IDEAS: The Innovation + Design Series

Participants A-L | Participants M-Z

John Abele
Founder and Chairman
Argosy Foundation

John Abele is a pioneer in the field of less-invasive medicine. For more than 50 years, he has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business, and solving social problems. He is a founding chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation (retired), holds numerous patents, and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting health care. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. From 2002 to 2010, he served as chairman of the FIRST Foundation, which works with high-school kids to make science-literacy cool and fun, and continues to serve as vice chairman. Other interests include the development of the Kingbridge Centre and Institute. He is a fellow in both the Society of Interventional Radiology and the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering, and received an honorary doctor of science from Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from his alma mater, Amherst College, as well as numerous other awards from various medical societies.

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Marianne Abreu
Product Designer
Singularity University

Marianne Abreu is an industrial designer with more than eight years of experience in digital and interactive media. She is currently leading research focusing on the gestural language rescue for human-computer communication. She was formerly a user experience designer for the Internet arm of Organizações Globo, the largest media conglomerate in Latin America that reaches millions of people every day. She organized the first TEDx in Rio de Janeiro and is also part of the group that is organizing a TEDx event in the famous Brazilian slum, City of God, to inspire the people who live there. She is an alumnus of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University.

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Jim Adams

Jim Adams
Deputy Chief Technologist

James Adams came to the Office of the Chief Technologist from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. There, he served as the Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division, overseeing the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Science and Mars programs. He was responsible for the development of several key technologies including Ion Propulsion, Radioisotope Power Systems and Pu-238 production strategies. Prior to this post, Adams served as the Project Manager for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, as well as a Space Station Freedom Systems Integration Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

Adams’ career experience spans both industry and government. In 1979, he joined General Electric as an engineer working on a variety of military and civilian space systems. He has worked on the design, development, testing, and operations of over 24 launched spacecraft, across three scientific disciplines and human spaceflight.

Adams earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Penn. and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University. 

He has been bestowed a number of awards and honors, from the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the “Business Solutions in the Public Interest” award from the Council for Excellence in Government.

Jim’s father worked in the aerospace industry and he says that space has always been a part of his life. He even had the chance to sit in the Mercury capsule during a “Family Day” at GSFC in the 1960s, recalling that it was very small in comparison to his family’s Oldsmobile. Jim likes swimming, kayaking, gardening, and cooking with his wife and son, and he holds a private pilot’s license.

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Puneet Ahira
Special Advisor to the CTO
Office of the United States Chief Technology Officer

Puneet recently joined Megan Smith - US Chief Technology Officer at the White House, to help debug the world's connectivity deserts. Puneet is focused on expanding affordable access to the Internet in all places where it doesn't exist. In her previous life in the private-sector, she served as a Program Director at Google[x], leading Solve for X - an open moonshot platform to accelerate the progress of individuals and organizations working on breakthrough science and technology projects.

Prior to Google she worked as a portfolio analyst at Goldman Sachs, where her role was to identify structurally-advantaged companies that had the potential to stay ahead of emerging global trends and disrupt their industries over the next 15-20 years. She served on the Board of Directors for Colin Powell's non-profit - America's Promise, co-founded an NGO called Freedom's Answer, and co-authored a book on civic activism under the same title. Puneet received her BSc and MSc from Oxford University. She currently lives with her husband in New York City.

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Nadia Aly
Social Media Specialist

Nadia Aly is a social media guru who is constantly thinking of news ways to reach audiences, generate demand, and create buzz using social media tools. She currently works at Google as a social media and people program specialist. On the side, she spends her time on projects such as,, and She holds a master of digital media from the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, British Columbia, a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr Institute, and private industry sponsors.

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Omri Amirav-Drory
Genome Compiler Corp.

Omri Amirav-Drory, Ph.D. is the Founder & CEO of Genome Compiler Corp, a synthetic biology venture. Prior to starting his company, Omri was a Fulbright postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine & HHMI, performing Neuroscience research using Structural and Synthetic Biology methods. Omri received his Ph.D in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University for biochemical and structural studies of membrane protein complexes involved in bio-energetics.

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Chris Anderson
Editor in Chief
Wired Magazine

Chris Anderson has been editor in chief at Wired magazine since 2001 and has led the magazine to 11 National Magazine Award nominations, winning the prestigious top prize for general excellence in 2005, 2007, and 2009. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Long Tail and Free: The Future of Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in Wired. He is also founder of, a free online service that connects authors on tour with audiences ( took a stake in the company in 2009), and of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company. He was named in April 2007 to the Time 100, the news magazine’s list of the 100 most influential men and women in the world. He previously was at The Economist, where he served as U.S. business editor, Asia business editor, and technology editor. His media career began at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science, where he served in several editorial capacities. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from George Washington University and studied quantum mechanics and science journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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J. Christopher Anderson
Assistant Professor
UC, Berkeley
J. Christopher Anderson is a Bioengineering professor at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab developing new applications and foundational technologies for synthetic biology, a ground-up approach to genetic engineering. This include new bioware (engineered cells), hardware (robotics/instrumentation), and BioCAD software tools including Clotho ( and the Act Ontology ( As a SynBERC ( principle investigator, Anderson shares the goal of enabling the full promise of synthetic biology by simplifying its methods, developing new education mechanisms, and addressing concerns over biosafety and biosecurity. Additionally, Anderson has led the Berkeley International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) team for the past 7 years.

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German Aparicio

Founder of informedCITIES, German Aparicio holds a bachelor of architecture from California Polytechnic, Pomona, and a master of science in architectural studies design computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has both research and professional experience in the field of computational design as a consultant for Ove Arup and as a research associate at SENSEable City Laboratory (MIT), which is focused on the built environment and the transformations of cities through emerging technologies and design strategy. Currently, he holds a lecturer position for the Department of Architecture at the California College of Arts in San Francisco and leads design strategy and innovation at informedCITIES.

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Rachel Armstrong
Senior Lecturer
The University of Greenwich

Rachel Armstrong is Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. Senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ that suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach.

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Howard W. Ashcraft, Jr.
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Howard W. Ashcraft, Jr., is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers; an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects California Council, and Steering Committee member on its task force for integrated project delivery (IPD), a member of the American Arbitration Association panel for Large and Complex Construction Cases for California and Nevada; a former Governing Committee Member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry; a participant in Legal Counsel Forum of the American Council of Engineering Companies; and other professional organizations in the construction industry. He has specialized in construction law since 1979.

He is actively involved in developing new approaches to project delivery that will avoid many litigation issues. He has worked as a Steering Committee member and Legal and Risk Chair of the AIACC's interdisciplinary taskforce on IPD. He was a contributing author to the AIACC's Integrated Project Delivery: A Working Definition and the joint AIA/AIACC Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide. He recently received the AIACC's President’s award for this work. He has been working with the congressionally chartered National Institute of Building Sciences to develop the National Building Information Modeling Standard and currently heads the legal and risk subgroup.

Howard has published a variety of book chapters, articles, and seminar.

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Jim Babb
Strategist, Mechanics Specialist

Jim Babb is a digital strategist at Undercurrent where he has advised clients such as Ford, GE, and Pepsi. His Batman-style tool belt includes game design, transmedia storytelling, cybernetics, and behavioral economics. He has spoken at prestigious events, including Power to the Pixel, Indiecade, Parsons The New School for Design, and ARGfest. In his spare time, he designs award-winning games that live on the edge of the digital and real worlds.

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Carl Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer, Autodesk, Inc.

Carl Bass
President and Chief Executive Officer
Autodesk, Inc.

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk products serve the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, and media and entertainment industries.

Formerly he was Autodesk’s chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development. Earlier roles included chief strategy officer and executive vice president of emerging business, looking broadly across the entire Autodesk organization at strategy and growth opportunities.

He also served as chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president of the AECAD group, responsible for the design and development of AutoCAD and AEC products. When Autodesk spun off its Buzzsaw division as a separate start-up, Bass left to be its chairman, CEO, and president. He returned to Autodesk when Buzzsaw was acquired by the company.

Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993.

Bass serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, McAfee, and iRise, and is a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

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Stephen Beal
California College of the Arts

"Stephen Beal was appointed President of California College of the Arts in May 1, 2008, having served as Provost for 10 years. As the chief academic officer, Beal played a significant role in the expansion of the college’s programs and facilities and the implementation of key academic initiatives which include innovative programs nationally such as the Bachelors in Community Arts, the MA in Curatorial Practice and the MBA in Design Strategy. Most recently CCA has created ENGAGE at CCA, a project-based community program, the IMPACT social entrepreneurship awards program and the Interaction Design program. Overall enrollment at CCA has nearly doubled since Beal arrived in 1997. As the college’s chief executive officer Beal is responsible for management of a $74 million annual budget alongside the leadership of a thirty member board of trustees. Beal was formerly Vice-President of Academic Planning and Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he also served as Chair of the Graduate Division and as a professor of painting. During a long faculty career in Chicago, Beal taught courses in painting and also served as a Graduate Advisor. Beal attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California and holds an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to his academic career, Beal is a practicing artist, and his work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he exhibited paintings at George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco. Beal has served regularly on external review committees for colleges of art and design nationally and internationally. He is a Founding Member and Co-Chairman of the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC-SF) in San Francisco. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA, (former president of the board), serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, Girl’s Inc., Alameda County, and the Asian Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Program Advisory Panel, San Francisco. Beal formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA." .

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Sara Beckman
Senior Lecturer
Haas School of Business

Sara L. Beckman has taught at the Haas School for over 15 years in the areas of operations management, manufacturing strategy, and product design and development. During that time she has won the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award three times and the campus Distinguished Teaching Award once. She has also worked at Hewlett-Packard where she was director of the Product Generation Change Management Team, which modeled manufacturing strategy decisions and implemented team management structures in new product development, and in the Operations Management practice at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton. She serves on the boards of the Corporate Design Foundation and the Building Materials Holding Corporation.

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Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to helping organize creative individuals, teams, and networks. He is the author of the national best-selling book Making Ideas Happen and the founder and CEO of Behance, a company that develops products and services for the creative industries. Behance products include the Behance Network (, the world’s leading platform for creative professionals; The 99% (, the Behance think tank for execution in creative teams; and Action Method (, a popular online/mobile productivity application and line of organizational paper products. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations, including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Proctor & Gamble as well as the U.S. Department of State and the CIA. He serves on the boards of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship Program and Art Directors Club. In 2010, he was included in Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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David Benjamin
The Living

David Benjamin is Principal of architecture firm The Living and Director of the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The practice and the lab involve open source research and design. Recent projects include Living City (a platform for buildings to talk to one another), Amphibious Architecture (a cloud of light above New Yorks East River that glows and blinks according to water quality and public interest in the environment), Proof (a series of design studios that explore methods of testing and evolutionary computation), and Architecture Biosynthesis (a hands-on research initiative about synthetic biology, computation, and innovation in buildings).

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Harvey Bernstein
Vice President, Global Thought Leadership
McGraw-Hill Construction

Harvey M. Bernstein leads McGraw-Hill Construction’s thought leadership and green building initiatives and manages its research and analytics division. He is a member of The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Sustainability Business Development Board and was a key member of the team that launched McGraw-Hill Construction’s award-winning GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design. He helped drive the creation of MHC’s China Green Building and Energy Efficiency International Conferences for which he serves as an organizer and moderator. He created the MHC global SmartMarket Report series on industry trends and is co-author of the book Solving the Innovation Puzzle: Challenges Facing the Design and Construction Industry.  

He serves as chair of the National Building Museum’s Industry Council and is a member of the Princeton University Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council; the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Policy Advisory Board; and Underwriter Laboratories Environment, Inc., Advisory Council. He is a visiting professor with the University of Reading’s School of Construction Management and Engineering in London, England, where he serves on its Innovative Construction Research Center Advisory Board. He has an MBA in corporate marketing from Loyola College, an MS in engineering from Princeton University, and a BS in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Phillip Bernstein
Vice President, Strategic Industry Relations
Autodesk, Inc.

Phillip G. Bernstein is a Vice President at Autodesk, a leading provider of digital design, engineering and entertainment software. He leads Strategic Industry Relations, where he is responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology as well as cultivating and sustaining the firm's relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations. Prior to joining Autodesk, Phil practiced architecture as a principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions. Phil has taught at the Yale School of Architecture as a Lecturer in Professional Practice since 1988. He writes and lectures extensively about practice and technology issues, has been published in Architectural Record, Architecture, Architecture+Urbanism, Design Intelligence, Fast Company, Fortune and Perspecta and quoted in The Economist, Vanity Fair, Dwell and The Wall Street Journal. Phil is co-editor of Building (In) The Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture, published in 2010 by Princeton Architectural Press, as well as BIM in the Academia: Technology’s Implications for Practice and the Academy in 2011, and contributed to Digital Workflows in Architecture, published in 2012 by Birkhauser. He was the executive responsible for Autodesk’s recent Waltham AEC Headquarters project, which received more than 14 architectural awards including those from the American Institute of Architects, Business Week/Architectural Record, the Association of General Contractors and Interiors Magazine. Phil was honored by DesignIntelligence as one of the “30 Most Admired Educators for 2013” and was named as an Outstanding Industry Contributor in 2010 by the Connecticut Construction Institute. Phil received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of Architecture also from Yale. He is a Trustee of the Emma Willard School of Troy, NY, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and former Chair of the AIA National Contract Documents Committee. He is licensed to practice in California.

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Sunand Bhattacharya
Global Education Strategist.
Autodesk Inc.

As part of the Autodesk Education team, Sunand Bhattacharya manages its strategic education initiatives. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy, management and evangelization of Autodesk’s future influence advocacy for its global academic markets. He specializes in the application of design and interactive learning techniques for active and effective adult learning. Prior to Autodesk, Sunand was the principal and co-founding partner of Arjuna Learning Designs LLC., a firm specializing in the creation of interactive learning objects to enhance quality of teaching and learning. He is also a tenured professor of industrial design, and has held executive positions at, Southern Illinois University. Sunand is a recipient of the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology award from The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Sunand is a graduate in Industrial Design from the National Institute of Design (NID) in India and holds a graduate degree in Industrial Design and Human Factors from The Ohio State University. .

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John Bissell

John Bissell is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Micromidas, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company that is converting municipal wastewater sludge into biodegradable plastic. At Micromidas, he has raised seed and Series A financing and led the company to numerous successes in regional and national green technology competitions, including the University of California, Davis Little Bang! Business Plan Competition; the California Business Ascent Competition; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet Sustainable Design Competition; the National Clean Tech Open; and the Artemis Top 50. He is an alumnus of the UC Davis Chemical Engineering Department, where he graduated with a BS.

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David Bleiman
Rutherford & Chekene

David Bleiman is chief executive officer for Rutherford & Chekene, with more than 30 years of experience in structural design of all building types.

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Jason Bobe
Executive Director

Jason Bobe is the Executive Director of, a 501(c)(3) charity that aims to make genomes useful for humankind through research initiatives like the Personal Genome Project and the BioWeatherMap. He is also the co-founder of, an organization that aims to help establish a vibrant, productive and safe community of do-it-yourself biologists worldwide. The focus of his work is making extraordinary biotechnologies ready for everyday use.

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Christopher Boone
School of Sustainability

Christopher Boone is Dean of the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. His research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability, and global environmental change. He is a scientist for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix and sits on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project. He is an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes. Boone serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. He is the author of two books on urban sustainability, City and Environment and Urbanization and Sustainability, and is the associate editor for the journals Frontiers in Ecology (Urban Ecology) and Current Research on Cities. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Environment Justice. For Cambridge University Press, he is co-editor of a book series on sustainability. At ASU, he has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research, and sustainable design (Innovation Space).

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Chris Bradshaw
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Autodesk Inc.

Chris Bradshaw is Autodesk Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President for Reputation, Consumer and Education and Media & Entertainment where he leads an organization focused on enhancing the company’s reputation and future business. Bradshaw’s expertise in national and international brand management and product marketing is built on his experience setting strategy and driving growth in several Autodesk industry divisions, as well as managing and launching numerous versions of industry-leading AutoCAD® and AutoCAD® LT software. Bradshaw has held several leadership positions at Autodesk, including Chief Marketing Officer, and over time has been responsible for the growth of the company’s infrastructure solutions; its architecture, engineering and construction solutions; and the Buzzsaw collaboration service. During his tenure, annual revenue for civil engineering and geospatial solutions grew in excess of US$200 million. Prior to joining Autodesk, Bradshaw was manager for flight software development for the United States Air Force, where he guided the development, testing, and integration of on-board computer systems for two national space programs. Bradshaw served on the board of directors for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location-based services. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.

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Jason Bredbury
Regional Design Manager.

After 15 years working as an architect, Jason Bredbury moved to the building side of the architecture, engineering, and design equation. Working first as a VDC director and more recently as West Region design manager, he has been part of Skanska’s push toward integration of design and technology into a standard project delivery model.

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Terry Brickman
National Director, Quality Management
PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.

Terry Brickman has been in the commercial construction industry for more than 25 years, working on a variety of projects, including historical hotel renovations, hi-tech cleanroom manufacturing facilities, and downtown office tower developments. He believes that communication and open-mindedness in finding creative and innovative solutions to challenges are key to any successful building project.

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Bill Burkett
Evans Consoles Corporation

William Burkett is the founder and president of Burkett & Company, Inc. He was educated at Stanford University and the Yale School of Management (MBA). Previously, he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston, McKinsey & Company, Inc., and Takata Corporation. He was co-founder and vice chairman of Resource Partners Group and co-founder and chairman of Specialty Finance Trust. He is chairman and co-owner of Evans Consoles Corporation.

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Yvonne Cagle

Yvonne Cagle

Yvonne Cagle received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from San Francisco State University in 1981, and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Washington in 1985. She completed a transitional internship at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California in 1985 and received a certificate in Aerospace Medicine from the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, in 1988. She then went on to complete a residency in family practice at Ghent FP at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1992 and received certification as a senior aviation medical examiner from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1995.

Yvonne Cagle was a member of the Astronaut Class of 1996. She is currently assigned to Johnson Space Center's Space and Life Sciences Directorate.

Dr. Cagle is also advisor for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR). Currently Dr. Cagle is on faculty and serves as the NASA liaison for exploration and space development with Singularity University. During the workshop, Dr. Cagle was embedded with the crew as a crew training consultant and advisor, providing insights and feedback to both crew and study team from the viewpoint of an astronaut, flight surgeon, space development expert and science liaison.

She has recently been selected reserve crew for Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), which is part of a study for NASA to determine the best way to keep astronauts well nourished during multiple-year missions to Mars or the moon.

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Yizhi Patrick Cai
Autodesk Distinguished Scholar
Johns Hopkins University

Patrick Yizhi Cai received a bachelor degree in Computer Science in China, a master degree in Bioinformatics from University of Edinburgh in the UK, and a PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Virginia Tech in the USA. Dr. Cai has his postdoctoral fellowship in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His scientific achievement has been well recognized by several international/national awards, including most recently the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development from the Genetic Society of America.

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Liesl Capper

Liesl Capper
MyCyberTwin Artificial Intelligence

apper has extensive international business experience as a CEO. Capper has taken MyCybertwin from an artificial intelligence research and development company, to a market leader in the provision of high-end virtual humans, delivering tens of millions of human-machine interactive chats. CyberTwins provide customer support for Fortune 100 companies like HP, National Australia Bank, Standard Chartered and others, and are increasingly being used as companions, coaches and personal assistants. Before MyCyberTwin, Capper was founder and CEO of Mooter, specializing in search and implicit personalization technology. While leading Mooter, she raised millions in venture capital, created patents and defensible technology, managed the expansion into US and Asian markets, secured deals with major clients including Yahoo! and Fairfax and prepared the company for stock exchange listing. Prior to Mooter, Capper built a multi-national education franchise to 38 branches in four countries. She took the business online, trained her management to run it in 2000, and it is still growing today. Capper holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Education, has a Postgraduate Certificate in Venture Development, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has commenced a PHD on Artificial Intelligence (design approaches and their efficacy in Turing capability, engagement, and ability to bring about change in behavior) Capper has been awarded

  • Woman in Technology "ICT Outstanding Achievement Award"
  • Telstra "Businesswoman of the Year" for Innovation
  • Australian Information Industry Association "Woman of the Year"
  • Australian Computer Society honorary membership
  • The Australian Newspaper "50 most influential people in Technology" for 2013

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Camille Caron
Sr. Product Manager, Project Ignite
Autodesk Inc.

Camille Caron is Sr. Product Manager at Autodesk, leading efforts to build Project Ignite—a new maker-based learning platform—from the ground up. Having started her career writing educational materials, she is passionate about connecting the dots around emerging tech trends and making sure things are easy to understand. Prior to Project Ignite, she managed strategic partnerships for the Autodesk Consumer Group, and drove go-to-market strategy for AutoCAD WS (now AutoCAD 360), one of Autodesk’s first, and most successful, collaborative cloud and mobile apps. Her goal with Project Ignite is to bring creativity and design-based learning to the classroom, inspiring our next generation of innovators and providing them with skills to solve the epic design challenges they will face in their lifetimes. Camille holds a degree in Psychology, is a self-taught designer, and loves to geek out on new technology. Having taken a circuitous path through her career to where she finds herself today, she is a firm believer that you should never let your education get in the way of learning new things.

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John Cary
Public Interest Design

John Cary is the author of The Power of Pro Bono and curator of He previously served as the longtime executive director of San Francisco–based Public Architecture, building it into the leading advocate for pro bono and public interest design. He also led Next American City, a nonprofit and quarterly magazine focused on the future of cities. He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, co-recipient of the 2009 Designer of the Year Award from Contract magazine, and a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He earned his bachelor of arts in architecture, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, and master of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where he gave the 2011 commencement address for the College of Environmental Design.

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Valerie Casey
Founder and Executive Director
Designers Accord

Valerie Casey is a globally recognized designer and innovator. She consults with start-ups, governments, and organizations all over the world on challenges ranging from creating new products and services to transforming organizational processes and behaviors. Before starting her own practice, Casey held executive leadership positions at IDEO, frog design, and Pentagram. Her work has been highlighted in many publications, and she has been named a “Guru You Should Know” by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and a “Master of Design” by Fast Company. She was also selected as one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by Businessweek. Casey is the founder and executive director of the Designers Accord, a global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders focused on creating positive social and environmental impact. Casey speaks globally on systems thinking, cultural change, and sustainability, and is an adjunct professor in the graduate design program at California College of the Arts. She holds a master’s degree in cultural theory and design from Yale University and a BA from Swarthmore College.

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Dhaval Chadha

Trained at Harvard and Singularity University, Dhaval Chadha is a social scientist and futurist. He is an entrepreneur and innovator, a strategic and creative thinker inspired to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. He previously worked as manager of innovation at, and curated TEDxSudeste in Rio de Janeiro. He blogs on and is a co-founder of He is a global citizen, having lived in India, the United States, and Brazil.

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Rupa Chaturvedi
Founder and CEO
Raaya Design

Rupa Chaturvedi is an award-winning designer, product entrepreneur, and CEO of Raaya Design. She works with companies and entrepreneurs to create products and services that generate new revenue streams and brand relationships. Her designs have won her international recognition, including the Red Dot Design and GOOD Design Awards. Prior to founding Raaya, she worked in the technology and product engineering industries and founded successful business ventures in the information design, web applications, and content design spaces. She has been instrumental in launching several successful service brands and worked for global consulting firms Aptech, Fujitsu, Veritest, and Wipro. As president of the Raaya Foundation, she has founded social-impact programs, including Adopt a Community to aid rural artists and Gurukool, which aims to be India’s first interactive learning center. She is a photographer and blogs on innovation, design, and branding.

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Davis Chauviere
HKS, Inc.

Davis Chauviere has been a principal at HKS, Inc., since 1981, where he has worked for more than 37 years. After roles as director of quality control and code research, the head of a design studio, and director of CADD in 1983, his position evolved into that of chief information officer. He led the team involved in initial system selection and has managed the implementation, training, and evolution of HKS technology through three major generations of architectural software. His responsibilities have ranged from strategic research and planning, to network installation, hardware repair, programming of accounting, plotting, database, and graphic routines, developing technical training courses, and managing the information technology staff. He has recently relinquished the position of CIO to return to architectural design and research of advanced professional technology. He was a member of the national AIA Integrated Practice Strategy Working Group in 2005, and has worked actively with the AGC BIM Forum since its inception in 2005 as co-chair of the Designer Subforum. He has been an active member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable CIO Group since its founding in 1998.

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Sooshin Choi
University of Cincinnati

Professor Sooshin Choi earned a BA from Seoul National University of Science and Technology, an MFA in industrial design from Hong-Ik University, and a post-experience diploma in vehicle design from Royal College of Art. He designed several automobiles while working as a senior designer at Daewoo Motors and Kia Motors, led design of office furniture systems at Fursys, and developed designs for innovative products as design director at DEKA Research and Development. His designs received numerous prestigious awards, such as iF Hanover Product Design Award, iF Hanover Ecology Design Award, Japanese G-Mark, Grand Prize of Korean Industrial Design Award, and Korean Good Design Award. Since appointed at the University of Cincinnati in 2003, Choi has taught industrial design courses and conducted design research projects in collaboration with major corporations. Choi’s research topics include universal design, inclusive design, and design for innovation, presenting and publishing on these topics at conferences, universities, and in industry. Professor Choi serves as vice chair of Southern Ohio Chapter, Industrial Designers Society of America; U.S. chapter chair, Korean Design Science; and is a member of the Korean Industrial Designers Association.

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George Church
Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School

George Church in 1984 developed the first direct genomic sequencing method, molecular multiplexing, barcode tags, which led to automation and software used for the first commercial genome sequence (the pathogen Helicobacter) in 1994. This multiplex cycled solid-phase sequencing evolved into polonies (1999), ABI-SOLiD (2005), open-source (2007), and Complete Genomics Inc. (2008). Innovations in DNA reading, writing and cell/tissue engineering has led to consumer-directed genomics (23andme, Knome), synthetic biology (SynBERC, Joule, LS9) & new ethics, safety and security strategies. He founded, which provides the world's only open-access source for human genomic, environmental and trait data (GET).

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Robert Colelli
Chief Administrative Officer
MMM Group Limited

As the chief administrative officer of the MMM Group, Robert Colelli manages the Information Technology, Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities Management and Office Services groups, as well as the Real Estate portfolio and Capital Budget process. His responsibilities include the administrative policies and procedures of MMM Group, as well as special projects, including initiatives to improve enterprise content management and streamline the workflow and procurement processes. In addition, he serves on a number of committees at the corporate level, including the executive committee.

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Zaitrarrio Collier
Saije Ventures, Inc.

Zaitrarrio Collier is a husband and the father of two wonderful young children. He is also a pilot, a technologist, and an educator with a passion for educational reform and redevelopment. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, he was a key participant in several National Science Funded–funded coalitions, including ECSEL and Synthesis. Both coalitions were tasked with transforming engineering education from the primary-school through college levels. This experience afforded him a glimpse of the direct impact of educational reform on the lives of students. This desire to transform education is now being expressed through his company, Saije Ventures.

He has been designing and developing software since the age of 13. He has held positions with companies such as Citadon, BEA, Electronic Arts, and Emergent. He is also an alumni of the Autodesk family. He is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in the founding of more than six businesses, serving as an executive team member on more than half of those. He is passionate about innovation, education, and entrepreneurship, and he recognizes the significance of design in approaching social, business, educational, and technological issues.

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Chris Conley
Founder and Chairman

Chris Conley is a founding partner of gravitytank and former tenured professor at IIT Institute of Design. He works with gravitytank and leading firms such as Samsung, Autodesk, Coinstar/RedBox, Plantronics, and Unilever, to cultivate an innovative culture within their organizations. He guided seminal programs between Unilever and its retail partners that culminated in the creation of its Customer Collaboration Centers in six global cities. He is working with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation to bring design and innovation to philanthropy and create sustainable growth for some of their most effective programs. Conley was the 2006 chair of the IDEA/Business Week Awards and is a regular speaker at business conferences and leadership summits that focus on innovation and organizational culture. He holds a master of science degree in innovation and an engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Maurice Conti
Director, Strategic Innovation
Autodesk, Inc.

Maurice is an innovator, futurist and creative visionary. His ideas, projects and creative leadership have been leveraged by Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, boutique manufacturing studios and renowned artists. Maurice's work has centered around Design and Innovation for the last 15 years. He started his career at frogdesign and is now, after many adventures, director of strategic innovation at Autodesk. There he is defining and leveraging technological, economic and cultural trends, especially in the context of exponential change. His mission is to help technology bring more creativity into the world. As a faculty member at Singularity University, Maurice is helping to spread a vision of the future where technology and design will help solve some of the most wicked problems we face as a species. Maurice is also an explorer of geographies and cultures. He has circumnavigated the globe once and been half-way around twice. In 2009 he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the United Nations IMO, the New Zealand Bravery Medal, and a U.S. Coast Guard Citation for Bravery for saving the lives of 3 shipwrecked sailors. Maurice lives in Muir Beach, CA, where he serves his local community as a volunteer firefighter.

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Jennifer Corriero
Executive Director.

Jennifer Corriero is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. Over the past decade she has developed youth engagement programs supported by a range of foundations including the Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, McConnell Foundation, Adobe Youth Voices, Cisco and Staples Foundation for Learning. Jennifer has presented at conferences and events in over 30 countries, including TED and the U.S. Government’s National Youth Summit. In 2005, Jennifer was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2007, as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. Jennifer has been a judge for a range of awards including the 2012 Microsoft and British Council’s Young Education Leaders, the 2011 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership and 2010 Buckminister Fuller Challenge.

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Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel in 1991 was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.

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S. Scott Crump
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board
Stratasys, Inc.

S. Scott Crump has served as the chief executive officer, president, and chairman of the board at Stratasys, Inc., since its inception in 1988 and as chief financial officer from February 1990 to May 1997. He and wife, Lisa H. Crump, a co-founder of Stratasys, are the inventors of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling® technology.
During the period from 1982 to 1988, he was a co-founder and vice president of sales at IDEA, Inc., which later changed its name to SI Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of force, load, and pressure transducers. He continued to be a director and shareholder of the company until its sale to Vishay Intertechnologies, Inc., in April 2005.

A registered engineer, he is the son of Ralph E. Crump, director of Stratasys, Inc.

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Nonny de la Pena

Nonny de la Pena
Annenberg Fellow
University of Southern California

Nonny de la Peña is “One of the 13 People Who Made the World More Creative” according to FastCompany’s Cocreate. As a pioneer of the groundbreaking Immersive Journalism, she uses gaming platforms to offer fully immersive experiences of news and nonfiction using virtual reality gaming platforms. Her most recent project Hunger in Los Angeles, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, creates the feeling of BEING THERE as a real crisis unfolds on a food-bank line. Other projects include the MacArthur-funded Gone Gitmo, a virtual Guantanamo Bay Prison; Cap & Trade, an exploration of the carbon markets built with Frontline World and CIR; Ipsress which investigates detainees held in stress positions; and Three Generations, a newsgame about the California eugenics movement that premiered at 2011 Games For Change.

A graduate of Harvard University, she is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with twenty years of journalism experience including as a correspondent for Newsweek Magazine and as a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and others. Her films have screened at theatres in more than fifty cities around the globe, garnering praise from critics like A.O. Scott who called her work “a brave and necessary act of truth-telling.”

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Ron Dellaria
Chief Compliance Officer
Astorino Development Company

As the president of Astorino Development Company, Ron Dellaria is responsible for all construction services. He has 40 years of experience as an architect in planning, design, construction documents, field supervision, and project management of large aviation, health care, corporate, institutional, commercial, and sports facilities. His ability to concurrently manage the three Construction Services departments enables his team to support the A/E Group. Having completed continuing education in asbestos abatement and construction litigation, he is experienced in building environmental problems and potential exposure to claims for equitable adjustments and has prevailed in many cases as an expert witness. As the chief compliance officer for Astorino’s A/E business, he is responsible for all document standards, overseeing the QA/QC department as well as the implementation the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. Since joining Astorino, he has assumed an international role in program management, overseeing construction of an American-managed transplant hospital built by the Italian government in Sicily. A native of Rome, he speaks fluent Italian and has the cultural understanding required to navigate the foreign project approval system. He is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and a member of the Construction Specification Institute, the Design-Build Institute of America, and Astorino’s board of directors.

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Michael Dix
Managing Partner.
Intentional Futures

"Michael Dix is Managing Partner at Intentional Futures, a Seattle-based strategy and design studio. Prior to starting Intentional Futures, Michael spent eight years at Microsoft leading product management and marketing strategy teams. Before that, he worked in Beijing for News Corporation establishing one of the first internet ventures in China, and in New York City where he helped create and then run an Internet practice at Siegel & Gale. Michael founded Intentional Futures out of a love of building things that provoke, motivate and inspire people – and ultimately make a positive difference in the world. And in his spare time Michael serves on the boards of Charity Navigator and The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, play in a rock band, and reads obsessively."

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Sanjay Govind Dhande
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande is the director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He was the founder/director of PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur. Previously, he served as director, ABV-IIITM, Gwalior, from September 2007 to April 2008, and was director-mentor, IIT Rajasthan, from May 2008 to May 2009. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the prime minister of India from February 2005 to November 2009. In addition, he was a part-time member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He is a member of the National Innovation Council.

He is regarded as a pioneer in the field of computer aided design (CAD). He has been an advocate for the growth of CAD in automobile and aerospace engineering as well as the software industry. As director of IIT Kanpur, he has undertaken several bold and innovative steps in the field of technical education.

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Jeff DiBattista

Jeff DiBattista, PhD, P.Eng., is a structural engineering principal with the Canadian integrated design firm DIALOG. Based in Edmonton, he is passionate about design excellence and its vital contribution to quality of life. With DIALOG since 2000, his portfolio includes bridges, schools, university buildings, and community and cultural facilities across Alberta. An advocate for technology in the advancement of the design industry, he also chairs DIALOG’s national advisory committee on design technology. As president of Consulting Engineers of Alberta, he is a strong supporter of the practice of engineering and architecture: design excellence starts with a healthy design community. He is also an associate adjunct professor in the University of Alberta’s faculty of engineering, where he is regarded for his leadership in mentoring and strong advocacy for higher education.

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Ginger Krieg Dosier
Partner, Assistant Professor
VergeLabs and American University of Sharjah

Ginger Krieg Dosier is an assistant professor of architecture at the American University of Sharjah, College of Architecture, Art and Design, where she teaches core architecture design studios and seminars covering emerging material technologies. Prior to arriving at AUS in 2007, she was a visiting assistant professor at North Carolina State University. In 2006, she was a founding partner for the architecture research office VergeLabs, whose research addresses topics of net-positive sustainability, performative material architectures, and rapid manufacturing. Over the past eight years, she has devoted research in the choreography of architectural materiality with an environmental focus, engaging in co-research forums and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her research seeks a scientific understanding of the properties of material in relation to architectural performance. She received the Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine in May of 2010 for her research on masonry grown with microbiologically induced calcite precipitation. Her winning invention seeks to provide an alternative to traditional high-embodied energy clay and concrete masonry for global application.

She received her masters of architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She received her bachelors from Auburn University, where she participated in the Rural Studio. Her professional experience includes work with the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers, Obra Architecture in New York City, and Little Design Lab in Durham, North Carolina.

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Dale Dougherty
Editor and Publisher

Dale Dougherty is the editor and publisher of Make, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. He has been instrumental in many of O’Reilly’s most important efforts, including founding O’Reilly Media, Inc., with Tim O’Reilly. He was the developer and publisher of Global Network Navigator, the first commercial web site that launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995. He was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for web designers, and he was O’Reilly’s first editor. Prior to developing Make, he was publisher of the O’Reilly Network and he developed the Hacks series of books. He is the author of Sed & Awk. He was a lecturer in the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California at Berkeley from 1996 to 2000.

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Shawn Douglas
Harvard University

Shawn Douglas received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Yale in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard in 2009. His research interest is in developing experimental methods and software to construct and manipulate self-assembling biomaterials on the nanometer scale. He worked as a graduate student in the laboratories of William Shih and George Church to generate custom three-dimensional shapes using the "DNA origami" method, including a novel alignment medium for NMR structure determination of membrane proteins. He has led the development of caDNAno, an open-source computer-aided design software that aids in the design of 3D shapes.

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Hugh Dubberly
Dubberly Design Office

Hugh Dubberly is a partner in Dubberly Design Office (DDO), a San Francisco–based consultancy that focuses on making hardware, software, and services easier to use, more effective, and more fun, through interaction design and information design. At Apple Computer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dubberly managed cross-functional design teams and later managed graphic design and corporate identity for the entire company. While at Apple, he co-created a technology-forecast film called Knowledge Navigator that presaged the appearance of the Internet and interaction via a mobile device. At Netscape, he became vice president of design and managed groups responsible for the design, engineering, and production of Netscape’s web portal. In 2000, he co-founded DDO. Dubberly also served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the founding chair of the Computer Graphics Department. He has taught courses in the Graphic Design Department at California State University, San Jose; the Design Department at Carnegie-Mellon University; the Institute of Design at IIT; and the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He edits a column “On Modeling” for Association of Computing Machinery’s journal, Interactions.

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Laura Anne Edwards
Alura Entertainment and

Laura Anne Edwards is the founder of Alura Entertainment, LLC, a boutique consultancy specializing in brand and media strategies. She has more than 25 years of experience working with television networks, motion picture studios, technology partners, and tier-1 mobile carriers. A partial list of clients includes: FX Networks, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DirecTV, HandsOn Mobile, Kodak Motion Picture Division, Lifetime Television, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild Foundation, Independent Feature Project-West, 1-Zone Ltd., and Ringtales, LLC. Most recently, she lent her expertise to the M/E Insights magazine article “iPad Perspectives” and founded AluraBrava, a separate entity dedicated to liberating publicly funded data.

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Connie Eggert
Senior Director of Development
School of Sustainability

As Senior Director of Development for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Connie collaborates with the leadership team, sustainability scientists and scholars, and trustees to identify and communicate sustainability program opportunities to secure donor investment. Most recently, Connie was the Director of Philanthropy and Marketing for The Nature Conservancy in Arizona where she also served on national committees to create the $4B global campaign case and to coach fundraisers and trustees for their roles in the campaign. Prior to this role, she spent 16 years at two University of Missouri campuses, most recently as Vice Chancellor of Advancement for the engineering campus in Rolla, managing two campaigns and a re-branding effort while serving on the strategic planning committee during a university restructuring. In her tenure, the Rolla campus was twice named one of the nation's top five most improved fundraising programs and six times named the Midwest's best overall institutional advancement program in its enrollment category. Prior to her 20-year career in fundraising, Connie served as Vice President of Corporate Product Management for Boatmen's Bank (now Bank of America) and as Product Manager for the McDonnell Douglas EDI network. She was an adjunct professor of marketing and technology for Webster University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, earning the certified fundraising executive designation in 2006.

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John Elkington
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans(2008 to date) also Co-founder of SustainAbility (1987-2008, where he remains a non-executive member of the Board) and of Environmental Data Services (ENDS, 1978), John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.” His first involvement in the field: raising money for the newly formed World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 1961, aged 11.

In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”

In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank.

In August 2001, John was named among the ‘100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders for 2011’ by ABC Carbon and the Sustain Ability Showcase Asia, based on nominations and recommendations received from around the globe.

Volans, launched in April 2008, is a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation movements. Volans applies thought leadership and global networks across these areas to develop solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and investors.

In terms of other hats, John is a Visiting Professor at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management and sits on various strategic advisory boards: 2degrees; EcoVadis; Gaia Energy; Instituto Ethos; Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value; One Earth Innovation, Polecat UK and a Cleantech Fund developed by zouk Ventures. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a member of the WWF Council of Ambassadors, a member of the Advisory Board of  The Climate Group‘s Clean Revolution Campaign and sits on Newsweek’s Green Rankings Advisory Board. He has also recently joined PPR’s Technical Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow of The Hub.

John has served as a juror for the first Gigaton Awards, developed by Sir Richard Branson’s non-profit Carbon War Room and dubbed the ‘oscars of sustainability’ and sits on the Advisory Boards of Guardian Sustainable Business, One Earth Innovation, the Katerva Challenge, F&C’s Committee of Reference, Recyclebank‘s Sustainability Advisory Council and Atkins‘ Futures. John is Chairman of the newly formed Ecological Sequestration Trust.

Until recently John was also on the advisory boards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). He is also a past Chairman, now a Trustee of The Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development (FDSD) and the Aflatoun Impact and Policy Analysis Steering Group.

In 2011 John was awarded the Spencer Hutchens, Jr. Medal by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) primarily for his outstanding leadership, as an advocate for social responsibility, and for bringing about positive social change.  John has completed a Fellowship at the Bellagio Centre awarded to him by The Rockefeller Foundation.

He has written or co-authored 18 books: John’s latest book is The Zeronauts: Breaking the Sustainability Barrier, published May 2012. The Zeronauts spotlights a new breed of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers who are pushing towards zero in such areas as population growth, pandemic risk, poverty, pollution and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  The book will explore ways in which corporations, citizens, cities and countries can tackle the civilizational challenges at the intersections between demography, consumerist lifestyles, natural resource availability and climate change.

Previous titles include 1988’s million-selling Green Consumer Guide (co-authored with SustainAbility co-founder Julia Hailes), 1997’s Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business (the book which brought his triple bottom line concept and agenda to a wider audience) and 2008’s The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World, (Harvard Business School Press), co-authored with Volans co-founder Pamela Hartigan.

John is a columnist for a number of publications, including chinadialogue (China), CSR Wire (USA), Director Magazine (UK), Monday Morning (Denmark) and Guardian Sustainable Business, as well as other media. As a public speaker, he has addressed over 500 conferences all over the world. He was a Faculty member of the World Economic Forumfrom 2002-2008.

John’s Who’sWho entry lists his recreations as: “playing with ideas, thinking around corners, conversations with unreasonable people, reading an Alpine range of books (history to science fiction) and business and science magazines, risking life and limb as a London cyclist, catch-it-as-you-can photography, art and design, writing all hours, pre-1944 aircraft, New World wines, 20th century popular music and Johann Strauss II.”

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Drew Endy
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford, and VP of Don't Say No, BBF
Stanford University and BioBricks Foundation

Drew Endy teaches in the new Bioengineering major at Stanford and previously helped start the Biological Engineering major at MIT. His Stanford research team is pursuing one byte of programmable genetically encoded data storage. He also co-founded the BioBricks Foundation as a public-benefit charity that supports the open development of free-to-use standards and technology that enable the engineering of biology. He also organized what has become the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition and the BIOFAB International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB).

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Juan Enriquez
Managing Director
Excel Venture Management

Juan Enriquez is a leading authority on the economic impact of life sciences on business and society and is a respected business leader and entrepreneur. Juan represents Excel on the boards of Shape Up the Nation, Activate Networks, Fina Technologies,, and Synthetic Genomics.

Prior to Excel, Juan was the founding Director of the Harvard Business School's Life Sciences Project, with many of his innovative thoughts captured in his bestselling book, As The Future Catches You, which provided an accurate blueprint of how a bio-based economy changes industries and corporations.

His most recent publication is an eBook, Homo Evolutis: A Short Tour of our New Species, which describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species.

Following HBS, Juan became an active angel investor and founder of Biotechonomy Ventures which invested in BioTrove, Xcellerex, and Synthetic Genomics, a company he co founded with Drs. J. Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith to apply life sciences to energy markets. As a business leader, advisor, and renowned speaker, Juan works directly with the CEOs of a number of Fortune Fifty companies, as well as various heads of state, on how to adapt to a world where the dominant language is shifting from the digital towards the language of life. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) and he graduated from Harvard with a B.A. and an M.B.A., both with honors.

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Glenn Entis
Vanedge Capital

Glenn Entis is an Academy Award®–winning animation pioneer and games industry veteran. Currently, he is a partner with Vanedge Capital, a new venture capital fund focused on investments in consumer-facing interactive software. Prior to that, he was chief visual and technical officer for Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios. He came to EA through its acquisition of Dreamworks Interactive, where as CEO he worked with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg on a number of video games, including the first title in the successful Medal of Honor series. Before joining Dreamworks, Entis co-founded Pacific Data Images (PDI), where he co-wrote PDIs first animation system, earning him a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Entis serves on numerous boards and is an honorary professor at Emily Carr University and an adjunct professor at the Masters of Digital Media program at Great Northern Way, both in Vancouver.

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Florencia Estrade
Founding Partner

Florencia Estrade is a founding partner at Cria, a creative consultancy based in Rio de Janeiro focused on designing innovations for a more intelligent and sustainable future. She has more than 10 years of experience in business, working for McKinsey and ABN AMRO Bank. She is passionate about social business and spent three years diving into base of the pyramid (BoP) markets in Mexico, Bangladesh, and India as part of the Social Sector Office at McKinsey, as well as all over Latin America and the Middle East as strategy director of CDI, the biggest social enterprise in Latin America. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Kevin Farnham
Chief Executive Officer

As one of the founders of Method, Kevin Farnham believes that business communications should be consistent, immersive, and highly functional, regardless of the medium. With more than 15 years of experience in branding, user-centered design, and program management, he brings extensive, broad-based leadership to Method’s multidisciplinary design programs. As CEO, Farnham is a leader of the business, focusing on service creation and design vision. He brings a wide range of interests, abilities, and experiences to Method’s clients and employees. During his career, he has consulted with a wide variety of companies, including Apple Computer, Bank of America, Disney, Gucci, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, Nike, and Sony. He has received awards from ID Magazine, Communication Arts magazine, How magazine, Print magazine, ReBrand, and the ACD 100 Show, as well as numerous other honors from professional organizations and publications.

Prior to founding Method, Farnham worked at famed design consultancy MetaDesign, where he was a leader in the firm’s move into cross-platform brand work. Before joining MetaDesign, he was a very early employee at the seminal interactive agency Organic. He stays involved in the design community through his work judging local and international design competitions, and through speaking engagements about design, user experience, and convergent technologies.

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Michael Fero
TeselaGen Bio

Prior to founding TeselaGen, Dr. Fero was an NIH Quantitative Research Career Fellow and principal investigator at Stanford, studying the role of protein localization and the essential genomic elements needed for bacterial life. With Pat Brown and David Botstein Michael directed the development of the first full-genome human DNA microarrays. Before joining Stanford, he was VP of Software Engineering at Neomorphic, a computational genomics company acquired by Affymetrix, and a consulting scientist at Hyperparallel, a data mining company acquired by Yahoo!. Prior to his career in biotech, Michael was an Elementary Particle Physicist at MIT, CERN and SLAC where his work was vital to the measurement of the Left-Right Electroweak Asymmetry, which stands today as the worlds single best measurement of the Weinberg Angle. Michael has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics from the University of California.

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Chris France
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Chris France, CIO at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (Little), has specialized in information technology for two decades. He started his career at IBM Federal Systems as a software and systems engineer and progressed to project manager of major Department of Defense systems. From IBM, he traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to work for Bank of America, where he led efforts to merge and consolidate the information technology of major bank acquisitions. Prior to becoming the CIO of Little, he consulted in the technology-intense Wachovia Capital Markets.

As CIO of Little, he not only leads the firm’s information technology strategy, planning, and operations, but also works with clients to ensure that their diverse technology needs are addressed and incorporated during the design process of their new facility.

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Mitch Free
Founder and CEO

Mitch Free fervently believed in an idea that struck others as crazy, impossible, or worse. Why would someone with no college education or funding try to create an online marketplace when others were failing, and why do it in an industry as slow to adopt and as fractured as manufacturing? The answer: passion and, as he says, “a little bit of ignorance.”
He has built his career solving problems, eliminating inefficiency, and not listening to conventional thinking. He founded and now serves as the chairman and CEO of He has grown into a global company that has become the platform by which the world’s manufacturing economy does business. He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company and overseeing the overall management of The company has experienced tremendous growth and innovation in a market segment he is continuing to help define.
Prior to founding, he was founder and CEO of 3DATUM, a provider of technology solutions for the manufacturing and engineering communities. Prior to that, he held a variety of senior management positions with Northwest Airlines where he managed aircraft engineering, technical procurement, and aircraft acquisition projects. He began his career as a machinist and spent years working on the shop floor.

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Ping Fu

Honored by Inc. magazine as The Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, Ping Fu describes herself an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. Ping co-founded Geomagic, a leading U.S. software company that pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. From repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to preserving U.S. treasures and digitally re-creating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic enables design and production of one-of-the-kind products and services at a cost less than mass production. She is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship, and women in mathematics and sciences. She is on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina, and she is an advisor to President Obama, serving on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Gilad Gans
EVP Sales, Marketing, and Business Development
Objet Geometries Ltd

Executive vice president, global sales, marketing and business development Gilad Gans joined Objet in 2009 after holding various senior management positions at SAP. Most recently he was SAP Israel managing director, and vice president, head of public services Industry, EMEA. Prior to SAP, he has held a number of business development, strategy, and general management positions in top holding and consumer goods companies. He holds a bachelor of science in computer sciences and economics and is a certified lawyer, with a bachelor of law, all from Tel Aviv University. He also holds a masters of economics (cum laude) from the Hebrew University and has attended the regional management development program, INSEAD.

Nelson Gayton
Executive Director

Nelson Gayton specializes in entrepreneurship in media, technology, and entertainment (including sports). At UCLA, he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation in media, entertainment, and sports to MBA students. He leads and manages a host of industry-related, experiential projects in digital media, and teaches summer courses in managing global entertainment enterprises; entertainment and media management; and sports marketing and management. Prior to joining UCLA, he was an adjunct faculty member of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Wharton, he also served as a general partner of the venture management firm Crayon Venture Partners and today remains on the advisory board of leading venture and angel-backed digital media companies.

At Sony Pictures Entertainment, he assisted the chairman and CEO in the development and marketing of feature films. Prior to Sony, he co-founded Microtime Media, a London-based advertising agency. He later took an ownership position in Washington D.C.–based, PolyMedia Communications a cross-platform developer of interactive entertainment and educational software.

He has led many nonprofit initiatives, including the establishment of $3.5 million public-private partnership to restore a landmark theater in Miami and serving as founder and lead sponsor of Beyond the Millennium, a Latin American contemporary art exhibition.

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Alice Gelli
Graphic Designer

Alice Gelli is a design student at PUC-Rio (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro) and graphic designer at Cria, a creative consultancy that combines systems, critical thinking, and design to deliver innovations that matter.

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Fred Gelli
CEO and Creative Director
Tátil Design de Ideias

Fred Gelli is creative director and CEO of Tátil Design de Ideias, a branding and design agency that tends to clients such as Natura, Nokia, and Coca-Cola. The agency has won over 100 national and international awards, including the IF Design, IDEA –USA, D&AD, Cannes Lions, Caboré, and the REBRAND 100 Global Awards. Tatil’s work also includes the visual identity of the 2016 Olympic Games.

He participated as a juror in the two most important international design prizes, the D&AD Global Awards and Cannes Lion.

For the past 10 years, he has also shared his time as an undergraduate professor of the Industrial Design and Visual Communication department at Puc-Rio, where he currently teaches biomimicry. He is a member of Natura’s Sustainable Technologies Committee as well as a guest speaker at numerous international and national events on Design, Branding and Sustainability.

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Eri Gentry
Director of Business Development, Scanadu, and President, BioCurious
Scanadu and BioCurious

Eri Gentry is Director of Business Development for Scanadu, where the medical Tricorder of myth is becoming a reality. She is Founder and Executive Director of BioCurious, the Bay Area community lab and hackerspace for biotech. Her mission is to turn institutional research inside out.

Eri serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of SynBERC, is a Citizen Science blogger for MAKE Magazine, and is an organizer of the Bay Area Quantified Self meetup. She can found sailing at OCSC, creating open health studies, or attempting to swing kettlebells. Eri was previously CEO of Livly, a nonprofit biotech on a mission to cure cancer, and received a bachelor’s in Economics at Yale. She is learning to draw.

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Neil Gershenfeld

Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in numerous settings, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, rural Indian villages, the White House, the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers, automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows, and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books, including Fab, When Things Start to Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology. He has been featured in the New York Times and The Economist and on the PBS NewsHour. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and named one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Prospect/FP. Dr. Gershenfeld has a bachelor’s of physics with high honors, an honorary doctor of science from Swarthmore College, and a doctorate from Cornell University. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

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Daisy Ginsberg
Design Fellow
Synthetic Aesthetics

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer and writer, interrogating science, technology and new roles for design in a biotech future. As Design Fellow on Synthetic Aesthetics, an NSF/EPSRC-funded project at Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh, she is curating an international programme researching synthetic biology, art and design, investigating how we might ‘design nature’. Daisy studied Architecture at Cambridge University, Design at Harvard University, and MA Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA NY, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Israel Museum, The Wellcome Trust, London’s Design Museum and the National Museum of China. Daisy publishes, teaches and lectures internationally: recent talks include TEDglobal, PopTech, MIT MediaLab and Tsinghua University. Her work has been nominated for the Brit Insurance Designs of The Year 2011, the Index Award 2011 and she is the recipient of the World Technology Award (Design)

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Marc Goodman
Future Crimes Institute

Marc Goodman is a global thinker, writer and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on security, business and international affairs. Over the past twenty years, he has built his expertise in cyber crime and terrorism working with organizations such as INTERPOL, the United Nations Counterterrorism Task Force, NATO, the U.S. Government. Mr. Goodman frequently consults with global policy makers, security executives and industry leaders on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and has operated in more than 70 countries around the world. Additionally, Mr. Goodman serves as the global security advisor at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. He founded the Future Crimes Institute to inspire and educate others on the security implications of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, the social data revolution, synthetic biology, virtual worlds, robotics, ubiquitous computing and location-based services. He has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, the Economist and Jane’s Intelligence Review. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the London School of Economics.

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Saul Griffith
Otherlab, Inc.

Saul Griffith is the Founder / Principal Scientist at Other Lab, where he focuses his work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency. He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is founder or co-founder of numerous companies, including Optiopia, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables. com, Howtoons and Makani Power.

Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. In 2011 Saul was named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, robotics, energy production, manufacturing and smart geometry.

Saul co-authors ‘Howtoons’ with Nick and Ingrid Dragotta - a children’s comic book series about building your own science and engineering gadgets. Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics, and sits on various advisory boards including Duke Energy and the San Francisco 100% Renewable Energy Taskforce.

He rarely wears shoes, is typically found knee-deep in machinery with fists full of tools, and has holes in most of his pockets.

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Claes Gustafsson
Chief Commercial Officer

As DNA2.0’s Co-Founder and CCO, Dr. Gustafsson is deeply involved in developing and implementing design criteria in the area of genes, proteins, and pathways for the purpose of building a market place for synthetic biology. Prior to co-founding DNA2.0 in 2003, Claes was a scientist at Maxygen developing protein engineering algorithms and at Kosan Biosciences pioneering synthesis of non-natural natural products. Claes grew up on the Swedish tundra and received his Ph.D. from the University of Umeå.

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Fawwaz Habbal
Executive Dean of Education and Research
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

"Dr. Fawwaz Habbal has served as the Executive Dean for the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) from 2007 to present. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics. Dr. Habbal joined Harvard in 2001, as Associate Dean for Research and Planning, at the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prior to Harvard, he held the position as Corporate Vice President, responsible for research and product design at Polaroid Corporation where he served as a Senior Research and Engineering Fellow as well. At Polaroid he was responsible for product delivery of many advanced products including magnetic storage, medical imaging, graphic arts, digital imaging, and consumer film and hardware. After leaving this position he initiated two start-ups related to imaging. Dr. Habbal’s research interests focus on superconductivity, magnetic materials, silicon nanowires for photon detection and nano-photonics more broadly. He conducted research in the area of digital imaging and CMOS sensors. As a senior lecturer he has taught courses on nanoscience, bionano, and MEMS. Dr. Habbal has strong interest in Innovation and design thinking process with the goal of creating mitgations for large scale wicked problems. He teaches topics related to that at Harvard. Dr. Habbal holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics."

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Samir Hanna
Vice President, Consumer Products
Autodesk, Inc.

As vice president of the Autodesk Consumer Group (ACG), Samir Hanna, PhD, champions that everyone is creative. He is leading the charge for the personalization of design, the advent of the creative class, and the makers’ movement. The ACG group is helping crystalize these trends with products and services that are fairly unique for the industry and certainly differ from Autodesk’s traditional businesses. Autodesk® SketchBook®, Autodesk® Homestyler®, Autodesk® Tinkerbox™, and Autodesk® 123D™ software are some of the products offered by ACG. From 2008 through 2010, he led the Digital Concept and Digital Factory product groups. The Autodesk® Alias® product line, Autodesk® Inventor® Fusion software, and Autodesk® Moldflow® software are some of the products he was responsible for during that time. He has more than 25 years of experience in the CAD, Internet, and computer graphics industries. Before joining Autodesk, he was founder and CEO of Hanna Strategies. Between 2001 and 2007, Hanna Strategies was one of the fastest-growing software companies in China. Autodesk acquired the firm in early 2008. Prior to Hanna Strategies, he founded several companies and held various executive positions in the software industry. He holds a doctorate in engineering from Cornell University, with an emphasis on computer graphics.

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Nabil Harfoush
Associate Professor

Nabil is Senior Fellow of Strategic Innovations Lab (s-Lab) and Associate Professor in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation program at OCAD University, Toronto, where he teaches graduate courses in Business Model & Policy Innovation. He is also a Fellow of the College of Design, Engineering & Commerce at Philadelphia University and Adjunct Professor in the Strategic Design MBA program, where he teaches Strategic Foresight. Prior to his academic career Nabil served as Chief Information Officer for HelpCaster Technologies, MedcomSoft, and Nightingale Informatix. Nabil is co-founder and Convener of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model research group. He has more than 40 years of professional experience as an engineer, executive, entrepreneur, and educator. He has consulted for enterprises, national governments, and international organizations including the World Bank, WHO, UNESCO, and IDRC, and was an invited speaker at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard’s School for Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), École Nationale des Ponts (Paris, France), Paris-Est, and Politecnico de Milano (Italy). Nabil has graduate degrees from Germany and has completed the Schulich Executive Program at York University.

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Jim Haseloff
Reader in Synthetic Biology
University of Cambridge

I am a plant biologist working at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. My scientific interests are focused on the engineering of plant morphogenesis, using microscopy, molecular genetic, computational and synthetic biology techniques. I teach Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, and am very interested in its wider potential as a tool for engineering biological systems and underpinning sustainable technologies.

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Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, is a former Green Beret who went on to hold executive positions focused on innovation, disruptive technology, and entrepreneurship at large and small firms, including Avery Dennison, Kinko’s, and Health Net.
TechShop is a platform focused on radically democratizing access to the tools, information, resources, and community needed to design and innovate. Featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Forbes, and numerous other publications, TechShop currently operates in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina; and it has plans for new locations in San Jose and Detroit (through a recently announced collaboration with Ford Motor Company). A leader in the maker and open innovation movements, he holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a BA in economics from the University of California at Irvine. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two sons.

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Erleen Hatfield
Buro Happold

Erleen Hatfield is a partner of Buro Happold, a global multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm, and is based in New York. She has over 18 years of experience in the structural design of a wide range of complex projects, including sports facilities, commercial, cultural, residential, and academic buildings. In addition, she oversees the Buro Happold complex modeling group, managing BIM, integrated practice, and fabrication modeling. She sits on numerous national industry committees, including the American Institute of Steel Construction Building Information Modeling Committee, the American Concrete Institute Committee on BIM, and the Advisory Board of the Pankow Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds innovation in the A/E/C industry. She was also a past member of the national American Institute of Architects Integrated Project Delivery Committee. In New York, she is the co-chair of the AIA New York City Technology Committee and a past director of the Structural Engineers Association of New York. She teaches graduate architecture classes at Yale University and gives regular lectures at Pratt University. She is a registered professional engineer and architect in the state of New York.

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Andrew Hessel
Co-Chair, Bioinformatics
Singularity University

Andrew Hessel co-chairs the bioinformatics and biotechnology track at Singularity University, an institution founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil and X Prize Foundation CEO Peter Diamandis, with sponsorship from world-leading organizations that include Google, Autodesk, and NASA. He is also the founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, a venture aiming to become the Linux of personalized cancer therapies. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Futurist magazine, H+ Magazine, and Wired News.

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Erin Rae Hoffer
Senior Industry Program Manager
Autodesk Inc.

Erin Hoffer is an architect with AEC Solutions, Autodesk, Inc., where she fosters the adoption of innovative approaches to design and practice by researching, presenting, and writing on practice transformation for industry groups. Prior to joining Autodesk, she was executive vice-president with the Boston Architectural College and served on the board of directors of the Boston Society of Architects as Commissioner of Technology. She led technology and services organizations for Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. She received a master of architecture from UCLA and a master of business administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable urban policy at Northeastern University’s program of Law, Policy and Society. She is registered to practice architecture in California, is a LEED-accredited professional, and a member of the AIA and CSI.

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Krisztina 'Z' Holly
Professor of Innovation Practice, adjunct
University of Southern California

Krisztina Holly (@krisztinaholly), known by colleagues as ‘Z’, is an MIT-trained engineer and tech entrepreneur. Best known for curating and hosting the first ever TEDx in 2009 and founding two university innovation centers at MIT and USC, she has a proven track record of identifying undiscovered talent and ideas and catalyzing new initiatives that scale. Z is adjunct Professor of Innovation Practice at USC, and Mayor Garcetti recently named her Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the City of LA to focus on the ecosystem around ""making"" things. She has served as a contributor to Forbes and a consultant, advisor, and board member to many organizations globally, including the Obama administration and World Economic Forum. Earlier in her career she produced and edited documentaries, was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and manufacturing engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine, and spent a decade in tech playing key roles at startups such as Stylus innovation (acquired by Artisoft) and Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves). She is a licensed skydiver and SCUBA instructor and an avid adventure traveler, backcountry/telemark skier, mountain biker, and authentic food aficionado. (Full profile:

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Pablos Holman
Hacker, Futurist, and Inventor
Intellectual Ventures

Pablos is a futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker with a unique view into breaking and building new technologies. Pablos is consulting worldwide on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies - making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world's smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot. Currently, Pablos is working for Nathan Myhrvold at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory where a wide variety of futuristic invention projects are underway including a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste; a machine to suppress hurricanes; a system to reverse global warming; and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria. Pablos is a respected and dynamic speaker. He has informed and entertained audiences at world-renowned technology summits including United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, The CIA, TEDx and DEFCON on invention, innovation, cyber security and the future of technology.

TNW 2011

Tedx TelAviv 2010

Your credit card, the lock on your front door, your cell phone's voicemail, your hotel television, and your web browser are all not as secure as you might like to think, as Pablos Holman, a hacker clad in all black, gleefully an evil Las Vegas magician. - Wired

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Dave Higgins Jr.
Regional Manager
HMH Builders

Dave Higgins Jr., LEED AP BD+C, has been the president of HMH Builders and the chair of AGC, California Building Division since 2004. From 1984 to 2004, he was project engineer and project manager at HMH Builders. He is a member of the AIACC IPD steering committee, a member of the AGC Project Delivery Forum steering committee, and was a past chair of the Sacramento Builders Exchange.

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Jim Jacobi
Sr. Principal and Chief Information Officer
Walter P Moore

Jim Jacobi is a senior principal and CIO for Walter P Moore engineering consulting firm. He is responsible for the firm’s overall information technology strategy and programs. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering design, project management, and construction. He has served as a member of Walter P Moore’s board of directors and is a registered professional engineer in five states. He began his career as a structural engineer and has served as vice president and chief engineer for Brown & Root and as CIO for Halliburton Company. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering with a specialization in structural engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies, and has served on committees, including chair of University of Houston’s Industry Advisory Board on Training in Advanced Plant Design Systems, the Electronic Data Management Task Force for the Construction Industry Institute, the A/E Productivity Committee of the Construction Users Roundtable, and chair of the Information Technology Roundtable for the Texas Council of Engineering Companies. He is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board for the College of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.

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Mitchell Joachim
Terreform ONE

Associate Professor at NYU and formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow and was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored him; "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". Ph.D. at MIT, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University.

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Brian David Johnson
Director - Future Casting, Principal Engineer
Intel Corporation

The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called "future casting"—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, Fake Plastic Love, and Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories). He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

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Tom Joseph
Senior Director - Education.
Autodesk Inc.

Tom leads the Worldwide Education group, focused on introducing Autodesk's design technology to the next generation of architects, engineers, designers and digital arts. With a vision of reaching 40 million students this year, the team will be looking at broadening Autodesk’s reach with secondary students, and expanding our presence in emerging markets. Previously, Tom was the Director of Autodesk’s APAC Education Program where he led a team to drive the adoption of Autodesk tools within technology and academic curriculums. He has been with Autodesk since 1996, holding various positions within technical sales, marketing, strategic initiatives and educational sales in Asia Pacific. Tom has twenty years of experience in sales and marketing, but his career began as a designer with Thyssen Krupp – a German heavy engineering conglomerate. Tom holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Machine Design.

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Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer
The Moment

Greg is a designer and facilitator specializing in innovation processes for transforming organizations and communities. His approach integrates expertise in design-thinking methods, collaboration techniques and leadership empowerment with a background in communications, experience and systems design. Formerly a senior designer with interdisciplinary studio Bruce Mau Design, Greg has led strategy, engagement and training projects with organizations such as Nike, SAP, TD Bank, Telus, and the governments of Canada and Ontario. Greg is a co-founder of Design with Dialogue, a Toronto-based monthly gathering of engaged citizens focused on learning and advancing facilitation methods for organizational and community innovation. He has led design workshops at Harvard Graduate School of Design, OCAD University, University of Toronto School of Architecture and MARS Studio Y. He served on the event design and hosting team at leading edge systems-innovation conferences such as the ALIA Institute and Ashoka Forum.

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Steve Jurvetson
Managing Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Steve Jurvetson is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading venture capital firm with affiliate offices around the world. He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (MSFT), Interwoven (IWOV), Kana (KANA), and NeoPhotonics (NPTN). He also led the firm's investments in other companies which were then acquired for $12 billion in aggregate. Current Board positions include SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors (TSLA). Previously, Steve was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his communications chip designs were fabricated. His prior technical experience also includes programming, materials science research (TEM atomic imaging of GaAs), and computer design at HP's PC Division, the Center for Materials Research, and Mostek. He has also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT Software. As a Consultant with Bain & Company, Steve developed executive marketing, sales, engineering and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the software, networking and semiconductor industries. At Stanford University, he finished his BSEE in 2.5 years and graduated #1 in his class, as the Henry Ford Scholar. Steve also holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He received his MBA from the Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SRI International, STVP, and the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund and is Co-Chair of the NanoBusiness Alliance. He was honored as "The Valley's Sharpest VC" on the cover of Business 2.0 and chosen by the SF Chronicle and SF Examiner as one of "the ten people expected to have the greatest impact on the Bay Area in the early part of the 21st Century." He was profiled in the New York Times Magazine and featured on the covers of Worth, Red Herring, and Fortune magazines. Steve was chosen by Forbes as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors", by the VC Journal as one of the "Ten Most Influential VCs", and by Fortune as part of their "Brain Trust of Top Ten Minds." In 2005, Steve was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Distinguished Alumnus by St. Mark's, where he was the 2010 Commencement Speaker

Saul Kaplan
Founder & Chief Catalyst
Business Innovation Factory

Saul Kaplan is the founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing.

Kaplan started BIF in 2005 with a mission to enable collaborative innovation. The non-profit is creating a real world laboratory for innovators to explore and test new business models and system level solutions in areas of high social importance including health care, education, entrepreneurship, and energy independence.

Prior to focusing on business model and system level innovation at the Business Innovation Factory Kaplan served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as the Executive Counselor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development. Kaplan created Rhode Island’s unique innovation @ scale economic development strategy aimed at increasing the state’s capacity to grow and support an innovation economy, including an effort to turn the state’s compact geography and close knit public and private sector networks into a competitive advantage.

Prior to his state leadership role in economic development Kaplan served as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture's Health & Life-Science practice and worked broadly throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry. Kaplan also spent eight years working for the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. As a Marketing Plans Manager, Kaplan assisted in developing the launch strategy and successful introduction of Prozac into the U.S. market.

Kaplan shares his innovation musings on Twitter (@skap5), his blog (It’s Saul Connected) and as regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg Business Week.

Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.

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Jim Karkanias
Partner, Director of Program Management

Jim Karkanias is a Partner at Microsoft and the Senior Director of Applied Research and Technology. His background spans science (neuroscience), engineering (bioengineering, code development), technology (neural nets, machine learning, robotics, quantum physics) and business (including a start-up in the 90s, head of clinical operations for the human health division at Merck, etc.) – and now he is combining a bit of all of that at Microsoft.

With over 28 years of Industry experience, Jim Karkanias applied his diverse background to good use in several industries, creating innovative approaches to the complex problems generated by today’s business.

Formally trained as a researcher, Karkanias began his career more than two decades ago in the labs as a bench scientist conducting neuroscience research for, then, McNeil Pharmaceutical (a subsidiary of J&J now known as Janssen Pharmaceutical Research Labs). The basic core of this type of research continued across several labs and companies including Merck Research Laboratories (MRL). In due course, his pre-clinical research career expanded to encompass Clinical Research in the Neurosciences and graduate work in Bioengineering. In that span of time, his research uncovered many interesting ideas in areas spanning neuroplasticity, sensorium integration, pain modulation, cognition, memory, and network theory.

In addition, to his research skills, Karkanias developed significant computer hardware and software technical skills as a consequence of a desire to continuously streamline his activities. This eventually led to an IT leadership position in Merck’s Worldwide Clinical Information Systems group where he managed a group which created and supported the systems infrastructure necessary to conduct research in this part of Merck. Although there were numerous pioneering efforts, the most notable innovation in that period of time was a distributed system which allowed for the remote collection of data from physicians at a time (1993) that pre-dated both distributed system environments and the widespread use of the internet as a business tool.

He joined Microsoft in 2006 to apply these skills in a new venture – the Health Solutions Group – which aims to revolutionize healthcare through paradigm shifting approaches that integrate next generation business, process, and technology. Six years and approximately 70 patents later, Karkanias has been instrumental in the creation of an information platform for health and lifesciences spanning the physician, the consumer, and most recently (April 2009) the scientist. This most recent product is notable in that it advances both storage and reasoning technologies to a new high and holds a record for the largest and quickest customer win (a 5 year strategic partnership valued at tens of millions, just a few months after shipping).

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Andra Keay
Managing Director
Silicon Valley Robotics

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launchpad for startups, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace.

Andra is a core contributor to Robohub, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, building on a background as a robot geek, STEM educator and film-maker.

Andra graduated as an ABC film, television and radio technician in 1986 and obtained a BA in Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia, in 1998.

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Jim Keravala
Shackleton Energy Company

Jim Keravala has been a leader of international teams in the aerospace, finance, and technology sectors for almost 20 years. An expert in foresight cognitive mapping and dynamic visualization, he combines a deep knowledge of global technology, and cultural and business trends with practical expertise in building cross-cultural teams that cut across diverse sectors. In the early 1990s, he was responsible for establishing a commercial space development office in Moscow where he led a team of ten senior Russian engineers and staff members. He helped lead the effort to transform the Russian launch industry from centralized planning to free market economics. In 1998, he became launch manager at the Surrey Space Centre in England, handling launch operations for commercial and governmental clients worldwide, including NASA, ESA, and the United States Air Force. He worked with the Surrey team to assist emerging nations in establishing local space capabilities comprising engineering facilities, spacecraft fabrication centers, and national space agencies. In 2004, he left Surrey to lead cross-cultural teams that focused on capital intensive projects in infrastructure finance and development. This executive experience gave him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of international management and business communication.

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Richard Kerris
Chief Technology Officer
Lucasfilm, Ltd

Richard Kerris joined Lucasfilm in December 2007. As chief technology officer he oversees the company's technical operations and is responsible for the development and execution of the technology strategy for Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts, Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, and Lucas Online.

Before joining Lucasfilm, he held numerous positions at Apple, from managing special projects for the applications division to managing the company's technical marketing strategies for professional applications. He was also senior director of Developer Technologies for Apple's Worldwide Developer Relations group where he managed teams supporting Unix, Java, and Cocoa developers working to bring their applications to Mac OS® X.

Before joining Apple in 2001, he was the director of Maya Technologies at Alias|Wavefront, where he was responsible for working on strategic partnership and licensing agreements that brought parts of Maya 3D technology into new markets. Earlier in his career, he held senior management positions at both Electric Image and Silicon Graphics. He is an active member of the Visual Effects Society where he holds a seat on the Technology Advisory board and the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers. He received his bachelor of science in communications from Fitchburg State College, in Massachusetts.

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Behrokh Khoshnevis
University of Southern California

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of industrial and systems engineering, and civil and environmental engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, he is the director for the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies and the director of the manufacturing engineering graduate program at the USC.

He is active in CAD/CAM-, robotics-, and mechatronic-related research projects, including the development of novel solid freeform, or Rapid Prototyping, processes; the automated construction of civil structures; the development of mechatronics systems for biomedical applications (for example, restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, and haptics devices for medical applications); and autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications on earth and in space.

He conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a Fellow member of the Society for Computer Simulation, and a Senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering.

His inventions have received extensive worldwide publicity in acclaimed international media and have been the subjects of numerous radio and television programs. The automated construction invention, Contour Crafting, was selected in 2006 as one of top 25 best inventions from more than 4,000 candidate inventions by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the History Channel’s Modern Marvels program.

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Henry King
Global Account Manager

Henry King is a global relationship manager at Doblin with two main responsibilities: to lead work for a small number of strategic clients, and to build capabilities through the development of new intellectual property, including methods, tools, and techniques. Prior to joining Doblin, he held the CIO role at architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and earlier at various technology startups, ecommerce dotcoms, and professional services organizations. He previously spent 12 years with Accenture and Deloitte Consulting where he led large-scale IT strategy and systems development projects in Europe, the United States, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He is on the faculty and the Design Council of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has also provided advisory services to a number of highly creative individuals, including the futurist John Naisbitt and the artist Miroslaw Rogala. He holds MA and BA honors degrees in Literae Humaniores (Classical Greek and Latin Studies) from Oxford University, England.

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Dan Klein
Stanford University

Dan is on the teaching team at the Stanford, where he is also a Lecturer in Management at the Graduate School of Business, as well as a Lecturer in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. The basis of his work is Improvisational Theater. His courses include: Improv & Desgn, Redesigning Theater, Game Design, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Improvisation, Acting With Power, Generative Leadership and StoryCraft. He is a frequent presenter for Executive Education. Dan was The Dean of the School at BATS Improv in SanFrancisco, and spent more than a decade as a Mainstage Company Player. He was also a founding member of the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group. Dan studied Creativity and Cognition at Stanford in early 90’s, and now lives back on campus with his wife and son as Resident Fellows in an all Freshman dorm. When not on campus, he travels the world giving talks and coaching speakers.

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Bud Kolich
Director R&D Technical Services

Bud Kolich has an industrial design degree from the University of Kansas and began his career in consumer/medical products. He has worked in the toy industry for 29 years and is currently the director, R&D Technical Services at Fisher-Price. He works with an extremely talented team researching digital design technology and creating media/entertainment. He and his team research, evaluate, recommend, and implement new technology for artists, sculptors, and toy designers. Their work in early concept visualization has expanded into creating animation and media for engineering, marketing, sales, retailers, and consumers. He is responsible for creating media for design visualization, sales shows, POP, the web, broadcast commercials, and entertainment.
His wife, Barb, is a co-founder of Explore n’ More, a children’s museum that entertains children throughout the Buffalo area. They have three children. He spends his free time creating charcoal portraiture, landscape painting, and chainsaw sculptures.

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Kurt Komraus
Technical Designer
Buro Happold

Kurt Komraus is a technology professional with 20 years of versatile experience with innovative design-to-fabrication technology in industrial design, automotive, and architecture. Specializing in the integration of emerging technologies, he has 10 years of experience innovating technology for Frank Gehry, integrating 3D, automation, and information modeling. He was the director of design technologies for Gehry Partners, driving BIM and IPD collaborative design processes for complex structures worldwide. He has lectured internationally on the subjects of BIM and computational design and is co-coordinator of the Los Angeles Design Technology Forum. He is currently an associate with Buro Happold in Los Angeles, providing BIM integration consulting, implementing interdisciplinary design technologies, design automation, custom tool development, and complex structural modeling and analysis.

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Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk, Inc.

Jeff Kowalski
Autodesk, Inc.

Jeff Kowalski is a senior technologist and entrepreneur with extensive expertise leading engineering and technology core teams. Currently he is vice president, chief technology officer at Autodesk, a design technology company dedicated to helping people imagine, design, and create a better world.

He and his team are responsible for shaping Autodesk’s technology and innovation strategies, developing emerging technologies into customer capabilities, and exploring the big ideas that are important to Autodesk and making them more valuable. His team includes Autodesk Research, dedicated to discovering and developing new technologies and insights in areas critical to Autodesk’s future, the Global Alliance team, which engages with other technology companies to scale Autodesk’s capabilities and reach as effectively as possible, and the Corporate Strategy and Engagement team, responsible for developing corporate strategy and thought leadership content and conversations around design, technology, business, and society.

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Tali Krakowsky

Tali Krakowsky is the founder of Apologue, Inc., dedicated to the creation of immersive environments that seamlessly integrate new media, storytelling, and physical space. Committed to a highly multidisciplinary and collaborative methodology, she has imagined and created interactive spaces for clients such as Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, BMW, the Museum of Modern Art, IBM, Frank Gehry, and Van Cleef and Arpels.

Born in Israel and raised in Hong Kong, she has a bachelor of fine arts in communication design from the Parsons School of Design and a master of arts from UCLA's School of Architecture, where her thesis was on interactive architecture. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of design, technology, and architecture, and is also a curator and moderator of global, cross-disciplinary events that focus on facilitating conversations among professionals around the science and fiction of immersive design.

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Jeff Kramer
Lead Robotics Engineer
MTD Products

Lead Author of Hacking the Kinect.

I’ve taught graduate courses, chaired international robotics conference sessions, made Bill Nye cry with a weapon of mass destruction, constructed high powered arc lamps, kept people from being crushed by the industrial robot right next to them, devastated players with a robotic foozball table, stripped paint off F-16s with robot-wielded high power lasers, and made 38 ton mining trucks drive themselves.

Currently, I'm working to free people from the tyranny of lawn mowing.


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Henry LaBounta
Senior Art Director, Partner
Microsoft Studios

Academy Award®–nominee Henry LaBounta recently joined Microsoft Studios after almost 10 years at Entertainment Arts. He started in games as a senior art director on SSX3, and was most recently senior art director on Need for Speed Hot Pursuit at Criterion Games. Other game credits include Skate, Skate 2, NBA Street, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Burnout Paradise, and Shift 2, as well as many EA Sports games for which he served as chief visual officer. At PDI/DreamWorks, he was VFX supervisor for the Steven Spielberg films Minority Report and A.I Artificial Intelligence. Other filmography credits include Mission Impossible 2; The Prince of Egypt; and Industrial Light & Magic’s Star Trek VII Generations, Casper, and Twister, for which he won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Eric Lamb
Executive Vice President
DPR Construction

Eric Lamb offers more than 27 years of construction and engineering experience in technically challenging and green projects for advanced technology, life sciences, health care, and corporate office market sectors. He serves as executive vice president of DPR Construction and is a member of the forward-thinking national general contractor and construction managers Management Committee, providing strategic direction to ensure that DPR continues to ”build great things” for its customers and employees across the country. Involved in all phases of projects from preconstruction to delivery, he drives continuous improvement throughout the organization and constantly seeks new ways to enhance overall construction delivery through processes and technology such as integrated project delivery, BIM, and sustainability. His expertise includes the management of preconstruction, cost controls systems, value engineering, network scheduling, and constructability studies for highly technical and green projects. He is a member of the integrated delivery business practices task force of the AIA California Council, which helped develop the Integrated Project Delivery Guide. A LEED-accredited professional and practiced speaker at numerous conferences and events, he received his master of science in construction management from Stanford University and his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Virginia.

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Cynthia La Grou
CVO, Founding Director
Compathos Foundation

Cynthia La Grou is a cross-disciplinary creative professional currently exploring the intersection of social innovation and purposeful media. Her most recent projects include (founding director, catalyst); Drawn from Water the Movie (executive producer); the Compathos Film with Social Impact Director Series (curator, producer); and Compathos Productions. Compathos Foundation explores creative ways to inspire action, advocacy, and global citizenry through harnessing the power of story to promote positive change. The Compathos creative community consists of award-winning artists, photographers, and filmmakers who have produced work for a range of clients—including Discovery Channel, O’Neill, ESPN, Fox, FUEL TV, the Smithsonian, and the United Nations—and who are passionate about creating results-oriented media campaigns that deliver measurable impacts and inspire viewer action.

She is also partner/creative director at Millennia Music & Media Systems, which designs and manufactures award-winning audio equipment for leading audio professionals and musicians worldwide. She participates as a contributing author and lead editor for the Wikiklesia Project, a collaborative publishing project that received an Award of Merit from the Society for New Communications Research in 2007.

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Tessa Lau
Chief Robot Whisperer

Dr. Tessa Lau is Chief Robot Whisperer and co-founder at Savioke, where she is creating a new generation of usable robots for the service industry. Previously, Dr. Lau was a Research Scientist at Willow Garage, where she led an effort to develop simple interfaces for personal robots based on end user programming. She also spent 11 years at IBM Research developing end user programming systems for enterprises. More generally, Dr. Lau's research is in the area of intelligent user interfaces: combining techniques from artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction to create systems that enhance human productivity and creativity. She has served on organizing and program committees for major AI and HCI conferences and journals. She also served on the board of CRA-W, the CRA committee on the status of women in computing research. Dr. Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

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Brenda Laurel

Brenda Laurel
Affiliated Faculty

Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976 as a designer, researcher, writer and teacher.  She served as professor and founding chair of the Graduate Program in Design at California College of Arts from 2006 to 2012. She designed and chaired the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2001-2006) and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs (2005-2006).

Based on her research in gender and technology at Interval Research (1992-1996), she co-founded Purple Moon in 1996 to create interactive media for girls. In 1990 she co-founded Telepresence Research, focusing on virtual reality and remote presence. Other employers include Atari, Activision, and Apple.

Her books include The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (1990), Computers as Theatre (1991; second edition forthcoming), Utopian Entrepreneur (2001), and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives (2004). Her recent article, “Gaian IxD”, was the cover article in the Sept-Oct 2011 issue of the journal Interactions. She earned her BA (1972) from DePauw University and her MFA (1975) and PhD in Theatre (1986) from Ohio State University.

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Nancy  Levinson 
Chief Editor 
Places/Design Observer 

Nancy Levinson is editor of Places/Design Observer, a leading journal of architecture and urbanism with a large and global readership. She brings to her editorial work experience in academia and practice, most recently as the founding director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory at Arizona State University. At ASU, she developed the interdisciplinary project Post-Petroleum Phoenix: Transforming the Low-Density City for an Eco-Energy Future, a multiyear initiative focusing on the systems-scale adaptation of postwar suburbia. At the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she co-founded Harvard Design Magazine and directed its rise to international prominence. At Princeton Architectural Press, she developed books on subjects ranging from visual perception to landscape urbanism. A frequent design juror and lecturer, she writes for academic and trade periodicals, including Architectural Record, the Journal of Planning Literature, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta: The Yale Journal on Architecture, The Architect’s Newspaper, I.D., Metropolis, Dwell, Landscape Architecture, Graphis, the Boston Review, the Christian Science Monitor, and Planning. She received a BA from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Juliette LaMontagne
Founder & CEO

Before launching Breaker, Juliette spent fifteen years piloting learning experiments with the New York City Department of Education – as a classroom teacher, a professional developer, and a teacher trainer. Her innovative work in education is recognized by TED, where she is a Senior Fellow and the Institute of Design at Stanford University where she is a d.fellow. She was named to the Public Interest 100 in 2012 and received excellence in teaching awards from Columbia University, Teachers College where she was a Lecturer from 1999-2004.

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Hod Lipson
Associate Professor
Cornell University

Hod Lipson is an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and computing and information science at Cornell University. He directs the Computational Synthesis group, which focuses on novel ways for automatic design, fabrication, and adaptation of virtual and physical machines. He has led work in areas such as evolutionary robotics, multimaterial functional rapid prototyping, machine self-replication, and programmable self-assembly. He received his PhD from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and a postdoc at Brandeis University and MIT. His research focuses primarily on biologically inspired approaches as they bring new ideas to engineering and new engineering insights into biology. For more information, visit

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Douglas Look
Senior Product Manager
Autodesk, Inc.

Doug Look, senior product manager, leads Autodesk’s workflow and interoperability design strategies, looking for ways to help customers achieve larger innovations from the alignment and integration of Autodesk’s diverse portfolio. He also spent two years working with Autodesk Labs exploring new approaches to design technology, including software as a service, multitouch interfaces, and remote collaboration solutions. Before joining Autodesk, he received his master of design methods from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and also worked for Doblin, Inc. He holds architectural degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University, and practiced as a licensed professional architect for more than 20 years.

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Dr. Russell Loveridge
Managing Director
ETHZ - NCCR Digital Fabrication

Russell Loveridge is the Managing Director of the newly formed Swiss National Center of Competence in Research - Digital Fabrication, based at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. This newly-formed NCCR assembles researchers in architecture, robotics, computer-aided design, materials sciences and sustainable fabrication in a partnership in order to establish digital fabrication as a significant segment of the future construction industry.

Russell is a Canadian national and studied civil engineering and architecture. He obtained his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), where he was Research Director at the Laboratory for Architectural Production. His doctorate was an investigation of how digital tools and methods are changing the way that architects design and build. His current research investigates assembly technologies, smart materials, and novel construction techniques, as compliments to ongoing innovations in robotics and digitally mediated fabrication methods.

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Amory Lovins
Chairman and Chief Scientist
Rocky Mountain Institute 

Recovering physicist Amory Lovins, an innovator in energy and many related fields, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades and Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 11 honorary doctorates, honorary membership of the American Institute of Architects, Foreign Membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards, among others. A Harvard and Oxford dropout and former Oxford don, he has briefed 21 heads of state and written 30 books and over 450 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute, where he’s Chairman and Chief Scientist, he’s led the superefficient redesigns of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and $30+ billion worth of industrial facilities, and the creation of three of RMI’s five for-profit spinoffs. The latest of his nine visiting chairs was in Stanford’s School of Engineering. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.

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Chris Luebkeman
Global Director of Foresight & Innovation

Educated as a geologist, structural engineer, and architect, Chris Luebkeman leads the Global Foresight & Innovation team at Arup, a global firm of engineering and design consultants. He has served as a faculty member of the departments of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and MIT. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, in 2004, and was listed as one of the ten future speculators and shapers “who will change the way we live,” in Wallpaper Magazine (2002). At Arup he advises organizations, such as the UK Government’s Environmental and Physical Sciences Research Council, on strategic matters relating to the built environment. He works with some of the world’s leading companies to develop future scenarios to better understand the opportunities created by future change in the built environment. He speaks on the issues of sustainability and thoughtful design, and applies the lessons learned in the design of the built environment to business. His keynotes, workshops, and strategy sessions are created for executives seeking better design sensibility for their products, services, and processes. He helps clients better understand the needs and desires of consumers, customers, and citizens.

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