Simon Chong | Managing Partner, Georgian Partners
Simon Chong is a managing director of Georgian Partners, which he co-founded in 2008. Having spent his career in marketing, sales management, and operations, Simon applies his strong operating background to the companies in which Georgian Partners invests. He is focused on designing and building optimal go-to-market models for Cloud and SaaS-based companies. Prior to Georgian Partners, Simon was Worldwide Director of Sales, Information Solutions within the IBM Software Group, via the acquisition of DWL Inc., in 2005. Simon holds an MBA from Henley Management School in the United Kingdom.
James O'Leary | Chairman of the Board, BMC Stock Holdings
James O'Leary is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Independent Director who serves or has served as an executive, director or advisor to several major public and private companies. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of BMC Stock Holdings, Inc., a $4 billion national provider of value-added products and services to the professional homebuilding industry. BMC is listed on the NASDAQ as BMCH. He also serves as Chairman and Senior Advisor to Kinematics Manufacturing Corporation, a leading global supplier of highly engineered slewing drive systems to the renewable energy and heavy industrial products sectors. In addition, he serves as a Senior Advisor and member of Madison Dearborn Partners' Industrial Advisory Roundtable.
Mr. O'Leary served as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Kaydon Corporation, a $550 million industrial products company listed on the NYSE and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of WireCo Worldgroup Holdings, an $800 million global manufacturer of engineered wire, steel and synthetic rope products. He has previously held senior executive positions at Hanson plc, US Industries, Inc. and Beazer Homes USA. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche and is a CPA (currently inactive). He has a BBA from Pace University and an MBA for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Nicolas Roussel, PhD | Researcher and Developer, MBF Bioscience
Nicolas Roussel, PhD is an active researcher and developer at MBF Bioscience, a company that develops software and hardware for bioscience research and biomedical applications. He has been involved in research on machine learning and the design of intelligent computer vision systems for more than 15 years. A common theme of his research has been investigating robust adaptive computational solutions to problems in natural science that leverage both implicit and explicit assumptions.
His research includes a wide variety of techniques in image analysis, computer vision, data mining and machine learning. As a Computational Scientist at MBF Bioscience, he has been responsible for designing, managing, and conducting the research efforts on the technological aspects of many funded and proposed grants resulting in several successful commercial products. He is co-inventor and patent holder of innovative model-based non-linear registration technologies utilized in these products.
Leveraging his experience in the specific field of deep learning and the Convolutional Neural Network architectures applied to images and videos, he is leading the research and development of new adaptive tissue and object detection technologies.
He holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the French engineering school ESCPE Lyon (2001), a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University (2003) and a Ph. D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2008).
Francesco Venturini | CEO, Enel X
Born in New York (USA) in 1968, Mr. Venturini graduated cum laude in Economics from the University of Rome La Sapienza, where he also served as assistant professor of Banking Strategies and Techniques during the academic year 1991-1992.
Mr. Venturini is a London Business School alumnus and he received an MBA from MIT’s Sloan Business School in 2015.
At the onset of his career Mr. Venturini served as Financial Controller for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica group company, taking part in its listing on the NYSE. He later became Chief Financial Officer for several companies of the Elsag Bailey Process Automation and Hartmann & Braun groups in both the United States and Brazil.
He joined the Enel Group in 1997 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.p.A., contributing to the company listing on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges. Mr. Venturini later became Head of Internal Audit within Enel's Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently Head of Sales Administration within the same division. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Finance in Enel Green Power. Afterwards, he worked at Enel Green Power North America, first taking on the role of Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of the North America Area. He was named Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power in May 2014.
He was appointed Enel's Head of Global e-Solutions in May 2017 and CEO of Enel X in November 2017.
Margaret Wu | Vice President, Georgian Partners
Margaret Wu is a Senior Associate at Georgian Partners focusing on B2B SaaS companies leveraging AI, Security First and Conversational Business. Prior to joining Georgian, Margaret was a Senior Product Manager at Amazon, where she developed mobile metrics and content strategies for marketers and site merchandisers across Europe. Previous to this, she co-founded a biotech company called Uma Bioseed and served as the Chief Operating Officer for a local e-commerce startup called OneSpout.com, where she held a variety of responsibilities ranging from business development and product management to finance and accounting. While there, she helped the company grow to a peak of 350,000 users. Margaret began her career as a consultant in Accenture’s technology practice. Margaret holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University (where she was a Fried Fellow and Fund Manager for BR Ventures) and BES and BSc degrees in environment and business and chemistry from the University of Waterloo.
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