Bilton has stated that he is writing a book[10] about the Silk Road marketplace, due to be published sometime in 2016.[11])

  • Nellie Bowles

    Nellie Bowles

    "Traditional network nightly news programs — those 30-minute summations of the day’s events — seem stuck in time, relics in an ever-changing, Twitter-fueled news cycle. Bowles, with her colleagues at Vice, are working to reinvent the evening newscast for a younger, digital crowd. "Vice News Tonight” debuted Oct. 10 on HBO, promising viewers in-depth reporting minus the anchors or talking heads; “journalism without the makeup,” as one trailer put it. Bowles, 28, a San Francisco-based correspondent, is one of the program’s marquee hires. She made a name for herself with her memorable writing on tech and Silicon Valley culture for outlets like Recode, the Guardian and California Sunday Magazine. She covered the Ellen Pao trial, wrote a widely shared feature on teens in tech and sold a TV pilot to Fox based on her stories.)

  • Cox Brian

    Cox Brian

    "Born in Oldham, a suburb of Greater Manchester in 1968, Cox attended Hulme Grammar School before studying physics at Manchester University. Cox has, on several occasions, explained that his love of physics is strongly associated with Carl Segan's masterpiece, Cosmos among others. During his time at university, Cox performed with the pop group D:Ream, who had a number one hit with 'Things Can Only Get Better', most famously used as the theme tune to New Labours election campaign in 1997. During this period as a pop star, Cox received a first class honours degree in physics. In 1998, Cox was awarded his PhD in high energy particle physics.)



    "Damien Chalaud is the Executive Director of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He graduated from the University of London – Goldsmiths College with a Masters degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Journalism. From 1993-1997 he was a journalist and producer at BBC Radio and the BBC World Service. In 1998 he joined the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva as Director of Eurosonic satellite operations. In 2001 he was appointed Director of the cross-media platform at RFO-France Télévisions. From 2004 to 2007 he became Director of content for the Radio France CityRadio network in Paris. From 2008-2013 he has been a project manager and consultant for different international broadcasters and web/mobile entities: BBC, CBC, Danmarks Radio, Radio-Canada, ARD, RTE, Vodafone, O2, etc.)

  • Susan Cain

    Susan Cain

    "The introverts who are the subject of Susan Cain’s new book, “Quiet,” don’t experience their inwardness in quite so self-congratulatory a way.

    They and others view their tendency toward solitary activity, quiet reflection and reserve as “a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology,” Cain writes. Too often denigrated and frequently overlooked in a society that’s held in thrall to an “Extrovert Ideal — the omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight,” Cain’s introverts are overwhelmed by the social demands thrust upon them. They’re also underwhelmed by the example set by the voluble, socially successful go-getters in their midst who “speak without thinking,” in the words of a Chinese software engineer whom Cain encounters in Cupertino, Calif., the majority Asian-American enclave that she suggests is the introversion capital of the United States.

    Many of the self-avowed introverts she meets in the course of this book, which combines on-the-scenes reporting with a wide range of social science research and a fair bit of “quiet power” cheerleading, ape extroversion. Though some fake it well enough to make it, going along to get along in a country that rewards the out­going, something precious, the author says, is lost in this masquerade. Unchecked extroversion — a personality trait Cain ties to ebullience, excitability, dominance, risk-taking, thick skin, boldness and a tendency toward quick thinking and thoughtless action — has actually, she argues, come to pose a real menace of late. The outsize reward-seeking tendencies of the hopelessly ­outer-directed helped bring us the bank meltdown of 2008 as well as disasters like Enron, she claims. With our economy now in ruins, Cain writes, it’s time to establish “a greater balance of power” between those who rush to speak and do and those who sit back and think. Introverts — who, according to Cain, can count among their many virtues the fact that “they’re relatively immune to the lures of wealth and fame” — must learn to “embrace the power of quiet.” And extroverts should learn to sit down and shut up."

  • Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    "Born in Oldham, a suburb of Greater Manchester in 1968, Cox attended Hulme Grammar School before studying physics at Manchester University. Cox has, on several occasions, explained that his love of physics is strongly associated with Carl Segan's masterpiece, Cosmos among others. During his time at university, Cox performed with the pop group D:Ream, who had a number one hit with 'Things Can Only Get Better', most famously used as the theme tune to New Labours election campaign in 1997. During this period as a pop star, Cox received a first class honours degree in physics. In 1998, Cox was awarded his PhD in high energy particle physics.)

  • Blake Crouch

    Blake Crouch

    "Dark Matter
    by Blake Crouch. Crown, 2016 ($26.99)
    This quantum-mechanics-inspired thriller follows physicist Jason Dessen, who suddenly finds himself in an alternative universe where his life has played out very differently. Instead of living an unremarkable existence with his wife and son, the Dessen in this new reality has devoted himself to his career and achieved world-changing breakthroughs. As he faces the future in his parallel life, Dessen yearns for his lost family and struggles with the repercussions of glimpsing the road not taken.)

  • Cory Doctorow

    Cory Doctorow

    "Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the YA graphic novel IN REAL LIFE, the nonfiction business book INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles."


    , Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author, Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

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  • Charles Duhigg

    Charles Duhigg

    "Charles Duhigg is a reporter for The New York Times and senior editor of live journalism. He is author of The Power of Habit, which spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list, and Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business. Duhigg frequently contributes to “This American Life,” NPR, “The Colbert Report,” “PBS NewsHour,” and “Frontline.” As part of a team at the Times, he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for a series, The iEconomy, on Apple and the company’s influence. Prior to joining the Times staff in 2006, he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times."


  • Bahar Dutt

    Bahar Dutt

    "There is more that connects Bahar Dutt to nature than just her name. Winner of the Wildscreen– Green Oscar in 2006, conservation biologist, environmental journalist and author of ‘Green Wars’, her first rendezvous with conservation started with the snake charmers in a village near Delhi when she was 22.
    Bahar spent close to a decade with the snake charmer community across India initiating a sustainable livelihood project in tandem with the wildlife laws of India. Of this was born the ‘Hundred Charmers’, a band of charmers that plays the been (flute), minus the snakes.
    The innate conservationist in Bahar continued to shine through her career as an environmental journalist. Journalism gave her an opportunity to make a huge impact especially where it was needed the most. Be it exposing illegal mining in Goa or in 2006, halting the destruction of the wetlands in Saifai in Etwah (Uttar Pradesh), the home of the Sarus cranes.
    The latter by her own admission is the story closest to her heart because of the impact it created. The Last Dance of Sarus also won her the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in environmental reporting in 2006. During her eight year stint with CNN-IBN as a television journalist and as Environment Editor, Bahar has reported from across the globe, be it the Arctic or the rainforests of Indonesia. With two of her series, one on the river Ganga and the other on Western Ghats, Bahar has travelled extensively exploring nature, biodiversity and local communities. Her work has brought environmental issues to the mainstream and helped increase awareness about conservation.
    With her book, Green Wars—Dispatches from a vanishing world, Bahar wants to, “ reach out not just to the environment activist but the ordinary citizen who craves green spaces, blue skies, clear water and air. Most of all, I want to create the hope that through simple changes in our own lifestyles and greater pressure on our policy makers, a gentle footprint on the planet is definitely possible.”
    Born to a journalist mother, Bahar’s exposure to journalism isn’t new. Her sibling, Barkha Dutt too is a mainstream journalist. Married to a wildlife filmmaker and photographer, Bahar has had the best of both worlds- environment and journalism.)

  • Barkha Dutt

    Barkha Dutt

    "There is more that connects Bahar Dutt to nature than just her name. Winner of the Wildscreen– Green Oscar in 2006, conservation biologist, environmental journalist and author of ‘Green Wars’, her first rendezvous with conservation started with the snake charmers in a village near Delhi when she was 22.
    Bahar spent close to a decade with the snake charmer community across India initiating a sustainable livelihood project in tandem with the wildlife laws of India. Of this was born the ‘Hundred Charmers’, a band of charmers that plays the been (flute), minus the snakes.
    The innate conservationist in Bahar continued to shine through her career as an environmental journalist. Journalism gave her an opportunity to make a huge impact especially where it was needed the most. Be it exposing illegal mining in Goa or in 2006, halting the destruction of the wetlands in Saifai in Etwah (Uttar Pradesh), the home of the Sarus cranes.
    The latter by her own admission is the story closest to her heart because of the impact it created. The Last Dance of Sarus also won her the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in environmental reporting in 2006. During her eight year stint with CNN-IBN as a television journalist and as Environment Editor, Bahar has reported from across the globe, be it the Arctic or the rainforests of Indonesia. With two of her series, one on the river Ganga and the other on Western Ghats, Bahar has travelled extensively exploring nature, biodiversity and local communities. Her work has brought environmental issues to the mainstream and helped increase awareness about conservation.
    With her book, Green Wars—Dispatches from a vanishing world, Bahar wants to, “ reach out not just to the environment activist but the ordinary citizen who craves green spaces, blue skies, clear water and air. Most of all, I want to create the hope that through simple changes in our own lifestyles and greater pressure on our policy makers, a gentle footprint on the planet is definitely possible.”
    Born to a journalist mother, Bahar’s exposure to journalism isn’t new. Her sibling, Barkha Dutt too is a mainstream journalist. Married to a wildlife filmmaker and photographer, Bahar has had the best of both worlds- environment and journalism.)

  • Rip Empson

    Rip Empson

    "Rip Empson is a writer, explorer, eager learner and part-time rabble-rouser — whatever that means. He’s worked as a senior associate at Morgenthaler Ventures and Canvas Venture Fund, and before venture capitalizing, Rip spent nearly four years at TechCrunch, the leading technology publication and media dynamo, where he covered startups.

    Within the Whacky World Of Startups, Rip focused most of his attention on chronicling the rise of technology and ambush of innovation on health and education.

    But between you and me, I hear he’s especially passionate about any and all forms of disrupting — particularly those that are disrupting the disruptable disruptions — and anyone or anything that can quench his insatiable thirst for disrupt-a-lutions.

    Rip has been quoted by various people at various times – some of them publications and probably super wicked famous people referencing his work – some of them people mistakenly re-tweeting him thinking he’s Rip Torn.

    Is he a budding national treasure? You said it, not him.)

  • Ina Fried

    Ina Fried

    "Ina Fried, formerly Ian Fried, is an American journalist for Re/code. Prior to that, she was senior editor for All Things Digital and a senior staff writer for CNET Network's She is a frequent commenter on technology news on National Public Radio, local television news and for other print and broadcast outlets. Fried is a personal technology writer and generally covered Microsoft related stories in the CNET blog "Beyond Binary" from 2000 to November 2010, and is currently writing for All Things Digital where she will cover the Mobile beat. Before joining CNET in 2000, Ina wrote for the Orange County Business Journal, the Orange County Register, and Bridge News. She has served as a board member, national secretary and national vice president for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). On April 27, 2011, Ina conducted an exclusive interview with CEO Steve Jobs and other Apple executives about the iPhone location tracking controversy."

  • Atul Gawande

    Atul Gawande

    "Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.

    Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science."


  • Steven Gimbel

    Steven Gimbel

    "Professor Steven Gimbel holds the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and his doctoral degree in Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his dissertation on interpretations and the philosophical ramifications of relativity theory. At Gettysburg, he has been honored with the Luther W. and Bernice L. Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award.
    Professor Gimbel’s research focuses on the philosophy of science, particularly the nature of scientific reasoning and the ways that science and culture interact. He has published many scholarly articles and four books, including Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion; and Einstein: His Space and Times. His books have been highly praised in periodicals such as The New York Review of Books, Physics Today, and The New York Times, which applauded his skill as “an engaging writer…[taking] readers on enlightening excursions…wherever his curiosity leads.”

  • John Gruber

    John Gruber

    "More than a decade ago, as Apple was starting to transition from Microsoft’s also-ran PC rival to a globally dominant consumer hardware company, John Gruber was making a big leap of his own. After spending years making websites for other people, Gruber decided to go into business for himself — writing stories about Apple that he wanted to read.

    "My audience is just me," Gruber said of his Daring Fireball site, on the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka. "It’s somebody out there who’s exactly like me and isn’t writing Daring Fireball."

    Fast-forward, Gruber is still running the same industry-leading site, and still has zero employees working under him, though he does use a contractor to edit his "weekly-ish" podcast.

    "There are times where — I don’t feel lonely, but I get jealous of the camaraderie of a small team, to have colleagues who you actually like," he said. "But I think ultimately, my personality is such that I’m particularly suited to working in the ‘monastic style.’"

    On the new Recode Media, Gruber also discussed why he doesn’t want to work for a big media company; why he looks down on Apple rumor sites and other media companies that chase pageviews; and how podcasting has come to represent about half of Daring Fireball’s revenue. He also denied the claim that Apple’s top brass has much of a say in what he writes.

    "Almost nothing came through Apple’s official channels, especially in the older days," Gruber said. "I can’t remember where I got [Steve Jobs’s critique of Adobe Flash] from, but it definitely wasn’t Steve Jobs."

    You can listen to Recode Media in the audio player above, or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, TuneIn and Stitcher.)

    , Daring Fireball

    Daring Fireball

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  • Paul Halpern

    Paul Halpern

    "Paul Halpern is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. A prolific author, he has written more than a dozen science books and numerous articles. His interests range from space, time and higher dimensions to cultural aspects of science. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award, he has appeared on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the PBS series "Future Quest," and "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special."
    Halpern's books include Time Journeys, Cosmic Wormholes, The Cyclical Serpent, Faraway Worlds, The Great Beyond, Brave New Universe, What's Science Ever Done for Us?, Collider, What's the Matter with Pluto?, Edge of the Universe and: Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics"

  • Jamie Holmes

    Jamie Holmes

    "Moments of confusion can be pretty memorable—and not in a good way. How is this thing supposed to work? What is the teacher's point? Where am I? But confusion is greatly underrated, Jamie Holmes argues in his new book, Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing (Crown, 2015; 336 pages). Our discomfort with not knowing, he writes, can lead us to bad solutions or to brilliant options we would have otherwise never spotted. If we could learn to embrace uncertainty, we would all be better prepared for modern life. Holmes answered questions from contributing editor Gareth Cook. The full interview appears online in Mind Matters ( )

  • Mat Honan

    Mat Honan

    "Mat Honan, the high-profile Wired writer and editor, has been hired by BuzzFeed to become its new Silicon Valley bureau chief.

    The online news site, which has been on a tear of late with a giant funding and a high-profile scoop about the naughty execs of Uber, is planning to build out a significant presence in the tech center. It will be BuzzFeed’s eighth bureau.

    BuzzFeed said that the San Francisco bureau will grow to “approximately 20 editorial staffers” in 2015, with eight to 10 tech and business reporters.

    “Tech is no longer a niche beat — it’s at the heart of the biggest cultural and economic transformations in the world, and we are eager to tell that story in a compelling, enterprising, independent, and creative way,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor in chief in a statement. “Mat is a rare journalist who has always understood that tech coverage can’t be put in a box, and we are thrilled he’ll be bringing his vision and sheer energy to BuzzFeed News.”

    Smith — who got a lot of attention of late for breaking the story about top Uber exec Emil Michael’s bizarre idea of targeting the personal lives of tech reporters critical to the transportation company — has worn out his expense account recently, talking to a wide range of candidates at current tech sites about the San Francisco bureau chief job and also for the many reporting slots. (He’s even been trying to fish in the Re/code pond, but we welcome the poaching attempt!)

    Other outlets are also expanding in the tech space, such as Fusion. It has made a number of high-profile — and reportedly pricey — hires of late to expand the tech news part of its Web and TV joint venture between ABC and Univision.

    In addition to the Honan hire, BuzzFeed said it plans to hire an investigative reporter here in SF, as well as expand its gadget coverage. And current tech editor Charlie Warzel will become a senior writer focusing on that old chestnut — the fabled intersection of tech and culture.

    And, just to put the final twee cherry on the tech cupcake, BuzzFeed also said Jessica Misener “will relocate to San Francisco to join the bureau, lead the bureau’s Web culture coverage, and continue to experiment with new post formats.”

    Oh, asks the grizzled old lady reporter, whatever does that mean? News reported via drones? An entire investigation into sexism in Silicon Valley via Snapchat (ironic, I know!)? A Facebook-inspired online video show?

    (Adds Chris Davies on Twitter: “Tech news in Iambic Pentameter. Tech news fired in licorice form from cannon. Tech news folded between your dry cleaning.” Genius!)

    Honan, whom I spoke with briefly about the new job last night, seems thrilled at the challenge of building out a team. In a press release, he said: “BuzzFeed is one of the most ambitious companies in media, or any other field, and I’m incredibly excited to lead the San Francisco bureau for BuzzFeed News. Our coverage will be aggressive and bold, like our hiring, and we’ll look to do the kind of authoritative reporting that asks questions and gets real answers from the most powerful people in this industry. I can’t wait to get started.”

    Honan gets started December 17, by the way, said BuzzFeed in its press release.

    I am a big fan of Honan’s and think this is a terrific hire, which appears to aim BuzzFeed’s efforts in the feature and analysis direction. One of my favorite pieces of his — and the favorite of many — was a spot-on take on covering the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, when he wrote for Gizmodo, titled “Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter.”)

  • Shuli Hu

    Shuli Hu

    As China's muckraker-in-chief, Hu combines her influence as one of the country's most respected and intrepid journalists with a savvy business sense. In December China Media Capital, a $833 million venture capital fund with connections to Rupert Murdoch, bought a 40% stake in Hu's Caixin Media, one of China's leading independent news organizations founded in 2010 after she split with the publishers of her former magazine, Caijing. Traffic to the Caixin website is up 37% in the past year, and its flagship "Century Weekly" magazine has seen 15% growth. Along with financial success, Hu is seen as one of the "top public intellectuals in the world.)

  • Mike Isaac

    Mike Isaac

    "Mike has been a senior editor at re/code and its predecessor — AllThingsD at The Wall Street Journal — for the past two years. He's covered tech companies of all sorts, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and in doing so, has been a fierce rival. "He's really good," says Claire Cain Miller, "a strong competitor to us, fast on breaking news, good at digging up news and also a really nice, funny and collegial guy."

    Mike actually knows many of our tech reporters — when he worked at, one of his editors was Brian Chen — and as we nosed around for just the right reporter to hire, we were bombarded with recommendations to talk to Mike. He is not only a deeply sourced reporter, but he is a versatile writer, digitally savvy and has a knack for getting scoops.

    Mike lives in the San Francisco Bay Area — he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010 with a degree in English literature — and is in the process of moving to Brooklyn. He says moving is no big deal — having done so 28 (yes, twenty-eight) times. "I think moving around is in my blood now because of it," he says.)

  • Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.<br>He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his pioneering work integrating insights from psychological research into economic science, especially concerning human judgment and decision-making under uncertainty. Much of this work was carried out collaboratively with Amos Tversky.<br>In addition to the Nobel prize, Kahneman has been the recipient of many other awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995), the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995), and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007).

  • Naomi Klein

    Naomi Klein

    Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of corporate capitalism. She first became known internationally for No Logo (1999); The Take, a documentary film about Argentina’s occupied factories that was written by Klein and directed by her husband Avi Lewis; and The Shock Doctrine (2007), a critical analysis of the history of neoliberal economics that was adapted into a six-minute companion film by Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón, as well as a feature-length documentary by Michael Winterbottom.<br>This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014) was a New York Times non-fiction bestseller and the winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction in its year. In 2016 Klein was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her activism on climate justice. Klein frequently appears on global and national lists of top influential thinkers, including the 2014 Thought Leaders ranking compiled by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Prospect magazine's world thinkers 2014 poll, and Maclean's 2014 Power List. She is a member of the board of directors of the climate activist group

  • Sarah Lacy

    Sarah Lacy

    "Sarah Lacy is the founder, editor-in-chief, and chief executive officer of PandoDaily, a web publication that offers technology news, analysis, and commentaries about Silicon Valley-based startups.
    Lacy is also an award winning journalist and author of two critically acclaimed books, Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 and Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos.
    Lacy has been a reporter in Silicon Valley for nearly fifteen years covering everything from the tiniest startups to the largest public companies. She was formerly a staff writer and columnist for BusinessWeek, the founding co-host of Yahoo Finance's Tech Ticker, and a senior editor at TechCrunch.
    Born on December 29, 1975, Lacy currently lives in San Francisco, California.)

    , Founder & Editor in Chief, PandoDaily


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  • Leo Laporte

    Leo Laporte

    Leo Laporte is an author, speaker, radio broadcaster, and internet podcaster with audiences all over the world. Every week he hosts shows on the TWiT (This Week in Tech) podcasting network including the #1 rated This Week in Tech, Windows Weekly, This Week in Google, MacBreak Weekly, The New Screen Savers, iOS Today, Triangulation, and Security Now. Founded in April 2005, the TWiT Netcast Network produces 19 video and audio shows and over 30 hours of programming each week for more than 6 million listeners and viewers each month.

    Leo also hosts The Tech Guy, a nationally syndicated radio technology talk show every Saturday and Sunday on over 200 stations on the Premiere Networks.

    On television, Leo was well known as the creator and co-host of The Screen Savers, and the original version of Call for Help on the 24-hour cable and satellite network TechTV (formerly ZDTV) 1998 to 2004. Before this, he created and was a daily contributor to The Site, an hour-long technology newsmagazine that aired nightly on MSNBC, CNBC International, and NBC Superchannel in Europe and Asia. Leo won an Emmy in 1997 for his work on The Site. Laporte has also appeared on such shows as Showbiz Tonight, Live with Kelly, and World News Now and written several computer books and magazine articles.

    , Founder and Owner, TWiT Netcast Network

    TWiT Netcast Network

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  • Jessica E. Lessin

    Jessica E. Lessin

    "It took him 20 years, but Leo Laporte has built a podcasting empire that rivals the old-school broadcasters. He has more than 20 shows (This Week in Tech being a must-listen), which reach a combined 5 million people each month. His California home doubles as TWiT’s Brick House studio, and is littered with high-end tech to record, mix, and upload talk-show-quality content. Even if you’re a few podcasts short of an empire, this gear will set you on the right track.)

  • Farhad Manjoo

    Farhad Manjoo

    "There’s something about Farhad. Tech reporters can quickly become jaded and cynical about their work, but Farhad Manjoo’s lucid writing lacks any sense of needless snark when he discusses how technology affects our lives. Though when I talk about Farhad’s writing, I’m really talking about his tweets.

    He is a technology columnist with the New York Times, formerly of Slate and the Wall Street Journal. Those of us who spend our workdays idling online probably know him best from his Twitter feed, where he offers the expected commentary on the day’s news, but also amusingly straightforward and earnest observations about life. It’s a source of fascination. But this isn’t about his tweets—this about his actual work. We asked Farhad to tell us a little about his workflow and favorite tools he uses to get things done.)

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  • John Markoff

    John Markoff

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    "JOHN MARKOFF is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covers science and technology for The New York Times. His most recent book is the forthcoming Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots."

    , Technology Correspondent, New York Times

    New York Times

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  • Matt Marshall

    Matt Marshall

    "Matt launched VentureBeat in September of 2006, with the realization that no one else was covering the entrepreneurial and tech innovation scene with the velocity or depth that he was. Prior to founding VentureBeat, he covered venture capital for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. In 2002, Matt was awarded "Journalist of the Year" by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to working at the Merc, he was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 to 1998, and a writer for the Washington Post in 1994. Matt holds a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.)

  • Mike Massimino

    Mike Massimino

    "Hurtling under the ocean at record speed on nuclear subs and fixing frozen bolts in outer space are not ordinary jobs, although they can be for engineers. That’s the message of a new program, Extreme Engineering, launched last fall by Columbia School of Engineering and its Department of Mechanical Engineering.

    Led by former NASA astronaut Michael Massimino (ENG’84), a professor at the school who developed the program with its dean, Mary Boyce, the program seeks to showcase unusual careers across various fields of engineering, from space exploration to deep sea probes and everything in between.

    “The slogan is, ‘where exploration meets innovation,’ because you don’t always have everything available when you’re in the field,” said Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle flights and made four spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope. “It also shows that going to work every day can be fun. It certainly was for me. Being an astronaut was a dream career.”

    Massimino said that the Extreme Engineering series shows that doing things on the edge of your field requires thinking about problems in a different way. Massimino was pleased that non-engineering students and others came to Extreme Engineering programs despite being outside the academic field. “We have wanted to provide a little fun and inspiration,” he said.

    Sam Sia, a professor of biomedical engineering who started a biotech incubator space based in Harlem, said he loves the program “because it shows the power and romance of engineering, which are reasons a lot of us chose to go into engineering in the first place.”

    He added, “Mike is the perfect person to lead it because as an astronaut he has executed some of the most advanced technologies ever developed by researchers.”"

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    "As he did in his Pulitzer ­Prize-winning history of cancer, “The Emperor of All Maladies” (2010), Mukherjee views his subject panoptically, from a great and clarifying height, yet also intimately. Framing his story are pieces of his own family history: His cousin and two of his uncles “suffered from various unravelings of the mind,” and the specter of mental illness, presumably inherited or inheritable, haunts his family and his imagination. The books form a magnificent pair. “The Emperor of All Maladies” is, as Mukherjee notes, the story of the genetic code corrupted, tipping into malignancy. The new book, then, serves as its prequel.

    “Nothing about the natural world, at first glance, suggests the existence of a gene,” he writes. “Indeed, you have to perform rather bizarre experimental contortions to uncover the idea of discrete particles of inheritance.” The man who performed those bizarre contortions was the monk Gregor Mendel, living in an abbey in Brno, Austria-Hungary (now in the Czech Republic). The abbey had five acres of garden. Forbidden by the abbot to experiment on field mice, Mendel began growing peas. And he did not just plant them; he made hybrids, crossing tall plants with short plants, white flowers with purple flowers, smooth pods with crumpled pods.

    “He began to discern patterns in the data — unanticipated constancies, conserved ratios, numerical rhythms,” Mukherjee writes. “He had tapped, at last, into heredity’s inner logic.” After almost eight plodding years he wrote a paper, which he read in 1865 to a room of farmers and botanists in Brno and published in the yearly “Proceedings of the Brno Natural Science Society.” And then — nothing. The history of science is a tangled web, not a logical arc, and for four decades Mendel’s pioneering work — “the study that founded modern biology,” as Mukherjee describes with only a touch of hyperbole — effectively disappeared.

    The founding of modern biology had to wait till the turn of the century. Mendel’s forgotten paper was discovered by biologists in Amsterdam, Cambridge and elsewhere. Mendel had discovered the basic unit of heredity, had proved there must be such a unit, and finally a Danish botanist, Wilhelm Johannsen, gave it a name: “gene,” he suggested — “a very applicable little word.”

    What is the gene? First it was an abstraction, an enigma, “a ghost lurking in the biological machine,” Mukherjee writes. By definition the gene was the carrier of any trait that is heritable or partly heritable. One would say there are genes for eye color, height or even intelligence. But some traits are better defined than others. People have long bred dogs, for example, to be “short-haired, longhaired, pied, piebald, bowlegged, hairless, crop-tailed, vicious, mild-mannered, diffident, guarded, belligerent.”)

  • Darren Murph

    Darren Murph

    "I hold the Guinness World Record as the planet's most prolific professional blogger. I'm a Top 50 member of the Techmeme Bloggerboard, and I've covered numerous trade shows around the world -- including CES, IFA, CEATEC, SIGGRAPH, SID, Photokina, and MWC. I have reviewed products in practically every consumer electronics category in the known universe, and have traveled to faraway lands to investigate how technology is impacting little-known corners of the globe.

    I believe in the power of informing and entertaining. I'm a writer, a storyteller, a project manager and a consultant. I have a deep background in both the business and analytics realm as well as the content and communications sector. My focus has been, and always will be, the team.

    During my 7.5 year career at Engadget, I saw traffic double, the amount of live event coverage quadruple, and our reach grow tremendously. We became the Official Online News Source and publishers of the ‘Best of CES awards’ for the world's most prestigious consumer electronics trade show, CES. As Managing Editor, I hired and trained over 20 members of our editorial team.

    I've consulted with research firms and consumer electronics companies (McKinsey and Company as well as Citi), and have hosted instructional courses on blogging and remote working for CreativeLive.

    As SVP of Editorial Strategy at Weber Shandwick, I worked to build workflows and strategies that resonate in the world of brand publishing and communications.

    I'm a published author, penning 'Living The Remote Dream' as well as ‘iPad Secrets’ and ‘iPhone Secrets’ through John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

    My work has been featured in Engadget, Gear Patrol, BGR, Popular Science, Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom owner’s magazine,, Gadling, Thrillist, ShermansTravel, and DayZipping. I have appeared on ABC, PBS, CTV and NBC television and radio programs.

    I have a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from North Carolina State University, as well as an MBA from Campbell University.)

  • Sylvain Neuvel

    Sylvain Neuvel

    Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course). He is the author of the acclaimed 2016 science fiction novel Sleeping Giants.

  • John Oliver

    John Oliver

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    "John Oliver is an British comedian, political commentator, television host, and occasional actor. He is best known for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996), John Oliver: Terrifying Times (2008) and The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010). Oliver left The Daily Show at the end of 2013, and began presenting his own show on HBO, in: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the April 27, 2014. He also makes podcast The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman.)

    , English comedian, writer, producer , political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host, late-night talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    late-night talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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  • Ada Palmer

    Ada Palmer

    "Too Like the Lightning
    by Ada Palmer. Tor Books, 2016 ($26.99)
    It is 2454, and technology has enabled a semi-Utopian society to form: geographical nations have been replaced by ideological “hives” that unite the like-minded, religion is banned because of its tendency to incite conflict and even acknowledging a person's gender is considered offensive. The rules seem to ensure harmony and prosperity, but below the surface political tensions simmer. Against this backdrop, a convicted criminal, bound to travel the world serving others to atone for his deeds, gets caught up in a global power struggle as factions and fortunes shift in the wake of a mysterious theft. This imaginative tale ponders whether any human society can sustain peace over the long term.)

  • David Pescovitz

    David Pescovitz

    "David Pescovitz is a co-editor and managing partner of “Boing Boing,” the influential tech/culture webzine with more than five million readers. He is also a research director at Institute for the Future, a nonprofit think tank that helps organizations and the public consider long-term future trends in order to make better decisions in the present. Pescovitz was also the founding editor-at-large for “Make:,” the DIY technology magazine, and co-wrote the book “Reality Check,” based on his long-running futurist column in “Wired” magazine.

    Pescovitz has written for “Scientific American,” “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “Salon,” and “New Scientist,” among others. His writings on technology and culture are featured in the books “What Are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better”; “Dissident Futures”; and “The Happy Mutant Handbook.” He was the first ever writer-in-residence at UC Berkeley's College of Engineering and College of Letters & Science.)

    , writer/editor/pArtsner/research director, Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

    No bio available at the moment
  • Jenna Pirog

    Jenna Pirog

    "Virtual reality is one of the hottest forms of storytelling; Pirog, 34, is figuring out how to make it into compelling journalism at one of the world’s most influential news outlets. She’s produced seven VR films to date — ranging from “The Fight for Falluja” to the Emmy-nominated “The Displaced” — curated others, and helped to launch the Times’s VR app in November. Readers praise these films for helping them get a new vantage point on news; the Falluja piece "took viewers to the front lines of a terrestrial conflict with whizzing bullets and armored cars," Poynter wrote. There is one occupational hazard of the job, though. Pirog told Digiday in March that, at times, she needs to lie on the floor after reviewing footage. “Your brain is actually tricked into thinking it’s having an experience and sometimes the effect can feel a bit like sea sickness,” she said. “I’m sure tech will evolve beyond this at some point, but for now when you make VR films, you have to be careful of P.P.S. (potential puke shots).”)

  • Ulinka Rublack

    Ulinka Rublack

    "The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for His Mother
    by Ulinka Rublack
    Oxford University Press, 2015 (($29.95))
    Johannes Kepler was a renowned 17th-century German astronomer, mathematician, natural philosopher … and lawyer? Although he is not known for the last occupation, in 1620 he put his work on hold, packed up his household and moved back home to Württemberg, Germany, to defend his mother in court on charges of witchcraft. Historian Rublack uses the facts of the case to explore the intellectual, political and religious turmoil going on at that time in Europe, as well as the complexities of Kepler's own beliefs, which encompassed both scientific rationalism alongside the possibility of magic: while maintaining that witches did exist, he insisted that there was no evidence his mother was one. This surprising chapter in Kepler's life offers a window to better understand the famous genius and the world that created him.)

  • Eric Slivka

    Eric Slivka

    "Eric is Editor in Chief of MacRumors, swimmer, and former biophysicist. Enjoys reading and chasing after two rambunctious boys when he's not playing with the latest gadgets.)

  • Danny Sullivan

    Danny Sullivan

    "Danny Sullivan is a journalist who has covered the internet and search marketing space for over 20 years. He's founding editor of Marketing Land and Search Engine Land and the chief content officer of Third Door Media, which produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conferences."

  • Kara Swisher

    Kara Swisher

    "Kara Swisher is one of the most influential women in tech, without actually working for a tech company. She’s the executive editor and founder of Recode, a tech news outlet and events company, and has covered tech in Silicon Valley since 1997.

    Over the years, Swisher has developed a reputation for high-profile scoops, a no-bullshit approach to questioning tech leaders, and cutting through the startup world’s jargon and euphemisms. (This past weekend at Tech Conference 22 at Harvard Business School, Oculus founder and CEO Brendan Iribe mentioned one of his previous companies “pivoted” and Swisher shot back, “That’s not a real word. It’s called failure.”)

    She’s also long highlighted tech’s gender disparities, from pointing out the lack of women on tech company boards to uncovering stories of sexual harassment in the industry. Recently she announced she has ambitions beyond journalism: She plans to eventually run for mayor of San Francisco.

    After moderating two keynote chats at Tech Conference 22, Swisher sat down with reporters Karis Hustad, Tori Bedford and Pooja Sivaraman to talk her political ambitions, covering tech and what the industry needs to kickstart real change for women in technology.)

    , Co-Executive Editor, All Things D

    All Things D

    No bio available at the moment
  • Steve Toutonghi

    Steve Toutonghi

    by Steve Toutonghi. Soho Press, 2016 ($27)
    In a near-future society, digital networks link individuals' brains to make “joins”: collective minds controlling multiple bodies called drives. As Chance, a join of five, and Leap, a join of four, try to understand a puzzling illness affecting joins, they learn unsettling truths about the miracle technology that created them and come to question whether people can be both individuals and collectives without losing something in the process. —J.H."

  • Mr. Lance Ulanoff

    Mr. Lance Ulanoff

    Lance Ulanoff is Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable. Lance acts as a senior member of the editing team, with a focus on defining internal and curated opinion content. He also helps develop staff-wide alternative story-telling skills and implementation of social media tools during live events. Prior to joining Mashable in September 2011 Lance Ulanoff served as Editor in Chief of and Senior Vice President of Content for the Ziff Davis, Inc. While there, he guided the brand to a 100% digital existence and oversaw content strategy for all of Ziff Davis’ Web sites. His long-running column on earned him a Bronze award from the ASBPE., and were all been honored under Lance’s guidance. He makes frequent appearances on national, international, and local news programs including Fox News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Kelly and Michael, CNBC, CNN and the BBC. He has also offered commentary on National Public Radio and been interviewed by newspapers and radio stations around the country. Lance has been an invited guest speaker at numerous technology conferences including SXSW, Think Mobile, CEA Line Shows, Digital Life, RoboBusiness, RoboNexus, Business Foresight and Digital Media Wire’s Games and Mobile Forum.

  • Ashlee Vance

    Ashlee Vance

    "Vance is primarily known for writing for The Register from March 2003[2] to August 2008,[3] but moved to the New York Times in September 2008[4] and then to Bloomberg Businessweek in January 2011.[5] Vance covered companies such as IBM, HP, Intel, and Dell, and also writes about a wide range of technology topics, including robots, Segway scooters, and the R programming language.[6]

    In 2007 Vance wrote a book, called Geek Silicon Valley, on the history of the Silicon Valley.[7] In 2015 he published a biography of Elon Musk [8] His writing often also appears in such publications as The Economist, Chicago Tribune,, the Globe and Mail, the International Herald Tribune, and CNET.

    Vance hosted an audio podcast called Semi-Coherent Computing from 2007–2008,[9] in which he discussed enterprise computing topics such as Datacenter cooling and blade servers, and interviewed guests including chip pioneer David Ditzel of Transmeta, Sun Microsystems, and Bell Labs.[10]

    In 2015, Vance started writing and hosting the "Hello World" video series for Bloomberg, focusing on the tech scene in various countries.[11][12])

    , Technology Writer
  • Daniel H. Wilson

    Daniel H. Wilson

    "Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Amped. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His graphic novel Quarantine Zone was released in March 2016. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.<br>Ulinka Rublack has taught at Cambridge for twenty years. Her research interests focus on sixteenth and seventeenth century culture, its visual and material aspects, the European Reformation, gender and society as well as methodological concerns.<br>Her new book, 'The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler's Fight for his Mother', presents the untold story of how the persecution of witchcraft affected families and recasts our sense of Kepler's life and times (Oxford University Press, October 2015). It brings to life a Lutheran community one hundred years after the Reformation began, on the eve of the Thirty Years' War. 'The Astronomer' was an Observer Book of the Year and has inspired an opera project - see the website<br>She is sole editor of the 'Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformations' (December 2016) as well as of the 'Oxford Concise Companion to History', whose contributors are the late Sir Christopher Bayly, R. Bin Wong, Donald Kelley, Bonnie Smith, Kenneth Pomeranz, Christopher Clark, Peter Burke, Pat Thane, Dorothy Ko, Megan Vaughan, Elizabeth Buettner, Pamela Smith, John McNeill, Miri Rubin, Eiko Ikegami and Anthony Grafton.<br>Her previous monographs include 'Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Early Modern Europe', also published by Oxford University Press, which explores the relation between dress and identities in the period, won the Bainton Prize and was one of six books nominated for the Cundill Prize, the largest non-fiction history book prize in the world.<br>Ulinka Rublack is sole founder of the Cambridge History for Schools outreach programme; she is a co-founder of what became the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies and has served on its working party for over ten years.<br>Rublack has been a full member of three European research networks and most recently served as a member of the steering committee of the AHRC-funded network on the history of luxury. She has been visiting scholar at the Maison de l'Homme, Paris, and in 2017 will be Descartes Fellow at NIAS as well as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Leibniz Institute in Mainz. Her books have been translated into German and Chinese. She has co-curated the Fitzwilliam exhibition 'Treasured Possessions' and curated its exhibition 'A Young Man's Progress' (March - September 2015), which resulted from her collaboration with an artist and fashion designer in response to Renaissance fashion images. Further information is available on her tumblr The First Book of Fashion. She is also co-investigator of a Swiss National Foundation grant (2016-18) to explore the relationship of materiality, objects and emotional communities in the early modern world. Rublack has recently been appointed as Gender Equality Champion for the University. She combines her busy career with raising two children.)


  • Giorgia Abeltino

    Giorgia Abeltino

    "Giorgia Abeltino is Google's Director of Public Policy for Italy, Greece and Malta as well as Director Public Policy of the Google Cultural Institute. The Google Cultural Institute develops project in partnership with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.Born and raised in Napoli, where she graduated in Law at the Università Federico II, she then acquired her LLM in European Studies at The College of Europe (Bruges). She started working in Brussels, focusing on antitrust issues, first at a law firm and then at the European Commission. Giorgia then moved to Rome where she worked for four years in the regulatory affairs department of Sky Italia and then moved to New York City to work at NewsCorp focusing on regulatory and public affairs issues.Giorgia is deeply interested in the interplay between society, culture and technology.She is a member of the permanent committee of the Pontifical Council for Culture of the Vatican focusing on women.)

  • Ofir Akunis

    Ofir Akunis

    "Even the name has undergone changes – from Science and Development to Science and Technology to Science, Technology and Space. And now the 42-year-old Akunis – whose first real job was as a youth correspondent for the weekly Ma’ariv La’noar magazine – is considering the possibility of changing it to the Science and Innovation Ministry.

    Still one of the two smallest (with the Communications Ministry) portfolios in the government, it received little attention at first as the government and the public wondered what its purpose was. But as Israel has since then become the Start-up Nation, inventing everything from disk-on-keys and cherry tomatoes to the Iron Dome mobile air defense system, the world has been beating a path to Israel’s door. Countries from China to Canada eagerly seek out scientific cooperation agreements with Israel, making the Science, Technology and Space Ministry the address.)

  • Kofi Annan

    Kofi Annan

    "Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Kofi Annan was praised for being “pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization.” (Norwegian Nobel Committee, October 2001))

  • Michelle Browdy

    Michelle Browdy

    "Michelle Browdy became IBM’s Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and General Counsel on January 1, 2015. She reports to IBM’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ginni Rometty. Michelle is responsible for IBM’s global legal, security, privacy and compliance activities and policies, as well as IBM’s environmental and government and regulatory affairs functions.
    Michelle most recently served as Secretary to IBM’s Board of Directors from 2012-2014. Prior to that position, she served for five years as IBM’s worldwide head of litigation, overseeing IBM’s intellectual property, antitrust/competition, employment, class action, securities and commercial litigation globally.
    Since coming to IBM, Michelle has served as a Board member of the Pro Bono Partnership, Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association, and was appointed by the Chief Judge of New York State to the Commercial Division Advisory Council in 2013. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    Before joining IBM, Michelle was a partner with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, trying a variety of complex cases across the United States. She has also acted as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and taught Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.
    Michelle received a B.S.E., summa cum laude, from Princeton University; an S.M. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University; a J.D. from The Yale Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal; and clerked for the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. She is admitted to the bar in Illinois and New York State, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.)

  • Raj Chetty

    Raj Chetty

    "Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited by media outlets and in Congressional testimony. His current research focuses on equality of opportunity: How can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding? Chetty is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, which is given by the American Economic Association to the best American economist under age 40. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2003 at the age of 23. A professor at University of California, Berkeley until 2009, Chetty returned to Harvard as one of the youngest tenured professors in the University’s history. Chetty has been with the Department of Economics at Stanford University since 2015.)

  • Peter Cleveland

    Peter Cleveland

    "Peter Cleveland: Intel CEO and Drone Enthusiast to Lead New FAA Drone Advisory Council)

  • Dianna Cohen

    Dianna Cohen

    "CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, moving towards a plastic-free world)

  • Alan Davidson

    Alan Davidson

    "The Commerce Department has recruited former Google executive Alan Davidson for the newly created position of “director of digital economy,” the latest example of the Obama administration tapping tech industry veterans to fill key roles.
    Davidson is a well-known presence in Washington. In 2005, he left his post as associate director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a public advocacy group, to open up Google’s Washington office, becoming one of the first Internet company representatives taking part in day-to-day debates in the capital. He stayed at Google until 2011, and later went on to head the think tank New America’s Open Technology Institute.)

  • Laurent Fabius

    Laurent Fabius

    "Laurent Fabius was the driving force behind the 2015 Paris climate talks, which led to the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, now adopted in over 174 countries. Following a string of government positions, including being the Prime Minister of France, Fabius currently presides as the President of France's Constitutional Council.)

  • Wan Gang

    Wan Gang

    "China's Science and Technology ministry says the country is seeking new growth points through technological innovation, and aims to inspire young people to achieve in these sectors.

    Minister Wan Gang made the remarks during the ongoing top legislative meetings in Beijing.

    Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang says China will create legislation to step up efforts to convert research findings into industrial applications.

    He says the top legislature has started reviewing an amendment to the Law on Promoting the Conversion of Research Findings.

    The revised law would allow universities and research institutes to have more say on whether or how to convert their scientific findings into applications.

    "In particular, those who are directly involved in making research findings may receive more than 50 percent of the income arising from the conversion of their research findings."

    The minister notes that the contribution of scientific advancement to the economy has reached over 55 percent in 2015 and China has seen improvements as well as setbacks in terms of marketing or applying research findings.

    The minister points out that 80 percent of research was done by enterprises.

    Wan Gang also encourages young researchers to work hard in science and technology, saying he appreciates the work of Nobel laureate Tu Youyou who has won accolades for the development of artemisinin, an anti-malaria drug.

    "Since the foundation of the People's Republic of China, we have seen a large number of scientists play an important role in national economic development, social development and national defence building. Their work will be remembered by the country, inspire later generations, and make young researchers work harder for bigger achievements and inspire them to serve the country while serving the accumulation of world scientific knowledge and the development of the world economy."

    The minister of Science and Technology also talks about the ongoing Go match between a South Korean Go master and a Google-developed supercomputer.)

    , Minister, Science and Technology Policy
  • Melinda Gates

    Melinda Gates

    "Melinda Gates has become a public face for the Gates Foundation, taking a hands-on approach to solving issues around the world.)

    , Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    No bio available at the moment
  • Rayid Ghani

    Rayid Ghani

    ""The thing we're finding is that using it (big data) to predict officer adverse incidents is just one use," said Rayid Ghani, director of the Center for Data Science & Public Policy and previously chief data scientist for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.)

  • Mike Gold

    Mike Gold

    "Mike Gold is vice president of Washington Operations and Business Development for Space Systems/Loral (SSL), A commercial satellite manufacturer and a global leader in space systems and robotics. At SSL, Gold is responsible for interactions with Congress and executive branch agencies as well as business development for emerging space technologies. In 2008, Gold was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), and was appointed to serve as chair of the organization in 2012. The COMSTAC is a federal advisory committee comprised of leading commercial space industry executives that provides advice to the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Additionally, Gold was appointed by the National Research Council to serve on the Space Technology Industry-Government-University roundtable, which supports NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Gold is an attorney who writes about the intersection between the commercial space industry and export controls, and has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives as a subject matter expert in commercial space policy, law and innovation.)

  • Yasmin Green

    Yasmin Green

    "Green doesn’t shy away from a challenge. As Head of Research and Development for Alphabet’s Jigsaw incubator (formerly Google Ideas), the 35-year-old is tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges — from censorship and online harassment to digital attacks and violent extremism. “We first try to understand how global security challenges intersect with the Internet,” Green told LinkedIn, “and then design innovative technologies to respond.” One of the highest profile: trying to not just block but reverse ISIS’ online recruitment efforts. Green’s team combined the power of Google’s search advertising algorithms with YouTube’s video platform to target aspiring ISIS recruits with messaging — based on insights from interviews with ISIS defectors — that could reverse the organization’s brainwashing. The project, called the “Redirect Method,” reached over 320,000 individuals and drove over half a million minutes of online video watch time. That’s not all she’s up to. She’s also tackling the seemingly impossible task of combatting Internet trolling using open-source AI. Green’s ultimate goal: “To use the best technology we have at our disposal to tackle the world's toughest problems.”)

  • Fred Humphries

    Fred Humphries

    "Fred Humphries is a member of ITIF’s board.

    He is corporate vice president of U.S. government affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Washington, DC, where he manages both the federal and state government affairs teams.

    With almost 20 years of state, federal, campaign, and association experience, Humphries’s professional background includes serving as senior policy advisor for Representative Richard Gephardt’s (D-MO) leadership staff in Washington, DC, in the Office of the Minority Leader, as southern political director for the Democratic National Committee, and as chief of staff for Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA).

    In addition, Humphries worked on the staff of Governor Ned Ray McWherter of Tennessee and is the former executive director of public policy for U.S. West Communications.

    Humphries also has substantial experience in national politics, having served on the staffs of four presidential campaigns.

    Humphries is a graduate of Morehouse College and Temple University School of Law.)

  • Greg Hunt

    Greg Hunt

    "Greg Hunt wants to have a heart-to-heart with Australian startups about R&D tax incentives. The startup community is gearing up to have a frank chat to the federal government.

    Minister for industry, innovation and science Greg Hunt today released the R&D Tax Incentive Review report and called for business, industry and research community to have their say in the coming month.

    The review, which was completed in April, was performed by Innovation Australia chair Bill Ferris, Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel and secretary to the treasury John Fraser to “identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness and integrity of the R&D Tax Incentive, including by sharpening its focus on encouraging additional R&D spending”.)

  • Tim Hwang

    Tim Hwang

    "Tim Hwang was gaming the system as far back as high school, which was only 11 years ago. As a sophomore at the posh Newark Academy in New Jersey he started a group called the Strategic Gaming Forum Syndicate. Fancy name, but “it was just a nerdy, board-gaming club,” says Hwang. To raise money Hwang held bake sales, buying packaged Entenmann’s cookies and cakes and selling them “at a ridiculous markup.” The kids didn’t mind. Hwang had earned their respect earlier selling them George Orwell parody T-shirts of a smiling Tim in braces with the words Big Tim Is Watching You. “My parents were concerned, but they played along,” says Hwang. “They resigned themselves to doing 100 iron-ons all weekend with me. I made a profit on that one, too.”

    Thin and excitable, with spiky black hair and black glasses, the 28-year-old Hwang represents a new kind of Web entrepreneur who is equal parts huckster and activist. Rather than seek riches, Hwang seeks legitimacy for digital concepts such as crowdfunding (done), social bots that interact with humans on Twitter TWTR -0.17% (done) and software to automate rote but expensive human functions such as the law (not done yet).

    He has yet to hold a full-time job for longer than two years, but Hwang gets more done in a week than most people do in a month.)

  • Sheila Jasanoff

    Sheila Jasanoff

    "Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.)

  • John Kerry

    John Kerry

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    "John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American diplomat and Democratic Party politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He previously served in the United States Senate, where he chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Kerry was the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential election, losing narrowly to Republican incumbent George W. Bush.

    Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado and attended boarding school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a major in political science. Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966, and between 1968 and 1969, he served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Heart Medals. Securing an early return to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War organization in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesman and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. He appeared in the Fulbright Hearings before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of war crimes.

    After receiving his J.D. from Boston College Law School, Kerry worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts. He served as Lieutenant Governor under Michael Dukakis from 1983 to 1985 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and was sworn in the following January. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a series of hearings from 1987 to 1989 which were a precursor to the Iran–Contra affair. Kerry was re-elected to additional terms in 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008. In 2002, Kerry voted to authorize the President "to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein," but warned that the administration should exhaust its diplomatic avenues before launching war.

    In his 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry criticized George W. Bush for the Iraq War. He and his running mate, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, lost the election, finishing 35 electoral votes behind Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Kerry returned to the Senate, becoming Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in 2007 and then of the Foreign Relations Committee in 2009. In January 2013, Kerry was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, assuming the office on February 1, 2013."


    , Secretary of State, US Department of State

    US Department of State

    No bio available at the moment
  • Derek Khanna

    Derek Khanna

    "At 24, Khanna set a precedent for how everyday Americans can change policy. “In the twentieth century changing policy required lobbyists and campaign contributions; in the twenty-first century, changing policy requires a laptop”, says the intellectual property attorney and technology policy advisor. On Jan. 27, 2013, Khanna kicked off a national campaign to legalize cellphone unlocking, which has been called by some the most important change in mobile policy in almost a decade. This campaign was also the first time an online petition led to legislation being enacted in American history. Now, at 28, Khanna wants to go even further, crafting business, legal and policy strategies built for the future of the economy. “I believe we need new solutions, new thinking, and an entrepreneurial attitude towards policy to solve the problems of the twenty-first century. I have tried to connect the tech sector to the policy world, and connecting the policy world to the tech sector. In most of my work, I'm often told that changing this policy is impossible, but it's only impossible because no one has tried”.)

  • Axelle Lemaire

    Axelle Lemaire

    "Since joining the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in Paris, Lemaire has been a leading proponent of net neutrality legislation.)

  • Jack Ma

    Jack Ma

    "Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma just got a new role: e-commerce adviser to the Indonesian government.

    During the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, last week, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his delegation visited Alibaba’s headquarters, where the leader met with Mr. Ma, who is also executive chairman of the Chinese internet giant.

    At the meeting, Communication and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, asked Mr. Ma to be an adviser to a government committee tasked with developing Indonesia’s nascent e-commerce sector.)

  • Bernie McKay

    Bernie McKay

    "Mr. McKay is the vice president of government affairs. In this role, Mr. McKay is Intuit’s senior executive responsible for government affairs, industry relations and global public policy, and corporate philanthropy. Mr. McKay is also responsible for Intuit’s government programs activities, including government market sector projects and contracts for the tax products division.

    Mr. McKay joined Intuit in January 1998. Prior to that time, Mr. McKay served in a variety of business-government relations capacities in both the private and public sectors, including prior responsibilities for government and industry affairs, global government market business development, public sector contracting, media and public relations, philanthropic programs, and Presidential primary campaign management. A former Vice President for AT&T, Mr. McKay also served as deputy of Hewlett-Packard’s Washington government office, and Presidential-appointed positions in government.

    Mr. McKay holds a BA in Political Science from Providence College and a Masters in Business and Public Administration from Southeastern University. Mr. McKay also studied business and government at the University College of North Wales (UK), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, CEDEP at INSEAD in France, and the Indiana University School of Business.

    Mr. McKay is a board member of Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the Council for electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA), and the Conference of World Regions (CWR).

  • Bill McKibbin

    Bill McKibbin

    "Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.<br>The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”<br>A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books,National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors . In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni--in his honor.)

    , American environmentalist, author, journalist, and Co-Founder,

    No bio available at the moment
  • Mario Montejo

    Mario Montejo

    "The Philippines has won the prestigious Atoms for Peace Award at this year’s Nuclear Security Summit for its contribution to nuclear security and global leadership in removing highly enriched uranium from its territory.
    Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo received the award at the Nuclear Industry Summit in Washington on Thursday, hosted by President Barack Obama.

    “This award is an acknowledgment of our country’s efforts to promote nuclear security at the international level,’’ Montejo said in a statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs.)

  • Ban Ki Moon

    Ban Ki Moon

    "Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.<br>"I grew up in war, the Secretary-General has said, "and saw the United Nations help my country to recover and rebuild. That experience was a big part of what led me to pursue a career in public service. As Secretary-General, I am determined to see this Organization deliver tangible, meaningful results that advance peace, development and human rights.)

    , South Korean statesman and politician and the current Secretary-General, United Nations

    United Nations

    No bio available at the moment
  • Florian Müller

    Florian Müller

    "Florian has already spent more than 25 years in business, in a wide variety of roles (most of them in IT) and with notable successes in every one of them. At this stage he is focusing on the development of a game app for smartphones and tablet computers.

    As a campaigner for balanced patent policy, Florian won multiple awards (listed further below), including the EU Campaigner of the Year award against fellow nominee and U2 frontman Bono.

    As a 15-year old, Florian started writing articles for computer magazines, and at age 16 became Germany's youngest computer book author. When he graduated from high school in 1989, he had already written ten books for a publisher later acquired by Viacom/Simon&Schuster and, subsequently, Pearson.

    For about ten years, Florian specialized in transatlantic business, handling everything from product scouting to dealmaking to managing and coordinating licensing and distribution partnerships to localization to marketing, PR, sales management. Under Florian's auspices, now-famous games publisher Blizzard Entertainment first conquered the top spot of the sell-through charts (Warcraft II, Germany, 1996).

    In 1996, Florian co-founded an online gaming & community software company and served as its CEO from the foundation of the company to its sale to a subsidiary of the Spanish Telefónica group in early 2000. The RivalNet service was offered in German, Spanish and Italian language versions.

    From 2001 to 2004, Florian advised the CEO and other senior executives of MySQL AB, the maker of the namesake open-source database. In 1Q2008, MySQL AB was acquired by Sun Microsystems for $1 billion.

    More recently he has focused on patent disputes surrounding smartphones, tablet computers and other gadgets.

    Specialties: entertainment software, computer games, interactive entertainment, open source software, database management software, databases, database software, productivity software, educational software, home education software, multimedia software, software development tools, intellectual property, patents, policy, European Union politics, soccer, soccer policy, sports policy, football, football policy)

  • Joseph Okpaku

    Joseph Okpaku

    "As Lyft’s vice president of government relations, Okpaku oversees the San Francisco startup’s efforts to influence the laws and regulations that are springing up to govern the burgeoning industry. It’s a busy job that involves working with legislators in different states, managing Lyft’s lobbying and connecting with the Public Utilities Commission, the body that regulates ride-hailing in California.)

  • Corey Owens

    Corey Owens

    "Corey Owens is the head of global public policy for WeWork. Owens previously served as Uber’s head of public policy from March 2013 to December 2015, becoming a key player in the ride-hailing company’s oft-contentious expansion into new cities. He previously worked on public policy at Facebook and made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2014.)

  • Naledi Pandor

    Naledi Pandor

    "The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will launch a roadmap to support South Africa's future investment needs and ensure researchers' access to world-class scientific knowledge will be launched in Cape Town on Tuesday, 4 October.

    The South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the first of its kind in South Africa, is a strategic intervention to provide research infrastructure across the entire public research system, building on existing capabilities, and taking into account future needs.

    Infrastructure includes facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community across all disciplines for research, enabling the generation, exchange and preservation of knowledge.

    An initiative of the European Commission and South Africa through the two parties' trade agreement, the roadmap will provide guidance to the Department of Science and Technology on the deployment of infrastructure to enable research, development and innovation.

    The roadmap is a vital blueprint, which will allow the country to set national priorities and to earmark funds for development and participation in pan-European research infrastructure activities. Infrastructure includes facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community across all disciplines for research, enabling the generation, exchange and preservation of knowledge.)

    , South African Minister of Science and Technology, South African Government

    South African Government

    No bio available at the moment
  • Mark Rosekind

    Mark Rosekind

    "Our cars and trucks are being made with more safety features. New technologies such as lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, vehicle stabilizers and anti-lock brakes can, and do, save lives.

    Yet more people are dying on the nation's roadways — nearly 18,000 in the first six months of this year. That's a huge jump of 10.4 percent over the same time period in 2015, and it's part of a disturbing trend, according to federal officials, because traffic fatalities rose significantly last year, too. So the nonprofit National Safety Council and the federal government are working with car and truck manufacturers on new vehicle safety features,such as automatic emergency braking, which will become standard on most vehicles by 2022, and with highway and traffic engineers on safer road designs.

    Though these advances will help, Rosekind says the biggest challenge is changing human behavior. New technologies will be able to override some mistakes people make, but not all.

    "The technology enthusiasm is just because that's a new tool," he says. "It's not an answer, either, it's just a new tool for us to use."

    As for self-driving cars, which may eventually help reduce or eliminate human error and mistakes people make behind the wheel, Rosekind notes that a high tech solution is still a long ways off.

    "As much as people talk about fully autonomous drivers, we gotta do stuff now," he says, to better protect the lives of tens of thousands of people dying on our roadways each year.

    "After decades of progress reducing fatalities, all of a sudden, we're suddenly losing ground," says Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    So the government is teaming up with safety advocates, highway designers and others in a new effort to try to reduce the number of traffic fatalities — to zero — within 30 years.

    "We have an immediate crisis on our hands and we also have a long-term challenge," Rosekind says. So the nonprofit National Safety Council and the federal government are working with car and truck manufacturers on new vehicle safety features,such as automatic emergency braking, which will become standard on most vehicles by 2022, and with highway and traffic engineers on safer road designs.

    Though these advances will help, Rosekind says the biggest challenge is changing human behavior. New technologies will be able to override some mistakes people make, but not all.

    "The technology enthusiasm is just because that's a new tool," he says. "It's not an answer, either, it's just a new tool for us to use."

    As for self-driving cars, which may eventually help reduce or eliminate human error and mistakes people make behind the wheel, Rosekind notes that a high tech solution is still a long ways off.

    "As much as people talk about fully autonomous drivers, we gotta do stuff now," he says, to better protect the lives of tens of thousands of people dying on our roadways each year.)

  • Elliot Schrage

    Elliot Schrage

    "Elliot Schrage is the Vice President of Communications, Public Policy and Platform Marketing at Facebook, where he is responsible for developing and coordinating key messages about products, corporate business and partnerships. He also oversees the company’s public policy strategy worldwide. Elliot joined Facebook from Google, where he was the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. He helped broaden and coordinate the company’s messaging from a focus on product PR to include all aspects of corporate, financial, policy, philanthropic and internal communications. Prior to Google, Elliot was the Bernard L. Schwarz Senior Fellow in business and foreign policy at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier in his career, Elliot served as the Senior Vice President of Global Affairs for Gap Inc. and an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Columbia Law School. He has been a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times. Elliot holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.)

  • Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    "In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.
    Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development -- where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years -- and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] -- where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and also served as GM of during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.
    Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and other major web players. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.
    Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback.
    Megan has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.)

    , Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Office of Science and Technology Policy

    No bio available at the moment
  • Sashi Tharoor

    Sashi Tharoor

    "Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.)

  • Ed Vaizey

    Ed Vaizey

    "Tech companies could abandon the UK if it leaves the European Union, digital economy minister Ed Vaizey warned on Thursday.

    Vaizey told Business Insider he is concerned that tech companies of all shapes and sizes could leave for other European nations if a Brexit occurs.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview, Vaizey said: "With countries like France and Germany very focused on tech, and the reputation of some of the Baltic states, tech will have plenty of homes to go to within the European Union if we were to leave."

    Tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Cisco, and Huawei have created sizable outposts in the UK that employ tens of thousands of people. There are also thousands of tech startups across the nation, particularly in London, that employ large workforces between them.

    Vaizey believes that tech companies get better access to talented workers and capital by being a part of the EU. He's also a firm believer in the European single market, which gives UK tech companies access to 500 million consumers.)

  • Harsh Vardhan

    Harsh Vardhan

    "New Delhi, Oct 23 : Union minister Harsh Vardhan today urged the scientific community to put their “heart, soul and mind” into work, and shed ego or “interpersonal allergy”, if any that is impeding the great things they can achieve together. “I have been to the labs where some of the great scientists, like J C Bose and C V Raman, worked. They worked all alone and what passion they had, they really worked like ‘mad men’ and so achieved those heights. “But, when I go to several scientific and medical institutions, do we still find that focussd dedication. India has a great DNA in the scientific field, and what the country needs today is a pro-active attitude to come out of that routine slumber, the casual work attitude, and a bit of the out-of-the-box thinking,” Vardhan said.)

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

    Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

    "Iyinoluwa is a Nigerian serial entrepreneur with several years of experience running social ventures in education technology and publishing. When he was 18, he worked as an intern for the World Youth Alliance in the United Nations Headquarters. He went on to run one of Canada’’s largest student-owned publishing houses, Imprint Publications as President of the Board.

    Iyinoluwa helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform for university professors to teach online courses. Bookneto Inc. was acquired in 2013.

    Iyinoluwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Iyinoluwa is a recipient of several awards and honors including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership (awarded by JC Holland Foundation in 2010), Nigeria’’s top 20 under 20 (awarded by Ynaija! in 2011) and World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012.)

  • Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola

    Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola

    "Iyinoluwa is a Nigerian serial entrepreneur with several years of experience running social ventures in education technology and publishing. When he was 18, he worked as an intern for the World Youth Alliance in the United Nations Headquarters. He went on to run one of Canada’’s largest student-owned publishing houses, Imprint Publications as President of the Board.

    Iyinoluwa helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform for university professors to teach online courses. Bookneto Inc. was acquired in 2013.

    Iyinoluwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Iyinoluwa is a recipient of several awards and honors including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership (awarded by JC Holland Foundation in 2010), Nigeria’’s top 20 under 20 (awarded by Ynaija! in 2011) and World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012.)

  • Hassan Ahman

    Hassan Ahman

    "A medical graduate from Sydney, Australia, Hassan combines an entrepreneurial skillset with experience across all vertical levels of the purpose sector. Following the foundation and management of Light the Way, he pursued an internship at the European Office of the World Health Organization. It was here he learnt of the UN's framework for international development, and was inspired to apply it to Conscious Step.)

  • Katy Ashe

    Katy Ashe

    "Noora Health’s mission is to improve health outcomes for the disenfranchised. They deliver health skills training to at-risk patient families – certifying them in everything from hygiene to recognition of early-warning signs. Noora Health meets users where they are by turning hospital hallways, waiting rooms and wards into classrooms. By certifying families in the conditions they face, Noora gives them the ability to heal and prevent disease when they return home. Their goal is to create a more resilient health system by building capacity at the household level, placing care in the hands of those who need it most."

  • Mike Belinsky

    Mike Belinsky

    "Michael Belinsky is founding partner of Instiglio, a nonprofit organization that works on results-based financing programs and Social Impact Bonds in international development. At Instiglio, Michael works to unite leaders from the public, private and social sectors to improve the performance of social programs. Prior to Instiglio, Michael was a teaching assistant for "Entrepreneurship in the Private and Social Sectors," a joint class taught at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Michael was also an associate at Advanced Analytical Consulting Group in Boston, MA. Michael is the recipient of the War and Peace Fellowship and the Paganucci Fellowship from Dartmouth College, and was a fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University in 2012. Michael holds an AB in economics and government from Dartmouth College and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Kennedy Review.)

  • Sam Bonsey

    Sam Bonsey

    Sam Bonsey is the Director of Operations for The ImPact, a network of families who commit to make impact investments, track their financial performance and social impact, and share that data with others who have made The Pact. Sam is also cofounder of the 2Seeds Network, an NGO developing a network of community-based businesses in Tanzania. Sam is an active impact investor, and a member of the 100% IMPACT network, a community of asset owners who commit 100% of their assets to sustainable and impact investments. Sam is a member of Keller Enterprises, a family company committed to venture philanthropy and a healthy, sustainable food system in Central Louisiana. Sam was recognized by Forbes as a “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneur. He graduated from Harvard and lives in New York.

  • Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen

    Curt Bowen’s organization, Semilla Nueva --“New Seed” -- systematically changes the way that agricultural research and extension services for farmers work by ensuringthat these interventions respondfarmers’ actual needs. Through a new approach to farmer to farmer education, Semilla Nueva shifts ownership of the insights back tofarmers. Then, using experiments and data sourced from and shared by the farmers, Semilla Nuevascalessuccessful solutions by institutionalizing the practices within the government and CSOs. Semilla Nueva´s mission is to develop a fully functional system of agricultural development, first in Guatemala and then Central America,to ensurethe food security, increased income,improvement of soil, and general wellbeing of the region´s farmers. Semilla Nueva does this by putting in place the right incentives for each stakeholder in the system. The strategy is based on three tiers: 1) Find, teach, and share the best appropriate agricultural technology for small holder farmers through international collaborations, participatory technology trials, and in house research; 2)Institutionalize research practices and successful services for farmers, working with government agencies and CSOs; and 3) Generate a new standard for development organizations creating synergies between them and with the government to result in systemic change. By understanding the motivations of each of these actors, Curt has designed a strategy in which the work of one group feeds intothat of others, creating a virtuous cycle that has the farmer´s needs as a general starting point and that provides an easily translatable solution for the broken agricultural system that reignsin the region. With the help of Semilla Nueva, farmers are able toresearch and prove new technologies, and thendemand the right kinds of tools and services to grow themselves out of poverty. In turn, governments can provide these appropriate resources more effectively, and development organizations can work beyond their own programs in a more structured, accountable, and systemic way. Through partnerships with different actors, Curt is setting the stage for a social movement around agricultural development, and with this approach, the movement has begun to naturally spread throughout rural areas without a concerted effort from Semilla Nueva.

  • Joshua Browder

    Joshua Browder

    "Joshua Browder is the creator of the world's first "robot lawyer," a chatbot named DoNotPay that has already helped overturn almost 200,000 parking tickets across the world. DoNotPay's technology has since been applied to other situations requiring legal advice, such as helping Syrian refugees apply for asylum. He is currently a sophomore at Stanford University."


    , Founder, DoNotPay


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  • Minhaj Chowdhury

    Minhaj Chowdhury

    Minhaj Chowdhury is the CEO/Co-founder of Drinkwell Systems, a leading company providing access to clean water in West Bengal, India. He has 5 years of experience implementing arsenic-removal projects with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (“BRAC”), the largest NGO in the world, and Johns Hopkins University. As a Fulbright Fellow to Bangladesh, he researched villager willingness to pay for clean water. His work has been acclaimed by UNICEF, WaterAid Bangladesh, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Health Secretary, and serves as the basis for Drinkwell's growth strategy. Minhaj has prior experience as a Consultant with Exeter Group where he held roles in product development for state-based health insurance exchanges as well as project management for an operational turnaround of a large non-profit organization with an annual budget of $3B. Minhaj holds a BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and has won multiple awards from organizations such as the US State Department, SXSW, and others. He is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow as well as a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

  • Felicia Curcuru

    Felicia Curcuru

    Felicia Curcuru is the Co-founder and CEO of Binti. Felicia was first introduced to the world of adoption many years ago when her family adopted two children. Years later, Felicia began volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster youth in San Francisco. Through these experiences and coming from a technology background, she saw a lot of opportunity where technology could improve the outcomes of families and children in the foster care and adoption world. She co-founded Binti and has dedicated herself to that since.

    Prior to starting Binti, Felicia had a career in business and technology. She was previously an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. She was later the first employee, Head of User Experience and Director of Business Development at FundersClub, a leading online venture capital firm and Y Combinator graduate. Felicia graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a guest blogger on Huffington Post, SF Globe and She is an avid traveler who has lived in 7 countries and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, dancing, cooking and hiking.

    , Co-founder and CEO, Binti


    No bio available at the moment
  • Gayatri Datar

    Gayatri Datar

    "Gayatri Datar is a Dalberg alumna and co-founder of EarthEnable, a social enterprise with a mission to improve the health of low-income Rwandans through the use of earthen flooring created by locally trained masons. Last week, Gayatri was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship for her work with EarthEnable. We sat down to chat with Gayatri before she heads to Rwanda to work on EarthEnable full-time."

    , Co-founder and CEO, EarthEnable


    No bio available at the moment
  • Jonny Dorsey

    Jonny Dorsey

    "Jonny Dorsey, a co-founder of Global Health Corps, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and a concentration in “Addressing Health Disparities” in June 2009. He took a two-year leave of absence after his sophomore year to co-found FACE AIDS, where he served as Executive Director for two years before returning to school and transitioning to the board. Jonny was the President of the Student Body at Stanford during the 2008-09 academic year, during which time he worked to promote a culture of public service on campus. Jonny is a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur.)

  • Tanyella Evans

    Tanyella Evans

    "Tanyella Evans is the co-founder and COO of Library For All, a tech non-profit that has built a cloud-based digital library and platform to make knowledge accessible to communities in the developing world. Tanyella has experience in social entrepreneurship and international development, through the lens of education and culture. Prior to Library For All, Tanyella lived and worked as a teacher in Uganda, and trained at the Campaign for Female Education in the UK. As Executive Director of Artists for Peace and Justice, Tanyella led a team to establish a school that is now serving over 2,000 students on the edge of one of the poorest slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was the search for a scalable solution to the lack of access to educational materials that led Tanyella to meet her co-founder Rebecca, and launch Library For All in 2012. Tanyella is a recipient of a United World College scholarship to Lester B. Pearson College, and graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in the UK."


  • Fiza Farhan

    Fiza Farhan

    "Distinguished US magazine Forbes has included 28-year-old Fiza Farhan, co-founder of the Buksh Foundation, in its list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs for 2015.)

  • Wifredo Fernandez

    Wifredo Fernandez

    "When Wifredo Fernandez moved back to Miami, he knew he wanted to create something for the budding entrepreneurial community.

    After years teaching with Teach for America in Washington D.C. and taking an innovation course at Stanford University, he began considering coming back. Convos with former classmates revealed a big gap in tech education, specifically a lack of spaces for entrepreneurs to collaborate.

    He figured if he could teach elementary school kids … well, he could do anything.

    First, he helped start The Lab Miami, one of Miami’s first co-working spaces for the city’s budding entrepreneurs. Then he spearheaded CREATE, an incubator and accelerator at Miami-Dade College’s Idea Center at the downtown Miami campus. Now he’s working at the Division of Innovation and Economic Development at FIU, helping them launch a new incubator called StartUPFIU.

    It’s this drive and commitment to building Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that makes him this month’s most interesting man in Miami, a monthly series launched by The Millennials Project, which encourages men to become allies and advocates for women in the fight against domestic violence.)

  • Reese Fernandez-Ruiz

    Reese Fernandez-Ruiz

    "Last January, Therese “Reese” Fernandez-Ruiz caught the attention of Forbes and was placed on its annual “30 Under 30” list of social entrepreneurs, who, according to the magazine, “are leveraging business tools to solve the world’s most pressing problems.”
    The ‘most pressing problem’ the 29-year-old is tackling head-on: poverty in the Philippines.
    After graduating from Ateneo de Manila University in 2007, Reese, along with eight other like-minded individuals, co-founded Rags2Riches, Inc. (R2R), an eco-ethical brand that partners with artisans around Metro Manila to produce fashion and home accessories made from ‘upcycled’ scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics.
    The Philippine-based for-profit social enterprise, which is gaining traction globally, bears four bottom lines: people, profit, planet and positive influence.
    Reese, who is the president of the company, shared that a number of things contributed to R2R’s existence. She had been involved with immersion programs in college and was exposed to the harsh realities throughout the country at an early age, while traveling with her mother who is a missionary worker.)

  • Andrew Foote

    Andrew Foote

    After working in 7 different countries, Andrew became frustrated with international development and saw the light with community-led and market driven solutions, or what he calls social enterprise. He went on to manage an impact investing program and worked at a consulting firm helping nonprofits develop performance management systems. With Sanivation he has managed 30+ person teams in urban slums and refugee camps to achieve a simple vision: a sustainable world where safe and dignified sanitation is a reality for everyone, everyday. Andrew has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in environmental engineering and from Emory University in cultural anthropology. He has been recognized as a Halcyon Fellow in social entrepreneurship.

    , CEO & Co-founder, Sanivation


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  • Nicola Forster

    Nicola Forster

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    "In Switzerland and beyond, the knowledge and innovative ideas of skilled young citizens find little access to political decision-making. This creates a significant discrepancy between political decisions and the desires and ideas of young citizens. Nicola responds to this problem by developing foraus, a unique grassroots “think and do-tank” that crowd sources ideas for political change from young citizens. By doing so, he is supplying the political system with fresh, innovative ideas. He is combating the political apathy of young people by turning
    them into changemakers of traditional political systems. That way, he changes how young people are perceived by society and political decision makers: They are seen as experts on serious subjects and are empowered to impact political-decision making processes.)

    , Innovation Consultant and Founder and President, grassroots think tank foraus (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy)

    grassroots think tank foraus (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy)

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  • Michelle Glauser

    Michelle Glauser

    "Any good engineer can solve problems; Glauser challenges the assumptions behind them. If you missed the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag and billboard campaign in 2015, then you also missed how Glauser, 31, prompted women and minorities throughout the tech industry to empower themselves and to express their identity as engineers. In a similar vein, she’s now working on a startup that will help further empower low-income individuals by giving them free training and helping place them in companies looking to increase diversity. Glauser completed Hackbright Academy in 2012 and has worked as a full-stack developer in several different companies since then. In addition to her tireless efforts to create opportunity in software engineering, she also serves as the Lead for the San Francisco PyLadies meetup.)

  • Cameron Goldie-Scot

    Cameron Goldie-Scot

    No bio available at the moment
  • Daniel Gomez Iniguez

    Daniel Gomez Iniguez

    "In order to get his high school diploma in 2008, Daniel Gomez Iniguez was required to complete a research project. He had no intention of creating a multi-million dollar alternative energy company. At the time, Mexican newspapers were writing often about biodiesel, the alternative fuel produced from vegetable oils and animal fats. But there wasn't a Mexican company that had technology to produce biodiesel. So Gomez, who planned to do his research in chemistry, became very interested in how he could make biodiesel himself.

    "I started searching the Internet," recalls Gomez. "It seemed real easy to make [biodiesel] at your home." Gomez went to the local university, Tecnologico de Monterrey, and found a Ph.D. who taught the course on biodiesel production. He began attending the class (not for credit), and he joined an informal biodiesel club. "Instead of going mostly to high school, I started going mostly to the university," Gomez recalls.

    He learned enough to start making biodiesel from used cooking oil at restaurants, and compared it to making biodiesel from animal fats (the subject of his research project), to learn the process. He still didn't plan to start a business. Spending time at the university as well as going to biodiesel conferences throughout Mexico, though, Gomez met other people who could make the project into something much bigger. "

  • Christopher Gray

    Christopher Gray

    "Many students h