Accenture Innovation Forum Speakers
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Named as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” one of the UK’s “100 Greatest Britons” and one of the world’s “Most Influential Thinkers,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as software engineer at CERN.
In 2007, he formed the World Wide Web Foundation, an organization committed to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all.
A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at MIT and CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton and a Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Edna Conway serves as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, creating clear strategies to deliver secure operating models for the digital economy. She drives a comprehensive security architecture across Cisco’s third-party ecosystem.
Conway is recognized domestically (US Presidential Commissions) and globally (NATO) and was appointed to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force. Her insight is featured in a range of publications including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, CIO Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
Recognition of her industry leadership includes: membership in the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, a Fed 100 Award, Stevie “Maverick of the Year” Award, and CSO of the Year Award at RSA.
Mikko Hypponen is a global security expert. He has worked at F‑Secure since 1991. Mr. Hypponen has written for The New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and he appears frequently on international TV. He has lectured at the universities of Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge. He was selected among the 50 most important people on the Web by PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list. Mr. Hypponen sits on the advisory boards of t2 and Social Safeguard and on the advisory panel for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Mary Lou Jepsen
Dr. Jepsen’s goal with Openwater is to see deep into the body with the detail of a high-resolution 3D camera. This will have broad implications for healthcare and human communication. Previously, Dr. Jepsen was an engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google[x] and Intel as well as a founder of 4 startups including One Laptop per Child where she was CTO, chief architect and delivered the $100 laptop to mass production. Dr. Jepsen was a professor at MIT, and is an inventor of more than 100 published or issued patents in the last 5 years alone. She has been recognized with many awards including TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and a CNN top 10 thinker.
Leanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a leading emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger in an authenticated immutable manner. Using her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries in building a global verification system that asserts transparency along the entire supply chain. Her leadership role in technology has been recognized with awards including Innovator of the Year 2018, Women in IT Awards (London) and UK Business Insider’s 26 Coolest Women in UK Tech 2016. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group.
Debra King is the Chief Information Officer for Corteva, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. In this role, she leads the effort to enable the spin-off of Corteva Agriscience from DowDuPont in June 2019. She's also creating a technology strategy that includes an enterprise digitization program, while helping support Corteva Agriscience's purpose of enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.
Debra joined Corteva in 2017 from Pfizer, where she led IT in varying roles, delivering business transformation programs and running global services and operations.
Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and The New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. She launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities.
Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, she has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Vivienne also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business.
Chad Rigetti is the founder and CEO of Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing startup based in Berkeley and Fremont, California. The company's product, Quantum Cloud Services, is the world's first integrated quantum cloud computing platform. Founded in 2013, Rigetti has raised $120 million from investors, including Andreessen Horowitz and Vy Capital, and has over 50 patent applications on file. Chad holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Regina.
Sebastian Thrun is an innovator, entrepreneur educator, and computer scientist. He is CEO of Kitty Hawk and Co-founder & Chairman of Udacity. Previously, he was a Google VP and Fellow, founding Google X and Google's self-driving car team; and a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Thrun led development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. He is also known for his work on probabilistic algorithms for robotics. He was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; and awarded the Max Planck Research Award and the inaugural AAAI Ed Feigenbaum Prize. Fast Company selected Thrun as the fifth most creative person in business. The Guardian recognized him as one of 20 "fighters for internet freedom.”
Fareed Zakaria is the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide, a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and an author of three New York Times best-selling books. Since its debut in 2008, GPS has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and an Emmy Award nomination in 2013. In 2017, Zakaria was awarded the Arthur Ross Media Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He was named Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine. Fareed also serves on the boards of the Council of Foreign Relations and New America.
Jonathan Zittrain has spent his career at the forefront of cutting-edge change. An early researcher in AI, a pioneer in the field of cyberspace and cyberlaw, and a contributor to multiple international internet and society research organizations, he wields a nuanced understanding of AI and its complex regulatory and social frameworks. He has been a leading voice defining and clarifying pressing issues related to the ethics and implications of AI and automation. Professor Zittrain targets the “big picture” of technological change and encourages companies in the tech industry and elsewhere to participate in the dialogue. He also offers guidance for governments and policymakers on devising the regulatory structures needed to let technology thrive while accounting for public interest.
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