Head, United Nations Futures Lab
Chris works at the intersection of foresight, innovation, and culture change at the UN. He’s had the privilege of serving the organisation in Sudan, Iraq, Kenya, at HQ in NYC and multiple other operations - from crisis to development. When he’s not working you’ll find him somewhere near a mountain and/or cheese. Terrified of flying and public speaking.
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech
Alex Abramson, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at Georgia Tech. He received his PhD from MIT and completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University. Dr. Abramson’s lab designs wearable, ingestible, and implantable technologies that hold profound implications in treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart failure. These biomedical devices have been featured in news outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, and Wired. Dr. Abramson has received several recognitions for scientific innovation, including being named a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Science List and the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 List. Dr. Abramson is passionate about translating scientific endeavors from bench to bedside. Large pharmaceutical companies have exclusively licensed a portfolio of his patents to bring into clinical trials, and Dr. Abramson serves as a scientific advisor overseeing their commercialization. In addition to his scientific endeavors, Dr. Abramson plays an active role in his community by leading Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts at his university and volunteering as a STEM tutor to local students.
Anna Belova, CEO&Founder DEVAR, an augmented reality platform for brands, businesses, and creators, often referred to as the "Canva" for Augmented Reality Tech entrepreneur, Forbes U30 Creator one of the most successful mass-market AR products on the consumer market, with over 13 million Devar-branded AR books sold worldwide. She has also collaborated with renowned brands like Hasbro and Nickelodeon and her branded products are available in 74 countries and 27 languages. Two years ago, DEVAR introduced a no-code platform for AR creation (MyWebAR), which has quickly become one of the two most popular web-based AR platforms. DEVAR is one of the few companies that has a completely proprietary computer vision and generative AI technology stack for augmented reality. One of the DEVAR’s recent unique developments is text-to-3D — generative creation of ready-made 3D models by text. Today, among the platform's users are such companies and brands as Google, McDonalds, Nasdaq, PWC, Deloitte, WIX, and others.
Senior Engineering Manager at Adobe
I am Archana Chaudhary, Senior Engineering Manager at Adobe. I currently manage a software development team in Adobe Experience Cloud, where we build Mobile SDKs. These SDKs enable companies to know their users better and provide personalized experiences for engaging mobile engagement. Previously, I managed multiple development teams working in Adobe EchoSign, worked in startups, worked in Electronic Design Automation and did lots of volunteering. Outside of the workplace, I am a mentor to many women in tech, I work with women from 20 years old to 60+ year old. For last 5 years I run a summer mobile app development program as part of my SEEDS program, this program has empowered 150+ college girls to learn how to create socially useful mobile apps.
Vice President, Business Development at Twelve
Ashwin Jadhav is the Vice President of Business Development of Twelve, a chemical company for the climate era that makes everyday products from air instead of oil. At Twelve, Ashwin oversees the customer acquisition, sales and commercial strategy of Twelve's sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) products. In 2023, he was named in the Top 20 Under 40 in Canada's Aviation Industry by Wings Magazine. Ashwin brings over 15 years of aviation industry experience in business development, sales, and marketing, including his leadership of a commercial deal-making ecosystem worth $500M+ per year in new engine sales for aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. He also led commercial strategy and forecasting for the Q400, CRJ Series, and C Series (now Airbus A220) aircraft at Bombardier and held leadership roles at the International Air Transport Association. In addition to his current position at Twelve, he serves on the boards of Muskoka Airport (YQA), the Forum of European Aerospace Market Analysts (FEAMA), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Ashwin has a degree in Executive Leadership from the West Point Military Academy, and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He speaks English, French, Russian and Hindi.
Head of AI, R&D Information Research, Research Fellow at AbbVie
Brian leads the RAIDERS team within AbbVie's Research & Development’s Information Research division, focused on accelerating, scaling, and amplifying the work of AbbVie’s R&D community using Artificial Intelligence technologies like machine learning, deep learning, graph computation, and cognitive computing. Brian came to AbbVie after spending five years in technology consulting across many industries, and over a decade of additional experience before that working in trading and financial markets technology. While his primary focus is AI technologies, he was also a co-founder of the QuPharm quantum computing community and the Pistoia/QED-C Quantum Community of Interest. He is a frequent presenter at conferences on topics as diverse as optical networking, quantum computing, blockchain, cognitive architecture, and other emerging technologies that are all part of digital transformation. Brian holds a B.S. degree in Computer and Cognitive Science from Alma College and a M.S in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
Co-Founder and CTO at Fluid Reality Inc
Craig is co-founder and CTO of Fluid Reality, a spinout commercializing his post doctoral work in miniaturized soft hydraulic actuation at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in the Future Interfaces Group. He's the inventor of Flat Panel Haptics and specializes in interactive embedded systems and haptic actuation. His work has won 6 best paper awards and nominations at premiere ACM and IEEE venues and has been featured in venues such as NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, TechCrunch, and Engadget. Before CMU and Fluid Reality, Craig was the VP of Research and Development at Tanvas, where he developed novel electroadhesive touchscreens based on his PhD work in surface haptics at Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems. Craig currently holds an adjunct professor position at UIUC ECE.
Director of Product Engineering at Climavision
Professor of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Science at the University of Washington
Emily M. Bender is a Professor of Linguistics and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer Science and the Information School at the University of Washington, where she has been on the faculty since 2003. Her research interests include multilingual grammar engineering, computational semantics, and the societal impacts of language technology. She is the co-author of recent influential papers such as Climbing towards NLU: On Meaning, Form, and Understanding in the Age of Data (ACL 2020), On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big? 🦜(FAccT 2021), and AI and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Benchmark (NeurIPS 2021). In 2022 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/ebender/
Found and CEO at StatQuest Co. and Lead AI Educator at Lightning AI
Josh Starmer is the person behind the popular YouTube channel, “StatQuest with Josh Starmer.” Since 2016, Josh has used an innovative and unique visual style to clearly explain Statistics, Data Science and Machine Learning concepts and algorithms to curious people all over the world.
Vice-President, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access at Rewriting the Code
Dr. Kristin Austin (she/her) serves as Vice-President of I.D.E.As. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access) for Rewriting the Code (RTC), where she committed to disrupting gender and racial inequity in tech by centering the strengths and experiences of college women in tech. In addition to directing RTC’s inclusion strategy, Dr. Austin also equips RTC’s 50+ company partners to welcome and retain the next generation of diverse tech talent.
Director of PCAS at the University of Michigan
Mark Guzdial is the Director of the Program in Computing for the Arts and Sciences (PCAS) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. He is also a Computer Science & Engineering Professor who wrote the 2015 book “Learner-Centered Design of Computing Education: Research on Computing for Everyone.” He is an ACM Distinguished Educator and a Fellow of the ACM.
Tech Director, Amazon Music - Monetization and Identity
Meghana Joglekar is a tech director at Amazon Music and runs their monetization and identity orgs. After graduating at the top of her class in 1997 at University of Mumbai, Electrical Engineering program, she started her tech career with Tata Infotech. Over the years, she has built her leadership experience at Cisco and Amazon. Now a veteran at Amazon after 11years, she takes pride in encouraging and promoting diversity and inclusion at work place.
Machine Learning Engineer II, Amazon
Ruchi is a Machine Learning Engineer II at Amazon. She graduated with a B.S. in Computational Biology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Data Science. With over 5 years of industry experience, she enjoys building, deploying, scaling machine learning solutions for real world customer impact!
Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider is a Teaching Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). With a passion for data, he often teaches thousands of students each year in his courses on Data Structures, Data Visualization, and Data Science. He was selected as one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education scholars, awarded the Collins Award for Innovation Teaching, and has been consistently ranked as an excellent instructor by his students for the past ten years. His work on data visualizations has been used by governors of multiple states, featured by websites including Popular Mechanics and The Verge, and has been viewed by millions of readers.