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    •  James (Jim) Spohrer, Director IBM Global University Programs

       James (Jim) Spohrer, Director IBM Global University Programs 

      James (Jim) Spohrer is Director IBM Global University Programs and leads IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute. The Cognitive Systems Institutes works to align cognitive systems researchers in academics, government, and industry globally to improve productivity and creativity of problem-solving professionals, transforming learning, discovery, and sustainable development.  IBM University Programs works to align IBM and universities globally for innovation amplification and T-shaped skills.   Jim co-founded IBM’s first Service Research group, ISSIP Service Science community, and was founding CTO

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    • Robert Rodriguez, Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (Sinet)

      Robert Rodriguez, Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (Sinet) 

      Robert Rodriguez is the Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (Sinet) whose mission is to advance innovation and enable global collaboration between the public and private sectors to defeat cybersecurity threats. Sinet serves as the nucleus that connects builders, buyers, researchers and investors in the cybersecurity domain. Mr. Rodriguez is internationally recognized for his ability to build communities of interest and trust between disparate groups. He leads and develops global collaboration models that advance innovation and connects the ecosystem of the entrepreneur; aca

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    • Jay Onda, NTT's Docomo Capital

      Jay Onda, NTT’s Docomo Capital 

      Jay Onda works closely with early stage startups as a mentor and advisor. Jay has worked with various divisions of NTT Docomo headquarters in Japan and within Docomo Innovations. He has helped position Docomo Innovations as NTT Docomo HQ’s strategic and innovations arm in the US –providing insights into innovative technologies, formulating strategic partnership opportunities and developing creative solutions and products for Docomo's customers through its Docomo Capital corporate venturing unit.

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    • James Mawson, Founder and Editor-in-chief of Mawsonia

      James Mawson, Founder and Editor-in-chief of Mawsonia 

      James Mawson was editor of Private Equity News, part of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in London, for nearly four years until May, 2010 when he launched Global Corporate Venturing as an independent title from the publishing company Mawsonia. This was followed by the launch of the second publication, Global University Venturing, in January 2012 to help students and faculty and academia more broadly launch or develop their entrepreneurial businesses and work with external peers. The company's third title, Global Government Venturing, to complete the so-called Triple Helix Venturing series

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    • Heidi Mason, Managing Partner at Bell Mason Group

      Heidi Mason, Managing Partner at Bell Mason Group 

      A veteran of Silicon Valley , Heidi Mason is co-founder of the Bell Mason Group (BMG), a specialty consultancy serving global corporations who seek strategic growth through venturing and innovation initiatives. For over 20 years, BMG has led the way in codifying corporate venturing operations and organizational best practices , and has  embedded these in its proprietary CV&I management systems which it licenses and quickly customizes in each corporate environment, in order to accelerate the quality, reduce the risk and fast-track impactful performance of global corporate venturi

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    • Brendon Kim, Samsung Electronics Open Innovation Center

      Brendon Kim, Samsung Electronics Open Innovation Center 

      Brendon Kim is currently Managing Director, Strategic Investments Group, at Samsung Electronics Open Innovation Center.  He leads a team investing in compelling early stage startups that have the potential to deliver meaningful strategic impact to Samsung. He has been investing in early stage start-up companies for over 18 years. Prior to joining Samsung, Brendon was a co-founding general partner of Altos Ventures where he was a lead investor and board member in numerous early-stage software and services companies.  Before co-founding Altos Ventures, he was a strategy and managem

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    • Andrew Clark, Director of Corporate Strategy at IBM Venture Capital Group

      Andrew Clark, Director of Corporate Strategy at IBM Venture Capital Group 

      Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is co-founder of and lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew works closely with IBM’s key business imperatives including Sustainability / Cleantech, Smart Healthcare and Cloud Computing, where he works closely with the global venture capital community across multiple IBM brands and industry units to help drive new business opportunities. A serial “entrepreneur", Drew has led a range of internal startup initiatives, including a key role in formation of IBM's Internet Division. Later, Drew led IBM'

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    • Laurent Le Gourriérec, Head of Technology & Research Investments, Partnerships and Systems at Alcatel-Lucent

      Laurent Le Gourriérec, Head of Technology & Research Investments, Partnerships and Systems at Alcatel-Lucent 

      Laurent Le Gourriérec leads the Technology & Research Investments, Partnerships and Systems team of Alcatel-Lucent. His organization assesses the value of startup companies from a technical and business perspective, before recommending them for acquisition, investment or partnership. Laurent also manages the Strategic Partnership Program that Alcatel-Lucent has set-up with large industry players, including Intel and Qualcomm. Finally, Laurent is in charge of the organization and delivery of technical and competitive information across the company. Laurent has built an extensive experien

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    • Davorin Kuchan, Co-Founder of Capbridge Ventures

      Davorin Kuchan, Co-Founder of Capbridge Ventures 

      Davorin Kuchan co-founded and manages Capbridge Ventures, a strategic corporate venture capital investment firm. Prior to that, Davorin managed corporate venture and innovation and ran a global $600m EMSI/Flextronics business for Texas Instruments, global semiconductor leader. Davorin held strategic management, business development and sales management positions at Telogy Networks (acquired by TXN), Neuron Data/Blaze Software (IPO, then acquisition by Fair Isaac Corp), Saber Software / Centerline, NuThena Systems and IBM/AST.  With over 20 years of combined experience, Davorin contributes sign

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    • Nagraj Kashyap, Senior Vice-President of Ventures and Innovation for Qualcomm Technologies

      Nagraj Kashyap, Senior Vice-President of Ventures and Innovation for Qualcomm Technologies 

      Nagraj Kashyap is the global head of the Qualcomm ventures group and oversees the Company’s strategic investments in wireless industry ventures. In addition he oversees all business development activities for Qualcomm Research. Prior to Qualcomm, Nagraj was a manager at PRTM, a management consulting company and had direct client engagements with Nextel, Motorola, DuPont, Caterpillar, Michelin, Bell Mobility and ADC. Prior to PRTM, Kashyap was a senior product marketing manager at Motorola. He has also held engineering positions at 3Com/US Robotics and Nortel. Nagraj serves on the board o

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