Speakers

Featured Speakers & Panelists

 
Walt Mossberg

Executive Editor, The Verge

Walt Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal, which has appeared since 1991. He is also the co-creator and co-producer of the technology industry's most prestigious annual conference, D: All Things Digital, and is the co-executive editor of the Web's most trusted technology and media site, allthingsd.com.

In both ventures, he partners with the prominent journalist and author, Kara Swisher. In addition to Personal Technology, Mr. Mossberg also writes the Mossberg's Mailbox column in the Journal, and edits The Digital Solution column, which is authored by his colleague Katherine Boehret. 

He appears regularly on television and Internet video as a commentator on technology issues. He is a weekly contributor to the Fox Business Network, and to the Journal's internet news show, "Digits." He has been interviewed repeatedly on programs like Charlie Rose and The News Hour, as well as on National Public Radio. 

The Washington Post has declared Mr. Mossberg "one of the most powerful men in the high-tech world" and "a one-man media empire whose prose can launch a new product." And the New York Times calls him a "protean critic of the new economy's tools and toys." In a major profile of Mr. Mossberg, entitled "The Kingmaker," Wired Magazine declared: "Few reviewers have held so much power to shape an industry's successes and failures... Chances are he has influenced the look, feel and performance of your laptop, mobile phone, and MP3 player." In 2007, The New Yorker magazine profiled him in an article entitled: "Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg." In 2008, 2010 and 2011 Vanity Fair magazine listed him as a member of its "New Establishment" list of the top leaders of the Information Age.

Mr. Mossberg was awarded the Loeb award for Commentary, the only technology writer to be so honored. He has also won the National Headliner Award, the World Technology Award for Media and Journalism, and has been inducted into the ranks of the Business News Luminaries, the hall of fame for business journalists. 

He is a former trustee of Brandeis University and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Mossberg is based in the Journal's Washington, D.C., office, where he spent 18 years covering national and international affairs before turning his attention to technology. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, he holds degrees from Brandeis and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Marcus Shingles

CEO, XPRIZE

Marcus Shingles is the Chief Executive Officer of The XPRIZE Foundation (www.XPRIZE.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by its Executive Chairman, Dr. Peter Diamandis. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models that utilize the unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies to solve the world's grandest challenges.

Prior to XPRIZE, Marcus was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte Consulting's Innovation Group where he worked with corporate executive teams to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation driven by "exponentials" (e.g., 3d printing, block-chain, crowd-sourcing, AI) resulting from the accelerated pace of discovery, invention, and technology. At Deloitte, Marcus also championed the strategic global partnership with Singularity University and the launch of the Innovation Partnership Program, a multi-year accelerator designed for the CXX teams of Fortune 200 organizations. 

Marcus has over 25 years of experience across industry/corporate, startup, non-profit, and management consulting industries; prior to his most recent roles at XPRIZE and Deloitte, he was a successful entrepreneur founding a management consulting business working with Fortune 500 leadership teams on innovation, technology, and analytics initiatives. Earlier in his career he was the leader of the Consumer Products CRM consulting practice at Ernst & Young, and he started his career in industry at the Kellogg Company in Sales & Marketing, Global IT, and the Customer Strategy departments. 

In his spare time, Marcus has pioneered a program in partnership with the public school system in both Los Angeles and Boston to bring "exponential entrepreneurial" training and contemporary thinking to high school students in currently underserved communities. The program has been implemented as part of a multi-year curriculum in the classroom, designed to teach self-sufficiency and prepare students for an optimistic and exponential future.

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Henry Bzeih

Managing Director, Connectivity & Mobility Division, Kia Motors America

Henry Bzeih is the Managing Director of Connected and Mobility Services at KIA Motors America. Prior to joining KIA Motors, Mr. Bzeih held many critical positions in the auto industry, most notably responsibility for leading a cross vehicle Multimedia and Infotainment Applications Organization at Ford Motor Company where he launched critical projects such as SYNC GEN 1, Next Generation Navigation as well as a multitude of all new Multimedia Platforms. He was also responsible for leading KIA's North American Infotainment Technology and Business planning organization.

Responsible for leading KIA's US operations for technology planning & overseeing the strategy for newly established connectivity, autonomy and mobility division. Prior to joining KIA, held multiple engineering leadership positions at Ford that encompassed extensive automotive Electrical / Electronic product development. Mr. Bzeih's technical and business accomplishments span an arsenal of transformational projects that are enjoying critical success today such as launch FORD SYNC V1 to contributing to Kia's JD Powers # 1 rankings. In addition to connected product, big data, and consumer experience responsibilities, leads the company effort in data sharing, autonomous, V2X, privacy, and cybersecurity policy.

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Tyler Schulze ('00)

Vice President & General Manager, Veritone

Schulze worked for 12 years at TEN: The Enthusiast Network in Los Angeles in various finance, development, and operational executive roles.  Most recently as executive vice president of the TEN Enterprises division, he managed strategic development and licensing for more than 70 media brands focused on the automotive, sports and entertainment verticals. He also had oversight of all television, home video and digital video distribution, including Motor Trend Channel, the largest automotive channel on YouTube, and Motor Trend OnDemand.
 
Prior to joining TEN, Schulze worked as director of business development for Fox Cable Networks, where he managed financial analysis for a $3 billion rights portfolio for 13 regional sports networks that distributed games from the NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA.
 
Schulze holds a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Albion College in Michigan and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He resides in Orange County, California with his wife and children.

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Quaseer Mujawar ('15)

Senior Product Manager, Amazon Web Services

Quaseer Mujawar is a technology strategist with seven years of expertise in technology delivery, strategy consulting, project, product management and business process improvement:

As a previous fast track Deloitte Consulting Manager, Quaseer was among the top 1% of the firm, having received the highest possible '1' year-end performance rating, seven years in a row. He has led and implemented several technology solutions, that have won ComputerWorld Honors and NASCIO awards among others. He also received over 15 outstanding performance, exemplary teamwork and technical innovation awards for exceptional client service and community service leadership.

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Tin Zaw

Director of Global Security Solutions, Verizon Digital Media Services

Tin Zaw is a Director at Verizon Digital Media, where he leads its Global Security Solutions practice. He has previously worked on network security products at Symantec, AT&T and Intuit. He earned an M.S. in computer science and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has held CISSP and CSSLP certifications and is a former president of the OWASP Los Angeles chapter.

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Nic Peterson

Director of Sales & Business Development for North America, WRLD

Nicholas Peterson is the director of sales & business development covering North America for WRLD, a 3D mapping platform company. In this role Nic sells the platform vision to Fortune 500 customers, like IBM & Bloomberg,  while building out a robust partner sales network that provides platform-centric solutions to customers. Prior to WRLD, Nic worked for Microsoft's SoCal enterprise sales team where he sold productivity & security cloud solutions into the retail, healthcare, and industrial markets. Before Microsoft, he held various functional roles in payments firms (PayPal & PayJunction) covering sales, finance, and product development. Nic has a B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Discrete Math/Operations Research from University of Nevada, Reno and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA Anderson (2016). In his free time Nic enjoys reading Stratechery, lifting, and listening to Frank Ocean.

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Moderators

 
John Blevins

Assistant Adjunct Professor; Incoming Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center

J.B. has worked in the technology industry for over twenty years, specializing in emerging technologies & strategy development. He is a Managing Partner at the venture capital firm Navigation Pointe, investing in early-stage technology/media companies. His clients have been in the technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment, financial services, energy, CPG, public sector, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive verticals. He has expertise in strategy development and corporate management. He has had a variety of roles working in venture capital, M&A, corporate strategy, cloud computing, social media, mobility, unified communications, database/business intelligence and electronic data interchange (EDI). He teaches graduate courses in emerging technologies at UCLA Anderson School of Management as well as involvement in the University’s startup community. J.B.’s career includes 25 years at Deloitte (5 years), Microsoft (12 years), Oracle (4 years) and Shell Oil (4 years), based in Houston, Dallas, New York, Miami, London and Los Angeles. His extensive domestic and international business experience offers clients the knowledge required in today’s global marketplace. J.B. has an Engineering Bachelor of Science with heavy concentration in Speech Communications from the University of Alabama, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management where he served as class vice-president. Mr. Blevins is an avid adventure traveler and has visited all 7 continents. He is an amateur photographer and enjoys urban biking, hiking, snowboarding, sailing, surfing, and all water sports.

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Vandana Mangal

Executive Director, Easton Technology Management Center, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Vandana Mangal is executive director of the Easton Technology Management Center and the research director for business and information technologies at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She taught the course Big Data as Emerging Technologies and Markets at UCLA Anderson. She is on the board of the IS Associates. Mangal spoke about big data and participated in a Q&A on “Concept to Code” with a Silicon Beach startup on the City of Santa Monica’s YouTube channel.

Mangal has been instrumental in launching the Easton Technology Leadership Program and growing it into the Easton Technology Management Center, now with more than 515 students and $11 million in funding. She has published three books and served as the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Engineering Management and Economics titled “Technology, Operations and Strategy in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” She frequently serves as judge for case and venture competitions and has chaired panels including at the Digital Entertainment World Conference, California Clean Conference, the India Conference and the Women’s Business Conference.

Before joining UCLA, Mangal worked at Intel and AE Business Solutions Consulting and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s School of Business. Her Ph.D. is from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University; her undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering from PEC University of Technology.

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Bhagwan Chowdhry

Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Professor of Finance Bhagwan Chowdhry began his teaching career at UCLA Anderson in 1988. Here he found "an opportunity to work with and learn from outstanding faculty colleagues and an ability to work with students on projects that will make a difference in the world." During his tenure he has also been a visiting professor and lecturer at a variety of institutions, including the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Indian School of Business. He is a current visiting scholar at the Stellar Development Foundation.

His research interests are in international finance and corporate finance and strategy, topics on which he has published several papers in economic and finance journals. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of finance and economic journals, including Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, American Economic Review and Journal of Political Economy, and has organized and taught executive education programs on financial derivatives, corporate risk management and valuation in Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Microfinance, financial technology and impact investing are his recent teaching, research and applied interests. He has supervised several MBA student projects in microfinance and FinTech in the last several years and has taught undergraduate seminar classes and an MBA elective on the subjects. "One of my greatest joys comes from working with smart people who strive to make this world a better place, especially for people with limited resources and opportunities. I am constantly thinking about, doing research on and getting involved in projects that will make a difference in the world."

That commitment may be best illustrated with his proposed Financial Access at Birth (FAB) initiative in which every child born in the world is given an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account, guaranteeing that everyone in the world will have access to financial services in a few decades.

Professor Chowdhry is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and is the co-founder (with Professor Ivo Welch) and executive editor of a new publication, Finance & Accounting Memos (FAMe), that makes academic research more accessible for MBA and Ph.D. students, journalists, policy makers and other academics.

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