Education and Awareness Council
Dr. Himawan Gunadhi
Dr. Himawan Gunadhi brings diverse skills and experiences into the management of technological innovation and value creation for high-tech companies. He has built and led startups in the fields of algorithmic search, concept-based ad targeting, visual e-commerce discovery, big data, and marketing automation. Dr. Gunadhi’s startups focused on the US and international markets including Japan, Korea, and China, and attracted more than US$60M in financing from Sand Hill, corporate, and international venture capital firms.
Dr. Gunadhi holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in Management Science, and holds several appointments to teach, research, mentor, and advise university-based entrepreneurship programs. He is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore’s Overseas Colleges, where he develops and teaches courses in lean startup methodology and venture creation to students who are sent all over the world to work at tech startups.
Dr. Gunadhi started his professional career in strategic information technology and business strategy consulting, and continues to provide advice to clients on strategic business development, corporate development, and investment due diligence.
Mr. Patrick Mullane
Patrick Mullane is the Executive Director of HBX, responsible for managing HBX’s growth, expansion in global markets, and long-term success. Prior to joining HBX, Patrick was the CEO of Fabrico, Inc., an industrial manufacturing company that was purchased by Technetics, Inc. in 2014. Subsequent to the sale of Fabrico, he served as vice president and general manager in Technetics’ industrial turbine portfolio.
Before earning his MBA, Patrick served as a captain in a U.S. Air Force intelligence and space operations organization.
Patrick’s interest in space exploration began as a child. As the son of an Air Force aviator who went on to become one of the first space shuttle astronauts, Patrick grew up in the shadow of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and spent vacations at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center (including visits to Florida for his father’s three space shuttle launches between 1984 and 1990). He carried on the family tradition in the space business as a space and launch operations officer during his own time in the U.S. Air Force between 1991 and 1996.
Patrick holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Project and Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Dickson Chu
Mr. Dickson Chu is an accomplished General Manager and innovative product builder with over 30 years of experience working at the intersection of Financial Services, customer insights and the strategic use of technology. He has held leadership roles at prominent companies – BBVA, Wells Fargo, Yahoo!, PayPal, Citi – where he created and/or grew sizeable new businesses.
Mr. Chu is also an investor, board director and active advisor to a number of emerging companies working to redefine the next generation of payments, commerce and business services. He is currently the head of portfolio management for BBVA’s New Digital Businesses where he has overall responsibility for the governance, budget and strategic direction of BBVA’s growing portfolio of FinTech businesses such as Simple in the US, Holvi in Finland, Atom Bank in the UK, Muno in Spain and OpenPay in Mexico.
Dickson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of California. He is a board member at Ingo Money, Bluefin Payments, BoomTown and CFY.org (a non-profit that provides a digital learning platform to public middle schools); and Strategic Advisor to LoopPay (acquired by Samsung), Leapset (acquired by Sysco Foods), Sequent, Cortex MCP, Anywhere Commerce, Confirm.io, Modria and Float.
Mr. Torsten Kriening
Ms. Abbe Serphos
Abbe Serphos was appointed Global Head of PR and Communications at Reuters in February 2016. In this role she is the chief Reuters spokesperson globally and oversees all aspects of Reuters external and internal communications, marketing and related materials, Reuters comms social channels and strategy, thought leadership, the Reuters historical archive, editorial events and the Reuters Newsmakers platform, and issues/crisis management.
Previously Ms. Serphos held roles of increasing responsibility at The New York Times, Barnes & Noble, Kraft Foods, The Buoniconti Fund/the University of Miami School of Medicine and Vorhaus & Company. She began her career at Howard Rubenstein Associates.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Ms. Serphos has completed extensive MBA graduate coursework at CUNY Baruch College. She is a member of New York Women in Communications, The Wisemen and She Runs It, and serves on various boards.
Ms. Serphos lives in Manhattan with her husband and their son and daughter.
Mr. Ron Wachino
Ron is a writer of persuasion, a leader of creatives and a mover of needles. Needles which moved because of work he created for such Fortune 100 companies as CVS Caremark, IBM and Honeywell International. While profits are important, so is giving a voice to non-profits. And Ron has created advertising for some of the most well-known ones—UNICEF, The Red Cross and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, for which he pitched and won the advertising assignment when the museum was only an architectural model. Ron has also won almost every major advertising award, had his work published in marketing textbooks and had one request for his autograph. (Andy Warhol was right.) And, after 30 years of commuting to work, he’s been inspired to write a book on commuter etiquette called “Please Lower That.” Ron lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children, all of whom try to convince him not to compete in another triathlon.
Mr. Matt Spielman
Mr. Matt Spielman incorporates extensive executive management experience and rigorous training and expertise into his executive coaching practice. He has held several senior level positions, including Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, SVP Business Development, SVP Strategy & Innovation, and Chief People Officer.
Tenures at MTV Networks (Viacom), IAG Research (Nielsen), Moxie Interactive (Publicis Groupe), Return Path, a private equity backed data technology firm, and Morgan Stanley, provide the basis for his deep and diverse knowledge in Sales, Organizational Strategy, Digital Media, Data and Analytics, Finance, and Capital Markets.
Matt holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Economics from Columbia College. Additional studies include: Leadership Development at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Program.
Mr. Nova Spivack
Mr. Nova Spivack is Founder & CEO of Magical Technologies, LLC, a science and technology venture studio based in Los Angeles. He works via Magical as an active “venture producer” — combining his experience as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and VC to help form, fund and incubate breakthrough companies.
He is a venture Partner in Rewired.ai ($100M AI and robotics venture studio), and an advisor to EES Ventures, a seed stage science and technology venture studio.
He has had several IPOs and exits, and has helped to build companies acquired by Facebook, Apple, and others. Nova is ranked as a Top LA Power Player in Technology, and among the Top 20 Futurists worldwide.
An author of dozens of patents and an expert on AI and big data analytics, Spivack also invented and patented the key technologies and applications for consumer-scale augmented reality in 2009.
Nova flew to the edge of space in 1999 with the Russian Air Force. He is a patron of the Commercial SpaceFlight Federation, an investor in Space Adventures, and the Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit foundation working to build archives in space and on the moon.
Spivack has advised government agencies, presidential campaigns, global corporations, top consumer brands, venture funds, and fast growing tech startups.
Mr. John Goscha
John Goscha is an inventor and entrepreneur who most recently founded the Finally Light Bulb Company which has developed a next generation energy-and cost-efficient lighting technology that replicates all the attributes of incandescent technology while using 75% less energy. He is also the founder of IdeaPaint, a paint that can turn almost any surface into a dry-erase writing surface.
In 2009, Mr. Goscha was named to Inc.’s “30 Under 30” list and was named one of America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs by Business Week. Mr. Goscha was also named to Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list for Technology in 2011.
IdeaPaint has won numerous awards, including the Best Innovation Award and the Best of NeoCon Gold Wall Treatment Award at the NeoCon Trade Show in Chicago in 2008. In 2011, IdeaPaint was also awarded with the New England Innovation Award by the Small Business Association of New England.
Mr. Goscha earned his B.S. in Economics and Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Mr. Page Murray
Dr. Claire Nelson
Dr. Claire Nelson is Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, a research and education consulting practice specializing in bringing the power of strategic foresight, and the discipline of sustainability engineering to challenges facing organizations and communities. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Futures Studies and the World Futures Review and is an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Studies Federation. Dr. Nelson also serves as an Expert Fellow for TECHCAST Global – a leading technology foresight knowledge network. A sought-after speaker Nelson’s engagements have included: Association of Blacks in Energy; ASME; BET/CENTRIC; World Bank; Women in Research Engineering Symposium; Black Engineer of the Year Conference; Salzburg Seminar; WorldSteel; and the US Air Force.
Before establishing The Futures Forum, Dr. Nelson held a variety of positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, over a thirty-year career which spanned strategic portfolio development; program identification and management, and institutional assessments and technical feasibility studies across a variety of sectors including: public sector modernization, private sector development, community development, and trade development. She was a thought leader in promoting Strategic Foresight in development, organizing the Bank’s first Latin America 2020 Social Development Futures Seminar Series, in 2006. She also pioneered the topic of development with equity at the IDB, helping to build the Bank’s portfolio in Black economic empowerment in Latin America. As a result of her leadership, she was honored with the IDB’s prestigious Ortiz Mena Award in 2010.
A social entrepreneur, Dr. Nelson is recognized as the Architect of the Campaign for June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month and is also the Curator of the Caribbean American Legislative Forum on Capitol Hill and White House Briefings, and the Invest Caribbean Business Conferences. Her volunteer community service has also included: American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship Review Committee; Sustainability Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers; Fundacion UNIPOP; the African American Unity Caucus of the Constituency for Africa; and the US Department of Commerce US/Caribbean Business Development Council.
Dr. Nelson, who is an award-winning writer and storyteller, holds a Bachelors and Masters in Industrial Engineering from the SUNY at Buffalo and Purdue University respectively, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. She is distinguished as the first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate in an Engineering discipline. Nelson who was named one of Top 100 Women Futurists in the “Twitterverse”, has received commendation in the US Congressional Record, and has also received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Purdue University, School of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Nelson was named a White House Champion of Change in 2012.
Mr. Bernie Hogya
Bernie was the creator of the iconic Milk Mustache campaign, one of the most recognized advertising platforms of all time. The campaign expanded well beyond its print origins into a multimedia powerhouse. During its 20-year run, the campaign included over 300 familiar celebrity faces and was credited with driving hundreds of millions of gallons in milk sales. Bernie’s milk Super Bowl commercial featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named to 15 separate Top 10 “Best Of” lists.
Bernie has received numerous awards including Cannes Lion, Addy, Clio, One Show, Art Director’s Club, Communications Arts and five EFFIE’s. He is currently Managing Partner/Art at Lean&Mean, where one of his first assignments was to help name, brand and launch For All Moonkind.