Speakers - Time Machine 2019

TIME MACHINE2019 SPEAKERS

SparkCognition’s annual summit brings together world-leading creative minds to debate the most pressing issue and opportunity of our time: artificial intelligence.

Time Machine will feature some of the world’s foremost AI leaders in tech, government, business, research, and the arts. Don’t miss out on this incredible lineup!

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John Chambers
CEO · JC2 Ventures
John Chambers
CEO · JC2 Ventures

John Chambers is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures. In his role, Chambers focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale, while also promoting the broader development of startup nations and a startup world. He invests in companies across categories and geographies that are leading market transitions, such as SparkCognition.

In addition to investing in and mentoring startups, Chambers is focused on promoting entrepreneurship, gender equality, and accelerating overall new business creation around the world, as he believes that startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the digital age. It is for this reason that he was appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France, and is the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers served as CEO, Chairman, and Executive Chairman at Cisco Systems. During his 25+ years at Cisco, he helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined in 1991 to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2015.

John Chambers

CEO · JC2 Ventures

John Chambers is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures. In his role, Chambers focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale, while also promoting the broader development of startup nations and a startup world. He invests in companies across categories and geographies that are leading market transitions, such as SparkCognition.

In addition to investing in and mentoring startups, Chambers is focused on promoting entrepreneurship, gender equality, and accelerating overall new business creation around the world, as he believes that startups will be the core driver of economic growth and job creation in the digital age. It is for this reason that he was appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France, and is the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers served as CEO, Chairman, and Executive Chairman at Cisco Systems. During his 25+ years at Cisco, he helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined in 1991 to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2015.

Azita Arvani
Digital Transformation Evangelist, Global Strategy
Azita Arvani
Digital Transformation Evangelist, Global Strategy

Azita Arvani is a strategic leader who pushes for innovation-led growth that delivers customer value. Arvani is recognized for her deployment of the latest digital technologies, such as cloud, AI, 5G, IoT, and AR/VR, to create new markets and revenue streams, develop new products and capabilities, forge partnerships, and build global teams. She has deep experience in both Fortune 500 companies and startups. She is an evangelist of true digital transformation.

Arvani is on the Board of Directors of the Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) with a focus on innovation agenda and serves on the Compensation and Governance Committees. Previously, she was Head of Innovation Partner & Venture Management at Nokia, where she led the company’s leading-edge global team to leverage external innovation for driving growth and optimizing internal R&D serving Nokia business groups and internal functions.

Azita is also the founder of Arvani Group Strategy Consulting, where she worked in close collaboration with global companies, startups, and investors, helping create profitable businesses.

Azita Arvani

Digital Transformation Evangelist, Global Strategy

Azita Arvani is a strategic leader who pushes for innovation-led growth that delivers customer value. Arvani is recognized for her deployment of the latest digital technologies, such as cloud, AI, 5G, IoT, and AR/VR, to create new markets and revenue streams, develop new products and capabilities, forge partnerships, and build global teams. She has deep experience in both Fortune 500 companies and startups. She is an evangelist of true digital transformation.

Arvani is on the Board of Directors of the Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) with a focus on innovation agenda and serves on the Compensation and Governance Committees. Previously, she was Head of Innovation Partner & Venture Management at Nokia, where she led the company’s leading-edge global team to leverage external innovation for driving growth and optimizing internal R&D serving Nokia business groups and internal functions.

Azita is also the founder of Arvani Group Strategy Consulting, where she worked in close collaboration with global companies, startups, and investors, helping create profitable businesses.

Sec. Robert O. Work
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense
Sec. Robert O. Work
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Secretary Robert O. Work is the Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security and the owner of TeamWork, LLC, which specializes in national security affairs and the future of warfare.

Secretary Work previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business of the Pentagon and developing the Department’s $600 billion defense program. He is widely credited for his work with leaders in the Department and the intelligence community on the “Third Offset Strategy,” which aimed to restore U.S. conventional overmatch over its strategic rivals and adversaries. He was twice awarded the DoD’s Distinguished Public Service Award, and has also received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Prior to serving as Deputy Secretary, Secretary Work spent one year as CEO of the CNAS, after serving as Undersecretary of the Navy from 2009–2013 in the first Obama administration. He was twice awarded the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Sec. Robert O. Work

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Secretary Robert O. Work is the Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security and the owner of TeamWork, LLC, which specializes in national security affairs and the future of warfare.

Secretary Work previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business of the Pentagon and developing the Department’s $600 billion defense program. He is widely credited for his work with leaders in the Department and the intelligence community on the “Third Offset Strategy,” which aimed to restore U.S. conventional overmatch over its strategic rivals and adversaries. He was twice awarded the DoD’s Distinguished Public Service Award, and has also received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Prior to serving as Deputy Secretary, Secretary Work spent one year as CEO of the CNAS, after serving as Undersecretary of the Navy from 2009–2013 in the first Obama administration. He was twice awarded the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Amir Husain
Founder & CEO · SparkCognition
Amir Husain
Founder & CEO · SparkCognition

Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and author based in Austin, Texas. He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award, has been named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and received the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award. Husain is the founder and CEO of SparkCognition, an award-winning artificial intelligence company.

Since its founding in 2013, SparkCognition has received widespread recognition, including the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, being named the fastest-growing company in Central Texas by Austin Business Journal in 2017, and ranking on the CB Insights AI 100 list in both 2017 and 2018.

Husain is a prolific inventor with 27 U.S. patents awarded and over 40 pending applications. His work has been featured in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Fox Business News, and Proceedings from the U.S. Naval Institute. His book “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” was published in 2017.

Husain served as a founding member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson and serves on the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for a New American Security Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

Amir Husain

Founder & CEO · SparkCognition

Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and author based in Austin, Texas. He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award, has been named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and received the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award. Husain is the founder and CEO of SparkCognition, an award-winning artificial intelligence company.

Since its founding in 2013, SparkCognition has received widespread recognition, including the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, being named the fastest-growing company in Central Texas by Austin Business Journal in 2017, and ranking on the CB Insights AI 100 list in both 2017 and 2018.

Husain is a prolific inventor with 27 U.S. patents awarded and over 40 pending applications. His work has been featured in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Fox Business News, and Proceedings from the U.S. Naval Institute. His book “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” was published in 2017.

Husain served as a founding member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson and serves on the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for a New American Security Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

Admiral Bobby R. Inman
US Navy (Ret.)
Admiral Bobby R. Inman
US Navy (Ret.)

Admiral Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, when he retired with the permanent rank of Admiral. While on active duty he served as Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. After retirement from the Navy, he was Chairman and CEO of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas for four years. He was also Chairman, President, and CEO of Westmark Systems, Inc., a privately-owned electronics industry holding company, for three years. Admiral Inman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.

Admiral Inman’s primary business activity since 1990 has been investing in startup technology companies. He is a Managing Director of Limestone Capital Advisors and serves as a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Admiral Inman has also held a number of high-level positions in academia, and holds honorary Doctoral degrees from the Claremont Graduate University, the National Intelligence University, and Southwestern University.

Admiral Bobby R. Inman

US Navy (Ret.)

Admiral Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, when he retired with the permanent rank of Admiral. While on active duty he served as Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. After retirement from the Navy, he was Chairman and CEO of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas for four years. He was also Chairman, President, and CEO of Westmark Systems, Inc., a privately-owned electronics industry holding company, for three years. Admiral Inman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.

Admiral Inman’s primary business activity since 1990 has been investing in startup technology companies. He is a Managing Director of Limestone Capital Advisors and serves as a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Admiral Inman has also held a number of high-level positions in academia, and holds honorary Doctoral degrees from the Claremont Graduate University, the National Intelligence University, and Southwestern University.

Dr. Clay Johnston
Health Interprofessional Practice & Education · University of Texas
Dr. Clay Johnston
Health Interprofessional Practice & Education · University of Texas

Dr. Clay Johnston is the inaugural Dean of Dell Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His vision is to create a new model for academic medicine that accelerates innovation to improve health and reduce inefficiencies in health care. That includes building a vital, inclusive health ecosystem to support new and innovative models of education, care, research, and community impact—all with a focus on improving health locally as a model for accelerating change nationally. He is also a neurologist, specializing in stroke care and research.

Previously, Dr. Johnston was Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also directed the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and founded the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value to engage faculty and trainees in improving the quality of care while also lowering costs.

Dr. Johnston has authored more than 300 publications in scientific journals and has won several national awards for his research and teaching. In particular, he has published extensively on the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack.

Dr. Clay Johnston

Health Interprofessional Practice & Education · University of Texas

Dr. Clay Johnston is the inaugural Dean of Dell Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His vision is to create a new model for academic medicine that accelerates innovation to improve health and reduce inefficiencies in health care. That includes building a vital, inclusive health ecosystem to support new and innovative models of education, care, research, and community impact—all with a focus on improving health locally as a model for accelerating change nationally. He is also a neurologist, specializing in stroke care and research.

Previously, Dr. Johnston was Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also directed the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and founded the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value to engage faculty and trainees in improving the quality of care while also lowering costs.

Dr. Johnston has authored more than 300 publications in scientific journals and has won several national awards for his research and teaching. In particular, he has published extensively on the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack.

P.W. Singer
Author and Strategist · New America
P.W. Singer
Author and Strategist · New America

Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America and an editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and robotics.

Singer’s award-winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. His latest book is LikeWar, which explores how social media interacts with war and politics.

His past work includes serving at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Harvard University, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings.

P.W. Singer

Author and Strategist · New America

Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America and an editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and robotics.

Singer’s award-winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. His latest book is LikeWar, which explores how social media interacts with war and politics.

His past work includes serving at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Harvard University, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings.

Charles Toups
Disruptive Computing · Boeing
Charles Toups
Disruptive Computing · Boeing

Charles Toups leads Boeing’s Disruptive Computing & Networks organization, which is leveraging core technologies in quantum communications, computing and sensing, neuromorphic brain-inspired processing, high-performance computing, and advanced networking to develop computing and communications solutions for advanced commercial and government aerospace applications. The organization works closely with Boeing Research & Technology, Information
Technology & Data Analytics, Boeing HorizonX, the company’s business units, Hughes Research Laboratory, university research partners, government research institutions and other companies on research development projects involving secure communications, artificial intelligence and complex system optimization.

Previously, he led Boeing Research & Technology, the company’s advanced central research-and-development unit, and the Boeing’s Development Program Excellence enterprise initiative to drive productivity and growth. He currently is a board member for HRL Laboratories and Near Earth Autonomy,
and is an executive member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Program Industry Council.

Charles Toups

Disruptive Computing · Boeing

Charles Toups leads Boeing’s Disruptive Computing & Networks organization, which is leveraging core technologies in quantum communications, computing and sensing, neuromorphic brain-inspired processing, high-performance computing, and advanced networking to develop computing and communications solutions for advanced commercial and government aerospace applications. The organization works closely with Boeing Research & Technology, Information
Technology & Data Analytics, Boeing HorizonX, the company’s business units, Hughes Research Laboratory, university research partners, government research institutions and other companies on research development projects involving secure communications, artificial intelligence and complex system optimization.

Previously, he led Boeing Research & Technology, the company’s advanced central research-and-development unit, and the Boeing’s Development Program Excellence enterprise initiative to drive productivity and growth. He currently is a board member for HRL Laboratories and Near Earth Autonomy,
and is an executive member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Program Industry Council.

Byron Reese
CEO and Publisher · GigaOm
Byron Reese
CEO and Publisher · GigaOm

As the CEO and Publisher of GigaOm, Reese leads the company in their mission to help business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society. Both a futurist and optimist, Byron Reese believes we are approaching a Fourth Age for humanity that promises to be infinitely better than anything we have seen before.

Reese’s newest book, “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity,” is described as “entertaining and engaging” by the New York Times, was named this year on JP Morgan’s Summer Reading List and is a Gary’s Book Club pick for CES 2019. Reese also produces and hosts GigaOm’s podcasts Voices in AI and The AI Minute and is also the author of “Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War.” As a lifelong entrepreneur with multiple IPOs and successful exits under his belt, Byron also frequently speaks to business audiences on how to excel in the world of tomorrow, and how to deploy technology successfully.

Byron Reese

CEO and Publisher · GigaOm

As the CEO and Publisher of GigaOm, Reese leads the company in their mission to help business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society. Both a futurist and optimist, Byron Reese believes we are approaching a Fourth Age for humanity that promises to be infinitely better than anything we have seen before.

Reese’s newest book, “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity,” is described as “entertaining and engaging” by the New York Times, was named this year on JP Morgan’s Summer Reading List and is a Gary’s Book Club pick for CES 2019. Reese also produces and hosts GigaOm’s podcasts Voices in AI and The AI Minute and is also the author of “Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War.” As a lifelong entrepreneur with multiple IPOs and successful exits under his belt, Byron also frequently speaks to business audiences on how to excel in the world of tomorrow, and how to deploy technology successfully.

Jamie Montgomery
Founder and Managing Director · March Capital Partners
Jamie Montgomery
Founder and Managing Director · March Capital Partners

Jamie Montgomery is a Founder and Managing Director of March Capital Partners. Previously, he was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery & Co., a well-known Los Angeles-based investment bank where he advised and financed hundreds of leading technology companies over a 25-year period. He is the founder of The Montgomery Summit, an annual conference that attracts over 1,000 global entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives to Santa Monica. Montgomery currently serves on the Board of Directors of Descartes Labs and Foghorn and is a Board Observer at Crowdstrike, Forter, and Earnin. Montgomery also had two successful exits at March Capital: the IPO of RUBI and the sale of Telesign to BICS.

Montgomery focuses on identifying disruptive technology companies and providing capital at a critical inflection point. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the Rady School of Business at the University of California San Diego, he actively supports programs for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of California San Diego, Claremont McKenna College, the University of Southern California, and Chapman University.

Jamie Montgomery

Founder and Managing Director · March Capital Partners

Jamie Montgomery is a Founder and Managing Director of March Capital Partners. Previously, he was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery & Co., a well-known Los Angeles-based investment bank where he advised and financed hundreds of leading technology companies over a 25-year period. He is the founder of The Montgomery Summit, an annual conference that attracts over 1,000 global entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives to Santa Monica. Montgomery currently serves on the Board of Directors of Descartes Labs and Foghorn and is a Board Observer at Crowdstrike, Forter, and Earnin. Montgomery also had two successful exits at March Capital: the IPO of RUBI and the sale of Telesign to BICS.

Montgomery focuses on identifying disruptive technology companies and providing capital at a critical inflection point. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the Rady School of Business at the University of California San Diego, he actively supports programs for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of California San Diego, Claremont McKenna College, the University of Southern California, and Chapman University.

Refik Anadol
Media Artist and Director
Refik Anadol
Media Artist and Director

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as his collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion. Anadol’s site-specific parametric data sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms, while offering a dramatic rethinking of the physical world, our relationship to time and space, and the creative potential of machines.

Refik Anadol

Media Artist and Director

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as his collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion. Anadol’s site-specific parametric data sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms, while offering a dramatic rethinking of the physical world, our relationship to time and space, and the creative potential of machines.

Dr. Heather Berlin
Professor of Psychiatry · Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Heather Berlin
Professor of Psychiatry · Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She explores the neural basis of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric and neurological disorders with the aim of developing novel treatments. She is also interested in the brain basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity.

Dr. Berlin is passionate about science communication and education. She hosts “Startalk All-Stars” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and hosted the PBS series “Science Goes to the Movies,” and the Discovery Channel series “Superhuman Showdown.” She is also a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange, and The New York Times series “TimesTalks.” She has made numerous media appearances including on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, National Geographic, and TEDx, and was featured in the documentary film “Bill Nye: Science Guy.”

Dr. Heather Berlin

Professor of Psychiatry · Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She explores the neural basis of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric and neurological disorders with the aim of developing novel treatments. She is also interested in the brain basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity.

Dr. Berlin is passionate about science communication and education. She hosts “Startalk All-Stars” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and hosted the PBS series “Science Goes to the Movies,” and the Discovery Channel series “Superhuman Showdown.” She is also a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange, and The New York Times series “TimesTalks.” She has made numerous media appearances including on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, National Geographic, and TEDx, and was featured in the documentary film “Bill Nye: Science Guy.”

Dr. Bruce Porter
Chief Science Officer · SparkCognition
Dr. Bruce Porter
Chief Science Officer · SparkCognition

A two-time Chair of the University of Texas Computer Science Department, Dr. Bruce Porter serves as SparkCognition’s Chief Science Officer, where he leads the company’s many R&D initiatives.

Currently, as University Professor, Dr. Porter research focuses on machine reading, a technology that holds tremendous potential for capturing knowledge for automated inference, question answering, explanation generation, and other AI capabilities.

Dr. Porter also directs UT’s Knowledge Systems Research Group, an AI organization with the goal to develop methods to build knowledgeable computers. He has won the Best Paper Award at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.

Selected Awards & Honors:

Best Paper Award, National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
Recipient of the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Texas at Austin
Recipient of a Presidential Young Investigator Award by the National Science Foundation

Dr. Bruce Porter

Chief Science Officer · SparkCognition

A two-time Chair of the University of Texas Computer Science Department, Dr. Bruce Porter serves as SparkCognition’s Chief Science Officer, where he leads the company’s many R&D initiatives.

Currently, as University Professor, Dr. Porter research focuses on machine reading, a technology that holds tremendous potential for capturing knowledge for automated inference, question answering, explanation generation, and other AI capabilities.

Dr. Porter also directs UT’s Knowledge Systems Research Group, an AI organization with the goal to develop methods to build knowledgeable computers. He has won the Best Paper Award at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.

Selected Awards & Honors:

Best Paper Award, National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
Recipient of the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Texas at Austin
Recipient of a Presidential Young Investigator Award by the National Science Foundation

General Tony Thomas
Commanding General (Ret.) · USSOCOM
General Tony Thomas
Commanding General (Ret.) · USSOCOM

General Tony Thomas recently retired after three years as the Commanding General for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). As the commander of SOCOM, he oversaw 85,000 troops and civilians deployed in over 100 countries.

During Gen. Thomas’s 39-year career, he had more combat deployments than any other senior officer. He is the only officer to have commanded a squadron at Delta Force and a battalion of the 75th Ranger regiment. Since 2001, he deployed every year to Afghanistan or Iraq.

Gen. Thomas previously commanded the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the elite counterterrorism unit that conducts the nation’s most dangerous missions. He has a long tenure in JSOC—in May 2011, he was the deputy commander and key planner of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

In his last two roles leading globally deployed forces, Gen. Thomas increased the focus on cyber and information operations. He was one of the military’s earliest and staunchest advocates for applied AI on the battlefield and was the first senior officer to appoint a Chief Data Officer to bring private sector solutions to the command.

General Tony Thomas

Commanding General (Ret.) · USSOCOM

General Tony Thomas recently retired after three years as the Commanding General for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). As the commander of SOCOM, he oversaw 85,000 troops and civilians deployed in over 100 countries.

During Gen. Thomas’s 39-year career, he had more combat deployments than any other senior officer. He is the only officer to have commanded a squadron at Delta Force and a battalion of the 75th Ranger regiment. Since 2001, he deployed every year to Afghanistan or Iraq.

Gen. Thomas previously commanded the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the elite counterterrorism unit that conducts the nation’s most dangerous missions. He has a long tenure in JSOC—in May 2011, he was the deputy commander and key planner of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

In his last two roles leading globally deployed forces, Gen. Thomas increased the focus on cyber and information operations. He was one of the military’s earliest and staunchest advocates for applied AI on the battlefield and was the first senior officer to appoint a Chief Data Officer to bring private sector solutions to the command.

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy
Associate Professor · University of Louisville
Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy
Associate Professor · University of Louisville

The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses as well as fake forensic evidence. Ironically, our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI. Will AI enhance cybersecurity or make it more difficult to create robust defenses for cyberinfrastructure? In his talk, Dr. Roman Yampolskiy will discuss the paradox that AI will bring for cybersecurity and how cybersecurity experts can prepare to address impact from AI.

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy

Associate Professor · University of Louisville

The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses as well as fake forensic evidence. Ironically, our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI. Will AI enhance cybersecurity or make it more difficult to create robust defenses for cyberinfrastructure? In his talk, Dr. Roman Yampolskiy will discuss the paradox that AI will bring for cybersecurity and how cybersecurity experts can prepare to address impact from AI.

ALAgrApHY
Artist and Scientist
ALAgrApHY
Artist and Scientist

Both an artist (painter, filmmaker, and photographer) and scientist (PhD in complex systems at Indiana University, data scientist, and artificial intelligence expert), ALAgrApHY is among the pioneers in AI-generated art. He uses algorithms to teach machines to generate mosaics composed of thousands of unique faces of all ages and races, inspired by his humanitarian project 1001faces.org. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, and has exhibited his algorithmic art in multiple venues since 2013. His AI-generated art has been exhibited at Salon Comparaison at the Grand Palais. His AI-generated artwork “D’ame(s) Souriante(s)” won the digital art award at the Salon d’Automne and was exhibited at the Grand Palais in February of 2019. His “Collective Brain X” will be in exhibition at the Gulbenkian Foundation until the 10th of June. He is a founding member of the www.ai-art.net, a collective of AI artists, musicians, and poets that anyone can join.

ALAgrApHY

Artist and Scientist

Both an artist (painter, filmmaker, and photographer) and scientist (PhD in complex systems at Indiana University, data scientist, and artificial intelligence expert), ALAgrApHY is among the pioneers in AI-generated art. He uses algorithms to teach machines to generate mosaics composed of thousands of unique faces of all ages and races, inspired by his humanitarian project 1001faces.org. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, and has exhibited his algorithmic art in multiple venues since 2013. His AI-generated art has been exhibited at Salon Comparaison at the Grand Palais. His AI-generated artwork “D’ame(s) Souriante(s)” won the digital art award at the Salon d’Automne and was exhibited at the Grand Palais in February of 2019. His “Collective Brain X” will be in exhibition at the Gulbenkian Foundation until the 10th of June. He is a founding member of the www.ai-art.net, a collective of AI artists, musicians, and poets that anyone can join.

Sougwen Chung
Artist and (re)searcher
Sougwen Chung
Artist and (re)searcher

Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist and (re)searcher based in New York. Chung’s work explores the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the dynamics of humans and systems. Her speculative critical practice spans performance, installation, and drawings which have been featured in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world.

Chung is a former research fellow at MIT’s Media Lab and a pioneer in the field of human-machine collaboration. In 2019, she was selected as the Woman of the Year in Monaco for achievement in the Arts & Sciences. In 2018 she was an inaugural E.A.T. Artist in Resident in partnership with New Museum and Bell Labs, and was awarded a commission for her project Omnia per Omnia. In 2016, Chung received Japan Media Art’s Excellence Award for her project, Drawing Operations.

Sougwen Chung

Artist and (re)searcher

Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist and (re)searcher based in New York. Chung’s work explores the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the dynamics of humans and systems. Her speculative critical practice spans performance, installation, and drawings which have been featured in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world.

Chung is a former research fellow at MIT’s Media Lab and a pioneer in the field of human-machine collaboration. In 2019, she was selected as the Woman of the Year in Monaco for achievement in the Arts & Sciences. In 2018 she was an inaugural E.A.T. Artist in Resident in partnership with New Museum and Bell Labs, and was awarded a commission for her project Omnia per Omnia. In 2016, Chung received Japan Media Art’s Excellence Award for her project, Drawing Operations.

Mike Tyka
Artist and Co-Founder · ALTspace
Mike Tyka
Artist and Co-Founder · ALTspace

Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington, and later at Google.

Tyka became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and construct Groovik’s Cube, a 35-ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik’s cube installed in Reno, Seattle, and New York. Since then his artistic work has focused both on traditional sculpture and modern technology, such as 3D printing and artificial neural networks. Since 2015 Mike has also begun working with artificial neural networks as an artistic medium and tool. He created some of the first largescale artworks using Iterative DeepDream and collaborated with Refik Anadol to create a pioneering immersive projection installation using Generative Adversarial Networks called “Archive Dreaming.” His latest generative series “Portraits of Imaginary People” has been shown at ARS Electronica in Linz, Christie’s in New York, and at the New Museum in Karuizawa (Japan).

Mike Tyka

Artist and Co-Founder · ALTspace

Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington, and later at Google.

Tyka became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and construct Groovik’s Cube, a 35-ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik’s cube installed in Reno, Seattle, and New York. Since then his artistic work has focused both on traditional sculpture and modern technology, such as 3D printing and artificial neural networks. Since 2015 Mike has also begun working with artificial neural networks as an artistic medium and tool. He created some of the first largescale artworks using Iterative DeepDream and collaborated with Refik Anadol to create a pioneering immersive projection installation using Generative Adversarial Networks called “Archive Dreaming.” His latest generative series “Portraits of Imaginary People” has been shown at ARS Electronica in Linz, Christie’s in New York, and at the New Museum in Karuizawa (Japan).

Bilal Zuberi
Partner · Lux Capital
Bilal Zuberi
Partner · Lux Capital

Bilal is a partner at Lux Capital, a $1.5B VC fund investing in breakthrough technology companies. Bilal is attracted to startups that solve real-world problems with technically ambitious solutions, which are often the first of their kind. Prior to joining Lux, Bilal was an investor at General Catalyst Partners.
Bilal’s investments include SailDrone, AirMap, Desktop Metal, Nozomi Networks, Evolv Technologies, DeepSentinel, Orbital Insight, NoonHome, HappiestBaby, Veo Robotics, NewKnowledge, OpenSpace.ai, Lightform, Applied Intuition, and other technology companies.
Before he became an investor, Bilal was an entrepreneur. He co-founded GEO2 Technologies, an advanced materials company that also spun out Bio2 Technologies. Earlier in his career, Bilal was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a visiting scientist at PNNL/DOE Labs.
He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (under Prof. Mario Molina, Nobel laureate, 1995), and his technical work has been published in a multitude of peer-reviewed journals. He holds 30+ patents and patent applications.

Bilal Zuberi

Partner · Lux Capital

Bilal is a partner at Lux Capital, a $1.5B VC fund investing in breakthrough technology companies. Bilal is attracted to startups that solve real-world problems with technically ambitious solutions, which are often the first of their kind. Prior to joining Lux, Bilal was an investor at General Catalyst Partners.
Bilal’s investments include SailDrone, AirMap, Desktop Metal, Nozomi Networks, Evolv Technologies, DeepSentinel, Orbital Insight, NoonHome, HappiestBaby, Veo Robotics, NewKnowledge, OpenSpace.ai, Lightform, Applied Intuition, and other technology companies.
Before he became an investor, Bilal was an entrepreneur. He co-founded GEO2 Technologies, an advanced materials company that also spun out Bio2 Technologies. Earlier in his career, Bilal was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a visiting scientist at PNNL/DOE Labs.
He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (under Prof. Mario Molina, Nobel laureate, 1995), and his technical work has been published in a multitude of peer-reviewed journals. He holds 30+ patents and patent applications.

Bry Dillon
Vice President - Cloud, Channels, Community · OSIsoft
Bry Dillon
Vice President - Cloud, Channels, Community · OSIsoft

Bry Dillon has been in the enterprise software industry for 20 years, spanning roles in sales and business development from venture-funded startups to Fortune 500 organizations. He spent the beginning of his career in software companies focused on supply chain and unstructured data. For the past 8 years, Bry has worked for OSIsoft, the majority of which has been in the field sales organization, where he led OSIsoft’s Western Region. In his current role, Bry is responsible for overseeing the Cloud, Channels and Community team. Currently, he is focused on driving go-to-market strategies for emerging products and sales channels that extend the PI Infrastructure to leverage Cloud technologies. He is also responsible for identifying and driving strategic complementary solutions that increases value from operational data. Bry is a Bay Area native who lives in San Leandro with his wife and daughter.

Bry holds a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Hayward.

Bry Dillon

Vice President - Cloud, Channels, Community · OSIsoft

Bry Dillon has been in the enterprise software industry for 20 years, spanning roles in sales and business development from venture-funded startups to Fortune 500 organizations. He spent the beginning of his career in software companies focused on supply chain and unstructured data. For the past 8 years, Bry has worked for OSIsoft, the majority of which has been in the field sales organization, where he led OSIsoft’s Western Region. In his current role, Bry is responsible for overseeing the Cloud, Channels and Community team. Currently, he is focused on driving go-to-market strategies for emerging products and sales channels that extend the PI Infrastructure to leverage Cloud technologies. He is also responsible for identifying and driving strategic complementary solutions that increases value from operational data. Bry is a Bay Area native who lives in San Leandro with his wife and daughter.

Bry holds a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Hayward.

James Slider
Director of Special Projects · The Drone Racing League (DRL)
James Slider
Director of Special Projects · The Drone Racing League (DRL)

James Slider is the Director of Special Projects at The Drone Racing League, the premier international drone racing circuit for elite pilots. He currently oversees DRL’s new autonomous drone racing series, the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which combines cutting-edge AI and drone technology with heritage racing formats to blur the lines between the digital and physical worlds. Prior to DRL, James served as the Senior Product Designer at Tough Mudder, where he led a team of challenge designers, sponsorship integration initiatives, and quality assurance protocols. Before Tough Mudder, James worked as an Advance Associate for the White House, managing production teams, crafting political site designs, and producing large-scale rally events for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden.

James Slider

Director of Special Projects · The Drone Racing League (DRL)

James Slider is the Director of Special Projects at The Drone Racing League, the premier international drone racing circuit for elite pilots. He currently oversees DRL’s new autonomous drone racing series, the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which combines cutting-edge AI and drone technology with heritage racing formats to blur the lines between the digital and physical worlds. Prior to DRL, James served as the Senior Product Designer at Tough Mudder, where he led a team of challenge designers, sponsorship integration initiatives, and quality assurance protocols. Before Tough Mudder, James worked as an Advance Associate for the White House, managing production teams, crafting political site designs, and producing large-scale rally events for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden.

Admiral John M. Richardson, USN (RET)
31st Chief of Naval Operations · United States Navy
Admiral John M. Richardson, USN (RET)
31st Chief of Naval Operations · United States Navy

Adm. John Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
At sea, Richardson served in the submarines USS Parche (SSN 683), USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716). He commanded USS Honolulu (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Submarine Development Squadron 12, Submarine Group 8, NATO Submarine Allied Naval Forces South, Naval Submarine Forces, and was the director of Naval Reactors.
His staff assignments include naval aide to the President, teacher for prospective submarine commanding officers, the Joint Staff, and director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Heserved on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and other awards for outstanding team performance. He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for his time in command of USS Honolulu.
Richardson served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations from September 2015 until August 2019. He retired from the Navy after 37 years of service in September of 2019.

Admiral John M. Richardson, USN (RET)

31st Chief of Naval Operations · United States Navy

Adm. John Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
At sea, Richardson served in the submarines USS Parche (SSN 683), USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716). He commanded USS Honolulu (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Submarine Development Squadron 12, Submarine Group 8, NATO Submarine Allied Naval Forces South, Naval Submarine Forces, and was the director of Naval Reactors.
His staff assignments include naval aide to the President, teacher for prospective submarine commanding officers, the Joint Staff, and director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Heserved on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and other awards for outstanding team performance. He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for his time in command of USS Honolulu.
Richardson served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations from September 2015 until August 2019. He retired from the Navy after 37 years of service in September of 2019.

Crystal Wang
CEO · Newland Science and Technology Group
Crystal Wang
CEO · Newland Science and Technology Group

Crystal Wang is the President and CEO of the Newland Science and Technology Group. She is a senior engineer and expert with special allowance under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. She has successfully held positions as a representative of the 10th and 11th National People’s Congress, a member of the 12th national committee of CPPCC and its Committee of Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports, a member of the 13th National Committee of CPPCC, and its Committee of Education, Science, Health and Sports. She is a member of the Sino-Germany Economic Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman of the Expert Committee of Internet of Things of Chinese Electronic Society, and the Vice President of the Digital China Industrial Development Alliance.

Crystal Wang

CEO · Newland Science and Technology Group

Crystal Wang is the President and CEO of the Newland Science and Technology Group. She is a senior engineer and expert with special allowance under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. She has successfully held positions as a representative of the 10th and 11th National People’s Congress, a member of the 12th national committee of CPPCC and its Committee of Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports, a member of the 13th National Committee of CPPCC, and its Committee of Education, Science, Health and Sports. She is a member of the Sino-Germany Economic Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman of the Expert Committee of Internet of Things of Chinese Electronic Society, and the Vice President of the Digital China Industrial Development Alliance.

Paal Eirik Syvertsen
Crew lead - Smart Maintenance · Aker BP
Paal Eirik Syvertsen
Crew lead - Smart Maintenance · Aker BP

Paal Eirik Syvertsen leads the Smart Maintenance crew in Eureka, Aker BP’s dedicated digitalization program. Aker BP aims to be at the forefront of digitalizing the oil & gas industry, and Syvertsen has been instrumental in shaping the way Aker BP is working towards that mission. Eureka is an agile lab where cross-functional crews solve business challenges by delivering minimum viable products. The ultimate goal is to improve business outcomes, increase safety, boost productivity and reduce costs. The Smart Maintenance crew leverages the powerful Cognite Data Fusion, making it possible to utilize live data from several source systems both offshore and onshore.

As a crew lead, heplays a big role in supporting Aker BP Operations in moving towards a digital operating model that utilizes the valuable opportunities within subjects as production optimization and predictive maintenance. By getting inspiration outside of traditional oil and gas companies, Smart Maintenance has been able to deliver use cases using different technologies like machine learning and analytics.

Previously, Syvertsen worked as an Equipment Class Owner in AkerBP and BP. In this role, he had responsibility for the maintenance and reliability of electrical and HVAC equipment. Here he developed maintenance concepts to improve barrier control and reliability of production critical equipment.

Paal Eirik Syvertsen

Crew lead - Smart Maintenance · Aker BP

Paal Eirik Syvertsen leads the Smart Maintenance crew in Eureka, Aker BP’s dedicated digitalization program. Aker BP aims to be at the forefront of digitalizing the oil & gas industry, and Syvertsen has been instrumental in shaping the way Aker BP is working towards that mission. Eureka is an agile lab where cross-functional crews solve business challenges by delivering minimum viable products. The ultimate goal is to improve business outcomes, increase safety, boost productivity and reduce costs. The Smart Maintenance crew leverages the powerful Cognite Data Fusion, making it possible to utilize live data from several source systems both offshore and onshore.

As a crew lead, heplays a big role in supporting Aker BP Operations in moving towards a digital operating model that utilizes the valuable opportunities within subjects as production optimization and predictive maintenance. By getting inspiration outside of traditional oil and gas companies, Smart Maintenance has been able to deliver use cases using different technologies like machine learning and analytics.

Previously, Syvertsen worked as an Equipment Class Owner in AkerBP and BP. In this role, he had responsibility for the maintenance and reliability of electrical and HVAC equipment. Here he developed maintenance concepts to improve barrier control and reliability of production critical equipment.

Bill Burnham
CTO, US Public Sector · Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Bill Burnham
CTO, US Public Sector · Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Bill Burnham is the CTO for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s US Public Sector Business Unit. In this role, he provides expert technical guidance and direction to key customers in the U.S. Federal Sector, State and Local Governments, and Education. He works extensively with HPE Labs to design Hybrid IT and Intelligent Edge solutions, injecting technology innovation that fosters business and process transformation.

Before joining HPE in 2018, he served as the CTO for the United States Special Operations Command, responsible for the innovation/modernization of the global information and services networks supporting 70,000 special operations users. In this position, he provided authoritative technical leadership on precedent-setting matters ranging from innovative data center designs to hybrid cloud implementation strategies.

Mr. Burnham was a career active duty Army officer with the majority of his assignments in tactical/operational special operations units and joint tactical communications units supporting deployed special operations forces.

Mr. Burnham attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Southern California, where he received a Master of Science in Systems Management.

Bill Burnham

CTO, US Public Sector · Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Bill Burnham is the CTO for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s US Public Sector Business Unit. In this role, he provides expert technical guidance and direction to key customers in the U.S. Federal Sector, State and Local Governments, and Education. He works extensively with HPE Labs to design Hybrid IT and Intelligent Edge solutions, injecting technology innovation that fosters business and process transformation.

Before joining HPE in 2018, he served as the CTO for the United States Special Operations Command, responsible for the innovation/modernization of the global information and services networks supporting 70,000 special operations users. In this position, he provided authoritative technical leadership on precedent-setting matters ranging from innovative data center designs to hybrid cloud implementation strategies.

Mr. Burnham was a career active duty Army officer with the majority of his assignments in tactical/operational special operations units and joint tactical communications units supporting deployed special operations forces.

Mr. Burnham attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Southern California, where he received a Master of Science in Systems Management.

Keith Lynn
AlphaPilot Program Manager · Lockheed Martin
Keith Lynn
AlphaPilot Program Manager · Lockheed Martin

Bio coming soon...

Keith Lynn

AlphaPilot Program Manager · Lockheed Martin
Bio coming soon...
Rahul Kapoor
Vice President, Global Head of Services and Engineering · Bosch
Rahul Kapoor
Vice President, Global Head of Services and Engineering · Bosch

Rahul Kapoor is Vice President, Global Head of Services and Engineering at Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence. He leads a team of data scientists responsible for applying big data and machine learning technology to extract business value across various verticals including connected services, manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering. Prior to this role, Rahul was responsible for driving innovations in the area of “Internet of Things and Services (IoTS)” within Bosch Corporate Research. Rahul joined BOSCH as a research scientist after completing his Masters in Computer Engineering and Business from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rahul Kapoor

Vice President, Global Head of Services and Engineering · Bosch

Rahul Kapoor is Vice President, Global Head of Services and Engineering at Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence. He leads a team of data scientists responsible for applying big data and machine learning technology to extract business value across various verticals including connected services, manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering. Prior to this role, Rahul was responsible for driving innovations in the area of “Internet of Things and Services (IoTS)” within Bosch Corporate Research. Rahul joined BOSCH as a research scientist after completing his Masters in Computer Engineering and Business from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Tom Bradicich
VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE · Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dr. Tom Bradicich
VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE · Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Dr. Tom Bradicich is Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He and his team develop and commercialize advanced connectivity, compute, and controls software, with a focus on WiFi, 5G, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom directs the Edge & IoT Center of Excellence (CoE), leading company-wide strategies, venture/M&A business assessments, and the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute channel partner program.
Recently, Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Converged Servers, Edge & IoT Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and conceived and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy.
Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, Vice President, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HPE, Tom was a Corporate Fellow and officer at National Instruments, an Operational Technologies (OT) company. Tom was named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016 and 2017, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology.
Tom’s products have won many industry recognitions such as an InfoWorld Technology of the Year, Network World Product of the Year, CRN Product of the Year, CRN Coolest IoT Hardware, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, Mobile World Congress Top Edge Infrastructure, 451 Research Firestarter Award, and Automation World Edge Compute Leadership Award.

Dr. Tom Bradicich

VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE · Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Dr. Tom Bradicich is Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He and his team develop and commercialize advanced connectivity, compute, and controls software, with a focus on WiFi, 5G, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom directs the Edge & IoT Center of Excellence (CoE), leading company-wide strategies, venture/M&A business assessments, and the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute channel partner program.
Recently, Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Converged Servers, Edge & IoT Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and conceived and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy.
Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, Vice President, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HPE, Tom was a Corporate Fellow and officer at National Instruments, an Operational Technologies (OT) company. Tom was named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016 and 2017, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology.
Tom’s products have won many industry recognitions such as an InfoWorld Technology of the Year, Network World Product of the Year, CRN Product of the Year, CRN Coolest IoT Hardware, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, Mobile World Congress Top Edge Infrastructure, 451 Research Firestarter Award, and Automation World Edge Compute Leadership Award.

Sandeep Mehta
Executive Vice President · Wells Fargo
Sandeep Mehta
Executive Vice President · Wells Fargo

Sandeep Mehta is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo responsible for Enterprise Platforms. Sandeep joined Wells Fargo in 2014 from UBS where he was a Managing Director based in Zurich, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. He has extensive financial services experience over two decades leading technology teams at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers in New York, India, the Middle East, and Asia.

His background in computing includes research and software development in artificial intelligence, robotics, imaging, and speech recognition while at Philips Research Labs, NYNEX Science & Technology (now Verizon) and the University of Rochester. He serves as an advisor to Arts for Art in New York, an artist-led organization, known for the famous Vision Festival supporting jazz and performing artists. Sandeep is currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sandeep Mehta

Executive Vice President · Wells Fargo

Sandeep Mehta is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo responsible for Enterprise Platforms. Sandeep joined Wells Fargo in 2014 from UBS where he was a Managing Director based in Zurich, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. He has extensive financial services experience over two decades leading technology teams at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers in New York, India, the Middle East, and Asia.

His background in computing includes research and software development in artificial intelligence, robotics, imaging, and speech recognition while at Philips Research Labs, NYNEX Science & Technology (now Verizon) and the University of Rochester. He serves as an advisor to Arts for Art in New York, an artist-led organization, known for the famous Vision Festival supporting jazz and performing artists. Sandeep is currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mike Crandall
Data Science Senior Manager · Accenture
Mike Crandall
Data Science Senior Manager · Accenture

Mike Crandall is an analytics transformation leader with 8+ years of experience developing and implementing advanced analytics and artificial intelligence systems, primarily for logistics, supply chain, and operations applications within the DoD. He is a passionate developer of cross-functional analytics teams that deliver impactful and practical data-driven solutions that grow client organizations’ analytics maturity. His analytics experience includes business intelligence, simulation, predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is a proud alum of the University of Maryland!

Mike Crandall

Data Science Senior Manager · Accenture

Mike Crandall is an analytics transformation leader with 8+ years of experience developing and implementing advanced analytics and artificial intelligence systems, primarily for logistics, supply chain, and operations applications within the DoD. He is a passionate developer of cross-functional analytics teams that deliver impactful and practical data-driven solutions that grow client organizations’ analytics maturity. His analytics experience includes business intelligence, simulation, predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is a proud alum of the University of Maryland!

Andrew Coleman
Chief Commercial Officer · GE Aviation, Digital
Andrew Coleman
Chief Commercial Officer · GE Aviation, Digital

Andrew J. Coleman serves as the commercial leader for GE Aviation’s digital business. In this role, he leads a global team of professionals focused on unlocking the power of data and insights to the commercial aviation, military, OEM, and aviation lessor industry segments. GE Aviation’s digital business supports the aviation community with a broad range of digital applications ranging from flight safety, fuel efficiency, network operations, predictive maintenance, mission readiness, and asset performance management. As a commercial leader, Andrew has a global responsibility for sales, consulting, alliances, marketing, customer success, solution architecture, business development, and customer support.

Prior to this role, Andrew has held commercial, finance, and product management leadership roles across NCR & Teradata. During his career, he has built a record of growth, new market penetration, and employee achievement through a service before self, wingman culture.

Andrew has a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Xavier University and a bachelor of arts from Asbury University where he also serves on the university’s board of directors.

Andrew Coleman

Chief Commercial Officer · GE Aviation, Digital

Andrew J. Coleman serves as the commercial leader for GE Aviation’s digital business. In this role, he leads a global team of professionals focused on unlocking the power of data and insights to the commercial aviation, military, OEM, and aviation lessor industry segments. GE Aviation’s digital business supports the aviation community with a broad range of digital applications ranging from flight safety, fuel efficiency, network operations, predictive maintenance, mission readiness, and asset performance management. As a commercial leader, Andrew has a global responsibility for sales, consulting, alliances, marketing, customer success, solution architecture, business development, and customer support.

Prior to this role, Andrew has held commercial, finance, and product management leadership roles across NCR & Teradata. During his career, he has built a record of growth, new market penetration, and employee achievement through a service before self, wingman culture.

Andrew has a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Xavier University and a bachelor of arts from Asbury University where he also serves on the university’s board of directors.

Greg Allen
Chief of Strategy and Communications · Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)
Greg Allen
Chief of Strategy and Communications · Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)

Gregory C. Allen is the Chief of Strategy and Communications at the Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). At the JAIC, Mr. Allen advises on the development and implementation of the DoD AI Strategy and is responsible for the JAIC’s industry and academic engagement, market research, legislative affairs, and public affairs efforts.

Before joining the JAIC, Mr. Allen was an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he focused on the intersection of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, space, and national security. His writing and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Nature, CNN, Foreign Policy, WIRED, and Vox. His report, “Artificial Intelligence and National Security,” a study conducted on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), was published through the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

In addition to his work at CNAS, Mr. Allen has held a variety of technology policy, business development, and organizational strategy roles at Blue Origin, Samsung, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, iRobot Corporation, and Avascent.

Mr. Allen holds a joint MPP/MBA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School. His master’s thesis was honored with the Belfer Center Award for Excellence in International and Global Affairs. He graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was awarded the Arnold J. Lien prize for outstanding graduate in Political Science.

Greg Allen

Chief of Strategy and Communications · Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)

Gregory C. Allen is the Chief of Strategy and Communications at the Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). At the JAIC, Mr. Allen advises on the development and implementation of the DoD AI Strategy and is responsible for the JAIC’s industry and academic engagement, market research, legislative affairs, and public affairs efforts.

Before joining the JAIC, Mr. Allen was an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he focused on the intersection of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, space, and national security. His writing and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Nature, CNN, Foreign Policy, WIRED, and Vox. His report, “Artificial Intelligence and National Security,” a study conducted on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), was published through the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

In addition to his work at CNAS, Mr. Allen has held a variety of technology policy, business development, and organizational strategy roles at Blue Origin, Samsung, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, iRobot Corporation, and Avascent.

Mr. Allen holds a joint MPP/MBA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School. His master’s thesis was honored with the Belfer Center Award for Excellence in International and Global Affairs. He graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was awarded the Arnold J. Lien prize for outstanding graduate in Political Science.

Ramon Moreno Vergara
Chief Executive Officer · Mitsui Power Americas
Ramon Moreno Vergara
Chief Executive Officer · Mitsui Power Americas

Ramon Moreno Vergara has almost 20 years experience working in Mexico´s power sector, with significant field experience on power plants. He joined Mitsui Power Americas in 2010, the second largest IPP in Mexico as Chief Technical Officer, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He is responsible for the operation and commercial relation of Mitsui & Co Group´s power assets as well as the development of new projects.

Vice-president at AME, Mexican Energy Association. Ramon holds a Master’s degree in engineering at Malaga University, Spain, as well as Postgraduate in-company trainings at ESADE and Harvard Business School.

Ramon Moreno Vergara

Chief Executive Officer · Mitsui Power Americas

Ramon Moreno Vergara has almost 20 years experience working in Mexico´s power sector, with significant field experience on power plants. He joined Mitsui Power Americas in 2010, the second largest IPP in Mexico as Chief Technical Officer, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He is responsible for the operation and commercial relation of Mitsui & Co Group´s power assets as well as the development of new projects.

Vice-president at AME, Mexican Energy Association. Ramon holds a Master’s degree in engineering at Malaga University, Spain, as well as Postgraduate in-company trainings at ESADE and Harvard Business School.

Dr. Will Roper
Assistant Secretary · US Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Dr. Will Roper
Assistant Secretary · US Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Dr. Will Roper is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess of $60 billion for more than 550 acquisition programs. In this position, Dr. Roper serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for research and development, test, production and modernization efforts within the Air Force.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Roper was the founding Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). Established in 2012, the SCO imagines new—often unexpected and game-changing—uses of existing government and commercial systems, extending their shelf-life and restoring surprise to the military’s playbook. Since 2012, SCO has grown from an annual budget of $50 million to the current $1.5 billion request in the President’s 2018 budget with projects spanning new concepts such as hypervelocity artillery, multi-purpose missiles, autonomous fast-boats, smartphone-navigating weapons, big-data-enabled sensing, 3D-printed systems, standoff arsenal planes, fighter avatars and fighter-dispersed swarming micro-drones which formed the world’s then-largest swarm of 103 systems. During his tenure as SCO Director, Dr. Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team.

Previously, Dr. Roper served as the Acting Chief Architect at the Missile Defense Agency where he developed 11 new systems, including the current European Defense architecture, advanced drones, and classified programs. Before this, he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and served as a missile defense advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Dr. Will Roper

Assistant Secretary · US Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Dr. Will Roper is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess of $60 billion for more than 550 acquisition programs. In this position, Dr. Roper serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for research and development, test, production and modernization efforts within the Air Force.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Roper was the founding Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). Established in 2012, the SCO imagines new—often unexpected and game-changing—uses of existing government and commercial systems, extending their shelf-life and restoring surprise to the military’s playbook. Since 2012, SCO has grown from an annual budget of $50 million to the current $1.5 billion request in the President’s 2018 budget with projects spanning new concepts such as hypervelocity artillery, multi-purpose missiles, autonomous fast-boats, smartphone-navigating weapons, big-data-enabled sensing, 3D-printed systems, standoff arsenal planes, fighter avatars and fighter-dispersed swarming micro-drones which formed the world’s then-largest swarm of 103 systems. During his tenure as SCO Director, Dr. Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team.

Previously, Dr. Roper served as the Acting Chief Architect at the Missile Defense Agency where he developed 11 new systems, including the current European Defense architecture, advanced drones, and classified programs. Before this, he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and served as a missile defense advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Elise Neel
Vice President · Verizon New Business Development
Elise Neel
Vice President · Verizon New Business Development

When she’s not tap dancing or rapping about her teams, Elise Neel, VP of Verizon New Business Development, is leading efforts to generate and curate innovation across Verizon. Bringing to bear her experience in big data platforms, analytics, and digital advertising, Elise oversees everything from initial strategy to full-stack execution for all things innovation within Verizon. Her team houses industry experts in location technology, drone and aviation services, immersive entertainment and other nascent technologies, and the transformative work they’re doing is directly fueling Verizon’s 5G future.

Elise Neel

Vice President · Verizon New Business Development

When she’s not tap dancing or rapping about her teams, Elise Neel, VP of Verizon New Business Development, is leading efforts to generate and curate innovation across Verizon. Bringing to bear her experience in big data platforms, analytics, and digital advertising, Elise oversees everything from initial strategy to full-stack execution for all things innovation within Verizon. Her team houses industry experts in location technology, drone and aviation services, immersive entertainment and other nascent technologies, and the transformative work they’re doing is directly fueling Verizon’s 5G future.

Scott Aaronson
Professor of Computer Science & Director of Quantum Information Center · University of Texas at Austin
Scott Aaronson
Professor of Computer Science & Director of Quantum Information Center · University of Texas at Austin

Scott Aaronson is David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor’s from Cornell University and his PhD from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study as well as the University of Waterloo. Before coming to UT Austin, he spent nine years as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Aaronson’s research in theoretical computer science has focused mainly on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers. His first book, “Quantum Computing Since Democritus,” was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He’s received the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States PECASE Award, the Vannevar Bush Fellowship, the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prize in Physics, and MIT’s Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Scott Aaronson

Professor of Computer Science & Director of Quantum Information Center · University of Texas at Austin

Scott Aaronson is David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor’s from Cornell University and his PhD from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study as well as the University of Waterloo. Before coming to UT Austin, he spent nine years as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Aaronson’s research in theoretical computer science has focused mainly on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers. His first book, “Quantum Computing Since Democritus,” was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He’s received the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States PECASE Award, the Vannevar Bush Fellowship, the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prize in Physics, and MIT’s Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jennifer Griffin
National Security Correspondent · Fox News Channel
Jennifer Griffin
National Security Correspondent · Fox News Channel

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and is based out of the Washington D.C. bureau. She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent.
Most recently, Griffin has covered Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since 2007, Griffin has reported daily from the Pentagon where she questions senior military leaders, travels to war zones and reports on all aspects of the military, including the current wars against ISIS and Al Qaeda. She has covered major news stories extensively including the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 and the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Throughout her career, Griffin has secured major interviews with government officials including former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Baghdad, Iraq on the day the Iraq War ended, as well as an exclusive interview with General David Petraeus in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 when he took over as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. She has also traveled on multiple trips overseas with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates from 2007-2011. She began her work at the Pentagon at the start of the “surge.”
During Griffin’s tenure at FNC, she has provided live coverage of the Palestinian Intifada from 2000-2007 and was among the first reporters to arrive in the wake of the South-East Asia tsunami tragedy, reporting from Phuket and Khao Lak, Thailand.
While based in Jerusalem, she reported on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, countless suicide bombings, military incursions and failed peace deals. In 2000, she provided on-site coverage of Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon and its withdrawal from the Gaza strip in 2005, as well as Yassar Arafat’s funeral. Additionally, Griffin is credited with conducting a rare and extensive interview with former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon on his farm in 2009 before he lapsed into a coma.
Prior to joining FNC, Griffin covered the Middle East region for several American media organizations including National Public Radio and U.S. News and World Report. Previously, she reported for The Sowetan newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she covered Nelson Mandela’s prison release and numerous other historic moments in South Africa’s transition away from the apartheid regime.
A graduate of Harvard University in 1992, Griffin received a B.A. in comparative politics. She is also the co-author of the book, “This Burning Land: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” which she wrote with her husband Greg Myre regarding their experience in Israel.

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent · Fox News Channel

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and is based out of the Washington D.C. bureau. She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent.
Most recently, Griffin has covered Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since 2007, Griffin has reported daily from the Pentagon where she questions senior military leaders, travels to war zones and reports on all aspects of the military, including the current wars against ISIS and Al Qaeda. She has covered major news stories extensively including the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 and the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Throughout her career, Griffin has secured major interviews with government officials including former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Baghdad, Iraq on the day the Iraq War ended, as well as an exclusive interview with General David Petraeus in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 when he took over as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. She has also traveled on multiple trips overseas with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates from 2007-2011. She began her work at the Pentagon at the start of the “surge.”
During Griffin’s tenure at FNC, she has provided live coverage of the Palestinian Intifada from 2000-2007 and was among the first reporters to arrive in the wake of the South-East Asia tsunami tragedy, reporting from Phuket and Khao Lak, Thailand.
While based in Jerusalem, she reported on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, countless suicide bombings, military incursions and failed peace deals. In 2000, she provided on-site coverage of Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon and its withdrawal from the Gaza strip in 2005, as well as Yassar Arafat’s funeral. Additionally, Griffin is credited with conducting a rare and extensive interview with former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon on his farm in 2009 before he lapsed into a coma.
Prior to joining FNC, Griffin covered the Middle East region for several American media organizations including National Public Radio and U.S. News and World Report. Previously, she reported for The Sowetan newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she covered Nelson Mandela’s prison release and numerous other historic moments in South Africa’s transition away from the apartheid regime.
A graduate of Harvard University in 1992, Griffin received a B.A. in comparative politics. She is also the co-author of the book, “This Burning Land: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” which she wrote with her husband Greg Myre regarding their experience in Israel.

Andrea Thomaz
CEO and Co-Founder · Diligent Robotics
Andrea Thomaz
CEO and Co-Founder · Diligent Robotics

Andrea Thomaz is a renowned social robotics expert and the CEO and Co-Founder of Diligent Robotics. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, Fast Company on its Most Creative People list, MIT Technology Review on its Next Generation of 35 Innovators Under 35 list, Popular Science on its Brilliant 10 list, TEDx as a featured keynote speaker on social robotics and Texas Monthly on its Most Powerful Texans of 2018 list. Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea co-founded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care most about. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin and was a Robotics Professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech (where she directed the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab).

Andrea Thomaz

CEO and Co-Founder · Diligent Robotics

Andrea Thomaz is a renowned social robotics expert and the CEO and Co-Founder of Diligent Robotics. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, Fast Company on its Most Creative People list, MIT Technology Review on its Next Generation of 35 Innovators Under 35 list, Popular Science on its Brilliant 10 list, TEDx as a featured keynote speaker on social robotics and Texas Monthly on its Most Powerful Texans of 2018 list. Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea co-founded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care most about. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin and was a Robotics Professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech (where she directed the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab).

Anthony Robbins
Vice President - Federal · NVIDIA
Anthony Robbins
Vice President - Federal · NVIDIA

Bio coming soon...

Anthony Robbins

Vice President - Federal · NVIDIA
Bio coming soon...
Brett Wheatley
VP, Mobility Marketing and Growth · Ford Motor Company
Brett Wheatley
VP, Mobility Marketing and Growth · Ford Motor Company

Brett Wheatley is Vice President, Mobility Marketing & Growth, Ford Motor Company, effective Jan. 25, 2018. In this role, he is responsible for establishing and leading a global marketing and sales team for Ford Smart Mobility, to drive demand with consumer, commercial and city customers and ensure the voice of those customers is heard throughout the organization.
In Oct. 2017, Wheatley assumed the role of Director, Marketing, Sales & Service Fitness Transformation as part of the Ford corporate Fitness Redesign Initiative. In this role, he drove improvements across the enterprise and led a complete relook of the functional fitness across the globe.
Previously, Wheatley served as Executive Director, North America, for Ford Customer Service Division. He was responsible for Ford and Motorcraft parts and service activities for Ford and Lincoln dealers, Quick Lanes, and independent repair facilities.
Prior to this position, he served for three years as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai, China. In addition to leading sales, marketing and service initiatives for the Asia Pacific markets, he also helped launch the Lincoln brand in China in 2014.
Additionally, he has held the position of Director, Global Market Representation, working with Ford’s 10,000 dealers across the globe and leading the Consumer Experience Movement.
An employee of Ford Motor Company for nearly 30 years, Wheatley started as a sales zone manager, where he developed an in-depth understanding of the retail business and the importance of strong dealer partnerships.
He has since worked as a regional sales manager in the Washington, D.C. region, and in senior roles in Consumer Marketing, Product Marketing, Variable Marketing, Advertising, Field Operations, Lincoln, and the Ford Customer Service Division.
Throughout his career, Wheatley has earned a number of accolades including receiving Ford’s prestigious Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Appointed to the OEConnection board, Wheatley appreciates using his expertise to help develop solutions to benefit the industry as a whole.
Wheatley holds an MBA in International Business from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Born in March of 1967 and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Wheatley is married with a son and a daughter in college. A big NFL and baseball fan, he enjoys cycling, collecting pro sports memorabilia and driving his 1970 Boss Mustang.

Brett Wheatley

VP, Mobility Marketing and Growth · Ford Motor Company

Brett Wheatley is Vice President, Mobility Marketing & Growth, Ford Motor Company, effective Jan. 25, 2018. In this role, he is responsible for establishing and leading a global marketing and sales team for Ford Smart Mobility, to drive demand with consumer, commercial and city customers and ensure the voice of those customers is heard throughout the organization.
In Oct. 2017, Wheatley assumed the role of Director, Marketing, Sales & Service Fitness Transformation as part of the Ford corporate Fitness Redesign Initiative. In this role, he drove improvements across the enterprise and led a complete relook of the functional fitness across the globe.
Previously, Wheatley served as Executive Director, North America, for Ford Customer Service Division. He was responsible for Ford and Motorcraft parts and service activities for Ford and Lincoln dealers, Quick Lanes, and independent repair facilities.
Prior to this position, he served for three years as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai, China. In addition to leading sales, marketing and service initiatives for the Asia Pacific markets, he also helped launch the Lincoln brand in China in 2014.
Additionally, he has held the position of Director, Global Market Representation, working with Ford’s 10,000 dealers across the globe and leading the Consumer Experience Movement.
An employee of Ford Motor Company for nearly 30 years, Wheatley started as a sales zone manager, where he developed an in-depth understanding of the retail business and the importance of strong dealer partnerships.
He has since worked as a regional sales manager in the Washington, D.C. region, and in senior roles in Consumer Marketing, Product Marketing, Variable Marketing, Advertising, Field Operations, Lincoln, and the Ford Customer Service Division.
Throughout his career, Wheatley has earned a number of accolades including receiving Ford’s prestigious Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Appointed to the OEConnection board, Wheatley appreciates using his expertise to help develop solutions to benefit the industry as a whole.
Wheatley holds an MBA in International Business from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Born in March of 1967 and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Wheatley is married with a son and a daughter in college. A big NFL and baseball fan, he enjoys cycling, collecting pro sports memorabilia and driving his 1970 Boss Mustang.

Ken Topolinsky
Senior VP, Engineering and Applied Technology · Hunt Oil Company
Ken Topolinsky
Senior VP, Engineering and Applied Technology · Hunt Oil Company

Ken Topolinsky is the senior vice president of engineering and applied technology for Hunt Oil Company. He joined Hunt Oil Company of Canada in 2004 and led that division’s exploitation department before transferring to Dallas in late 2006.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1983, Topolinsky started his career with Esso Canada, where he completed nine years in engineering, field operations, and marketing capacities. He followed this with nine years in affiliate companies of TransCanada Pipelines in senior marketing and engineering capacities. During that time he served six years in Colombia working on the commercial and engineering facets of the 850-kilometer Oleoducto Central oil pipeline and marine loading facility — a $2.6 billion project involving six major shareholders and multilateral lenders. He ultimately served as the venture’s vice president of operations.
He went on to work with Triton Energy as country manager in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, during the early days of the deepwater Ceiba oilfield development. Moving back to Calgary in 2001, he held a senior engineering position at Apache Canada and later joined First Calgary Petroleums as operations manager overseeing Algerian field operations.
He is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Ken Topolinsky

Senior VP, Engineering and Applied Technology · Hunt Oil Company

Ken Topolinsky is the senior vice president of engineering and applied technology for Hunt Oil Company. He joined Hunt Oil Company of Canada in 2004 and led that division’s exploitation department before transferring to Dallas in late 2006.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1983, Topolinsky started his career with Esso Canada, where he completed nine years in engineering, field operations, and marketing capacities. He followed this with nine years in affiliate companies of TransCanada Pipelines in senior marketing and engineering capacities. During that time he served six years in Colombia working on the commercial and engineering facets of the 850-kilometer Oleoducto Central oil pipeline and marine loading facility — a $2.6 billion project involving six major shareholders and multilateral lenders. He ultimately served as the venture’s vice president of operations.
He went on to work with Triton Energy as country manager in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, during the early days of the deepwater Ceiba oilfield development. Moving back to Calgary in 2001, he held a senior engineering position at Apache Canada and later joined First Calgary Petroleums as operations manager overseeing Algerian field operations.
He is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Marcus Weisgerber
Global Business Editor · Defense One
Marcus Weisgerber
Global Business Editor · Defense One

Marcus Weisgerber is an award-winning journalist who is the global business editor for Defense
One — an Atlantic Media property — where he writes about the intersection of business and
national security. He also authors the Global Business Brief, a weekly newsletter widely read
throughout the defense, aerospace, military, government, and investment communities.

Marcus has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade,
previously as a Pentagon correspondent for Defense News and chief editor of Inside the Air Force. He has reported from the Middle East, Europe, and Asia — oftentimes traveling with senior defense and military officials.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other U.S. and international publications. He has provided expert analysis on BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, and other television and radio networks. Marcus won a 2018 Neal Award for his coverage of the Pentagon and defense industry.

Marcus Weisgerber

Global Business Editor · Defense One

Marcus Weisgerber is an award-winning journalist who is the global business editor for Defense
One — an Atlantic Media property — where he writes about the intersection of business and
national security. He also authors the Global Business Brief, a weekly newsletter widely read
throughout the defense, aerospace, military, government, and investment communities.

Marcus has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade,
previously as a Pentagon correspondent for Defense News and chief editor of Inside the Air Force. He has reported from the Middle East, Europe, and Asia — oftentimes traveling with senior defense and military officials.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other U.S. and international publications. He has provided expert analysis on BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, and other television and radio networks. Marcus won a 2018 Neal Award for his coverage of the Pentagon and defense industry.

Nima Baiati
Global Director of Cybersecurity Solutions, Intelligent Devices Group · Lenovo
Nima Baiati
Global Director of Cybersecurity Solutions, Intelligent Devices Group · Lenovo

Nima Baiati is Global Director of the Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Lenovo for which he is responsible
for the enterprise strategy, customer and market engagement and product-portfolio management
including ThinkShield. He is also responsible for Lenovo’s cybersecurity ecosystem.
Prior to his work with Lenovo, Nima previously served as Symantec’s Head of Global Go-to-Market
Strategy for their Enterprise Security efforts. Additionally, he was also Senior Director of Product
Management for Absolute Software where he successfully launched several new offerings into the
security market.  Nima’s background also includes working in finance at Morgan Stanley.  Additionally,
he has extensive experience working with the cyber venture capital and start-up ecosystems within
Silicon Valley and Israel.
Nima earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco and received his M.B.A.
from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University where he was a Fellow of
the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute.  He holds several cybersecurity certifications and has
consulted private equity firms in the area of cybersecurity investment.

Nima Baiati

Global Director of Cybersecurity Solutions, Intelligent Devices Group · Lenovo

Nima Baiati is Global Director of the Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Lenovo for which he is responsible
for the enterprise strategy, customer and market engagement and product-portfolio management
including ThinkShield. He is also responsible for Lenovo’s cybersecurity ecosystem.
Prior to his work with Lenovo, Nima previously served as Symantec’s Head of Global Go-to-Market
Strategy for their Enterprise Security efforts. Additionally, he was also Senior Director of Product
Management for Absolute Software where he successfully launched several new offerings into the
security market.  Nima’s background also includes working in finance at Morgan Stanley.  Additionally,
he has extensive experience working with the cyber venture capital and start-up ecosystems within
Silicon Valley and Israel.
Nima earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco and received his M.B.A.
from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University where he was a Fellow of
the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute.  He holds several cybersecurity certifications and has
consulted private equity firms in the area of cybersecurity investment.

Jennifer Strong
Reporter & Executive Producer
Jennifer Strong
Reporter & Executive Producer

Jennifer Strong covers the impact of emerging technologies on the way we live and work. She previously led long-form audio for The Wall Street Journal where she created and hosted The Future of Everything podcast—winner of the 2019 Webby for “Best Tech Podcast,” an iHeartRadio Podcast Awards finalist, and winner of the 2018 “Excellence in Financial Journalism Award” for audio in a large newsroom, among others.

She is a 2019 Goldschmidt Fellow for data journalism and a co-chair of the AI for Good Global Summit strategy lab exploring how newsrooms can train and prepare to report on the use and impacts of AI.

Strong’s Price of Climate miniseries for WSJ about the effects of climate change on food producers won the 2019 award for “Best Podcast” from the New York Press Club. Her Next Battlefield miniseries exploring artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the changing nature of warfare won the 2019 award for “Best Online News Reporting” as judged by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for the Military Reporters & Editors Association. She’s previously won awards for reporting at Public Radio International and the public radio program Marketplace. She has a graduate degree in international affairs journalism from American University and has completed two Knight Science Journalism programs at MIT, on neuroscience and nanotechnology.

Jennifer Strong

Reporter & Executive Producer

Jennifer Strong covers the impact of emerging technologies on the way we live and work. She previously led long-form audio for The Wall Street Journal where she created and hosted The Future of Everything podcast—winner of the 2019 Webby for “Best Tech Podcast,” an iHeartRadio Podcast Awards finalist, and winner of the 2018 “Excellence in Financial Journalism Award” for audio in a large newsroom, among others.

She is a 2019 Goldschmidt Fellow for data journalism and a co-chair of the AI for Good Global Summit strategy lab exploring how newsrooms can train and prepare to report on the use and impacts of AI.

Strong’s Price of Climate miniseries for WSJ about the effects of climate change on food producers won the 2019 award for “Best Podcast” from the New York Press Club. Her Next Battlefield miniseries exploring artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the changing nature of warfare won the 2019 award for “Best Online News Reporting” as judged by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for the Military Reporters & Editors Association. She’s previously won awards for reporting at Public Radio International and the public radio program Marketplace. She has a graduate degree in international affairs journalism from American University and has completed two Knight Science Journalism programs at MIT, on neuroscience and nanotechnology.

Chris Tomlinson
Columnist · Houston Chronicle
Chris Tomlinson
Columnist · Houston Chronicle

Chris Tomlinson is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, focusing on business, economics, and policy. He is also the author of a New York Times bestseller, Tomlinson Hill, and produced the award-winning documentary film of the same name, which examines the history of racism in Texas.

Previously he reported for The Associated Press from 30 countries and nine war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command from 1983 to 1990.

Tomlinson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with special honors in humanities.

Chris Tomlinson

Columnist · Houston Chronicle

Chris Tomlinson is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, focusing on business, economics, and policy. He is also the author of a New York Times bestseller, Tomlinson Hill, and produced the award-winning documentary film of the same name, which examines the history of racism in Texas.

Previously he reported for The Associated Press from 30 countries and nine war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command from 1983 to 1990.

Tomlinson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with special honors in humanities.

Hugh Forrest
Chief Programming Officer · South by Southwest (SXSW)
Hugh Forrest
Chief Programming Officer · South by Southwest (SXSW)

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). These creatives are inspired by nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.

Forrest was named “Austinite of the Year” in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black, and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kenyon College, his alma mater.

In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin-based accessibility company Knowbility.

Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small monthly alternative publication called The Austin Challenger. He also wrote for several other newspapers and publications, including the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Sports Chronicle, the West Austin News, Willamette Week, and the Seattle Weekly.

Hugh Forrest

Chief Programming Officer · South by Southwest (SXSW)

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). These creatives are inspired by nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.

Forrest was named “Austinite of the Year” in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black, and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kenyon College, his alma mater.

In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin-based accessibility company Knowbility.

Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small monthly alternative publication called The Austin Challenger. He also wrote for several other newspapers and publications, including the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Sports Chronicle, the West Austin News, Willamette Week, and the Seattle Weekly.

August Cole
Author; Creative Foresight · SparkCognition
August Cole
Author; Creative Foresight · SparkCognition

Coming soon.

August Cole

Author; Creative Foresight · SparkCognition

Coming soon.

Jay C. Hartzell
Dean of the McCombs School of Business · University of Texas
Jay C. Hartzell
Dean of the McCombs School of Business · University of Texas

Jay C. Hartzell is the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. He joined UT in 2001 after teaching at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and prior to his current role, he held several key administrative roles at the McCombs School. His most notable positions include his service as the senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, chair of the Finance Department, and executive director of the McCombs School’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.

Hartzell holds the Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair, the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership, and the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics (cum laude) from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance, and corporate governance. His articles have been published in the leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Hartzell previously served as a member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Hartzell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Exes and the Austin Habitat for Humanity. In addition to his academic experience, he previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.

Jay C. Hartzell

Dean of the McCombs School of Business · University of Texas

Jay C. Hartzell is the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. He joined UT in 2001 after teaching at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and prior to his current role, he held several key administrative roles at the McCombs School. His most notable positions include his service as the senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, chair of the Finance Department, and executive director of the McCombs School’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.

Hartzell holds the Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair, the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership, and the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics (cum laude) from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance, and corporate governance. His articles have been published in the leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Hartzell previously served as a member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Hartzell currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Exes and the Austin Habitat for Humanity. In addition to his academic experience, he previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.

Chris Helman
Senior Editor · Forbes Media
Chris Helman
Senior Editor · Forbes Media

Chris Helman is a senior editor at Forbes Media, where he has worked since 1999, most of that time based in Houston, Texas. He’s written hundreds of articles over the years, including cover stories on such tycoons as Michael Dell, T. Boone Pickens, Ross Perot, Aubrey McClendon, and Harold Hamm. In addition to his reporting duties, Chris currently manages 40 contributors who write regularly about energy and green tech topics on Forbes.com.

Chris Helman

Senior Editor · Forbes Media

Chris Helman is a senior editor at Forbes Media, where he has worked since 1999, most of that time based in Houston, Texas. He’s written hundreds of articles over the years, including cover stories on such tycoons as Michael Dell, T. Boone Pickens, Ross Perot, Aubrey McClendon, and Harold Hamm. In addition to his reporting duties, Chris currently manages 40 contributors who write regularly about energy and green tech topics on Forbes.com.

Rumi Morales
Partner and Head of Venture · Outlier Ventures
Rumi Morales
Partner and Head of Venture · Outlier Ventures

Rumi Morales identifies, invests, and cultivates the emerging technologies that will define our economy’s next generation.

An early specialist in digital currency, blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies, Rumi is also a leading early investor in artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, robotics, and quantum computing working together with established industries. Institutional Investor magazine has noted her as one of the “most powerful dealmakers in financial technology” two years in a row, and Crain’s recognized her in their esteemed “40 Under 40” list.

She is currently Partner and Head of Venture at Outlier Ventures, and previously led the venture arm of the CME Group. A proven entrepreneur herself, Rumi established the Global Markets Institute during her tenure at Goldman Sachs and launched a leading economic research firm in Singapore. She began her career in venture capital in London, Kuala Lumpur, and New York, and has invested across three continents and lived in seven countries.

Rumi is a member of the Boards of the Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the BitGive Foundation, and serves as an Advisory Board member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Rumi Morales

Partner and Head of Venture · Outlier Ventures

Rumi Morales identifies, invests, and cultivates the emerging technologies that will define our economy’s next generation.

An early specialist in digital currency, blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies, Rumi is also a leading early investor in artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, robotics, and quantum computing working together with established industries. Institutional Investor magazine has noted her as one of the “most powerful dealmakers in financial technology” two years in a row, and Crain’s recognized her in their esteemed “40 Under 40” list.

She is currently Partner and Head of Venture at Outlier Ventures, and previously led the venture arm of the CME Group. A proven entrepreneur herself, Rumi established the Global Markets Institute during her tenure at Goldman Sachs and launched a leading economic research firm in Singapore. She began her career in venture capital in London, Kuala Lumpur, and New York, and has invested across three continents and lived in seven countries.

Rumi is a member of the Boards of the Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the BitGive Foundation, and serves as an Advisory Board member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Sumant Mandal
Managing Director and Co-Founder · March Capital Partners
Sumant Mandal
Managing Director and Co-Founder · March Capital Partners

Sumant Mandal is the Managing Director and co-founder of LA-based March Capital Partners, as well as the co-founder of two leading technology incubators in the San Francisco Bay Area: The Hive and The Fabric. Sumant leads investments in Cloud Computing, IoT, AI/ML, Network Infrastructure, and companies supporting the Indian market. He currently serves on the boards of numerous market-leading companies, including Astound, BillDesk, CarTrade, Decision Engines, IoTium, SparkCognition, Uniphore, and Xage Security.
In his nearly two decades of venture capital, Sumant has generated multiple meaningful exits in companies he has either incubated or been the first institutional investor. His exits include Velocloud Networks (acquired by VMWare), Perspica Systems (acquired by Cisco), The Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI), Kosei (acquired by Pinterest), Deep Forest Media (acquired by Rakuten), Kazeon Systems (acquired by EMC), Mimosa Systems (acquired by Iron Mountain), Ankeena Networks (acquired by Juniper), Cetas (acquired by VMware), and Apture (acquired by Google).

Sumant Mandal

Managing Director and Co-Founder · March Capital Partners

Sumant Mandal is the Managing Director and co-founder of LA-based March Capital Partners, as well as the co-founder of two leading technology incubators in the San Francisco Bay Area: The Hive and The Fabric. Sumant leads investments in Cloud Computing, IoT, AI/ML, Network Infrastructure, and companies supporting the Indian market. He currently serves on the boards of numerous market-leading companies, including Astound, BillDesk, CarTrade, Decision Engines, IoTium, SparkCognition, Uniphore, and Xage Security.
In his nearly two decades of venture capital, Sumant has generated multiple meaningful exits in companies he has either incubated or been the first institutional investor. His exits include Velocloud Networks (acquired by VMWare), Perspica Systems (acquired by Cisco), The Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI), Kosei (acquired by Pinterest), Deep Forest Media (acquired by Rakuten), Kazeon Systems (acquired by EMC), Mimosa Systems (acquired by Iron Mountain), Ankeena Networks (acquired by Juniper), Cetas (acquired by VMware), and Apture (acquired by Google).

Ole Christian Røed
Vice President Industry Solutions · Cognite
Ole Christian Røed
Vice President Industry Solutions · Cognite

Ole Christian Røed leads the Industry Solutions team at Cognite, a global industrial software company based in Austin, Texas. He has a background in mathematics and particle physics and has over the last 5 years led the implementation of machine learning projects for the Energy and Manufacturing sector in Europe, the US, and Asia. At Cognite, Ole Christian leads the Industry Solution team working together with customers to develop and deploy scalable AI solutions to solve real business problems.

Ole Christian Røed

Vice President Industry Solutions · Cognite

Ole Christian Røed leads the Industry Solutions team at Cognite, a global industrial software company based in Austin, Texas. He has a background in mathematics and particle physics and has over the last 5 years led the implementation of machine learning projects for the Energy and Manufacturing sector in Europe, the US, and Asia. At Cognite, Ole Christian leads the Industry Solution team working together with customers to develop and deploy scalable AI solutions to solve real business problems.

Nikki Bishop
Head of Digitalization · Siemens
Nikki Bishop
Head of Digitalization · Siemens

Bio coming soon...

Nikki Bishop

Head of Digitalization · Siemens
Bio coming soon...
Yash Kaman
Partner · Kerogen Capital
Yash Kaman
Partner · Kerogen Capital

Yash is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee at Kerogen Capital. His responsibility includes investment origination, execution, and exit, as well as digital implementation in Kerogen portfolio companies.

Yash has 22 years of experience in the energy and natural resources industries. He was formerly Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources Group (Asia) at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. Previously he spent several years with J.P. Morgan where he last served as Head of Oil & Gas and Chemicals (Asia). During this period Yash focused on working with energy and natural resources clients in investments, capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, and risk management.

Yash holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Yash Kaman

Partner · Kerogen Capital

Yash is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee at Kerogen Capital. His responsibility includes investment origination, execution, and exit, as well as digital implementation in Kerogen portfolio companies.

Yash has 22 years of experience in the energy and natural resources industries. He was formerly Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources Group (Asia) at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. Previously he spent several years with J.P. Morgan where he last served as Head of Oil & Gas and Chemicals (Asia). During this period Yash focused on working with energy and natural resources clients in investments, capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, and risk management.

Yash holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Col. Elizabeth Sweet
Defense Engagement Team, Army Lead · Defense Innovation Unit
Col. Elizabeth Sweet
Defense Engagement Team, Army Lead · Defense Innovation Unit

Elizabeth Sweet serves as the Defense Engagement Lead for the Pentagon’s commercial technology hub, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). An active U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, she has served in several military operations including Joint Operation Safe Haven Panama, Joint Guardian, Kosovo and Operation Enduring Freedom. In her civilian career, she served as a crime intelligence analyst in South Florida and as an R&D Manager in the Department of Defense as a civilian, providing subject matter expertise in applying science and technology to operations for geographic information, geospatial and imagery science.

Colonel Sweet most recently served in the Chief Innovation Office in the newly formed 75th Innovation Command, as the Operations & Processes Portfolio Lead, liaison to the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA), and as the Army affiliate of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering (USD R&E) Joint Reserve Directorate.

She holds a Bachelor of Russian Language from Florida State University and a Master’s of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, with a research focus on innovation, creativity, and technology diffusion in the Intelligence Community.

Col. Elizabeth Sweet

Defense Engagement Team, Army Lead · Defense Innovation Unit

Elizabeth Sweet serves as the Defense Engagement Lead for the Pentagon’s commercial technology hub, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). An active U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, she has served in several military operations including Joint Operation Safe Haven Panama, Joint Guardian, Kosovo and Operation Enduring Freedom. In her civilian career, she served as a crime intelligence analyst in South Florida and as an R&D Manager in the Department of Defense as a civilian, providing subject matter expertise in applying science and technology to operations for geographic information, geospatial and imagery science.

Colonel Sweet most recently served in the Chief Innovation Office in the newly formed 75th Innovation Command, as the Operations & Processes Portfolio Lead, liaison to the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA), and as the Army affiliate of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering (USD R&E) Joint Reserve Directorate.

She holds a Bachelor of Russian Language from Florida State University and a Master’s of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, with a research focus on innovation, creativity, and technology diffusion in the Intelligence Community.

 

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