Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social finance and civic innovation. He is the cofounder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and a key adviser to Blockchain leader, the BitFury Group. From 2010 to 2014, Tillemann served under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the secretary of state’s senior advisor for civil society and emerging democracies.
Tillemann led a team of experts that operated like venture capitalists in translating promising ideas and technologies into successful foreign policy. Tillemann joined the State Department in 2009 as Secretary Clinton’s speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches.
From established industry leaders such as Thomson Reuters, to early-stage businesses like Intelligize, Bob’s experience spans senior executive roles building sales and commercial strategy, sales operations, organizational alignment, sales force integration, and go-to-market planning for multiple business units across global markets. His teams have served corporations, law firms, and government agencies with a suite of legal and regulatory web-based information tools, enterprise software, cloud-based solutions, and professional services.
Bob’s innovative mindset and passionate leadership style have enabled success in a wide range rapidly growing technology and information businesses.
Chris Hansen is a Colorado state legislator and energy specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the sector. He began work as an associate director at IHS CERA in 2005 where he was promoted to director of corporate strategy in 2010, and again to the position of director of energy insight in 2013.
Chris holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, and degrees from MIT and Kansas State University.
Heather began her career as an analyst in the Global Investment Research department for Internet and New Media at Goldman, Sachs & Co working with Anthony Noto. She was quickly promoted to Associate and moved to the Enterprise Application and Infrastructure Software group under Rick Sherlund. She went on to liaise with the Venture Capital and private technology company communities in fostering lasting relationships for the Tech Research department.
Heather is currently a consulting director at NFL Enterprises working with the head of corporate development to build the NFL’s presence in the mobile application market as well as advising on the NFL Venture Fund endeavour. She is also a contributing editor at Business Insider. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.
David Blei joined Columbia in Fall 2014 as a Professor of Computer Science and Statistics. His research involves probabilistic topic models, Bayesian nonparametric methods, and approximate posterior inference. He works on a variety of applications, including text, images, music, social networks, user behavior, and scientific data.
Professor Blei earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Brown University (1997) and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2004). Before arriving to Columbia, he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.
Gregory Wawro (Ph.D., Cornell, 1997) specializes in American politics (including Congress, elections, campaign finance, judicial politics, and political economy) and political methodology. He is the author of Legislative Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives and co-author (with Eric Schickler) of Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate, which is an historical analysis of the causes and consequences of filibusters.
He has published articles in The American Journal of Political Science, The Annual Review of Political Science, Critical Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Law Economics and Organization, and Political Analysis.