Speakers

Featured Speakers & Panelists

 
Christian Bravo

Principal Systems Engineer, Guardtime

Christian Bravo is a systems engineer at Guardtime, a Blockchain company that provides a platform for ensuring real-time integrity for data and systems at scale. At Guardtime, Christian wears many hats. He oversees the production of Black Lantern—Guardtime’s secured network appliance. He leads certification efforts of the appliance to comply with specific security standards. He contributes to and leads projects that provide specific security solutions leveraging Guardtime’s technologies for government and commercial customers.

Prior to joining Guardtime, Christian spent several years at Raytheon Co. and other defense contractor. He has developed electronics for ground, airborne, and space platforms. While, at Raytheon, he focused on developing electro-optical systems. He has a background in systems engineering and project management, with strong emphasis in development, production, and deployment of military systems. Christian holds a master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from UC Santa Barbara.

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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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Paul Makowski

CTO, Developer & Co-Founder, PolySwarm

Paul brings over 10 years of experience in modern software exploitation, program analysis, vulnerability research, reverse engineering, cryptography, and low-level development. At Narf, Paul has reverse engineered, sink-holed and written bespoke malware disinfection tools for Fortune 100 clients, has conducted cutting-edge research on partial homomorphic encryption as it applies to protecting network signatures and programs and has co-designed a confidentiality system for a public / private hybrid blockchain used for identity management.

Prior to joining Narf, Paul led a cutting-edge information security research and development efforts, identified exploitable vulnerabilities in defensive tools as a Vulnerability Analyst for CERT/CC, was a web application security engineer for McAfee and won DEF CON's CTF competition.

Paul holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a MSc in Information Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Brandon Montellato

University Relations Manager, DJI

Brandon Montellato is the University Relations Manager at DJI, serving as the lead liaison for university research projects. He also supports DJI STEAM academic partnerships to develop certification programs, curriculum, and education applications. Brandon has worked in the drone space 5 years and has been deployed with major mining and construction clients, such as Komatsu, DPR, Skanska and Rio Tinto.

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Walt Mossberg

Executive Editor, The Verge (Former) and Tech Columnist, Wall Street Journal (Former)

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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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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Nic Peterson ('16)

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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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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Adarsh Shetty

Senior Software Engineer, Symantec

Adarsh Shetty is a Senior Software Engineer at Symantec Corporation, a Cybersecurity company that provides security products and services to enterprise and consumers. Apart from his full-time job, he is currently a first year student of FEMBA program here at UCLA Anderson. At Symantec, he is involved in using big data and applying data analytic techniques to address cybersecurity. He has worked on projects that classifies files, URLs and code signing certificates that gets used by cloud based security products to protect their end-points. He has developed ways to identify greywares, a category that are neither benign nor malware but pose security risk to Symantec customers. He is involved in serving reputation based security information to the cloud as quickly as possible to mitigate the spread of a virus outbreaks.

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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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Amy Wan

Founder & CEO, Bootstrap Legal

Amy Wan is Founder & CEO of Bootstrap Legal, which builds a dispute resolution infrastructure for smart  contracts on the blockchain. Previously, she was a Partner at a boutique securities law firm and General Counsel at a real estate crowdfunding platform. Amy is also the founder and co-organizer of Legal Hackers LA, which programs around the intersection of law and technology; was named one of the one of ten women to watch in legal technology by the American Bar Association Journal in 2014; and was nominated as a Finalist for the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award 2015 by LA Business Journal.

Amy has also worked in international regulatory and trade policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Transportation. She holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.

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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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Moderators

 
John Blevins

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

John R. Blevins (J.B.) ('11) is the faculty director for UCLA Anderson's Easton Technology Management Center and an adjunct professor who teaches strategic management for technology-based businesses. He specializes in emerging technologies that are disrupting traditional business models, including cloud computing, big data, social media, analytics, mobility and technology convergence. With his extensive industry experience, Blevins brings together high-technology sectors, such as aerospace, biotechnology, computer engineering, information technology, software/hardware and telecommunications, with the resources of UCLA Anderson, its students and faculty.

Blevins' work experience includes roles at Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle and Shell Oil, where he held a variety of technology and management positions based in Houston, Dallas, New York, Miami, London and Los Angeles. He provides consulting services to the technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment, financial services, energy, CPG, health care, manufacturing and automotive industries and the public sector. He has expertise in strategy development, business-technology alignment, framework creation, venture capital investment decisions and new business model creation. Blevins speaks at academic and industry events covering technology-driven market changes, technology management leadership and other topics.Blevins is the founder of Navigation Pointe, which provides advisory services and venture capital funding to the emerging technologies industry. He has a B.S. in civil engineering with heavy concentration in speech communications from the University of Alabama, as well as an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Benson Chan

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Benson Chan is currently a first year MBA student pursuing a career in technology. Prior to Anderson, he was a Finance Manager at Blizzard Entertainment supporting the launch of Overwatch.

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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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Andres Cuervo

Director, UCLA Tech + Innovation Initiative

Andres Cuervo serves as Director of UCLA Tech + Innovation, an initiative to build new partnerships with the tech sector, foster campus innovation, and communicate the latest scientific breakthroughs from the university to the public.  To learn more about UCLA Tech + Innovation, please visit ucla.edu/innovation. 

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Michael Khoda ('18)

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Michael Khoda is a second year MBA student at UCLA Anderson. He also serves as the District Manager for Kia Motors America in the Los Angeles/Orange County Metro. Michael oversees all retail operations for the dealerships in this market, including marketing, sales strategy, and inventory management.

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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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Gerald Sims ('19)

MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Gerald Sims is currently a first year MBA student at UCLA Anderson. Prior to Anderson, he was a Captain in US Marine Corps.

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