Marc Alba

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Marc Alba

Senior Vice President.Head of Disruption. NTT, Inc.

  • 14:40, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Marc Alba is a leading expert in disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, exponential technologies and digital transformation. Currently Head of NTT Disruption, a new business area of NTT, focus in creating disruptive solutions and assets for NTT companies and clients. NTT Disruption’s main goal is create today what really matters for tomorrow, and to make it happened, Marc guides NTT Disruption to relentlessly hack business in the main fields of disruption with true exponential technologies.

Throughout the past 20 years, he has served in diverse positions (researcher, entrepreneur, chief innovation officer, transformation director, founder of non-profit movements, and advisor of a large and varied set of both private and public organizations) that in combination provide him with a holistic perspective of the key socioeconomic challenges that businesses and societies are facing worldwide. He has carried out his activities in multiple sectors, including automotive, telecom, industry, banking, insurance, government, energy, and non-government/non-profit organizations. He is the (co)author of 5 books and more than 100 publications, and defines himself as a “disruptionholic workaholic citizen of the world”.

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Marc Alba

Senior Vice President.Head of Disruption. NTT, Inc.

  • 14:40, Monday 18th
  • Whistler Convention Center

Marc Alba is a leading expert in disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, exponential technologies and digital transformation. Currently Head of NTT Disruption, a new business area of NTT, focus in creating disruptive solutions and assets for NTT companies and clients. NTT Disruption’s main goal is create today what really matters for tomorrow, and to make it happened, Marc guides NTT Disruption to relentlessly hack business in the main fields of disruption with true exponential technologies.

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Robb Rasmussen

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Robb Rasmussen

Head of Global Marketing NTT DATA Corporation

  • 11:40, Monday 19th
  • Whistler, Canada

Robb Rasmussen is head of Global Marketing for NTT DATA Corporation, a Global IT Innovator delivering technology-enabled services and solutions to clients worldwide. Robb and his team, in collaboration with the marketing organizations of the NTT DATA Regional Operating Companies, continue to execute on the ONE NTT DATA Strategy by driving consistent alignment in global account governance, digital strategy execution, analyst relations and marketing.

Prior to this role, Robb was the chief operating officer of NTT DATA Services. He was responsible for driving delivery and operational efficiency and quality across the enterprise, including direct oversight for NTT DATA’s delivery centers in North America and India.
Before his COO responsibilities, Robb served as president of Enterprise Services for NTT DATA Services, with responsibility for overall client satisfaction for North American-based clients in various industries, as well as for service and solution development, sales, and onshore/offshore client delivery for packaged application services related to Oracle and SAP.

He joined NTT DATA from the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he held a variety of strategic positions including executive responsibility for HP’s nearshore and farshore delivery operations across more than 25 countries. Before joining HP, he held several key executive leadership positions at EDS.

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Robb Rasmussen

Head of Global Marketing NTT DATA Corporation

  • 14:30, Monday 18th
  • Whistler Convention Center

Robb Rasmussen is head of Global Marketing for NTT DATA Corporation, a Global IT Innovator delivering technology-enabled services and solutions to clients worldwide. Robb and his team, in collaboration with the marketing organizations of the NTT DATA Regional Operating Companies, continue to execute on the ONE NTT DATA Strategy by driving consistent alignment in global account governance, digital strategy execution, analyst relations and marketing.

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Amy Jo Martin

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Amy Jo Martin

NYT Bestselling Author, Founder/CEO, Keynote Speaker & Why Not Now? Podcast Host

  • 10:10, Monday 19th
  • Whistler, Canada

“Amy Jo is the author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, and host of the acclaimed Why Not Now?podcast. Amy Jo founded one of the first social media agencies, Digital Royalty, to help corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social communication channels. Amy Jo has worked closely with renowned brands such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hilton Worldwide, Shaquille O’Neal and Nike to successfully humanize their presence. Her motto: humans connect with humans, not logos.

After a successful 7-year run, Amy Jo exited Digital Royalty in 2016. Amy Jo has since launched the Renegade Brand Bootcamp – a 3 month intensive training mastermind designed to help female founders and entrepreneurs own their voice online, and grow their businesses. She has a social media following of more than a 1 million people and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes. Amy Jo calls the Black Hills of South Dakota home, along with her husband, their son and two Australian Shepherds.”

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Amy Jo Martin

NYT Bestselling Author, Founder/CEO, Keynote Speaker & Why Not Now? Podcast Host

  • 10:10, Tuesday 19th
  • Whistler Convention Center

“Amy Jo is the author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, and host of the acclaimed Why Not Now?podcast. Amy Jo founded one of the first social media agencies, Digital Royalty, to help corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social communication channels. Amy Jo has worked closely with renowned brands such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hilton Worldwide, Shaquille O’Neal and Nike to successfully humanize their presence. Her motto: humans connect with humans, not logos.

After a successful 7-year run, Amy Jo exited Digital Royalty in 2016. Amy Jo has since launched the Renegade Brand Bootcamp – a 3 month intensive training mastermind designed to help female founders and entrepreneurs own their voice online, and grow their businesses. She has a social media following of more than a 1 million people and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes. Amy Jo calls the Black Hills of South Dakota home, along with her husband, their son and two Australian Shepherds.”

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Brent Bushnell

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Brent Bushnell

CEO at Two Bit Circus

  • 18:20, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Brent is the CEO and co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to create immersive, social fun and operates a network of micro-amusement parks. These 40k square foot retail entertainment centers bring together the best in free-roam VR, interactive game shows, futuristic carnival games, modern arcades, escape rooms and more. The team has created experiential attractions for brands including NFL, NBA, Google and the Olympics and regularly serve as immersive entertainment partners for studios, technology companies and events. Previously Brent was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and was a founding member of the creative collective that helped the band OK Go build the Rube Goldberg machine for their viral music video that has garnered 60+ million views.

Brent is an entrepreneur, electrical engineer, software developer, and an authority in immersive entertainment, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality. Brent is an expert in the art of connection and experiential engagement.  He is passionate about creating new ways to capture people’s hearts and minds with new technologies and he is on fire about using play and spectacle to inspire the next generation of inventors.

Brent is chairman of Two Bit Circus Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that deploys STEAM-based programs to empower students with the tools of invention  and facilitates STEAM Carnivals around the world.  He is a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow and enjoys mentoring teens in entrepreneurship via programs such as NFTE.

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Brent Bushnell

CEO at Two Bit Circus

  • 18:20, Monday 18th
  • Whistler Convention Center

Brent is the CEO and co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to create immersive, social fun and operates a network of micro-amusement parks. These 40k square foot retail entertainment centers bring together the best in free-roam VR, interactive game shows, futuristic carnival games, modern arcades, escape rooms and more. The team has created experiential attractions for brands including NFL, NBA, Google and the Olympics and regularly serve as immersive entertainment partners for studios, technology companies and events. Previously Brent was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and was a founding member of the creative collective that helped the band OK Go build the Rube Goldberg machine for their viral music video that has garnered 60+ million views.

Brent is an entrepreneur, electrical engineer, software developer, and an authority in immersive entertainment, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality. Brent is an expert in the art of connection and experiential engagement.  He is passionate about creating new ways to capture people’s hearts and minds with new technologies and he is on fire about using play and spectacle to inspire the next generation of inventors.

Brent is chairman of Two Bit Circus Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that deploys STEAM-based programs to empower students with the tools of invention  and facilitates STEAM Carnivals around the world.  He is a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow and enjoys mentoring teens in entrepreneurship via programs such as NFTE.

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Joel Cuello

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Joel Cuello

Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at The University of Arizona

  • 15:45, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Dr. Joel L. Cuello is Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. He is also currently Vice Chair of the International Association for Vertical Farming (AVF).

A globally recognized expert in the engineering of sustainable biological and agricultural systems, his technical expertise in both engineering and biology provides the platform for engineering designs in various agricultural and biological systems with emphasis on optimizing biological and agricultural productivities while fostering resource sustainability and environmental protection.

Prof. Cuello has designed, constructed and implemented varied types of engineered agricultural or biological systems, including those applied to bioregenerative space life support, vertical farming, plant tissue culture, micropropagation, industrial mass production of algae and plant cell and microbial cultures for production of biomass, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, etc. He is the Principal Inventor of the patented algae photobioreactor series — the Accordion photobioreactors — as well as the Vertical Farming systems — V-Hive Vertical Green Box and Mobile & Modular Cultivation Systems for Vertical Farming.

Prof. Cuello conducted his postdoctoral research in the Controlled Ecological Life Support System Division at NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida as a U.S. National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate. He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, with Minor in Chemical Engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University in 1994. He also earned two M.S. degrees (Agricultural & Biological Engineering; Plant Physiology) from The Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. He is a Lifetime Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China and a Faculty Fellow at De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Prof. Cuello has published over 60 refereed journal publications and 11 book chapters and has delivered over 300 professional presentations around the world. As major advisor, he has graduated 26 Ph.D. and M.S. students, and has mentored three postdoctoral research associates, five international visiting Ph.D. candidates and 10 international visiting scientists and professors. Prof. Cuello has lectured and has been invited as Guest or Keynote Speaker around the world, including in Brazil, China, South Korea, Israel, Palestine, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, India, Italy, Jordan, Egypt, Japan, Australia, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

He is an active member of a number of scientific and professional societies, having served as officer of technical committees for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE). He recently served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the ASABE. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Biopharmia, LLC based in Oslo Norway, C-Trade based in Tucson, Arizona, and Torus-Med, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona. He has also been serving as Scientific Technical Adviser for the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 2011and the Annual Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture in Abu Dhabi, UAE since 2014, among others.

He has developed and currently teaches the courses “Globalization, Sustainability and Innovation” and “Integrated Engineered Solutions in the Food, Water, Energy Nexus” at The University of Arizona.

Prof. Cuello has been inducted as member of three U.S. professional honor societies, including the U.S. Honor Society of Agriculture, the U.S. Honor Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and the U.S. National Honor Society of Engineering. He was elected to the Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering in 2012 and was the 2012 Recipient of the Excellence in Global Education Award by The University of Arizona’s Global Initiative Program. Prof. Cuello is a 2015 Recipient of the Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared (Innovation and Impact) Award for his innovative work on various algae production systems. He was also elected as Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Science and Technology – Philippines in 2016.

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Joel Cuello

Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at The University of Arizona

  • 15:45, Monday 18th
  • Whistler Convention Center

Joel Cuello is a globally recognised expert in the engineering of sustainable biological and agricultural systems, his technical expertise in both engineering and biology provides the platform for engineering designs in various agricultural and biological systems with emphasis on optimizing biological and agricultural productivities while fostering resource sustainability and environmental protection.

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Afdhel Aziz

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Afdhel Aziz

Founder and Chief Purpose Officer Conspiracy of Love

  • 16:15, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Afdhel Aziz is one of the world’s leading experts in marketing innovation and the power of purpose. He is an award-winning marketer who has led brands for Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Absolut, and Nokia, in London and New York. Afdhel has been a speaker at the Forbes CMO Summit, Cannes Lions, SXSW, Advertising Week and more, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, Fast Company, The Guardian, Coolhunting, Billboard, Hypebeast and more. Passionate about brands and culture as forces for good, he is the co-author of the book Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn’as well as a regular FORBES contributor where he writes about how purpose drives business and social impact.You can find out more at www.afdhelaziz.comand follow him on Twitter at @afdhelaziz.

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Afdhel Aziz

Founder and Chief Purpose Officer Conspiracy of Love

  • 16:15, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Afdhel Aziz is one of the world’s leading experts in marketing innovation and the power of purpose. He is an award-winning marketer who has led brands for Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Absolut, and Nokia, in London and New York. Afdhel has been a speaker at the Forbes CMO Summit, Cannes Lions, SXSW, Advertising Week and more, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, Fast Company, The Guardian, Coolhunting, Billboard, Hypebeast and more. Passionate about brands and culture as forces for good, he is the co-author of the book Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn’as well as a regular FORBES contributor where he writes about how purpose drives business and social impact.You can find out more at www.afdhelaziz.comand follow him on Twitter at @afdhelaziz.

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Juan Enriquez

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Juan Enriquez

Co-founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc. Managing Director, Excel Venture Management

  • 10:40, Monday 19th
  • Whistler, Canada

Juan Enriquez is one of those unique individuals who lives in the future and works on the cutting edge of discovery. He is an active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, and is one of theworld’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits ofgenomic research.

His newest book, with Steve Gullans, is Evolving Our- selves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Muta- tion are Changing Life on Earth. In Evolving Ourselves,Juan and Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of howhumans are changing the course of evolution — some- times intentionally, sometimes not.

Juan coauthored, also with Steve Gullans, an electronic book titled, Homo Evolutis: A Short Tour of Our New Species. The book takes you into a world where humansincreasingly shape their environment, their own selves, and other species.

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Juan Enriquez

Co-founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc. Managing Director, Excel Venture Management

  • 10:40, Tuesday 19th
  • Whistler Convention Center

Juan Enriquez is one of those unique individuals who lives in the future and works on the cutting edge of discovery. He is an active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, and is one of theworld’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits ofgenomic research.

His newest book, with Steve Gullans, is Evolving Our- selves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Muta- tion are Changing Life on Earth. In Evolving Ourselves,Juan and Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of howhumans are changing the course of evolution — some- times intentionally, sometimes not.

Juan coauthored, also with Steve Gullans, an electronic book titled, Homo Evolutis: A Short Tour of Our New Species. The book takes you into a world where humansincreasingly shape their environment, their own selves, and other species.

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Keren Elazari

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Keren Elazari

Security Analyst, Author & TED Speaker at K3r3n3.com

  • 17:50, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Keren elazari is an internationally recognized security analyst, researcher, writer and speaker. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, big 4 and fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and PwC. Keren covers emerging security technologies as an independent strategic analyst. In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to speak at the prestigious TED Conference. Keren’s talk has been viewed by 2 million people worldwide, translated to 30 languages, and chosen for TED’s ‘Most Powerful Ideas’ and Inc.com’s ‘Top Ted Talks Of 2014’.

In 2017, It’s one of the most watched TED talks on the topic of security and hacking. Keren holds a CISSP security certification, an MA in Security Studies, and is currently a senior researcher with the prestigious Security & Technology Workshop ICRC research center at Tel Aviv University. Since 2012, Keren is a visiting faculty member on topics of cyber security with Singularity University, a private think tank, located at NASA Research Park in California.

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Keren Elazari

Security Analyst, Author & TED Speaker at K3r3n3.com

  • 17:50, Tuesday 19th
  • Whistler Convention Center

Keren elazari is an internationally recognized security analyst, researcher, writer and speaker. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, big 4 and fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and PwC. Keren covers emerging security technologies as an independent strategic analyst. In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to speak at the prestigious TED Conference. Keren’s talk has been viewed by 2 million people worldwide, translated to 30 languages, and chosen for TED’s ‘Most Powerful Ideas’ and Inc.com’s ‘Top Ted Talks Of 2014’. In 2017, It’s one of the most watched TED talks on the topic of security and hacking. Keren holds a CISSP security certification, an MA in Security Studies, and is currently a senior researcher with the prestigious Security & Technology Workshop ICRC research center at Tel Aviv University. Since 2012, Keren is a visiting faculty member on topics of cyber security with Singularity University, a private think tank, located at NASA Research Park in California.

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Loic Le Meur

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Loic Le Meur

Founder & CEO, Leade.rs

  • 14:30, Monday 18th
  • Whistler, Canada

Loic Le Meur is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. Loic is working on his new startup Leade.rs. Leade.rs identifies new trends and the intriguing people behind them and connects event organizers to amazing speakers to take their content to the next level.

Previously Loic co-founded LeWeb, one of the largest European tech events. According to The Economist, “LeWeb is where revolutionaries gather to plot the future.” LeWeb launched in London in addition to Paris and was acquired by Reed Exhibitions in 2012.

Loic has also successfully started and sold four companies. Hootsuite acquired his social networking app Seesmic. He founded one of the first blogging services in Europe, Ublog, acquired by Six Apart now Say Media. His web hosting company Rapidsite France was acquired by France Telecom and his web agency B2L was acquired by BBDO (Omnicom group).

Loic is an active business angel and was an early investor in LinkedIn, Evernote and Lending Club, among many others.

Loic was named one of “Europe’s Tech25” by the Wall Street Journal as well as one of the “25 most influential people” on the web by Business Week He is featured in The Economist as one of “Europe’s Blooming Entrepreneurs”, and is a “Young Global Leader” with the World Economic Forum where he helps select the next Tech Pioneers and is a regular speaker.

Loic loves paragliding and kite-surfing.

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Loic Le Meur

Serial Entrepeneur, CEO lead.rs

  • 09:30, Monday 17th
  • Whistler, Canada

LOIC LE MEUR Loic is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He was named one of “Europe’s Tech25” by the Wall Street Journal as well as one of the “25 most influential people” on the web by Business Week. He is a “Young Global Leader” with the World Economic Forum where he helps select the next Tech Pioneers.

His new startup, Leade.rs, identifies new trends and the intriguing people behind them. Previously, Loic co-founded LeWeb, one of the largest European tech events. He is an active business angel and was an early investor in LinkedIn, Evernote and Lending Club, among others.

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