Bios of Conferees

Name Current Position
Wil Agatstein Executive Director of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Management
Victor Aguilera Director of the International Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and CEO of Southeastern Pacific Research Institute for Advanced Technologies both in Federico Santa Maria University of Technology in Chile
Marty Anderson Cattle rancher and safari operator in Kenya, trustee emeritus of Stanford University, currently trustee of Hawaii Pacific University, and Distinguished Overseer of the Hoover Institution
Michael Anton Senior Editor at the Kauffman Foundation
Magnus Aronsson Managing Director and Co-founder of ESBRI
Eric Benhamou Chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC
Ofer Ben-Shachar CEO and founder of NetDynamics and NewlineNoosh
Benjamin Bewick Senior Financial Consultant with Kai Method
Wasiq Bokhari Silicon Valley entrepreneur
Roberto Bonanzinga Partner at Balderton Capital
Pete Borum Owner of Aspirent Marketing & PR LLC
David Brady Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Deputy Director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
Marie Brun Deputy director at the French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco (FACCSF)
Eric Buatois General Partner at Sofinnova Ventures
Tom Byers Professor at Stanford University
Mark Campbell Managing Director with PEER Venture Partners
Jeffrey Capaccio Silicon Valley’s Carr & Ferrell LLP
Fabrizio Capobianco CEO of Funambol
Eric Chen Partner at WI Harper
Amy Christen VP of Corporate Affairs and Networking Academy at Cisco
Stephen Ciesinski SRI’s Vice President for Strategic Business Development
Alana Conner Senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and co-host of the podcast channel Social Innovation Conversations
Paul J. Corson Senior Policy Advisor in the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration
Yasemin Denari Senior Analyst at Draper Richards Previously Associate Vice President Garanti Payment Systems (Garanti Bank)
Ted Dintersmith 22-year career in venture capital
Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Affiliated scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation
Robert Eberhart STAJE Fellow at Stanford's Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Wayne Embree Co-founder and managing partner of Reference Capital
Jerome S. Engel Founder and Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haas School of Business
Matteo Fabiano President of BAIA, Business Association Italy America
Jake Garrett Associate at PEER Venture Partners
Dave Geary Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships at Endeavor
Elisabetta Ghisini Coaches global executives on cross-cultural business communication
Bob Goff Co-founder of Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization
Cari E. Guittard The Executive Director of Business for Diplomatic Action
Lorraine Hariton Senior executive at IBM and Network Computing Devices
Amber Henninger Career in human resources in a USAID
Larry Henninger Retired entrepreneur
Dr. Yaw Wen Hu Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc
Nicholas Imparato Professor of marketing and management at the University of San Francisco and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution
Amir Jahangir Advisor to the President, CNBC Pakistan and Program Advisor to the VINNOVA-Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism
Dr. Mansour Javidan President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness)
Jeffrey M. Jones Assistant director for operations and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution
Tim Keane Director of The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Golden Angels Network at Marquette University
Charles R. Kesler Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and a Senior Fellow at The Claremont Institute
Stephen Krasner Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University
Peter Laanen CEO of Top Sports Group B.V., President of Inter Football B.V., cofounder/CEO of Multi Function Real-Time Computers
David Lawson Australian Consul-General and Trade Commissioner in San Francisco
Janice M. LeCocq co-founder of Collins Mabry & Co.
Michael S. Levin Chairman of The Titan Industrial Corporation and the Founder and Chairman of NewView Technologies
Susan Mason General Partner at ONSET Ventures
Burton J. McMurtry Silicon Valley VC
Steve Millard Silicon Valley entrepreneur and co-founder of 5 NASDAQ companies
Russell R. Miller founding president of Spirit of Enterprise
Helen Moore Vice Consul (Software), UK Trade & Investment in the British Consulate, San Francisco
Christopher Mondini Multilingual economist and former US diplomat
Kathy Mulvany Cisco’s Director of Marketing and Sustainable Business Practices for Corporate Affairs
David Nordfors Co-founder and Executive Director of the VINNOVA Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism at Stanford University
Rick O’Donnell President of the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Bob Oster Overseer and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of The Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Chairman of The Summit Institute
Marco Palombi Serial entrepreneur
Elena Panaritis Founder and CEO of Panel Group
Elisabeth Paté-Cornell Professor and chair of the department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford
Bob Patterson Silicon Valley venture capitalist with Peninsula Ventures
Judith Paulus Associate Director, Communications of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Shervin Pishevar CEO of Social Gaming Network
Russell Pyne Managing Partner of Atrium Capital
Henry S. Rowen Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Charles Seely Entrepreneur and investor/advisor in early-stage companies
Voytek K. Siewierski responsible for MCVP communications
Peter Sims Author of Little Bets (a forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster: Free Press)
David Smith SVP (Telecoms) at Enterprise Ireland based in Palo Alto
Richard Stamm Venture funded startup companies Convex and MasPar
David Stewart Academic Relations Officer with the Canadian Consulate in Palo Alto
Danny Stoian U.S. diplomat
Dilawar Syed CEO, Yonja Media Group
Peter Tichansky CEO of the Business Council for International Understanding
Dr. Alejandro Toledo Democratically elected President of Peru from July 2001-July 2006
Andrus Viirg Director of Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley
Joanne Vliet Directs the U.S. Commercial Service’s Silicon Valley office
Ronald F.E. Weissman 25 years in high technology management and investing
Phillip Wickham President and CEO of the Kauffman Fellows Program at the Center for Venture Education in Palo Alto
Pierluigi Zappacosta CEO of Sierra Sciences, Inc.
Jorge Zavala CEO of TechBA