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Meet Some of the Speakers

Meet some of the Distinguished Speakers who will present at the Inclusive Product Management Summit on May 20th and May 21st, 2022.

Farah Abdallah

Farah Akoum

Director of Product, Zillow

Farah is currently leading the product teams responsible for the search and discovery experience at Zillow, helping buyers and renters find their dream homes. Prior to that, she managed the AI teams responsible for personalized search, Zestimate, and conversational AI.
Before joining Zillow, Farah held multiple PM roles at eBay including identity and personalization for eBay shopping assistant on Messenger and Google Assistant. Farah started her career at the United Nations, helping countries launch the first internet top-level domain sponsored by the UN “.post” to ensure global secure and inclusive communications. Outside work, she dedicates her time for Women In Product and refugee non-profit. She is a mom of 2 wonderful children and enjoys exploring places with them.

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Chelsea Alexander-Taylor

Product Manager, Redfin

Chelsea Alexander-Taylor is a product manager at Redfin, building technology for the company’s Associate Agent program. Prior to Redfin, she was at Axon, a public safety company, where she co-founded their affinity group for black employees. She is dedicated to fostering equitable and inclusive environments for under-represented groups in all organizations she is a part of. Outside of work, you can almost always find her with her head in a book, experimenting with candle making and/or forcing her cat into bow ties.

Hala Annabi

Hala Annabi

Associate Professor, UW Information School

Dr. Hala Annabi is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on creating and maintaining inclusive learning organizations. Hala investigates diversity and inclusion interventions in the technology industry aimed at retaining and advancing women, as well as recruiting, retaining, and advancing individuals with autism. Hala earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management Information Systems and an MBA from Le Moyne College. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from The Information School at Syracuse University in 2005.

Brandolon Barnett

Chief Product Officer, Deed

Brandolon Barnett is an innovator, author, and entrepreneur who helps build and lead products, initiatives, and partnerships that bring together tech and social impact to move resources to people who need them. He is currently the Chief Product Officer for Deed, a Y Combinator backed company building solutions for Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) enabling employees to support causes through their giving, volunteering, and engagement. He is also the leader of the Democratize Ventures investing and advisory initiative along with volunteering as a local elected official (an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner) in Washington, DC. His previous work includes roles as Director of Product and head of Corporate Social Responsibility Industry Solutions within Salesforce, as the leader of the Growfund startup (mygrowfund.org) funded by the Gates Foundation and incubated within international NGO Global Impact, and head of Philanthropic Research and Analysis with the Frontstream Corporate Responsibility technology platform.

Soumeya Benghanem

Soumeya Benghanem

Product Management Executive, VMware

Soumeya Benghanem is a Product Management executive with 20 years of experience in leading software product teams and launching products. She has been the Chief Product Officer and Head of Product at startups in Financial Services and Healthcare. She is currently at VMware.

Anna Bethke

Principal Data Scientist, Salesforce

Anna Bethke is a Principal Data Scientist focused on fair, accountable, transparent, & explainable (FATE) AI in Salesforce’s Ethical AI Practice Team, collaborating with product and research teams to create AI responsibly and empower our customers to use it responsibly. They research and implement innovative techniques for assessing and mitigating bias and harm in AI. Anna received their MS and BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concentrating on Human Factors Engineering. Anna was formerly the Head of AI for Social Good at Intel and previously worked at Facebook, MIT Lincoln Labs, Argonne National Labs, and Lab41.

Nathan Call

Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Nathan Call is responsible for helping develop, drive, and communicate strategy for the Global Technology organization. In this role, he works to understand key market and competitive trends and activities, line-of-business strategies, Technology objectives and programs, and strategic initiatives. He partners with senior leaders in the organization to develop and communicate 3-5 year technology strategies, priorities, and initiatives to senior executives – including the Management Team and Board of Directors.

Nathan has been with Bank of America since 2010 in a variety of roles. He joined the Strategy Planning & Market Intelligence team in the Home Loans organization, where he focused on special mortgage and housing industry research on competitive areas with limited structured data, before the Home Loans business was integrated into the Consumer Bank. Subsequently, he joined the Strategic Competitive Intelligence team where he was responsible for developing competitive insights across products and channels to help inform the overall Consumer Bank strategy. For several years, he led the Consumer Marketing strategic planning process covering credit card, mortgage, investments, deposits, and small business products and began integrating GWIM and Enterprise Marketing into the process. Prior to joining the bank, Nathan was a Manager at Accenture, a strategy consulting firm, where he focused on growth strategy and innovation projects for clients across many different industries ranging from telecommunications to healthcare to consumer packaged goods.

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Andy Chu

Senior VP, Product and Technology Incubation

Andy Chu serves as Senior Vice President of Product and Technology Incubation and is responsible for building world-class digital experiences for both consumers and caregivers at Providence and for incubating healthcare SaaS solutions that become commercial offerings for the broader healthcare ecosystem. Prior to Providence, Andy held a number of leadership roles in career management, travel, omni-channel commerce, search, consumer messaging and enterprise software including Microsoft to bring customer-centric, innovative, and profitable solutions to market. He brings over 20 years of cross discipline leadership experience in product, design, technology, business development and marketing—within both mature and start-up companies. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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Dontae Delgado

Senior Product Manager, Compass

Dontae Delgado is a Senior Product Manager at Compass, where he leads the efforts to improve customer communication platforms for agents and their business. His early years in tech were shaped at Microsoft in Market Research, Sales Operations, Cloud Services and lastly Security Operations. He soon jumped into the startup scene with Versive (later acquired by eSentire), where he built a Machine Learning-based cybersecurity product, before moving to Outreach, where he helped build a platform that specializes in driving sales rep efficiency.

Dontae is always looking for opportunities to help those that are underrepresented in tech and business. He serves as a volunteer with Product School, and as a part of the newly-formed Product & Engineering DEI Advisory group at Compass. Outside of tech, Dontae is working with his wife on a hair restoration venture, focused on non-surgical hair replacement.

Ayo Duyile

Senior Technical Product Manager, Google

Ayodele ‘Ayo’ Duyile began his professional career in tech in 2015 when he joined Lockheed Martin’s 3 year Engineering Rotational Leadership Development program focusing on Systems Engineering, Test Engineering and Software Engineering for each rotation. During that program Ayo earned his Masters in Engineering Project Management from Drexel University. In his 3 years with Lockheed Martin Ayo earned several awards for achievement which include special recognition award from the Vice President, Innovation award from Senior Program Manager of Underwater Systems and award for outstanding achievement with the Engineering Leadership Development Program.

After completion of this program Ayo left Lockheed Martin and started his role in Product Development Virtual Reality for Facebook where his team was awarded the first Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media in 2019. In 2020 Ayo transitioned to a Technical Product Manager for Microsoft’s Azure Team and heading its growth in the Atlanta metro area. Today, Ayo is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Google!

Shabnam Erfani

Shabnam Erfani

Director of Product Management, Meta

Shabnam Erfani is an experienced product leader focused on bringing AI products and experiences to market. Shedoes this through deep technical understanding, human-centered design, a framework for responsible AI and courage to explore new business models for consumers and enterprises. She currently leads product management of core machine learning for Ads at Meta. In her prior roles at Microsoft she founded a co-innovation business to successfully bring enterprise AI apps on M365 to market with partners. She led an innovation accelerator in Microsoft Research with a portfolio of impactful startups in private AI, video analytics, AutoML and hybrid work. She also was a key leader in incubations of xCloud and Android apps on Windows amongst other products. Shabnam has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CU Boulder, an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park and professional training in Entrepreneurship from Wharton.

Charles Frahm

Information Management Masters Student, University of Washington

Charles Frahm is a Masters student at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in Information Management. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota to pursue Agronomy BS and MS degrees from 2011-2017 and became interested in promoting sustainable cropping systems during that time. Shortly after graduation, He joined Blue Prairie Brands Inc. as a Research Agronomist and Program Coordinator. It was during this experience he started to explore applications for Iot so he could track growing conditions and better predict when management activities needed to take place. Through this experience, he realized the potential of data in commercial agriculture first hand and made the decision to go back to school to develop a better understanding of emerging technologies and how they might support agricultural production and help protect environmental welfare throughout the industry.

Charles is driven to develop skills in program/product management, and serve the agricultural community by giving them access to new technology that can rapidly improve the way crop land is managed. In November 2021, he accepted a full time Product Manager role with The Climate Corporation, focused on data platform strategy. Charles hopes to get involved in the organization’s ongoing efforts to expand their influence, bringing beneficial applications to areas of the world that are less developed and would greatly benefit from increased accessibility to digital farming tools. In his personal life, Charles is an avid golfer and outdoorsmen. Him and his fiancé, Jessi, moved to Seattle last August with their dog Kona. When they are not enjoying the outdoors, the couple likes to take on DIY projects (especially during quarantine)

Bill Howe

Bill Howe

Associate Professor, Information School @ UW

Bill Howe is Associate Professor in the Information School and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His work focuses on democratizing capabilities in data management, AI, and visualization, particularly in contexts underserved by the market: scientific research and the public sector. He has helped found a number of organizations and programs in service of this view, including the UW eScience Institute, [email protected], UW’s Data Science for Social Good Program, and the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, and the UW Data Science Masters Degree. His research has been featured in the Economist and Nature News, and his paper he has authored award-winning papers in venues spanning data management, AI, and visualization. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Cindy Joung

Head of Product Inclusion, Yahoo

Cindy Joung (she/her) is Head of Product Inclusion at Yahoo, where she combines a decade of experience as a product manager in entertainment and media with her mission to increase equity and representation across all dimensions of identity.

After graduating Northwestern University, she began her career in the entertainment industry, weaving from film publicity to entertainment law before landing at BermanBraun, where she transitioned to digital media in 2008 to launch an entertainment vertical on MSN. In 2015, she joined Aol through an acquisition and worked as a PM across several brands within the company prior to creating the Product Inclusion team in order to create inclusive and representative products for all.

Cindy is passionate about building communities and championing diversity, inclusion and belonging. She is the founder of and Global Advisor to Yahoo’s Asian employee resource group and a Program Director at Gold House, a non profit collective focused on accelerating inclusive unity, representation, and success of Asian/Pacific Islanders (API).

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Tom Juarez

Product Manager, Pitchbook Data

Tom Juarez is a Product Manager at PitchBook Data, the leading financial data provider covering the global venture capital, private equity, & public markets. Tom’s past work experience includes running product at Guidant Financial, as a Product Management Trainer for Mind The Product, & at the digital banking pioneer ING.

Outside of his professional work, Tom mentors early-stage Product Managers & early-stage companies through TechStars Seattle, the University of Washington CoMotion Accelerator, First Round Capital, & the U.S. Census Open Innovation Labs. Tom chairs the ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ Committee at his local Economic Development organization and is most likely camping with his wife & 2 kids in his free time.

Rob Katz

Rob Katz

VP of Product Management, Salesforce

Rob Katz is Vice President, Product Management – Ethics by Design. As part of Salesforce’s Office of Ethical and Humane Use of Technology, Rob co-leads a team embedding ethical use principles into Salesforce’s software and solutions are designed, developed, and delivered. Rob lives in Seattle Washington with his wife, Clara, and his two children.

Mira Lane

Partner Director of Ethics & Society, Microsoft

Mira Lane is the Partner Director of Ethics & Society at Microsoft. Mira runs a multidisciplinary team responsible for guiding technical and experience innovation towards ethical, responsible, and sustainable outcomes. She focuses primarily on AI and emerging technologies such as NLP, large language models, computer vision, ambient & sensing devices, intelligent agents, mixed realty, and immersive experiences. Her team is unique in the technology industry, focusing on applied ethics, HCI, and practical approaches to mitigating harm and unintended consequences. Mira serves on the Australian National University’s Humanizing Machine Intelligence board and has advised businesses on strategies towards responsible innovation, including government organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense. She was highlighted in LightHouse3’s 12 Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics to watch in 2018. Mira’s technology career has focused on incubation of new product concepts, human-computer interfaces, and bringing products to market. She was a founding leader in creating and bringing to market Microsoft Teams, Microsoft’s fastest-growing business app ever. Mira holds numerous patents across platforms and collaborative interfaces. She has a background in art, computer science, and mathematics.

Ada Lopez

Product Diversity Office, Lenovo

Ada Lopez manages the Lenovo Product Diversity Office team and is responsible for the daily operations of the Diversity by Design Process. In addition to leading the team, she works with development teams across the company to implement inclusive and accessible design practices. With over 18 years of professional experience as a teacher, and both a product and project manager, Ada understands the importance of creating processes that increase diversity and inclusion which are supported through education, employee empowerment, and are championed by leaders.

Ada’s experience in the Information Technology field includes various roles. She served as a Project Manager and Success Programs Manager in Cisco’s Customer Experience (CX) division. At SAS Institute, she served as a Product Manager Curriculum Specialist for science software. Ada was presented with the Hands-on Award from the National Braille Press for co-authoring Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn, a fully accessible eTextbook.

Outside of the office, Ada enjoys volunteering at local public schools and community events. She believes that curiosity, a passion for learning, and compassion for others are fundamental values for a better future.

When she is not raising awareness for important causes, she loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and miniature schnauzers. She enjoys visiting museums, zoos, aquariums, and national parks, as well as hiking, riding bike, and cooking.

Ronke Majekodunmi

Senior Product Manager, PayPal

In her current role as Senior Product Manager at PayPal, Ronke Majekodunmi (she/her) is responsible for collaborating with global stakeholders, leading the strategy and development of new products, while supporting the career development of the product management teams. At PayPal, Ronke is a recognized mentor that leads with charisma to bring cross-functional and innovative products to life. In her previous positions, Ronke partnered closely with key members in various industries to develop the entire life cycle of products, envision and define product vision and achieve optimal performance levels.

For many years, Ronke has been a noteworthy leader and powerhouse in product management. She has dedicated her career to creating outstanding, world-class products, and investing her time to educate the next generation of product leaders. Her mission is to make the world of product management more accessible for diverse product makers entering the field – providing insights and authentic experiences for the next generation to draw from.

Ronke has earned her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and also holds a Bachelor’s in African American Studies from State University of New York at Albany.

Ronke actively uses her website and podcast to engage with fellow product managers and provide valuable content that helps expand their careers and create clarity from ambiguity. You can read more on www.ronkepm.com or tune into her podcast “Product Magic” on your favourite listening platform.

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Mona Mohanty

Product Leader, Google

Mona is a seasoned product leader at Google building products for Chrome, the world’s leading internet browser! She comes with a storied product career spanning 12+ years shipping popular products at marquee big tech companies like Instagram (Meta), Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and eBay where she has worked extensively on both Consumer and Enterprise products. She is a passionate product thought leader, operator, learner and coach, always striving to leave whatever she touches better than she found them, including the hiring ecosystem for product management professionals. As a first generation POC American and a parent, she strives to democratize the field of Product Management by making it more accessible through compassion networks, generously passing on her expertise to passionate product folks through high commitment mentoring, networking and meaningful speaking opportunities.

Highly experienced in hiring as a calibrated interviewer over a decade, she takes pride in leading meaningful product areas while building highly diverse and emotionally intelligent teams. Mona has served as a Steering Committee member for Women in Tech leading “Lean in Circles” at eBay, was part of the Hiring Squad at Twitter that established rubrics for world class product hiring and continues to be an active volunteer and mentor within the Women in Product Community. Her industry associates often commend her personal brand as someone with a strong backbone to question status quo respectfully to keep the tech industry sustainable, accessible, ethical and kinder beyond her high impact product portfolio!

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Sainath Nagarajan

Founder, HumanSense.ai

Sainath Nagarajan is the Founder of HumanSense.ai, a purpose driven venture to ensure that no one is left behind due to the forces of digital innovation and transformation. Over the last 20+ years, he has helped fuel growth through new digital business ventures, platforms and products. He was previously a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, Senior Director at PwC, and an Executive at Accenture Strategy. He has led two 0-to-1 corporate innovation ventures delivering on product-led growth, each with $100M+ value creation. He has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and an MS from Carnegie Mellon University. He believes that Product Leaders have an incredible opportunity to expand their strategic impact, if they invest and expand their #DigitalMindset … going beyond frameworks, methodologies and ‘brand name employers’. Product Leaders can Be The Brand.

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Likhitha Patha

Staff Product Manager, Twitter

Likhitha is currently a Staff Product Manager at Twitter Cortex where she helps build Machine Learning capabilities to personalize experiences on consumer and revenue product surfaces. Prior to Twitter, Likhitha served as a 2020 White House Presidential Innovation Fellow where she spent a year helping strengthen the tech stack in the U.S. government — specifically, to increase adoption of Telehealth in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and to improve identity management experiences while government disburses benefits to the public. Before that, she worked at Amazon and Microsoft. At Amazon, Likhitha focused on advancing the state-of-the-art of Alexa’s Natural Language Understanding stack by working at the intersection of research, engineering and customers to deliver delightful voice assistant experiences. At Microsoft, Likhitha worked on a mix of enterprise and Ed-tech products across Visual Studio, Intune and Intune for Education. Likhitha graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering, and is currently pursuing a part-time masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. She’s also an alumni of University of Washington through her completion of a graduate certificate in Machine Learning while she was at Amazon.

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Vanessa Patrick

Professor and Associate Dean, Bauer College of Business

Dr. Vanessa Patrick is the Associate Dean for Research, Bauer Professor of Marketing, Fulbright Specialist (2019-2022) and Lead Faculty for the Bauer Executive Women in Leadership Program at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She has a PhD in Business from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, an MBA in Marketing and a BS degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Bombay University in India. Her research deals with the psychology that underlies the two sides of the pleasure coin. On one hand, she studies the pursuit of pleasure in her work dealing with art, everyday aesthetics, design, and luxury branding. On the other hand, she develops strategies to help individuals successfully manage and control the pull of pleasure (self-regulation) and to pursue personal development and self-mastery in personal and professional spheres.

An emerging area of research for Dr. Patrick is the study of inclusive design. Specifically, her research examines how organizations can offer products, services and experiences that meet the needs of a more diverse customer base, as well as consumer response to inclusive design.

She has published the first paper on inclusive design in the field of marketing in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. She has developed a “starter kit” to help marketing professors include the topic of inclusive design in the classroom. The deck introduces the concept, provides examples and suggestions for in-class exercises/class discussions and 8 mini case studies that marketing professors might find useful.

Keela Robison

Vice President of Product Innovation, Netflix

Keela Robison is Vice President of Product Innovation at Netflix, where her team is responsible for product management of the Netflix member experience globally across all platforms (TV, web, mobile, notifications), including the app experience and algorithmic recommendations. Prior to Netflix, she was VP of engineering and product at Expedia in charge of the lodging business (hotels and vacation rentals) for Expedia.com. Keela was previously CEO of Urbanspoon, a top-500 consumer mobile app for restaurant reviews, which she sold in 2015. She has held executive and product leadership positions at Amazon, T-Mobile, and RealNetworks. Keela lives in Los Gatos California with her husband and two sons, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University

Kevin Shah

Product Leader, T-Mobile

Kevin Shah (he/him) A.K.A. Captain Empathy is a product leader, entrepreneur, speaker, and coach. He leads the consumer wearable products at T-Mobile launching smart watches for kids and other connected IOT products. He is also leading his own startup to where he built the world’s first and only empathy gym platform and program to help people make empathy a daily habit. He built his career in the connected products space and has delivered IOT platforms at scale in various industries like commercial aviation, public safety, and consumer markets. He is focused on building empowered teams through empathy driven coaching that inject empathy into the products to ensure that customers feel understood by the products. Connect with him on LinkedIn to continue building a community that leads with empathy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shah-kevin/

Anjana Sursarla

Professor of Responsible AI, Eli Broad College of Business

Anjana Susarla is the Omura-Saxena Professor of Responsible AI at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. She earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai; a graduate degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; and Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include the economics of information systems, social media analytics and the economics of artificial intelligence. Her work has appeared in several academic journals and peer-reviewed conferences. She has been interviewed in, had her research quoted and op-eds published in several media outlets such as the Associated Press, BBC, The Conversation, El Pais, Esquire, Fast Company, Fox News, Marketplace Morning Report, Nasdaq, NBC, Newsweek, Nikkei, Washington Post, Week, Wired and the World Economic Forum.

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Dede Tetsubayashi

Founder & CEO, incluu

Dr. Dédé Tetsubayashi, Founder & CEO of incluu, is an Ethical Technologist and Social Scientist who synergizes her lived experience as a Black queer woman with an invisible disability with her over 20 years of experience in ethical tech, product equity & inclusion as a catalyst for creating brave spaces and products for all. Her work empowers individuals and organizations committed to investing in equitable
and accessible product development and design processes; therefore unlocking their full potential in their products, people, and practices.

Focusing on the US, APAC, and African markets, her extensive experience lies in helping companies develop and invest in creating processes that answer questions related to cutting edge tech going global and what it means to design with—and to empower—a diverse world, as well as address ethical usage of technology and ways to engage with as well as include users as dynamic participants in product
development. She is an expert in designing, launching, and scaling responsible, ethical, and equitable products that have global impact, cultural and technological relevance within emerging markets.

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Elizabeth Umphress

Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Umphress is a Professor and the Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow at the University of Washington. Under the rubric of social justice research, Dr. Umphress pursues three primary branches of inquiry: diversity, ethics and organizational justice. To date, in collaboration with co-authors, she has published thirty peer-reviewed research articles. She specializes in teaching executives Inclusive Leadership, Strategic Communications and Negotiations, and Ethical Leadership. Her consulting work focuses on helping employees feel included, empowered, and more productive in the workplace.

Rajneesh Vijh

Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Rajneesh Vijh is responsible for developing strategic alliances, partnerships, and projects to further facilitate the strategy for the Global Technology organization. In this role, Rajneesh helps to create a vibrant technology ecosystem through external engagements with key stakeholders to support the discourse around public policies, technological advancements, and applied research that directly feeds into implementation of the overall strategy. His focus is on complex SME projects that are related to artificial intelligence, advanced verification methodologies/frameworks, and skills composition to conduct robust scenario analysis for LOBs. Taking into consideration global competitive dynamics, he further provides strategic support on legal and regulatory issues to help navigate the geo-political risks across regions in which the organization operates.

Rajneesh has been with Bank of America since 2019. He joined Global Business Services and worked in Strategic Initiatives driving council formation—Harvard Council for the Responsible Use of AI and the Indian Institute of Management Digital Transformation Council—convening global leaders from academia, private sector, and governments to address critical areas relevant to the Bank’s commitments on responsible growth. He also developed deep and meaningful partnerships with universities, think-tanks, and nonprofits; integrating work streams to deliver AI thought leadership, solutions, and best practices. His work extended to gaining buy-in from internal and external stakeholders, overseeing technical projects, and its delivery. During his 20-year tenure, Rajneesh has attained rank of Professor of Practice at Georgetown University, was recently appointed Senior Fellow at USC’s AI Institute, and holds affiliations or advisory board positions. Previously, he has held a senior level position at the Society for Human Resource Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Oxford Economics. Considered a technology economist, his work has been regularly published and he has been invited to speak at conferences as well as industry events

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Ambrish Verma

Director of Product, Meta

Ambrish is Head of Monetization Products for the Facebook App at Meta, leading one of the most sophisticated ML driven Recommendations Systems for one of the largest consumer product on the Internet. Before this he was the Head of Product for the Consumer Lending Products business unit at Credit Karma, where he led efforts to transform financial underwriting and architected a recommendations system that helped over 120M people across US, CA and European markets to make right financial decisions at every step. Prior to Credit Karma, Ambrish cofounded Digital Health startup that provided a smart digital health assistant for patients with pre-diabetic and obesity-related conditions. He also led product and engineering leadership roles in building growth platform at Electronic Arts and one of the largest search & advertising platform Bing.com at Microsoft. Ambrish holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Divita Vohra

Product Manager, Spotify

Divita is an AI/ML Product Manager at Spotify focused on defining the next generation of ML Infrastructure and scaling ethical ML development practices across Spotify. She holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Prior to Spotify, Divita was a PM on Capital One’s Machine Learning Platform team and the Program Lead for Capital One’s Connected Circles Initiative, providing support to the Women in Tech community at C1 in furthering their careers in technology. Divita’s interests include Human-Computer Interaction, AI Ethics & Fairness, and Knowledge-Based AI. Outside of ML/AI, Divita is a certified yoga instructor and a lover of music, hiking, and travel.

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Nancy Wang

General Manager, AWS

Nancy Wang is a General Manager at Amazon Web Services, where she leads P&L, product, engineering, and design for its data protection and governance businesses. Prior to Amazon, she led SaaS product development at Rubrik, the fastest-growing enterprise software unicorn and built healthdata.gov for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Passionate about advancing more women into technical roles, Nancy is the founder & CEO of Advancing Women in Tech, a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit with 16,000+ members spanning three continents. Nancy is an angel investor in data security and compliance companies and is an LP of seed and growth-stage funds such as Operator Collective and IVP. As an Advisor for Felicis Ventures, she works closely with startup teams on product and early tech stack development. She earned a degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Directors for the UPenn School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.