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Dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science, Uppsala University, Sweden; final year of university at the University of Michigan. Experienced entrepreneur. Co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid. From inception until Sept. 2007, Chief Executive Officer, Skype, which was sold to eBay for $3.1bn in 2005, the largest European venture capital exit to date. Subsequently, Skype was bought back by a consortium that included Niklas and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011. Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Atomico, created in 2006 to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley scale their businesses domestically and globally. It has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents. Works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from own experience as an entrepreneur.
Bachelor's degree, Harvard University; PhD in Chemistry, Stanford University. As a graduate student, Stanford University, co-invented a set of technologies called optogenetics for studying the function of brain circuits. Former: Junior Fellow, Harvard University Society of Fellows. Currently, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Investigator, McGovern Institute; James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, MIT. Developed CRISPR technology for genome engineering and applying it to study diseases and development treatments. Recipient of awards and honours.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Resident Representative for China, senior economist. Previously, China Economist in the Asia and Pacific Department based in Washington DC, focused on macroeconomic forecasting, broader China rebalancing and issues on high savings. Co-edited the book “ The future of China’s Bond Market’. Before working on China, worked on regional issues in Asia-Pacific and published research in a wide range of areas, including long-term growth/middle-income trap, macroprudential policies, corporate leverage, and capital flows and asset prices. Prior to that, worked on the Philippines, focusing on macro surveillance and labor market issues. Also worked on Romania, engaged in IMF program negotiations and reviews. Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. PhD in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.
Founding and Managing Partner, Fusion Fund. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2018). Recipient of honours and awards, including: Honouree in VC, Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Women of Influence 2018, Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer, and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth. Formerly: Venture Partner, Fenox Venture Capital; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Speaker at tech events and conferences and also serves as a mentor and adviser to several tech innovation programmes in Silicon Valley. Member of the Board: Youth Council of Future Forum and Future Science Award. MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University.
John Zimmer is the co-founder of Lyft, a ride sharing service based in San Francisco. Lyft is valued at $5.5 billion.
BSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Yale; MPA, JD, Harvard. Co-Founder, Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society; George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government; Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science; Director, Harvard Law School Library. Former Trustee, Internet Society. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Principal, Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund. Justice of the Peace. Author of "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It". Research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, cybersecurity and privacy, the roles of intermediaries within internet architecture, human computing, artificial intelligence, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.
Dr. Hao Zou is Founder of Tsimage/Abundy Technology and Director of the Center for Medical Imaging and Health at the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen. His work and experience include academic research, not-for-profit projects, and entrepreneurial endeavors in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, and Medical Technology related areas. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and MA in Economics from Stanford University and completed the four degrees in three years.
2004, Founder, Thefacebook.
Internationally recognized executive with unique combination of experience and expertise in strategic impact investment for innovation and scale. Both a donor and a do-er over 17+ years in global development. Funder of rigorous impact evaluation for accountability and innovation; voracious consumer, and practiced creator, of evidence to guide decisionmaking. Serial change-maker and entrepreneur, and a seasoned professional who thrives in ambiguity and creates consensus for reform.