Michael is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation at Universidad Católica de Chile, where he researches the effects of innovation and entrepreneurship policies on new-venture performance. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Organizations at Stanford University. His entrepreneurial experience outside academia includes founding Yx Wireless, a hardware design and manufacturing company that earned multiple innovation awards and achieved a leading position in South America. He is Academic Director of EPIC Lab (Evidence-based Innovation Policy Research Lab) and AUKAN, the innovation management-consulting arm of the School of Engineering at Universidad Católica. He is also a member of the Chile-California Council, President of Andes Central, and co-founder of OPTE Educational Foundation. He has been recognized with awards such as “2019 Teaching Excellence”, “2012 Dreaming Chile from California”, “2007 Engineer Entrepreneur of the Year”, “2004 Young Leader” and “2000 Entrepreneurial Spirit”.
Sharon is the Thomas W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. She previously served as the Walter Koch Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, and prior to that as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management and the Academic Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Max M. Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.
Professor Alvarez is the Past Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and was the 2015 Denver Program Chair for the Strategic Management Society as well as Representative at Large for the SMS Entrepreneurship Interest Group. Her paper (with Barney) “Discovery and Creation: Alternative Theories of Entrepreneurial Action” won the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division 2019 Foundational Paper Award as well as the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Best Paper Award.
Leah Edwards is a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to teaching in UC Berkeley’s Engineering School and other university programs, she speaks internationally and directs workshops on applying innovation techniques to a variety of academic, public sector and corporate challenges.
Leah is the past Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she oversaw the development and management of innovation and entrepreneurship courses, learning materials and programs, and a graduate student co-working space.
Prior to that, Leah was a serial startup co-founder and consultant to other entrepreneurs and investors. Companies she co-founded or developed were acquired by major companies including Netcentives ($380 million acquisition of Post Communications), Tealeaf Technology (now IBM) and SolarCity. Currently, she is an angel investor and startup advisor.
Leah holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA and Certificate of Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Charles Holloway (Past-President), professor emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a leader in the study and teaching of entrepreneurship, supply networks, and technology management.
Charles Holloway holds the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professorship in Management Emeritus. Professor Holloway is a leader in the study and teaching of entrepreneurship, supply networks, and technology management. He was the founding co-chair of the Stanford Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB); the Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association, a cooperative effort between the Stanford GSB and the Stanford School of Engineering; and the Public Management Program at the GSB.
Professor Holloway joined the Stanford GSB faculty in 1968 and has served in a variety of positions at Stanford, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the GSB and chair of the University Commission on Graduate Education. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Holloway served as assistant to the technical director at Naval Reactors, where he worked closely with Admiral H.G. Rickover on the development of nuclear-powered ships. He also worked as a senior nuclear engineer for Bechtel Corporation’s Scientific Development Department.
Professor Holloway has served as a board member for more than 12 start up companies in a range of industries. He is currently on the board of several start up companies. He is the author of Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: Models and Choices, co-editor of The Perpetual Enterprise Machine–Seven Keys to Corporate Renewal Through Successful Product and Process Development, and many articles in the field of management. Professor Holloway has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in nuclear engineering and PhD in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the international advisory and training firm, Explora International. She is a corporate board member, CEO coach, and strategic advisor to tech companies and accelerators around the world. Michelle is a serial entrepreneur and sold her first company at 19 years old. Today, she trains startups, investors, corporator innovators, and mentors to be more effective using the best practices of Silicon Valley incorporated in her book Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide. The book is now available in English, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Michelle has worked in more than 65 countries and has heard 1000’s of company presentations. She is an expert pitch coach and has trained winning companies at Startup Grind, Microsoft Inspire Middle East Cup, Le Web, and 1000’s of companies all over the world. Michelle is fully bilingual English/Spanish.
Ignacio Peña is a strategist, an advisor, an angel investor and an international speaker who seeks to catalyze a future of abundance, inclusion and regeneration through the power of innovation.
Previously, Ignacio worked for over 15 years as strategic consultant for leading corporations, governments, NGOs and associations. He was Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group based in Brazil and worked at Booz & Co. He executed over 100 projects in more than a dozen sectors, was involved in M&A transactions worth over US$5B and has deep experience in strategy, innovation, corporate development and large-scale transformations.
Ignacio is Faculty at Singularity University, Lecturer at the Wharton School and was Bold Innovator at XPRIZE. He holds an MSc in Economics from UCA, an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marcela Perez de Alonso is a member of the Board of Directors for City National Bank.
Marcela was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Hewlett-Packard Company where she served in this capacity for seven years until her retirement.
Since joining HP in 2004, Marcela led a pivotal transformation to build a best-in-class HR organization that delivered value to HP employees while driving business results and growth. She had responsibilities for all HR programs and services focused on getting the right people in the right places at the right time to keep HP talent engaged and performing at optimal levels in order to achieve company and people goals.
Previously, a long-time executive at Citigroup, she held senior roles in both Operations and Human Resources including the lead HR role for Citibank’s Global Consumer Business and the Business Division head of Citigroup’s North Latin America Retail Bank.
Marcela earned a degree in Psychology from Universidad Catolica de Chile. She has worked and lived in New York, Palo Alto, Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Chile. She is married and has five children.
Nicolas Shea is a chilean social entrepreneur and impact investor. Founder of Start-Up Chile, Cumplo, eClass, Innovamérica, Asech, G100 and Chile a Fondo, among other private and public ventures. After the 2010 earthquake he joined the Chilean Government as Innovation and Entrepreneurship advisor to the Chilean minister of economy. In 2019 he produced Nada te Detiene, the Chilean Championship of entrepreneurship that was broadcasted on prime time public television. Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and winner of two National Innovation Awards for Start-Up Chile (2011) and Cumplo (2014). Author of “Start-Up Chile: the story of Chile’s entrepreneurial revolution”. B.A. in Business and Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, MSc. in Management from Stanford University and MSc. in Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He is currently the executive chairman of Cumplo, president of the G100 and professor of entrepreneurship at the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Lives in Santiago with his wife Josefa, their five amazing kids and their dog Peter.
Per von Appen is Managing Director of Family Office Inversiones Fray León Ltda.
He is Board Member in companies and foundations. Also he is developing start ups in telecom, e-sports and convention center industries. Between 2001 – 2015 he developed a start up that grew into a global company worth excess of USD 100 million. Attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 2009. Worked in different roles and companies in London, New York and Germany. Lives in Santiago with his wife Marcela and their 3 kids. Per is fully trilingual Spanish/German/English.
Gabriel Weintraub is an Associate Professor of Operations, Information & Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds a PhD in Management Science and Engineering and a MA in Economics, both from Stanford University. His research is in the areas of operations, management science, industrial organization, computational economics, and market design. Most recently, he has become particularly interested in studying the operations, optimization, and economics of digital marketplaces. Before obtaining his Ph.D. at Stanford, Gabriel was a full-time instructor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Chile where he taught undergraduate courses and consulted for the Chilean government. After his Ph.D., he spent ten years at the faculty of Columbia Business School. He was the Chief Economist of the ad tech platform AppNexus, is a Senior Advisor of Airbnb, and has advised other companies and start-ups.