Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He also advises a series of start up companies. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX). Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on information visualization. Dr. Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology, worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland, and has lectured and consulted extensively for industry, academia, military, and intelligence communities – as well as published, lectured, and briefed in computer science, cyber security, intelligence, psychology, linguistics, biology, and chemistry. He has four granted software patents, and multiple pending. Dr. Ahlberg was named among the World’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002.
Known as “Mad Max” for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, his scientific interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality, all explored in his new popular book “Our Mathematical Universe”. He is an MIT physics professor with more than two hundred technical papers and has featured in dozens of science documentaries. His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”
Maggie was enchanted by the alchemy of spirits with her first dram in the Oban distillery. Immersing herself in the world of wine, spirits, and brewing she started as a bar-back before she could legally drink and attended sommelier school after completing her degree in Philosophy at the University of Colorado. She founded the Denver Brewer’s League, attended the Sieble Institute in Chicago for Craft Distillation and Technologies and worked as Assistant Distiller at Germain-Robin in California. She is currently in the Level 4 Diploma program for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust out of London and working towards her Masters of Wine.
Tobias Otting is the Junior Sartorialist. He is a dancer, stylist, tastemaker, and fourth grader. Featured in the Boston Globe, he blogs on fashion and fun, and looks for inspiration everywhere. Naturally, he rocks a bow tie.
Sebastien Christian is the CEO & Founder of OtoSense and teaches linguistics and neuroscience at Paris III University. His research focuses on how the brain creates a coherent and partially sharable mental world using individual perception. He has advanced degrees in quantum physics, speech and language pathology, and semantics, and has been working for fifteen years with deaf children and adults suffering from hearing loss. He also created the first independent R&D laboratory in France dedicated to finding innovative solutions to hearing loss issues. Sebastien founded OtoSense to develop a next generation acoustic recognition engine that is able to describe environmental sounds and infer what are their sources.
Often described as a catalyst and nonconformist, Tom Asacker writes and speaks about radically new practices and ideas for marketplace success in times of uncertainty and change. He is the author of six books including his latest, The Business of Belief, which was rated the #1 inspirational business book of 2013 by Inc. Magazine. Tom is recognized by MIT and EO as a past member of its “Birthing of Giants” entrepreneurial executive leadership program. He is a former GE executive, recipient of the George Land Innovator of the Year Award, and a former high-tech business owner.
Hamid Ghanadan lives at the nexus of scientific data and people. A biochemist-turned-marketer, Ghanadan has dedicated his career to understanding the decision-making patterns of scientists in order to make a human connection with them and positively influence their decisions. Ghanadan is the founder and president of The Linus Group, a marketing firm that focuses exclusively on health and science industries. He is also the author of the book “Persuading Scientists: Marketing to the World’s Most Skeptical Audience” and editor of the influential newsletter “Linus Report: Critical Briefings in Marketing Science” which is received by over 1,000 science companies.