“Singularity University is proud to be working with Standard Bank and Mann Made Media to host this first-ever SingularityU South Africa Summit, and to connect with Africa’s leaders and organizations shaping the future,” remarked Rob Nail, Associate Founder and CEO of Singularity University. “South Africa represents a microcosm of the challenges facing humanity worldwide and is fast gaining a solid reputation as a global centre. Through this Summit, we hope to connect and inspire leaders in the region to effect global impact.”
Carlo Van de Weijer
Carlo van de Weijer (1966) has a Master degree in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Technology in Eindhoven and a PhD degree with honors from Technical University in Graz. He started his career in 1990 at TNO Automotive, moved to SiemensVDO in 2001 to head the Eindhoven automotive navigation development lab, since 2007 part of TomTom.
Currently, Dr. Van de Weijer is director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology, alongside his work for TomTom. He is chairman and member of the supervisory board of several high-tech companies and start-ups, and advises governments and industries around the world on the future of technology and mobility.
Jaya Baloo the CISO of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the Year Award in 2015. Baloo works with an amazing information security team of highly driven specialists. Working in the information security arena for the past 18 years, she has worked mostly for global telecommunications companies such as Verizon and France Telecom. Baloo is also a frequent speaker at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance and cryptography.
Mandy Simpson is Chief Executive at Wellington based consultancy Cyber Toa, helping companies secure their digital footprint. She has deep capital markets expertise, including four years as Chief Operating Officer at NZX, where she was an advocate for the development of blockchain technology for financial markets. Prior to that she was Chief Financial Officer for technology company Fronde.
Mandy has lived in Wellington for ten years, arriving from the UK where she worked in financial investigation and surveillance roles for Deloitte and the London Stock Exchange. She is a member of SingularityU New Zealand faculty.
Mandy sits on the boards of Punakaiki Fund and NZTech, is an active investor in early stage companies and an advisory board member at BraveNewCoin, a Queenstown based company providing digital currency news and insights.
Mandy has a law degree from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked for over three decades to develop more effective innovation methods. Larry is President and co-founder of Doblin Inc, aninnovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systemsthat materially improve innovation success rates and innovation return
on investment. Doblin is now a unit of DeloitteConsulting LLP, where Keeley serves as a Managing Director.
Since 1979 Keeley has worked with many global companies on innovation effectiveness, among them Abbott Labs, Aetna, American Express, Amoco, Apple, Baxter, BlackRock, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Consignia, Coty, Diageo, Ford, Gillette, GE, GM, Hallmark, Kaiser Permanente, Lloyds Banking Group, Liberty Global, Mars, Mayo Clinic, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Motorola, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, P&G, Pfizer, Principal Financial, Qwest, RSA, SAS, Shell, Sony, Steelcase, Stryker, Target, Texas Instruments, VHA, WellPoint, Whirlpool, and Zurich Financial Services. He has also shaped innovation strategies in the philanthropic sector working closely with Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and others, plus governments around the world.
Keeley lectures and publishes frequently on strategic aspects of innovation. Keeley’s book Ten Types of Innovation, the Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, from Wiley codifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation, available in ten languages. Bloomberg Businessweek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most
sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. They also separately selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.
Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a Ph.D. program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Masters of Manufacturing Management programs where he was recently named a Distinguished Fellow. He also lectures at many other business schools worldwide. Collectively, Keeley has helped educate more than 5,300 Masters or PhD level innovation specialists worldwide. In 2016, Keeley was named one of the five global Deloitte Creative Tigers, used to deepen and shape the firm’s most valuable IP and client relationships.
Keeley was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Business Innovation in Boston. He was also a long time board member for Chicago Public Radio, where he worked to make it one of the most innovative public radio stations in the US—by developing This American Life and other path breaking radio and media programs. Keeley also serves as a member of Mayo Clinic’s External Advisory Board which, combined with Doblin’s applied innovation tradecraft, has been credited with helping Mayo Clinic to create advanced innovation initiatives to help transform one of the world’s leading healthcare providers in the midst of radical industry shifts.
Nicholas Haan has worked at the intersection of science, technology, social challenges, and innovation for the last 25 years. His issues of focus have included disaster relief, food security, environment, energy, public health, education, genetics, and information systems. And his affiliations have included the United Nations, governments, universities, donor agencies and non-governmental organizations. Nick is currently Director of Global Grand Challenges and Team Project Leader at Singularity University.
His introduction to global perspectives began as a science teacher in a remote Kenyan village with the Peace Corps. This experience led to more than 20 years of living and working internationally, mainly in East and Southern Africa (including living four years in villages without running water or electricity, which gives him a unique perspective on social challenges). Prior to joining Singularity University, Nick served as Senior Economist/Global Program Manager with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization where he oversaw a food security project operating in over 30 countries.
He is the creator of an international standard for classifying the severity of food insecurity and disasters called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). Nick is also involved with several Startups, including as strategic advisor to a mobile app company called eMobilis. He has a keen interest in the crowdsourcing movement and is on the regional board of directors for crowdfunder.com . He has been a visiting professor at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and was awarded a NASA Research Fellowship.Originally from California, Nick has a PhD in Geography, a Master in International Development, a Master in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing from Clark University, and a Bachelor in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley. He is an avid sea kayaker and explorer, most recently completing an 500 km expedition across Lake Victoria by kayak.
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.
Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Ramez is also the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of four books: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (non-fiction), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water, and food, and charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations.
He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois. In his leisure, Ramez has climbed mountains, descended into icy crevasses, chased sharks through their native domain, backpacked through remote corners of China, and ridden his bicycle down hundreds of miles of the Vietnam coast. He lives in Seattle, where he writes and speaks full time.
Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to life ‘ biology, genetics, medicine, agriculture ‘ is affecting every one of us. He is known for using storytelling and down-to-earth examples to show how quickly these changes are happening, right now. Raymond is: Chair of the Biotech Track at Singularity University ( http://singularityucanadasummit.orgu.org /), a Silicon Valley think tank devoted to training leaders about exponential technologies. Co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious (http://biocurious.org /), the hackerspace for biotech, a not-for-profit where professional scientists, DIYbio hobbyists and entrepreneurs come together to design the next big thing to come out of a Silicon Valley garage.
Part of the team that developed next generation DNA sequencing at Illumina, where he worked in bioinformatics, cancer sequencing, and personal genomics. His work and story have been featured in Wired, Forbes, Time, and Nature. Raymond’s postgraduate work includes studies at Texas A&M University, Stanford and UC Berkeley in electrical engineering, computer science, biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology. Past employers are Genomera, Illumina, Ingenuity Systems, TANSTAAFL Media, QIAGEN, Viatel, NASA, and the other federal agencies. Raymond develops and advises a variety of companies and organizations, including Genomera (crowd-sourced clinical trials), Vecoy Nanomedicines (synthetic biology anti-virus platform), Androcyte (longevity research), and Nanokit (DNA origami).
Dr. Chander is a physician and neuroscientist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute. She has been on the Anesthesiology Faculty at Stanford University since 2008 and Neuromedicine Faculty at Singularity University since 2010. Her postdoctoral training in optogenetic technology was conducted in the laboratories of Karl Deisseroth and Luis de Lecea at Stanford, where she used light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains.
In the operating room, she applies EEG technology to understand what human brains look like when they lose and regain consciousness, and has recently developed a precision medicine initiative aimed at understanding genetic variability in responses to anesthetic drugs. Her goal is to understand neural mechanisms of consciousness and eventually utilize this knowledge to develop improved algorithms to create better brain monitors. She is currently working on applications of neural wearable devices to crossover consumer and medical markets
Adetayo Bamiduro is the Cofounder and CEO of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX) – a last-mile delivery platform that uses proprietary apps, maps and motorcycles to provide express delivery to retailers in Africa.
Adetayo graduated top 2% in his Computer Science Class at the University of Ibadan and earned his MBA from 2 of the world’s most prestigious institutions – MIT in the USA and London Business School in the UK. Before founding MAX, Adetayo worked as a Developer, Product Manager and Management Consultant across 4 continents for global companies such as PwC, Shell and Dalberg.
During his MBA program, Adetayo was awarded the MIT Legatum and MasterCard Fellowships to develop MAX. After graduating in summer 2015, Adetayo launched MAX and immediately led his team to remarkable success. Within 3 months, MAX grew 1500% and signed up over 100 retailers including Jumia.com.
In September 2015, MAX became the first startup from Africa to join the exclusive Techstars New York Startup Accelerator Program. By December 2015, MAX had set another record as the 1st technology startup from Africa to win 1st runner-up at Techcrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield in London.
MAX is on a mission to fix Africa’s broken urban delivery and transport system using proprietary apps that connect independent drivers to businesses and consumers in real-time. MAX clocked 20,000 deliveries in July 2016 and is on its way to becoming Africa’s No 1 Urban Transport Network.
Ashley Anthony is a Geophysicist and entrepreneur. As a co-founder of Isazi Consulting, he has spent much of his time developing an understanding of the mathematical levers that control how businesses make money and how AI can be applied to take advantage of these insights. He has been the driving force behind Isazi and has put Africa on the map for Artificial Intelligence and Optimization.
Isazi Consulting is now one of the most Advanced Algorithmic & Machine Learning companies in Africa that assist businesses to become data driven by using artificial intelligence and optimization. The word Isazi means 'bearer of knowledge' or 'scientist' in isiZulu. The company’s industry and platform agnostic
Bohdanna is the Director of International Summits at Singularity University. She oversees the execution of close to 30 International Summits for SU, impacting and educating over 40,000 people on exponential technology and how to use that technology to solve the world’s largest challenges.
Prior to Singularity University, Bohdanna worked at The Thiel Foundation as their Event Curator, managing dozens of projects including CNBC Transforming Tomorrow, a documentary focused on the Thiel Fellowship and the Wired.com series ‘Teen Technorati’ showcasing Fellows from The Thiel Fellowship. Bohdanna was also one of the architects of The Thiel Foundation Summit; a bi-annual assembly of young entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world.
Working directly with entrepreneurs inspired Bohdanna to open 10 Forward Events, a full service event-curation firm specializing in producing innovative and one-of-a-kind events focused on education and
collaboration for the science and tech industry, startups, entrepreneurs, and VC firms. Her vision and reputation is as a connector, getting a diverse group of people together to form the links needed to move projects forward. And, while working at SU, Bohdanna devotes time to her painting career, exhibiting her work in the US and internationally.
Bohdanna holds an M.F.A from San Francisco State University, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from California College of the Arts, and a B.S. from Indiana University – Bloomington.
Alex is Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation. He has served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. Alex's writing and views on dissidents and dictators have appeared in ABC, The Atlantic, BBC News, CNN, Fast Company, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and WIRED. He has spoken at UC Berkeley, MIT, Parsons School of Design; the School of Visual Arts, Stanford, and the European Parliament. Before joining HRF, he served as a foreign policy advisor in the British Parliament.
Alex is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University where he majored in international relations and Middle Eastern studies. He currently lives in San Francisco
David Roberts is regarded as one of the world top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. His passion is to help transform the lives of a billion suffering people in the world through disruptive innovation.
David served as Vice President of Singularity University and two-time Director (and alum) of the Graduate Studies Program. He is an award winning CEO, a serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals and has led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the-art systems ever built, to include satellites, drones, and fusion centers. He also worked as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters. He received his B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. was a Distinguished Graduate, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
David is Chairman at HaloDrop, a revolutionary global drone services company, Chairman at 1QBit the world first software company for quantum computers, and is a formal adviser to Made-In Space, responsible for manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the Space Station.
Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley Business schools have all written and taught case studies on David leadership, management, and decision making. He has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, and in USA Today, Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Business Week, CNN, and dozens of others. His startups have received many awards to include Internet World Net Rising Stars,Red Herring Catch, top 50 Private Companies in the World, Red Herring Top100 Private Companies in the World, USA Today Tech Reviews Best Picks, Internet Outlook Investors Choice Award, Enterprise Outlook Investors Choice, Best of the Web from PC World, and Apple Computer Premier Systems Integrator Award.
His fascination with technology began In fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mothervacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.
Dr. Adriana Marais
Theoretical physicist, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa and aspiring extraterrestrial with the Mars One Project
Adriana studied theoretical physics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town. She completed her MSc summa cum laude in quantum cryptography at the in the Quantum Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and was awarded her PhD in quantum biology at the same institute in 2015. She continued as a postdoctoral researcher studying quantum effects in biology as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself. Since the beginning of 2017, she has joined the corporate world, in the role of Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, driving digitisation and innovation on the continent.
Adriana has been recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of 200 Young SA achievers (2014), she was one of 15 recipients worldwide of a L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Grant for Women in Science (2015) and she is the 2016 Royal Society of SA Meiring Naude Medal awardee for a young researcher. During 2016 she was selected as one of 400 most qualified young physicists worldwide to attend and speak at the prestigious 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, as well as one of 20 worldwide selected to attend & speak at the Women's Economic Forum in theWomen’s Forum Rising Talents Programme. She is one of 100 astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in the next decade with the Mars One Project. She hopes one day to contribute to the establishment, and potentially detection of evidence of, life on Mars- one of the most profound possible contributions of science to society.
Dr. Dan Barry
School Alumni of the 20th Century, Harvard Medical School Paul J. Corcoran Award and honorary doctoral degrees from Beloit College and St. Louis University.
Dan’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1975; a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1977; a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1980; and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami in 1982.
He has seven patents, over 50 articles in scientific journals and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards. He has film and television experience as well, including roles in two documentary films and as a cast member in season 12 of CBS Survivor. He is a founding faculty member for Singularity University, where he co-chaired the AI & Robotics.
Dr. Ryan Noach
Dr Ryan Noach is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Health, appointed in October 2014. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer since July 2009. He plays a significant role in leading company strategy and directly oversees operations, clinical services, managed care and claims risk strategy, the digital strategy and also Discovery Health's supply-side services to members.
He qualified as a medical practitioner at Wits University in 1997 and pursued a post graduate career in emergency medicine and disaster management, including trauma, critical care, orthopedics and paediatrics. He completed the Diploma in Primary Emergency Care with the College of Medicine (SA). He attended the Executive Development Program at GIBS Business School, University of Pretoria.
During his tenure at Discovery Health, Dr Noach has been responsible for many of the companies' major innovations including amongst others HealthID, MedXpress and Discovery's entry into the supply-side of the healthcare system.
Funeka Montjane is the Chief Executive for Personal and Business Banking South Africa (PBB SA).
Funeka joined Standard Bank in 2008 and prior to her current role as Chief Executive, Funeka held the following positions:
- Chief Financial Officer, PBB SA
- Head of Home Loans, PBB SA
- Head of Credit PBB SA
Funeka is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg. Before joining Standard Bank, Funeka worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became a partner at the age of 27.
Amongst many of her achievements Funeka was voted Top Woman Executive and Top Woman of the Year in Business at the 2012 Top Women Awards.
In 2015 she was honoured with the following awards:
In August 2016, Funeka won the Business Women of the Year award in the Corporate category of the Businesswomen's Association of South Africa. She was also acknowledged by the African Woman Chartered Accountants (AWCA) as the 2016 Private Sector CEO of the Year.
Mxolisi Mgojo has been in the mining industry since 2001. Previous experience includes 10 years’ experience as a software engineer as well as a career in international banking and investment banking when he was working at Societé Generale Investment Banking. Mxolisi has been with Exxaro since its inception in 2006, heading the Base Metals and Industrial Minerals business before being appointed as the Executive Head of Coal in August 2008.
In May 2015 Mxolisi was appointed as CEO Designate to follow up Sipho Nkosi as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Before joining Exxaro Mxolisi was a founder member of Eyesizwe Coal formed in 2001 where he was the Marketing and Logistics Manager. Mxolisi has a BSc degree in Computer Science (Northwestern University, USA), an Honours degree in Energy Studies (Rand Afrikaans University), a Diploma in International Financial Management and an MBA (Henley Management College, UK).
He also attended a Societé Generale Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Programme (Kellogg, USA) and an Advanced Management Programme (Wharton).
Sarah Bergbreiter runs the Maryland Microrobotics Laboratory at the University of Maryland, where she develops innovative technologies that could advance medicine, consumer electronics and other sciences. She joined the university in 2008 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Having received her B.S.E degree in electrical engineering from Princeton, she worked on her M.S. and Ph.D. at Berkeley, which is where she focused on microrobotics. S
he has received multiple awards for her work, including the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008 and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists in 2013.
Mr. Sizwe Errol Nxasana holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA) qualifications.
He started his career at Unilever. In 1989 he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwazulu Natal. In 1996 he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba now called SizweNtsaluba Gobodo which is the fifth largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998 he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for its listing on the JSE and New York Stock exchanges. Sizwe was the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group since 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Sizwe serves as Chairman on various Foundations and Trusts. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He was appointed Chairman of the NSFAS in August 2015 and Chairman of the Ministerial Task Team developing a new funding model for students who come from poor and “missing middle” backgrounds.
Sizwe is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded Future Nation Schools which is a chain of affordable private schools in South Africa. He also founded Sifiso Learning Group which is involved in Edtech, academic publishing and real estate.
Sizwe Nxasana has been conferred with honorary doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University.
Stephen van Coller
Stephen van Coller joined MTN Group in October 2016. His role as Vice President: Digital Services, Data Analytics and Business Development will be instrumental in shaping MTN’s
strategy to futureproof the business.
The MTN Group is a leading emerging market mobile operator and is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange as MTN. As of 31 December 2016, MTN recorded 240.4 million subscribers across its operations in 22 countries in Africa and in the Middle East. MTN Mobile Money has 50 million registered customers, 17 million active on a monthly basis. Stephen has been tasked with rapidly digitizing the customer experience and creating a data driven culture in MTN.
Stephen is a member of the MTN Group Executive Committee, Group Transformation Board and the Group Operations Committee. He is also a keen participant at World Economic Forum where he is a committee member on the Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and Society working on the Internet for All project as well as the Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems committee.
Before joining MTN Group, Stephen had over 20 years within the Banking Sector. He was at Barclays Africa Group from 2006-2016 where he was Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB), a member of the Barclays Africa Group Limited Executive Committee and chaired the Citizenship and Innovation Committees across Africa. He was also a member of the Barclays Plc Global Investment Committee, the Barclays Social Innovation Fund and was Chairman of The Absa Foundation Trust.
Prior to joining Barclays, Stephen was at Deutsche Bank in Johannesburg from 1996-2006. His last role was Managing Director Head of Corporate Coverage and Advisory. He was a member of the Executive Committee, a member of the Transformation Committee, and was also a trustee of Deutsche Bank’s social trust – which oversees the firm’s corporate social responsibility spending in the country.
Stephen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a Higher Diploma in Accounting from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
As the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Deloitte Africa, Valter Adão leads a team of diverse specialists that create leading digital ecosystems to assist clients and employees understand the Digital Transformation journey, uplift their digital experiences and become digital at the core, in order to thrive in a world of ever changing digital technologies.
By bringing in strategic and innovative thinking and capabilities at the intersect of emerging and exponential technologies and creative design, Valter and his team guide organisations to understand, and embrace emerging exponential and disruptive technologies by helping them move beyond potential disruption towards creating new opportunities for relevance, growth and expansion.
He is a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in creating new businesses across a variety of industries. He works with organizations in identifying high value, innovative opportunities, and rapidly commercialising them into viable businesses.
Valter holds an MSc and an MBA. He has been with Deloitte for 9 years. Valter is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Innovation Executive Committee.
Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes.
Vivienne is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers. She sits on the boards of StartOut, The Palm Center, Emozia, Engender, and Genderis Inc., and is a Chief Science Advisor to Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, and Bayes Impact.
Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology. Vivienne lives in Berkeley, CA, with her wife (and co-founder) and their two children.
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