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Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist, MIT
Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson, has won several prestigious awards and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. He is also the author of the 2009 book Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges. Andrew’s next book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, scheduled for publication this spring, will offer an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era when technologies are hurtling forward at such a startling pace.
Andrew has been named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and to the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics. He writes popular blogs, academic papers, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He’s talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, Charlie Rose, and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of innumerable global and domestic audiences. Andrew was educated at Harvard and MIT and lives in Cambridge.
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Curt Nickisch, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review
Curt is the Senior Editor at the Harvard Business Review and was the business and technology reporter at WBUR for 10 years. He has received various journalism accolades, including national Edward R. Murrow and Scripps Howard Radio Awards and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow in Education Journalism and Fulbright Journalism Fellow.
Emily Reichert, CEO, Greentown Labs
Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the U.S. As the company’s first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world. Emily started her career at Arthur D. Little as a Ph.D. scientist and progressed into R&D, business development and general management roles. Prior to Greentown Labs, she was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products. Emily also served as a MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership as well as a Venture Labs Fellow at Flagship Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm. Emily has been appointed to leadership positions on innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and clean technology commercialization at the city, state, and federal level including Massachusetts Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Chris Gahagan, CEO, Symbotic
Chris Gahagan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Symbotic, a robotics and warehouse automation company that has developed proprietary, innovative robotics and software to deliver an advanced automation solution to make the supply chain faster, more efficient, and more profitable for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of all sizes. Symbotic is based in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Gahagan joined Symbotic from Avid Technology, Inc., where he served as senior vice president, product and technology, with primary responsibility for software and hardware R&D, product management, customer support, professional services, supply chain, manufacturing and business development.
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