Is an industrial civil engineer from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. Bitran has been Minister of Public Works (MOP), President of the National Innovation Council (CNIC), General Manager of Corfo and Director of Fundación Chile. He has a broad experience in innovation, regulation, finances and private investment for infrastructure policies, were also highlights his work as adviser for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has also worked as an academic in the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, in Chile. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Corfo, the Chilean Economic Development Agency.
John Chisholm has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. In 1997 he founded and for a decade served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat(now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and for five years served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Earlier he worked for or consulted to GE, HP, Xerox, GRiD Systems, Pyramid Technologies, NetFrame, Ventura Software, and Network Appliance. John also serves as President of the MIT Alumni Association.
Dr. Michael J. Cima is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an appointment at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Prof. Cima was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and to the National Academy of Inventors in 2016. He now holds the David H. Koch Chair of Engineering at MIT. Prof. Cima is author or co-author of over two hundred and fifty peer reviewed scientific publications, fifty US patents. He is actively involved in materials and engineered systems for improvement in human health such as treatments for cancer and urological disorders. He is a coinventor of MIT’s three dimensional printing process. Machines and products by many licensees using this process are used throughout the world. Finally, through his consulting work he has been a major contributor to the development of high throughput systems for discovery of novel crystal forms and formulations of pharmaceuticals. Prof. Cima also has extensive entrepreneurial experience. He is co-founder and director of MicroChips Biotech., a developer of microelectronic based drug delivery and diagnostic systems. Prof. Cima took two sabbaticals to act as senior consultant and management team member at Transform Pharmaceuticals Inc. a company that he helped start and that was ultimately acquired by Johnson and Johnson Corporation. He is a co-founder and director at T2 Biosystems a medical diagnostics company. Prof. Cima is also a co-founder and director of Taris Biomedical a company specializing in pharmaceutical products for urology.
Attorney with over 10 years of experience in coordination and team leadership for public and private projects related to innovation, intellectual property and technology regulation. She has worked in the public sector as an advisor to various authorities, actively participated in the negotiations of Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and other international agreements within the framework of WIPO and WTO. She is now CEO of Salud+Desarrollo, a Chilean initiative that promotes the development of eHealth in the country.
Colin Fain is the Founder & CEO of Agronometrics, a market intelligence platform that offers fresh fruit traders data driven commercial forecasts to navigate the informal international markets. Colin is passionate about the food supply chain and how data can be used to better understand and predict the relationships that define it. Agronometrics has been the recipient of funds through USAID, Start-Up Chile and is currently working with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Georgina Campbell Flatter
Georgina Campbell Flatter, MEng (Oxon) SM, is the Executive Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In her role as Director and Lecturer, she works to implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are building and scaling sustainable impact-ventures across the developing world. Flatter has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT's innovation ecosystem for several years through her roles as Executive Director of MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), Director and Lecturer of the XPRIZE Lab @ MIT and, as a student, a researcher at the Langer Lab, and Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. She has also led several innovation projects at the World Bank and worked as a research associate at a renewable fuels spinout from MIT. Flatter earned an MEng in materials science from the University of Oxford and an SM in technology and policy from MIT.
SabaGhole is an architectural-urban designer turned education-technology entrepreneur. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu, an innovation school for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, MA, Saba leads the school's agenda of creativity and experimentation. Students at NuVu collaborate with experts on projects such as new medical devices, interactive games, and brainwave-generated art.Saba received her Masters in Urban Design at MIT. Saba's urban design experience has included work on innovative educational projects such as the Central Los Angeles High School #9 while working at Coop Himmelb(l)au and the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh while working at leading architecture firm Perkins+Will. Saba is passionate about creating interactive art that raises social awareness and strengthens community. Her art pieces Pulse and Bloom and Grove are two of the largest biofeedback installations of their kind, and have been featured widely. Saba is an INK Fellow and TEDxSanJoseCA speaker.
Andres Groisman is the co-founder and CEO of NoiseGrasp, a startup that's democratizing access to advanced marketing. Together with the Center For Mathematical Modeling of the U. of Chile, they have developed "bleeding" edge mathematical and computational techniques to significantly reduce time and cost involved in creating predictive models. Prior to NoiseGrasp, Andres spent six years living in Los Angeles, CA, where he was part of Media X, a media planning platform startup that was acquired by News America Marketing (part of News Corp., NASDAQ: NWSA).
Chris is a prolific builder and founder of projects and businesses that aim to push boundaries in both entrepreneurship and the creative industries. Having tried and failed at half a dozen 'traditional' careers - including being a professional chef, a music producer, a 'professional cyclist' and even a spy - Chris first embraced true entrepreneurship at MIT by creating the world's first crowd-sourced science novel with the goal of encouraging more young people into STEM and founding the celebrated venture-backed company, Libboo.com. Several high-profile start-ups later and a short tenure as the Head Teaching Fellow of Harvard University, Chris now resides in London as the Founder of We Are Optimists - the UK's leading 'Entrepreneurs for Hire' network, and the Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars and University College London, supporting high-impact Scale-Up CEOs achieve their goals in a demanding and competitive world.
Lionel is commercial engineer in the Universidad de los Andes and Alumni of the Singularity University (San Francisco, USA). Entrepreneur and company director, Lionel worked for several years in Europe and Chile in the automotive industry for Porsche and Daimler (Mercedez Benz and others). Today Lionel is founder of iF along with 3 additional partners, a platform for cultural transformation that unites talent with the challenges that society faces today. In addition, Lionel is director of Netmentora (foundation for the support of entrepreneurship), Awto (a carsharing platform), Vogt (a manufacturing company in equipment for fluid pumping), and Antenna (a corporation for the development of arts and culture) among others.
An engineer by training, Torsten has built software platforms for 15 years, and has worked with entrepreneurship programs since 2006. The YouNoodle platform powers startup programs for The World Bank, Cisco, and Start-Up Chile, among many others. Before YouNoodle, he was CEO of Venture Cup Denmark, the national Danish university entrepreneurship competition. He has judged competitions at MIT, Stanford, Imperial College, and the Inter-American Development Bank, and he is a Guest Mentor for Wall Street Journal’s The Accelerators blog. Torsten advises a handful of startups and accelerator programs across the world, and loves new startup+technology challenges. Has been to MIT GSW 5 times, and met his co-founder Rebeca Hwang at GSW in Trondheim.
Ketan Makwana is a renowned international & TEDx Speaker, serial entrepreneur and mentor. He has started, scaled and sold multiple businesses in the last 7 years. In response to the emerging skills gap between education to employment and enterprise, Ketan launched Enterprise Lab, which has evolved into a disruptive agency supporting Mindset, Attitude & Behaviour development, serving over 100,000 people a year across the world. Ketan is an advisor to UK Government on youth and enterprise policies, works with International Governments & Ministries on Enterprise Eco-System Development, and sits on many advisory boards and panels, including MIT and British Council, and an ambassador of UKTI and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices related to Enterprise development in countries across the globe.
Hélène Michel is a professor at Grenoble École de Management (France). Prof Michel holds a PhD and a post doctorate degree (HDR accreditation to supervise research) in management sciences. She specializes in innovation management with a specific focus on serious games since 2003. Her aim is to design games and game mechanism to support innovation processes and inspire entrepreneurship. She is an international expert on the topic (expert for the European Commission, key note speaker in major conferences etc.). Prof Michel has a research funding from Massachusetts Institute of Technology on this topic. The games she develops have an international recognition (finalist at MBA Innovation Awards, Re-Imagine Education Awards) and are used by thousands of participants each year in innovation seminars.
Megan Mitchell is the Fellowship and Student Programs Manager for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MIT in January of 2017, Mitchell managed UBS Americas’ Elevating Entrepreneurs initiative, a portfolio of philanthropic partnerships and programs focused on driving toward a more inclusive entrepreneurial landscape. This included Project Entrepreneur, a collaboration with Rent the Runway Foundation to increase the pipeline of women building economically impactful companies. Prior to UBS, Mitchell oversaw co-curricular and experiential learning activities for Wharton Entrepreneurship, including the annual business plan competition and global internship program. She also served as a member of the Venture Initiation Program management team, and led development of the department’s venture development programs at the school’s San Francisco campus. Mitchell holds a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MSEd from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
José Manuel is Algramo's Co-Founder, Globalshaper from the World Economic Forum and Ashoka & TED® Fellow. Since 2013 has been providing families from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Chile and Colombia access to quality and technology, more environmentally friendly, staple groceries at a low cost and just steps from their homes. By building networks of local vendors, he is creating the channels to revive not only local grocery stores but also the very social fabric of these failing communities. In 2015 Algramo was Worldwide Champion of Social Entrepreneurship in The Venture by Chivas Regal®.
Matias Muchnick is a Chilean food-tech entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of NotCo, a technology company using artificial intelligence to develop delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based food products.
President of ASECH, industrial designer and one of the great driving forces in the Chilean entrepreneurial scene. Co-founder of MEDULAR, KAUEL, STGO Makerspace and iF, Alejandra is also counselor of ComunidadMujer, the Mustakis Foundation, Icare circle of innovation, CORFO, UDD and Inecap. Alejandra is also director of the business incubator Universidad Federico Santa María 3IE, ViveChile VTR Foundation, Universidad Diego Portales, Socialab, Desafío Levantemos Chile and Fundación Vivir más Feliz. Alejandra has been selected as one of the “100 mujeres líderes” (100 women leaders) of the journal El Mercurio in in the years 2008-2009 and 2013-2016, and one of the “Jóvenes con Exito” (Successful Youth) from the journal Diario Financiero in 2012. During 2015 she received the Energía de Mujer Enersis prize (Women Energy Enersis prize) in the category of innovation and entrepreneurship, the prize Espíritu Emprendedor 2015 (2015 Entrepreneur Spirit) and prize of Emprendedor del año (Best Entrepreneur in the year) by INNOVO USACH.
Javier Smitmans is the Founder and CEO of Monitor, a start-up looking to simplify the access to the Industrial IoT for companies around the world. Javier has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 15 years, as founder/co-founder and board member of several leading companies in industries like Data Recovery/Computer Forensics (Kepler S.A.), Online Backup/Cloud Storage (Kepler Nova SpA), and E-Commerce. Javier holds an Industrial Engineering degree and an Electrical Engineering diploma from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile. Javier has received several awards and was featured on the "Innovacion Made In Chile" (2010) book by País Digital foundation.
Dr. Jameson Toole is the CEO and cofounder of Wherehouse Inc, a software company dedicated to helping mobile network operators unlock the value of their location data. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Physics, Economics, and Applied Mathematics in 2010 as well as an M.S. and PhD in Engineering Systems from the MIT. His work in the Human Mobility and Networks Lab centered on applications of big data analytics and location data to urban and transportation planning, the adoption of innovations, social dynamics, and urban economics. Prior to founding Wherehouse, he spent two summers working for Google[X] building analytics and data pipelines for Project Wing, a drone delivery platform aimed at transforming urban logistics and built and ran the data science team at Jana Mobile, a Boston technology startup.
Julián Ugarte is a designer, social entrepreneur and international speaker. Julián studied Industrial Design and is a graduate from Singularity University in 2010. In 2007 he founded the Centro de Innovación Social TECHO (Centre for Social Entrepreneurship TECHO), one of the largest and successful non-profit organizations in Latin America, that evolved into Socialab in 2012, a spin off from the latter. Socialab generates social impact through the identification and support to social entrepreneurs in early stages. Today, Socialab has expanded beyond Chile to Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and México. In 2010 Julián was recognized as one of the 100 Líderes en Chile (100 Leaders in Chile), by the journal El Sábado. Julián is also founding partner of IF (pole for innovation and entrepreneurship in Santiago de Chile) and one of the directors of the festival for social innovation fiiS. Julián’s work and Socialab has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, Harvard, the Washington Post and CNN. Julián is also Fellow of Ashoka, ambassador of SocialGood in the United Nations Foundation and Singularity University, nominated to the Premio Mundial de Impacto en Diseño (World Prize of Impact in Design) in Finland.
Manuel “Pilo” Urzua
Serial entrepreneur in diverse innovation spheres and of national vanguard. Manuel is responsible for the creation of several restaurants, special event venue centers and cultural centers, all of which are important social, entertainment and cultural meeting points in the country. Manual has also created the innovative solution AIM Guardamuebles, which accounts for more than two thousand mini-wineries (mini-bodegas). Manuel is responsible for the popular After Office in Chile, a mid-week social event that revolutionized the way of entertainment and having fun in the corporate world.
Eduardo Vera is Executive Manager for Innovation and Development at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of the University of Chile (CMM-UChile), where he has led various pioneering initiatives, including the establishment of a frontier Astroinformatics Laboratory. From Jan 2011 through Dec 2015, he served as Executive Director of the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing (NLHPC) at CMM-UChile. Since Dec 2015, he has also served as Director of International Relations of the University of Chile. He is a founding member of SoluNova Ltd., a startup company focused in sensor systems and wearable technologies for environmental monitoring and personal safety in industrial operations, whose technical team received the first prize award in the INTEL Global Challenge 2013 for their development of the Mobile Monitoring Station (MMS), a breakthrough system that uses portable and wearable sensors to collect valuable biomedical data of mining workers and to monitor their working environment. Dr. Vera received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics at the University of Chile and his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University.