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Reflections on Davos: A Panel

On April 11, San Francisco Global Shapers hosted a panel discussion at the Google SF office to discuss reflections on the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Davos is a forum at the intersection of politics, business, and science -- the physical representation of the World Economic Forum's "[committment] to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas." Panelists included:

Mariel Reed

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Mariel Reed is an Innovation Strategist at the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, where she focuses on making government more collaborative, responsive, and inventive for San Franciscans. Previously, Mariel was an early team member at Coursera, the world’s largest massive open online course platform, where she led Coursera’s development in Asia. A committed community-builder, Mariel manages the local chapter of SF EdTechWomen, a national network for advancing women’s leadership in the education technology industry. She's an active member and curator emeritus of the San Francisco Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.

Julia Bossmann

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Julia Bossmann is the VP of special projects at Foresight Institute, a leading think tank and non-profit focused on world-changing future technologies. She serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Previously she founded Synthetic, co-founded Anticip8 Analytics, and conducted research of coming technologies at Bosch Research & Technology. She is a McKinsey fellow, Singularity University GSP graduate, and World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Her academic background is in Neuroscience and Psychology where she holds a MSc with highest honors. She speaks on brain interfaces, artificial intelligence, technological progress, innovation, the future, and how technology transforms society.

Michael Mayernic

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Michael is the founder of Spinnakr, which helps companies and developers use artificial intelligence to find import patterns and trends in data streams. Michael has worked in data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for a decade, previously developing analytics technology for congressional campaigns nationwide. Additionally, Michael co-founded the DC Tech Meetup, recognized as the largest tech meetup in the world and founded, a platform that uses machine learning to help those seeking to break into the tech industry identify which skills to learn.

Brian Behlendorf

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Brian Behlendorf is Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation. He is also Senior Technology Advisor at Mithril Capital Management in San Francisco. His career has been a mix of technology start-up, public policy, and non-profit tech leadership. Brian serves on the Boards of the Mozilla Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Benetech, three organizations using technology to fight for civil liberties, open technologies, and social impact in the digital domain. Prior to Hyperledger and Mithril, Brian was Chief Technology Officer at the World Economic Forum. He also served for two years at the White House as advisor to the Open Government project within the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and then later as advisor to Health and Human Services on open software approaches to health information sharing. Before that he has founded two tech companies (CollabNet and Organic) and several Open Source software projects (Apache, Subversion, and more).