Francisco (Frank) co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global
multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology,
consulting, and operations services in 1994 and served as the company’s Chief
Executive Officer from January 2007 through March 2019. In addition to his tenure as
CEO, he served as President from 2007 to 2012 and held a variety of senior
management positions, including Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006. He was
elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in January 2007 and served as Vice Chairman
of the board from 2018 until 2020.
As CEO, Frank was responsible for promoting Cognizant’s values and client-first culture,
ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value.
From Cognizant’s IPO until the time stepped down from the CEO role, Cognizant stock
returned almost 29,000%. During his 12 years as CEO, he oversaw a period of sustained
growth, transformation, innovation and success, including: a 10x increase in revenue, from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $16.1 billion in 2018; a 7x increase in headcount, from 39,000 in 2006 to 282,000 in 2018; Cognizant joining the Fortune 200 and being named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 11 years in a row.
Frank is currently a director of General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit
Committee and Management Development & Compensation Committees. He also
serves on the Board of MongoDB, a software company that offers a modern general
purpose database platform where he’s a member of the Compensation and Nominating
& Governance Committees.
Founder, Angie's List
Since 1995, Angie has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie’s List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.
Angie Hicks also serves as the Chief Customer Officer of ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming this role in September 2017, Ms. Hicks co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from May 2000 and on its board of directors from March 2013 through its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices. Ms. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Hicks has received multiple awards for her entrepreneurial achievements, as well as her leadership in both the community and the technology field, including (among others) being named the Women Tech Founder of the Year in 2016 and awarded both the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and Harvard Business School's Alumni Achievement Award in 2017.
Director, Rutgers Global Health Institute
Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, Dr. Marlink, MD, has worked to establish HIV/AIDS research, training, and clinical care programs in the United States and abroad. He was instrumental in setting up the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston, and in the mid-1980s in Senegal, he was part of the team of Senegalese, French, and American researchers who discovered evidence for and then studied the disease outcomes of the second type of human AIDS virus, HIV-2.
Previously at Harvard, Marlink helped create two partnerships with the government of Botswana: the 1996 Botswana-Harvard Partnership with the Harvard AIDS Initiative, where he was executive director, and the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, a public-private partnership with the government of Botswana that was launched in 2000 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Merck foundations. Also in 2000, Marlink founded the Kitso AIDS Training Program, which would become Botswana’s national AIDS training program. Kitso means “knowledge” in the local Setswana language.
Marlink was the principal investigator for “The Tshepo Study,” the first large-scale antiretroviral treatment study in southern Africa, funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Secure the Future initiative. His research in the region also includes clinical and epidemiological evaluations to help determine how antiretroviral treatment and national treatment programs can best be accomplished in Africa. Since 2000, programs he has created and/or led have trained tens of thousands of health care workers and helped establish national programs on the care, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS in several African countries.
Following the 2003 launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to combat global HIV/AIDS, the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, Marlink was Botswana’s country director for the Botswana-Harvard PEPFAR effort. In addition, while serving as scientific director and vice president for implementation at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, he was principal investigator of Project HEART, another PEPFAR Track 1.0 effort in five African countries. Project HEART began in 2004 and by 2011 had placed more than one million people living with HIV into clinical care sites in Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. More than 565,000 were placed on life-saving antiretroviral treatment.
Lisa Skeete Tatum
Lisa is founder and CEO of Landit, a personalized career pathing platform created to increase the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. The platform offers a
turn-key “one size fits one” solution that enables companies to attract,
develop, and retain diverse high-potential talent.
Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal
Partners, a $350M+ early-stage healthcare venture capital firm. Lisa also
worked for Procter & Gamble, GE Capital, and founded her own
Lisa serves on numerous high growth, public, and non-profit boards,
including Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK), Union Square Hospitality Group, Cornell University Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater, The Lawrenceville School, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Lisa received her BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Inc., CNBC, BBC Business and named one of the Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. Landit was named one of the Top 10 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better by Fast Company.
As founder and 20 year CEO of TriNet [NYSE: TNET], Martin was a beneficiary of Silicon Valley‘s entrepreneur supportive ecosystem in ways he didn’t fully appreciate until returning to live in his home area of Upstate New York. That region’s low rate of startup formation prompted him to launch not for profit Upstate Venture Connect in 2010 helping high growth company founders connect with people and resources needed for success.
UVC’s organically built network of more than 17,000 people have helped accelerate startup formation, funding and growth across a broad geography encompassing 7 metro areas.
In 2018 he founded non profit Entrepreneurs Across Borders to identify, curate and connect emerging entrepreneurs in impoverished areas with resources needed to create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth, beginning with Jamaica as the pilot country.
In addition to not for profit leadership and serving on TriNet’s Board, Mr. Babinec is Founder/Managing Director of UpVentures Capital and Co-Founder/Chairman of StartFast Venture Accelerator which together have combined for more than 75 seed stage investments in emerging technology companies.
He is a graduate of Shippensburg University and past recipient of SVBJ Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Tom is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.
TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single- use' consumption.
Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.
Yancey is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World (Viking), and the creator of Bentoism. Yancey is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Drucker Institute and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.
He’s spoken at MIT, the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Web Summit, Stanford, and for startups, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. He cofounded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects. Yancey began his career as a music critic in New York City. He grew up in Clover Hollow, Virginia.
Chieh is co-founder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that is disrupting the
wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via
mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Forbes Magazine has named Boxed
one of the next “billion dollar startups.”
Started in Huang’s garage 5 years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all
over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars
of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date.
Huang’s personal honors include being named to “Bloomberg 50”, Bloomberg Businessweek’s
50 people to watch in 2018, to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s
Future, as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing
Entrepreneurs.” In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most
You can read more about Chieh’s story in People Magazine’s profile of him for their “American
Dream” series, tracking his growth from humble beginnings to running a fast-growing online
retailer. You can also catch more of him at TED.com delivering a talk about his lifelong battle
Christine is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more.
Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy , a social network connecting people to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, Rent the Runway Project Entrepreneur and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine.
Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems in emerging markets.She is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, Europe. Christine is a sought-after speaker who inspires with her award-winning talk- “Entrepreneurship Without Borders” and startup hacking series.
For fun, she travels and binge watches top business shows with her husband and beautiful baby girl.
Dr. Navneet Puri
Dr. Puri is a pharmacist by education with over 20 years of healthcare industry experience. He founded Nevakar in 2015 with a vision of creating a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on hospital injectables and ophthalmic products. Read less...
Prior to Nevakar, Dr. Puri spent several years in product development and drug delivery of parenteral pharmaceuticals at Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Amgen Inc. He founded InnoPharma, Inc. in 2005, focusing on development of complex generic injectable dosage formulations. When Pfizer acquired InnoPharma in 2014, he stayed on as Vice President of Pfizer’s Worldwide Research & Development until 2015.
Dr. Puri received Future 50 magazine’s Smart CEO award in 2015. He was also awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year award from the state of NJ in 2015.
Dr. Puri’s past board positions include InnoPharma, Eyenuk and Xeris Pharmaceuticals. His current board positions include Nevakar, Alzeca Biosciences, BioNJ and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Leadership Council.
Dr. Puri earned a MS from the University of Mississippi and a PhD in Pharmaceutics from Rutgers University.
Founder, MP, SOSV
Sean is the founder and managing partner of SOSV which has invested in over 900 startups, investing about $65 million per year in the 150 startups that go through its global accelerators annually which help create over $2 billion in new market capitalization every year. Recognized in 2017 as the world’s #1 most active global early stage investor and the #2 most active global seed investor*, SOSV’s accelerator model takes a small initial stake in startups and provides a framework and community where startups get further and faster than they could on their own.
SOSV runs the world’s most active accelerators in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio/RebelBio), disruptive food (Food-X), and Asia cross-border startups (Chinaccelerator/MOX). As of 2019, SOSV is in the top 6% of venture capitalists globally based on return an investment (returns over 20 years average 38% Net IRR).
O’Sullivan’s first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. Sean founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones, in the 2000s, where he oversaw over 3,500 staff at the height of the organization during the Iraq conflict.
O’Sullivan received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is also a primary supporter of such organizations such as Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that 50,000 kids attend every week) and Khan Academy (used by 15 million students to learn every month). He’s on the board Khan Academy, I-ASC, and a number of private companies.
LinkedIn Expert and Coach
Judi hit 3 million views in 2018 on LinkedIn and has been featured in INC.com, VidSummit, Social Media Week, Video Marketing World, People of Video, Broadcast Your Authority, Authentic Leadership Summit and more. With over 18 years experience, Judi developed the LinkedIn Business Accelerator Method, which she implements with her clients to achieve visibility, invitations to Top 100 podcasts, PR Features including Forbes, BBC News, Thrive, and get inbound business from clients hitting millions of views on LinkedIn.
Cofounder and CEO, Axtria
Jassi is President and CEO of Axtria. He cofounded Axtria with the vision of building cutting-edge analytics and software solutions that will help global companies to effectively manage and get insights from big data. Jassi is a pioneer in building advanced decision support software. He has worked closely with over 100 global companies to improve effectiveness of their commercial operations.
Pharmaceutical Management Science Association (PMSA) awarded Jassi with prestigious lifetime achievement award in 2014. This is among several other accolades. He also serves on the Board of many diverse organizations like TIE Global, Ocular Therapeutics, SpectraMedix and others.
Previously, Jassi was co-founder and CEO of marketRx, which was acquired by Cognizant Technology Solutions in November 2007.
Founder/CEO, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Org.
Wendy is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, humanitarian, and best selling author. She was inspired to launch WED in 2013 after volunteering in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation, an organization that provides microcredit to locally impoverished women. Recognizing the fact that women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet only earn 10% of the world’s income and at the same time, women account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending, Diamond was inspired to create a simplified movement in the world to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.
She is an advisor/Investor in social impact disruptive technologies and women-led businesses in health sciences, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and virtual reality. Wendy has authored 10 widely-celebrated books, garnered three Guinness World Records, and has appeared in media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and Forbes. She has also been a featured keynote speaker at the United Nations, Harvard University, and Davos.
Wendy sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Global Women in Blockchain, Social Innovation Summit, Humane Society of New York and Grey Muzzle Foundation. Prior to WEDO, Wendy founded Animal Fair Media, Inc., the premier pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue, to support animal rescue/welfare after learning 12 million animals were euthanized a year.
Digital Media Entrepreneur
Sree is the inaugural Marshall Loeb Visting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook School of Journalism. During the Covid19 crisis, he's hosting a daily global conversation with experts: http://bit.ly/sreecovid19call
Sree is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years).
He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau.
Sree is the creator of three popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries: Social Media Weekend, Social Media Day and Social Media One-Night Stand. Join Sree's Sunday Note newsletter with tech, social and life tips: http://bit.ly/sreenote. And join his FB Group, Sree's Advanced Social Media: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced
In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club.
His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017
His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos.
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: email@example.com
SBG Marketing Lead, Facebook
Aakash is currently the Product Marketing Lead for the Small Business Group at Facebook. Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. The Small Business Group contributes directly to this mission by connecting every small business in the world with their customers on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp and then helping them grow through solutions like pages, advertising, messaging, commerce and many other tools. Aakash currently leads a team of Product Marketers who translate market understanding into products, solutions and activations that drive business growth and benefit people.
Prior to this role, Aakash served as the Product Marketing Lead for Facebook's Global Clients and Categories team. The team's mission was to lead the product go-to-market strategy for each of Facebook's Global Partnerships across CPG, Autos and eCommerce.
Before Facebook, Aakash spent over six years at Google as a Global Product Strategy Lead for Display and Mobile Search ads. As a Global Product Strategy lead, Aakash was responsible for growing global revenue, influencing the product roadmap, introducing new products to market, and creating customer value through Google's Advertising Solutions. He also spent two years as a direct seller, selling Google Advertising Solutions across Search, Display and YouTube to some of Google's largest Tech B2B brands.
Before Google, Aakash spent three years at GE (NBC Universal) in the Corporate FP&A and Business Development group. While at GE, he also completed the company's premiere Financial Leadership Development Program (FMP), rotating between four different business units at NBC Universal.
With deep expertise in the media and advertising industry across Facebook, Google and GE, Aakash has worked cross-functionally to implement and scale Global advertising solutions. His core functional competencies range from Product Marketing, building Sales strategies, direct selling and Corporate Finance. He has received recognition and awards from both peers and senior management including the CFO Excellence Award at GE and was accepted into the Google Business Academy.
Author, Forbes Speaker, Podcaster
Mark is the bestselling author of Screw Being Shy: Learn how to manage Social Anxiety & Be Yourself In Front of Anyone. Mark is also on Amazon Prime's TV documentary series "The Social Movement" season 2 attempting to solve some of the world's biggest problems today. Mark is the Host of the Global Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0 featured by Forbes, NASDAQ, and Yahoo Finance as the "Top 21 Growing Podcasts you must listen to" Mark's show has been listened to over 15 million times and features the greatest leaders of our time like Billionaires, Professional Athletes, Activists, and New York Times Bestselling authors exploring today's dynamic of the human experience and mental health in modern times of 2020.
Correspondent, Doha Debates, Journalist, Podcaster
Nelufar is a Doha Debates correspondent, bringing the debate topics and themes to global audiences for continued conversations across digital platforms. Nelufar is also the host of Doha Debates’ podcast, Course Correction and digital show #DearWorld which looks at the world under lockdown due to Covid 19.
Nelufar is an award-winning journalist who previously hosted the investigative series The Traffickers on Fusion TV, uncovering the illegal trade and trafficking of people, precious minerals, counterfeit drugs and endangered species. She traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to chronicle corrupt officials, dealers, poachers and smugglers, revealing vast transportation networks, safe houses and packaging factories. Her work has earned prestigious awards and nominations, including Livingston awards for excellence in reporting, an international affairs award from the Association for International Broadcasting, and best investigation and journalist of the year awards at the Asian Media Awards, as well as the reporter/correspondent Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.
Before Doha Debates and Fusion, Nelufar worked for the BBC, Channel 4 News and The Guardian, chronicling the challenges facing women, children and families in conflict zones, from vaccination battles and organ markets to the global refugee crisis and health workers risking their lives to vaccinate children in hostile regions. Nelufar’s 2018 docuseries Food Exposed explores the hidden truth behind the global food industry and in 2019 she joined Morgan Freeman as a contributing presenter on the 3rd season of Story of God.
Education Evangelist, Google
As the former Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. He collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.
He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.
Founder, CEO InCharged, LuxUVC, VendX
Jessica is a Latina woman and mother. Over the last decade, she's grown her event technology company, InCharged into an event technology fixture - partnering with brands like Google, Coca-Cola, and T-Mobile to execute cutting-edge experiential marketing campaigns and events.
Under the InCharged brand Jessica developed the VendX and the LuxUVC product lines. VendX delivers a completely customized, interactive, touch-screen vending machine experience for consumers, while delivering valuable consumer insight and data to a partner brand. VendX has completed successful installations including major brands like Google, Pop-Tarts, Toyota, and Estee Lauder.
The LuxUVC, as well as its sister machine the LuxElectroClean, were developed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic as Gonzalez pivoted to help every-day people safely access medical-grade sanitizing and disinfecting equipment.
Venture Partner, BrandProject, Entrepreneur
Jay is a founding venture partner with BrandProject Capital. Jay is also an active angel investor in New Jersey start-ups. Due to Jay’s work in the startup community in New Jersey, Jay was nominated for Venture Capitalist of the Year in New Jersey in 2017 by the New Jersey Tech Council.
More recently, Jay was co-chair of the Governor Murphy’s Tech Transition Team and is working with the administration on ways to make New Jersey the center of tech innovation again.
Jay has given a TEDx talk on innovation and has been featured in various publications such as Time Magazine, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, ABC News, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, World News, and the Financial Times.
Prior to BrandProject, Jay was the co-founder of spock.com, the leading social search engine in the world based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Spock raised over $10m in venture funding and powered search for leading social networks like bebo, hi5, friendster and tagged. At its peak, over 40 million people did over 100 million searches per month on the platform, making spock one of the top 10 search engines on the planet. Before Spock, Jay worked in Global Enterprise Strategy and Marketing at Microsoft in Seattle.
Jay has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS with Highest Honors from Rutgers School of Engineering.
William Bao Bean
GP, SOSV; Man. Director, CHINACCELERATOR and MOX
William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #2 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2019 with US$700m under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex the #1 crypto exchange in the world by trading volume enabling anyone with a smartphone to access financial products and opening up investment to the unbanked. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator - providing startups with free user acquisition to the 70m smartphone users on the platform. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting China investments. Prior to that William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. Previously, William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was a top ranked analyst for Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft and eLong (Expedia China).
In 2005, he was ranked #3 stock picker in China/Hong Kong and #1 for Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. In 2006 he was ranked #3 equity research analyst in Asia for Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine for his work on China Internet. William has done over 200 early stage investments including Bitmex - crypto exchange, UShopal - social ecommerce, Snapask - online tutoring platform, italki - language learning platform, Yodo1 - mobile games platform, Carota/GMobi -mobility, DemystData - fintech, Orange Hotel - boutique hotel chain acquired by China Hospitality Group, Lekan - children’s media platform acquired by Condé Nast, Massive Impact - mobile adtech acquired by GMobi, and Playspan - payment platform acquired by Visa. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors of escapex, Phable, Goama, italki, SRT, and Carota as well as organizations including Angelcrunch (天使汇), Music Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.
Influencer, Host, Young and Profiting Podcast
Hala started her career in radio production at WQHT Hot97 on “The Angie Martinez Show.” Later she focused on an entrepreneurial endeavor― the launch an entertainment news blog site, “The Sorority of Hip Hop.” She led an all-female team of 50 bloggers, and together they ran the popular site, interviewed celebrities, produced radio shows, and hosted parties/concerts. When the blog site boom slowed in 2014, Hala took a temporary exit from the entertainment industry to get an MBA.
She has over 8 years of corp marketing experience and is quickly rising at Disney Streaming Services. Today Hala hosts a #1 How-To podcast, Young and Profiting (YAP), and is one of the biggest influencers on Linkedin. YAP merges Hala’s passions for radio, entrepreneurship, business, and continued learning. Hala is an expert on networking, rising from failure, personal branding, Linkedin marketing.
Co-founder, CEO, WeSolar
Steve is the co-founder and chief executive of WeSolar CSP and is a thought leading voice in todays renewable energy industry. He has used his experience having spent decades on WallStreet as a business leader to impact and help reduce the global carbon footprint. His experience gives him the natural ability to manage complex initiatives from concept to funding including successful product launches. Steve has worked with global heads, governments and industry to develop disruptive , transformational energy solutions. He has held various leadership positions at JPMorgan, UBS, GE Capital, DTC, Wipro Technologies and Virtusa Inc. Steve earned an Executive MBA from Rutgers University Business School.
Robert Van Varick
Principal, Design, Insights & Strategy, Michael Graves
With the firm since 2003, Rob passionately believes design has the power to positively impact people’s lives. His mission is to apply the right blend of research, psychology, creativity and strategy so that root causes are identified, allowing the best solution to be designed. Well-rounded solutions require multi-disciplinary input and collaboration. As a partner at MGA&D, Rob works with architects, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers, researchers and strategists all focused on one goal: enhancing the human experience at every scale. Great design is humanistic, familiar, accessible and intuitive.
Today, everyone is focused on “innovation,” but many companies are pursuing innovation that is disconnected from users. For MG, success starts with the observation of an unmet need or opportunity gap. But that’s only the start. The true key, which they call the magic, is translating the observation into a meaningful and enduring product solution. That’s the hard part.
Terry is 25+ year veteran of brand development and amplification. He has been in roles as CCO of EMCI, Co-Founder Live from Earth, and CIO of Enactus and served on three boards and as a 17 year consultant to Omnicom Media Group.
ENTERTAIMENT Terry has linked dozens of Fortune 500 brands and startup companies to causes, events and entertainment media platforms and sponsorships including; The Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Superbowl halftime, American Idol Gives Back, The Global Goals Races, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Phil Collins and Rolling Stones.
ESPORTS Early in his career he produced 200 hours of broadcast television and led the esports category from its’ genesis as a producer of the daily show Video Power, the Nintendo World Championship and Game Riot.
INNOVATION EXPERIENCES Created and produced the first television commercial from outer space for Pepsi, and a live broadcast from the space station for E TV and Extreme Shopping. An event that offered the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and Mohammed Ali’s home for sale on live television. Terry has been creator of brand and award winning media experiences for Omnicom Media group since 2002.
DESTINATION Terry has produced several location based experiences including- The NY Skyride at the Empire State Building, XS NY the gaming arena in Time Square as well as the designer of resort destination experiences from Dubai to the Bahamas.
CAUSE Since 2002 Terry has focused on cause and philanthropic initiatives with the United Nations, Marlaria No More, The World Food Programmed and The Internal Rescue Committee. He has worked in Sudan, The Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia with child soldiers and refugees, as well as on maternal health issues in South Africa and India. He is founding board member of Lalela.org a Sub-Saharan arts and innovation based education platform and a 10-year board member of the international organization BuildOn.
Terry has been the Chief Innovation Officer of Enactus worldwide since 2014. Enactus is a global organization of 70,000 university students, academic and business leaders across 36 countries and over 1,700 campuses. Enactus serves as the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators.
Terry produces the annual Enactus World Cup, The UN Global Goals forum, the World Water Race and the :77 Film Festival. These events showcase social innovation and impact aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More at www.Enactus.org/WorldCup
Terry has also created and implemented course curriculums in creativity, innovation and abundanomics that has reached over 250,000 students around the world. He teaches immersive courses on Social Innovation at Universities around the world, most recently in China, India, Mexico, Africa and US. Terry has been a longtime member of TED, a member of SAG/AFTRA and is also a rescue first- responder.
Co-founder, COO, PeduL
Kayla is the Co-Founder and COO of PeduL, the first scholarship marketplace that makes it easier for students to find and apply to scholarships and simpler for providers to create and manage them. Students can apply to thousands of scholarships with one application and land job opportunities. Our provider CRM enables corporations to use scholarships as a tool to hyper-target, attract and source diverse pipelines of student talent. As a national ambassador for youth development organizations like The Disney Dreamers Academy, The First Tee and The National Black MBA Leaders of Tomorrow, Kayla regularly speaks on the power of youth leadership and the indispensability of diverse representation in today’s workforce. Kayla has a Forbes column that highlights the trials and tribulations of being a startup founder of color in the HR tech/Ed tech industries. In a society where the necessity and costs of pursuing higher education are rising at the same rate, Kayla's on a mission to cultivate an economy that prioritizes equal access to education, democratizes financial support, and actualizes economic and professional mobility for students worldwide.
Co-founder and CEO, Visikol
Dr. Johnson is a 2017 and 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and the CEO of Visikol Inc., which is a bio-imaging company that spun out of Rutgers University in 2016 and that Michael founded along with his fellow PhD candidate Thomas Villani and colleague Nick Crider. Michael has a diverse background with experiences in both the technical and business considerations of running a biotech business. Following his undergraduate degree in biology at Muhlenberg College, Michael spent three years in various roles at Johnson & Johnson while concurrently pursuing a PhD in applied microbiology at Rutgers University. Michael’s research background has focused on a wide-range of projects from remote sensing research with NASA to building light sheet microscopes and producing biofuels. Prior to launching Visikol, Michael has worked on several other biotech-based entrepreneurial pursuits and is very passionate about translating cutting edge research into life-changing commercial technologies.