Dr. Peggy Whitson
Dr. Peggy Whitson is a former NASA astronaut and biochemist. She has participated in 10 space walks, holds eighth place on the all-time space endurance list, and spent 665 days in space, the US record. Dr. Whitson completed two six-month tours, and one nine-and-half month tour of duty on the International Space Station, in 2002, 2007–2008, and 2016–2017 respectively—and acted as station commander during the latter two missions. Whitson began her career at NASA/Johnson Space Center as a research biochemist. She developed negotiation and leadership skills as a member of the US-USSR Joint Working Group in Space Medicine and Biology, and continued developing these skills as project scientist of the Shuttle-Mir Program. In addition, her leadership experience includes positions as the Crew Test Support Team lead in Russia, Deputy Division Chief of the Medical Sciences Division at Johnson Space Center, Commander of the fifth NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission, the first nonmilitary and first female Chief of the Astronaut Office, and Chair of the Astronaut Selection Board. Dr. Whitson holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan College, and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Rice University.
Emiliano graduated with a degree in Computer Science at Sapienza University. In 1996 he began his career in Accenture, a leading company in technological consulting. He remained there until 2008, holding positions of increasing responsibility in the management of complex innovation programs for European Telecommunications companies. In 2009 he joined Vodafone Italia, initially dealing with Online Technology and remaining until 2014 as Head of Information Technology Solutions. In 2014 he took on the role of Chief Information Officer of Vodafone Romania. Since 2016 he has been Director of Information and Communications Technology at Aeroporti di Roma and has recently been appointed to CIO. He holds board positions in group companies. In 2018, Emiliano was nominated as CIO of the year in Europe.
Jean-Michel Arès is Chief Technology & Operations Officer, BMO Financial Group. He holds enterprise accountability for the diverse businesses within T&O: Technology Development & Enterprise Infrastructure, Product Operations, Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing. He is responsible for leading the 9,000 employees in T&O to drive innovation and to partner with business leaders to use technology as a strategic lever in achieving aggressive growth targets and our vision to be the bank that defines great customer experience. Previously, Mr. Arès was Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, where he was responsible for creating and executing worldwide information technology strategy and infrastructure. He joined that company in 2002 from GE Energy, where he served as Vice-President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Arès came to General Electric in 1996 when he joined the Corporate Initiatives Group. He assumed the position of Chief Information Officer of GE Energy later that year. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Arès served clients in telecommunications and banking with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Arès received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.
Joseph Pine II
B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed management advisor to both Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial startups, speaker at events such as the World Economic Forum, the original TED conference, and the Consumer Electronics Show, author of articles for the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Worldlink, CIO, Strategy & Leadership, and others, and author/co-author of four books. In 1999, he and James H. Gilmore wrote the best-seller, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage, which demonstrates how goods and services are no longer enough, so that companies must offer experiences—memorable events that engage each customer in an inherently personal way. The book was updated in 2011 with new ideas, frameworks, and examples. His other books include Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier with Mr. Kim C. Korn; Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want with Mr. Gilmore; and the award-winning Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition.
Dr. Emily Musil Church is a strategist and thought leader in harnessing technology to address global challenges for social good. She directs impact work for the global learning XPRIZE competition, bridging research, innovation, and global development, and also senior director of education and strategic engagement, responsible for building partnerships and outreach programs. In addition, Dr. Church serves on the Senior Advisory Group for Blended Finance for the Office for Economic Cooperation and Development. Prior to these positions, Dr. Church spent over a decade in academia, teaching and researching African history, human rights, and women's global issues. As a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow, she conducted in-depth research in over a dozen countries on three continents. She is a public speaker and author for publications including Scientific American, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and the Huffington Post. She holds a PhD and an MA from UCLA, and a BA from Drew University, and lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles.
Geoffrey Willis is Director of Digital Engineering Transformation at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Having studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, Mr. Willis spent several years in aerodynamic research at engineering consultancy BMT, while completing a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Exeter. In 1987, he began a career in competitive engineering, working on keel and hull design and developing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools for an entry in the America's Cup sailing challenge. In 1990, he joined the Leyton House F1 team as a consultant and was one of the first to introduce CFD tools into the aerodynamic design process. He continued in aerodynamics with the Williams F1 team in Brackley, UK, as the team racked up Constructors' championships in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996. He became Chief Aerodynamicist in 1996, and led development of the FW19 race car for another Constructors' Championship in 1997. In 2002, he moved to British American Racing (BAR) as Technical Director where he played an integral part in the BAR team's F1 rise, culminating in second place for the 2004 Constructors' Championship. In 2007, he moved to Red Bull Racing, helping the team move up to challenging for regular race wins. After a brief turn at Hispania Racing, in 2011 he joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport adding four more Constructors' titles to his record.
Ravi is a President and the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Infosys. In this role, he leads the Infosys global delivery organization across all global industry segments, driving digital transformation services, application development and maintenance; independent validation services, engineering services, emerging technology solutions, business intelligence & analytics, cloud & infrastructure, and enterprise package applications service lines. In addition, Ravi is championing and leading the U.S talent model for Infosys to drive the creation of new Innovation and Technology Hubs by collaborating with clients, local state governments, and academic ecosystems. He oversees Infosys Business Process Management (BPM) and is the Chairman of the Board of Infosys BPM Ltd. He also oversees Infosys operations for Infosys Public Services, Latin America, Japan, and China. He is the Chairman of the Board of Infosys China and is also on the Board of Infosys Public Services, Infosys Consulting and McCamish Systems (an Infosys BPM company). Ravi's responsibilities include managing the alliances organization and the partner ecosystems at Infosys. He is a trustee of the Infosys Foundation, USA.
Murray Rode was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2014, and brings almost 30 years of experience to his role. Prior to becoming CEO, Murray held the role of Chief Operating Officer at TIBCO, encompassing responsibilities for a range of functions, including Finance, Marketing and Corporate Development, as well as a variety of operating groups and business units. Murray has been with TIBCO (and its predecessor company) since 1995, and has held a number of different roles, including CFO and EVP Strategic Operations. Murray holds a BA from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Matt Quinn manages TIBCO's day-to-day operations and is instrumental in the growth and development of TIBCO's products and technologies, including the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud. Formerly serving in executive roles including Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Products and Technology, Matt has spent more than 20 years with TIBCO leading large-scale transformations to organizational structure and product strategy. He received his BA in Computer Science and Masters of Applied Science Information Technology from RMIT University Melbourne.
As the global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at TIBCO, Nelson Petracek is helping to shape the development of TIBCO's emerging technology platforms and products. With over 20 years of experience, Nelson works to deliver solutions for the next stage of digital business, drawing upon his deep knowledge of cloud, blockchain, low-code applications, microservices, and event processing. A strong technology evangelist, he works with customers to identify and define the appropriate use of various technologies and architectures, and advises on best practices and information delivery patterns. Nelson received his Bachelor of Commerce in Computational Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Thomas Been is responsible for worldwide marketing at TIBCO. Under his leadership, the marketing team creatively drives a digital marketing revolution using TIBCO-powered tools and best-of-breed marketing technologies for corporate communications, global customer programs, campaigns, and corporate events to help TIBCO customers navigate their own digital transformation. In 15 years at TIBCO, Thomas has held strategic roles, both technical and sales-oriented, creating some of TIBCO's key customer relationships. Thomas holds a Master's Degree in Physics from the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis in France.
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