Daniel Tunkelang is a data science and engineering executive who has built and led some of the strongest teams in the software industry.

He studied computer science and math at MIT and has a PhD in computer science from CMU. He was a founding employee and chief scientist of Endeca, a search pioneer that Oracle acquired for $1.1B. He led a local search team at Google. He was a director of data science and engineering at LinkedIn, and he established their query understanding team.

Daniel is a widely recognized writer and speaker. He is frequently invited to speak at academic and industry conferences, particularly in the areas of information retrieval, web science, and data science. He has written the definitive textbook on faceted search (now a standard for ecommerce sites), established an annual symposium on human-computer interaction and information retrieval, and authored 24 US patents. His social media posts have attracted over a million page views.

Daniel advises and consults for companies that can benefit strategically from his expertise. His clients range from early-stage startups to “unicorn” technology companies like Etsy, Pinterest, and Flipkart. He helps companies make decisions around algorithms, technology, product strategy, hiring, and organizational structure.

Tarek1Tarek Najm is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Parllay, a brand and audience engagement company building enterprise and consumer platforms. Prior to Parllay, Tarek was a distinguished engineer and technical fellow at Microsoft. An architect and founder of several big data and monetization projects at Microsoft, Tarek is known for his work in data mining, digital advertising system, audience intelligence, knowledge, and semantic search. In 2000, Tarek created and led the Online Division’s Worldwide Data Mining and Business Intelligence systems. In 2003, he created and led Microsoft Advertising System, Microsoft adCenter. He was also responsible for Microsoft Display Advertising and Publisher Advertising Network. In 2005, he co-founded the Microsoft Advertising Labs in partnership with Microsoft Research. In 2008, he founded the Knowledge Web project and Semantic Entity Store. In 2010, Tarek started Mobile Recommender systems and Semantic Interest networks. Tarek left Microsoft in 2012 to start a software incubation studio. He is the founder of four startups, and technical advisor to startups in semantic search and digital advertising. Tarek holds a degree in Computer Science/Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University, and 22 patents in audience intelligence, semantic search, and advertising algorithms.

John earned an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior from Averett University.


Dr. AnHai Doan is a professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also served as chief scientist of WalmartLabs and Kosmix (acquired by Walmart). His big data expertise includes data integration, data/schema/ontology matching, information extraction, text management, searching structured data, building knowledge bases, and crowdsourcing. AnHai earned a Bachelor of Science from Kossuth Lajos University in Debrecen, Hungary; a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a doctorate from the University of Washington, Seattle, all in Computer Science. AnHai is the recipient of the 2007 Sloan Fellowship Award, the 2004 CAREER Award, and the 2003 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. He co-authored “Principles of Data Integration,” a textbook published by Morgan-Kaufmann in 2012.


Since 1987, David Lane has created, built and financed information technology companies, and managed venture capital funds totaling in excess of $2 billion. David is Founding Managing Director of Diamondhead Ventures, which specializes in IT infrastructure. Earlier, he was a senior investment officer at the Harvard Management Company, which manages Harvard University’s endowment; he was also a partner at ONSET Ventures. David has had the pleasure of being involved in many successful IPOs and M&As. Prior to his venture career, David sold large systems software and hardware for IBM. David earned a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He serves on the University of Southern California’s Viterbi Board of Councilors, the Engineering School Dean’s industry advisory board, as well as several non-profit boards.


Dr. Banu Ozden is an entrepreneur and consultant, and previously was the Director of Research in Computing Systems at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her technical expertise includes pioneering streaming media servers; pioneering operating systems with quality of service, which became the basis of today’s operating system level virtualization technologies (e.g., Docker, Solaris Containers); and data mining technologies. Banu holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and a doctorate in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the inventor of 23 granted patents and author of over 40 publications at top peer-reviewed technical conferences and journals.


Steve Ciesinski is President, Global Partnerships, of SRI International. He is also a faculty member at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship. Previously, Steve held executive positions at successful venture capital-funded companies Applied Materials, Octel Communications, and Resumix. He has also held positions at Procter & Gamble, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Earlybird Ventures. Steve is a trustee and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Union College, and is past Chairman of The President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University. He is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Modern Languages, and he received an M.B.A. from Stanford University.


Brian Robins is an experienced B2B marketing executive specializing in enterprise software and IT services. Currently he is vice president of business development for a provider of software solutions for architecture, engineering, and construction. Brian was formerly chief marketing officer of SunGard Data Systems Inc., the largest privately-held business software and IT services company. Between 1999 and 2011 Brian led SunGard’s worldwide marketing organization during which time the business grew from a $1 billion revenue company focused primarily on North America to a $5 billion revenue global Fortune 500 company with 20,000 employees serving 25,000 customers in 70 countries. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from New College, Oxford University, and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.


Pascal Finette heads startup initiatives at Singularity University, where he grows startups that tackle the world’s most intractable problems by leveraging exponential technologies. With more than two decades’ success in the IT and Internet industry, Pascal loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser; founded a couple of technology startups; led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe; launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy and operations; invested in early-stage tech startups; led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab; created Mozilla’s accelerator program, WebFWD; headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair; and invested in social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. Pascal also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP, and The Coaching Fellowship; and the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement; he also publishes the opinionated newsletter The Heretic. Pascal received an education in Economics and Psychology at the University of Cologne in Germany.

Peter Breunig

Peter Breunig, former GM of Technology Management and Architecture at Chevron IT, has over 30 years’ experience in using technology to manage, interpret, and contextualize the ever-increasing amounts of data oil and gas companies generate daily. Peter began his Chevron career in 1980 as a geophysicist. During his tenure, he held a variety of functional and technical leadership roles providing technical support and service to various upstream business units. In his most recent role as GM, Peter lead Chevron’s information technology direction and strategy, and established technology best practices across the enterprise, including security, network, storage, cloud computing, application development, and mobile computing, among others. Peter has served on the Energistics Board, the SPE IT Tech Board, XLDB Advisory Board, Microsoft Security Council, and the industrial advisory board of computer science at Cal Poly University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Geophysics both from Boston College, as well as a Certificate in Environmental Engineering from Houston Community College.