FT Innovate America: The Business of Innovation
Chris Anderson
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he worked with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York in various positions, ranging from Technology Editor to US Business Editor.
Mr Anderson is the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.

Awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the "Time 100," the news magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek during his tenure (2009). Time Magazine's Tech 40 -- The Most Influential Minds In Technology (2013).

Mr Anderson founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time. His background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.

Mr Anderson was also a bit player in the DC punk scene and amusingly, a band called REM in his twenties. 
Tom Beauregard
EVP of UnitedHealth Group and Executive Director
UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization
Tom Beauregard is an Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group and the Executive Director of the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization. As a member of the core leadership team, Mr Beauregard identifies strategies to extend sustainable coverage for all Americans and leads a team that develops and launches meaningful innovations. He is a noted health care industry expert with broad strategy and implementation experience. Recent innovation accomplishments include a National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with the Y-USA and the Center for Disease Control, an evidence based childhood obesity solution, and a reality TV based diabetes prevention program (Project NOT ME) that Mr Beauregard received a regional Emmy for in his role as an Executive Producer.
Mr Beauregard previously served as the CEO of a UnitedHealthcare business (United Essentials) where he was responsible for research and new product development. In this role Mr Beauregard’s team conducted extensive employer and consumer research and developed related programs and products that extended appealing and affordable coverage to targeted employer and consumer segments. His team has launched several highly innovative solutions that include new breakthroughs in affordable coverage solutions, advanced consumer choice models, value based incentive models, and portable insurance solutions.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Mr Beauregard was the National Practice Leader for Hewitt Associates, a global management consulting firm. He has over 25 years of health care leadership experience and is one of the industry’s leading experts on the forefront of dramatic change. Mr Beauregard is a graduate of Hobart College’s economics program and earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Greg Brogger
NASDAQ Private Market
As President, Greg Brogger oversees NASDAQ Private Market and also serves as a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining the NASDAQ Private Market, Mr Brogger was CEO of SharesPost, Inc., which he founded in early 2009 to bring transparency, efficiency and scale to private securities transactions. Mr Brogger was also a co-founder of TrueCar, Inc., a next-generation online auto buying platform, where he was responsible for the company’s early strategic partnerships. He was on the founding team at CarsDirect.com (now Internet Brands) and was Idealab’s VP of Business Development. Mr Brogger is also an angel investor through his incubator and fund, BrightHouse. Earlier in his career, he advised technology companies as a securities lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  Mr Brogger received his BA from UC Berkeley, his JD from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from The Wharton School.
Sunil Chandra
VP of Staffing and Operations
Sunil Chandra leads the Google People Services (GPS) organization which includes Staffing, HR Operations, Business Intelligence, and Effectiveness teams. The GPS team is based out of 50 global offices and is responsible for hiring several thousand Googlers annually, optimizing the review of millions of resumes annually, hosting industry and university programs to attract various talent, and managing over 120 operational services that cover everything from answering Googler questions about HR processes and programs to administering compensation and benefits plans. In addition, the team provides services and reporting for teams within People Operations (Google’s HR department). Prior to Google, Mr Chandra was the Chief Operating Officer for Technology at Barclays Capital, where he built out the global services group in Singapore, and Director of Administration at McKinsey.
Andy Donner
Investment Director
Unilever Ventures
Andy Donner joined Unilever Ventures in January 2013 to establish the North America office and invest in digital marketing and ecommerce ventures. He has 15 years of investment and management experience in the information technology and consumer products industries. Prior to joining Unilever Ventures, Mr Donner was a founding partner at Physic Ventures where he led the firm’s Connected Health investment practice which includes digital media, telemedicine, health e-games, and technology-enabled wellness programs. Mr Donner serves on the boards of Alliance Health Networks, WaterSmart Software, and Yummly. He graduated cum laude from Duke University's pre-med program and earned his MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded full-tuition as a Haas Merit Scholar.  
George Foster
Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management, Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
George Foster is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is Director of the "Executive Program for Growing Companies" and the "Global Entrepreneurship  Endeavor Program"  as well multiple programs for the National Football League. In 2006 Advance named Professor Foster one of the “100 Leading Global Australians” in its first such listing. He is an active participant in the Australian American Leadership Dialogue at  Stanford University which brings together business and political leaders from both countries.

Professor Foster has been on the boards of two venture capital firms—Allen & Buckeridge (Australian-US focused ventures) and W.I. Harper (China-US focused ventures) as well as the boards of multiple early stage companies. He was a Founding Equity Partner in BlueGum Technologies, a successful Australian startup in Australia that acquired and managed electronic manufacturing plants from IBM and Alcatel—BlueGum was subsequently sold to Solectron.

Professor Foster is currently leading a project for the World Economic Forum on "Entrepreneurial Eco-Systems Around the Globe". He also was Project Leader of a previous World Economic Forum project on "Global Entrepreneurship" that was released at the Davos meeting in 2011. This project examined the   growth paths of companies formed in the last 15 years in 8 to 10 different countries. He has written over 30 cases on high growth companies from many countries including Australia, China, Ireland, and USA. He is the recipient of many research awards and a distinguished teaching award from Stanford University. Other Executive Programs he has directed are multiple versions of the "Leadership for Growth" one-year CEO Program for Enterprise Ireland and "How to Evaluate Business Opportunities" for  the National Basketball Players Association.

Professor Foster received his Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and Master of Economics from The University of Sydney and his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.He has Honorary Doctorates from University of Ghent (Belgium) and University of Vaasa (Finland).
Sean Gourley
Co-founder and CTO
Sean Gourley is a Physicist, decathlete, political advisor, and TED fellow. He is originally from New Zealand where he ran for national elected office and help start New Zealand's first nanotech company. Mr Gourley studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he received a PhD for his research on the mathematical patterns that underlie modern war. This research has taken him all over the world from the Pentagon, to the United Nations and Iraq. Previously he worked for NASA on self-repairing nano-circuits and is a two-time New Zealand track and field champion. Mr Gourley is now based in San Francisco where he splits his time between mathematical research and his venture capital backed startup Quid. 
Peter Graf
Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President
Dr Peter Graf serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President at SAP.  Dr Graf  built SAP’s sustainability strategy and organization from the ground up. Under his guidance, SAP has become highly regarded for its leadership both as an exemplar of sustainable operations and as a provider of software solutions that enable SAP’s global customers to enact more sustainable business practices. Dr Graf  oversees strategy and innovation for sustainability solutions and operations.

During his tenure at SAP, Dr Graf  shaped the company's industry solutions, applications and platform strategy. He was a co-inventor of SAP NetWeaver, the company’s software platform which is now a vital contributor to SAP’s financial success.

Based out of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, Dr Graf  is part of the company’s senior leadership team and reports to the co-CEOs, Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott.
Tom Green
VP of New Business and Strategy
Lending Club
Tom Green is Lending Club’s VP of new business/strategy. Mr Green formerly advised major tech companies on strategy, with Bain & Company, and before that he launched new products for Capital One. Mr Green is focused on value creation in platform businesses, and in addition to his role at Lending Club, he is a board member of Hire an Esquire, a two-sided marketplace in legal tech.
Stephen Hahn
Research Fellow
The Dow Chemical Company
Steve Hahn joined Dow in Midland, Michigan in 1982 and has worked in a variety of business and corporate research and new business development functions prior to assuming his current role in 2007. As Research Fellow, Mr Hahn leads Dow’s efforts to identify emerging, strategically aligned chemical, materials, water and energy related business opportunities. He is focusing on the North American West Coast region and is currently located in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area of Northern California.

Mr Hahn holds 38 issued U.S. Patents, has 40 publications in refereed journals, and 6 chapters in scientific reference books. Mr Hahn was named a Dow Inventor of the Year in 1990 and 1996, was the Distinguished Alumni Lecturer at Michigan Tech in 1996 and 2003, and received the Dow Excellence In Science Award in 1999. He was a Visiting Professor of Chemistry and IPrime Scholar at the University of Minnesota in 2002. He received the American Chemical Society Cooperative Research Award in 2008 and the Council for Chemical Research Collaboration Award in 2010. He has represented Dow on Advisory Boards at the University of Connecticut and at Michigan Tech. Mr Hahn also serves on the advisory board for the Global Social Venturing Competition at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley. Mr Hahn has a B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Tech and an M.S. in Chemistry from Central Michigan University.  
Andrew Hill
Management Editor
Financial Times
Andrew Hill is the management editor and an associate editor at the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column on global business, strategy and management. Mr Hill was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010. 

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has also worked as financial editor, comment & analysis editor, New York bureau chief, foreign news editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

He was named Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

Mr Hill launched and helps run the FT’s Business Book of the Year Award and headed the editorial team behind the FT Women at the Top initiative.

He is a member of the development board of the Arvon Foundation, a governor of Aboyne Lodge School, St Albans, and deputy chair of the University of Cambridge Alumni Communications Group. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a Companion of the Guild of St George, the charitable trust founded by John Ruskin.
Mr Hill graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1987 with a first-class degree in English.

He can be found tweeting at @andrewtghill
Chris Hogg
Former CEO and Co-Founder, 100Plus and Associate VP of Data Science
Practice Fusion
As a former biologist and clinical analyst, Chris Hogg brings an expert analytical perspective to his role as digital health entrepreneur. He aims to change the healthcare landscape and the relationship we have with our health through robust data insights made available to the average patient and doctor. Previously, he co-founded and led a consumer mobile health company, 100Plus, which was acquired by Practice Fusion. He is a longtime Health 2.0 advocate and tech enthusiast.
Stephen Hoover
Chief Executive Officer
PARC - A Xerox Company
Steve Hoover is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company. Practicing open innovation since 2002, PARC develops innovations and new technologies and takes those to market in collaboration with Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies, startups, and governments. Dr Hoover leads PARC’s business and research in diverse areas including networking, electronics, cleantech, innovation services, intelligent systems, and more.
Dr Hoover specializes in integrating technology, market, and business opportunities – from fundamental R&D to commercial scale-up. In prior roles, he was responsible for developing and bringing to market innovations ranging from intelligent self-healing products to computational photography solutions and new web services platforms.  D. Hoover earned his PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and BS from Cornell University and holds seven patents.
Deborah Hopkins
Chairman of Venture Capital Initiatives and Chief Innovation Officer
Debby Hopkins is Citigroup’s Chief Innovation Officer, a position she was appointed to in 2008. Her mission is client-focused innovation.
Based in Palo Alto, California, she focuses on building partnerships with venture capitalists, start-ups, corporations, universities and thought leaders to support the development of new products, services, and business models. To maximize creativity and impact, Ms Hopkins and her team work across Citi’s business units, regions, and the enterprise as a whole. She also serves as Chairman of Citi Venture Capital Initiatives, seeking investment opportunities that support and enhance her mission.
Since joining Citi in 2003, Ms Hopkins has served in a number of executive roles, including Head of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, Chief Operations & Technology Officer, and as senior advisor to the Global Investment Bank, a role she continues to this day.
Prior to working at Citi, she held senior-level positions at several global firms, including Chief Financial Officer for both Boeing and Lucent Technologies, and Vice President of Finance for General Motors Europe.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Qlik Tech, and the Advisory Boards of Stanford’s Technology Venture Partners program and Riverwood Capital Partners.  From 2000-2005 Ms Hopkins was a member of DuPont’s Board.  She also serves on the board of the Green Music Center, a non-profit education and community arts facility associated with Sonoma State University.
Fortune Magazine has twice placed her among the top 10 most powerful women in American business, American Banker has heralded her as one of the "Women to Watch" in the industry, and in 2011-13, she was named to the Institutional Investor’s top Tech 50 list. A sought-after speaker and mentor and a 1977 alumna, Ms Hopkins was also named the 1999 Walsh College Distinguished Alumna. She recently delivered the 2013 commencement address at Walsh and received an honorary Doctor of Law degree. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Westminster College.
Abhi Ingle
Vice President, Ecosystem and Innovation
Abhi Ingle is in charge of the Ecosystem and Innovation organization at AT&T whose charter is to sharpen AT&T’s focus on innovation both internally and externally, with an emphasis on speed, agility, and working with external ecosystems such as venture capital firms, start ups, and developers. Mr Ingle is responsible for driving innovation at AT&T incorporating employee ideas from one of the world’s largest crowd-sourced employee innovation program – The Innovation Pipeline (TIP).  His organization is also responsible for operating the global network of AT&T Foundries where a combination of design thinking, open collaboration and agile development can bring ideas to life rapidly.

Prior to this role, Mr Ingle led the Industry & Mobility Application Solutions (IMAS) team, responsible for mobile application and m2m solutions for the AT&T business customer segment.  His team worked with Line of Business, IT and vertical industry executives to define, design and deploy business solutions that helped corporations and government agencies wirelessly enable their business applications.
Mario Kranjac
Managing Partner
Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP
Mario Kranjac is the Managing Partner of Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP.  Mr Kranjac counsels boards, owners and entities with respect to the full spectrum of business transactions, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other financing transactions, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganizations.  Mr Kranjac has significant experience with businesses across several sectors, both domestically and internationally, including financial services, e-commerce, social media, fashion, distribution and manufacturing.

Mr Kranjac has authored several opinion pieces on small business regulation, including “Stop Feeding the 800-Pound Regulatory Gorilla,” published by RealClear Markets, and “Silicon Alley Soaring” on the resurgence of Silicon Alley, published by the New York Post.  

Mr Kranjac has served as a speaker and panelist at various industry events, including participation at Brooklyn Law School on the challenges of practicing law in Silicon Alley.  He has also appeared on the Fox Business Network providing commentary on how to increase lending to small businesses.  

Mr Kranjac currently serves on the board of directors of The Alliance of Guardian Angels and on several advisory boards, including the Advisory Board at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business.

Mr Kranjac received his BS in Accounting (cum Laude) from Fordham University College of Business Administration and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Lisa Lambert
VP and Managing Director
Intel Capital
Lisa Lambert is a vice-president of Intel Capital and the managing director of the Services, Open Source, & Machine to Machine Group. Ms Lambert is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. Ms Lambert joined Intel Capital in 1999. Prior to that, she held a Product Marketing Management position with Intel’s Desktop Products Group with responsibility for the Pentium II, III processor family. Prior to joining Intel, Ms Lambert worked as a software engineer (1989-1992) and in senior roles in strategic planning, product marketing, and sales (1992-1995) at Owens-Corning. 

Ms Lambert is on the board of directors for X+1 Solutions and Silkroad Technology, and she is a board observer for CollabNet, Zend Technologies, and VCE, LLC. Ms Lambert has invested in and managed exits from VMware (IPO), MySQL (acquired by Sun), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Financial Engines (IPO), Gaikai (acquired by Sony), DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), Accertify (acquired by AMEX), OpenFeint (acquired by Gree), Jajah (acquired by Telefonica), Kingsoft (IPO), Enjoyor (IPO), Tobesoft (IPO), Perceptive Pixel (acquired by Microsoft), Joulex (acquired by CISCO), and CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy), to name a few. 

Ms Lambert is founder and executive director of UPWARD (www.upwardwomen.org), a professional non-profit organization focused on accelerating careers of senior professional women. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS/MIS from Pennsylvania State University.
Rebecca Lynn
Managing Director
Canvas Venture Fund
Rebecca Lynn is a Managing Director of the Canvas Venture Fund, where she focuses on early-stage investments in mobile, financial services, healthcare IT, SaaS, and consumer. Ms Lynn was named  “Top Women VC” and “Midas List Hot Prospects” by Forbes in 2013.
In 2007, Ms Lynn joined Morgenthaler Ventures and currently serves as a Partner at that firm as well. She led investments in Lending Club, Practice Fusion, Check (previously Pageonce) and Doximity. Ms Lynn is a board member of Lending Club, Check, Doximity, Socrata and a board observer of Adara Media.

Ms Lynn began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters where she launched new products internationally. She spent time in both Cincinnati and Mexico City developing new products and launching a new category in Latin America. She then joined NextCard as employee number 30, and rose up the ranks to become VP of Marketing and head of customer acquisition. During her four years at NextCard, Ms Lynn led product development efforts and managed one of the top-five largest online marketing efforts of that time. NextCard was the first online credit card company, and it went public in 2000 with a $1.3B market cap. After NextCard, she ran her own consulting business focused on online marketing for financial services and affiliate marketing.

Ms Lynn is a member of the California Bar Association and a member of the US Patent Bar, with a focus on intellectual property litigation and corporate law. She was published in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal. Ms Lynn is also an inventor on several issued patents.
Brad McManus
General Partner
Capbridge Group
Brad McManus is co-founder of Capbridge Group, which custom-builds and manages strategic venture funds for corporations seeking new business growth in targeted vertical market areas. Prior to founding Capbridge, Mr McManus led the Panasonic Venture Group, the strategic venture capital unit of the consumer electronics giant. Based on an Open Innovation imperative, the group's mission was to identify technology and business growth opportunities for Panasonic, invest in venture backed companies and structure mutually rewarding alliances. He has served on the board of the global Corporate Venture and Innovation Conference for the eight years and has lectured at MIT on corporate venturing. Mr McManus is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (MBA, B.S. Finance and Economics).
David Merrill
President and Co-Founder
Dave Merrill is President and co-founder of Sifteo, a San Francisco startup spun out of research at the MIT Media Lab. Mr Merrill is a hardware/software hacker + entrepreneur specializing in cutting-edge human-computer interaction who believes we need new "hand-tools for the digital age". He has built multiple award-winning interfaces and technologies that reinvent how people use computers. Mr Merrill and his work have been featured at TED, MoMA, the Discovery Channel, Popular Science and Wired.
Sridaran Natesan
Vice President, External Innovation (R&D)

Dr Sridaran Natesan is the Vice President of External Innovation and a senior member of the management of Science Strategy, External Innovation and Science Policy group at Sanofi. Prior to taking this role in 2009, he served as the Scientific Site Head of Sanofi-Aventis in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2005-2009, he served as the Senior Distinguished Scientist and co-led the stem cell initiative at Sanofi-aventis. Dr Natesan has 20 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience and during this time was leading multiple scientific teams focused on drug discovery and held several senior management roles. Dr Natesan is responsible for setting up major partnerships with major academic and medical institutions, biotechnology companies and disease foundations.

Dr Natesan received his PhD degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Calgary and pursued his post-doctoral work at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York. Dr Natesan serves on several committees and boards including the Industry Committee of International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), Mass BioEd and U Mass Center for Clinical & Translational Science.
Andrew Pearce
Director of Technical Strategies
DreamWorks Animation
Andrew Pearce is Director of Technical Strategies at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for promoting DreamWorks as a center of technical excellence. During his tenure, he has tripled the patent portfolio, spearheaded DreamWorks’ first open source project OpenVDB to industry acclaim and wide adoption, and successfully driven the budgets for opening new studios in China for film animation (Oriental DreamWorks), and Glendale (DreamWorks TV) for a Netflix deal to deliver over 300 hours of animation in a multi-year deal.

Previously, Mr Pearce was Director of Research and Development for Simulation and Lighting, the tools and processes that artist use to turn DreamWorks’ 3D animated models into the final pixels. A high-light list of delivered capabilities include; High Dynamic Range imagery for Megamind with a minimal increase in image size; stereo rendering at only a small percentage increase over mono rendering for Monsters vs. Aliens; large scale fluid, gas and fire simulation solvers for breath effects on How To Train Your Dragon; seamless fracture effects for Kung Fu Panda 2; and improved feathered character grooming for Shrek Forever After and Puss In Boots. Additionally, a massive re-architecture of software in collaboration with Intel established interactive, highly parallel, and distributable platforms for the next round of ground-breaking films via internal tools Torch and Premo now being used in production to deliver How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Before joining DreamWorks Animation, Mr Pearce spent 3 years as Head of Production Technology and CTO at ESC, the VFX house behind the Matrix sequels. He started his career at Alias developing technologies such as Alias, Paint Effect, Maya and delivering Maya for Mac OSX as Director of Maya Technologies. He shares an Oscar for his part in the development of Maya, and is equally proud of his 1999 CBC comedy special.

Mr Pearce received a MSc from the University of Calgary where he studied Computer Science specializing in parallel Computer Graphics and Improvisational Theatre. Perhaps not surprisingly, both have served him well at DreamWorks, where an understanding of the creative process has provided insight into the tool development process, and has involved him aspects of production outside of technology.
Andy Rachleff
President and CEO
Andy Rachleff is Wealthfront’s president and CEO. He serves as a member of the board of trustees and vice chairman of the endowment investment committee for University of Pennsylvania and as a member of the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship.

Prior to Wealthfront, Mr Rachleff co-founded and was general partner of Benchmark Capital, where he was responsible for investing in a number of successful companies including Equinix, Juniper Networks, and Opsware. He also spent ten years as a general partner with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE). 

Mr Rachleff earned his B.S. from University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has frequently been named to Forbes magazine’s The Midas List as a top tech venture investor. 
Madhav Rajan
The Robert K. Jaedicke Professor of Accounting, Professor of Law (by courtesy) at Stanford Law School, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Madhav Rajan is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business, and oversees the MBA and MSX programs.  He is the Robert K. Jaedicke Professor of Accounting and Professor of Law (by courtesy) at Stanford Law School.  Professor Rajan received his MS, MBA, and Ph.D degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.  His dissertation won the Alexander Henderson Award for Excellence in Economic Theory.  Professor Rajan served on the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2001, and has been at Stanford since.

Professor Rajan’s research studies the economics behind management accounting issues related to incentives and performance evaluation.  In 2004, he received the Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature award.  Professor Rajan has twice served as editor of The Accounting Review.  Professor Rajan has taught accounting to a variety of audiences at Stanford, Chicago and Wharton.  Among his honors for teaching is the David Hauck Award, the highest undergraduate teaching distinction at Wharton.

Professor Rajan is coauthor of Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis, currently in its 14th edition, and the recent first edition of Managerial Accounting. He is a Director of Cavium, Inc. and iShares, Inc., and a Trustee of the iShares Trust.
Mood Rowghani
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)
Mood Rowghani joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2011. He focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved strong adoption and scale.

Before joining KPCB, Mr Rowghani worked for five years at Summit Partners, where he led the firm’s Internet and digital media practice in North America. Mr Rowghani was actively involved across Summit’s Internet portfolio, including serving as a director at Announce Media, where he helped lead the take-private acquisition of Answers Corp. (Nasdaq: ANSW). Earlier in his career, Mr Rowghani was with Highland Capital Partners, where he was actively involved with Vistaprint (Nasdaq: VPRT) and Coremetrics (acquired by IBM). He also spent two years at McKinsey & Co., where he served Global 1000 clients in the high-tech industry.

Mr Rowghani has a BA from the University of Texas and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Laura Sherbin
EVP and Director of Research
The Center for Talent Innovation (CTI)
Laura Sherbin, Executive VP and Director of Research at the Center for Talent Innovation heads up CTI’s survey research. She is an economist specializing in work-life issues and gender. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University teaching “Women and Globalization.” Ms Sherbin is a co-author of Harvard Business Review articles “How Diversity Can Drive Innovation”, “How Gen Y and Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda”, “Off-Ramps and On-Ramps Revisited” and Harvard Business Manager article “Letzte Ausfahrt Babypause” and CTI reports including Innovation, Diversity and Market Growth. Ms Sherbin has also co-authored the Harvard Business Review Research Reports The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology and The Sponsor Effect: Breaking Through the Last Glass Ceiling. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned her PhD in economics from American University.
Richard Waters
West Coast Editor
Financial Times
Richard Waters is the West Coast Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry.
Before moving to the West Coast, Mr Waters was based in the FT’s New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT’s first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media.
Mr Waters previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent.
Before working for the FT, Mr Waters worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd’s Bank International and lived in Chile, also working as a teacher.
In 2004, Mr Waters was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the year for his coverage of Google’s IPO. Mr Waters was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, Mr Waters was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year.