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Released by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Feb. 1, 2012


Kerri-Ann Jones

Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones was sworn-in as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on August 20, 2009.

Dr. Jones joins the leadership of the U.S. Department of State after serving as an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning and the development of research and education portfolios. Her most recent position in federal government was as Director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (2002-2005). Her prior professional experience includes serving as the Director for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for the state of Maine (2000-2002), and as Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She has also worked in management and technical positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Lisa Jackson

Since being named President Obama’s cabinet member in charge of environmental protection, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has been named one Newsweek’s “Most Important People in 2010,” featured on Time Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”, listed in Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World,” and profiled in O Magazine for her work to protect our nation’s air, water and land from pollution that threatens human health.

Jackson leads EPA’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. She and a staff of more than 18,000 professionals are working across the nation to usher in a green economy, address health threats from pollution in our air, water and land, and renew the public’s trust in EPA’s work.


Alec Ross

Senior Advisor

Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where he is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals and stewarding Secretary of State Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft agenda.


Garth Saloner

Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean

Garth Saloner, who joined the Business School faculty in 1990, was one of the founders of the Stanford Computer Industry Project, a major study of the worldwide computer industry, funded by the Sloan Foundation, and a founder of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce. He served the Business School as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director for Research and Curriculum Development from 1993-96. In 2006, he led the Curriculum Review Committee that undertook a major overhaul of the MBA curriculum, allowing students more flexibility in selecting courses that complemented their experience and interests.

He is one of only two faculty members to have won the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Stanford Graduate School of Business twice, first in 1993 and again in 2008.

Saloner is known for his pioneering work on network effects, which underlie much of the economics of electronic commerce and business. His research focuses on issues of entrepreneurship, e-commerce, strategic management, organizational economics, competitive strategy, and antitrust economics. Much of his recent work has been devoted to understanding how firms set and change strategy, in established firms and startups.


Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley is the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In her role as Chair, she serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President.

Prior to her appointment, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the city of Los Angeles, California. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also worked for California Governor Gray Davis as Energy Advisor, managing state and federal regulations, legislative affairs, finances and press relations. She served as Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations in the California EPA from 1999-2003. She advised on water and air pollution policy, and established budget and legislative priorities. During the administration of President William J. Clinton, Sutley worked for the EPA as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and special assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C.


Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. Over the years, Tim has built a culture where sustainable innovation is a key tenet of business philosophy. His active engagement with technology communities both drives the company's product development and informs its marketing.

Tim is on the board of Safari Books Online and is a partner in O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

Any discussion of Tim is incomplete without a fuller understanding of the company he founded. O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, research, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, honing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

Publisher of the iconic "animal books" for software developers, creator of the first commercial website (GNN), organizer of the summit meeting that gave the open source software movement its name, leader in Gov 2.0 "government as a platform" efforts, and prime instigator of the DIY revolution through its MAKE magazine and Craftzine.com, O'Reilly Media continually concocts new ways to connect people with the information they need


Vinny Lingham

Vinny is the CEO of San Francisco based startup, Yola.com. Yola (previously known as SynthaSite) was established in 2007 and raised $25m in funding from Johann Rupert’s LXE & JSE listed Reinet Fund. Yola is the world’s leading easy-to-use, browser based, website development software for SME’s and groups, and currently has over 2m users worldwide.

Vinny is the recipient of numerous awards, including Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006) & was also a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) & ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). He also previously founded Clicks2Customers, which also won the Top Technology Company award in South Africa in 2006, for its revolutionary search engine marketing software and services – servicing world class clients such as Walmart.

Vinny has previously served on marketing advisory boards for Nasdaq listed Valueclick & Yahoo, was also selected as an Endeavor “High Impact Entrepreneur” in 2006.


Vinita Gupta

Vinita Gupta co-founded Digital Link Corporation, one of the world’s early providers of innovative data access solutions for building the Internet infrastructures, resulting in its IPO in 1994. She served as the Chairman and CEO of the company since its inception in 1985 up to her retirement in 2005. Under her leadership, Digital Link was recognized as one of ‘the Inc. 500’s “Fastest Growing Companies.” Ms. Gupta has been awarded several honors by publications such as Working Woman and the San Francisco Business Times. Silicon India magazine, credited her with being the first woman CEO of Indian origin to take her company public in the US. Vinita serves on the board of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (a 1000+ physicians community group), and Cancer Prevention Institute of California. She is a passionate advocate of technical education for young women and supports women’s causes, serving as the Board Chair of Maitri, an organization for helping women and children. She earned Bachelors in Engineering from IIT Roorkee India, and Masters in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Married to an entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist husband, they have two wonderful daughters, 19 and 23 years old, who are equally passionate about math and science.


Giacomo Marini

Giacomo Marini is founder and Managing Director of Noventi Ventures, a Silicon Valley early-stage technology venture capital company. In 1981, Marini co-founded Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) with Pierluigi Zappacosta and Daniel Borel. He served until 1992 as Chief Operating Officer.

Earlier, he was Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations; and Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Logitech, he held technical and managerial positions with Olivetti and IBM. Marini is Executive Chairman of Neato Robotics and Board Member or investment lead of Aurora Algae, Celltick, Ecrio, Heliovolt, Lumenergi and Minerva Networks and also a Board Member of PC-TEL, a Nasdaq listed communications technology company.

Over his career, Giacomo has helped build a variety of technology companies. He was involved as an investor, board member or advisor to companies such as Multiscope (acquired by Symantec), Advanced Gravis, Pellucid (acquired by Media Vision), NexCom (acquired by ISSI), Teltier (later Dynamicsoft, acquired by Cisco), Teknema (acquired by Ravisent/Axeda), M7 (acquired by BEA Systems), Easy Market (acquired by TUI), Sygate (acquired by Symantec).


Gina Bianchini

Gina Bianchini is the founder and CEO of Mightybell, a new social platform for people who favor actions over words. Mightybell provides a simple way for creators and instigators to define and share with others an organized series of step-by-step, day-by-day actions grouped together as “experiences” that can be completed by anyone in the world.

In 2004, Gina Bianchini founded Ning, the first (and largest) social platform for the world's organizers, activists, and influencers to create unique, highly flexible social networks in 30 seconds for free. She led Ning as CEO from its inception to March 2010 as an exponentially growing top 100 global website and, during her tenure, one of the most valuable start-ups in Silicon Valley with 300,000 monthly active Ning Networks, 46 million registered users and 90 million visitors a month, adding 1 million new registered users every 14 days.


Eric Dishman

Eric Dishman is an Intel Fellow and the executive responsible for driving Intel’s global strategy, research, and policy initiatives in healthcare. He founded Intel’s first healthcare lab in 1999 and co-founded the Intel Digital Health Group, which recently formed a joint venture: “Care Innovations—An Intel GE Company.” Trained as a social scientist, Eric leads a team who has conducted a ten-year study of the needs of over 1000 patients and hundreds of clinicians in 20 countries to inform Intel’s innovation and policy efforts.

Dishman is widely recognized as a global leader in healthcare innovation, especially home and community-based technologies for chronic disease management and independent living. He co-founded and chaired some of the world’s largest research and policy organizations devoted to advancing the cause of independent living, including the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre, the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), and the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH). The Wall Street Journal named him one of “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement” and the magazine Fast Company named Dishman to its list of “The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2011”. His work has also recently been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity Project.


Jack Dangermond

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.


Lesa Mitchell

Lesa Mitchell is vice president of the Kauffman Foundation’s initiatives focused on advancing innovation. In this capacity, Mitchell’s responsibility is to identify programmatic or policy levers that can accelerate invention and innovation. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Foundation is defining and codifying alternative commercialization pathways, and identifying new models to foster innovation. Mitchell was instrumental in the founding of the Kauffman Innovation Network/ iBridge Network, the Translational Medicine Alliance, the National Academies-based University–Industry Partnership, and leader in the replication of innovator-based mentor programs across the United States. In addition, Mitchell serves on the board of the Regenerative Medicine Foundation.

Prior to joining Kauffman, Mitchell spent twenty years of her career in global executive roles at Aventis, Quintiles, and Marion Laboratories and ran an electronic clinical trials consulting business in support of global pharmaceutical clients.


Bitange Ndemo

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication

Republic of Kenya

Dr. Ndemo was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication where he promptly started new development programs, including marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing. Between 1989 and 1993 he was a Financial Systems Analyst with Medtronic Inc. a Fortune 500 company in the USA. He joined University of Nairobi in 1993 as a Tutorial Fellow rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in the Business School. In 2005, Dr. Ndemo continued to champion strategies of moving and transforming Kenya into the digital age in all spheres. Dr. Ndemo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Masters in Management Information Systems from Minnesota USA, and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield, England.


Jennifer Aaker

A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.Her research spans time, money and happiness. She focuses on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think makes them happy? How can small acts create infectious action, and how can such effects be fueled by social media? She is widely published in the leading scholarly journals in psychology and marketing, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including The Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, CBS Money Watch, NPR, Science, Inc, and Cosmopolitan. Aaker teaches in many of Stanford’s Executive Education programs as well as MBA electives including Designing Happiness, How to Tell a Story, as well as Brands, Experience & Social Technology (BEST). Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Citibank Best Teacher Award, George Robbins Best Teacher Award and both the Spence and Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar Awards, she has also taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA and Columbia.


Fabien Cousteau

Aquatic Filmmaker and Oceanographic Explorer

From his vast experience in the field, coupled with a degree in environmental economics from Boston University, he has refined a public policy platform grounded by his strong belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions that strike a balance between regional and global environmental problems and the realities of market economies.

He successfully spearheaded new product development and business models for environmental sustainability. Having proven his skills in business, he returned to the deep-rooted family passion for exploration. He joined his father, Jean-Michel, and Deep Ocean Odyssey, as the third generation to carry on the tradition of adventure and exploration in the deep ocean; originally pioneered by his grandfather more than half a century ago.

Recently he co-launched Natural Entertainment, which is working on numerous projects related to exploration and environmental awareness through television and other media.

An active writer, he is currently working on a children’s book trilogy. Fabien has been seen on network television, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and as a regular guest/contributor to NBC’s Today Show. Additionally, he is a sought after speaker at a variety of foreign and domestic environmental and water conferences.


Robert D. Hormats

Under Secretary, Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs

Bob was formerly vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International). He joined Goldman Sachs in 1982.

Bob served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1981 to 1982, Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1979 to 1981, and Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979. He served as a senior staff member for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council from 1969 to 1977, where he was senior economic advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Bob was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor in 1982 and the Arthur Fleming Award in 1974.

Bob has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and served on the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations


Gary Bolles

Gary A. Bolles is co-founder of eParachute, a new business for job-hunters, career changers, and entrepreneurs around the world, based on the work of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, and launching in early 2012.

He is the co-founder of SoCap, the conference for “impact entrepreneurs” and investors, at socialcapitalmarkets.net. He has served as a consulting producer of Google Zeitgeist, Nokia IdeasCamp, and TED Corporate Events, and was co-producer of Silicon Valley Meets the U.N., an annual event at the United Nations that was produced in conjunction with UNGAID, and of DGREE.org, a conference on the future of higher education.

Previously, he was an executive in a variety of software startups, including serving as COO for Evolve Software and VP Marketing for Network Products Corp. He has also consulted on innovation strategies with organizations such as Sony, Intel, Nokia, and Silicon Valley Bank, and has advised organizations such as the Dalai Lama Foundation. He was also the editorial director of publications such as Interactive Week, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Network Computing, as well as the on-screen host of TechTV’s “Working the Web.”


Dilawar Syed

Dilawar is CEO of Yonja Media Group, a leading emerging markets social media company based in Silicon Valley and Istanbul, Turkey. Yonja Media operates leading social networking, local commerce and social recruiting properties in the fast growing Turkish market. Prior to joining Yonja Media Group, Dilawar was head of strategy and operations at Yahoo!’s Platform Division and oversaw Yahoo!’s investments in next-generation platforms. Earlier in his career, Dilawar held key roles in enterprise software, at SAP and Siebel Systems, where he launched products globally. Dilawar started his career as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young in the firms’ communications, utilities and financial services industry practices.

Dilawar has played a leadership role in a broad range of civic efforts globally. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Dilawar to President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans. In this role, Dilawar drives Obama Administration’s engagement with the Asian American business community. Dilawar Co-Chairs Dosti Network, an Atlantic Council initiative connecting aspiring entrepreneurs in India and Pakistan and serves on the board of entrepreneurship group OPEN. Dilawar holds an M.B.A from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Ann Bartuska

Dr. Ann Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She comes to REE from the USDA Forest Service, where she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, a position she has held since January 2004. She recently served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January - October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative in the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.).

Dr. Bartuska currently co-chairs the Ecological Systems subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the White House National Science and Technology Council and also is co-chair of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences. She is active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as Vice-President for Public Affairs from 1996-1999 and as president from 2002-2003. She has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and is a member of AAAS and of the Society of American Foresters.


Amy Klement

Amy leads Omidyar Network’s Access to Capital initiative, investing in and supporting organizations that create economic opportunity for millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. Focusing on Microfinance, Entrepreneurship, and Property Rights, her team concentrates their investments in India and sub-Saharan Africa. Amy also plays a leadership role in Omidyar Network's strategic approach to the mobile technology and consumer payments sectors, with a particular focus on the developing world.

Amy has spent much of her career at eBay, Inc., joining PayPal as one of its earliest employees in 1999. As vice president of product, she spearheaded the creation of PayPal's enormously successful payments platform, facilitated the company's overseas expansion into Europe and Asia, and was instrumental in the launch of PayPal Mobile. Amy transitioned to eBay as vice president of relationship marketing to lead email, onsite, and other retention marketing channels. Most recently, as vice president of product and strategy operations, she drove the development of eBay’s long-term product vision and led the user experience and design organization. In addition, Amy helped shape the strategy and subsequently launch both Kiva and MicroPlace, which fueled her passion for the microfinance sector. Earlier in her career, Amy worked in corporate strategy and development at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Saad Khan

Saad Khan is a Partner at CMEA Capital where he leads their digital media and Internet efforts. That includes all seed and early stage investments in the people behind Blekko, Pixazza, Jobvite, and Evolution Robotics. Prior to CMEA, he was a Venture Partner at Garage.com where he helped build Silicon Valley’s first startup incubator. In addition to his day job, he co-founded the Film Angels (working with actors and producers like Carlos Santana and Barrie Osborne, producer of Lord of The Rings); is an Advisor to Lending Club (peer-to-peer lending platform) and SamaSource (micro-work for the next billion); and a Charter Member of TIE. He has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Design School and the UC Berkeley Business School. He blogs at SaadWired and has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Saad can be found on Twitter (@saadventures), and you can also follow his blog (SaadWired.com).


Chris Shipley

Chris Shipley, co-founder and CEO, drives the strategy and business operations for the global software and services firm as it builds the business development platform for the innovation ecosystem. A leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of economic growth and job creation. She has built a career on identifying emerging market opportunities and the innovative startups poised to capitalize on them, and as executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, helped companies including WebEx, VMWare, salesforce.com, TiVo, Xfire, Ribbit, and Ironport make their market debut. In June 2010, SVForum presented Chris with its prestigious Visionary Award for her work with young companies. She sits on the board of CSR-management software company Versaic, and is an advisor to a number of early stage companies.


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