About the Speakers

Crissy Behrens, Principal, Insight Partners

Crissy Behrens joined Insight Partners in 2021 to focus on high-growth software businesses across SaaS, DevOps, and infrastructure. Previously, she worked as a seed investor at Primary Venture Partners and growth investor at B Capital Group. Across her investing career, she has been fortunate enough to invest at every stage of a company’s growth, from pre-seed to pre-IPO, and it is clear that the team is always what matters most.

Chris Callison-Burch, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Chris Callison-Burch is an associate professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His course on Artificial Intelligence has one of the highest enrollments at the university with over 500 students taking the class each Fall. He is best known for his research into natural language processing. His current research is focused on applications of large language models to long-standing challenges in artificial intelligence. His PhD students joke that now whenever they ask him anything his first response is “Have you tried GPT for that?”

Prof Callison-Burch has more than 100 publications, which have been cited over 25,000 times. He is a Sloan Research Fellow, and he has received faculty research awards from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Roblox, in addition to funding from DARPA, IARPA, and the NSF. On May 17, 2023, Prof Callison-Burch testified before congress about the relationship of generative AI and Copyright Law.

Tejasvi Devaru, Vice President, Business Apps & Data, Automation Anywhere

Tejasvi (Teja) Devaru is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience, including 15 years in management consulting. Currently, he holds the position of Vice President at Automation Anywhere, where he oversees the enterprise applications and data engineering team to deliver business value across all sectors. Teja leverages cutting-edge technologies, including Generative AI, to achieve this goal. Additionally, he serves as a Student Coach for the Digital Transformation Course at Berkeley Executive Education. Previously, Teja held positions as a partner at IBM Enterprise Strategy and as a Director at PwC Consulting. In these roles, he advised Fortune 100 companies on defining Digital Transformation initiatives that harnessed emerging technologies like AI and Blockchain to enhance both revenue and operational efficiency.

Anthony Jarc, Senior Director, Data and Analytics, Intuitive

Anthony Jarc, PhD, is Senior Director of Digital Solutions & Machine Learning at Intuitive – a healthcare technology company known for the da Vinci surgical robot. Anthony leads a diverse team building digital solutions that leverage surgical computing and AI to improve surgeon performance and patient outcomes. He has made significant contributions to the emerging field of surgical data science, particularly with key publications linking patient outcomes and objective performance indicators. Anthony has held data science and R&D roles at Intuitive since joining in 2011. Anthony received his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2011.

Kisa Mateene, Director, Startups & AI, Google

Based in New York, Kisa Mateene currently serves as a Director within the Startups and AI Business at Google Cloud, where he is at the forefront of expanding Google Cloud’s global presence among GenAI startups. Prior to this, he held the position of Director on the Global Strategic Initiatives team for Google Cloud in the Americas, orchestrating One Google partnerships, strategic investments, and key growth ventures with major corporate entities across North America and Europe.Boasting a career that spans almost 25 years, Kisa has garnered extensive expertise in consulting, corporate and investment banking, telecommunications, and technology. His professional journey has seen him in vital leadership roles at prominent institutions like Accenture, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Vodacom, and Standard Bank, across North America, Europe, and Africa.Kisa is an alumnus of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Master of Business Administration. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from DePauw University.

Tito Obaisi, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs

Tito Obaisi is Senior Manager for Pipeline & Insights with the LIFT Labs at Comcast NBC Universal. In his role, he focuses on helping Comcast develop a point-of-view on emerging technologies and investing trends, while also cultivating a flow of startups into the Comcast innovation ecosystem. He has extensive experience in growth, product, operations and expansion strategy at early-stage startups across a range of industries including digital health, Web3, supply chain logistics, and food sustainability. Tito graduated with a B.A. in Government, Economics and Philosophy and a M.A. in International Business & Policy from Georgetown University.

Drake Pruitt, Private Equity Digital Transformation, AWS

Drake Pruitt is a technology innovation executive with more than three decades of experience in Board, Chief Executive, and senior leadership roles for private equity-backed, and public companies. Mr. Pruitt specializes in the digital transformation of businesses seeking growth and expanded margins through operational value creation.

Mr. Pruitt works at Amazon Web Services as a Senior Innovation Advisor working with the top 500 private equity owners and their portfolios. Investors and portfolio companies regularly partner with Amazon to improve the culture, organization, methods, and technology they rely on to innovate and deliver customer value. Guided by Amazon leadership principles of customer obsession, invent and simplify, and learn and be curious, he helps customers define product visions that align teams and become the cynosure of their market. With extensive experience in machine learning and AI both prior to, and during his tenure with Amazon, most of his current work involves engagements with investors and executives on their inaugural adoption and product builds with Generative AI.

Mr. Pruitt graduated with a BA in Economics cum laude from UPenn and has completed postgraduate study at the University of Oxford and MIT. He resides in Los Angeles and enjoys fitness, learning, and time with family. Find his LinkedIn here.

Harbir Singh, Co-director, Mack Institute; Mack Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Faculty Director, Huntsman Program

Harbir Singh is committed to global business research and education, and he has served as vice dean for Global Initiatives at the Wharton School. He focuses on the development of world-class capabilities and of sustainable competitive advantage. His main interests in research and teaching lie in three areas: strategic leadership, growth and innovation via alliances and acquisitions, and the evolution of competitive strategy.

Harbir has won multiple awards for outstanding research in strategic management at the Academy of Management in addition to awards for teaching. He received the Academy of International Business Decade Award for his co-authored work on determinants of modes of entry by multinational firms into new country markets. He was chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and is the former dean of the fellows of the Strategic Management Society. He is the author of several books on strategy and leadership in a global setting.

Scott Snyder, Chief Digital Officer at EVERSANA; Senior Fellow, Mack Institute for Innovation Management

Dr. Snyder is a recognized thought leader in technology and innovation. He has more than 30 years of experience in emerging technologies, business strategy and innovation, and digital transformation for Global 1000 companies and startup ventures. He is the co-author of Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors and the author of The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution and numerous other articles on emerging technologies and innovation.

Dr. Snyder is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and has lectured at MIT, Babson, Duke, Georgia Tech and INSEAD on Digital Innovation, Decision-making, Business and IT Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Product Design and Development, and Big Data/Analytics. Dr. Snyder has been a Digital Economy Project Fellow for the World Economic Forum and sits on the Penn Health Tech Advisory Board. He also holds three patents for personalization engines and has been quoted as a thought leader in numerous publications including CIO Magazine, WIRED, Forbes, Knowledge@Wharton, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and the Financial Times.

Mark Spykerman, Chief Information Officer at AmerisourceBergen

Mark Spykerman is Chief Information Officer of Cencora, a Fortune 10 global healthcare company with a foundation in pharmaceutical distribution and solutions for manufacturers, pharmacies, and providers. As CIO, he is focused on leveraging technology to create value for customers and foster a positive impact on the health of people and communities around the world.

He has been with Cencora since 2012 and has served in a number of leadership roles. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President, Transformation, where he strengthened the company culture while helping make step change improvements in effectiveness and efficiency. Prior to that, Mark held several leadership roles in Cencora’s commercialization business, including running a precision medicine diagnostics business, and he led strategy for the company’s health systems and independent pharmacy markets.

Before joining Cencora, Mark was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Dean’s Fellow.

Prasanna Tambe, Co-director, Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Faculty Co-Director, AI at Wharton

Prasanna (Sonny) Tambe is an Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the economics of technology and labor. Recent research projects focus on 1) understanding how firms compete for software developers, 2) how software engineers choose technologies in which to specialize, and 3) how AI is transforming HR management.

Much of this research has uses Internet-scale data sources to measure labor market activity at novel levels of granularity. His published papers have analyzed data from online job sites and other labor market intermediaries that generate databases of fine-grained information on workers’ skills and career paths or on employers’ job requirements. He is a co-author of “The Talent Equation: Big Data Lessons for Navigating the Skills Gap and Building a Competitive Workforce,” published by McGraw Hill in 2013.

Christian Terwiesch, Andrew M. Heller Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation

Christian Terwiesch is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in and the chair of Wharton’s Operations, Information, and Decisions department, co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and also holds a faculty appointment In Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. His research on Operations Management and on Innovation Management appears in many of the leading academic journals ranging from Management Science to The New England Journal of Medicine. He is an award winning teacher with extensive experience in MBA teaching and executive education.

His first management book, Innovation Tournaments, was published by Harvard Business School Press. The novel, process-based approach to innovation outlined in the book was featured by BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, and the Sloan Management Review and has lead to innovation tournaments in organizations around the world. His latest book, Connected Strategies, combines his expertise in the fields of operations, innovation, and strategy to help companies take advantage of digital technology leading to new business models. The book has been featured as the cover story of the Harvard Business Review and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Thinkers 50 award, the “Oscar of Management.”

Valery Yakubovich, Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Senior Fellow, Wharton Center for Human Resources

Dr. Valery Yakubovich oversees all the Mack Institute’s programs and day-to-day operations. He focuses on bolstering synergy between the research, teaching, and practice of innovation management within the School; fostering dialogue between corporations and academics; and connecting with our corporate and regional partners’ innovation ecosystems.

Previously, he served as the founding executive director of Penn’s Computational Social Science Lab, where he oversaw the development of an innovative IT, data, and institutional infrastructure for large-scale open collaborative social sciences. He has diverse academic experience ranging from leading a national summer work program for university students in the former Soviet Union to conducting research, teaching, consulting, and fundraising at major academic and corporate institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Professor Yakubovich was on the management faculty of the Wharton School for several years, as well as the ESSEC Business School, where he was a full Professor of Management.

Professor Yakubovich holds an MS in mathematics from Moscow State University, an MA in sociology from the University of Warwick, and a PhD in sociology from Stanford University. His research on organizational innovations and social networks has appeared in top academic and practitioner journals, including American Sociological ReviewHuman RelationsOrganization ScienceHarvard Business Review, and California Management Review, and been featured in mass media, including the Financial Times and the New York Times.