The Global Talent Summit (GTS) is the premier space for multi-disciplinary stakeholders from the private sector, policy, academia/education, and innovation to come together to discuss the trends and solutions for the future of work and education.
GTS—on its 5th year now—has convened over 2000 strategists, key opinion leaders, and relevant stakeholders to shape the future of talent through education, innovation, and recruitment.
Anand leads General Assembly’s European operations, and has been with the company since its founding in 2011, responsible for various roles over the past 6 years. Anand is also responsible for General Assembly’s work with consumer products companies globally, managing teams in London and New York City.
Prior to that Anand worked in business development roles at SCVNGR (a US tech startup) and The Ad Club (a regional trade association) in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in India and attended Boston University.
General Assembly is a global education startup focused on helping individuals and large companies build the skills they need to succeed in the digital age. Since launching in 2011, the company has raised over $110m in venture capital from investors including Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz, Tony Hsieh, and more. GA operates in 25 cities around the world and online, has graduated over 50,000 individuals, and
works with over 100 large companies including Walmart, GE, Visa, L'Oreal, Lloyds Banking Group, and more. In November 2017 GA was named as one of the 25 most disruptive startups by LinkedIn.
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition and a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI.
Andra cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies. Andra also cofounded Robot Garden, a robotics makerspace and teaches Interaction Design and Theory. Andra has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI and started the Women in Robotics community. Andra speaks regularly to international audiences on robotics/AI ethics, innovation, commercialization and interaction.
Fun fact: Andra used to play in early Australian punk rock bands.
Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer which the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe". He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most Connected Men”. His next book, How To Fix The Future, will be published worldwide in January 2018.
Carissa Carter is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Stanford d.school. In this role she guides the development of the d.school’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offering. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, design for climate change, and maps and the visual sorting of information.
Carissa was one of the co-leaders of Stanford 2025, a multi-year d.school project that envisioned the future of higher education.
Prior to the d.school, Carissa ran her own design practice, Parallel Design Labs, and focused on helping companies of all sizes execute their internal innovation projects and programs. She also spent time living in Hong Kong working for Herman Miller leading their user research efforts for the Asian market.
Carissa’s first career was in the geosciences. As a geomorphologist she studied subglacial deposits, slot canyon incision, and bedforms and cross-bedding. She continues to pursue projects at the crossover between design and science. Maps, and the experiences they create, are a consistent thread in her work.
Carissa is a graduate of Williams College, and also has graduate degrees in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz and in Product Design from Stanford University. Her interests are best viewed in her popular Graphic CV.
For the last seven years, Carissa has taken a photo every day at 6:06pm. She also loves to build in the garage, enjoys awkward moments, and can only think in comfortable clothing.
Dr. Carol O’Donnell is the Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to transforming the learning and teaching of science throughout the nation. As the Senior Executive of the SSEC, Carol is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the unit, including building awareness for P-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders; and, overseeing all research and curricular resource development, philanthropic development, and administration. In this capacity, Carol was recently appointed by the National Academy of Sciences, a founding organization of the SSEC, to serve as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), the global network of the science academies.
Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Geosciences at Mississippi State University, and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science education at The George Washington University (GWU). Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Carol worked at the US Department of Education for nearly a decade, where her experiences included overseeing nearly $17 billion in annual federal investments under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act focused on education reform, school improvement, teacher professional development, and improved student achievement, and assisting States as they build their capacity to implement and sustain those education reforms and achieve continued improvement in student outcomes. Carol also oversaw the Cognition and Student Learning research program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of ED. While earning her doctorate at GWU, Carol managed a five-year NSF-funded clustered randomized control trial aimed at identifying the conditions under which effective middle school science curricular interventions improve student learning and reduce achievement gaps when scaled-up. Carol’s seminal research on curriculum implementation, which was published in the Review of Educational Research, earned her an “American Educational Research Association Division of Learning and Instruction Graduate Research Award” in 2008. Before joining GWU, Carol spent 11 years developing science curriculum materials for SSEC’s Science and Technology Concepts (STC) Elementary and Secondary Programs. One of her six books, Catastrophic Events, won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Mark Trail Award for raising students’ awareness of natural hazards and weather alerts.
Dr. O’Donnell, who began her science teaching career in Virginia public schools, is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of the GWU Physics Department. Carol is the proud mother of four children and the wife of a 30-year veteran special.
Chris Luebkeman’s interest in the built environment blossomed early, propelling him to pursue a multi-faceted education, beginning with engineering and culminating in a Doctorate in Architecture from ETH in Zurich, a city to which he remains deeply connected. Chris gained valuable experience as the protégé of esteemed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava. But, subsequently he turned to his other love, education, by accepting teaching positions at several prestigious universities. In 1999, Chris joined Arup as the co-Director for Research and Development. A couple of years later, he formed the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation team, which has evolved into its present form as Research + Foresight + Innovation.
Jacob is an established quantum physicist who has, amongst other achievements, set the world record for quantum teleportation. He founded ScienceAtHome to create an online gaming platform that democratizes science by turning scientific problems into engaging games. Now, with the help of gamers around the world, Jacob aspires to create a quantum computer and turn social science inside out with massive multiplayer games.
Lino Guzzella has been full professor of thermotronics since 1999 and, in addition, from August 2012 to December 2014 Rector of ETH Zurich. Since January 2015 he is President of ETH Zurich. He was born on October 13, 1957 in Zurich. After receiving his mechanical engineering diploma in 1981 and his doctoral degree in 1986 from ETH, he held several positions in industry (R&D team leader, Sulzer Brothers, Winterthur; R&D mechatronics department head, Hilti, Schaan) and academia (assistant and associate professor in the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering department at ETH; Honda Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University).
With his group he focuses in research on novel approaches in system dynamics and control of energy conversion systems. Control-oriented systems modeling, dynamic optimization and feedback control design methods are the main area of research. A particular emphasis is placed on the minimization of fuel consumption and pollutant emission of land vehicle propulsion systems. Among others he received the IEEE-MSC – Industry Award for Excellence in Translational Control Research, IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award and the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, the IMechE Thomas Hawksley Medal and Crompton Lancaster Medal, the Energy Globe Award and the Golden Owl 2011 for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Guzzella has published more than 100 research articles in peer refereed journals and conferences as well as two research textbooks (Introduction to Modeling and Control of IC Engine Systems, Springer Verlag, 2nd. Ed. 2010 and Vehicle Propulsion Systems – Modeling and Optimization, Springer Verlag, 3rd Ed. 2013). He has been a keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide.
Professor Guzzella is a fellow of IFAC and a fellow of IEEE and a member of the Swiss academy of engineering sciences (SATW). He is member of several international and national research committees, e.g. the Swiss CTI Committee on Engineering Sciences and was for many years member of the board of governors of IFAC.
Professor Manu Kapur is Professor of Learning Sciences and Higher Education at ETH Zurich. Manu’s research interests lie at the intersection of the learning sciences, educational psychology, and STEM education. He is widely known for his research on Productive Failure.
Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and best-selling author of THE FUZZY AND THE TECHIE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), a Financial Times business book of the month, and finalist for the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company's Bracken Bower Prize for an author under 35. He is a keynote speaker on the Liberal Arts in the age of the Algorithm. He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and a Venture Partner at Metamorphic Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Scott worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has been a contributing author at MIT Press, and has written for publications such as Quartz, The Financial Times, and Foreign Policy, and been featured in USA Today, Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal. He holds three degrees from Stanford and Columbia, has finished six marathon and Ironman 70.3 triathlons. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has visited over 70 countries.
Shanthi Flynn joined the Adecco Group as Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2016. She completed a Bachelor of Science with joint honours in Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Manchester in 1986.
Upon graduating, she began her professional career at Ford Motor Company in the UK and joined the Boots Company in 1995, where she held positions of increasing responsibility becoming Director of HR for all of Boots International in 2000. In 2003, she joined AS Watson Group in Hong Kong and in 2005 she was promoted to Group International HR Director. After founding her own consulting firm S Flynn Consulting, in 2006, she became Senior Vice President Human Resources of Walmart Asia, based in Hong Kong. In this role, she led the HR team for Walmart’s Asia retail businesses, which employed close to 150,000 people in more than 800 stores in the region.
Shanthi Flynn is currently a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion and is former Chair HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Susan Kish is a senior executive with extensive experience in building successful businesses, products, services and teams. She has worked across multiple global industries e.g. financial services, media and clean energy and is a relentless advocate of digital and data literacy. A seasoned entrepreneur, Susan has been successful in bringing new ideas and businesses to life inside large corporations and banks as well as in start-up environments. Susan leverages a wealth of knowledge of strategy, marketing and digital media as well as product and business development expertise.
Most recently at Bloomberg LP, Susan headed up a cross-platform team and set of initiatives to drive strategy, innovation and integration across the media, data and analytical platforms. Innovations to come out of this venture include the birth of “The Year Ahead”, a data-driven media franchise and the incubation of Bloomberg’s award-winning data visualization team.
Susan previously led market development at New Energy Finance, which was acquired by Bloomberg. In this role, Susan initiated the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in 2008 - one of the world’s most successful energy conferences - which she continues to moderate for Bloomberg today.
Prior to Bloomberg, Susan was an entrepreneur, founding First Tuesday Zurich in 1999. The business think tank connected start-ups and investors, convened and supported thought leader networks in private banking, emerging technologies and sustainable energy. After First Tuesday Zurich was acquired in 2006 by the professional online network XING, she established XING’s consulting and advisory business.
Susan started her career as a banker at UBS and Chase. At UBS she built credit businesses in the commodity, brokerage and municipal finance sectors before moving from New York to Zurich as Global Functional Head of Structured Finance, and member of the Global Credit Risk Committee.
Susan is a trustee and independent director on several boards including The Foundation Center, InsideClimate News, and One Month, an online learning platform. Susan is currently the Senior Advisor to the Chief Marketing Officer, IWM at Credit Suisse, and the Executive-in-Residence at Excel Venture Management in Boston. Susan recently joined the faculty at the Pratt Institute’s Design Management Graduate Program as a Professor of International Business.
Susan graduated from Harvard - Radcliffe College in the History of Science, Magna cum Laude, and lives outside of Boston with her family.
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