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2014 speakers listed below

Chris Anderson

Director of Content/Editorial, Pixable

Chris C. Anderson is the Director of Content and Editorial at Pixable. His background in media includes a stint as Senior Editor at Business Insider, two years at Huffington Post where he worked first as Senior Travel Editor during the Great AOL merge of 2011 and as Senior Editor thereafter. Chris was Associate Editor of CNNGo (now CNN Travel) where he worked from Hong Kong for two years as part of the core team to build the platform. Going back into the deep past (2006 - 2008) Chris lived and worked - and played - in Shanghai where he established his editorial roots. Before discovering his true career calling Chris worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer for LeapFrog.

He's been published on all of the above platforms including Travel & Leisure, Upwave and The Daily Dot. He believes variety in content is the spice of life and the key to a successful story is through compelling and visual content, social media, a killer CMS and smart use of analytics.

John Brownstein

Director and Co-Founder, HealthMap

John Brownstein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children's Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. Overall, his research agenda aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance including HealthMap.org, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU, and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.

Dachen Chu

VP of Corporate Strategy, Sina

Dachen Chu, graduated from Stanford University in 2004, with a PhD in Physics. Then he joined McKinsey & Company , focusing on business strategy consulting and management ; In 2009 he joined Baidu first as General Manager of Business Analysis, and then became General Manager of Baidu Alliance;In May 2012, he joined Sina as VP of Corporate Strategy, responsible for corporate strategy of Sina and operation management of Weibo Open Platform.

Chris Cieri

Executive Director, Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Christopher Cieri trained in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on sociolinguistics and language contact. He has worked at the intersection of language and technology for nearly three decades. He currently oversees the Linguistic Data Consortium, an organization that collects, enhances and shares language resources to support linguistic education, research and technology development. LDC data includes social data narrowly defined but also other interactional types such as telephone conversations, email, group meetings and lectures as well as broadcast news and newswire. LDC beneficiaries include universities and other non-profit research labs, government agencies and commercial labs worldwide. LDC data forms the foundation of thousands of research studies and has been used to build systems that perform transcription, language and speaker detection, translation, summarization, query answering, message understanding, sentiment analysis and real-world action.

Damon Cortesi

CTO & Co-Founder, Simply Measured

Damon is CTO and co-founder of Simply Measured. Passionate about building great teams and great technology, Damon is two-time entrepreneur and has a love affair with pulling in increasingly larger amounts of data. Before Simply Measured, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Madrona Venture Group, built several apps on the Twitter platform (including one of the first Twitter statistics sites, TweetStats), and spent ten years as an Information Security and PCI consultant.

William Cukierski

Data Scientist, Kaggle

William Cukierski, Ph.D. is a data scientist at Kaggle, the leading platform for predictive modeling competitions and one of Fast Company's top ten innovative companies in big data. He consults on applied machine learning and data analytics for numerous Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, and research groups.

William has a bachelor's degree in physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University, where he published on applications of machine learning to cancer research. Prior to joining Kaggle, he was a top finisher in challenges ranging from predicting stock movements, to forecasting consumer spending, to automated essay grading. He is a chair of the KDD Cup and regularly speaks on topics in data science.

Justin De Graaf

Senior Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

Justin is the Global Social Analytics Lead for The Coca-Cola Company and sits within the Knowledge & Insights team. He supports the marketing organization through his role on Coca-Cola's social connections team as the analytics lead. It's in this role where Justin focuses on developing and deploying the social analytics solution throughout the Coca-Cola system.

Before making the move to The Real Thing, Justin was responsible for Global Media Insights at Unilever. It's here where he began diving into social media insights while leading research for Unilever's key global media partnerships with companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Viacom. In addition to his insights capabilities, Justin has accurately been described by many as "tall" and "very thin". Although Justin now resides in Atlanta, he is a native Michigander and a graduate of the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

Javier de la Torre

CEO, CartoDB

Javier is CEO & Co-Founder of Vizzuality. Over the past 10 years he has been working in the field of biodiversity informatics, first on the academia side, working at different research institutions, and later on the private side. During this time he gained experience in the social & technical aspects of data sharing while mobilizing vast amounts of biodiversity data online. He is a recognized expert in biodiversity standards & is well-known in the geospatial community, especially for his background in OSS. He has given talks on topics including biodiversity, data visualization, conservation, citizen science, open data and web GIS, and has presented at Geoweb, FOSS4G, and TDWG. He has a strong interest in the distribution & conservartion of species on Earth and how we can help conserve them through the use of technology & collaboration over the Internet. Javier studied Agricultural Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Francesco D'Orazio

VP Products, Pulsar

Francesco is a researcher and technologist with a social sciences and digital media background. He specialises in designing systems and methodologies to make sense of the social web and extract insights in real time using computational social science and data visualisation.

Francesco holds a PhD in Social Sciences and Digital Media and is a Senior Fellow at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto where his research focused on Immersive Media, the evolution of Audiences and the rise of Social Software.

He is a regular speaker at research, innovation and technology conferences and his work has been featured in the likes of BBC, Guardian, CNN, Forbes, AdAge, Mashable… oh and on Commander Hadfield's Twitter feed.

Kevin Driscoll

Researcher, University of Southern California

Kevin Driscoll is a PhD candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California. His research examines the media infrastructures that undergird popular culture and political communication. He is currently completing a dissertation detailing the origins of social computing in the dial-up bulletin-board systems of the 1980s and 1990s. Previously, he earned an MS in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and taught computer science at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School.

Leigh Drogen

Founder and CEO, Estimize

Leigh Drogen is the Founder and CEO of Estimize, the first open platform for financial estimates. Estimize is a diverse community of members from the top hedge funds and asset management firms, to independent analysts and investors, corporate finance professionals and students. The goal of the Estimize platform is to create a more accurate and representative consensus expectation, while identifying the most accurate analysts.

Leigh began his career at Geller Capital, a quantitative investment management firm. He was later the Founder and CIO of Surfview Capital, a New York based quantitative investment manager utilizing momentum strategies. He was also an early member of the team at StockTwits where he worked on business development, community, media, and product.

Susan Etlinger

Analyst, Altimeter Group

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter Group, where she works with global companies to develop both social data intelligence strategies that support their business objectives. Susan has a diverse background in marketing and strategic planning within both corporations and agencies. She's a frequent speaker on social media and analytics and has been extensively quoted in outlets including Fast Company, BBC, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Fitzgerald

News and Journalism Partnerships, Twitter

Andrew Fitzgerald works with news organizations and journalists on Twitter's News team. Prior to Twitter he worked as a journalist at Al Jazeera English, Current TV, and elsewhere.

Vince Golla

Digital Media and Syndication Director, Kaiser Permanente

Vince is responsible for guiding how Kaiser Permanente promotes and protects its brand in the digital space. His role was created in 2009 and works closely with strategists across Kaiser Permanente as they determine how the organization engages in social media. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2005, Vince was internal communications manager at PeopleSoft. His 'first' career was as a daily newspaper reporter and city editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Igor Gonta

CEO and Founder, Market Prophit

Igor Gonta is the CEO and founder of Market Prophit, a NYC-based financial Big Data analytics company that analyzes financial-related chatter in social media and generates a variety of real-time sentiment signals for the investment community. Igor Gonta spent 13 years on Wall Street in commodities sales and trading, having worked at Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Credit Suisse, and Constellation Energy. Igor has broad experience and a deep understanding of markets, trading, quantitative analysis, and large data sets. Prior to Wall Street, Igor built large relational databases of banks' accounts payable systems while at Mitchell Madison Group, a strategy management consulting firm. Igor also did database development for PlanetAll, a social networking, calendaring, and address book website launched in 1996 that was later acquired by Amazon. Igor holds an S.B. and an M.S. in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sean Gorman

Founder, Timbr

Sean is the founder of Timbr a platform for enabling algorithmic orchestrations with social data. Before starting Timbr he was the founder and CEO of GeoIQ a collaborative data and analytics company serving commercial and government customers. GeoIQ was subsequently acquired by ESRI where Sean worked integrating social data with ESRI's mapping technologies. Sean has also previously worked in academia serving as a research professor at George Mason University. His academic research was focused on the intersection of complexity science, statistical mechanics and spatial analysis. Sean received his PhD from George Mason University as the Provost's High Potential Research Candidate, Fisher Prize winner and an INFORMS Dissertation Prize recipient.

Jason Gowans

Director, Data Lab, Nordstrom

Jason Gowans is the Director of the Nordstrom Data Lab, where the team is responsible for creating Nordstrom's personalized customer experiences. Previously, Jason served as the VP of Business Development at DS-IQ, a startup that worked with major retailers to monetize their targeted digital media networks. Additionally, he is the founder of Harnu, a global discussion platform that was named one of the most Innovative Companies of 2012 by Business Insider. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Nicholls State University, and is originally from Scotland where he studied Computer Science at the University of Abertay.

Eric Gundersen

CEO, Mapbox

As CEO of Mapbox, Eric coordinates product and business development. Eric has been with the team since the start and splits his time working on projects in San Francisco and Washington DC.

Eric got his start in the mapping and open data space at Development Seed, building open source tools for international development agencies. He holds a master's degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC, and has dual bachelor's degrees in economics and international relations.

Ro Gupta

Vice President, Business Development, Disqus

Ro leads business development and strategy at Disqus. He has been with Disqus for over five years, responsible for the company's first revenue and publisher products, the launch of its New York office, the Disqus social data firehose and the Disqus Certified Partner Program, among other things. Prior to Disqus he held various roles at Disney, Tribune Interactive, TechnoServe, ABC News Digital, Marakon Associates, Live365 and UBS in New York, Chicago, Mozambique, Sao Paulo, San Francisco and London. Ro lives in New York but roots Philly.

Scott Hendrickson

Data Scientist, Twitter

Scott is a Data Scientist at Twitter (by way of Gnip). He started in Physics simulating particle dynamics and moved to working at a succession of start-ups attacking data problems in healthcare, energy monitoring and social search.

Tomas Holderness

Geomatic Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Dr Tomas Holderness is a Geomatics Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, where his research focuses on the use of geospatial analysis, Earth observation and network modelling techniques applied to urban infrastructure resilience and Earth systems engineering. Dr Holderness is co-director of the PetaJakarta research program which is using social media and big data analytics to advance our capacity to understand and promote resilience of cities to both extreme weather events as a result of climate change and to long-term infrastructure transformation as a process of climate adaptation.

Mark Josephson

CEO, Bitly

Mark Josephson, CEO of Bitly, is a successful startup executive with a proven track record of building great teams and high-growth companies. Mark joined Bitly in September 2013 to help support the ever- increasing power of the link.

Mark advanced his career through leadership positions at five New York City-based startups. He was previously the CEO of Outside.in, a leading hyperlocal media company that was acquired by AOL in 2011 and merged with Patch.com, where he then served as a senior vice president. Prior to that, Mark was CMO at Seevast, where he was later named president. Mark also served as general manager and executive vice president of About.com, after starting his career at a leading public relations agency.

Megan Kelley

Senior Director, Center for Social Media, Fidelity Investments

Megan Kelley leads the Center for Social Media within Fidelity Investments' Center for Applied Technology (FCAT). FCAT is an idea and innovation catalyst group that helps Fidelity's businesses and clients imagine the possibilities and realize the benefits of new ideas and emerging technologies. At Fidelity, Megan drives research on emerging social media platforms, social business strategies, and social data infrastructure. She runs proofs of concept and pilots with business and technology partners across the firm and leads Fidelity's Social Media Community of Practice.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Megan worked in editorial and content analytics for startups and publishing companies. She received her BA in English from Williams College and her master's degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She is fascinated by new ways for people, information, and context to connect.

Brian Melinat

Social Media Analytics and Listening Sr. Mgr, Dell

Brian Melinat manages the Social Media Analytics and Listening team within Dell's Global Marketing Decision Sciences group. The social media team analyzes and reports on activities across Dell's "owned" social media properties and also uses the broader social media environment to listen for customer "Hot Issues" as well as perform more in-depth market research using social media as the data source. During 7 years at Dell, Brian has managed Media Mix Modeling as well as worked in Marketing Operations Sales Planning and Supply Chain Optimization which has given him a perspective that spans the value chain. He has undergraduate degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (BS) and Economics (BA) from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

John Melloy

CEO, StockTwits

John Melloy is the chief executive officer of StockTwits, the No. 1 social network focuses on Finance. Formerly, he was the Executive Producer of CNBC's "Fast Money" (M-Thu 5PM-6PM ET) and the Executive Producer and creator of the "Halftime Report" (Weekdays 12:30PM). The "Halftime Report" had its breakout moment during the infamous Carl Icahn-Bill Ackman live on-air fight.

Melloy also pioneered digital distribution of his shows at CNBC and wrote a blog for CNBC.com about the individual investor, technical analysis and high-frequency trading. In 2010, Melloy lead the control room during the Emmy-nominated show "Investing in America: A CNBC Town Hall Event With President Obama."

Prior to joining CNBC in 2006, Melloy was the team leader of U.S. Stock Market coverage for Bloomberg News. In that position, Melloy was lead editor on all stories about the stock market's daily movements, future investment strategy, trades by noteworthy investors, and market-moving upgrades and downgrades.

Chris Moody

VP Data Strategy, Twitter

Formerly the CEO of Gnip, Chris Moody now serves as the VP of Data Strategy at Twitter.

Moody is considered a pioneer in the social data industry and has worked closely with leading social platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare to formulate their data strategies. As a result, he has played a critical role in the first commercial availability of data from Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare. WordPress, Disqus, GetGlue, StockTwits and more.

Prior to joining Gnip, Moody served as Founder and President of Aquent On Demand, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative and marketing organizations. Prior to his responsibilities with Aquent On Demand, Moody served as Aquent's Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the day-to-day management of more than 700 employees across 70 offices in 17 countries.

Jon Najarian

Co-Founder, TradeMONSTER

Jon "DRJ" Najarian is a professional investor, noted media analyst and speaker, and cofounder of optionMONSTER.com, a leading site for options and equity traders. Following a brief stint as a Chicago Bears linebacker, Jon launched his financial career at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1981, trading in the pits for some 25 years. In 1989 he founded Mercury Trading, running the company for 15 years until 2004, when he sold his floor-trading operations to Citadel. More recently, has developed and patented trading applications used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets, notably the Heat Seeker® program, which scans up to 1,000,000 quotes per second. Jon's research and analysis is widely cited by leading financial media including the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, Barron's, and others. optionMONSTER has been described by Securities Industry News as "content king of the options business," and enjoys syndication agreements with CNBC, TheStreet.com, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and NASDAQ.

T.R. Newcomb

VP & Head of Business Development, Tumblr

T.R. joined Tumblr in October 2013 after leading Yahoo's East Coast M&A team in NYC.

Kiyonori Ohtake

Director of Information Distribution, Platform Lab, NICT

Dr. Kiyonori Ohtake received Dr.Eng in 2001 from Toyohashi University of Technology. In 2001, he joined ATR Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories(ATR-SLT). In 2006, he joined Spoken Language Communication group, NICT. In 2010, he joined Language Infrastructure Group, NICT. In July, 2013, he held the additional post of director of Information Distribution Platform Laboratory in Resilient ICT Research Center.

Chad Parizman

Director, Convergent Media, Scripps Networks Interactive

As the Director of Convergent Media at Scripps Networks Interactive, Chad provides leadership on mobile and social media trends and strategies for the website, ad sales, marketing and on-air teams at Scripps, as well as social media guidelines to be adopted by the company's top senior executives. Prior to his current role, Chad served as director of innovation for Scripps' business development emerging ventures team, a group focused on evaluation, creation and management of the disruptive innovation process. Utilizing innovations made throughout his career in information technology and online analytics, Chad trained Scripps employees on disruptive innovation principles and researched new interactive opportunities for the company in both the Food and Lifestyle categories. He began at Scripps in 2005 as Director of Online Analytics after leaving Healthology, Inc. as the IT Director.

James Reade

Lecturer in Economics, University of Reading

Dr James Reade is currently a lecturer in economics at the University of Reading. He studied for his PhD in economics in Oxford. His research interests include Big Data, Economics of sports and Applied Econometrics, where he has published in top rank journals. His other interests include soccer namely the English premier league. James has recently become a father to a beautiful girl.

Martin Remy

Lead, Data Team, Automattic

Martin leads the Data Team at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. In addition to wrangling data for internal and external users, Martin and his team also work on user-facing features for WordPress.com.

David Rose

CEO, Ditto Labs

At Ditto, David's dream is to make photos automatically link to products and experiences. Photos taken of products link to Amazon, shoes link to Zappos, people to LinkedIn, bikes to Ebay, movie posters to Fandango, food to Opentable reservations, beaches to Expedia deals. A visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, and author of the upcoming book Enchanted Objects, David is in demand for his inspiring presentations at conferences like TEDx, South by Southwest, The Institute for the Future, and Fortune 500 corporations. His work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, and parodied on the Colbert Report.

Dmitriy Ryaboy

Senior Manager, Twitter

Dmitriy Ryaboy leads Twitter's Data Platform team, which is responsible for providing the computational platform used by product managers, engineers, business analysts, and data scientists to make data-driven decisions and power new data-driven products. He's previously worked at Cloudera, Ask.com, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds a Master's degree in VLIS from CMU and a Bachelor's in EECS from UC Berkeley.

Stu Shulman

CEO, Texifter

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is the founder and CEO of Texifter, LLC and a Research Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Shulman is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Stu is a former Oregon Tilth certified organic farmer and garlic enthusiast who taught courses on American national government, environmental policy, sprawl, information technology, qualitative research methods, digital citizenship, governance, and service-learning. In the fall of 2009, he founded a software start-up, Texifter, LLC, which aims to help individuals, organizations, and crowds when they are archiving, filtering, searching, classifying, and analyzing large numbers of documents. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston University (Political Science and English) and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (Political Science).

Carmen Sutter

Product Manager, Adobe

Carmen is a Product Manager for Adobe Social, focusing on data collection and campaigns.

In her role, Carmen is responsible for the social monitoring functionality as well as the integration of Adobe Analytics and Adobe Social.

Prior to joining Adobe, Carmen led the digital analytics teams at Warner Music Group and Scholastic in New York City. A native of Germany, Carmen moved to Salt Lake City from New York City for her position at Adobe and is trying to take full advantage of the great Utah outdoors.

Jason Thomas

Chief Innovation, Thomson Reuters Special Services

Jason is Chief, Innovation for Thomson Reuters Special Services. He likes to solve problems through gaming, collective intelligence, social data, virtual environments, and mobile applications.

Prior to coming to Thomson Reuters Special Services, Jason was faculty at West Virginia University in the International Studies department. Jason was also the Director of the Open Source Intelligence Exchange and Fusion Center (OSIX) and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Analysis (CINSA). Prior, while employed at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), Jason provided leadership and subject matter expertise in the area of intelligence collection. Previously, Jason served as the Associate Deputy Director, Operations for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). Lastly, Jason was the creator and founding director of the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

He is the recipient of a number of awards including the FBI Director's Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, the Thomson Reuters Standing Ovation Award, the Thomson Reuters Oval Office Award for Innovation, the NW3C Cynthia Kay Hipsman Award, and was a nominee for the US Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service.

Tijs van den Broek

Researcher, University of Twente

Tijs is research scientist at TNO and PhD candidate in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. His research focuses on the use and effectiveness of social media to mobilize consumers for good causes. At TNO, Tijs has conducted research projects on digital social innovation for national and international clients. Tijs obtained master's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Psychology from the University of Twente. Currently, Tijs is project leader of University of Twente's team that received a Twitter data grant to study the process and effectiveness of cancer early diagnosis campaigns on Twitter.

Sharad Verma

Founder & CEO, Piqora

A social media visionary and internet marketing futurist, Sharad is frequently quoted by the media on topics related to the impact of social media on ecommerce, and has been a speaker and panelist at several leading tech conferences including SES and SMX.

Sharad spent the first ten years as a product manager at leading Silicon Valley tech companies, most recently at Yahoo, where he launched SEM and advertising products that generated over $100M in incremental revenue. Having made his mark, he left Yahoo for the startup world in 2010, founding Piqora in early 2012.

Farida Vis

Faculty Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

Farida is a Research Fellow based in the Information School at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her Fellowship is on ‘Big Data and Social Change', focusing on social media, data journalism and citizen engagement. Her social media research centers on developing critical methods and tools for better understanding social media and data, Big Data and algorithms. She has widely published in this area. She sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Media and is a regular public speaker. She grows her own food and is training to be a horse whisperer.

Tom Watson

Head of Sales and Marketing, Hanweck Associates

Tom Watson is a data consultant, focusing on financial market data and helping financial services firms implement the use of social media data. Tom recently left New York Stock Exchange where he ran the derivatives market data business. He also managed NYSE's data partner business, which included partnerships with GNIP and Social Market Analytics. Tom has spent his entire 20+ year career in financial services. Tom has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wabash College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Chris Wiggins

Chief Data Scientist, New York Times

Chris Wiggins is an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times.

At Columbia he is a founding member of the Department of Systems Biology, the executive committee of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering IDSE, and IDSE's education and entrepreneurship committees. He is also an affiliate of Columbia's Department of Statistics and a founding member of Columbia's Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2). His research focuses on applications of machine learning to real-world data, particularly biology.

He is a co-founder and co-organizer of hackNY (http://hackNY.org), a nonprofit which since 2010 has organized 9 student hackathons and a summer startup internship program, now hosting its 5th class of hackNY Fellows.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU and earned his PhD at Princeton University in theoretical physics.

Mehrdad Yazdani

Research Scientist, Qualcomm Institute, UCSD

Mehrdad Yazdani is a data scientist interested in all aspects of machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has a PhD from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego with a specialization in computational neuroscience.

Denis Yu


Denis has been working with social media data analytic technology and social media data in China for years since 2005 in a Social Media research and consulting firm called CIC. CIC helps brands like Loreal, Nestle, BMW better understand their customers through social media data. In CIC, Denis also works with key social media players like Sina, Tencent to build and develop partnership to bring business values to each other.

Rui Zhang

CEO, Social Touch

Social Touch is the leading and the largest social media management SaaS and integrated service company in China. Social Touch helps hundreds of brands from Fortune 500 to small café shops manage their social presence on Chinese local social networks including Weibo, Wechat, Qzone and etc. Rui Zhang is the CEO and founder of Social Touch. He is an expert on China's social media, social marketing, social listening and social CRM. Before Social Touch, Rui Zhang has founded and operated one of the earliest social network platforms in China.