Leadership Speak fighting against COVID 19
Dr. Ramesh Raskar
Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and directs the Camera Culture research group. His focus is on Machine Learning and Imaging for health and sustainability. They span research in physical (e.g., sensors, health-tech), digital (e.g., automated and privacy-aware machine learning) and global (e.g., geomaps, autonomous mobility) domains.

At MIT, his co-inventions include camera to see around corners, femto-photography, automated machine learning (auto-ML), private ML (split-learning), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra, EyeSelfie), a novel CAT-Scan machine, motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen),  new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).

In his recent role at Facebook, he launched and led innovation teams in Digital Health, Health-tech, Satellite Imaging, TV and Bluetooth bandwidth for Connectivity, VR/AR and 'Emerging Worlds' initiative for FB.

Before MIT, he co-invented techniques for AR, Computational Photography, Shader Lamps (projector-AR), composite RFID (RFIG), multi-flash non-photorealistic camera for depth edge detection, quadric transfer methods for multi-projector curved displays.

He received the Lemelson Award 2016 and ACM SIGGRAPH Achievement Award 2017, Technology Review TR100 award 2004, Global Indus Technovator Award (top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide) 2003, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship award 2009 and Darpa Young Faculty award 2010. Other awards include Marr Prize honorable mention 2009, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept+ NIKE, 2010, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award (first place) 2011. His work has appeared in NYTimes, CNN, BBC, NewScientist, TechnologyReview and several technology news websites.

He has worked on special research projects at Google [X], Facebook, Apple and co-founded/advised several start-ups. He launched REDX.io, a platform for young innovators to explore AI-for-Impact. He frequently consults for dynamic organizations to conduct 'SpotProbing' exercises to spot opportunities and probe solutions. He holds 90+ US patents.

Read more
Dr. Ramesh Raskar
Gunjan Sinha
Executive Chairman of MetricStream

Over the course of his career, Gunjan has spent over 20 years in various entrepreneurial, board, and executive positions building innovative businesses. As an Internet pioneer, he was the Co-Founder and President of WhoWhere? Inc., a leading Internet directory services company that was acquired by Lycos in 1998, as well as eGain, an online customer service company which he built from inception to post NASDAQ IPO. Gunjan currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Silicon Valley companies, and in 2010, he was appointed to the Board of the US-India Science and Technology Research Endowment Fund by the US State Department to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. He also serves as the Chairman of CFHI.org which brings transformative healthcare education to under-served communities around the world. He is currently the Executive Chairman of MetricStream and is responsible for leading the firm's overall strategy and execution.

Gunjan obtained his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and UC Santa Cruz, respectively. He also holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. Gunjan has been featured as one of the 50 most successful immigrant entrepreneurs in the US by Silicon India.

Read more
Gunjan Sinha
Jade Nester
Director, Consumer Policy - GSMA

Jade is the Director, Consumer Policy at the GSMA, an industry organisation that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Throughout her career, Jade has spent over 14 years advising governments and industry on consumer and telecom policy. Previously, she managed clients at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, where she advised clients on compliance with privacy and data protection laws and regulations.

As an internet advocate working on information and communication technology, she held several positions within the U.S. government between 2006 and 2014. She was a Senior Advisor for Internet Policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Commerce Department. She also served as Director, Internet Public Policy at the State Department.

During the Obama Administration, Jade co-chaired a White House National Science and Technology Council working group that was responsible for the U.S. Policy on commercial cross-border privacy issues, including U.S. views on GDPR. She was part of the Commerce Department in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Consultation team. She served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy in 2010, and represented the U.S. government at various other meetings of the OECD and International Telecommunications Union.

Jade holds CIPP/G, CIPP/E, and CIPM certifications, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). In addition to Internet public policy and global privacy frameworks, she specializes in big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and ethics, international negotiations, cybersecurity, Internet intermediary liability issues, and Internet governance. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board and the MIT Technology Review Global Panel, a community of business professionals.

Read more
Jade Nester
Dr. Santanu Bhattacharya
Chief Data Scientist, Airtel X Labs

Dr. Santanu Bhattacharya is the chief data scientist at Bharti Airtel, an Indian global telecommunications services company based in Delhi, India. His principal area of responsibility is leveraging data science capabilities and deep analytics to understand unique customer demands and needs, and driving transformation for “Airtel 3.0”.

Santanu is an MIT Sloan, MIT Media Lab alum, BTech from IIT (Bombay), and a Ph.D. from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a seasoned executive with expertise in digital transformation leading Multi-Billion Dollar data-driven businesses on a global scale.

Santanu brings with him nearly 18 years of rich experience across esteemed organizations like NASA, Facebook, AOL, and Delhivery. He has played a crucial role in leading Facebook’s emerging market products with 350 million users, generating 2 Billion Dollar revenue. He has also headed America Online’s (AOL) global data analytics and products with a 1 Billion Dollar topline and has played a significant part in the journey of startup Delhiveri’s Unicorn status. He has successfully founded two startups - Salorix and Origin.

He is also a notable speaker and writer. His work has been covered in the Mashable, TechCrunch, Forbes, Le Monde, Economic Times, and several others. He is also accredited as a “Global Public Figure” with a blue-tick verified account on Facebook.

Read more
Santanu Bhattacharya
Shellye Archambeau
Board Member, Nordstrom, Verizon, Roper Technologies and Okta

Ms. Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon [NYSE:VZ], Nordstrom [NYSE: JWN], Roper Technologies [NYSE: ROP] and MetricStream.

She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company that enables corporations to improve their business operations through better risk management across the enterprise. Ms. Archambeau built the company into a global market leader with over 1200 employees serving customers around the world. Under her leadership MetricStream was recognized for growth and innovation over the years and was named in the top 10 of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50” and named a global leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms for 9 consecutive years.

Ms. Archambeau has over 25 years of experience in technology leading organizations focused on business to business as well as business to consumer. She is a recognized expert in marketing and co-authored, “Marketing That Works: How Entrepreneurial Marketing Can Add Sustainable Profits to Any Sized Company.” She has held EVP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer roles for two public companies and as President of Blockbuster.com, launched the entertainment retailer’s first online presence.

She was named the second most influential African American in IT by Business Insider in 2013. In 2015, she was ranked one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America” by Newsmax and that same year received the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award from The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

Shellye is also a sought-after speaker on governance, risk and compliance as well as marketing and entrepreneurship. She guest lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business. She has been featured or referenced in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and The Financial Times.

In her spare time Shellye enjoys exercising, the performing arts, entertaining and cooking.

Read more
Shellye Archambeau
Vish Mishra
Venture Capitalist

Described by the San Jose Mercury News as “Silicon Valley personified,” top ten influencers of Silicon Valley and listed among 51 most influential global Indian men, by Times of India publication, Vish Mishra came to the United States from India 52 years ago to attend North Dakota State University.

Mishra holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University.
He moved to the Silicon Valley in the late 1970s, where he went to work for Amdahl and National Semiconductor and started organically building the kind of support network that is very important to entrepreneurs looking for help.

A respected philanthropist, Mishra is dedicated to several social causes. He is the recipient of the prestigious Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s Heritage Award and Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s Civic Leadership award.

He joined Clearstone in 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high- tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. Clearstone has nearly $700M in committed capital with notable portfolio companies like PayPal (eBay), Rubicon Project (RUBI) BillDesk (India), The Hive, and The Fabric. Mishra prides himself on being a “mentor capitalist” who sits or has sat on boards and advisory boards of many venture-backed companies including Telera, Quantros, Novariant and CloudVolumes. Glassbeam, Goombal, Abor Vita and Verseon, He is a founder of companies such as Telera and Excelan and has also been the CEO of five start-ups. He serves as advisor to The Fabric and The Hive, co-creation studios in cloud and artificial intelligence companies.

As the former president and trustee of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley, Mishra has served as a director at India Community Center and advisor to Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at San Jose State. He is the founding board member of San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative and the Bay Area co-chair for Akshaya Patra, a mid-day school meal program in India serving 1.8 million meals daily. He also serves as an advisor to Vijay Amritraj Foundation

Read more
Vish Mishra
Dr. Archana Dubey
Global Medical Director for HP

Dr. Archana Dubey has worked over the last 20 years as a physician, executive, entrepreneur and adviser, currently serving as the Global Medical Director for HP, population health strategist for the health and wellness programs for the global HP population, and healthcare consultant for HP's healthcare products. She also holds her academic role as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, training the future physicians.

Dr. Dubey trained in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine from Columbia University and USC respectively, and has practiced medicine at Stanford Health care and UC Davis for several years. At Stanford University, she served as a clinician and Stanford’s Director of Primary Care associates program that trained advanced practitioners. Entrepreneur at heart, she founded HealDeal, a digital health company in 2007 which was the industry’s first price transparency and market efficiency platform, before versions of Castlight were a norm in the industry.

Over years of patient care, Dr. Dubey has been on the forefront of making medicine personalized, efficient and affordable for patients and simplified for providers. With a keen interest in digital health technology, she has participated and led solution design and product implementations at HP, HPE, Stanford, Google, UC Davis hospital. She has worked on population health, patient engagement, behavioral economics and applications of emerging technologies ( ML/AI) in healthcare. At HP she has founded and regularly hosts the Invent Health series, a Healthcare conference focused on innovation in key areas of healthcare. As an industry expert she is frequently invited as a speaker, board member, adviser and mentor to several Digital Health forums and companies. As a lifelong learner, she has just completed her education at Stanford in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning and it’s applications in healthcare.

Read more
Dr. Archana Dubey
Negin Shiraghaei
Founder and CEO, Open Growth UK

Negin Shiraghaei has been a lead news anchor at BBC. She has been advocating about human rights, equality, and diversity, and is building a new vision for the future of communication.

Negin has been in media for two decades and has worked on all different types and roles, from print and online journalism to TV and Radio. She spent the last decade of her career as a journalist working for BBC Persian TV and Radio and specializes in the Middle East and Central Asia affairs.

As an advocate for human rights, Negin has spoken at the UN Human Rights Council on the impact of online harassment on female journalists.

She is greatly involved in improving the representation of women in media. She was part of BBC's initiative for gender equality (50:50).

Her vision for the future of communication would actively engage thought leaders, companies as well as governmental and non-governmental players around the globe. She is creating the next-generation broadcasting and conferencing capabilities that fit the purpose of the new world's challenges.

Read more
Negin Shiraghaei
Steven M. Ferguson
Special Advisor, NIH Office of Technology Transfer

Steven M. Ferguson currently serves as Special Advisor at the NIH Office of Technology Transfer where he has worked since 1990. The biomedical technology transfer program at NIH is one of the world’s largest with a portfolio that includes about 1700 active licenses with aggregate sales greater than $6B per year that is based upon research that has also generated 34 FDA-approved drugs & vaccines. 

A former chemist at the National Cancer Institute and biotech industry product manager, Mr. Ferguson holds Master's Degrees in Business Administration (George Washington University) and Chemistry (University of Cincinnati) as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Case Western Reserve University).

A registered Patent Agent and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), Mr. Ferguson is faculty and Technology Transfer Department Chair at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH and the Biotechnology Industry Organization “BIO Boot Camp”. He also serves as a business reviewer or advisory board member for the US-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, Maryland Innovation Initiative, Virginia Bio-Life Science Gap Fund, the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and the DOD Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program.

He has published extensively in the field of technology transfer and has also received the AUTM President’s Award (AUTM Band), the NIH Director’s Award, the FAES Instruction Award, four “Deal of Distinction” awards from the Licensing Executive Society, six Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards, and fifteen NIH Merit Awards in recognition of his service and activities in technology transfer.

Read more
Steven M.
All About COVID-19
What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.

Have a Question? Contact Us
Design Everest

Please reach out to us via our submission form if you have any questions or concerns.

Feedback is greatly appreciated, thank you!

Newsletter Subscription