Their deep industry experience, long-held business relationships, and technology insights help us build the teams and partnerships that enable us to translate ambitious ideas into new enterprise technology platforms. They recruit and manage our team with experience in technologies addressing some of today’s most important business issues: cybersecurity, SDN, Cloud-based IT, machine learning, drones, blockchain, and the Industrial Internet of Things.
Nina serves as President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies. Focused on fostering strategic innovation, NTT i3 works with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches to evolving into technology-first, digitally-driven businesses. Accelerating the movement of innovation from initial idea to marketplace implementation, NTT i3 combines access to the significant global infrastructure resources, investment fund, research knowledge, and trusted long-standing customer relationships of NTT Global with its own software startup expertise and deep enterprise relationships.
Previously, Nina was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN). At SAP, she led both the PCN Center of Excellence and SAP’s Global Executive Advisory Board. During her eight year tenure, she was a part of SAP’s Global Ecosystem & Partner Group which was charged with continuing to build and enable an open ecosystem of software, service and technology partners together with SAP’s communities of innovation. Additionally, she served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide Customer Education organization, responsible for driving more than half a billion euros in global education software and services revenue.
Currently, Nina serves on the advisory boards of two early-to-mid stage technology companies: Reflektion and AppOrchid.
Tatsuya serves as the chief administrative officer (CAO), chief financial officer (CFO) and a member of NTT i3’s executive team.
In his role as CAO, Tatsuya is responsible for leading and coordinating the work of NTT i3’s leadership team and administrative departments to drive the execution of the company’s operational objectives. As CFO, he oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis of NTT i3 operations.
Previously, Tatsuya was a Senior Manager of General Affairs Department and Human Resources Department at NTT, where he successfully managed and launched training and talent development programs for executives and leaders from the NTT subsidiaries.
Tatsuya has worked for nearly 20 years as the network planner and engineer at NTT Group. In particular, he was a professional engineer of the optical core network such as SDH network. Prior to NTT Human Resource Department, Tatsuya was a senior network engineer in NGN (Next Generation Network) operation center of NTT East in Tokyo, where he was responsible for the innovation of the IP network operation.
Tatsuya has a Master of Business Administration in Management from Purdue University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Engineering in Applied Physics from the Keio University, Tokyo in 1995. Tatsuya was registered as a Professional Engineer in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Japan in 2014.
Ravi currently serves as the Chief Business Development Officer at NTT Innovation Institute. He is additionally responsible for product management and strategy.
Previous to joining NTT i3, Ravi worked in various capacities in engineering and product management with IBM, Microsoft and Fox Interactive Media. Most recently, he was the founding CEO of ElasticBox, where he was responsible for the rapid growth of the company and provided leadership to a global workforce in the US, Spain, and England.
Takeshi has been engaged in R&D strategy and entrepreneurship innovation for NTT since joining NTT in 1994. In late 1990’s and early 2000’s, as a corporate serial entrepreneur and software engineer, he designed, developed, launched, and operated several internet related application services, such as the Internet TV Guide of Japan, an internet audience measurement service, and big data analysis tools.
Since 2004, as a R&D strategy manager in NTT, he managed the strategy and value proposition for information and networking technologies of NTT R&D, such as wireless broadband technology, cloud computing, internet, and other software oriented technologies.
Between 2012 and 2016, he had been responsible for technology development and operation at Internet Multifeed Co., which has one of major Asian internet exchange service, JPNAP.
He received M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2004 and MEng from the University of Tokyo in 1994.
Michael serves as the Head of Corporate Development for NTT i3 and a member of the company’s executive team. In his role, he is responsible for the execution of the company’s strategy through partnerships, alliances, joint ventures, and acquisitions in addition to managing NTT i3 ’s intellectual property.
Prior to joining NTT i3, Michael was the Managing Director of Halza, a healthcare startup focusing on patient empowerment through a socially engaged mobile platform. Previously, Michael held various engagements at SAP including V.P. of Business Development where he led the Global Ecosystem & Partner Group teams in North America and in Asia Pacific and Japan. In that role, he was responsible for the go-to-market execution and management of third party independent software vendors and systems integrator partnerships. Prior to SAP, Michael was a corporate attorney and practiced both in-house and for a large law firm in Silicon Valley focusing on secured transactions, joint ventures, M&A, venture capital financings, private and public securities offerings and intellectual property licensing.
Michael holds a BA from Tufts University, a JD degree from Cornell Law School and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures, a seed stage firm investing exclusively in Enterprise cloud and mobile computing companies seeking their first institutional financing. With three funds under management, current Illuminate investments include market leaders like Allocadia, BrightEdge, CafeX Communications, Coupang, Hoopla, Influitive and LitBit with recent successful portfolio exits at Xactly Corporation (IPO NYSE: XTLY), Opsmatic (acquired by New Relic – NEWR) Sim Ops Studios (acquired by Autodesk – ADSK) and Sense Platform (acquired by Cloudera).
As an operating executive in the tech sector, Ms. Padnos was founder/CEO of venture-backed Vivant (now part of ORCL), CEO of Acumen and VP marketing at Scopus (IPO). She has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Tech (Fast Company), Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (New York Times) and dubbed ”Queen B2B” (VentureBeat). Cindy is an advisory board member for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and for several entrepreneurship-focused nonprofits. She also the author of the widely cited whitepaper High Performance Entrepreneurs: Women in High Tech.
Gokul Rajaram is Product Engineering lead at Square. Prior to Square, Gokul was Product Director for Ads at Facebook. In that role, he drove the product roadmap and execution for Facebook’s advertising products, which account for the bulk of Facebook’s revenues. Earlier, Gokul was Product Management Director for Google AdSense. He helped conceive and crystallize the product in early 2003, and played a key role in its launch and growth from 2003 onwards into a multibillion dollar product line.
Dr. Stuart Evans is Director of the Emirates/CMU i-Lab, Silicon Valley. He is a Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Integrated Innovation Institute. He teaches “Innovation & Entrepreneurship”, “Commercializing IP”, and “Enterprise Innovation”. He is a board member, educator and author. His professional career spans research (SRI International, Stanford Graduate School of Business,), teaching (The Judge Business School, Cambridge University), consulting (Bain & Company, Menlo Park, California), investing (Sand Hill Venture Group, Menlo Park, California) and executive management (Shugart Corporation, a Xerox subsidiary, Sunnyvale, California). He has published widely on high tech ventures in scholarly journals. His latest book Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises (Springer, 2005, second edition, 2009) is co-authored with Prof. Homa Bahrami from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. His research focuses on dynamic adaptation in high tech ecosystems.
Wilf Russell is a technical visionary and change agent that brings years of experience and business acumen providing a competitive edge to companies from enterprise to SMBs. Ability to scale, organize, and envision technical strategies that amplify unique growth initiatives including disruptive digital experiences and platforms aligned to changing and accelerating market realities and consumer expectations. As Consumer Technology Officer at Nike, Wilf helped the world’s leading innovator in athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories shape the digital future. Digital technology is changing the landscape – how brands are built, how excitement is created and information shared about products, how communication and interaction happens with consumers, how consumers shop, and what products and services they enjoy. Wilf managed the strategy and execution related to all consumer-focused technology, working with the Digital Commerce, Brand and Nike+ teams.
Wilf is a high-performing senior executive leader with over 25 years of experience in the software industry – building and managing scalable technical organizations in a diverse range of industries. Leading multidisciplinary teams including product management and engineering through technical operations, Wilf has been responsible for delivery of a wide range of products from mobile apps through classic desktop/server-based applications and highly scalable, cloud-based services. During his career he has been involved in a diverse selection of organizations with differing LOB and P&L objectives — team and company startups, the Office of the CTO at Microsoft and IGT, Myspace, Microsoft Research, and RealNetworks – managing large scale operating and capital budgets. Coupled with a strong and clear technical vision and capable of leading organizations of 1500+ employees worldwide, Wilf continues to invest in knowledge with a thirst for technology and partners with executive leadership to drive a cohesive engineering roadmap and clear objectives aligned against business and corporate strategies.
Aric splits his time between his role as the in-house futurologist at Volvo cars, sitting on the advisory board of NTT Innovation Institute and running his company, TEMPUS.MOTO where he travels and changes the way we experience the world, the way we think about thinking and transforms the way we understand change. Aric gives speeches that frame questions and help people identify and abandon old paradigms and rethink thinking.
Aric tends to focus on 10-15-year future scenarios yet, an essential part of capturing the future can explain it, makes it tangible and most important, makes it relevant. He tells stories about the future that could happen and help develop concepts around what should happen.