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Dr Eric Schmidt

Dr. Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google Inc.

Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Sam Palmisano

Samuel J. Palmisano

Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Officer,
IBM Corporation (2003-2011)

From January 2003 through December 2011, Sam Palmisano was chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM. Under his leadership, IBM achieved record financial performance, transformed itself into a globally integrated enterprise and introduced its Smarter Planet agenda. Sam began his career with IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. In a 39-year career with IBM, he held leadership positions that included senior vice president and group executive of the Personal Systems Group, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Global Services, senior vice president and group executive of Enterprise Systems and president and chief operating officer. Sam is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and currently serves as senior advisor to IBM, as well as, Chairman of The Center for Global Enterprise.

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Ari Emanuel

Ari Emanuel

Co-Founder and
Co-Chief Executive Officer,
William Morris Endeavor

Ariel Emanuel serves as co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, one of the world’s leading talent agencies. He represents an elite array of artists across every entertainment platform and, along with partner Patrick Whitesell, spearheads all company initiatives. Emanuel and Whitesell played a pivotal role in WME’s formation, orchestrating the largest talent agency merger in history when they partnered the Endeavor and William Morris firms. Emanuel co-founded Endeavor in 1995 after holding senior agent positions at ICM Partners and InterTalent. A graduate of Macalester College, he currently sits on the boards of Live Nation and MOCA.

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Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich

Co-founder, Mozilla

Brendan Eich is widely recognized for his enduring contributions to the Internet revolution. In 1995, Brendan invented JavaScript (ECMAScript), the Internet’s most widely used programming language. He co-founded the mozilla.org project in 1998, serving as chief architect, and has been a board member of the Mozilla Foundation since its inception in 2003. Brendan helped launch the award-winning Firefox Web browser in November 2004 and Thunderbird e-mail client in December 2004.

In August 2005, Brendan became CTO of Mozilla, and also managesed the product and platform engineering teams. His central focus was guiding the future technical work to keep Mozilla vital and competitive. In the greater Web community, Brendan has shown dedication to driving innovation in Internet technology with his work in JavaScript and with the Mozilla platform. He holds a bachelor of science in math and computer science from Santa Clara University and a master of science in computer science from the University of Illinois.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Vice President Emeritus
and Consultant, IBM

Irving Wladawsky-Berger retired from IBM in May 2007 after 37 years with the company. During his time at IBM, he was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments that are critical to the future of the IT industry. Since then, he has collaborated with colleagues at IBM on a number of initiatives including Cloud Computing and Smarter Planet. In March 2008, he joined Citigroup as Strategic Advisor, working on innovation and technology initiatives including the transition to mobile digital money and payments. Irving holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

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George Gilder

George Gilder

Founder and Partner,
Gilder Technology Fund

George Gilder is the Founder and Partner of The Gilder Technology Fund. He is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington and is the Founder and Chairman of Gilder Publishing, LLC. He has been a Director of Wave Systems Corporation since 1993 and is a Member of Executive Committee. George served as a Director of K12 Inc. and was the Chairman of the Lehrman Institute Economic Roundtable. George is the author of several books, including Life after Television, Microcosm, The Spirit of Enterprise, Wealth and Poverty and, most recently, Telecosm. He is also a contributing editor to Forbes Magazine and was the recipient of the White House award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from President Reagan.

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