The Innovators

30+ Speakers at The Forefront of Brain, Health and Innovation


Alexandra Morehouse

Alexandra Morehouse, VP Brand Management at Kaiser Permanente

Alexan­dra M. More­house is the Vice Pres­i­dent of Brand Man­age­ment at Kaiser Per­ma­nente. She is respon­si­ble for all aspects of dig­i­tal, social, and tra­di­tion­al mar­ket­ing of Kaiser Per­ma­nente, one of the nation’s largest not-for-prof­it health plans, serv­ing more than 9 mil­lion mem­bers. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Ms. More­house was CMO of AAA, where she over­saw all strat­e­gy, adver­tis­ing, brand­ing, media rela­tions, and cus­tomer rela­tion­ship man­age­ment for AAA, which pro­vides insur­ance, trav­el, auto­mo­tive, and finan­cial ser­vices to more than 12.5 mil­lion mem­bers. Ms. More­house has also served as co-chair of the Har­vard Busi­ness School Glob­al Tech­nol­o­gy Con­fer­ence and on the boards of the Har­vard Busi­ness School Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ners, Snap­Fish, Yer­ba Bue­na Cen­ter for the Arts, ODC Dance, and UC Davis. She grad­u­at­ed with high hon­ors from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and has an M.B.A. from Har­vard Busi­ness School.

Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains (YGL Class of 2012)

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez is the CEO of Sharp­Brains, a lead­ing inde­pen­dent mar­ket research and think tank track­ing health and well-being appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. He has been quot­ed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, CNN, Reuters, and Asso­ci­ated Press, among oth­ers. Mr. Fer­nan­dez is the co-author of the new book “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age” (284 pages; April 2013), rec­og­nized as a “Best Book” by AARP, and the edi­tor-in-chief of the mar­ket report “The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and bio­met­rics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing.” He start­ed his career at McK­in­sey & Co, and led the launch and turn-around of sev­er­al edu­ca­tion-relat­ed start-ups. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­si­dad de Deusto.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee, Vice President at Aetna (YGL Class of 2011)

Andrew Lee is Vice-Pres­i­dent at Aet­na, where he is Head of Hos­pi­tal­ist Solu­tions, a new, non-insur­ance busi­ness launched in 2011 to improve the way acute care is deliv­ered in US hos­pi­tals. Pri­or posi­tions at Aet­na include Chief-of-Staff to the Pres­i­dent and Head of Aet­na’s Office of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy. Before join­ing Aet­na in 2005, Lee was Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Har­vard Project on Amer­i­can Indi­an Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment. From 1996 to 1998, he worked at the Ford Foun­da­tion. Lee is a Trustee of the Nathan Cum­mings Foun­da­tion and the Smith­so­ni­an’s Nation­al Muse­um of the Amer­i­can Indi­an. He also serves on oth­er boards in the fields of phil­an­thropy, indige­nous affairs, health­care, applied research, the arts, ath­let­ics and youth lead­er­ship. Lee is co-author of The State of the Native Nations. He holds an AB from Hamil­ton Col­lege and a MPP from the Har­vard Kennedy School, where he was a Woodrow Wil­son Fellow.


Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon

Ariel Garten is the CEO and co-founder of Inter­aX­on, which cre­ates thought con­trolled com­put­ing prod­ucts and appli­ca­tions, and suc­cess­ful­ly raised funds via crowd-fund­ing plat­form Indiegogo. Ariel has also researched at the Krem­bil Neu­ro­science Insti­tute study­ing hip­pocam­pal neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, dis­played work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, been head design­er at a fash­ion label, and opened Toron­to Fash­ion Week. Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Mag­a­zine, CBC Radio and the Toron­to Star, Ariel has also run a suc­cess­ful real estate busi­ness, spent time as the design­er and own­er of a Cana­di­an fash­ion bou­tique, and is a prac­tic­ing psychotherapist.


Barbara Arrowsmith Young, author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young is the Direc­tor of Arrow­smith School and Arrow­smith Pro­gram. She wrote The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Oth­er Inspir­ing Sto­ries of Pio­neer­ing Brain Trans­for­ma­tion (Free Press; May 2012) to share her own sto­ry over­com­ing a severe learn­ing dis­abil­i­ty and then pio­neer­ing efforts to trans­form spe­cial edu­ca­tion via the appli­ca­tion of neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty prin­ci­ples. She holds both a B.A.Sc. in Child Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Guelph, and a Master’s degree in School Psy­chol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to (Ontario Insti­tute for Stud­ies in Education).

Bruce Wexler

Bruce Wexler, NIH Director’s Award Win­ner and Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale University

A Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Dr. Wexler won the NIH Director’s Award for high impact, high inno­va­tion, par­a­digm chang­ing med­ical research, 2012–2016. Dr. Wexler is founder and chief sci­en­tist of C8 Sci­ences and cre­at­ed C8 Kids, a brain-based con­tent-inde­pen­dent ped­a­gogy to direct­ly improve think­ing abil­i­ties in 5–9 year old chil­dren, com­bin­ing com­put­er pre­sent­ed brain exer­cis­es with phys­i­cal exer­cis­es. He is also the direc­tor of the Neu­rocog­ni­tive Research Lab­o­ra­to­ry at the Con­necti­cut Men­tal Health Cen­ter, and a facil­i­ta­tor for the Coun­cil of Reli­gious Insti­tu­tions of the Holy Land, design­ing and man­ag­ing a U.S. State Depart­ment fund­ed study of how “the oth­er” is por­trayed in Israeli and Pales­tin­ian school books.


Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix (YGL Class of 2006)

Dr. Corin­na Lath­an co-found­ed Anthro­Tron­ix and is cur­rent­ly Board Chair and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer. Dr. Lath­an’s diverse back­ground includes exten­sive research, teach­ing, and con­sult­ing in the areas of human per­for­mance engi­neer­ing, med­ical device design, and assis­tive tech­nol­o­gy. Her work with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and robot­ics has been fea­tured in Forbes, Time, and the New York­er mag­a­zines as well as led to such dis­tinc­tions as Mary­land’s “Top Inno­va­tor of the Year,” MIT Tech­nol­o­gy Review Mag­a­zine’s “Top 100 World Inno­va­tors,” and one of Fast Com­pa­ny Mag­a­zines “Most Cre­ative Peo­ple in Busi­ness.” She has also been named a Tech­nol­o­gy Pio­neer and a Young Glob­al Leader by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum and is cur­rent­ly on their Glob­al Agen­da Coun­cil for Robot­ics and Smart devices. She is active­ly involved in edu­ca­tion­al out­reach pro­grams that empow­er women and minori­ties in sci­ence and technology.

Dan Fox

Dan Fox, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Discovery Communications

Dan Fox joined the Dis­cov­ery Cor­po­rate Devel­op­ment team in 2008 and has been involved in the company’s glob­al acqui­si­tion and invest­ment efforts in the pay tele­vi­sion, dig­i­tal video and online learn­ing sec­tors. He has also helped cre­ate two of Discovery’s joint ven­ture cable net­works — Hub with Has­bro and 3Net with Sony and Imax. Pri­or to join­ing Dis­cov­ery, Dan worked in the M&A group at IAC, focus­ing on the online dat­ing and online health indus­tries. Dan has also worked as a media mer­chant banker for Vero­nis Suh­ler. Dan holds an AB in Eco­nom­ics from Prince­ton and an MBA in Finance from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chicago.

Daniel Sternberg

Daniel Sternberg, Data Scientist at Lumosity

Dr. Daniel Stern­berg leads the analy­sis of Lumos­i­ty’s data­base of human cog­ni­tive per­for­mance, which recent­ly result­ed in the pub­li­ca­tion of the study “The largest human cog­ni­tive per­for­mance dataset reveals insights into the effects of lifestyle fac­tors and aging” in Fron­tiers in Human Neu­ro­science. Daniel received his Ph.D. in Cog­ni­tive Psy­chol­o­gy from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, where he stud­ied the mech­a­nisms under­ly­ing how we learn new skills and rea­son about the world around us using by com­bin­ing behav­ioral exper­i­ments with com­pu­ta­tion­al learn­ing mod­els. As the Data Sci­en­tist on Lumosity’s R&D team, he is explor­ing the largest data­base of human cog­ni­tive per­for­mance in order to fig­ure out the most effec­tive ways to enhance our cog­ni­tive abilities.

Nill, David

David Nill, Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Med­ical Offi­cer at Cerner Corporation

Dr. David Nill is respon­si­ble for inno­va­tion of clin­i­cal aspects of health and care ser­vices for Healthe , an ini­tia­tive aimed at increas­ing the resilience and well­be­ing for Cern­er asso­ciates. Addi­tion­ally, Dr. Nill par­tic­i­pates in health ben­e­fits design and inte­gra­tion of oth­er Cern­er ben­e­fits into the over­all approach to health. He is board-cer­ti­fied in fam­i­ly med­i­cine and is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Fam­i­ly Physi­cians and the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Occu­pa­tion­al and Envi­ron­men­tal Med­i­cine. He received his med­ical degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Missouri’s six-year med­ical pro­gram and com­plet­ed his res­i­den­cy in Fam­i­ly Med­i­cine at the Mayo Clinic.


Deborah Rozman, CEO of HeartMath

Deb­o­rah Roz­man, PhD, has thir­ty years of expe­ri­ence as a busi­ness exec­u­tive, ser­i­al entre­pre­neur, psy­chol­o­gist, author, and edu­ca­tor. Since 1990, she was found­ing exec­u­tive direc­tor of the non-prof­it Insti­tute of Heart­Math, exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Heart­Math LLC, then found­ing direc­tor and Pres­i­dent and co-CEO with Doc Chil­dre of Quan­tum Intech (par­ent com­pa­ny of Heart­Math LLC). Pri­or to her work at Heart­Math she was EVP of Bio­gen­ics, Inc., a biotech firm, from 1981 to 1987 and man­aged 90 employ­ees through the company’s rapid growth. She is also a co-author with Doc Chil­dre of HeartMath’s Trans­form­ing Series: Trans­form­ing Stress, Trans­form­ing Anx­i­ety, Trans­form­ing Anger and Trans­form­ing Depres­sion, and a key spokesper­son on Heart­Math, heart intel­li­gence, stress in these chang­ing times and heart-based living.


Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation

Dr Dhar­ma Singh Khal­sa, M.D. is the Pres­i­dent and Med­ical Direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion, the orig­i­nal voice in the inte­gra­tive or holis­tic med­ical approach to the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of mem­ory loss. Dr. Khal­sa grad­u­ated from Creighton Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine in 1975, and received his post­grad­u­ate train­ing in anes­the­si­ol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco where he was chief res­i­dent. He is also a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les Med­ical Acupunc­ture for Physi­cians Pro­gram, and has stud­ied mind/body med­i­cine at Har­vard Med­ical School ‘s Mind/Body Med­ical Insti­tute. Dr. Khal­sa is board cer­ti­fied in anes­the­si­ol­ogy and pain management.

Elizabeth Zelinski

Elizabeth Zelinski, Director of the Digital Aging Center at USC Davis School of Gerontology

Dr. Eliz­a­beth Zelin­s­ki stud­ies mech­a­nisms of lon­gi­tu­di­nal changes in mem­o­ry, intel­li­gence, and lan­guage in healthy adults aged 30 – 97. She believes that some of the neg­a­tive change asso­ci­at­ed with aging can be reduced by engage­ment in chal­leng­ing activ­i­ties such as cog­ni­tive train­ing games. She served as a prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor of the IMPACT study, a large clin­i­cal tri­al of a pro­gram that uses prin­ci­ples of brain plas­tic­i­ty. She recent­ly found that mod­est improve­ments to healthy old­er adults’ cog­ni­tion with direct train­ing were equiv­a­lent to the improve­ments seen with aer­o­bic exer­cise inter­ven­tions. Zelin­s­ki has been pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion Divi­sion of Adult Devel­op­ment and Aging, is the the Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Edu­ca­tion and Aging and pro­fes­sor of geron­tol­ogy and psy­chol­o­gy in the Davis School of Geron­tol­ogy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and is the inau­gur­al Direc­tor of its Dig­i­tal Aging Center.

Evian Gordon

Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource

Dr Evian Gor­don, PhD, MBBCh, is the Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource. He ini­tially drew upon his sci­ence and med­ical back­ground to estab­lish the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Brain Dynam­ics Cen­ter, in 1986. Through the Brain Dynam­ics Cen­ter and its col­lab­o­ra­tive net­works, Dr Gor­don estab­lished an “inte­gra­tive neu­ro­science” approach, ground­ed in the use of stan­dard­ized meth­ods across mul­ti­ple types of data. Using this approach, Dr Gor­don found­ed the “Brain Resource Com­pany”, that cre­ated the first inter­na­tional data­base on the human brain. The data­base is the asset which under­pins the devel­op­ment of new tools for brain health and its per­son­al­ized appli­ca­tion in the mar­ket. Brain Resource has also sup­ported the for­ma­tion of a non-prof­it 501c3 Foun­da­tion, called ‘BRAIN­net” (, through which sci­en­tists have access to many of these datasets for inde­pen­dent research.

Hilal Ahmed Lashuel

Hilal Lashuel, Associate Professor at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Lausanne (EPFL) (YGL Class of 2012)

Hilal Ahmed Lashuel was born in Taiz, Repub­lic of Yemen. He received his BSc degree in chem­istry from the City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York in 1994 and com­plet­ed his doc­tor­al stud­ies in bio­log­i­cal chem­istry at Texas A&M Uni­ver­si­ty and the Scripps Research Insti­tute in 2000. In 2001, he moved to Har­vard Med­ical School and the Brigham and Wom­en’s Hos­pi­tal. In 2005, Lashuel moved Switzer­land to join the Brain Mind Insti­tute at the Swiss Fed­er­al Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy Lau­sanne, where he is now Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Life Sci­ences and Direc­tor of the Lab­o­ra­to­ry of Mol­e­c­u­lar and Chem­i­cal Biol­o­gy of Neu­rode­gen­er­a­tion. His research has result­ed in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of poten­tial ther­a­peu­tic tar­gets and new hypothe­ses con­cern­ing the mech­a­nisms of patho­gen­e­sis in Alzheimer’s dis­ease, Parkin­son’s dis­ease and relat­ed dis­or­ders. Lashuel is a co-founder and Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al of the Soci­ety for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy in the Arab World (SASTA). He was a Vis­it­ing Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty dur­ing 2012–2013.


Hyong Un, Chief Psychiatric Officer and Head of Employee Assistance Programs at Aetna

Hyong Un, M.D. is the Chief Psy­chi­atric Offi­cer for Aet­na and Head of Aet­na Employ­ee Assis­tance Pro­gram. He over­sees Aetna’s Employ­ee Assis­tance Pro­gram and the accred­i­ta­tion, patient dis­ease and qual­i­ty man­age­ment as well as the devel­op­ment of inno­v­a­tive behav­ioral health man­age­ment pro­grams that pro­mote over­all opti­mal health and inte­gra­tion of behav­ioral health with med­ical man­age­ment. Pri­or to join­ing Aet­na, Dr. Un was the Psy­chi­a­trist-in-Chief of Friends Hos­pi­tal and Chief Med­ical Offi­cer for Penn-Friends Behav­ioral Health Sys­tem of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia. Dr. Un grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pennsylvania’s School of Med­i­cine and com­plet­ed his res­i­den­cy at the Hos­pi­tal of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pennsylvania.

Jayne Plunkett

Jayne Plunkett, Head of Casualty Reinsurance at Swiss Re (YGL Class of 2010)

Jayne Plun­kett is a Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board and Divi­sion Head of Casu­al­ty Under­writ­ing for Swiss Rein­sur­ance world­wide. Based in Zurich, Switzer­land, she is respon­si­ble for all Casu­al­ty rein­sur­ance busi­ness writ­ten world­wide. Plun­kett has worked over 20 years in the insur­ance and rein­sur­ance indus­tries, hold­ing var­i­ous tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment roles at Swiss Re as well as pre­vi­ous employ­ers. Plun­kett received a BA in Actu­ar­i­al Sci­ence from Drake Uni­ver­si­ty. She is a Fel­low of the Casu­al­ty Actu­ar­i­al Soci­ety and a Mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Actu­ar­ies. She serves on the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Glob­al Agen­da Coun­cil for Oceans.

jeff zimman

Jeffrey Zimman, Executive Chairman of Posit Science

Jef­frey Zim­man co-found­ed Posit Sci­ence Cor­po­ra­tion and serves as its Exec­u­tive Chair­man. He served as CEO and Pres­i­dent at Posit Sci­ence Cor­po­ra­tion until Octo­ber 2008. He pre­vi­ous­ly served as a Ven­ture Part­ner of Ven­ture Strat­e­gy Part­ners and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Lazard, and as part­ner of Coo­ley God­ward, where he head­ed the cor­po­rate and secu­ri­ties prac­tice in the law firm’s San Fran­cis­co office. For the past two decades, he has been involved with health­care, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy and con­sumer prod­ucts com­pa­nies in imple­ment­ing strate­gies lead­ing to suc­cess­ful fund­ing, high growth and liq­uid­i­ty. Mr. Zim­man was an award-win­ning news­pa­per reporter, cov­er­ing busi­ness and tech­nol­o­gy. He earned his AB degree at Bow­doin Col­lege and his JD and MBA degrees at Stan­ford University.


Joan Severson, President of Digital Artefacts

Joan Sev­er­son is the Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, the devel­op­er of iPad app Brain­Base­line. The firm spe­cial­izes in research and devel­op­ment of inter­ac­tive com­put­er graph­ics and 3D mod­el­ing and real-time visu­al­iza­tion and sim­u­la­tion of inter­ac­tive geo-spe­cif­ic and oth­er vir­tu­al envi­ron­ments. Joan has col­lab­o­rat­ed with and/or direct­ed research and devel­op­ment of sci­en­tif­ic ani­ma­tions, vir­tu­al envi­ron­ments, user inter­faces and soft­ware for the Smith­son­ian NMAH, the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, NASA, NOAA, the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health, behav­ioral researchers (psy­chol­o­gists and neu­rol­o­gists) cor­po­rate and uni­ver­si­ty research and devel­op­ment organizations.

Josh Wright

Josh Wright, Managing Director at ideas42

Josh Wright is a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor and Act­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor at ideas42, using behav­ioral eco­nom­ics to do good with a focus on finan­cial ser­vices, eco­nom­ic mobil­i­ty, health­care, and strat­e­gy. Josh has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the for-prof­it, non-prof­it, and pub­lic sec­tors. Imme­di­ate­ly pri­or to join­ing ideas42, Josh head­ed up the Office of Finan­cial Edu­ca­tion and Finan­cial Access at the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of the Trea­sury. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Josh held posi­tions at the Cen­ter for Com­mu­ni­ty Change, Booz Allen and Hamilton’s Com­mer­cial Man­age­ment Con­sult­ing busi­ness, and was a Senior Exec­u­tive at Bertelsmann’s Ran­dom House, Inc. In addi­tion, Josh served for two terms as an elect­ed City Coun­cilmem­ber for the City of Tako­ma Park Mary­land. He holds a BA from Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

Kate Sul­li­van M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS com­pleted her under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate degrees in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sci­ences and Dis­or­ders at James Madi­son Uni­ver­sity. She has been a speech-lan­guage pathol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed Army Med­ical Cen­ter for 10 years where she recent­ly helped launch the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter (BFC), locat­ed in the WRAMC’s Mil­i­tary Advanced Train­ing Cen­ter, to com­ple­ment tra­di­tional care approach­es. To doc­u­ment results so far, her team recent­ly pub­lished Out­comes from a Pilot Study using Com­put­er-Based Reha­bil­i­ta­tive Tools in a Mil­i­tary Pop­u­la­tion at Stud­ies in Health Tech­nol­ogy and Infor­mat­ics. Kate has writ­ten arti­cles on the BFC for providers and patients and the BFC at Wal­ter Reed was  fea­tured on Nation­al Pub­lic Radio’s “All Things Considered.”


Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist (YGL Class of 2005)

Matthew Bish­op is the US Busi­ness Edi­tor and New York Bureau Chief of The Econ­o­mist. He is the author of sev­er­al books with Michael Green, includ­ing ‘Phil­an­thro­cap­i­tal­ism: How Giv­ing Can Save the World’, ‘The Road From Ruin’ and ‘In Gold We Trust? The Future of Mon­ey in an Age of Uncer­tain­ty’. Mr Bish­op is also the author of ‘Essen­tial Eco­nom­ics’. Mr. Bish­op is also the author of sev­er­al of The Econ­o­mist’s spe­cial report sup­ple­ments, includ­ing most recent­ly The Great Mis­match, about the future of jobs. Mr. Bish­op chaired the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Glob­al Agen­da Coun­cil on Phil­an­thropy and Social Inno­va­tion, and was a mem­ber of the Advi­sors Group to the Unit­ed Nations Inter­na­tion­al Year of Micro­cre­d­it in 2005.


Misha Pavel, Program Director of Smart and Connected Health at the National Science Foundation

Misha Pavel is the Pro­gram Direc­tor in charge of NSF Smart and Con­nect­ed Health port­fo­lio, designed to accel­er­ate the devel­op­ment and use of inno­v­a­tive health­care approach­es that are pre­ven­tive, proac­tive, evi­dence-based, per­son-cen­tered and focused on well-being rather than dis­ease. Con­cur­rent­ly, he has an appoint­ment as a Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing, and a joint appoint­ment in the Depart­ment of Med­ical Infor­mat­ics and Clin­i­cal Epi­demi­ol­o­gy, at Ore­gon Health and Sci­ence Uni­ver­si­ty. Pri­or to his aca­d­e­m­ic career, he was a mem­ber of the tech­ni­cal staff at Bell Lab­o­ra­to­ries, where his research includ­ed net­work analy­sis and mod­el­ing. Misha Pavel is a Senior Mem­ber of IEEE.

Olivier Oullier, Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University (YGL Class of 2011)

Olivi­er Oul­li­er, Ph.D, is a full pro­fes­sor of behav­ioral and brain sci­ences at Aix-Mar­seille Uni­ver­si­ty (France), a research asso­ciate at the Cen­ter for Com­plex Sys­tems and Brain Sci­ences and GREQAM. His research at the Cog­ni­tive Psy­chol­o­gy Lab (UMR 7920) focus­es on social coor­di­na­tion dynam­ics, con­ta­gion and neu­roe­co­nom­ics. He heads the “Neu­ro­science and pub­lic pol­i­cy” pro­gram, a unique ini­tia­tive in charge of eval­u­at­ing the ben­e­fits of insights from psy­chol­o­gy, behav­ioral eco­nom­ics, com­plex sys­tems and neu­ro­science in design­ing more effi­cient strate­gies to improve people’s health and well-being. In 2011, the World Eco­nom­ic Forum named him a Young Glob­al Leader and the vice-chair of its Glob­al Agen­da Coun­cil on Neu­ro­science and Behav­ior. He works as a strate­gists for gov­ern­ments, NGOs and corporations.

Pete Chiarelli

Peter Chiarelli, CEO of One Mind for Research, U.S. Army Gen­eral (Ret)

Peter Chiarel­li is a retired 4‑star gen­er­al in the U.S. Army and the CEO of One Mind for Research. Co-found­ed by for­mer Con­gress­man Patrick Kennedy and men­tal health advo­cate Garen Staglin, One Mind for Research is an inde­pen­dent, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion bring­ing togeth­er health care providers, researchers, aca­d­e­mics and the health care indus­try — on a glob­al scale – with the goal to rapid­ly devel­op new treat­ments and cures for all ill­ness­es and dis­or­ders of the brain. As the Vice Chief of Staff , Chiarel­li was respon­si­ble for the day-to-day oper­a­tions of the Army, where one of his top pri­or­i­ties was help­ing sol­diers suf­fer­ing from the invis­i­ble wounds of war, TBI and PTS. Chiarel­li, a native of Seat­tle, WA, is a grad­u­ate of Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty (B.S.) and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton (M.P.A.). He resides in Seat­tle with his wife, Beth.

Robert Bilder

Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience

Dr. Bilder is cur­rently the Michael E. Ten­nen­baum Fam­ily Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try & Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences, David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine, and Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­ogy, Col­lege of Let­ters and Sci­ence; Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­ogy — Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy and Direc­tor of the Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­ogy of Cre­ativ­ity in the Jane & Ter­ry Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science and Human Behav­ior. Dr. Bilder’s cur­rent research focus­es on trans­dis­ci­pli­nary and trans­la­tional research. Dr. Bilder has been award­ed diplo­mate sta­tus by the Amer­i­can Board of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy. Dr. Bilder is a Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist who has been active­ly engaged for over 20 years in research on the neu­roanatomic and neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal bases of major men­tal ill­nesses. He has received many awards for his research con­tri­bu­tions, served on diverse fed­eral and inter­na­tional advi­sory boards, pro­vided edi­to­r­ial ser­vice to many schol­arly jour­nals, and received mul­ti­ple grants from the NIH, pri­vate foun­da­tions, and industry.


Sean Hill, co-Director of Neuroinformatics in the Human Brain Project

Sean Hill is co-Direc­tor of the Blue Brain Project and co-Direc­tor of Neu­roin­for­mat­ics in the Human Brain Project (HBP) at the École Poly­tech­nique Fédérale de Lau­sanne (EPFL), the research and tech­nol­ogy uni­ver­sity coor­di­nat­ing the HBP, which is fund­ed by the Euro­pean Union. Dr. Hill also serves as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Neu­roin­for­mat­ics Coor­di­nat­ing Facil­i­ty (INCF) at the Karolin­s­ka Insti­tutet in Stock­holm, Swe­den, and in man­age­ment and advi­so­ry roles in sev­er­al large-scale clin­i­cal infor­mat­ics ini­tia­tives around the world. After com­plet­ing his Ph.D. in com­pu­ta­tion­al neu­ro­science at the Uni­ver­sité de Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, Dr. Hill held post­doc­tor­al posi­tions at The Neu­ro­sciences Insti­tute in La Jol­la, Cal­i­for­nia and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Madi­son, then joined the IBM T.J. Wat­son Research Cen­ter where he served as the Project Man­ag­er for Com­pu­ta­tion­al Neu­ro­science in the Blue Brain Project until his appoint­ment at the EPFL.

stanley yang

Stan­ley Yang, CEO of NeuroSky

As Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Neu­roSky, Inc., Stan­ley Yang is the vision­ary behind the bio-sen­sor com­pany that has quick­ly become a glob­al leader in mass mar­ket Brain-Com­put­er Inter­face tech­nol­ogy. Neu­roSky has devel­oped a non-inva­sive neur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion sen­sor that con­verts brain­waves and oth­er bio-sig­nals into dig­i­tal elec­tronic sig­nals. This “ThinkGear” tech­nol­ogy can con­trol elec­tronic devices, enable machines to adept to peo­ple, and fur­ther enhance edu­ca­tion and research on cre­ative appli­ca­tions pow­ered by the brain. Neu­roSky has forged suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships with a broad range of com­pa­nies from For­tune 500 indus­try lead­ers to inno­v­a­tive inde­pen­dent devel­op­ers. Fur­ther­more, Neu­roSky lever­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion with a num­ber of top domes­tic and inter­na­tional aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions to move tech­nol­ogy out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Tan Le, CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences (YGL Class of 2009)

Tan Le is a tech­nol­o­gy entre­pre­neur, busi­ness exec­u­tive and sought-after speak­er. She is founder and CEO of Emo­tiv Life­sciences, a bioin­for­mat­ics com­pa­ny that advances under­stand­ing of the human brain and iden­ti­fies bio­mark­ers for men­tal and oth­er neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions using elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy (EEG). She is pur­su­ing the dream of per­form­ing inex­pen­sive and wide­spread brain func­tion screen­ing to catch ear­ly signs of autism, epilep­sy, learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, ADHD, and oth­er con­di­tions. Tan has received many awards and appeared in innu­mer­able ‘Who’s Who in Aus­tralia’ lists; she was named among Fast Company’s Most Influ­en­tial Women in Tech­nol­o­gy in 2010 and Forbes‘ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. In 2009, she was hon­ored by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum as a Young Glob­al Leader since 2009, and in 2011, she was rec­og­nized with the Auto­Vi­sion Inno­va­tions Award and hon­ored as a Monash Uni­ver­si­ty Dis­tin­guished Alum­ni Award recipient.

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