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2019 MIT Innovations in Management Conference

Roadmaps to Success: How to Foster Your Company’s Growth
March 6-7, 2019
 
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Andrew Backs
Cofounder & Chief Innovation Strategist
Pilot44 Labs
Andrew Backs is the founder of Pilot44, a passionate group of accomplished startup entrepreneurs, technologists, and marketers that utilize new lean methodologies to help large companies accelerate digital innovation and build new ventures. Pilot44 helps prototype, pilot, and validate startup-powered solutions that transform companies, solve business challenges, disrupt categories, and even lead to entirely new businesses. Prior to founding Pilot44, Backs led Procter & Gamble’s open innovation effort in Silicon Valley. He is an experienced corporate entrepreneur that spent 10 years at P&G and has marketing, retail, finance, M&A, and extensive business development experience. Backs has a unique talent for bridging an entrepreneurial approach with the complexities of large company operations, cutting through the noise to bring meaningful solutions to market.
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Devin Basinger
Cofounder
DeepBench
DeepBench.io was founded by four MIT graduate students in 2017. Since then, DeepBench has evolved from a "faster & cheaper" expert network, to become the SaaS infrastructure that makes external and internal expertise accessible within an organization. Strategy consultants, investors, designers and innovators use the DeepBench platform to access external expertise, organize expertise internally, and make thought leaders easily accessible for 1-1 consultations with clients.

Before DeepBench, Devin Basinger (MIT Sloan MBA 2018) consulted high tech clients at Accenture.
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Harish Batlapenumarthy
Founder & CEO
Emtropy Labs
Harish Batlapenumarthy is founder and CEO of Emtropy Labs. For over 15 years, Batlapenumarthy, an MIT Sloan and IIT Bombay grad, has helped build and deploy enterprise grade applications for complex business processes from finance to HR to supply chain. He led the M&A technology integrations at Greatbatch Inc and was a product manager at Oracle Corp before that. Before Emtropy, he worked on Meemoz which used AI to automate the day in the life of a manager.
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Neerja Bharti
Founder & CEO
GeniusMesh
Passion and drive to solve the inefficiencies in the networking, referral and executive recruitment process comes from facing the problems of networking and experiencing the struggle of finding the right Alumni to approach for referrals. Neerja Bharti has 15+ years of experience in consulting & technology development. Bharti holds an EMBA from MIT Sloan and a masters in computer science. She founded GeniusMesh to make it easier for EMBAs to find each other, share confidential opportunities, and help companies fill high profile roles, faster.
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Harrison Bralower
Cofounder & CEO
Abstract Manufacturing
Harrison Bralower is cofounder and CEO of Abstract Manufacturing (MassChallenge 2018), which helps legacy manufacturing operations discover the hidden factory with non-invasive sensor retrofits and computer vision. He has led development of complex hardware systems in all physical engineering fields, including astronomical camera systems in the MIT Space Systems Lab. Bralower served as entrepreneur-in-residence in 2018 at The Engine, the MIT-backed venture capital firm.
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Sheri Brodeur
Director of Corporate Relations
MIT Corporate Relations
Sheri Brodeur is director of Corporate Relations at MIT. Prior to this she spent 22 years at Hewlett-Packard Company in several roles. Her most recent position was in the HP Labs Strategy and Innovation Office. The role of this organization is to set HP Labs research strategy and extend HP's internal research capacity by partnering with universities, governments and other companies on a global scale to much more rapidly advance the positive impact of technology on the world.

Sheri spent 15 years with HP Labs, HP's corporate researcher center, managing major university alliances and programs, including a $25M program with MIT. She has been responsible for managing global higher education technology programs in the areas of Security, Digital Libraries (DSpace), Information Management, and Sustainability.

Prior to this role she spent the previous eight years at Hewlett-Packard in the sales organization moving from the position of Field Sales Engineer to Global Account Manager. In this role she was responsible for selling, supporting and delivering high end test and measurement solutions for the communications industry.

Brodeur has a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and an MS in Solid State Science from the Materials Research Laboratory at Penn State University.
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617-253-8985

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Bruce Cameron
Director, System Architecture Lab
Lecturer, Systems Engineering
MIT
Bruce Cameron is the Director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and a cofounder of Technology Strategy Partners, a consultancy. His research interests include technology strategy, system architecture, and the management of product platforms. Previously, Cameron ran the MIT Commonality study, a 30-firm investigation of platforming returns, which concluded that firms face systemic downward pressure on commonality, partially resulting from challenges capturing the costs of variety. Cameron has supervised over 40 graduate students, and has directed research projects for BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, NSTAR, AMGEN, Verizon, NASA, and Amazon. Prior to MIT, he worked as an engagement manager at a management consultancy and as a system engineer at MDA Space Systems, and has built hardware currently in orbit. Cameron received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and two Masters and PhD from MIT.
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Joseph Coughlin
Director
MIT AgeLab
Joseph Coughlin, PhD is Director of the MIT AgeLab. Based in the Center for Transportation & Logistics, he teaches in MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School's Advanced Management Program. Coughlin conducts research on the impact of global demographic change and technology trends on consumer behavior and business strategy. He advises a wide variety of global firms in financial services, healthcare, leisure and travel, luxury goods, real estate, retail, technology, and transportation. Coughlin has served on advisory boards for firms such as Bell Canada, British Telecom, Daimler, Fidelity Investments and Sanofi-Aventis. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Advisory Committee on Aging and by Governor Charlie Baker to the Governor’s Council on Aging in Massachusetts, where he co-chaired the Innovation & Technology Subcommittee. A Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographics & Ageing Forum, Coughlin is a Senior Contributor to Forbes and writes regularly for MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. He was named by Fast Company Magazine as one the ‘100 Most Creative in Business’ and by the Wall Street Journal as inventing the future of retirement. Recently, Coughlin was recognized as one of 15 World Minds by the Zurich-based World Minds, a select community of global leaders in science, arts and business. His new book, The Longevity Economy: Inside the World's Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (Public Affairs, 2017), is one of CEO READ’s Business Bestsellers.
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Subhrangshu Datta
CEO
CompanionMx
Subhrangshu Datta is CEO of CompanionMx. He has built and scaled several innovation driven start-up business units with large medical device companies and served as Global Head of Sales & Marketing for Smith & Nephew’s <$100M Gynecology business and also previously as General Manager for Sushrut-Adler, a wholly owned Smith & Nephew Subsidiary in the Emerging Markets. Datta served as the Head of the Fertility Technologies business at EMD Serono and Operations Strategy Consulting Manager at A.T. Kearney. He was a Leaders for Global Operations Fellow at MIT and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, an SM in engineering systems from MIT, an MS in materials science & engineering from Ohio State University, and a B.Eng. in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
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Jana Eggers
CEO
Nara Logics
Jana Eggers is CEO of the neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence platform company, Nara Logics. Eggers is an experienced tech exec focused on inspiring teams to build great products. Eggers has started and grown companies and led large organizations at public companies. She is active in customer-inspired innovation, the artificial intelligence industry, the Autonomy/Mastery/Purpose-style leadership, as well as running and triathlons. Eggers has held technology and executive positions at Intuit, Blackbaud, Los Alamos National Laboratory (computational chemistry and super computing), Basis Technology (internationalization technology), Lycos, American Airlines, Spreadshirt (ecomm), and multiple startups.
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Damon Frost
Chief Information Officer
Procter & Gamble, Beauty
Damon Frost is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for P&G’s Beauty business. Frost is responsible for Beauty’s category’s IT needs end to end, including innovation, productivity opportunities, and the development of a category-specific digital strategy. He was previously responsible for the development and operations of all sales systems, marketing and brand systems, initiative management, and business intelligence systems for the company. During his tenure at P&G, Frost has had many roles including being on the core team of globalizing P&G email environment, driving the architecture choice for P&G EAI platforms, leading the development of P&G next generation business intelligence tools and roles in P&G’s business units leading the IT strategy for the Coffee business, running P&G’s email, instant messaging, audio and web conferencing, and video collaboration services globally and P&G India CIO. He currently serves on the Cincinnati – Hamilton County Community Action Agency Board of Trustees, Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business Alumni Board, and was on the American School of Bombay’s Board of Trustees (President). Frost currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Karyn and two daughters.
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Frederick Goff
Founder & CEO
Jobcase
Frederick Goff is Founder and CEO of Jobcase, Inc. Goff served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at Percipio Asset Management, LLC. Previously, he served as the Managing Director and Head Trader of BankBoston Robertson Stephen’s global Emerging Markets Trading and Derivatives, Chief Investment Officer at The GHK companies, and the Global Head of Sales of a global fixed income broker dealer. Goff has successfully invested in f/x, fixed income, simple and complex derivatives, equity, and energy commodities. He serves as Member of Advisory Board of ITC Ventures, Inc. He holds a BS in industrial management and economics and an MS in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon, as well as an MS in management of technology from MIT.
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Karl Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Opening Remarks
Day 1, 9:00
Karl Koster is the executive director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Koster also served as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Koster graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Jennifer Lum
Cofounder & COO
Forge.AI
Jennifer Lum is the COO and Cofounder of Forge.AI, a data company that creates fuel for intelligent machines. Prior to Forge, Lum helped build four startups through to acquisition by public companies - Adelphic (acquired by Time Inc), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and WebHosting.Com (acquired by AT&T). Lum works with startups and venture firms as a board member and an advisor. She has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and the Boston Globe.
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Ali Merchant
Cofounder & CEO
iQ3Connect
Ali Merchant is the cofounder and CEO of iQ3Connect. He has more than 10 years of experience with the computational methods and application of design methodologies in the aerospace industry. Merchant has worked with major US engine manufacturers, NASA, and DoD on advanced research projects. He holds a Masters and PhD from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.
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Georgia Perakis
William F Pounds Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Research and Operations Management
MIT Sloan
Georgia Perakis is the William F. Pounds Professor of Management and a Professor of Operations Research/Statistics and Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been on the faculty at MIT Sloan since July 1998.

Perakis teaches courses and performs research on analytics, optimization, dynamic pricing, revenue management, and supply chain, among others. At MIT over the years, she has taught in a variety of programs such as MBA, EMBA, undergraduate, MSc, and PhD programs across MIT. For her teaching, Perakis won the Graduate Student Council Teaching Award in 2002 as well as the Jamieson Prize in 2014 for excellence in teaching and the Teacher of the Year award (among all faculty at the MIT Sloan School) in 2017.In her research, she investigates the theory and practice of analytics. She is particularly interested on how to solve complex and practical problems in pricing, revenue management, supply chains, logistics and energy applications among others. Perakis has widely published in some of the flagship journals of the field such as Operations Research, Management Science, POM, Mathematics of Operations Research, and Mathematical Programming, among others.She has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the PECASE Award from the Office of the President on Science and Technology. In 2016, she was elected as an INFORMS Fellow, a group that recognizes individuals for lifetime achievement to the field. In addition to the above, her work has received recognition with awards such as the TSL Best Paper Award, the Best Paper competition of the Informs Service Science Section several times, as well as Best Application of Theory Award from NEDSI (Northeast Decision Sciences Institute) Conference. Her work on promotions with the Oracle RGBU was a finalist at the Practice Award of the RMP Section of INFORMS in 2015. In addition, her work on predicting demand for new products that was tested with Johnson and Johnson won first place at the Applied Research Challenge Competition in 2018.

Perakis has a passion for supervising PhD, master’s, and undergraduate students, and builds lifelong relationships with them. So far, she has graduated twenty-one PhD and forty-eight master’s students. In 2012, she received the Samuel M. Seegal Award for inspiring student to achieve excellence.

From 2009 to July 2015, Perakis served as the Sloan faculty CoDirector of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO, former LFM) Program at MIT (joint program between the Sloan School and the School of Engineering). She has also served as the group head of the Operations Management group at MIT Sloan School from 2010-2017. Currently, she is serving as the faculty director of the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at MIT Sloan.She also currently serves as an associate editor for the flagship journals of the field: Management Science, Operations Research, MSOM, the INFORMS Journal on Optimization, and as a senior editor for POM. She has served as the chair of the RMP Section of INFORMS and as the VP of Meetings of the MSOM Society of INFORMS.Perakis holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Athens, as well as an MS in applied mathematics and a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University.
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Mike Perozek
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Smartvid.io
Mike Perozek heads up Smartvid.io's sales, marketing, partner, and customer success programs. He is passionate about helping customers adopt new technology and achieve breakthrough financial and operational improvements. Prior to Smartvid.io, Perozek built and led sales and customer success teams at leading vertical SaaS companies Buildium LLC (real estate) and Bullhorn (recruiting/CRM). Perozek's alma maters include Stanford University and MIT Sloan, and when he's not working, he's hanging out with his family and spending time outdoors.
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Charles Purtell
Vice President, New Ventures
Danaher Corporation
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Tor Jakob Ramsøy
Founder & CEO
Arundo
Arundo Founder and CEO Tor Jakob Ramsøy was previously a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. At McKinsey, he led the technology service lines for the Global Energy Practice and EMEA Big Data/Advanced Analytics, and was also country manager for McKinsey Norway and led the Business Technology Office in Scandinavia. Prior to McKinsey, Ramsøy was a Senior Partner at Accenture. He holds an MS from MIT.

Arundo is a software company based in Oslo, Norway; Houston, TX; and Palo Alto, CA. Their products help business leaders and operations professionals in maritime and other heavy industries better manage complex physical systems through machine learning and data-driven software applications. Founded in 2015, Arundo has raised over $35 million in financing and currently consists of around 100 software engineers, data scientists, and industrial domain experts, including 23 PhDs. They are part of Stanford’s StartX program and have received investment from the Stanford-StartX Fund. Arundo was also named to the MIT STEX25 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Startup Exchange.
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Sanjay Sarma
Vice President for Open Learning
Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Office of the President
Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is the first Dean of Digital Learning at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Senaya and ESSESS.

Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.
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617-253-8737

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Michael Schrage
Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business;
Visiting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship;
Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Michael Schrage is a fellow with MIT Sloan School's Initiative on the Digital Economy and the author of ’The Innovator’s Hypothesis’ [MIT Press 2014], ‘Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2012], and ‘Serious Play’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2000], among others. His research, writing, and advisory work focuses on the ‘behavioral economics’ of models, prototypes, and experiments as collaborative media for managing ‘innovation risk’ and opportunity. His current research explores the interplay of ’network effects’ with innovation and human capital. Schrage’s pioneering work in ‘selvesware’ technologies was designed to augment aspects, attributes, and talents of productive individuals. Current research building on that theme, in collaboration with Google and the Sloan Management Review, addresses the ‘future of KPIs’ and digital dashboards. His particular interest is the future of ‘agency’ in algorithmically-rich networked environments.

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Yossi Sheffi
Elisha Gray II Professor, Engineering Systems, MIT
Professor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering at MIT, where he serves as Director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is a faculty member of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as well as the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Sheffi is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management. He is the author of several best-selling and award-winning books, including Balancing Green, The Power of Resilience, Logistics Clusters, The Resilient Enterprise, and Urban Transportation Networks. Sheffi has consulted with leading enterprises and founded or cofounded five successful companies: LogiCorp (acquired by Ryder in 1994); PTCG (acquired by Sabre in 1996); e-Chemicals (acquired by AspenTech in 2001); Logistics.com (acquired by Manhattan Associates in 2003); and Syncra Systems (acquired by Retek in 2004).
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Steven Spear
Senior Lecturer
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
MIT Sloan School of Management
Dr. Steve Spear (DBA MS, MS), senior lecturer at MIT and author of The High Velocity Edge, teaches in the Leaders for Global Operations and the Sloan executive education programs. He has brought ideas about high velocity learning into practice with Alcoa, Beth Israel Deaconess, GSK, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Mass General, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Pratt and Whitney, the Toyota North American supplier network, and the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. Since 2015, he’s been an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, focusing on creating a high velocity learning dynamic within the Navy, and he contributed to the Navy’s ‘comprehensive review’ of 2017 accidents in the Pacific.
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Donald Sull
Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School of Management
Donald Sull is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Sull is a global authority on managing in turbulent markets, and directs a week long course on effectively executing strategy in volatile markets. He has been identified as a leading management thinker by The Economist, the Financial Times, and Fortune which named him among the ten new management gurus to know. The Economist listed his theory of active inertia among the ideas that shaped business management over the past century.

He has published five books, including The Upside of Turbulence (2009). His book Made in China was named one of the top eight business books of 2005 by the Financial Times and his book Why Good Companies Go Bad was a finalist for the Academy of Management’s Outstanding Management Book Award. Sull has also written over 100 book chapters, case studies, and articles, including several bestselling Harvard Business Review articles.

As a consultant and management educator, Sull has worked with companies including Mars, Oracle, PIMCO, Royal Bank of Canada, Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates Airline, Baker & McKenzie, Burberry, and Schneider Electric. He speaks regularly at leading management conferences, such as Microsoft’s CEO Summit and the McKinsey Strategy Summit.

Prior to academia, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and a management-investor with the leveraged buyout firm Clayton & Dubilier on the Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company deal. He remains active in private equity as an investor and advisor to start-up companies. He lives in London and Cape Cod.

Sull received his A.B., M.B.A., and doctorate from Harvard University, where he taught entrepreneurship at the Harvard Business School before rejoining the London Business School faculty as a professor of management practice in strategy and entrepreneurship. Sull has won teaching awards at both London Business School and Harvard University.
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Neil Thompson
Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL
Visiting Professor, Lab for Innovation Science, Harvard University
Neil Thompson is a research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and a visiting professor at the Lab for Innovation Science at Harvard. He is also an associate member of the Broad Institute, and was previously an assistant professor of innovation and strategy at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he co-directed the Experimental Innovation Lab (X-Lab). Thompson has also advised businesses and government on the future of Moore’s Law and has been on National Academies panels on transformational technologies and scientific reliability. He holds a Masters in computer science and statistics and a PhD in business and public policy from Berkeley, as well as a Masters in economics from the London School of Economics and undergraduate degrees in physics and international development. Prior to academia, Thompson worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.
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Shimir Varia
Global VP, Enterprise Architecture
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Shimir Varia is the Global Vice President of Enterprise Architecture for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s leading brewer. At AB InBev, Enterprise Architecture includes the areas of data, cloud, network, workplace, mobile, applications and API’s/microservices. Varia has held this position since January 2017.

Varia joined AB InBev in 1999 as a systems technology engineer at the Columbus Brewery in Ohio. Since then, he has held various positions in both the brewery operations and IT functions and has worked in Ohio, St.Louis, New Jersey, and New York.

His main focus is driving the digital transformation for AB InBev. Varia and his team designed and built AB InBev’s cloud, bringing together the entire company’s data to provide a base for analytics and reporting and connect all employees through a collaboration platform.

Varia holds a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
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John Wass
CEO
Profit Isle
John Wass is CEO of Profit Isle. He is the former Senior Vice President of Staples and CEO of WaveMark, an RFID company recently acquired by Cardinal Health. Wass was also a key senior executive during Staples? growth from three stores to over 1,000 nationwide. He is a graduate of Princeton and MIT.
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Roy Wilsker
Senior Director, IT
Medtronic
Roy Wilsker is a Senior Director in IT at Medtronic. He works in innovation related areas, including Value-based Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented and Virtual Reality.
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Barbara Wixom
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Center for Information Systems Research
Barbara Wixom joined MIT Sloan in June 2013 to serve as a Principal Research Scientist for MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR is funded by 85 corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digitization. Wixom’s work focuses on how organization’s effectively deliver value from their information assets.

Prior to MIT CISR, Wixoma was a tenured faculty member at the University of Virginia's (UVA) McIntire School of Commerce where she taught courses in data management, business analytics, and IT strategy at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels. She is a two-time recipient of the UVA All-University Teaching Award (2002, 2010), which recognizes professors’ teaching excellence, particularly those who inspire and motivate students. This honor is especially meaningful to Barbara because she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia.

Since the mid-90’s, Wixom has deeply explored data warehousing, business intelligence, business analytics, and big data. Her research ranges from large-scale surveys to in-depth case studies. Four of her cases have placed in the Society for Information Management Paper Awards competition: First American Corporation (1999), Owens and Minor (2000), Continental Airlines (2004), and Sprint (2008). Wixom is a leading academic scholar, publishing in such journals as Information Systems Research; MIS Quarterly; MIS Quarterly Executive; and Journal of MIS. She has presented her work at national and international conferences to various academic and business audiences.

Wixom maintains close ties with practice. She serves as associate editor of the Business Intelligence Journal, research fellow of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), and best practice judge for the TDWI annual BI Best Practices Awards. She presents annually for the Society for Information Management’s Advanced Practices Council. Wixom works closely with a variety of organizations through her leadership with the Business Intelligence Congress, an annual global forum of business and academic thought leaders who inform universities how they can best prepare the next generation BI/BA/Big Data workforce to meet market needs.

Wixom is the author of two leading systems analysis and design textbooks, published by John Wiley & Sons.
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