· April 11th 2018 · 8:00am ·
· Broadway Studios San Francisco ·
8:00 AM · Check-in & morning mingle over breakfast
9:00 AM · Welcome
Derek White (BBVA)
9:25 AM · Discovering Curiosity
David Lang (OPENROV)
9:45 AM · Seed to Scale
Lisa Gansky (Mesh Ventures) moderator, Derek White (BBVA) & Pete Hartigan (Marketplace Funds)
10:15 AM · The Irresistibility of Inclusion
Didem Baser (Garanti Bank) moderator, Wahleah Johns (Renewable Energy), Sam Siegel (Tala) & Alexandra Jayeun Lee (Civic Design Lab)
10:45 AM · Break
11:05 AM · Connecting to the core: Success case
Yaniv Levi (Change) & Alex Carriles (BBVA Compass)
11:15 AM · Open Innovation in big corporations
Ainhoa Campo (BBVA) moderator, Ian Ormerod (BBVA), Dave Marvit (Fujitsu Open Innovation) & Amy Johns (SalesForce)
11:35 AM · Curiosity in the cuisine: beyond desserts
Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca)
12:20 PM · Lunch
(Including International Village & OT Hall of Fame)
1:55 PM · International Panel
Ryan Gilbert (Propel) moderates, Matthew Unger (iComply - Canada), Karen Li (PingPong - Luxembourg), Kevin Reynolds (Scottish Development International), Michal Kaczmarski (InvestHK) & Jose Antonio Rosello Bas (Trade Commission of Spain)
2:25 PM · Connecting to the core: Success case
Cristina de la Peña (Synapbox) & Daniel Serra (BBVA Bancomer)
2:35 PM · Who’s programming our future: data, algorithms & ethics
Elena Alfaro (BBVA) moderator, Misha Esipov (Nova Credit), Kiran Jain (Neighborly) & Ashkan Soltani (Independent Researcher and Consultant)
3:05 PM · Curiosity Driven Organization
Alvaro Martín (BBVA) moderator, Sam Maule (11FS) & Karen Little (Kiva)
3:35 PM · Break
3:55 PM · The essential piece
Lisa Gansky (Mesh Ventures) & Nathan Shedroff (Seed Vault Ltd)
4:15 PM · Squinting toward the future
Natalie Foster (Economic Security Project)
4:35 PM · Thank you and wrap up
Marisol Menéndez (BBVA)
4:45 PM · Evening networking
Global Head of BBVA Customer & Client Solutions
Derek White leads BBVA’s Global Customer & Client Solutions area to bring the transformation around excellence in product and services to the customer.
Derek White is leading the Customer & Client Solutions area to bring the transformation around excellence in product and services to the customer. Customer & Client Solutions includes the main creation areas of the bank as Business Development in all countries, Global Products, Marketing and Digital Sales, and core new capabilities (Design and Big Data), also integrates the global businesses of Insurance & Prevision, Asset Management & Global Wealth, Payments and Consumer Finance, and New Digital Business – which focuses on investing in and launching new digital businesses, as well as bolstering collaboration with the startup and developer ecosystem.
White joined BBVA in March 2016 and is based in Madrid. Before, White worked for Barclays since 2004, joining through the acquisition of Juniper Bank, where he was an early member of the start-up internet bank. In his latest role at Barclays, Derek White led the U.K. bank’s digital banking initiative, embracing disruptive technologies and the startup ecosystem, while overseeing the design and launch of market leading applications, platforms and services. Prior to joining Barclays, Derek was an entrepreneur, was part of the team that created the world’s first internet bank (wingspan), and was also at First USA Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in the U.S
Global Head of Data & Open Innovation
Elena Alfaro is the Global Head of Data & Open Innovation in BBVA Group, which functions include the generation of machine learning algorithms that constitute the intelligence behind BBVA's digital products, as well as the transformation of BBVA's skills and culture into a data-driven organization. She also leads the Group´s efforts to make the most of Open Innovation, both for the Bank and for our partners in the external ecosystem. Before that, Elena was the CEO of BBVA Data & Analytics, the Group's Center for Excellence in Data Science and Advanced Analytics, position that she held during 3 years. Before joining BBVA, Elena worked at Ericsson, playing an important role in telecommunications development in EMEA and LATAM, and broadening afterwards her experience as an expert in innovation. Regarding her background: Elena has a BA in Economics & Business Administration by the Universities of Sunderland (UK) and Universidad Autónoma (Madrid), and a Master in Intangibles Analysis and Management. She has taken part in the program “40-under-40 Young European Leaders” in 2013 edition
OI BBVA Manager
Head of Open Innovation at BBVA. She is in charge of the activities to scout and connect the ecosystem of entrepreneurs and developers worldwide and connect them to the relevant BBVA departments to disrupt together the financial industry.With more than 20 years of experience, she has been at the head of innovation projects in HR, support, ATMs, social media and Open Innovation. Marisol holds an Industrial Engineer Degree from the Panamerican University (Mexico), an Executive MBA from the IESE Business School and currently is PhD Candidate in Open Innovation at Hasselt University (Belgium). She’s also a social entrepreneur as co-founder and Vice President for Asociación Buen Trabajo, a non profit institution that aims to help people in social exclusion risk to find and maintain a job.
Lisa is a pathological entrepreneur, author and founder of instigating + co and mesh ventures. Together with a network of over-caffeinated designers, scientists, provocateurs and clients, we break formerly happy business and organizational models to fashion the new face of work, risk + trust. Inspired by the idea that we must learn as fast as the world changes, we gain confidence in the power of platforms and our connection to each other. Gansky is completing her new book, Radical Trust: How trust works when institutions don’t.
Co-Founder of OPENROV
David Lang is the co-founder of OpenROV, manufacturers of underwater drones, and OpenExplorer, a platform for connected exploration as well as an entrepreneur and writer. David is also a TED Senior Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer. His TED talk on DIY robotics and ocean exploration has garnered more than one million views. His writing has been featured on BackChannel, MAKE, and Popular Mechanics. His first book, Zero to Maker, chronicled his journey from underskilled beginner to underwater robot manufacturer. His work and company has been written about and featured in The New York Times, WIRED, and dozens of other popular outlets.
Director of Mobile and Online Banking BBVA COMPASS
He is responsible for the development, design and User Experience of the bank’s flagship digital channels.
Prior to assuming responsibility for BBVA Compass’ digital channels, he served in a number of roles for the bank including director of user experience, head of mobile strategy and retail innovation and director of research and development. He also worked as the director of operations for BBVA USA. Prior to BBVA and BBVA Compass, Carriles served as CEO of technology firms Datanywhere.com Inc. and Datacorp Limited. Carriles has more than 20 years of experience in technology and digital services and has led industry-leading projects, such as Stand Alone Enrollment for Mobile Banking, Virtual Banker, and the patent pending Easy Payments and Transfers solution. His teams’ efforts have earned numerous accolades, including the Innovation in Banking Technology Award from Financial Times’ The Banker Magazine in 2009 and recognition from Javelin Research as a Mobile Banking Leader in 2016 for 3 years in a row, and Online Banking Leader in 2016. Additionally, Carriles was included in Bank Innovation’s 2013 Innovators to Watch.
Co-founder of Economic Security Project and advisor to the The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative
In 2013, Natalie co-founded and launched Peers.org to support people who work in the sharing economy. Prior, she was the CEO and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people–driven economic change, with Van Jones.
Previously, Natalie served as digital director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee. Natalie built the first digital department at the Sierra Club and served as the deputy organizing director for MoveOn.org.
She’s been awarded fellowships at Institute for the Future, Rockwood Leadership Institute and New America California.
Exchanging Senses - Celler de Can Roca
“Jordi was much younger than his brothers –14 years’ difference with the eldest – and they treated him like a toy. He ended up joining the Escola D’Hostalería supported by his brothers. The eldest (Joan) wanted him in the kitchen and the middle brother (Josep) in the dining room. In the end, neither in the kitchen nor the dining room: a pastry chef”. Montse Fontané
With the best school in his own home and his ability to absorb the knowledge of his older brothers, Jordi in 2014 was named the best pastry chef in the world by the English magazine Restaurant.
Jordi has made a name for himself for his interpretations of the interactions between the senses in his desserts. Rather than smelling a dessert, the aim is to eat a fragrance. The dishes are created using the ingredients in the best perfumes in the world, from his famous adaptations of Calvin Klein’s Eternity perfume or Carolina Herrera’s perfume. He created a series of desserts inspired by fragrances.
Co-Founder & CEO Nova Credit Inc.
Misha Esipov is the CEO andt co-founder of Nova Credit, the world’s cross-border consumer reporting agency. Nova has built a global network of credit bureaus to empower consumers to transport their financial identity wherever they move. As CEO, Misha oversees the overall strategic direction of the firm as well as leading Nova’s mission to “enable immigrants to access credit to realize their potential.” Under his leadership, Nova has emerged as one of the most promising financial technology companies from Silicon Valley in the last few years.
Before Nova, Misha was a private equity investor at Apollo Global Management, a $250 billion global alternative asset manager. Misha started his career at Goldman Sachs where he helped execute over $10 billion in corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions.
Misha was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Finance from New York University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Lead Economist for Digital Regulation and Trends at BBVA Research
He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team that produces insightful analysis on mid- and long-term digital transformation trends, financial inclusion and regulatory aspects of digital finance. Their target audience comprises BBVA decision-makers, regulators, supervisors, standard-setters and industry bodies. Some of their work is also available to the general public through BBVA Research.
Co-founder & Managing Partner for Marketplace Funds
Pete Hartigan is a co-founder & Managing Partner for Marketplace Funds, a specialist fund focused on fintech and digital health communities. Prior, Pete assisted the SOFi founders (Social Finance, Inc.) from pre-incorporation to serving as its original Chief Community Officer. Pete currently serves on the boards of SOFI ($0 to $4.3 billion market valuation - modern finance company), Neighborly ($3.8 trillion muni, fintech marketplace - transforming public finance), Conventus (real estate fintech), and Happify (global behavior health mobile engagement platform), and board observer at Karmic (mobile payment & business software workflow convergence platform, i.e. goal - “MSFT of the Modern Payment Stack”), and Harvest Exchange (asset manager, research & HNW investor global community & software platform). Pete earned FINRA Series 7, 62 and 63 licenses. He has an MBA from Stanford University (Arbuckle Award) and earned degrees in Psychology & Philosophy from Duke University, summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa. In 1993, USA Today picked Pete as one of their Top 20 College Students in the United States.
Creative Director of the Civic Design Lab
Alexandra is the Creative Director of the Civic Design Lab, the City of Oakland Resilience Office's in-house service design and innovation strategy team that is dedicated to training government staff on its methodology at the intersection of human centered design, critical race theory, and systems thinking, and making public services for low-income Oaklanders as effective and accessible as possible.
Alexandra is a full stack user experience design researcher and chatbot connoisseur, specializing in social impact and innovations. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2014 to complete her post-doc at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design Research, Alexandra published her first book on design research methods called, "Resilience by Design (Springer: 2016), which explores the application of design thinking strategies in the context of social crisis. Her goal for the next 30 years is to use her expertise to help connect people, and make the world a more accessible and friendly place for all.
Scottish Development International
Kevin is Vice President of Financial Services for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government’s international economic development agency. Kevin is responsible for assisting Scottish companies trade in North America and supports companies across North America with international expansion into Scotland.
San Francisco-based Fintech manager at InvestHK
Michal Kaczmarski is a San Francisco-based Fintech manager at InvestHK, Hong Kong’s governmental organization focusing on cross-border investment promotion and business facilitation. In his role he supports InvestHK’s 6 offices across Northern, Central and Southern America aiming at increasing Fintech-related investments into Hong Kong. Previously, Mr Kaczmarski looked after Polish user operations at Silicon Valley tech giant – Yelp based, and prior to that he worked in London, and then New York bureau of fDi Magazine, Financial Times’s specialist publication focusing on cross-border investments. Mr. Kaczmarski holds an MA in international relations with focus on international trade from University of Warsaw and also studied at City University in London and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
Investments area of the Trade Commission of Spain in New York
Jose Rosello leads the investments area of the Trade Commission of Spain in New York that aims to identify and attract US companies that are looking to invest overseas. On the other hand, he advises Spanish companies on how to get into the US market, especially in emerging industries. He has developed an extensive network of client relationships including investors, entrepreneurs and business executives in NY. He holds a degree in business administration and MS in economics from the CUNY.
Chief of Staff to the CEO at Tala
Sam Siegel is Chief of Staff to the CEO at Tala, a data science company that provides financial services to underserved people in emerging markets. Prior to Tala, Sam was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, in the asset-backed financing group, where he structured financing facilities for fintech companies and buyers of their receivables. He is based in Santa Monica, CA.
Head of Operations PingPong Global Solutions
Karen Li joined PingPong Global Solutions in 2017 and currently serves as its Head of Operations. Karen is currently managing US office and helping to set up Luxembourg office to support global e-commerce sellers and bring innovative payment products to the US market. Prior to joining PingPong, Karen headed integration team at PayPal China and held various executive positions at global consulting firms including BearingPoint and CapGemini. She obtained a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and double B.S. in Economics/Management and Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Founder and CEO of iComply Investor Services Inc.
Matthew Unger is the founder and CEO of iComply Investor Services Inc. (iComplyICO), a regulatory technology company focused on digital identification, legal workflows and compliance automation for initial issuance and secondary trading of tokenized assets (both security and utility). The technology can be used by traditional and decentralized companies alike, it is the first to unlock compliant secondary trading for decentralized assets and is technology agnostic, meaning that new blockchains, mesh networks, or centralized trading systems can be integrated securely. Matthew studied fintech and innovation management at MIT as well as business applications for AI and machine learning; he sits on several advisory boards, boards of directors, and often serves as a volunteer mentor and judge.
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Neighborly
Kiran Jain is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Neighborly, a venture-backed company delivering modern public finance to build the infrastructure people rely on to work, live, and play. She is the former Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland, one of the inaugural cities in the 100 Resilient Cities network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Kiran served as a senior deputy city attorney focusing on land use, urban redevelopment and municipal governance. She is also the founder of the Civic Design Lab focused on building community resilience.
From 2010 through 2013, Kiran served on the board of Asian Law Caucus, the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Kiran also served as the founding attorney for Kiva, a nonprofit microfinance platform with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. She also pioneered the partnership between Kiva and the City of Oakland to crowdfund local economic development, which has raised over 400 zero-percent loans totaling over $2 million. Prior to law school, Kiran worked at the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.
Kiran has an A.B. in economics and minor in environmental science from Barnard College, a Master’s Degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.
Head of Business Development at Garanti Bank
Executive Vice President- Digital Banking, Customer Solutions and Experience
Didem Dincer Baser is Head of Business Development, Executive Vice President of Garanti Bank in charge of Digital Banking, Customer Solutions and Experience and is leading the digital transformation of the Bank. She is also in charge of all Corporate Brand Management and Marketing Communications and is leading the Pension and Insurance Business and Call Center operations
She has been an EVP of the Bank since 2012, she is also a Board Member of Garanti Pension and Life, Garanti Payment Systems and Garanti Technology subsidiaries.
She started her career in 1995. She has been a part of Garanti since 2005, when she joined the Bank as the Coordinator of Retail Banking Business Line. Before joining Garanti Bank, she worked for McKinsey&Company global management consulting firm for 7 years and was as an Associate Partner there.
Didem Başer graduated from Boğaziçi University Department of Civil Engineering and earned her graduate degree from University of California at Berkeley, College of Engineering.
Senior Director of Development at global microfinance non-profit Kiva
Karen thrives at building authentic connections. Educated in international relations and human development, Karen has spent the past dozen years as a bridge-builder between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She's on mission to be a birth lottery equalizer, because there are smart people with great ideas everywhere, but access to resources, capital and opportunity is not equal.
As the Senior Director of Development at global microfinance non-profit Kiva, Karen cultivates and expands strategic partnerships in the US and across Asia with a portfolio of corporate, foundation and institutional partners. Prior to joining Kiva, Karen managed partnerships for the American Heart Association for five years in San Francisco. At both the American Heart Association and at Kiva, Karen has built successful executive leadership councils from the ground up. Karen enjoys working closely with corporate, foundation, and institutional partners to build mutually-beneficial, long-term strategic partnerships. She’s deeply passionate about connecting and leveraging the worlds of non-profits and for-profits to create positive social impact in the US and abroad.
As part of her Master’s Degree, in 2003-04 Karen helped implement an HIV/AIDS program for high school students at the Bapagrama Educational Center near Bangalore in southern, rural India. In 2010 Karen was a Kiva Fellow with the Local Enterprise Assistance Program in Monrovia, Liberia. She has lived, worked, studied and/or traveled extensively throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from UC San Diego and a Master's Degree in International Relations from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.
Founder Change Labs
Yaniv Levi is a serial entrepreneur who founded 4 companies in the areas of AdTech and FinTech during the last 18 years. He served as the CTO at 2 of these companies where he built tech stacks from the ground up which served millions of weekly active users, and as the CEO of 2 companies where he grew revenues by 200% while expanding into new global markets.
Yaniv founded Change Labs with a vision to improve people's financial health by introducing them to autonomous banking that is focused on automatically improving their cash flow.
Yaniv holds a BS.c in computer science from IDC and an EMBA from the Hebrew University. He has a passion for Gong Fu which he practice for the past 15 years and holds an instructor degree.
Co-Head of Open Innovation at BBVA
She is in charge of the activities to scout and energize the internal ecosystem at BBVA and connect them with the external ecosystems that can inspire, fit or disrupt the financial industry.
She has been involved with innovation for the last 8 years. Prior to Open Innovation, Ainhoa was at the head of identifying and launching new businesses areas of value (Lending for consumers and SME, Payments, etc.). managing different initiatives in Spain and Mexico.
Previously to BBVA, Ainhoa worked with Indra as VP for M&A team focusing in technology companies on Indra´s footprint. She started out her career with Caixa Bank, in the Derivatives group and later on as Equity Analyst of Insurance and Cyclical sectors
VP Data Driven Health Care Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Dave Marvit has always been interested in human perception, in how we build our mental models of the world around us. This led him to study Neuroscience at Caltech. There he worked with Nobelist Roger Sperry on implications of recent insights in brain science on the nature of consciousness.
After several years in Hollywood spent in the cutting room, as a technology consultant, software developer, and script reader on various film and television projects, Dave left to work in Public Television. His work as a writer and producer with WGBH’s Nova Science team won a gold medal at the International Non- Broadcast Media Festival. Then, after teaching media studies as a Mellon Visiting Professor at Caltech, Dave produced an award winning educational CDROM for Knowledge Adventure.
Dave has been involved with many Silicon Valley Startups. This includes his role as a founder, VP of production, and lead creative at Worlds Inc., and founder and VP at Disappearing Inc. Worlds Inc. offered the first multi-user 3D virtual worlds on the Internet. While there Dave Executive Produced projects for clients including Visa, MGM, Sony, AT&T, and IBM. ‘Starbright World’, which Dave Co-Executive Produced with Steven Spielberg, won the 1995 National Information Infrastructure Award.
Dave now serves as a VP at Fujitsu Laboratories of America. There he founded the ‘Connected Information Innovation Center’. This is an effort to understand and leverage the relationships between information. These relationships, which form the basis of language, markets, biological systems, and much of ‘social media’, operate at a level above meta-data and are fundamental to our emerging understanding of the world. Now Dave is in charge of the Data Driven Health Care project, building platforms and analytics to handle multiple streams of data, including bio-data, which can expose and contextualize physiological states.
Dave was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 2001 “Digital Dozen” – one of the 12 most influential people in the digital world. He has over 50 patents, granted and pending.
BBVA Head of New Digital Business
Ian joined BBVA in April 2018 to lead New Digital Business (NDB) having worked as a strategic adviser for the previous 18 months, NDBs mission is to drive positive disruption inside and outside BBVA. Ian's passion for innovation, disruption and transformation have been focused largely in the Financial Services sector with Abbey National, AXA & Barclays across roles in Sales, Operations, Strategy, M&A, Digital Transformation & Innovation. He's also a co-founder of Pobi, a tech business in the UK.
CEO of Synapbox
Cristina de la Peña is currently the CEO of Synapbox. Cristina specialized during her early professional years on emerging technologies focused on the development of applications for creative industries. She has participated in various programs in México and abroad, which allowed her to approach the world of entrepreneurship and start in 2012 her first startup in Europe. Her vision is focused on 'antidisciplinarity' practices and the evolution of traditional industries along with the digital age.
Currently, she is responsible for the business growth of Synapbox, where she manages the business strategy to ensure that goals are achieved along the two main cores of the company, which are innovation on technology and commercial fulfillment to deliver constant value to Synapbox’s clients.
As co-founder of Synapbox, Cristina was a key element which introduced the opportunity to deliver a scalable solution to quantify customers emotions and behavioral data. The first step to arrive to this idea was a research internship she performed in Paris at the Ecole National Superieur des Beaux Arts on neuroscience applied to digital design. After understanding the limits of human behavior thru neuroscience she got to the task of finding a more commercial use of this knowledge, which took her to found Synetiq, a neuromarketing firm in Europe in 2012.
Once understanding the market, she knew the next step was scalability. By 2015 she founded Synapbox, together with Francisco Marin, Camilo Salazar and Lee Chacon.
Product Owner at BBVA Bancomer
Daniel Serra holds the role of Product Owner at BBVA Bancomer, where he is responsible for BBVA Plan, a saving app that allows users to save for specific goals through innovative saving rules. Before that, he was one of the initial members of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship team at BBVA Bancomer, whose role was to identify and execute pilot programs with startups in credit risk, low segment, and other banking segments. Prior to joining BBVA, he worked at eBay in the Geographic Expansion Team, creating the strategy for eBays growth into Latin America.
11:FS Managing Partner, North America
Sam is the Managing Partner North America for 11:FS. Sam previously let the Digital and FinTech Practice for NTT Data Consulting focusing on both the Financial Services and Insurance Market. He has over 20 years experience in the payments, mobile, and banking space across North America and Europe. Sam’s an active mentor, thought leader, and sought after speaker focusing on the human element of digital and banking innovation.
Independent Researcher and Technologist
Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and technologist specializing in privacy, security, and behavioral economics. His work draws attention to privacy problems online, demystifies technology for the non-technically inclined, and provides data-driven insights to help inform policy.
He’s previously served a brief stint as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, advising the commission on its technology related policy as well as helping to create its new Office of Technology Research and Investigation. He also served at the FTC in 2010 as one of the first staff technologists in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, helping to lead investigations into major technology companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, HTC, and PulsePoint.
Ashkan was also recognized as part of the 2014 Pulitzer winning team for his contributions to the Washington Post’s coverage of National Security issues. He was also the primary technical consultant on the Wall Street Journal’s investigative series: “What They Know”, which was a finalist for 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
Executive Director of Seed Vault Ltd
Nathan Shedroff is the executive director of Seed Vault Ltd, a Singapore-based platform for building a bot economy on the blockchain. He manages a cadre of experienced bot enthusiasts and technologists developing new ways to ensure user privacy, create a thriving bot industry, and create ways for people to profit form their quality work—all within this non-profit organization.
Nathan was the founder and chair of the ground-breaking Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. This program prepares the next-generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful by uniting the perspectives of systems thinking, design thinking, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework.
He is a pioneer in Experience Design, Interaction Design and Information Design, is a serial entrepreneur, and researches, speaks and teaches internationally about meaning, strategic innovation, business value, and science fiction interfaces. His many books include: Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design is the Problem, Design Strategy in Action, Make It So, and the new Blindspot.
He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. He worked with Richard Saul Wurman at TheUnderstandingBusiness and, later, co-founded vivid studios, a decade-old pioneering company in interactive media and one of the first Web services firms on the planet. vivid’s hallmark was helping to establish and validate the field of information architecture, by training an entire generation of designers in the newly emerging Web industry.
Nathan is on the board of directors for Teague and WE’VE.
Founder of Native Renewables
Waleah Johns is the founder of Native Renewables, an indigenous-led organization working to promote low cost clean energy solutions for Native American families and communities throughout the United States. To help accomplish the goals, Native Renewables will partner with developers, federal agencies, tribal governments, utilities, foundations and investors to deploy solar in the communities that need it the most.
Native Renewables aim is to prove that tribes can own, manage and provide clean power for themselves and all which includes a business model that values community benefits and job creation. Currently Native Renewables is providing pre-development assistance for small solar projects for Navajo community buildings and eventually would like to support all tribal nations toward 100% renewable energy movement.