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Facebook’s VP of AR/VR, Andrew Bosworth—or Boz, as most people know him—graduated from Harvard in 2004 before working as a developer on Microsoft Visio for almost two years. He joined former student Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook in January of 2006 where he created News Feed and many early anti-abuse systems, some of which are still in production. After working briefly on optimizing site speed and reliability, Andrew established and ran Facebook Bootcamp, a six-week programed designed to help grow the engineering team and maintain its culture. He then led the integration of the Messages and Chat products while improving stability, followed by tenures as the direct lead of the Groups, Messenger, and Video Calling teams. At various times, he has been the engineering director overseeing Events, Places, Photos, Videos, Timeline, Privacy, Mobile Monetization, and Feed Ads. Most recently, he served as the VP of Ads and Business Platform where he led engineering, product, research, analytics, and design. In 2017, he created Facebook’s AR/VR organization, where he drives all of Facebook’s efforts in augmented reality, virtual reality, and consumer hardware across Oculus, Portal, and Facebook Reality Labs.
Dan Chu is the Chief Product Officer at Waymo, a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. In his role, Dan leads all product management and user experience research for Waymo.
Prior to Waymo, Dan led the Google Maps platform product team, which reaches more than a billion active users every month, and launched Google’s first mobile app on Android and iOS, along with Google Hangouts.
Dan is keenly interested in the intersection of technology and social impact having worked on Benetech's effort to improve human rights reporting technology, United eWay's effort to streamline charitable donations, Technoserve's effort to accelerate socially impactful mobile apps including Safaricom's MPESA payment system, and Greenbox's effort to increase consumer visibility into energy consumption.
Before Google and Waymo, Dan was a part of several startups that were on the forefront of SaaS including Icarian (Kleiner Perkins), Catapulse (Benchmark) and Open Harbor (Menlo Ventures, NEA).
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science/AB in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA in Technology Policy and Energy/Natural Resources from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Daniel L. Doctoroff is Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that is seeking to develop a new district that would serve as the global model for the 21st century city, integrating great urban design with cutting edge technology.
From 2008 to 2014, Dan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg L.P., the leading provider of news and information to the global financial community.
Prior to joining Bloomberg L.P., Dan served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, he led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy. Dan also oversaw the creation of PlaNYC, New York’s pathbreaking sustainability plan. He recently published Greater than Ever: New York’s Big Comeback, a memoir-manifesto about his experience in City Hall.
Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, Dan was Managing Partner of the private equity investment firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. While at Oak Hill, Dan founded NYC2012, the organization that spearheaded efforts to bring the Olympic Games to the city.
Dan serves on the Boards of the University of Chicago and Bloomberg Philanthropies. He is the founder of Target ALS, which raises funds for and has established a new model of collaboration to advance ALS research. He is a founder and chairman of The Shed, an innovative new cultural institution on Manhattan’s Far West Side.
Dan is a graduate of Harvard College and The Law School at the University of Chicago. A native of Michigan, Dan has lived in New York for the past 35 years with his wife, Alisa.
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Dr. Melynda Barnes
Dr. Melynda Barnes is Clinical Director of Rory and the VP of Medical Affairs and Research at Ro, the patient-driven healthcare company that puts you in control of your health. Ro powers three digital health clinics -- Roman (men’s health), Rory (women’s health) and Zero (addiction treatment) -- providing a personalized end-to-end telehealth experience from diagnosis to delivery. Dr. Barnes leads Clinical Research, Quality and Safety and the Clinical aspects of Strategy and New Conditions as VP of Medical Affairs and Research.
Dr. Barnes is a double board-certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Otolaryngologist. She specializes in medical and surgical treatment for conditions of the ears, nose, throat, as well as cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery including skincare, preventative and rejuvenation procedures to treat facial aging and women’s health. Dr. Barnes earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and attended Mount Sinai for medical school. Prior to Ro, she was an Assistant Professor of Surgery-Otolaryngology at Yale School of Medicine and served on Yale Medical Group's Board of Directors. She's been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health.
Dan Brunner is the Chief Technology Officer at Commonwealth Fusion Systems and a co-founder. Dan is leading the tokamak engineering design team for the SPARC project, aiming to be the first demonstration of net energy from fusion. Additionally, he is leading the development of spin-out technologies based on the superconducting magnet R&D for SPARC. In his fusion research, Dan specialized in the design, construction, operation, and interpretation of probe-based diagnostics in fusion power plants. Some of his key contributions include the demonstration of a feedback control system that mitigated heat fluxes to manageable levels using direct measurements of surface heat flux and development of the most compact plasma probes, able to handle heat fluxes >10 higher than the previous state-of-the-art probes. These areas of research are key aspects of exhausting the extreme powers in compact, high magnetic field tokamaks such as SPARC. Dan has a Ph.D. in Applied Plasma Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013) and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2008).
Freya joined LanzaTech in 2007 and has worked in various roles throughout the company. Freya is deeply committed to LanzaTech’s mission of creating a carbon smart future. She is a board member of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and with LanzaTech is a founding member of below50, the low carbon fuels initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Freya oversees Government Relations, Communications and HR at LanzaTech. She holds an MA from Cambridge University.
Julie Elberfeld is a Senior Vice President in Card & Small Business Technology and the Executive Sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion for Technology at Capital One Financial Corporation.
Julie joined Capital One in 2010 and is leading large tech transformation initiatives in payments for our Card business.
In addition, Julie is the executive sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion for Technology. She leads our team efforts to focus on building diversity in the tech pipeline, speaking at conferences and colleges, offering bias mitigation training and career development, and supporting national organizations & events designed to enhance diversity, inclusion, and career progression for underrepresented minorities in the tech industry. Julie is the founder of the Women in Tech (WIT) initiative at Capital One. WIT is designed to drive efforts in supporting a more inclusive culture and growth for technical women.
A Banking Systems and Technology Elite 8 honoree, Julie is a frequent speaker at national and regional events, published on Medium, and a member of the Forbes Technology Council. She served on the board of the Richmond Technology Foundation and was selected as a 2017 Executive Women in Business Achievement honoree for the Greater Richmond, VA region. Julie has also served as chairperson of the Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment committee of the IFX Forum, and as an Advisory board member of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, focused on promoting technology education with local youth.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Julie is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and graduate studies in Mathematics at Miami University.
Tim Minahan is executive vice president, business strategy and chief marketing officer (CMO) at Citrix, where he has a proactive role in helping to drive focused strategic initiatives and the company’s overall business strategy. In addition, he leads global marketing strategy and operations for the company’s vision of securely delivering the world’s most important apps and data to enable people and businesses to work better.
A technology industry veteran who specializes in defining new markets and positioning companies to own them, Minahan has served in a broad range of business leadership roles at leading enterprise software, cloud, and services firms. He most recently spearheaded SAP’s successful transition to the cloud as CMO of the company’s Cloud and Line of Business unit. Minahan joined SAP when the company acquired Ariba, where he was SVP of Business Network Strategy and global CMO.
At Ariba, Minahan led the commercial strategy for the Ariba Network, the world’s largest and most global business network, and oversaw the design and execution of go-to-market programs and marketing initiatives to fuel its growth as a leading cloud company. Previously, Minahan was senior vice president of marketing at Procuri Inc., where he helped drive the company’s strategic direction and emergence as one of the fastest-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) application providers. He also served as chief services and research officer at Aberdeen Group, a leading independent market research firm, and held several leadership roles at Reed Business Information.
Minahan is on the board of Made in a Free World, a non-profit technology company that is using the power of networks and big data to detect and mitigate forced labor from global supply chains. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and completed the CMO Program at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
Julia leads the Customer Success function at Flatiron Health. The Flatiron team is building a disruptive, oncology-specific software platform that connects cancer centers across the world on a common technology infrastructure to address key healthcare challenges, dramatically improving treatment and accelerating research.
Julia’s team is responsible for helping oncology practices be successful on Flatiron’s software and partnering with customers to achieve their strategic objectives focused on sustainability, growth and patient care. The Customer Success organization delivers Account Management, Consulting, Customer Support, Technical Support Engineering, Communications and Training & Content services to oncology practices nationwide.
Prior to joining Flatiron, Julia led the Physician Onboarding function at ZocDoc, and worked as a consultant to healthcare and technology clients growing their businesses and improving customers’ experience. She holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard.
Siobhan O’Connor is Vice President, Editorial at Medium, where she leads all editorial strategy and functions. She is passionate about new story forms, digital innovation, brand building, and what’s made possible by the marriage of technology and journalism.
Previously, Siobhan was at TIME, where she was executive editor. At TIME, she edited cover stories, special issues and packages while also managing a team of writers and editors.
Siobhan served as TIME’s editorial director for health from 2014 to 2016. In this role, she directed the strategy for health, science and society coverage across all platforms, editing many cover stories, including 2014’s Person of the Year special issue about healthcare workers fighting Ebola in West Africa.
Prior to TIME, Siobhan was executive editor of Rodale’s Prevention, where she managed the staff, oversaw all daily publishing, and commissioned features and cover stories by high-profile writers.
Siobhan has also held editorial positions at GOOD, VIBE, The Source, Paper, and the Montreal Mirror, where she started her journalism career. She is the co-author of a book on natural beauty and the cosmetics industry, No More Dirty Looks.
A frequent speaker, she served as co-chair of Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Health conference in 2016 and 2017 and was a featured speaker at The Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.
Siobhan grew up in Montreal. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Dillon Twombly is the Chief Revenue Officer for Via, the world’s leading provider and developer of on-demand public mobility solutions.
Before joining Via, Dillon held senior leadership positions at Dataminr, MetLife, and a political risk consulting boutique. Prior to joining the private sector, Dillon completed three field tours as an Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. Dillon is a former Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding member of the Ambassador Council at the International Crisis Group. He holds a BA in History from Trinity College in Connecticut, an MBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina, and speaks Turkish.
Emi Yoshikawa (HBS '11) is the Senior Director of Global Operations at Ripple. She is passionate about realizing the 'Internet of Value' through the use of blockchain technologies. At Ripple, she manages joint venture partnership and leads market entry initiatives in Asia. Emi was selected as a top-50 'Women in Fintech' Influencer by Onalytica in 2017 and is a frequent speaker at fintech conferences. She started her career in the financial engineering space, leading the development of portfolio analytics software at MSCI, previously part of Morgan Stanley, and also ran a US-Asia consulting business. Emi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a CFA charterholder.