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.
Dr. Tahir Rahman
Dr. Tahir Rahman is a physician-scientist at the Washington University in St. Louis. He researched and conducted interviews (including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) to write an award winning book, ‘We Came in Peace for all Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc.’
The Moon’s Sea of Tranquility currently nestles messages of goodwill from more than 70 leaders in the 1960’s. Dr. Rahman’s book elegantly displays these messages placed on the lunar dust during one of humanity’s most important adventure.
Dr. Rahman strongly believes that the Apollo era lunar landing sites should be preserved for posterity.
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
With a background in computer science, IT and space management, Torsten Kriening is as technical as they come. His specialty is business development. He is currently Chief Operating Office of the Thor Group GmbH.
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.
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.
Before establishing The Futures Forum, Dr. Nelson held a variety of positions at the Inter-American Development Bank. 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.
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. 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.
Ms. Kate Arkless Gray
Kate Arkless Gray studied Genetics at the University of Cambridge before embracing a career as a radio producer and earning a broadcast journalist qualification from City University. She is currently Head of Communications and Outreach at German new-space company PTScientists, and has previously worked for international broadcasters such as BBC and Al Jazeera.
Her passion for space was ignited when she met NASA astrobiologist Dr Chris McKay, and she hasn’t looked back since. Kate completed the International Space University Space Studies Programme in 2012 and won NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge twice in London, becoming a global winner in 2013. She organised the UK’s first space “unconference”, SpaceUP:UK and has presented a number of papers at the International Astronautical Congress.
Kate has reported on space for Sky News, Al Jazeera, Spaceflight Magazine and others. She maintains a blog and lively social media presence using her “SpaceKate” moniker. NASA administrator Charles Bolden called her “a true champion!” and challenged her to get more young people involved with space – something she is always keen to do. She lives by two mottos: “Make things happen” and “Never regret, just tell good stories.”
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
Page is a career marketing executive who has worked on industry-leading brands from a range of categories. Absolut Vodka, Apple Computer, Palm, Comcast and HP, where Page served in global leadership roles for consumer, solution and channel marketing. He has been recognized as “Marketing Top 50” and received Kelly, Effie and a host of marketing awards. Recently, Page accepted a CMO role for Stanford, focusing on communications, marketing and platforms supporting the alumni from across Stanford. He lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with his wife, three children and a dog named “Moon.”
Ms. Wendy Zajack
With more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing, media relations and internal communications, Wendy Zajack thrives on making complex topics easy to understand, exciting and relevant to broad audiences. She spent her corporate career working for large, global technology organizations building messaging for multiple audiences and using a variety of marketing channels. She joined Georgetown University in 2016 as a faculty director and professor for two master’s level programs focusing on Integrated Marketing Communications and Design Management Communications in the School of Continuing Studies. She is an active blogger and Tweeter and enjoys speaking at industry conferences and universities about the power of branding and communications, personal branding and business marketing trends.