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The 3rd Annual CNBC Technology Executive Council Summit will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in New York, NY.  The TEC Summit is CNBC’s flagship technology conference, and as our annual year-end member convening, an opportunity for top CIOs, CISOs, and CTOs to come together to hear from and dialogue with marquee speakers and industry experts, meet CNBC journalists, and spend quality time with fellow TEC member executives. Programming and discussions are designed to be thought-provoking, timely, and interactive, covering critical issues including digital transformation, developing tech talent pipelines, cybersecurity, and more.  The half-day summit will begin with lunch at noon, followed by an afternoon of programming with ample networking time, then cocktails and dinner.

Health and safety is our top priority. CNBC, in collaboration with the NBCUniversal Environmental Health and Safety teams, has developed a robust plan to ensure this event is informative, engaging, comfortable and safe. This plan is currently available to all TEC members.

Spaces are limited, so we ask that members RSVP as soon as possible to reserve their space. To learn more and apply for the TEC, visit www.cnbccouncils.com/tec.


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TEC is the premiere council of technology executives assembled exclusively by CNBC. Now in its third year, this CNBC editorial initiative presents an ongoing discussion focused on how companies employ breakthrough technologies to solve problems and power growth, designed to capture the collaborative spirit of successful organizations and surface best practices of transformative organizations. From corporations — public and private — to nonprofits and government entities, the CNBC Technology Executive Council comprises top tech executives who are transforming organizations by leveraging innovation and disruption.

Summit audience includes TEC members – CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, Chief Product Officers, Chief Digital Officers, and other senior technology executives – across a wide range of industries and companies. The membership also consists of technology stakeholders in the government and nonprofit sectors, academics, business leaders, and technology influencers.

The TEC Summit is an exclusive event for members; learn more about the TEC and apply for membership at www.cnbccouncils.com/tec.

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PAST SPEAKERS

Frank
Slootman

Snowflake

Frank Slootman is Chairman and CEO of Snowflake.

Frank Slootman

Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake. Frank has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Mr. Slootman served as CEO and President of ServiceNow from 2011 to 2017, taking the organization from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Prior to that, Frank served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC following an acquisition of Data Domain Corporation/Data Domain, Inc., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, leading the company through an IPO to its acquisition by EMC for $2.4B. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Alexis
Wichowski

City of New York

Alexis Wichowski is Deputy CTO for Innovation for NYC's Mayor's Office of the CTO.

Alexis Wichowski

Wichowski is a public servant, teacher, and writer, recently of the book "The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Transforms Our World" (HarperCollins). She currently works as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation for the City of New York's Mayor's Office of the CTO. She also teaches on media, government, & technology at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs. Wichowski served at the US Department of State from 2010-2015.

Alex
Stamos

Stanford Internet Observatory

Alex Stamos is Director of Stanford Internet Observatory and Former Chief Security Officer of Facebook.

Alex Stamos

Alex Stamos is a cybersecurity expert, business leader and entrepreneur working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through his teaching and research at Stanford University. Stamos is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution.

Prior to joining Stanford, Alex served as the Chief Security Officer of Facebook. In this role, Stamos led a team of engineers, researchers, investigators and analysts charged with understanding and mitigating information security risks to the company and safety risks to the 2.5 billion people on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. During his time at Facebook, he led the company’s investigation into manipulation of the 2016 US election and helped pioneer several successful protections against these new classes of abuse. As a senior executive, Alex represented Facebook and Silicon Valley to regulators, lawmakers and civil society on six continents, and has served as a bridge between the interests of the Internet policy community and the complicated reality of platforms operating at billion-user scale. In April 2017, he co-authored “Information Operations and Facebook”, a highly cited examination of the influence campaign against the US election, which still stands as the most thorough description of the issue by a major technology company.

Before joining Facebook, Alex was the Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo, rebuilding a storied security team while dealing with multiple assaults by nation-state actors. While at Yahoo, he led the company’s response to the Snowden disclosures by implementing massive cryptographic improvements in his first months. He also represented the company in an open hearing of the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

In 2004, Alex co-founded iSEC Partners, an elite security consultancy known for groundbreaking work in secure software development, embedded and mobile security. As a trusted partner to world’s largest technology firms, Alex coordinated the response to the “Aurora” attacks by the People’s Liberation Army at multiple Silicon Valley firms and led groundbreaking work securing the world’s largest desktop and mobile platforms. During this time, he also served as an expert witness in several notable civil and criminal cases, such as the Google Street View incident and pro bono work for the defendants in Sony vs George Hotz and US vs Aaron Swartz. After the 2010 acquisition of iSEC Partners by NCC Group, Alex formed an experimental R&D division at the combined company, producing five patents.

A noted speaker and writer, he has appeared at the Munich Security Conference, NATO CyCon, Web Summit, DEF CON, CanSecWest and numerous other events. His 2017 keynote at Black Hat was noted for its call for a security industry more representative of the diverse people it serves and the actual risks they face. Throughout his career, Alex has worked toward making security a more representative field and has highlighted the work of diverse technologists as an organizer of the Trustworthy Technology Conference and OURSA.

Alex has been involved with securing the US election system as a contributor to Harvard’s Defending Digital Democracy Project and involved in the academic community as an advisor to Stanford’s Cybersecurity Policy Program and UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Security Task Force, the Bay Area CSO Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. Alex also serves on the advisory board to NATO’s Collective Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

Stamos worked under Prof. David Patterson while earning a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.

Nikesh
Arora

Palo Alto Networks

Nikesh Arora is CEO and Chairman of Palo Alto Networks.

Nikesh Arora

Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.

Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.

Michelle
Garvey

J. Crew

Michelle Garvey if CIO and Deputy Chief Transformation Officer of J. Crew/

Michelle Garvey

Michelle Garvey joined J Crew in 2016, and currently serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer. The J Crew group is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories. The J. Crew Group makes timeless clothes that last a lifetime paired with of-the-moment styles, and as of March 20, 2019, the Company operates 202 J.Crew retail stores, 131 Madewell stores, jcrew.com, jcrewfactory.com, madewell.com, and 174 factory stores (including 42 J.Crew Mercantile stores).

Michelle graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Civil Engineering and continued at Cornell to earn her MBA at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. After starting her career with Andersen Consulting, Michelle focused on information technology roles with such iconic retailers as Brooks Brothers, Crate and Barrel, and Ann Taylor. She is a strategic and transformational digital technology executive who drives improved profitability through delivery of innovative technology solutions. Michelle prides herself on modeling collaboration across business units and functional disciplines, while motivating teams to deliver high value results the right way.

Recent Industry honors include being named by CIO Magazine to the CIO Hall of Fame, being named one of the Top 10 Women in Retail Tech by Chain Store Age Magazine, and appointment as an HMG Strategy "Top Executive to Watch" for 2019.

Michelle is an active board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, working to make Fairfield County (CT) an ever more vital and inclusive community where every person has the opportunity to thrive. She is a past board chair of the Unitarian Church in Westport, and a past treasurer and board member of the Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey organization. She is active in causes encouraging STEM education and careers for girls, diversity in the workplace, and leadership development. Michelle is a frequent speaker at industry and technology events.

She has been married to Luke Garvey, a psychotherapist in private practice, since 1982. Michelle and Luke live in Connecticut, and have two adult children who live and work nearby.

Imran
Khan

Verishop

Imran Khan is CEO and Co-founder of Verishop and former Chief Strategy Officer of Snap.

Imran Khan

Imran Khan is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Verishop, an e-commerce company built with the mission to help its brand partners thrive. Prior to that, Imran served as Snap Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer, where he oversaw the company’s corporate strategy, revenue generation, business operations and partnerships. Under his leadership, Snap’s annual revenue run rate increased to $1.2 billion from zero in less than four years.

Previously, Imran was a Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse where he advised on more than $45 billion-worth of Internet M&A and financing transactions. Before joining Credit Suisse, Imran held the role of Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Research at JPMorgan Chase.

Tom
Leighton

Akamai Technologies

Dr. Tom Leighton is CEO and Co-founder of Akamai Technologies.

Tom Leighton

Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial six years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue nearly doubled, growing from less than $1.4 billion in 2012 to more than $2.7 billion in 2018. Over the same time, annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew more than 25-fold, to more than $658 million in 2018.

As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications and cybersecurity, Dr. Leighton discovered a solution to freeing up web congestion using applied mathematics and distributed computing. Akamai used this technology to create the world's largest distributed computing platform, which today delivers and secures tens of millions of requests per second to billions of users around the world.

Dr. Leighton holds more than 50 patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, algorithms for networks, cryptography and digital rights management. He and Akamai’s co-founder Danny Lewin were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017 for having “invented the methods needed to intelligently replicate and deliver content over a large network of distributed servers, technology that would ultimately solve what was becoming a frustrating problem for Internet users known as the ‘World Wide Wait.’” In 2018, the Marconi Society selected him to receive the Marconi Prize for “his fundamental contributions to technology and the establishment of content delivery networks.” He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineers, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Leighton has served on numerous government, industry and academic advisory panels. He was one of 18 CEOs invited to the White House in 2017 for the launch of the American Technology Council to develop solutions to modernize and secure the U.S. government’s IT systems. From 2003 to 2005, he served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Leighton has been personally committed to increasing the pipeline of students pursuing STEM careers for over thirty years, first as a mathematics professor at MIT and now through his leadership at Akamai. He is a strong supporter of the Akamai Foundation, which promotes mathematics education, and he oversaw the creation of the Akamai Technical Academy, an innovative program developed in-house, aimed at training diverse non-technical professionals for technical careers. He also supports numerous charitable organizations dedicated to improving STEM education and opportunities for K-12 students, including The Center for Excellence in Education, the Society for Science and the Public (sponsor of the Intel Science Search), The Mathematical Association of America (sponsor of the Math Olympiad), the Math Competition for Girls, and Girls Who Code.

Dr. Leighton graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1978 with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from MIT in 1981.

Theresia
Gouw

Acrew Capital

Theresia Gouw is Founding Partner of Acrew Capital and Co-Founder of Aspect Ventures.

Theresia Gouw

Theresia Gouw is a founding Partner of Acrew Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that recently spun out from Aspect Ventures. In 2014, Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures where she served as a Partner and led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (Airbnb), Astro (Slack; WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).

As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her MBA from Stanford University.

Theresia is a first-generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.

PAST SPEAKERS

  • FRANK SLOOTMAN

    Snowflake

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    FRANK SLOOTMAN

    Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake. Frank has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Mr. Slootman served as CEO and President of ServiceNow from 2011 to 2017, taking the organization from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Prior to that, Frank served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC following an acquisition of Data Domain Corporation/Data Domain, Inc., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, leading the company through an IPO to its acquisition by EMC for $2.4B. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

  • ALEXIS WICHOWSKI

    City of New York

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    ALEXIS WICHOWSKI

    Wichowski is a public servant, teacher, and writer, recently of the book "The Information Trade: How Big Tech Conquers Countries, Challenges Our Rights, and Transforms Our World" (HarperCollins). She currently works as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation for the City of New York's Mayor's Office of the CTO. She also teaches on media, government, & technology at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs. Wichowski served at the US Department of State from 2010-2015.

  • ALEX STAMOS

    Stanford Internet Observatory

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    ALEX STAMOS

    Alex Stamos is a cybersecurity expert, business leader and entrepreneur working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through his teaching and research at Stanford University. Stamos is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution.

    Prior to joining Stanford, Alex served as the Chief Security Officer of Facebook. In this role, Stamos led a team of engineers, researchers, investigators and analysts charged with understanding and mitigating information security risks to the company and safety risks to the 2.5 billion people on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. During his time at Facebook, he led the company’s investigation into manipulation of the 2016 US election and helped pioneer several successful protections against these new classes of abuse. As a senior executive, Alex represented Facebook and Silicon Valley to regulators, lawmakers and civil society on six continents, and has served as a bridge between the interests of the Internet policy community and the complicated reality of platforms operating at billion-user scale. In April 2017, he co-authored “Information Operations and Facebook”, a highly cited examination of the influence campaign against the US election, which still stands as the most thorough description of the issue by a major technology company.

    Before joining Facebook, Alex was the Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo, rebuilding a storied security team while dealing with multiple assaults by nation-state actors. While at Yahoo, he led the company’s response to the Snowden disclosures by implementing massive cryptographic improvements in his first months. He also represented the company in an open hearing of the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

    In 2004, Alex co-founded iSEC Partners, an elite security consultancy known for groundbreaking work in secure software development, embedded and mobile security. As a trusted partner to world’s largest technology firms, Alex coordinated the response to the “Aurora” attacks by the People’s Liberation Army at multiple Silicon Valley firms and led groundbreaking work securing the world’s largest desktop and mobile platforms. During this time, he also served as an expert witness in several notable civil and criminal cases, such as the Google Street View incident and pro bono work for the defendants in Sony vs George Hotz and US vs Aaron Swartz. After the 2010 acquisition of iSEC Partners by NCC Group, Alex formed an experimental R&D division at the combined company, producing five patents.

    A noted speaker and writer, he has appeared at the Munich Security Conference, NATO CyCon, Web Summit, DEF CON, CanSecWest and numerous other events. His 2017 keynote at Black Hat was noted for its call for a security industry more representative of the diverse people it serves and the actual risks they face. Throughout his career, Alex has worked toward making security a more representative field and has highlighted the work of diverse technologists as an organizer of the Trustworthy Technology Conference and OURSA.

    Alex has been involved with securing the US election system as a contributor to Harvard’s Defending Digital Democracy Project and involved in the academic community as an advisor to Stanford’s Cybersecurity Policy Program and UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Security Task Force, the Bay Area CSO Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. Alex also serves on the advisory board to NATO’s Collective Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Stamos worked under Prof. David Patterson while earning a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.

  • NIKESH ARORA

    Palo Alto Networks

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    NIKESH ARORA

    Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.

    Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.

  • MICHELLE GARVEY

    J. Crew

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    MICHELLE GARVEY

    Michelle Garvey joined J Crew in 2016, and currently serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer. The J Crew group is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes and accessories. The J. Crew Group makes timeless clothes that last a lifetime paired with of-the-moment styles, and as of March 20, 2019, the Company operates 202 J.Crew retail stores, 131 Madewell stores, jcrew.com, jcrewfactory.com, madewell.com, and 174 factory stores (including 42 J.Crew Mercantile stores).

    Michelle graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Civil Engineering and continued at Cornell to earn her MBA at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. After starting her career with Andersen Consulting, Michelle focused on information technology roles with such iconic retailers as Brooks Brothers, Crate and Barrel, and Ann Taylor. She is a strategic and transformational digital technology executive who drives improved profitability through delivery of innovative technology solutions. Michelle prides herself on modeling collaboration across business units and functional disciplines, while motivating teams to deliver high value results the right way.

    Recent Industry honors include being named by CIO Magazine to the CIO Hall of Fame, being named one of the Top 10 Women in Retail Tech by Chain Store Age Magazine, and appointment as an HMG Strategy "Top Executive to Watch" for 2019.

    Michelle is an active board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, working to make Fairfield County (CT) an ever more vital and inclusive community where every person has the opportunity to thrive. She is a past board chair of the Unitarian Church in Westport, and a past treasurer and board member of the Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey organization. She is active in causes encouraging STEM education and careers for girls, diversity in the workplace, and leadership development. Michelle is a frequent speaker at industry and technology events.

    She has been married to Luke Garvey, a psychotherapist in private practice, since 1982. Michelle and Luke live in Connecticut, and have two adult children who live and work nearby.

  • IMRAN KHAN

    Verishop

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    IMRAN KHAN

    Imran Khan is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Verishop, an e-commerce company built with the mission to help its brand partners thrive. Prior to that, Imran served as Snap Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer, where he oversaw the company’s corporate strategy, revenue generation, business operations and partnerships. Under his leadership, Snap’s annual revenue run rate increased to $1.2 billion from zero in less than four years.

    Previously, Imran was a Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse where he advised on more than $45 billion-worth of Internet M&A and financing transactions. Before joining Credit Suisse, Imran held the role of Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Research at JPMorgan Chase.

  • TOM LEIGHTON

    Akamai Technologies

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    TOM LEIGHTON

    Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial six years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue nearly doubled, growing from less than $1.4 billion in 2012 to more than $2.7 billion in 2018. Over the same time, annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew more than 25-fold, to more than $658 million in 2018.

    As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications and cybersecurity, Dr. Leighton discovered a solution to freeing up web congestion using applied mathematics and distributed computing. Akamai used this technology to create the world's largest distributed computing platform, which today delivers and secures tens of millions of requests per second to billions of users around the world.

    Dr. Leighton holds more than 50 patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, algorithms for networks, cryptography and digital rights management. He and Akamai’s co-founder Danny Lewin were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017 for having “invented the methods needed to intelligently replicate and deliver content over a large network of distributed servers, technology that would ultimately solve what was becoming a frustrating problem for Internet users known as the ‘World Wide Wait.’” In 2018, the Marconi Society selected him to receive the Marconi Prize for “his fundamental contributions to technology and the establishment of content delivery networks.” He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineers, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Leighton has served on numerous government, industry and academic advisory panels. He was one of 18 CEOs invited to the White House in 2017 for the launch of the American Technology Council to develop solutions to modernize and secure the U.S. government’s IT systems. From 2003 to 2005, he served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Leighton has been personally committed to increasing the pipeline of students pursuing STEM careers for over thirty years, first as a mathematics professor at MIT and now through his leadership at Akamai. He is a strong supporter of the Akamai Foundation, which promotes mathematics education, and he oversaw the creation of the Akamai Technical Academy, an innovative program developed in-house, aimed at training diverse non-technical professionals for technical careers. He also supports numerous charitable organizations dedicated to improving STEM education and opportunities for K-12 students, including The Center for Excellence in Education, the Society for Science and the Public (sponsor of the Intel Science Search), The Mathematical Association of America (sponsor of the Math Olympiad), the Math Competition for Girls, and Girls Who Code.

    Dr. Leighton graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1978 with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from MIT in 1981.

  • THERESIA GOUW

    Acrew Capital

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    THERESIA GOUW

    Theresia Gouw is a founding Partner of Acrew Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that recently spun out from Aspect Ventures. In 2014, Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures where she served as a Partner and led early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel. Theresia been fortunate to work with many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including: Forescout (FSCT), Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), Hotel Tonight (Airbnb), Astro (Slack; WORK), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).

    As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her MBA from Stanford University.

    Theresia is a first-generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List, including 2019, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.

  • NICOLA MORINI BIANZINO

    EY

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    NICOLA MORINI BIANZINO

    Nicola is EY Global Chief Technology Officer, focused on bringing technology products to EY clients and positioning technology at the heart of the organization.

    With a 20 year track record of driving technology strategy innovation, he advises global clients on technology investment and their innovation agendas, providing industrialized technology products to meet their most pressing business needs.

    An early AI pioneer, he wrote a thesis on the application of neural networks to business in 1997.

    Nicola is a high-profile global media commentator and contributes to MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes and HBR. A thought leader on AI, machine learning, innovation and big data, he is passionate about extracting value from technology investment. He holds a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Economics from the University of Florence.

  • MIKE CUDDY

    Toromont Industries

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    MIKE CUDDY

    Mr. Cuddy joined Toromont as General Manager, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in 1995 and became Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2004. He held various positions previously with Ontario Hydro, Imperial Oil and Bell Mobility, and holds a BSc and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto.

  • ANDREW NG

    Landing AI

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    ANDREW NG

    Andrew Ng is Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Landing AI; Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera; and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He was previously VP & Chief Scientist of Baidu.

    In 2011 he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and also taught an online Machine Learning class to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a great education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality online courses, and is the largest MOOC platform in the world.

    Ng also works on machine learning with an emphasis on deep learning. He founded and led the “Google Brain” project which developed massive-scale deep learning algorithms. This resulted in the famous “Google cat” result, in which a massive neural network with 1 billion parameters learned from unlabeled YouTube videos to detect cats. More recently, he continues to work on deep learning and its applications to computer vision and speech, including such applications as autonomous driving.

  • MEGAN GRAY

    DuckDuckGo

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    MEGAN GRAY

    Megan joined DuckDuckGo in 2018 to expand its public policy efforts. She has focused on Information, Internet, Innovation, and Intangibles for almost 25 years as a corporate counsel, litigator, lobbyist, and regulator for startups, established companies, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and government agencies. In the privacy arena, Megan has led several ground-breaking projects, including the first case alleging violation of a FTC Consumer Privacy Consent Order (Google/Safari, $22.5 million settlement) and the first lawsuit against a leading Internet company for privacy violations (AquaCool v. Yahoo). As a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet & Society, Megan recently published a detailed analysis of FTC Privacy "Audits." Megan resides in Washington, DC with two great kids, too much email, and too little patience.

  • ALAN DAVIDSON

    Mozilla

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    ALAN DAVIDSON

    Alan Davidson is Vice President of Global Policy, Trust and Security for Mozilla. He is responsible for leading Mozilla’s public policy work promoting an open Internet and a healthy web around the world. He also supervises a trust and security team promoting innovative privacy and security features that put people in control of their online lives.

    Prior to Mozilla, Alan was a Senior Program Fellow with New America in Washington D.C., and a Mozilla Fellow. Until early 2017 he served as the first Director of Digital Economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he led the Department’s efforts on Internet and digital economy policy.

    Earlier, Alan opened Google’s public policy office in Washington D.C. and scaled its policy team in the US. He led the company’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America for seven years. He has also held a number of public interest leadership roles, serving as Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute and early in his career as Associate Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

    Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science and a Master’s degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and a member of the D.C. Bar.

  • BRAD KEYWELL

    Uptake

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    BRAD KEYWELL

    Brad Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a cultural curator of innovation platforms, and a philanthropist. Brad was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019. He is the founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver outcomes of increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry.

    Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, has been a CNBC Disruptor for three years (2019, 2018, 2017), and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

  • MICHAEL ELLISON

    CodePath.org

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    MICHAEL ELLISON

    Michael Ellison is Co-Founder and CEO of CodePath.org.

  • JULIE ORLANDO

    Nanotronics

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    JULIE ORLANDO

    Julie Orlando is Chief Product Officer of Nanotronics and a CNBC TEC Member.

    Julie Orlando began working for Nanotronics’ cofounders Matthew and John Putman at their previous company, Tech Pro, Inc. where she played a key role in hardware development, sales, and customer service. When Roper Industries acquired Tech Pro in 2008, Orlando went on to run a division of Duramax, leading projects for major industrial entities, defense contractors, and branches of the military. Orlando joined Nanotronics as employee number three, where she currently holds the position of Chief Product Officer. Orlando has published several papers in both domestic and international journals, which she has presented at material science conferences and symposia.

  • DARREN DWORKIN

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    DARREN DWORKIN

    Darren Dworkin leads the day-to-day strategy and technology operations of the information and clinical technology teams. He led the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record to help transform care using advanced technology, helping to propel Cedars-Sinai to be a national leader in its use of technology at the point of care.

    Dworkin has led the use of early stage and digital health companies in the field. He helped launch the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator program to help early stage companies grow and is a co-founder of Stanson Health, a clinical decision support and analytics company.

    Before joining Cedars-Sinai in 2006, he was chief technology officer at Boston Medical Center and director of information technology at Unisource Canada, a division of Georgia-Pacific.

    Dworkin serves on numerous boards and advisory councils and enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs.

    He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.