2017 Panelists

PANEL DISCUSSION: Making Silicon Valley America's Smartest Region: Strategies and Tactics

Jan Whittington

Associate Professor - Urban Infrastructure Lab & Tech Policy Lab, University of Washington

Jan Whittington headshot Dr. Jan Whittington is Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Design and Planning, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research applies transaction cost economic theory to networked infrastructures, such as transportation, water, and communications systems, to internalize factors historically treated as external to transactions. Her publications include methodologies for greenhouse gas mitigation and resilience through capital investment planning, examination of the efficiency of public-private contractual arrangements for infrastructure, and the evaluation of online transactions for efficiency, security, and privacy. At the University of Washington, she is the Director of the Urban Infrastructure Lab, Associate Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and Affiliate Faculty at the Tech Policy Lab. She teaches infrastructure planning and finance, public finance, infrastructure mega-projects, science for environmental policy, planning for water, and land use planning. Her PhD (2008) is in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was advised by economic Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson. Prior to her academic career, she spent 10 years with infrastructure giant Bechtel Corporation, as a strategic planner and environmental scientist. She holds bachelor degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1987). Her master’s degree is in City and Regional Planning, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1993).

Dan'l Lewin

Corporate Vice President, Technology and Civic Engagement, Microsoft

Dan'l Lewin headshot Dan'l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in technology and civic engagement, including campaign technologies, environmental sustainability, policy-oriented academic outreach and university relations. Previously, he led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin reports to Microsoft President Brad Smith and also has executive and site responsibility for the company's operations in Silicon Valley.

Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive, including leading the initial launch of the Macintosh in to higher education for Apple Computer, Inc, as a founder of NeXT, Inc., and leading sales and marketing for GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems Inc.

Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, World Business Chicago, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, UI Labs, Advanced Energy Economy, Technology Alliance, and the Tech Museum of Innovation. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.

Shireen Santosham

Chief Innovation Officer, Mayor's Office, City of San José

Shireen Santosham headshot Shireen Santosham is the Chief Innovation Officer for San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, leading efforts to make San Jose the most innovative city in America by 2020. She has a passion for using technology to broaden opportunity and improve the lives of everyone in the city—especially for San Jose’s youth.

Previously, she served GSMA as a Director in the Mobile for Development group that aimed to close the digital divide for base of the pyramid populations in the developing world through mobile technology and the internet. She has extensive experience working on innovative initiatives across sectors, including working at McKinsey & Company, with international NGOs, and as an impact investor at Vulcan Capital.

Shireen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.P.A from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Governance Futures Fellow at the Robert Bosch Foundation.

David Witkowski (Moderator)

Executive Director, Wireless Communications Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

David Witkowski headshot David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunications industry expert who became Executive Director of Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI) in 2015. Since that time, he’s led the effort to expand Joint Venture’s leadership into civic technologies and smart cities.

David earned his BSEE from University of California – Davis. He’s the author of "Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications", co-author of "Carrier & Public Wi-Fi", a co-author of "Evaluation of RF Network Testing", and has written feature articles for several industry publications.

David serves as an adviser to the Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean's Council, as a member of UC Davis Industrial Affiliates Council, as an adviser to the CTIA Innovation Council, and serves on the leadership team for the NIST Global City Teams Challenge Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster. He is a senior member of both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Silicon Valley and the Future of the Automobile

Sven Beiker

Professor, Stanford University

Sven Beiker headshot Dr. Sven Beiker is a Consultant with McKinsey & Company at the firm’s Silicon Valley office and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He specializes in automotive innovation, particularly in automation, connectivity, electrification, and mobility services.

Until 2014, he was the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University, an interdisciplinary partnership between academia and industry to address the challenges of personal mobility. Previously, he worked at BMW with responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design and product development. He holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering/Systems Design.

Patrick Brady

Director of Android Engineering, Google

Patrick Brady headshot Patrick Brady joined Google in 2005 and helped to build Android from its early days to the thriving ecosystem of 100+ device partners and 1B+ users it is today. He has managed engineering efforts for the Android Open Source Project, Partnership Engineering, Google Play and Nexus, and now leads the product and engineering teams for Android Auto.

Patrick has years of experience in software engineering, systems design and product strategy. Prior to Google, he worked as a consultant in product development, project management, IT strategy, software architecture and development for companies large and small, spanning finance, e-commerce, real estate, supply chain, inventory and point-of-sale systems. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Boston College.

Sahas Katta

CEO, Smartcar

Sahas Katta headshot Sahas Katta is a computer engineer and the CEO of Smartcar. The Mountain View startup is building a connected car developer platform which bridges fragmentation across OEMs. Sahas studied at UC Davis before dropping out to start his first company.

He previously was among the first to reverse engineer the Tesla Model S in 2013, which let him remotely take control of a vehicle. This discovery led him to start Smartcar.com with his brother, Sanketh Katta, who serves as the company's CTO.

Brook Porter

Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers LLC

Brook Porter headshot Brook Porter joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010 and is a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund (GGF), supporting young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways. He seeks multi-stage investments at the nexus of sustainability and technology innovation, with a focus on Transportation, Agriculture, and Distributed Generation. Porter works closely with entrepreneurs and serves as a board director, observer and/or advisor for Amprius, Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS, 2010), Bloom Energy, Kaiima, Farmer’s Edge, BlueOak, Elcomax, Luxvue (acquired 2014), Orcan, Renmatix, Siluria, and Turo.

A serial entrepreneur, Porter brought more than a decade of renewable energy expertise to KPCB. He co-founded two sustainable transport companies: Intelligent Energy, a fuel cell technology company, and Primafuel, a low-carbon fuels company. His roles in both companies ranged from R&D to leading engineering and operations to driving multiple financings for the company. Porter was a co-developer of the electric ENV Motorcycle, recognized by Time and Popular Science magazines as one of the best inventions of 2005.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in environmental technology. He is named on multiple U.S. and international patents in the field of renewable energy, including energy conversion and catalysis.

Pasquale Romano

President and Chief Executive Officer, ChargePoint, Inc.

Pasquale Romano headshot Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, Proterra and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475 million in 2010. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.

Michael Uhl (Moderator)

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Michael Uhl headshot Michael Uhl is a partner with McKinsey & Company, based in Silicon Valley and a leader in its Technology Industry and Operations practice areas. He also is cofounder and lead of the McKinsey Innovation Bootcamp service line focused on connecting CEOs from around the world with the key leaders driving disruptive change in Silicon Valley. Michael has more than 20 years of experience driving significant growth and EBITDA improvements across the consumer electronics, electronic and medical equipment, and advanced industrial industries.

He has worked with companies ranging from Fortune 50, private equity turnarounds, to venture-backed startups, and has served in several roles, including BOD/C-suite strategic advisor, interim chief operating officer (COO), senior vice president of operations, and the leader of large global consulting teams.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also received his Master’s in Manufacturing Management from Stanford University. He is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by APICS. He is an author and frequent speaker about operational innovations and EBITDA improvements in the electronics industry. Michael is a member of the boards of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Halo Technologies.