Accenture Innovation Forum Speakers
Jazzy Amra was born Jazmine Pena in The Bronx with a single mother in less-than-ideal circumstances. Driven by the memory of her mother’s passion for music, Jazzy has burst out into the New York hip hop scene, collaborating with the likes of international superstar Wyclef Jean and up and coming hip hop voice Dave East. Jazzy is featured on Wyclef Jean’s album Carnival III: Fall and Rise of a Refugee. Jazzy’s debut album, "Amra" was released on February 1, 2019. She is most recently featured on "A Woman's Smoke" from Wyclef Jean's latest album, "Wyclef Goes Back to School".
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).
Lisa Buckingham is Chief Human Resources Officer for Lincoln Financial Group. She has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of human resources management.
Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. Her professional areas of focus include organizational development, total rewards strategies, change management and talent management.
In 2018, she was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. In 2017, she was named HR Executive of the Year by HR Executive Magazine.
She is on the Board of Directors of the HR Policy Association and the American Health Policy Institute. She serves as Membership Chair of the Peer Round Table for CHROs. She also serves on the board of the Eagles Charitable Foundation and Chairs the Lincoln Foundation.
Nancy Clark is senior vice president of Consumer Group customer service at Verizon. She is responsible for executing superior service and delivery to more than 100 million consumers, and transforming the service delivery model and customer journey to meet ever-changing customer needs.
Nancy has held leadership positions in several businesses of Verizon. As senior vice president of marketing and sales operations she led all the marketing operations for Wireless and Consumer Mass Business. She also headed Operational Excellence, focused on driving companywide process improvements. Prior to that she held a number of senior regional roles with Verizon.
She began her telecommunications career with the former GTE, working in finance, marketing and sales within the company’s Texas and California markets. She joined Verizon Wireless when it was formed in 2000.
Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.
She is on the board of Safe Horizon, the largest victims’ services agency in the U.S., which assists more than 250,000 families affected by crime and abuse in New York City each year.
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.
Hugh Herr is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. TIME magazine coined Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of Biomechatronics – technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. A double amputee himself, he is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities. He is currently a professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, and co-director of the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics.
Herr has received many accolades for his groundbreaking innovation, including two TIME Top Ten Invention awards. Herr is the founder of BionX Inc. Its EmPower Ankle-Foot Prosthesis has been clinically shown to be the first leg prosthesis in history to reach human normalization, allowing amputees to walk with normal levels of speed and metabolism as if their legs were biological once again. Herr’s story has been told in a National Geographic film, Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr, as well as in CNN, The Economist, Discover and Nature.
Peter Hiom has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ASX since April 2010. He is responsible for the development of all ASX businesses: Listings and Issuer Services, Trading Services, Derivatives and OTC Markets, and Equity Post-Trade Services – including ASX’s development of distributed ledger technology. Peter is also a director of Yieldbroker, Australia’s leading electronic fixed income trading platform, and Digital Asset, a New York based global leader in the provision of distributed ledger technology to regulated financial institutions.
Peter joined ASX in July 2006 following the merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and SFE Corporation where he had responsibility for the business development of the Sydney Futures Exchange and Austraclear.
Prior to moving to Australia, Peter worked for the London International Financial Futures Exchange, where he held a number of management roles within the Business Development and Information Technology divisions.
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.
The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced – both as a solo star and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees – has been a consistently powerful force in pop culture for more than two decades.
Wyclef’s family arrived in the US from Haiti when he was just nine, and he showed early musical promise while growing up in Brooklyn and New Jersey, bursting onto the global scene in 1996 when the Fugees released their monumental album The Score.
As a solo artist, Wyclef has released seven albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide. In 2017 he released his first studio album in eight years, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, named by Billboard magazine as one of the 25 Most Anticipated Albums of the Fall.
Wyclef recently released his newest project, Wyclef Goes Back to School, a collaboration with students he met while touring and visiting colleges across the US.
His remarkable journey is described in his 2012 memoir Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story.
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.
John de Keijzer
John de Keijzer leads IT development and is a board member of the IT, Network & Infrastructure business division at Swisscom. He has been leading a transformation of IT development with lean/agile principles. His mission: to create the best and coolest DevOps Team in Switzerland by 2020.
Prior to heading up IT Development, a role he has had since 2015, he led Enterprise Architecture & Technical Strategy where he and his team modernized Swisscom’s network architecture surfing the three-wave strategy of IP, agility and cloud. John joined Swisscom in 2012.
John has nearly 30 years of experience in the global IT and software industry. He is a qualified engineer with an MBA in Computer Science and Economics from Utrecht University.
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.
James Kissell has been a partner at Andreessen Horowitz for three years where he advises Global 2000 executives on technology trends and the firm's latest investments. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, James worked at Google New York for four years where he developed and managed strategic partnerships across various platforms and industries. Before Google, James started and sold a consumer-services business in his home state of Utah. James holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in economics from Brigham Young University.
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.
Christine M. Pambianchi
Christine M. Pambianchi is executive vice president, People and Digital, Corning. In this role, she is responsible for Aircraft Operations, Business Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Protection and Security. Previously, she was senior vice president, Human Resources, responsible for leading Corning’s Global Human Resource and Global Security functions.
Prior to joining Corning in 2010, Pambianchi had a 10-year career at PepsiCo Incorporated. Her last role was director, Human Resources for Information Technology.
Pambianchi holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She serves as president of the board of directors at the Alternative School for Math and Science, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Corning Foundation, the advisory board of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), and the Dean’s Advisory Board for Cornell’s College of Industrial & Labor Relations. In November 2017, Pambianchi was installed as a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR).
For American TV audiences, Questlove is instantly recognizable as the musical director and drummer in The Roots, the GRAMMY award winning hip-hop group and house-band that provides a musical mainstay for one of NBC’s flagship programs, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
As a Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, author, and member of The Roots – the 5-time GRAMMY Award winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Aside from his musical activities, Questlove is also a best-selling author whose latest book, “Creative Quest”, explores the sources of inspiration and originality in what is described as “a wide-ranging conversation around the eternal mystery of creativity”. Questlove is the author of the New York Times Best Selling books Mo’ Meta Blues, and Creative Quest, and James Beard Award nominated Something to Food About, which also won an AIGA “50 Best Books” design award.
His latest book, Creative Quest, explores the sources of inspiration and originality in what is described as “a wide-ranging conversation around the eternal mystery of creativity”.
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.
Named to the Innovate Finance, Women in Fintech 2016 Power List, Sandra focuses on blockchain for social impact solutions. She cofounded UWINCorp: Unleashing Wealth in Nations, focusing on farmers’ asset registry and collateral management, utilizing mobile and blockchain technologies.
Sandra was appointed to CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) March 2018, focusing on education, advocacy & partnership across over 50 countries. She serves on US Department of State Speakers’ Bureau for blockchain/security, EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum, NYC Blockchain Center Board, and Global Blockchain Policy Council (GBPC), founded by bipartisan South Korean Congress.
She served as founding board of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group (PTDL), and Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger. Sandra was former Executive Director, Digitization Head, CME Group, where she was responsible for digital assets and blockchain initiatives, including Bitcoin futures and post trade solutions.
Sandra led EMEA M&A FX and IR derivatives group at Morgan Stanley London and worked at Deutsche Bank as a FX structurer. She holds a M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School, studied Computer Science at Columbia University, School of Continuing Studies and earned a double B.A. Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University.
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.”
Paula Tolliver is Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation. Under her leadership, more than 5,000 IT professionals worldwide are providing innovative IT solutions and services to support growth of Intel’s $70B business portfolio across 58 countries. The IT organization drives innovations and value through business capability improvements and automation, artificial intelligence, enhancing workforce productivity, and protecting Intel’s assets and intellectual property. She is also responsible for advancing Intel’s world class factory automation, engineering and product design technologies, and high-performance computing.
Prior to Intel, Tolliver had a 20+ year career at Dow Chemical, most recently as Corporate Vice President of Business Services and Chief Information Officer.
Jeremy Torres is a New York based bilingual singer-songwriter who has been writing and playing since he was a young child. Throughout the past year he has been playing shows all over New York City. Jeremy was recently featured on up and coming R&B singer, Jazzy Amra’s debut album “Amra”. He is also featured on “Demons Enjoy,” a single from "Wyclef Goes Back to School". Jeremy’s influences include Prince, Carlos Santana, and Jimi Hendrix. He is set to release his first single later this year.
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist and a bestselling, award-winning author. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures.
Webb won the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar Award. She is a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program, a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight, and was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. She was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.
Webb’s research focus is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals and admirals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies. She is the bestselling author of The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, and recently released The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity.
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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