Dr. Maha Achour is CEO and co-founder of Metawave Corporation, a VC-backed startup focused on commercializing next generation radar sensors for the automotive market. Previously, Maha served as CTO of Rayspan where she commercialized the first metamaterial antennas and RF front-end subsystems for the cellular and WLAN industries. She pioneered the first Free-Space Optical systems for last-mile connectivity and has led various DARPA projects in wireless MIMO and Optical devices. Maha holds a PhD. in Physics from MIT, and received her Master’s Degree in Wireless Communication Theory and Systems from UCSD. She has authored over 30 publications in electrical engineering and physics, and has more than 80 granted and pending patents.
Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of 34 member states, and one abstention. Upon taking leadership of the OAS, he announced that one of the central themes of his mandate will be “more rights for more people,” and that he would work to bring the Organization closer to the new realities in the Hemisphere and contribute to ensuring more democracy, security and prosperity for all.
A career diplomat, Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to March 1, 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014.
His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
As Foreign Minister for President José Mujíca, he defined several emblematic initiatives that put the small South American country on the global map, from receiving former prisoners from Guantanamo, to welcoming dozens of Syrian families who had been victims of the country´s conflict, to building support in the United Nations so that, beginning in 2016, Uruguay will become part of the Security Council.
Moreover, Uruguay has maintained its presence in Haiti to ensure the continuity of the process of reconstruction in the country following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Knowledgeable about the new regional alignments, Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of UNASUR and CELAC and as member of the special UNASUR delegation to Venezuela in 2014 he was recognized as an advocate of dialogue between the government and the opposition to stop the violence at that moment.
As a consensus builder in the region and at the same time a driver of new initiatives, during his term at the head of the country´s diplomacy, he achieved the long-desired entry of citrus products into the United States, a key market for the sector, while moving forward with bilateral cooperation programs in areas of scientific-technical innovation.
For its part, Uruguay developed specific programs of cooperation for development with Bolivia, Paraguay, and several African nations in the context of the vision of international solidarity that characterized the term of the former Foreign Minister.
The candidate for Secretary General of the OAS was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.
In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the region granted this international distinction.
Almagro, a lawyer by profession, is married and has seven children. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English and French.
Mr. Angoitia has more than 20 years’ experience within the infrastructure industry. He is one the Managing Directors in the Infrastructure Team. Ardian has investments in transportation (London Luton Airport, Indigo, Tunnel Barcelona, Ascendi, 2i Aeroporti), energy (Encevo, 3New, Kallista, 2i Rete Gas, Solarpack) and midstream oil and gas (CLH, LBC) across Europe and the Americas.
Prior to joining Ardian, he spent five years at Citi Infrastructure Investors (CII) where he managed the firm’s investments in Kelda, a holding company of Yorkshire Water in the UK, and in Itinere Infraestructuras, S.A. in Spain. Prior to CII, Mr. Angoitia spent more than 10 years at Grupo Ferrovial, S.A. where he was involved in the acquisition and management of investments in airports (Sydney International Airport in Australia, Bristol International Airport in the UK, ASUR in Mexico and Cerro Moreno in Chile). In 2006, he was a member of the team which acquired and managed the investment in BAA.
Robert Asselin joined BlackBerry in 2017 as Senior Global Director, Public Policy. He was recently appointed Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. For the last two years, he served as Policy and Budget Director to Canada Finance Minister. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Asselin was the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he was a Visiting Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Zaré Baghdasarian has more than 30 years of business experience as an Executive Director, Entrepreneur, Operations Manager, Investor, and Private Equity Investment Consultant with a passion for business startups and technology.
He has an expansive education background starting with an Executive MBA from TRIUM, an executive MBA degree jointly delivered by New York University (NYU), the London School of Economics (LSE) and HEC School of Management Paris, a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, an Executive Management degree from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BSEE from Villanova University. He was the Co-Founder of two engineering technology companies, Monterey Networks—a company acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 to fulfill their optical network strategy, and IRIS Group, which ceased operations in 2001.
Currently he is Co-Founder and CEO for Avata Intelligence. Avata Intelligence has developed robust, next-generation AI technology utilizing proprietary computational game theory developed by the company's world-renowned scientists which produces superior results for real-world problems.
Customers with critical needs in logistics, security and investment planning are currently using Avata's cloud-enabled, distributed and scalable AI technology to preeminently discover actionable strategies in real time for competitive advantages.
Jim Barber has served as president of UPS International since 2013, with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage, customs compliance, and UPS's other service offerings in more than 220 countries and territories outside the U.S.
Jim and his team of 150,000 international employees are currently leading the company's next wave of international investment while implementing the "One UPS" initiative that will seamlessly integrate UPS's services globally across business units and enterprise priorities. Jim has also led UPS's growing investment in emerging markets, including the creation of the ISMEA operating district to capture the opportunities in south-to-south trade in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.
Jim previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s. Drawing upon his experience in UPS's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Jim oversaw several key acquisitions and integrations including several European healthcare companies and domestic courier, express and parcel companies in Poland, Turkey and the UK.
His team also oversaw the acquisition and integration of the Kiala collection point network in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. The Kiala model was expanded into Germany and the UK during 2013 under the UPS Access Point brand. Jim and his team also led a $200 million expansion of the Cologne air hub, an investment that was completed in 2014.
Jim joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985. He later held a series of finance, accounting and operations management positions in the U.S., Belgium and Germany before relocating to London in 2006 as managing director of the United Kingdom & Ireland for UPS.
Jim also serves as a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for day-to-day management of the company.
He holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University.
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth. She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She has also been an independent Board member of Elior Group since 2014.
Laurence Batlle has a proven executive management track record: prior to joining RATP Dev, she spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin for two years. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects including: data analysis, Public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation, and smart lighting programs in the city’s downtown core. Kansas City’s initiatives earned an Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017. Bob is currently working on plans to extend Smart City infrastructure throughout the 318 miles of KCMO with an emphasis on Digital Inclusion.
Doctor in Economics (Ph.D.) (1998), University of California, Berkeley
Economist and Public Accountant, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración - Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay
Professor of Contract Theory, Economics of Regulation and Microeconomics of Banking – Economics Department - Facultad de Ciencias Sociales - Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay
He, systematically teaches courses in Argentina, Perú, Cuba y Paraguay.
Former Head of the Department of Economic Studies, Central Bank of Uruguay
Former Member of the Board of the Communication Services Regulatory Agency (URSEC)
Former Vice Minister of Economy and Finance (2005-2008)
Elise and Walter Haas International Award 2008 of the University of California, Berkeley
President of the Central Bank of Uruguay (2008- 2013)
Minister of Economy and Finance from December 2013 to February 2015.
President of the Central Bank of Uruguay since April 2015.
Richard Bradley is Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer of The Worth Group. He is also the #1 New York Times best-selling author of American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr. A seasoned and respected editor and journalist, Bradley’s career has always combined journalism and academia. American Son generated tremendous national attention, including the cover of People magazine and a guest appearance on NBC’s Today Show. Mr. Bradley was also the subject of a Barbara Walters interview on ABC’s 20/20. American Son spent seven weeks on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list, ultimately climbing to number one. In addition to his jobs as a magazine editor and his book writing, Richard Bradley has authored articles for numerous publications, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, George, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Boston Magazine, Salon.com, The Washington Monthly, Worth, and Mother Jones. He has also written a column of media analysis for the website TomPaine.com.
Inés Bustillo is the Director of the Washington Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). She joined ECLAC in 1989 as Economic Affairs Officer working on a variety of topics including macroeconomic analysis, international trade and finance.
Previously, Ms. Bustillo was Professor of Economics at Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City and Visiting Faculty at The American University in Washington D.C. Other positions held include consultant to the World Bank, the Center for Latin American and Monetary Studies (CEMLA), and Operadora de Bolsa in Mexico City.
She is the author of several articles and a frequent lecturer at universities, think tanks and other venues.
Ms. Bustillo, a national of Uruguay, earned an M.A. and Ph.D degrees in economics from The American University.
Jim Cantrell is a well-known space entrepreneur, expert in small spacecraft systems and was on the founding team of SpaceX with Elon Musk, serving as SpaceX's first VP of Business Development. Jim has 30 years of experience in commercial space efforts including StratSpace, Skybox Imaging, and the privately developed Lightsail. Early in his career, Jim worked for the French Space Agency CNES in Toulouse, NASA/JPL and has helped grow more than 20 space start-ups to profitability and acquisition through StratSpace where he was the Founder and CEO. Jim has been involved in the corporate development or financing of Silicon Valley's most notable space startups including Skybox, Planet Lab, Rocket Lab, World View, PlanetIQ and Orbital Insight.
Mr. D’Souza is a seasoned, results-producing leader with experience steering and directing all aspects of investigations, security processes and risk management protocols. He has extensive international skills through working, travelling and living in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. He spent eight years with the Toronto Police Service, the majority of which, he was involved in an undercover capacity dealing with major, large-scale investigations. He has led several cases to successful conclusions through every level of the court system. In addition to working for large multi-national organizations, Mr. D’Souza also spent time consulting on regulatory requirements and laws, as they apply to business, ensuring compliance across a wide cross-section of financial, retail and commercial sectors.
Currently, Mr. D’Souza leads an elite team of investigators at Facebook positioned across the globe, to resolve complex internal and external investigations, including but not limited to external fraud, threats to people or the workplace, supply chain and data center investigations, misconduct, property crimes, and kidnaps for ransom or extortion. He also leads all protective intelligence operations for the CEO, COO and company Executives globally.
Mr. D’Souza holds a MBA degree from Columbia Southern, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is accredited as a Forensics Investigator and has been formally trained in Mobile Surveillance, Workplace Violence Detection and Prevention, Major Case Management, Interviewing and Interrogation, Drug Interdiction and Investigation, Death Investigations, Anti-Terrorism and Anarchist Detection, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).
Congressman Ted Deutch, 51, has represented Broward and Palm Beach counties in the U.S. House of Representatives since April 2010. Prior to his election, Ted served two terms in the Florida State Senate and enjoyed a successful career representing entrepreneurs as a commercial real estate attorney. Ted is a rising member within the House Democratic Caucus whose priorities include creating jobs in South Florida through strategic investments in infrastructure, education, and research, strengthening retirement security for all Americans, and protecting the integrity of our elections.
Ted serves as the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, which is charged with enforcing the Official Standards of Conduct in the House of Representatives, which include rules on gifts, travel, personal income, and other areas.
Ted is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he is deeply engaged in debates around major national issues, including criminal justice and the courts, civil rights and liberties, constitutional amendments, and immigration.
In addition, Ted is the Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s influential Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee. In this role, Ted continues to lead efforts to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations, thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and advance human rights worldwide.
Anthony Di Iorio is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, community organizer, and thought leader in the field of digital currencies, blockchain and decentralized technologies. He is the founder and CEO of Decentral and Jaxx, and co-founder of the Ethereum project, which hit a $79B USD market cap recently. He previously served as the Chief Digital Officer at the Toronto Stock Exchange / TMX Group.
Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest travel and leisure company in the world. Their portfolio of ten cruise brands -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia and Fathom are based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Together these brands maintain a fleet of over 100 ships and serve more than 11 million guests annually. Carnival Corporation & PLC also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon with 10 hotels plus rail and bus services connecting guests with the northern interior. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & PLC is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
Mr. Donald has been President & CEO of Carnival Corporation since 2013; prior to that he served on the board for 12 years. In January 2017 he was appointed Chair of Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA). He currently serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation and Crown Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Donald spent more than twenty years at Monsanto Company as Corporate Senior Vice-President, and President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the Agricultural sector. After leaving Monsanto, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company whose products included the leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel.
Immediately prior to Carnival, Mr. Donald was a founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the largest charitable funder of diabetes research in the world.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St Louis, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Donald has a strong commitment to higher education and serves on the boards of two of his alma maters, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis, in Missouri. He is also on the boards of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and St. Louis based BJC Healthcare among others.
Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath is Chief Executive Officer of E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R). EC&R is responsible for E.ON’s industrial-scale renewable energy activities and one of the three business pillars of E.ON. As a world leader in offshore and onshore wind EC&R develops, builds and operates renewable energy assets primarily in Europe and North America. The technology portfolio covers onshore and offshore wind, large-scale photovoltaic assets as well as batteries (6 GW in operations, 10 GW pipeline). Ms. Dotzenrath has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry and has worked across a range of geographies, including Central and Eastern Europe, the US and Asia.
Dr. Frenk became the sixth president of the University of Miami in August of 2015. He also holds academic appointments as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and as Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business Administration.
Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was the dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Julio Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.
He was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the developing world. He also served as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization and as senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other leadership positions.
Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary degrees from seven universities.
His scholarly production, which includes over 160 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, has been cited more than 15,000 times. In addition, he has written three best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. He serves on the boards of the United Nations Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has received numerous recognitions, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health, the Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership presented by Yale University for promoting diversity in graduate education,
Christine Hansen, broker-owner with Century 21 Hansen Realty in Fort Lauderdale, is the 2018 president of Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional association with 180,000 members.
“Our state’s high quality of life and strong economy attract buyers and investors from throughout the United States and around the world,” says Hansen, who specializes in residential brokerage. “We expect to see a steady rise in Florida’s home values and continued low mortgage rates in the coming year.
A leader in regional, state and national real estate associations, Hansen just celebrated her 30th year in real estate and has been active with Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors® (now part of Realtors® of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale) for more than two decades, serving on numerous committees and task forces. She has been a director of Florida Realtors and chaired or served on a variety of state committees, as well as in all of its leadership positions. Hansen also has been a director of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), participating in its strategic planning committee and as 2017 NAR Liaison for Member Relations; in 2019, she is set to be NAR’s Realtor Party director. She has taken additional real estate education courses and earned the designations of CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager), GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) and CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist).
“There have been many magical moments in my real estate career,” says Hansen. “As Realtors, we touch people’s lives every day, helping them start new chapters and realize dreams of homeownership.”
Hansen has been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including fundraising efforts to help a Realtor® who was injured in the 2012 bombing at the Boston Marathon. In her community, she supports Easter Seals, Challenge Air, Silent Angels and Paws for Patriots, among other causes.
As president for the state association, Hansen will focus on inspiring the state’s real estate professionals and fostering a sense of teamwork that will benefit their clients. “My goal is to cultivate inclusiveness and partnerships,” she says. “We want all Realtors, of all levels of experience, of all ages, of all backgrounds, representing all types of real estate practice, to unite to create a stronger profession, a stronger professional organization and a stronger marketplace.”
Rachel is a co-founder of Caribou Biosciences and has been President and CEO since its inception. She has a research background in CRISPR-Cas biology, and is also a co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics. In 2014, she was named by Forbes Magazine to the "30 Under 30" list in Science and Healthcare, and in 2016, Fortune Magazine named her to the "40 Under 40" list of the most influential young people in business. Rachel is an inventor on several patents and patent applications covering multiple CRISPR-derived technologies, and she has co-authored scientific papers in high impact journals characterizing CRISPR-Cas systems. Rachel earned an A.B. in Biological Sciences from Harvard College, and received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Frank Holder leads BRG’s Latin America Practice. With over 20 years of experience, he has directed corporate investigations and security consulting assignments in Latin America and the United States. The investigative matters include large-scale internal fraud and public corruption investigations, product protection, litigation support, due diligence, and hostile takeovers. As a security expert, he designed the security for international airports, seaports, and complex multijurisdictional distribution networks. Mr. Holder began his career with the U.S. Air Force as a political-military analyst for the U.S. embassy in Argentina and as a special agent for the Office of Special Investigations at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, with responsibilities in areas including counterintelligence and force protection. He is an accomplished public speaker and has given numerous presentations throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Brazil on a broad range of topics such as money laundering, risk management, homeland security, and operational risk. Mr. Holder has written articles on similar topics for U.S. and Latin American newspapers and professional journals and has taught courses in Political Science and Law on the Inter-American system at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires.
Vicki Holt has been President and Chief Executive Officer at Proto Labs since February 2014. Prior to joining us, Holt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, from September 2010 until Spartech was purchased by PolyOne Corporation in March 2013. Prior to Spartech, Holt worked at PPG Industries, a leading coatings and specialty products company, serving as Senior Vice President, Glass and Fiber Glass, from May 2005 until September 2010. Holt is also is a member of the board of directors of Waste Management, Inc.
Holt’s leadership, strategic planning, operational and international experience provide valuable insights to our board of directors. As CEO, she also is responsible for determining our strategy, articulating priorities, and managing continued growth.
As the CTO of a game-changing, consumer robotics company, I strive to open-up the new capabilities of robotics technology, with particular attention on shared autonomous teleoperation, imitation learning, tactile grasp adjustment, human-aware navigation and, robot mapping and localization.
Across my career at MIT, Bosch, and Willow Garage, she has assembled, accelerated, and led robotics teams producing marketable breakthroughs that have sparked startup businesses in the US and Europe.
Robohub honored her as one of the “25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know about,” and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence.”
Ms Ameena A. Hussain is the Director of Programs and Community Development at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Ameena leads the ongoing development of core programs, and works closely with the team in taking on the challenge of delivering the global Summit in November 2017.
Ameena previously served as Director of Student Life at Hamad bin Khalifa University, in Doha, and brings to WISE substantial experience in education management and programs development. Since joining Qatar Foundation in 2006 as one of the original members of the Education Division, Ameena played a key role in establishing support programs for Education City students in a variety of Student Affairs positions. Before Qatar Foundation, Ameena worked in the Supreme Education Council as a teacher, then as an English Department Coordinator, and at Maersk Oil as a Senior HR Specialist.
Ameena holds a dual Bachelors of Arts and Education in English Language and Literature from Qatar University, and a certificate in Human Resources from the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development of the UK. Ameena will earn a doctoral degree in Global Education from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education.
With a long and innovative involvement in commerce and entrepreneurial activities, Mark has honed his business skills across a broad spectrum of grass roots start up’s to Boardroom debates in larger corporations.
For several years Mark was a prominent global adventurer which allowed him to promote philanthropic programs while at the same time attempting to set Guinness World records.
He successfully led a world record breaking paramotor expedition in Australia before attempting to fly a paraglider from the summit of Mount Kilimnajaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Mark is also more than familiar with the rigours of global transportation and the inability to often guarantee an arrival at your destination. PAL-V is a partial solution to that problem.
In the past four years he turned his attention to flying cars and became pivotal in rolling out the PAL-V in to a brand new transportation market in The Americas.
Mark has a clear focus and understanding of what separates innovation from invention
Robert Steven Kaplan has served as the thirteenth president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 8, 2015. He represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Fed.
Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School.
He is the author of several books, including What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner; What You're Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential; and What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential.
Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm's Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. Previously, he served as global co-head of the Investment Banking Division. He was also a member of the firm’s Management Committee and served as co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee and chairman of the Goldman Sachs Pine Street Leadership Program.
During his 23-year career at Goldman Sachs, Kaplan served in various other capacities, including head of the Corporate Finance Department, head of Asia-Pacific Investment Banking as well as head of the high-yield department in Investment Banking. He became a partner in 1990. Upon joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan became a senior director of the firm.
He serves as chairman of Project A.L.S. and co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm that invests in developing non-profit enterprises dedicated to addressing social issues. He is also a board member of Harvard Medical School.
Kaplan previously served on the boards of State Street Corporation, Harvard Management Company, Bed Bath & Beyond and Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. He was also a trustee of the Ford Foundation, co-founding board chair of the TEAK Fellowship, co-founder and chairman of Indaba Capital Management, LP and chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee at Google, Inc.
Kaplan was appointed by the Governor of Kansas as a member of the Kansas Health Policy Authority Board.
Born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Kaplan received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Nicolas Kopp is the US CEO of the mobile banking solution N26. After a career in investment banking, he is now in charge of launching the European mobile banking app N26 in the US.
Brandon Krieg is the CEO and co-founder of Stash - the financial platform that's revolutionizing the way millions of Americans save and invest for their future. Prior to co-founding Stash, Brandon spent over 15 years in financial services, most recently as head of electronic execution for Macquarie Securities Group. He co-founded EdgeTrade, one of the first and largest electronic trade execution and algorithmic software firms. When Knight Capital Group acquired EdgeTrade, Krieg became their head of electronic sales.
Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, which is in "the business of breakthroughs.” Practicing open innovation since being incorporated in 2002, PARC provides custom R&D services, technology, specialized expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Xerox’s business groups, Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government.
Dr. Kurtoglu oversees PARC’s R&D investments for Xerox and its innovation portfolio for commercial clients and government agencies in a diverse set of focus areas and competencies including human-centered innovation services, intelligent agents and systems, clean energy, smart packaging, machine learning and analytics, security and privacy, printed electronics and digital manufacturing.
Motivated by his passion for bringing innovations to market, Dr. Kurtoglu specializes in leading cross-functional teams to apply science and technology to develop creative solutions to real-world problems. Since joining PARC in 2010, he has held various leadership roles focusing on R&D management, product strategy, and technology commercialization. In his early years at PARC, he pioneered the formation of PARC’s digital design and manufacturing (DDM) program. Later he created and led the System Sciences Laboratory by building a technology portfolio across hardware, software, and process technologies. In both roles, he managed multi-million-dollar R&D investments and product strategy encompassing several platforms and market offerings, and led successful transition of inventions from an R&D output to commercial software systems and services. Prior to PARC, he was a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, and a mechanical design engineer at Dell Corporation.
Dr. Kurtoglu’s own research was focused on computation and artificial intelligence applied to design and manufacturing of complex systems, and application of preventive and predictive analytics techniques to engineered systems. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in the same field from Orta Dogu Technical University (ODTU).
He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and papers in leading journals and conferences in his field, and regularly serves in organizational leadership roles for the ASME, AIAA, AAAI, Design Society, and Prognostics and Health Management Society. He is the recipient of the IEEE Best Professional Paper Award at the Prognostics and Health Management Conference, IEEE Best Application Paper Award from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, NASA Ames Technical Excellence Award, PARC Excellence Award, PARC Golden Acorn Award, and the Best Design Award in “Dexterous Robot Hand” Design Competition.
Mr. Kuryla began his career with Miami-Dade County in the Parks and Recreation Department in 1987. He moved to the County’s Finance Department in 1993 as an administrative officer, where he managed a grants program funded by tourist tax dollars. After approximately a year and a half in the Finance Department, Mr. Kuryla took the position of Section Head at the County’s Public Works Department’s Road, Bridge and Canal Maintenance Division.
In 1996, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to work in the County Manager’s Office as an Assistant Administrator. He was promoted again in May 1998 to the Port of Miami as Assistant to the Port Director, where he oversaw the Department’s local, state and federal legislative agenda. From February 2001 through February 2007 Mr. Kuryla held the positions of Assistant Port Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Assistant Port Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Promotions.
In 2007, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to Assistant Port Director for Maritime Services. In this capacity, he served as co-lead negotiator for the Port on all long term agreements executed with cruise and cargo customers as well as oversaw Port operations, facilities management, berthing, and property management, in addition to the customer service, business development, public information and media relations. In 2009, Mr. Kuryla was promoted to Deputy Port Director. In this capacity, he was responsible for directly overseeing the Port’s five assistant port directors.
On April 1, 2014, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez appointed Mr. Kuryla to the position of PortMiami Director and CEO, where he oversees operations and capital development for the cruise capital of the world and cargo global gateway.
Mr. Kuryla holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. In 2010, Mr. Kuryla obtained his Professional Port Manager PPM® degree from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).
Ana Lehmann is the Secretary of State for Industry of the Portuguese Government.
Before taking office in July 2017, she developed a strongly focused international career of two decades spanning academia, public policy and executive positions in over twenty public and private organizations.
Her areas of specialization relate to the competitiveness of firms and industries, notably companies’ internationalization, foreign direct investment attraction, innovation, industrial clusters and public policy.
She has been a consultant to leading international institutions (OECD, UNCTAD, European Commission, among others) and various national and regional governments in five continents. She held a variety of managerial responsibilities in several companies and foundations, as well as having founded several companies.
She has been CEO of InvestPorto, Vice-President of the Regional Government Authority of Portugal’s Northern Region, President of the Managing Authority of the Atlantic Area Transnational Program of the European Union, Pro-Rector for Strategic Planning/Enterprise Relations (U.Porto) and has been involved in setting up the Portuguese Investment Agency.
She is a Professor of Economics (FEP-University of Porto, Portugal) and has been Head of International Business (Porto Business School).
Visiting Professor or Visiting Fellow in several US/European universities (e.g. Universities of Strathclyde, Reading, Glasgow, Columbia, among others), and President and one of the 20 Fellows of the European International Business Academy.
She has a MSc and a PhD in Economics (University of Reading, UK) and a BSc in Management (U.Porto).
A regular speaker in top-level conferences, she has been an Editor of scientific journals and is an author widely published in her field. She is the author/editor of books such as Rethinking Investment Incentives: Trends and Policy Options (2016), Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (2011) and Multinationals, Clusters and Innovation: Does Public Policy Matter? (2006).
She has won several awards for scientific merit and career recognition.
Jose Antonio Miranda is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Onshore business in the Americas Region for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, a position he assumed in November 2017.
In January 2015, Mr. Miranda was named Chief Executive Officer of GAMESA, Latin America leading all operations in the region, with special focus on Mexico and Brazil.
Prior to his work in Latin America, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GAMESA China from April 2011 to January 2015.
From September 2007 to April 2011, he worked as Division Manager of Electrical Components, Manufacturing Division of GAMESA. He also worked for multinational ABB in numerous roles, including Business Unit Director of Medium Voltage in Spain. He studied industrial engineering at the Superior Technical Institute of Industrial Engineers of Gijón (Oviedo University) and in 1997, earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Steve Morriss is Group President, Design and Consulting Services, Americas at AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries.
In this role, Mr. Morriss leads the group's technical services business, numbering more than 20,000 employees across the United States, Canada and Latin America. The capability of the business includes master planning, design, environment, planning, cost management, engineering, and project management for a range of market sectors including transportation, water, defense, power and energy, sports and leisure, education and healthcare.
He is a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level. Previously, Mr. Morriss served as President and Chief Executive of AECOM’s EMIA geography, which includes the U.K., Continental Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.
Mr. Morriss joined AECOM in January 2011 from Mouchel where he served as Managing Director of Government and Business Services. Additionally, his 28-year career includes senior executive roles with Serco PLC and WS Atkins. A Civil Engineer, he also served in the Royal Engineers and Royal Marines Reserve.
Selected as one of the planet’s 100 most promising leaders by TIME magazine (1994) and as one of the key Latin American Leaders for the new millennium by both TIME and CNN (1999), Juan Carlos Navarro is widely regarded as one of Panama’s most prominent national figures. He founded ANCON, Panama’s leading non-profit environmental NGO, in 1985. Navarro was elected by its General Assembly as Regional Councillor for Latin America by IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Perth, Australia 1990) and reelected for a second term (Buenos Aires, Argentina 1994), the first panamanian to serve on IUCN´s maximum governing body and the youngest individual elected to its Council. He served as Panama´s first Environmental Ambassador, named by the President ad honorem to help formulate the country´s national and international environmental policy (1995 through 1999). Selected by The Nature Conservancy and the MacArthur Foundation as the recipient of its first Inter American Conservation Fellowship (1998), he authored the book Panama National Parks, published in Madrid, Spain, the country’s first comprehensive text on national parks and nature reserves (currently being updated for its third edition). He was honored by The Botanical Research Institute of Texas with its International Prize for Excellence in recognition for his leadership and support of global conservation and humanitarian endeavors (2001).
Navarro was first elected Mayor of Panama City for a five-year term (1999-2004) after winning his party’s primaries (October 1998) and the general election in May 1999. He was reelected for a second five-year term (2004-2009) in May 2004 in a landslide, with 60% of the votes. The youngest citizen elected to the Mayor’s office, Navarro oversaw 6,000 municipal employees and a US$100 million annual budget (2009). Selected by the University of Panama´s Facultad de Administración Pública as the coutry´s Public Administrator of the Year (2001), he was also named Alumni of the Year by Harvard University´s John F. Kennedy School of Government and recognized as one of its most distinguished public servants (2002).
He joined the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) in April 1998 and was first elected to its nine-member National Executive Committee, the PRD’s top governing organism, in August 2002. He ran unsuccesfully for Vice President on his party´s ticket in 2009, and three years later was elected its top leader as Secretary General of the PRD (2012). A year later Navarro was chosen as his party´s Presidential Candidate in primary elections obtaining 94% of the votes (2013), and ran unsuccessfully for President in Panama´s May 2014 national elections, obtaining 28% of the popular vote. He is the author of Voces de mi Vida (Bogotá, Colombia 2014), a biographical narrative. Navarro is currently the founder and CEO of NSOLAR, one of Panama leading solar energy start-ups (2015).
Born in Panama City on 19 October 1961, Juan Carlos Navarro is fluent in Spanish, French and English. He received his B.A. in Geography and Government from Dartmouth College (1983) and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University (1985).
Susan Nickey is a Managing Director at Hannon Armstrong (NYSE:HASI), a leading investor in the sustainable infrastructure markets, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Ms. Nickey has over 25 years of executive leadership in the energy and finance sectors. She has focused her efforts on proving that creative solutions and innovation can make the production of clean energy more profitable, competitive, affordable and mainstream. Most recently, she founded and served as CEO of Threshold Power. Prior to working at Threshold, she served as CFO at ACCIONA Energy North America from 2007-2010 and before that as Managing Director of Investment Banking in the Project Finance Group of Mesirow Financial.
Ms. Nickey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Wind Energy Association and its Finance Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Council of Renewable Energy and its Executive Committee. She has previously served on the Governor of Nevada’s Renewable Energy Development Program Task. She was named one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for her leadership in sustainable development. Ms. Nickey holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
An American by choice, Eduardo J. Padrón arrived in the United States as a teenage refugee in 1961. Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students. He is credited with elevating MDC into a position of national prominence among the best and most recognized U.S. colleges and universities. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2016, President Barack Obama bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. In 2009, TIME magazine included him on the list of “The 10 Best College Presidents.” In 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year.” In 2011, The Washington Post named him one of the eight most influential college presidents in the U.S. Also in 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Corporation Centennial Academic Leadership Award. More recently, he received the Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service and the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. President Padrón’s energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the past chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and of the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, Achieving the Dream, Inc., and is the chairman of the Business-Higher Ed Forum. He has been appointed to key national posts by six American Presidents. He is a prolific writer and has more than 15 honorary doctorates.
Jean Raby is CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management and a member of the senior management committee of Natixis. Mr. Raby joined Natixis in 2017 and leads the firm's Asset Management, Private Banking and Private Equity businesses.
Before joining Natixis, Mr. Raby served as Chief Financial Officer of SFR (2016), an integrated media/telecom operator in France. Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Legal Officer for Alcatel‐Lucent, the global telecom equipment manufacturer (2013‐ 2016). He previously worked in Goldman Sachs' investment banking division for 16 years (1996‐ 2012), where he rose to become a Partner of the firm in 2004 and co‐CEO of the division for France,
Belgium and Luxembourg and head of the firm's Paris office in 2006 before becoming co‐CEO of Goldman Sachs in Russia in 2011. He began his career in 1989 as a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris.
Mr. Raby, a dual Canadian and French citizen, earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Université Laval in Canada, a master's degree in international relations (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Harvard Law School in the U.S. He is a member of the New York Bar. He sits on the board of SNC Lavalin, the Canadian engineering group, and on the board of Université Laval (Canada).
Gil Rémillard holds degrees in Philosophy (1965), Politics and Economics (1968) and has a doctoral degree in Law (1972). He has worked in the fields of teaching, private law and politics.
Upon returning from Europe in 1973, where he completed his Ph.D., Mr. Rémillard began teaching constitutional and administrative law at Laval University’s Faculty of Law and practiced law at the Chouinard, Rémillard, Bussière & Robinson law firm. During this time, he also acted as advisor to the Québec and Ottawa governments on reforming administrative bodies. In 1983, he became a special constitutional advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and an advisor to the United Nations Canadian delegation in New York. He has appeared before all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1981 to 1985, he chaired the Québec Constitutional Conferences, which numbered Prime Ministers Trudeau and Mulroney, as well as Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (former Secretary-General of the United Nations).
On December 2, 1985, Mr. Rémillard was elected as the member for the Québec City riding of Jean-Talon; 10 days later, he was sworn in as a Member of Premier Robert Bourassa’s Liberal government. Within that government, he held several positions, being successively Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of International Relations, Minister of Public Security, and Minister of Justice. As Québec’s Minister of Justice for nearly six years, Mr. Rémillard was responsible for the implementation of the new Civil Code of Québec, which came into effect January 1, 1994. In 1990, he presided over the creation of the Human Rights Tribunal of Québec and, in 1992, convened a major Justice Summit, which resulted in the creation of the Prix de la justice Award that, each year, recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals who have worked to ensure and promote the quality, universality and accessibility of justice.
As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Rémillard headed the negotiations which led to the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. While not officially part of the Canadian Constitution, these two agreements had a considerable impact on Canadian federalism, primarily because the Parliament of Canada recognized the “Quebec nation” and the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the principles of cooperative federalism.
In January 1994, Mr. Rémillard left the political arena. Starting on February 1, 1994 and for the next 22 years, he taught at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP), where he lectured on administrative and international law and gave a course on the principles and issues involved in public administration (February 1994 – April 2016). He also served as counsel to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP. In 1995, along with his wife Marie DuPont and his son Nicholas Rémillard, he founded the International Economic Forum of the Americas which annually presents the Conference of Montreal in June, the Toronto Global Forum in September and the World Strategic Forum in April in Miami. These forums are intended to promote understanding of the major issues involved in economic globalization.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Rémillard was an advisor to the governments of the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria concerning the reform of their Civil Codes, as part of the preparation for their entry into the European Union.
From 2008 to 2012, he acted as a negotiator for the Québec Government and Secretary General of the Québec-France Mutual Recognition Agreement that establishes equivalency of professional qualifications for many trades and professions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Rémillard is the President and publisher of the economic magazine FORCES. He is also the author of several books and articles, among them Le fédéralisme canadien, Volumes I and II, and has edited a number of collections, including Global Economy: The Foundation for the Next Era of Growth, published in 2014.
In 1992, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-Marseille University, France. In 1994, he was awarded the Mérite du Barreau by the Québec Bar for his assistance in creating the new Civil Code of Québec. In 2001, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and, in 2002, was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2004, he received the Ordre national du Québec and, that same year, was made a Knight of France’s Légion d’honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In May 2007, he was granted the honorary title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the France-Canada Institute’s Samuel de Champlain prize. That same year, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University named him Alumnus of the Yearand established a fund in his name, and that of his wife, Marie DuPont, to help children with learning disabilities. In January 2014, Mr. Rémillard was elected President of the Légion d’honneur Members’ Association, Montréal chapter. In October 2016, he was made an Officer of France's Légion d'honneur by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
A dyslexic himself, Mr. Rémillard devotes his philanthropic efforts to a variety of organizations that help children with learning disabilities. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors, among them that of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, co-chaired by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and John Ralston Saul, that helps welcome new citizens and integrate them into Canadian life.
Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), is responsible for the direction and strategy of the IEFA’s four major economic events: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.
Since the organisation’s inception over 20 years ago, Nicholas Rémillard has held a variety of management roles, ultimately serving as President and CEO from 2010. His contribution led to the rapid expansion of the organization where he launched the Toronto Global Forum and the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The latter event is now held in Miami under its new appellation: the World Strategic Forum. In addition to these North American conferences, the IEFA has announced its shift towards Europe and will be hosting its first edition of the Conference of Paris in December 2017.
Beyond his role at the IEFA, Nicholas Rémillard also serves as Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal and President of RDÉE Canada’s working group, the Economic Corridor of La Francophonie.
Nicholas Rémillard holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.
Ian Rhodes began his career in 1983 as a Mechanical Engineer developing aircraft engines for Rolls-Royce. In 1988 Ian moved to PA Technology, the Cambridge based Consultancy specialising in innovation and technology development and transitioned to the Health and Life Science industry. Ian remained in the Health and Life Sciences developing many new products and services for: drug delivery; diagnostics; surgical devices and implants for the following 25-years. During this period Ian progressed from lead engineer on multi-disciplinary development programs to Senior Partner and joint leader of the global firms Health and Life Science business, responsible for turnover of approximately £100M. In achieving this Ian stepped out of the conventional PA Consulting role on four separate occasions. This enabled Ian to lead three successful start-ups, 2 successful trade sales and one successful turnaround. At the beginning of October 2014 Ian became the CEO of McLaren Applied Technologies.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a space transportation and lunar resources company located at Cape Canaveral, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the Space Commerce Committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, serves on the board of the Space Foundation, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law.
As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan.
Bob is an evangelist of the "NewSpace" movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA, 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of "Blueprint for Space" (Smithsonian Institution 1992); "Return to the Moon" (Apogee Books 2005) and "The Farthest Shore" (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”
Jean Rosanvallon is a 1974 graduate of France’s business school Hautes Études Commerciales.
In 1975, he was recruited by Dassault Aviation to coordinate the Company’s Falcon business jet programs between its Paris headquarters and its U.S. subsidiary, then called Falcon Jet Corporation, based in Teterboro, NJ, a joint venture between Pan-American World Airways and Dassault Aviation.
From 1974 through 1984, Jean Rosanvallon came to the United States as Assistant to the President of Falcon Jet Corporation, and was later promoted to Vice President, Finance.
From 1984 through 1994, He was Vice-President of Marketing based in Paris.
Returning to the U.S. in 1994 as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jean Rosanvallon was responsible for consolidating the worldwide sales and marketing of Falcon business jets. He was named President of Dassault Falcon Jet in November 1996.
James (Jim) Swanson is chief information officer of Monsanto, where he leads a global team of over 1,000 information technology employees for the company’s operations, spanning 60 countries. In this role, Swanson is responsible for enabling Monsanto’s digital transformation to an information-based company and delivering IT capabilities across all of Monsanto’s global business. Under his leadership, the IT organization has been recognized externally for contributions to Monsanto’s business through data science and digital transformation as well as supporting the development of emerging IT talent.
Swanson is a member of Monsanto’s Corporate Strategy Leadership Team, Global Business Operations Leadership Team and Executive Team Operations Council. Prior to joining Monsanto, he held executive and scientific roles at Merck, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham in the U.S. and Europe.
Swanson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in computer science, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
William Talbert III, CDME, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) for the past sixteen years, and Chief Operating Officer for the previous nine. Major accomplishments include: assisting with the passage of the Travel Promotion Act of 2010; negotiating interlocal government funding agreements; and preparing four successful Super Bowl bids and three Pow Wow bids.
Under Mr. Talbert’s leadership, the GMCVB was awarded a prestigious accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program in November 2007. Mr. Talbert is a current member of the following bodies: the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) Board; the Advisory Board, Brand USA; the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of VISIT FLORIDA (of which he is also Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. He is also past Chair of several prestigious marketing organizations.
Mr. Talbert holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. In 2006, he earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation - the highest educational achievement in the destination marketing industry.
Raviv Turner is the CEO & Co-Founder of CaliberMind, which helps business-to-business organizations derive strategic Insights from their data by using the latest AI technologies to accelerate business growth. A former military intelligence officer, C-level technology leader and entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience, Raviv has developed and led high-performing product teams for both global 2000 organizations and start-ups, specializing in building high growth software products. Since launching CaliberMind in 2016, Raviv has been a highly sought-after industry thought leader, selected as Inc Magazine's 'Top Tech Leaders to Watch' and quoted by Forbes, Inc., and Huffington Post.
Andres interfaces with regulators and policymakers around the world as the Global Head of Policy for Citi FinTech, a new unit that spearheads Citi Global Consumer Banking's transformation into a mobile-centric "Bank of Tomorrow". He joined Citi from an international personal-finance startup and has served in a variety of digital roles, first for Citi Latin America, then for Citi's U.S. consumer businesses, and now globally.
Before Citi FinTech, Andres was Global Head of Emerging Platforms and Services for Citi's Consumer businesses. Earlier, as Citi's first global head of mobile banking, he invented Citi Mobile Snapshot, a 2014 breakout feature patented in the US, Mexico and Singapore. In 2015, Andres turned Citi into the world's first bank with an Apple Watch app.
Prior to becoming a banker, Andres was an international correspondent and senior news executive. He had tea with mass-murderer military dictators; was driven, blindfolded and at gunpoint, around the capital of Paraguay after midnight; was arrested in Tierra del Fuego on suspicion of being a British spy; and raced in a car at 120 mph along the edge of a minefield in Croatia. He finds most days in banking very manageable.