BlocPower's Chief Engineer, Tooraj Arvajeh, has 10+ years of international experience in designing and implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building design projects. While working for engineering firms, Tooraj was responsible for technical design and financial evaluation of numerous clean technology projects in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. His experience included delivering Australia’s Sustainability Advantage program, recognized by the World Economic Forum. Tooraj holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Global MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University.
13-year-old Tanmay Bakshi began programming at the age of 5 and has created apps such as the youth focused “I Can, We Can!”, tID Vault, and tGuess. His YouTube series “Tanmay Teaches: Watson” launched him as the youngest IBM Watson developer and his algorithm, AskTanmay, is the world’s first web based NLQA (Natural Language Question Answering) System to be powered by IBM Watson.
Tanmay delivers keynote addresses across the globe and has conducted IBM Watson & Swift workshops for IBM’s Markham, Ontario Software Lab, the Halcyon London International School and Apple’s UK Headquarters. Additionally, he is a strong supporter of “Everyone Can Code” and “STEM Education” aspiring to inspire at least 100,000 children and beginners to learn to code.
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. A pioneer of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a Fortune 500 company, the fastest-growing top ten software company in the world and the largest CRM company.
Wayne Brady is an Emmy winning television personality who personifies the quadruple threat entertainer. A trained actor, singer, dancer and comedian and currently the host of CBS daytime game show Let’s Make a Deal, he is best known for his show stealing role on the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Called an “improvisational guru” by People magazine, Wayne Brady is not only a familiar face in homes across America, but a uniting and positive influence in many lives. One of the most versatile performers in show business today, Brady has become a synonym for improvisational acting, singing and dancing. He is Grammy Award-nominated artist, Broadway actor, dancer and has appeared in many TV shows, movies and commercials. His credits include Broadway’s Chicago, along with such television shows as How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock and Real Husbands of Hollywood.
In 2014, Brady opened up about his secret battle with depression. “It took me a while to get my stuff together to go, ‘You know what? If you’re not happy, you have to do something about it,’” he says frankly. “Just to admit that you are feeling this way is a huge step. To claim that, to say, ‘Why do I feel dark? Why do I feel unhappy? Let me do something about this.’”
Matt Brooke-Smith is a four-time entrepreneur, having founded and run successful companies in mobility, video, and enterprise software from London, UK. Harmony, his latest venture, enables companies to build enterprise-grade mobile apps without writing code. Harmony is being used across financial services, healthcare, media, and energy industries to fuel digital transformation and mobilize business.
President & CEO
William C. Cobb was named President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. He has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since August 2010.
Since Cobb took over as CEO, he has brought a renewed focus to the company anchored in a set of values summed up as “we do the right thing.” For H&R Block that means: we believe in our people, we take care of our clients and we deliver for our shareholders. For the largest branded tax preparation company in the United States with international business in Canada, Australia and India, Cobb has clarified its purpose: to look at its clients’ lives through the lens of taxes and find ways to help.
Cobb, who brought to his role experience in the retail, digital and consumer-brand space, has driven success throughout the company by focusing the organization on its core expertise – tax preparation. His Tax Plus strategy combines tax preparation services with products adjacent to the tax event, such as the H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®, an award winning general purpose reloadable debit card, and Tax Identity Shield®, a product designed to protect consumers from tax identity theft. In addition, under Cobb’s leadership, the company has returned a substantial amount of capital to shareholders, having repurchased approximately 30% of shares outstanding and increased the quarterly dividend by over 45% since Fiscal Year 2012.
Vice President Blockchain Technologies
Jerry Cuomo is an IBM Fellow and newly appointed Vice President of Blockchain Technologies. In his new role, Jerry is leading the creation of an emerging business unit to define IBM’s Blockchain strategy, offerings and customer engagement approach. In 2016 IBM Blockchain is open for business, with the creation and open source contributions to the new Linux Hyperledger Project, the introduction of IBM Blockchain Cloud Services, and the new Blockchain Garages to be opened in NYC, London, Japan and Singapore.
Jerry is known as one of the fathers of the IBM WebSphere software brand, where he served as Chief Technology Officer for 15 years. During this time Jerry’s lead efforts to establish key middleware initiatives including; IBM’s API Management, Mobile and Cloud Services offerings in Bluemix. Jerry also led acquisitions to accelerate delivery in emerging middleware areas in-cluding StrongLoop, Worklight and DataPower.
Jerry continues to be a visible spokesperson for IBM in the emerging technology areas includ-ing Blockchain, API Economy, Digital Transformation, Cloud Services and the lean start-up ap-proach to continually address new business opportunities.
Donna Dillenberger is an IBM Fellow at IBM's Watson Research Center. She has created hardware accelerators, and analytic prediction models for financial, insurance, retail and healthcare industries. In 2005, she became IBM's Chief Technology Officer of IT Optimization. In 2006, she became an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Engineering. She is a Master Inventor and is currently working on cognitive analytics and blockchain.
Harriet GreenHarriet Green OBE is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing & implementing strategies for profitable growth & increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel & consumer sectors. Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010. Harriet is currently General Manager of Commerce, Watson Internet of Things & Education at IBM driving growth in IBM’s high priority & key growth initiatives. Across these business units, Harriet is helping usher in a new era of cognitive business, helping “clients unlock value in new insights” from the massive amount of data they generate each day.
Kevin EaganKevin Eagan is responsible for end-to-end customer experience on IBM’s digital presence and channels. Kevin oversees teams focused on strategy, design, engineering and business operations of IBM’s digital experience, including the worldwide Marketplace and IBM.com platform. He leads the creation of new ways to do business with IBM that make buying and using IBM expertise and solutions easier for clients and partners. Kevin joined IBM in November 2014 from Microsoft where he was VP and GM of Online Commerce. During his 25-year career at Microsoft he has held numerous leadership positions spanning Marketing, Sales and Engineering. Kevin holds an AB honors in Economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Sabine Hauert is President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.
As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.
Sabine is also Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales ( <1 cm). Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.
Daniel P. Henry is American’s Vice President of Customer Technology, with responsibility for all customer facing technology. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for the company’s infrastructure, desktop, network, mobility, security, business continuity and disaster recovery, data and service-oriented architecture teams. Henry also has oversight of American’s Jetstream initiative, a multi-year, company-wide initiative to replace the current Passenger Services System. Prior to this role, Henry was Managing Director of American’s Passenter Reservation System, and prior to that he was Managing Director of aa.com. He began his career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he worked for nine years. At EDS, Henry managed the software development group which built the Texas Medicaid system, and helped win new business valued at several hundred million dollars. Following EDS he joined marchFIRST, where he managed website delivery components for Dell Inc. and American Airlines. Henry signed on with American in 2001. Henry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. He resides in Frisco, Texas, with his wife and their three daughters.
Rob High is an IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson. He has overall responsibility to drive Watson technical strategy and thought leadership. As a key member of the Watson Leadership team, Rob works collaboratively with the Watson engineering, research, and development teams across IBM. Prior to joining the Watson team, Rob was Chief Architect for the SOA Foundation and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Rob championed an open industry architectural definition of the principles of business and IT alignment enabled by SOA and Business Process Optimization. Rob has 37 years of programming experience.
Leanne Kemp is the founder & CEO of Everledger, a digital global ledger that tracks and protects items of value.
With a wealth of successful startup companies under her belt, Leanne is pushing boundaries in protecting the global market of diamonds and luxury items.
Utilizing her extensive background in emerging technologies, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne and Everledger are working towards creating global transparency and an ethical trade platform by constructing a digital and encrypted global certification system that assists in the reduction of fraud, black markets, and trafficking.
Everledger is leading the market in real-world application of blockchain, boasting an impressive set of peer recognition and awards including the Meffy Award 2015 for Innovation in FinTech, BBVA Open Talent 2015, Fintech Finals Best in Show Award 2016 Hong Kong, and nominee for The FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards 2016.
Ms. Kemp is a popular speaker at industry conferences and has been featured in numerous videos and press articles. She is also very active on social media via Twitter @leanne_kemp
David Kenny is Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.
David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI.
Senior Vice President, Hybrid Cloud, and Director
Arvind Krishna is senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud, and director of IBM Research. In this role, he leads the company’s hybrid cloud business, including strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales and service. He also helps guide IBM’s strategy in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions and blockchain. Previous roles include general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group development and manufacturing, general manager of IBM Information Management and vice president of strategy for IBM Software. Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stanislav K. Kuznetsov was born on July 25, 1962, in Leipzig (GDR). In 1984, he graduated from the Military Institute with a Military and Political Specialization including the study of foreign languages (German and Czech), and in 2002 he graduated from the Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a specialty in Law. PhD in Law. In 1979-2002, he served in the Russian Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies. In 2002-2004, he was the head of the Administrative Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. In 2004-2007, he was appointed head of the Administrative Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. From April 2007 to December 2008, he was Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. In January 2008, he became the Senior Vice-President and member of the Executive Board of Sberbank. Since October 2010, he has been a Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank. Supervises the work of the Administrative Unit, the Administrative Support Center, and the Moscow Regional Directorate of the Cashflow Management Center. Coordinates the work of the Bank's security subdivisions. Awarded the Order of Merit for Service to the Fatherland, 4th Class, the Order of Honor, the Order of Friendship, and the Order of Alexander Nevsky. Honored with the acknowledgement of the President of the Russian Federation. Awarded the Certificate of Honor of the President of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Russian Federation.
Mike McAvoy is President and CEO of Onion, Inc. and Executive VP of Sales for Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). As such, McAvoy is responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations of The Onion; its sister publication, The A.V. Club; and internet parody site, ClickHole.
In 2012, McAvoy spearheaded the creation of The Onion’s in-house creative services department, Onion Labs. In 2015, McAvoy initiated the launch of Onion Studios, a dynamic digital video network and in July 2015 he was promoted to CEO. His leadership was instrumental in leading to UCI’s investment in Onion, Inc. in 2016. In December 2016, McAvoy became EVP of Sales for Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of UCI, which includes cable networks FUSION TV and El Rey Network, as well as a collection of leading digital properties: Gizmodo, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Fusion, The Root, The Onion, The A.V. Club, and ClickHole.
Ross A. Mauri is the General Manager for z Systems. In this capacity, he is responsible for all facets of IBM’s z Systems and LinuxONE businesses worldwide including strategy, architecture, operations, technology development, operating systems, tooling, middleware and overall financial performance. Mr. Mauri also is a member of IBM’s Performance Team, and Growth & Transformation Team. Mr. Mauri earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer mathematics from Marist College and serves as Vice Chairman of the Marist College Board of Trustees.
Chris Moody is Vice President and General Manager of Data and Enterprise Solutions at Twitter. In this role, he focuses on making the world healthier, safer and more productive by enabling thousands of developers and companies to build innovative solutions on top of Twitter’s platform. Chris was previously CEO of Gnip, the world’s largest provider of social data, acquired by Twitter in 2014.
Robert S. Mueller III
Robert S. Mueller III became the sixth Director of the FBI on September 4, 2001, one week prior to the attacks of September 11. Following legislation to extend his statutorily limited 10-year term, he stepped down on September 4, 2013. Mr. Mueller is widely credited not only for leading the FBI during an extremely challenging time, but also with transforming the Bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to a threat-based, intelligence-led national security organization. Broadly recognized for his expertise in privacy and cybersecurity matters, Mr. Mueller is a partner at WilmerHale, where his practice focuses on investigations, crisis management, privacy, and cybersecurity work.
Francisco Javier Paz Rodriguez is the CEO and founder of TheCorpora SL. He is an expert in data recovery and forensic analysis, with speaking demands by courts in Spain, Italy, and UK. He is also the holder of several important patents, two of which concern social robotics.
Slava Rubin is the Chief Business Officer, co-founder, and former CEO of Indiegogo, a company dedicated to empowering people from all over the world to make their ideas a reality. Slava is responsible for continuing to establish Indiegogo as the go-to funding platform by building innovative products, creating exciting partnerships, and exploring a variety of new initiatives. Prior to Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant and is the founder of Music Against Myeloma. Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has played a crucial role in working with the White House and the SEC to finalize the rules and regulations for equity crowdfunding.
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy. Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts. Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that leverages the power of innovation, data and expertise to improve business and society.
Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.
In her groundbreaking book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, Saujani advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and boldly charting your own course—personally and professionally.
Saujani surged onto the political scene as the first Indian-American woman in the country to run for U.S. Congress. Following the highly publicized race, she stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming deputy public advocate of New York City.
Peter enjoyed a distinguished career on Wall Street, which spanned 18 years. Before leaving to focus full-time on Delos, he served as Partner for Goldman Sachs. Peter graduated from New York University, and is currently COO of Delos. Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. The Delos platform includes technology, consulting, research, design and innovative solutions for the built environment –creating spaces that nurture and promote human health and well-being.
Raejeanne B. Skillern is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel Corporation. She manages Intel’s business, roadmap and customer engagements for public cloud infrastructure deployments and leads the team responsible for working closely with the world’s largest cloud service providers to optimize Intel’s data center solutions for their unique needs.
As an actor, producer, and musician, two-time Academy Award nominee and GRAMMY Award Winner Will Smith has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television, and multi-platinum records.
Smith’s vast filmography includes transformative portrayals of true-life icons in Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Concussion. He has headlined an extraordinary list of films including Hitch, I am Legend, I, Robot, Independence Day, and Men in Black I, II, & III, and he recently appeared in the summer blockbuster Suicide Squad. His most recent film is Collateral Beauty, which was released on December 16, 2016.
Dr. Willard (Bill) Simmons is the brain behind DataXu’s core technology, which he developed while earning his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Bill came to DataXu with true rocket science credentials: he developed and tested real-time flight software for guidance, navigation, and control of the Atlas family of space launch vehicles. He is an expert in optimal system design and in developing reliable real-time software–skills he put to use when he co-founded DataXu.
IBM Watson Platform
Randall was named to his current position in 2007. Since then, AT&T has invested to become a global leader in the rapidly converging telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) space, providing integrated solutions that range from premium video entertainment, high-speed Internet and mobility to IP network services, security and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Jerry Thompson is the SVP of Marketing, Business Development, and Strategy for Identity Guard, responsible for revenue and sales operations, business solutions, marketing, and strategy. Previously, as co-founder of White Sky Inc. (acquired by Identity Guard), he was responsible for field operations and channel partnerships pioneering SSO technology for consumers to safely log onto websites and transact in any shopping cart with a single click. The company had 11M+ software downloads in 5 years.
Jerry was previously the president and CEO of the Vardi Group, a worldwide consumer products company where he managed the complete restructuring of the company's business, turned it from a significant loss to a profit. Jerry has extensive global experience in technology and consumer product companies.
Marc van Zadelhoff
Marc van Zadelhoff is the General Manager, IBM Security, a business he helped build to become the world’s largest enterprise security company. Marc leads the IBM Security team in the development, sales and delivery of software and services that protect enterprises with intelligent, integrated solutions and expertise. He has more than 20 years of experience in the security industry.
Josh Ziegler is CEO of ZUMATA, currently the only hotel distribution company partnered with IBM Watson and the only Asia-based third party company to release their Natural Language API within the Bluemix Marketplace. ZUMATA caters primarily to large clients and partners like Expedia, Amadeus, and DHISCO, which leverage the technology ZUMATA provides.
Josh brings over 17 years of diverse experience in the travel industry ranging from deep technical projects with ZUMATA through to working for major hotel properties like Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. A serial entrepreneur, prior to founding ZUMATA, Josh put himself through graduate school by starting an ecommerce business and founded two travel related companies: Good Times – a discount and reward program catering to inbound travelers, as well as Handshake – a destination guide for convention attendees.
GRAMMY-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking virtual choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, Eric was recently appointed Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale having completed a five-year term as Composer in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, UK.
Amy Wilkinson advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success. She is an entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Amy’s career spans leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and JP Morgan and as founder of a foreign-based export company. She has served as a White House Fellow and trade advisor in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and as a senior fellow at Harvard University.
Ms. Wilkinson frequently addresses corporate audiences on entrepreneurial leadership and business strategy. Recent events include the World Economic Forum at Davos, Consumer Electronics Show, NASSCOM (India’s Leadership Forum), Milken Institute, Microsoft, IBM, TD Ameritrade, and MRM McCann. Amy is an expert for The Wall Street Journal and has been featured by CNBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg TV & Radio, NPR, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. TIME, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She holds a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Randy Wootton, CEO of Rocket Fuel, is a SaaS and advertising industry leader who has scaled global businesses for some of the world’s leading technology companies. Previously, as CFO of Rocket Fuel, he expanded the company’s sales pipeline and direct sales approach. Previously, he served as VP of customer success for products at Salesforce.com where he grew the Customer Success Product Portfolio P&L from under $200 million to almost $500 million in three years. Randy also spent seven years at Microsoft where he led cross-functional operations for the Global Search Services and Online Marketplace and operationalized their “Search Alliance” agreement with Yahoo! He supported $1.8 billion in 39 countries for enterprise display and search clients as general manager of Microsoft’s Premium Services Operations.