"Innovating Digital Economy"

Vint Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company.

Widely known as a "Father of the Internet," Vint is the co-designer with Robert Kahn of TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, President Clinton recognized their work with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. In 2005, Vint and Bob received the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the fact that their work on the software code used to transmit data across the Internet has put them "at the forefront of a digital revolution that has transformed global commerce, communication, and entertainment." From 1994-2005, Vint served as Senior Vice President at MCI. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and from 1982-86 he served as Vice President of MCI. During his tenure with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1976-1982, Vint played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.

Since 2000, Vint has served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and he has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995 and was on the ISOC board until 2000. Vint is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering. Vint has received numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computer Machinery, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, among many others.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and more than a dozen honorary degrees.


Peter Levine

Venture partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Peter Levine is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, he was the CEO of XenSource, the leading provider of open source virtualization solutions. XenSource was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2007 and following the acquisition, he became the SVP and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix.

Prior to XenSource, Peter was a managing director at Mayfield, where he had the opportunity to develop my skills and insights as a professional investor. Before Mayfield, Peter spent over a decade at Veritas Software, where I started as an engineer when the company was just a handful of people. Eleven years later, the company was doing $1.5B in revenue and had nearly 6,000 people. At that time, he was one of three executive vice presidents, responsible for OEM Sales, Marketing, M&A, the Veritas venture fund and several platform development groups.

Peter has a real interest in blending the strategic and operational aspects of building an organization and view myself as a coach to the entrepreneurs I serve. His return to venture capital reflects this interest.

Beyond venture, Peter spends part of his time teaching at the Stanford GSB. When not teaching or spending time with entrepreneurs, you might find him with my kids or out climbing, hiking or cycling. He is an avid ice climber and mountaineer, and has a goal to hike or climb to the highest point in every state in the US. He has been on numerous mountaineering expeditions around the world and often compare these trips to building a company.


David Tennenhouse

New Venture Partner

Dr. David Tennenhouse,Partner, joined New Venture Partners and opened its Silicon Valley office in 2007. He is focused on developing relationships with corporate R&D teams and strategic business units. David joined New Venture Partners from Amazon.com where he was Vice President of Platform Strategy and CEO of its A9.com subsidiary. Prior to Amazon/A9, David was Vice President and Director of Research at Intel Corporation where he pioneered an "open collaborative" approach to corporate research. This was, in part, based on his earlier work as DARPA's Chief Scientist and Director of its Information Technology Office. At both DARPA and Intel, he was involved in the strategic planning and execution of programs related to a wide range of technologies,including networking, wireless communications, computer architecture, distributed computing, machine learning, search / data mining, imageprocessing, robotics, MEMs, healthcare, and nano/bio-technology.

He is currently a Director of Alverix, Inc., a member of the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council anda Trustee of the International Computer Sciences Institute (ICSI). David is the sole venture capital participant in reviews of Boeing's Enterprise Strategic Growth program and is on the advisory boards of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and the U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has held academic appointments at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and in the Sloan School of Management.


Jamie Erbes

Head of Services Research, HP Labs

Jamie Erbes has more than 20 years of leadership, innovation and influence in networks, data centers and workflow automation. As director of Services Research in HP Labs, she is responsible for research and development of operating models, process automation and service analysis algorithms to help HP and its customers make the most of a future where we see “Everything as a Service.”

Previously, Erbes was chief technology officer for the Software and Solutions business at HP, supporting the company-wide software strategy for IT management software, business technology optimization, as well as communications and media solutions.

Erbes is a noted industry expert on automation software, cloud computing, business optimization and IT outsourcing. Her insight has appeared in publications such as Forbes, ZDNet, eWeek and The Australian.

Prior to joining EDS, she held numerous leadership roles at LoudCloud Inc., where she led the first releases of Opsware and other web-hosting automation solutions.


Theresa Anna Maldonado

Ph.D., P.E., Division Director, Engineering Education & Centers Directorate for Engineering National Science Foundation

Dr. Theresa Maldonado is the Division Director of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The EEC Division integrates basic research from multiple disciplines into strategic frameworks critical to addressing societal grand challenges and to promoting innovation. The research portfolio supported by EEC spans both the physical and the life sciences and engineering, from nanostructured materials to new device concepts, subsystems, and systems. Applications range across a wide spectrum, including energy, medicine, telecommunications, nanoelectronics, manufacturing, civil infrastructure, the environment, computer networks, cyber security, and others. Also included are formal scholarly studies in engineering education and on how people learn.

Dr. Maldonado earned the Ph.D., M.S.E.E., and B.E.E. with Highest Honors degrees in Electrical Engineering, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award in 1991 in support of her work in electro-optics and nonlinear optics as well as the Halliburton Award for Teaching Excellence (1992) and the Halliburton Award for Outstanding Young Faculty (1993), both from the College of Engineering at UTA. She was an invited participant in numerous activities such as the Frontiers of Engineering, two German-American Frontiers of Engineering events, plus other advisory committees of the National Academy of Engineering; the National Petroleum Council Supply and Infrastructure Task Force; immediate past chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (2006-10), which reports to Congress through the NSF Director; and past member of the NSF Math and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee (2006-10). She was inducted into the Inaugural Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech in 1995. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, AAAS, ASEE, and Sigma Xi.


Sumit Dhawan

Group Vice President & General Manager, Citrix Systems, Inc.

Sumit Dhawan is group vice president and general manager of the Receiver and Gateways Business Unit for Citrix. He is responsible for products and solutions that enable enterprises to build their personal cloud services for their users. These solutions include Citrix Receiver, industry’s leading enterprise app store for delivering apps, desktops and data to any device, anywhere. He drives product and go-to-market strategy for Citrix Access Gateway and an emerging product line, Citrix CloudGateway – both enabling enterprise to deliver a unified storefront andsecure access to all their IT services from anywhere using any device.

Prior to his current role, Dhawan has been one of the key leaders in driving product, marketing and Go-To-Market strategy for XenDesktop product and has positioned Citrix as a leader in the desktop virtualization market. Dhawan also led product strategy and roadmap for the company’s flagship product line, Citrix XenApp, and led the growth of this product line to generate $1 billion in revenue in 2007. Since joining Citrix in 1998, he has held leadership andstrategy positions for a variety of product lines and markets.

Dhawan has over 18 years of experience within enterprise software industry. Dhawan holds degrees in both business and science, with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Dhawan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology.


Lenny T. Mendonca

Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Lenny Mendonca is a director (senior partner) in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Lenny is currently the leader of McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm's communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and has served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors).

His client work focuses on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Councilon Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of Fuse Corps.

Lenny received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.


Klaus Oestermann

Group Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Networking Group, Citrix System

Klaus Oestermann is responsible for the Cloud Networking Group’s development efforts, revenue attainment, product marketing, product management and overall strategic direction. Klaus has held a variety of executive positions within the company in the US,including consecutive VP and GM roles for the NetScaler Product Group, as well as Application Networking Group and Cloud & Networking Group. Prior to that, he was Area Vice President for the Western Region, United States,and senior director of worldwide channel strategies & development, and senior director for enterprise & ISV partners. In Europe,he was Citrix sales director for the Nordic Region of Europe. Prior to 1999 when Klaus joined Citrix, he was CEO at CMA Systems (Denmark), and worked at IBM Corporation.


David Yen

Executive Vice President; Juniper Networks 

David Yen, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Fabric and Switching Technologies Business Group, for Juniper Networks.

Dr. Yen came to Juniper from Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he served in a broad range of executive assignments during his nearly 20-year tenure. In the '90s, his team developed Sun's first- and second-generation multi-CPU SMP servers, which transformed Sun from a workstation company to a leading enterprise server company.

Prior to joining Sun Microsystems in 1988, Dr. Yen was a cofounder of Cydrome, Inc., a mini-supercomputer start-up. He also served in engineering roles at IBM Research and TRW, Inc. Dr. Yen earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1973, and received an MS and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980. He also completed a General Management Program at Stanford Business School in 1993.


Raj Dhingra

CEO N-Computing

Raj Dhingra is a twenty-year veteran of the technology industry with an extensive track record of building strong,sustainable and profitable industry leadership positions in new and emerging categories. Raj brings entrepreneurial drive and success, and a rich depth of corporate experience across general management, business development, product development, sales and marketing functions. Prior to joining NComputing in April 2011, Raj was VP and GM at Citrix where he led the company’s desktop virtualization business from zero to half a billion dollars growth in sales over a 3 year period. Besides his leadership role in global virtualization companies such as Citrix, Dhingra has held executive leadership positions in public companies such as McAfee, 3Com, SonicWALL and startups such as IntruVertNetworks (acquired by McAfee) and PortAuthority Technologies (acquired by Websense).


Dr. Yan Chow

Director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology’s Innovation & Advanced Technology

Dr. Yan Chow is the Director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology’s Innovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT). IAT identifies, assesses, and makes internal recommendations on new and emerging clinical information technologies that will impact health care in the next 2 to 5 years. IAT is affiliated with KP’s Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation, an advanced 37,000-sf laboratory for care delivery simulation.

Dr. Chow has had a successful clinical practice at KP for 26 years. For 10 of those years, he was also involved in regional IT management. Dr. Chow has founded and advised a number of start ups in the Internet, health care technology, storage, and database spaces. In 2004 he was awarded 3 U.S. patents for co-inventing a network storage architecture 2 orders of magnitude faster than competitive designs. He also developed commercial database software that accelerated very large database (VLB) processing 240-fold. He has been an author and invited speaker at industry conferences.

Dr. Chow earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego. In 2005 he received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he graduated as valedictorian.


Paul Kedrosky

Senior Fellow at Kauffman Foundation

Paul Kedrosky advises the Kauffman Foundation as a senior fellow. In this capacity, he uses his experience as a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and academic to explore new programming opportunities for Kauffman in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and capital markets. Most recently, Kedrosky has been the executive director of the William J. von Liebig Center in San Diego, California. Using an innovative seed capital program, the Center catalyzes the commercialization of technologies from the internationally ranked University of California, San Diego. Kedrosky is a venture capitalist, media personality, and entrepreneur. He is a sought-after speaker; a contributing editor with Bloomberg; the editor of one of the best known business blogs on the Internet; and he is frequently quoted in major publications around the world. He has published more than 300 articles in academic and non-academic publications.

Kedrosky obtained his undergraduate degree in engineering from Carleton University, his MBA from Queen's University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.


Rob Atkinson

President of Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics. With has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. He is the author of The Race for Global Innovation Advantage and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale,forthcoming) and The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005). Before coming to ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project.

Ars Technica listed Atkinson as one of 2009’s Tech Policy People to Watch. He has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.


Subu Goparaju

Senior Vice President and Head, Infosys Labs, Infosys

Subu Goparaju is Senior Vice President and Head - Infosys Labs, the Technology Research and Innovation arm of Infosys. Subu also heads Infosys's new Product R&D unit and the company's Intellectual Property Cell (IP Cell). Subu is member of GITA (Global Innovation and Technology Alliance) an initiative between Govt. Of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry. He is a member of Fraunhofer India's advisory council, and is also on the advisory boards of Global Innovation Center at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California and Monash University - IIT Bombay Research Academy.

Subu regularly speaks at industry conferences on Innovation Management, Emerging technologies, Service Innovation and Software Engineering. Subu is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer from National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, India.


Ray Harishankar

IBM Fellow & CTO of Global Solutions, Global Business Services, IBM

Ray Harishankar is an IBM Fellow and the CTO of Global Solutions & Asset Management within Global Business Services. In that role, Ray defines & operationalizes strategies for GBS to have a strong portfolio of Business Solutions & Service Oriented Architecture based assets. Ray is currently focused on identifying strategies by which Global Business Services can leverage cloud computing technologies.

Ray played a leadership role in establishing the Global Business Solutions Center (GBSC) in India & China, was responsible for establishing a development capability for high value SOA based assets within GBSC and continues to provide ongoing technical direction & guidance to that center. Ray was instrumental in establishing an architect profession in India and in growing & maintaining the vitality of that community.


Rajeeb Hazra

Vice President at Intel

Rajeeb Hazra is a Vice President in the Intel Architecture Group and serves as General Manager for the technical computing segment in the Data center and Connected Systems Group at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for driving the business of high-performance computing and workstations, and successfully ramping Intel's new Many Integrated Core (MIC) product line in technical computing and other segments.

Before assuming his current position, Hazra was the director of Supercomputing Architecture, where he was responsible for strategic research and development engagements with Intel's supercomputing customers. Earlier in his Intel career, he served as the director of the Systems Technology Lab in Intel where he oversaw R&D inhardware and software-related systems technologies. Hazra also previously served as technical assistant to Intel's chief technology officer.

Rajeeb earned his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from Jadavpur University, India. He also holds a master's degree in computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science, both from The College of William & Mary. He holds 16 patents in signal processing and has contributed numerous technical publications to refereed technical journals and conferences. He was honored with an Intel Achievement Award in 2000 for breakthroughs in multiple generations of industry-leading video-compression technologies.


Ajit Singh

Partner at Artiman Venture & Consulting Professor at Stanford University

Ajit is currently a partner at Artiman Ventures and focuses on early-stage Technology and Life Sciences/Med-Tech investments. On behalf of Artiman, he serves on the Board of Directors of CardioDx Inc., OncoStem Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, and Aditazz Inc. Ajit is also a Consulting Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University and is the Lead Director on Board of Directors of Max Healthcare based in New Delhi, India.

Prior to joining Artiman, Ajit wasthe President and CEO of BioImagene, a Digital Pathology company specializing in Cancer Diagnostics, based in Sunnyvale,CA. BioImagene was acquired by Roche in September 2010. Before BioImagene, Ajit spent nearly twenty years at Siemens in various roles, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Radiology business of Siemens Healthcare,based in Germany. From 2001 to 2006, Ajit was the President and CEO of the Oncology Care SystemsGroup of Siemens, with global headquarters in Concord, California. Between 1996 and 2001, Ajit held the positions of Group Vice President of Siemense-Health, and Vice President of Siemens Health Services based in Princeton, NJ, where he led the company’s Healthcare IT business and Consulting Practice. Before transitioning to these business responsibilities, Ajit spent several years in R&D and academia. From 1989 to 1995, he was at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, responsible for research in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, and image analysis. During this time, he concurrently served on the faculty at Princeton University.

Ajit has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University, a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, India. Ajit is an active speaker in the Life Sciences, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship communities. He has published two books andnumerous refereed articles, and holds several patents.


Jinesh Varia

Technology Evangelist at Amazon.com 

Jinesh has over 15years of experience in XML and Web services and has worked with standards-based working groups in XBRL. Prior to joining Amazon as Technology Evangelist, he held several positions in UB matrix including Solutions Architect, Enterprise Teamlead and Software developer working on various IT services projects.

Jinesh major focus at Amazon has been helping businesses take advantage of disruptive technologies like Cloud Computing, Big Data, Distributed systems and Webs Services that are changing the way businesses compete in the new web world. Jinesh’s work has been published in ACM and IEEE.