Saeed Amidi, CEO/President and Founder – Plug and Play Tech Center
Saeed Amidi is the Founder, President and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. Plug and Play is the premier technology startup accelerator in the world with over 200 companies which collectively have raised an excess of $ 750 million.
Amidzad, has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and it holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies like: PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, etc.
Saeed is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally as well as internationally in countries like: Spain, Italy, France, Austria etc.
Saeed’s recent passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. In this respect, he is working closely with MIT, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Wharton, Dartmouth to identify great entrepreneurs with a passion to execute on their ideas.
Saeed is an active member of the technology community and a frequent contributor to numerous charitable foundations. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a world-class network of Fortune 500 CEOs, accomplished serial entrepreneurs, and veteran financial executives.
Mark Anderson, CEO and President, Hiplogic Inc.
Mark is Chief Executive Officer and President of HipLogic Inc. a new Mobile 2.0 platform for creating rich mobile media applications and has over 20 years of Wireless, Telecom, Internet and Advertising experience. Before joining Numobiq, Anderson served as Vice President, Internet and Media Solutions at Ericsson where he led the expansion of Ericsson’s business with Internet and Media companies including MVNO’s. Mark Joined Ericsson in 2003 as Vice President, Business Solutions.
Prior to Ericsson, he was Vice President of Sales at Vialto Corporation leading up to its acquisition by Cisco Systems. Mark has also held VP of Sales and Business Development roles at Air2Web and Superscape (Glu Mobile). Mark was an early management employee at Polycom leading up to their Initial Public Offering following his early career in advertising with Ketchum.
Mark received his B.A. in Advertising from San Jose State University and has completed Corporate Executive Business Programs from Duke University.
Luk Shanquan Bao, Director of IC and Mobile Terminal, China Mobile US Research Center
Luke(Shanquan) Bao is the Director of IC Technology and Terminal of China Mobile Communication Corporation USA Research Center. Luke severed as Sr. Strategic Product and Program manager of UTStarcom on mobile terminal solutions. Before joining UTStarcom, Luke worked in Conexant, Skyworks and Enqsemiconductor in various product development roles. Luke holds 11 US patents and applications in the area of mobile handset and applications.
Lixin Cheng, Founder & Principal Consultant, ALA Group
Mr. Lixin Cheng has 20 years of experience in telecommunication industry with expertise in the areas of international business development, and supplier development. He has extensive business experience and contacts in 56 countries all over the world. Among other achievements elsewhere in the world, Cheng introduced the first Cellular System production line into China, and signed the first CDMA contract valued at $150M with China Unicom for Ericsson Wireless Inc., formerly Qualcomm Infrastructure division.
Before moving to the United States in 2001, Cheng held the position of Vice President of Sales and Supply at Ericsson Panda Ltd., a China-based Joint Venture of Ericsson. Within three years, he increased annual sales tenfold to $1.6B while localizing the supply chain in China. From September 2001 to December 2003, Cheng served as Director at Ericsson Wireless Inc. in San Diego, responsible for developing Ericsson CDMA business in various international markets.
Cheng joined Axesstel(AMEX: AFT) in January 2004 as President where he increased the company’s sales from $11M to over $95M within less than two years, and was instrumental in Axesstel’s successful public listing on AMEX in May 2004. Cheng now serves as Board of Directors of San Diego World Trade Center(www.wtcsd.org), iTouch Media Ltd. (www.itouchmedia.cn) in Beijing, Advisors to Treemo, Inc. (www.treemo.com) in Seattle, Media Hog, Inc.(www.mediahog.net) in Los Angeles, Fluid Components International LLC (www.fluidcomponets.com) in San Marcos, California, and ZTE Mobile Telecom Co., Ltd (www.ztemt.com) in Shenzhen China. ALA Group, Inc. provides strategic consulting, business and supplier development, and financial services to companies whose activities are focused primarily in wireless, internet and other emerging sectors. As the founder, Cheng travels to China frequently and maintains active contacts with high level executives in China. ALA’s clients list includes top telecom equipment manufacturers & operators in China, and venture capital backed start-ups in the United States. Cheng has effective intercultural communication skills; strong leadership in talent and team development and proven execution capability in creating high growth business. He has an M.B.A. in International Business Management and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University.
Kye Cheung, Partner, Quoris
Kye Cheung has more than 20 years of senior managerial and entrepreneurial experience in the information technology industry, having worked with companies in the telecom, wireless, semiconductor, consumer electronics and internet software sectors. Kye is Managing Partner for Quoris, an Asia backed VC specializing in telecom and other high tech sectors.
Prior to Quoris, Kye served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CommASIC, a fabless semiconductor start-up specializing in low power wireless broadband ASICs for Wi-Fi, and 4G applications, and continued this responsibility after the company was acquired by Freescale Semiconductors. Before this, Kye served as Vice President of Product Development for IconnWireless, a wireless module company which was later acquired by Wavecom in 2002. In 2000, Kye led the Personal Connectivity Business Group at Intel managing a team in San Diego developing Bluetooth products. And from 1997 to 2000, Kye was Director of Product and Program Management and a co-founder of NeoPoint, a smartphone developer. Between 1994 to 1997, Kye served as Senior Product Manager at Qualcomm, managing Infrastructure and Subscriber Product Lines. Kye also served seven years at NYNEX(now Verizon), deploying switched and IP networks. Kye holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Boston University.>
Andrew Clark, Director of Corporate Strategy, Venture Capital Group, IBM Corporation
Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is the lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew is also a top strategist for many of IBM’s key business imperatives including Energy & Environment (Cleantech) 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 “intrapreneur", Drew has led a range of internal startup initiatives, including a key role in formation of IBM's Internet Division. Later, Drew led IBM's search, knowledge-management, social media and Web 2.0 initiatives.
Mr. Clark joined IBM in 1982 and spent the early part of his career in software design and programming language development as a designer of compilers for traditional and specialized systems such as vector and parallel processors. He has held numerous technical and management positions in several of IBM's product divisions, and has helped lead several of IBM's most innovative development initiatives – including creation of IBM’s Internet unit and later Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing units.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Western Carolina University in 1978 and has completed coursework toward a PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the University of Texas Austin
Frank Fan, Vice President, VanceInfo Technologies
Mr. Frank Fan served as Vice President of North America Telecomm Business Unit for VanceInfo. He brings in more than 18 years of technical and management expertise in wireless industry including Satellite communications, cable modem, WLAN, RFIC design, and mobile handset design and testing. He was previous founder and General Manager of Wireless Info Tech, a company specialized in mobile device design and testing in San Diego. Before that he holds various senior management and engineering development positions in ZTE, Wavecom, IBM, BenQ, and General Instrument with the responsibility of developing numerous wireless products. Mr. Fan received his master degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1991.
John Hane, Counsel, Communications Practice Group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
As Counsel in Pillsbury’s Communications practice group, John Hane represents emerging businesses in wireless communications and digital video distribution. John assists clients with transactions, spectrum licensing and policy advocacy in support of new business ventures and nontraditional uses of spectrum. He also counsels institutional investors on industry trends, risks and opportunities.
In December 2007 John was issued US Patent No. 7,308,229 disclosing a system reusing satellite spectrum for terrestrial wireless communications. He is also the inventor or co-inventor on several pending patent applications related to wireless communications and digital media distribution.
Before joining Pillsbury John served as an executive in several communications and media companies, including Highcast Network, Pegasus Communications, Lockheed Martin Telecommunications, New World Communications and NBC.
Mike Honda, Congressman, 15th Congressional District of California
Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Since 2001, Mike Honda has represented the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Silicon Valley, the birthplace of technology innovation and the leading region for the development of the technologies of tomorrow. Mike has been a public servant for decades during which he has been lauded for his work on education, transportation, civil rights, national service, the environment, and high-tech issues.
Mike was born in California, but spent his early childhood with his family in an internment camp in Colorado during World War II. After a decade living in Chicago, his family returned to California in 1953, becoming strawberry sharecroppers in San José's Blossom Valley. In 1965, Mike interrupted his college studies to answer President John F. Kennedy's call for volunteer service. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in El Salvador, returning with a passion for teaching and fluent in Spanish.
Mike earned Bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish, and a Master's degree in Education from San José State University. In his career as an educator, Mike was a science teacher, served as a principal at two public schools, and conducted educational research at Stanford University.
In 1971, Mike was appointed by then-Mayor Norm Mineta to San Jose's Planning Commission. In 1981, Mike won his first election, gaining a seat on the San José Unified School Board. In 1990, Mike was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, where he led efforts to acquire and preserve open space in the county.
Mike served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, Mike was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Appropriations Committee, with postings on that body's Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Commerce, Justice, and Science, and Legislative Branch Subcommittees. As an appropriator, Mike focuses on directing funding to critical areas such as: access to affordable healthcare; worker training; port and border security; law enforcement and the safety of our neighborhoods; health care for our veterans; recovery from natural disasters, particularly Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike.
Mike is serving his sixth year as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, coordinating with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucuses to champion the causes of under-represented communities by promoting social justice, racial tolerance, and civil rights.
In 2007, he was named House Democratic Senior Whip by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC). Senior Whips are a select group of Members and Democratic Caucus opinion leaders tasked with strategic planning about how issues impact targeted Members or groups, and will help develop strategies to ensure legislative success.
Erfan Ibrahim, Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Erfan Ibrahim is a Technical Executive in the Intelligrid program area of the Power Delivery & Utilization Sector. His current research activities focus on the communications infrastructure for the utility Smart Grid with particular emphasis on Home Area Networks (HAN), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Building Automation Networks (BAN) and Energy Management Systems (EMS).
Before joining EPRI, Dr. Ibrahim founded and managed The Bit Bazaar LLC (TBB), a full service IT and business consulting firm, offering services to clients in the High Tech, Financial Services, and Energy sectors. At TBB Dr. Ibrahim focused on wireless communications, network management, and information security technologies with a particular emphasis on aligning the IT goals of his clients with their business goals for sustained competitive advantage.
Prior to establishing The Bit Bazaar LLC, Dr. Ibrahim’s career included the following positions: VP of Sales & Marketing at Jyra Research, Product Manager for Network Management at Pacific Bell Network Integration (now AT&T), Science and Math Lecturer at National University, Nuclear Fusion Research Engineer at UCLA and Plasma Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Dr. Ibrahim received a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California Berkeley, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin, and a B.S. Honors in Physics from Syracuse University (Suma Cum Laude).
Dr. Ibrahim is a Phi Beta Kappa, a Tau Beta Pi, Who’s Who Amongst American Colleges & Universities and Who’s Who Amongst IT professionals.
Shailendra Jain, founder and CEO, Abaqus Inc.
Shailendra Jain is the founder and CEO of Abaqus, a company focused on providing GeoWeb and Semantic Web solutions for consumers and enterprise customers. Mr. Jain was previously the CEO of Adamind, a company supplying multimedia technology solutions to the mobile markets worldwide. Mr. Jain spun out Adamind from Philips Electronics in 2004, successfully listed the company on AIM (London) and completed its sale in Q2 2007. Prior roles include at GM of a BU at Philips Electronics, VP at Wave Systems Corp., and Software Engineer/Architect at Novell (which acquired Serius Corp) and VZ Corp. Mr. Jain graduated from University Of Utah with a BS and ME in Computer Science.
William Kao, co-founder and managing partner, LEED International, LLC
Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for 30 years holding senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.
Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers and holds several software and IC patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided circuit design. Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was Chair of the Circuits and Systems Chapter in Silicon Valley in 2006.
Dr. Kao is a co-founder and managing partner of LEED International, LLC, a premier consulting company on clean energy and environmental development solutions. He also co-founded CARES (The Chinese American Renewable Energy Society) and has been a frequent speaker on renewable energy, cleantech and sustainable technology development in Silicon Valley. He currently teaches Renewable Energy and Business Sustainability courses at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension, and at the Clean/Nanotechnology and Silicon Valley Technical Institutes in San Jose. He has been serving on the Technical Advisory Board for Sigma Quest on the topics of Energy and Environment, and Quality Control as well as several Cleantech venture capital firms.
Dev Khare, Vice President, Venrock
Dev Khare is Vice President at Venrock, a premier venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, New York, Cambridge, MA, and Israel. Dev sits on the board at Aha Mobile and SlideShare and is actively involved with Asoka, FutureDial, INRIX and Lavante. Dev previously co-founded Covigo, a mobile software company, which was acquired by Symbol Technologies (now part of Motorola). Dev blogs at http://www.NextWala.com and is on Twitter @dkhare.
Raj Kumar, founder, Khyber Technologies
Over 10 million Pocket PCs have been licensed under Khyber Technologies’ patents. Raj Kumar is the founder and lead inventor at Khyber, which he started in 1991 with intent to create the next generation of handheld computers. Previously Raj had led Telxon Corporation R&D for 11 years of rapid growth and an IPO. He developed several trend-setting products in vertical markets of barcode-based handheld computers (TLXN, acquired by Symbol Technologies, SBL, now owned by Motorola, MOT). While at Telxon, Raj recommended a wireless technology acquisition, which later developed into a WiFi leading supplier and spun off in another IPO (AIRO) and subsequently acquired by Cisco. At Khyber, Raj has led developments of all Khyber inventions, specialized in the form and function of mobile devices. Raj is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India
Khyber is looking for parties interested in commercializing product concepts, under value-added licenses of Khyber’s new patents, with selected exclusivity offered to qualifying market leaders. Raj’s services are available to Khyber licensees as needed by licensees.
Chi-Lin Tom, General Manger, PTI Global Inc.
Chi-Lin Tom serves as General Manager of PTI Global Inc, a division of Pretec, a well-known Flash Memory company established in 1993.
He has many years experience of Telecommunication and Networking and Memory industries. He produced significant result in startup companies as well as large companies in various departments of those organizations.
He has been involved the technologies and products including Digital Loop Access, ADSL, Ethernet / IP, Video Conferencing, Broadband Wireless, Voice over IP, Network Management, Wireless LAN, SONET, ATM, T1 and Flash Memory for Hubbell/Pulsecom, AFC/Tellabs, RapidWAN, ChannelC and PTI Global. He has served for ADSL Forum as a chairman from 1995 for 3 years.
He got his MS degree in Computer Sciences from University of Tennessee in 1981.
Geng Lin, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Alliance, Cisco Systems
Dr. Geng Lin is the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Alliance at Cisco Systems where he is responsible for the technology strategy and development of the joint Cisco-IBM solution portfolio world wide. The Cisco-IBM Alliance is one of the most successful alliances in the IT industry and delivers multi-billion dollar business revenues to Cisco and IBM annually. Its broad solution portfolio covers a variety of areas including data center virtualization and cloud computing, video and rich media collaboration, and solutions for vertical industries such as smart energy.
Prior to Cisco, Dr. Lin served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Netopia Inc, a Motorola company. Netopia, a leader in IP broadband services and rich media applications, was acquired by Motorola in 2007.
Dr. Lin has more than 16 years of industry experience in communications networking and Internet-based software solutions. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University and Ph.D. degree from University of British Columbia, all in Computer Science.
Kaiyang Liu, CTO, CASEE
Kaiyang Liu leads CASEE research and engineering development in ad placement, targeting, fraud detection, and user data mining products. He has world class experience with distributed computing, CRM system, and software development tools.
Kaiyang Liu was previously founder of Hansky, China’s top software configuration management vendor. Before returning to China he was a senior engineer at Marimba, Sun/Javasoft.
Kaiyang Liu has MS from University of Pittsburgh and BS from Tsinghua University in China.
Curtis Sasaki, Vice President of Product Management, Research in Motion (RIM)
Curtis Sasaki is Vice President, Platform Product Management at Research in Motion. He is responsible for the product management of several new initiatives, developer platform programs, and AppWorld. Prior to RIM, Curtis was Vice President at Sun Microsystems managing development for Sun’s global web sites, desktop software products, and Java for consumer products. Prior to Sun, he held executive positions at Apple, NeXT, and General Magic.Prashant Shah, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad VC
Prashant Shah joined Hummer Winblad in December 2000. He has been instrumental in many investments including Baynote, Bridgestream, Cenzic, EvoStor, InMage, Jareva Technologies, Krillion, Scalent, SyncVoice, Tizor and Voltage Security. He also observes a number of these boards. In addition, Prashant is an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley (www.tiesv.org), where he is Chair of the Software SIG; and a member of the Board of Trustees for Astia (www.astia.org).
Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T. Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.Dr. Naveed Sherwani, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Open-Silicon
Dr. Sherwani brings over 23 years of experience in technical engineering and general management to his position as President and CEO of Open-Silicon. Prior to co-founding Open-Silicon, Dr. Sherwani was the founder and General Manager of Intel Microelectronics Services where he led efforts to promote the use of disciplined ASIC methodologies to improve design efficiency and time-to-market.
Naveed co-architected the Intel microprocessor design methodology and environment that has been used in various leading microprocessors. Prior to joining Intel, he worked as a consultant for various telecommunications and computer companies, mainly focusing on ASIC design flow and cell library design to improve time-to-market. He also served as a Professor at Western Michigan University, where his research concentrated on VLSI Physical Design Automation, combinatorics, and graph algorithms.
Dr. Sherwani is the author of the main textbook on Physical Design, which is widely used at major universities around the world. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 3 books and over 100 articles on various aspects of Physical Design Automation and ASICs.
In last 15 years, he has been a frequent speaker at DAC, ICCAD, International Conference on VLSI and other major conferences around the world.
Dr. Sherwani received his Ph.D from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Jun Sun, CTO and co-founder, Netspectrum Inc.
Dr. Jun Sun is the CTO and co-founder of Netspectrum Inc., a SmartSIM software and service company. SmartSIM is a new generation of SIM cards that are based on IC-USB standards and use SmartCard Web Server to provide mobile services to end users. Prior to this, Dr. Sun led various projects, including Terminal Architecture Project and Mobile OS Project, in DoCoMo USA Labs. He is the main contributor and primary author of the joint white paper, "Open and Secure Terminal Initiative (OSTI)".
Prior to joining DoCoMo USA Labs, Dr. Sun worked for Monta Vista Software during which period he was active and well-known in Linux communities. Dr. Sun also worked for Sony US Research Labs where he participated in the development of Sony's proprietary OS, Aperios, and Geoworks where he designed and developed the first SmartPhone OS, GEOS-SC.
Dr. Sun received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996.
Donald Tan, President, China Telecom Americas
Mr. Donald Yijun Tan was appointed to president of China Telecom Americas (former China Telecom USA Corporation) in January, 2006. Prior to coming to China Telecom Americas, Donald Tan was the President of Hunan Data Communication Bureau and Internet Department, Hunan Telecom Corporation. His responsibilities included building the network and providing data communication services throughout Hunan Province. His main focus as president of China Telecom Americas is to continue developing the North and South American market by delivering products and services that reach between the Americas and China to enterprise customers and carriers , lead China Telecom's business throughout the Americas and expanding and developing the company's involvement in the communications industry. Mr. Tan, who has spent more than 20 years in telecommunications, has a Bachelor's Degree from Shanghai JiaoTong University, where he majored in Electronics & Telecommunications. He earned a Master's Degree from Huazhong Technology University and his MBA at Hunan Province Commercial Institute.
Lily Toy, Senior associate, K&L Gates LLP Corporate Group
Lily Toy is a senior corporate associate in the Palo Alto office of K&L Gates, an international law firm with 33 offices in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Middle East. Ms. Toy focuses her practice on emerging companies at every stage of the pipeline -- from start-up to liquidity. She works most closely with cleantech, hi-tech, internet and life sciences companies.
Combining her experience representing Chinese companies with her fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese, Ms. Toy has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures in both technology and non-tech sectors. She regularly interacts with her more than 60 colleagues permanently based in Asia -- in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore -- which gives the U.S. and Chinese clients she works with continued hands-on local representation with new enhanced international capabilities and perspective.
Ms. Toy earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2004, and her B.A. with honors in Economics and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. During law school, Ms. Toy was a judicial extern for the Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky of the United States Bankruptcy Court.
In addition to being a member of the Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association, she is also active in CINA (Chinese Information and Networking Association) and HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association).
Ms. Toy is a member of the State Bar of California.
Dan Turchin , CEO of Aeroprise
Dan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aeroprise. Since inception, he has overseen Aeroprise's growth into a recognized leader in the mobile enterprise software space. Under his leadership, Aeroprise has won numerous awards, including Mobile Showcase, Red Herring 100 finalist and BMC Software Partner Product of the Year. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a contributor to news publications such as Support World magazine. Prior to Aeroprise, Dan worked at The Walt Disney Company, Andersen Consulting and Searchbutton, Inc. Dan holds BS and BA degrees from Stanford University. Read his blog athttp://developer.bmc.com/communities/blogs/unwiringit or follow him on twitter: http://twitter.com/dturchin.
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, Senior Vice President and Senior Technology Advisor to CEO, Ericsson Group
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt has been with Ericsson since 1978, and became head of the Research at Ericsson Radio Systems in 1985. In 1990, he became Vice President of Research and Development, responsible for Ericsson’s cellular radio products.
In 1998, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer for the Ericsson Group with responsibility for Ericsson′s worldwide activities in Research and Development.
Since 2004, Dr Uddenfeldt has held the position as Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, Technology to the Group CEO. In his current position, he is responsible for Technology Strategies and he is chairing, e.g., the Ericsson Research Board and the Ericsson Standardization Board. He is also responsible for handling Technology Alignment with leading operators worldwide.
From August 2008, Dr Uddenfeldt relocated to San Jose, California while maintaining his position as Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, Technology to the Group CEO. He is responsible for technology strategies and alignment with leading operators in USA, China and Japan. He is also responsible for establishing research and technology cooperation with leading Internet companies in USA to establish converged mobile and fixed internet.
Additionally, Dr. Uddenfeldt is a member of the Board of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Dr. Uddenfeldt is one of the inventors and industry drivers for 2G wireless GSM technology, as well as mobile broadband 3G ((HSPA) technology.
He has established technology co-operations with major telecom operators in USA, China, Japan and Europe, such as, AT&T, ChinaMobile, NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc.
Dr. Uddenfeldt received his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1978 and received an honorary Doctor’s degree from the University of Lund in 1996.
Dr. Uddenfeldt is a Fellow of IEEE, and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his achievements; the German Edward Rhein Foundation Technology Prize for the innovation of GSM in 1997 and the Swedish KTH Prize in 2000 for GSM and 3G. In 2005, he received the Gold Medal from the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences for his contribution to the cellular industry.
Brian Vogelsang, Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Internet Services, Qualcomm Incorporated
Brian Vogelsang is director of product management for Qualcomm Internet Services. QIS helps accelerate consumer adoption and consumption of mobile content across all networks and devices by delivering a more engaging mobile experience that is contextual and relevant to consumers’ personal interests.
In his current role, Vogelsang is responsible for overseeing product development for Plaza Retail, a complete, flexible and scalable mobile retail solution that enables application retailers to create and manage a rich, highly personalized shopping experience across diverse platforms, devices and networks. He is also responsible for the BREW Delivery System, which continues to prove successful for operators and developers and serves as the foundation for Plaza Retail.
Vogelsang has 16 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology. Since joining Qualcomm in 1994, he has held management and product strategy roles in engineering, product marketing, information technology, and product management.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Vogelsang was chief technology officer for AXNET Communications, Inc. a regional Internet services provider.
Vogelsang holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Redlands.
Raj Vaswani, CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER, Silver Spring Networks
Raj has been with Silver Spring Networks since 2003, and brings more than 10 years of innovation, product development and product management experience in the Internet, software and networking industries to the Company. Prior to joining Silver Spring Networks, Raj was an Entrepreneur in Residence with Foundation Capital. Prior to Foundation Capital, Raj served as Vice President of Engineering at Epinions.com (now shopping.com), a high-traffic consumer-oriented Web site. Previously, Raj was Senior Scientist and Director of Engineering for the @Home Network (later Excite@Home). Raj holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley. Raj is an avid recycler and took the lead responsibility for Silver Spring Networks' paperless office initiative.
Linzhen Xie, Standing Member, Communication Science & Technology Committee of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT ) of China
Prof. Linzhen Xie serves as the Standing Member of Communication Science & Technology Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) of China, Vice President of China Mobile Communication Association (CMCA), Chairman of Chinese Mobile Phone Business Summit Forum, Chief Scientist & Executive Board Member of CECT-ChinaComm. From 1998 – 2002, he was Deputy Director - General of the Electronic and Information Product Department, Ministry of Information Industry, China. From 1994 – 1998, he was the Deputy Director – General of the Communication and System Equipment Department, Ministry of Electronic Industry, China. Prof. Xie has more than 140 international publications.
Yongyong Xu, founder and CEO, Netmite
Yongyong Xu, founder and CEO of Netmite, has over 20 years computer industry experience and 10 years of mobile industry experience. Regarded as inventor of Ajax technology, he has started to work on the Ajax and P2P, and Internet technology since 1999. With more than 20 US and international granted and pending patents, he has been active in the area of Wireless, mobile computing, social networks, steaming media and web 2.0. His past experience includes CTO of Tube88, Mobileplay and Antero Communications and Manager of Motorola.
Chen Yong, General Manager for Wireless Business and Director for User Operation Center, tianya.cn
Mr. Yong Chen joined Tianya as the General Manager for Wireless Business since March, 2006, leading the wireless business planning and management. Starting Oct. 2008, Mr. Chen also takes the role of the Director for User Operation Center, covering personal service operation management. Tianya is the largest and most influential SNS portal company in China, often referred as the 'Facebook' of China.
Mr. Chen graduated from Zhejian University with B.S. in Computer Science. He also got MBA from Hainan University.
Charles Yu, Director of Business Development, hiSoft Corporation
Charles Yu is the Director of Business Development for hiSoft Corporation based in San Jose California. He is responsible for outsourcing business development and marketing at hiSoft US.
Mr. Yu has over 15 years of wireless and Internet industry experiences. Prior to joining hiSoft, He was the Director of Ecosystem for SiRF Technology, a global leader in GPS chip and location based solutions. He managed SiRF's location based software and application platform, and helped established SiRF's infrastructure division.
From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Yu lived and worked in Beijing, China as an expat for Qualcomm. As Director of Sales and Director of Product Management, He worked closely with carriers, major OEMs/ODMs and application developers. Mr. Yu was instrumental in bringing BREW platform to China, building a high caliber team and quickly growing the business to a multimillion dollar market. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Yu served as Deputy General Manager for China Unicom and Qualcomm's Joint Venture Unicom-BREW (now part of China Telecom, renamed TianYi-BREW). He was responsible for strategies and operations of Unicom's U-Magic Application Store and achieved over 90% penetration rate for the application platform.
Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. Yu led Sun Microsystems' wireless business development activities for Greater China and was responsible for launching China Mobile's first Java application download service. He was also a technology evangelist in Sun's Market Development group focusing on the ecommerce sector. Mr. Yu started his career as a software engineer at Motorola for iDEN and Iridium. Charles holds a master degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor degree from Albright College.
Dawei Zhang, Director of Wireless Research, CMCC Research
Dr. Dawei Zhang is the Director of Wireless, China Mobile USA Research Center, where he is responsible for China Mobile’s next generation wireless technologies and TD LTE product strategies and requirements. On behalf of China Mobile, he is the Chairman of the NGMN Trial Workgroup, where he is responsible for global operators’ LTE trial requirements and evaluations.
Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA. He was a Post-doctoral fellow with MIT, and spent over 15 years in Silicon Valley working on various wireless technologies and systems. Prior to joining China Mobile, Dr. Zhang was the General Manager of Wireless Broadband Group R&D, and Director of Base Stations at UTStarcom Inc., where he was responsible for wireless base station R&D on mobile WiMAX, TD CDMA, WCDMA RRU, and advanced PHS base stations.
Dr. Zhang holds 7 US and international patents, and over 60 refereed journal and conference publications on wireless and related technology areas.
Naeem Zafar, Founder, Concordia Venture Faculty Member, Haas Business School, UC Berkeley
Naeem Zafar is a member of the faculty of Haas Business School at the University of California Berkeley, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation as part of the MBA program. Naeem did six startups and has extensive experience in mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs. He founded Concordia Ventures, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business.
Naeem was the president and CEO of Pyxis Technology until 2007. He has also been president and CEO of Silicon Design Systems and Veridicom, a Bell Labs spin-off that invented the silicon fingerprint sensors. Naeem has held senior marketing and engineering positions at several companies, including Quickturn which had an IPO.
Naeem obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brown University (magna cum laude), and a MSEE from the University of Minnesota. Naeem is a charter member of TiE.
Shumin Zhai, Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center
Dr. Shumin Zhai is a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center where he does both basic and applied research on computer user interfaces. He has published over 100 research papers and received over 20 US patents. He orginated and led many user interface innovations, including ShapeWriter that has been hailed as a "revolutionary breakthrough" by users and reviewers. His work has been broadly reported in the news media including the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, and the BBC. He served as papers co-chair of ACM CHI 2005 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction . He has been a visiting professor and lectured at various universities in the US, Europe and China. He earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Toronto in 1995. In 2006, he was named one of ACM's inaugural class of Distinguished Scientists.
Lin Zhang, Vice President, Bright Oceans Corporation
Mr. Lin Zhang is the Vice President of Bright Oceans Corporation (BOCO). BOCO is a China based group company with its business spreading from information technology development, transportation operation, energy development, and capital investment. He is also the President of Bright Oceans International Corporation, based in Silicon Valley. Mr. Zhang joined Bright Oceans in 1995 to expand its US and international business.
As one of the top executives at BOCO, Mr. Zhang plays an important role in developing and implementing corporate strategies. He has been instrumental in establishing BOCO's global partnership and business dynamic in telecommunications, transportations, energy, financial services, and strategic investment. Prior to his career with BOCO, Mr. Zhang held senior technical and management positions in several US companies. Mr. Zhang has broad knowledge in Western and Chinese business cultures. With many years of intensive experience in technology, investment and international business development, Mr. Zhang has also established relationship with prominent officials and executives in the business communities cross the Pacific, and in investment and private equity industries, particularly in China and the US.
Mr. Zhang is the Special Adviser to Chairman of U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of Hua Yuan, a leading non-profit organization in Silicon Valley that focuses on the entrepreneurship and cross-boarder business exchange, and promotes the technological, professional and scientific development of the local Chinese business community. Mr. Zhang received his B.S. in Mathematics in 1984 in China. He earned his MBA in 1989, and an M.S. Degree in Computer Science in 1992, in the United States.