Executive of Yahoo CEO Office
Nima Shomali currently serves in the Office of the CEO for Yahoo Inc. He serves as the Global Lead for the Yahoo Engage strategic initiative program. Previously, he spent four years in IBM’s elite Strategy and Innovation Consulting Practice. In this role, he worked to create Afghanistan’s first private equity fund and start-up incubator while living for a year on Camp Stone, a NATO operated base in Western Afghanistan. He also operated as Project Lead for the University of California, Office of the President’s key initiative to rebuild their university wide risk management system. Mr. Shomali has also worked in the Investment Management Division of the Goldman Sachs Group. Prior to this role, he spent two years designing jet engines for the F22 Raptor and F35 Joint Strike Fighter Planes as part of Pratt and Whitney. Previously, he designed satellites at UC Berkeley’s NASA affiliated Space Sciences laboratory.
Mr Shomali holds an Appointment as Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizational Behavior in the MBA and undergraduate business programs at St. Mary’s College of California, where he was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Faculty of the Year. He also serves as an Instructor at University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches Innovation. His publications include articles in the Washington Post and New York University Graduate Business journal. He is also fluent in four languages including Farsi, Dari, and Spanish. Mr. Shomali holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the New York University Stern School of Business, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is an alumnus of the London Business School’s #1 world-wide ranked MBA program.
Mounir ZokProgram Adviser
Director of Technology and Innovation at US Olympic Committee
Mounir Zok brings a unique set of expertise, combining technical knowledge with business and entrepreneurial acumen. He could just be one the very few people on the planet who is generating bleeding-edge technology programs with 20+ sports groups at any given time. He is currently the Director of Technology and Innovation for the U.S. Olympic Committee and his main focus is opening a 1% competitive gap between Team USA and the rest of the world. He drives technology and innovation programs that fuse wearable technology, smart fabrics, computer vision, virtual reality, augmented reality, IoT, and artificial intelligence to create a unique solution that enables athletes and coaches to make informed decisions.
Mounir has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, is constantly challenging the status quo, and has 15+ years experience in creating, managing and advising startups.
Mounir is a world citizen, having lived, studied and worked in Lebanon, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, UK, and the United States. Mounir holds a PhD in Bioengineering, is fluent in 4 languages and currently lives with his wife and 2 children in the Silicon Valley.
Alex ChanProgram Adviser
VP of Product, Viki
Alex has the rare combination of true technical and business acumen and brings his extensive expertise in cloud services, e-commerce and global business. He oversees all products and features at Viki with the goal of delivering the best user experience. Prior to joining Viki in 2015, Alex spent 10 years at Microsoft, where some of his many accomplishments include helping to launch the R&D center in Shanghai and drive the company’s overall R&D strategy in China. He also led the development of Microsoft’s Commerce and Payment Services platforms. Alex’s past work experiences include being a founding member of a new business venture for networking infrastructure at Cisco Systems. He has served as President of the Chinese Software Professionals Association and a SIG Chair of SVForum, both nonprofit organizations in Silicon Valley that foster entrepreneurship.
Alex is a self-proclaimed world citizen, having lived, studied and worked in Hong Kong, China, Canada and the United States, and loves to learn and experience new cultures. Alex has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a bachelor’s degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s from the University of Waterloo, both in computer science. Alex holds numerous patents for networking and workflow technologies.