Forest Whitaker - Oscar Winning Actor
Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Whitaker is also a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood's most accomplished figures. He has received prestigious artistic distinctions including the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He has also received the BAFTA Award, SAG Award, and Golden Globe® for Best Actor. In addition, Whitaker received the Best Actor for Bird at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes
Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine. In his "Digital Rules" column, Rich writes about technology, entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and the future of business and work. He also lectures on these subjects and is a regular participant on the Fox News Channel's Forbes on Fox.
He was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, by a homemaker and a high-school athletic director, and attended public schools, where he gave more thought to sports than classes. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in political science. Before joining Forbes, Rich cofounded the 2,500 member Churchill Club, for which he shared a Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year Award, given by Ernst & Young.
Rich has also started two magazines, and he sits on several boards.
Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, Middleware Software, for IBM Software Group
Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, Middleware Software, for IBM Software Group. He has global responsibility for the strategy and management of IBM’s industry-leading middleware portfolio. This includes Application and Integration Middleware, Information Management, Rational, Tivoli, and the newly-formed IBM Security Systems Division. Mr. LeBlanc also chairs IBM’s Technology Team, a senior executive team responsible for setting IBM’s technology agenda.
Michael Copeland, Senior Editor, Wired Magazine
Michael V. Copeland is a senior editor at WIRED, where he focuses on all things related to the business of technology, but especially making sense of data analytics, where mobile is going next, and the collision between computer science and biological science. Prior to WIRED he was a senior writer at Fortune Magazine covering everything from electric cars to genomics and the latest in jet-powered surfboards. Before joining FORTUNE, Copeland was a senior writer at Business 2.0. Copeland graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael D. Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Software Solutions Group
Mike Rhodin is Senior Vice President, IBM Software Solutions Group (SSG), an organization that delivers outcome-based, industry-aligned solutions in high growth areas such as Business Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Smarter Cities and Social Business. In his current role, Mike is responsible for a solutions portfolio that represents one of the fastest growing and most acquisitive segments in IBM.
Tim OReilly, CEO and Founder of OReilly Media
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.
Marie L. Wieck, General Manager, Application & Integration Middleware IBM Software Group
In her more than 25 years with IBM, Marie has held a variety of technical and executive roles in IBM's hardware, software, services and corporate finance groups. In August 2010, Marie Wieck was named to her current position as general manager of Application & Integration Middleware (AIM) business unit. In this role, she leads an organization of more than 7,500 software development, marketing, services, and sales professionals.
Vinay Venkatraman, Founding Partner, The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Designer Vinay Venkatraman is committed to creating a digitally inclusive world and aims to design for the populations of the world who don't have access to the latest tech gadget. He calls his outlook "Frugal Digital."
Harish Grama, Vice President, Application and Integration Middleware Division of IBM Software Group
Harish Grama is Vice President of WebSphere product management and development in the Application and Integration Middleware Division of IBM Software Group where he is responsible for the WebSphere portfolio. Harish leads a worldwide team of several thousand employees across 25 locations. He assumed this position in January 2013.
James Governor, RedMonk, Principal Analyst and Founder
James Governor is co-founder of RedMonk, the only analyst firm which specialises in developer advocacy and analytics. Based in Shoreditch, London, he advises enterprises, startups and major companies such as IBM and Microsoft on developer-led innovation, community and technology strategy. James is also proud to have open source non-profit organisations such as the Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation as clients. James is co-author of the O’Reilly publication Web 2.0 Design Patterns: what architects and entrepreneurs need to know.
Kristen Lauria, Vice President Marketing, IBM Mobile Enterprise and Application and Integration Middleware; IBM Software Group
Kristen Lauria is the vice president of marketing for IBM Mobile Enterprise and Application and Integration Middleware (AIM). Kristen leads all aspects of global marketing for the multi-billion dollar division that includes segment marketing for SOA, Business Process Management, and the WebSphere brand. Her leadership extends beyond IBM Software Group and includes driving IBM’s mobile enterprise computing thought-leadership initiative and market development.
Grady Booch, IBM Fellow; Chief Scientist for Software Engineering
Grady is currently developing a major transmedia project on computing; for more information, visit
Computing: The Human Experience.
Grady is recognized internationally for his innovative work in software architecture, software engineering, and collaborative development environments. He has devoted his life's work to improving the art and the science of software development. Grady served as Chief Scientist of Rational Software Corporation since its founding in 1981 and through its acquisition by IBM in 2003.
Adam Klaber, Managing Partner, Global Business Services IBM
Adam Klaber is the Managing Partner for IBM Global Business Services, leading new market development. He oversees for GBS the key growth initiatives of Business Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Social Business, Mobile, Asset Management and Business Process Management. Along with his leadership roles, he has spent his entire career working with organizations to enhance their sales, marketing and service processes leveraging the use of technology.
Scott Sandell, General Partner, NEA
Scott Sandell is a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) where he heads the firm’s Technology investing practice and its investing activities in China. Since joining NEA in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx and Workday.