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IMD Business School , Switzerland
Professor of AI, Analytics and Marketing Strategy
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Director of People & Organization Development
UC Berkeley, USA
Former Director of Learning
For over 25 years, Beth Davies has delivered cutting-edge talent management and learning solutions as an employee of Tesla, Microsoft, Apple, and Gap, and as a consultant for clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has acquired expertise in culture-focused onboarding, leadership development, sales and product training, manufacturing training, compliance programs, media-enabled learning, and new learning technologies.
Currently, Beth serves as an advisor to EdTech startups, hosts the Career Curves podcast, and teaches in the Talent Development & Human Resources master’s program at IE University. Recognized as an industry expert, she’s also been a featured speaker at conferences in the US, Singapore, Austria, Mexico, Colombia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Beth earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and a law degree from Stanford University. In 2016, IU named her a Luminary as a distinguished Alumna, an honor bestowed on just 12 people before her.
Deborah L. Ancona
MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Seley Distinguished Professor of Management
Deborah Ancona is the Seley distinguished professor of management, a professor of organization studies, and the founder of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Her pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. This research directly led to the concept of xTEAMS as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Deborah’s work also focuses on the concept of nimble and on the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level.
She is the author of the book, X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed and the related articles, “In Praise of the Incomplete Leader” and “Nimble Leadership: Walking the Line Between Creativity and Chaos.” In addition to X-Teams, her studies of team performance have also been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the MIT Sloan Management Review. Her previous book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes, centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s diverse and changing organization. Ancona has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, BI,Takeda, Li & Fung, OCP, Accenture, YPO, and the International Development Bank.
Ancona holds a BA and an MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in management from Columbia University.
Director of Learning
Ethan Sanders is the Director of Learning for AARP. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, helping people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities. Mr. Sanders’s team focuses on all aspects of leadership development and technical skills for AARP’s workforce.
He has provided consulting services to clients in the public, nonprofit, military, and private sectors for over 25 years. His leadership experience includes operating his own instructional design firm, directing a division within a military command dedicated to human performance improvement, and managing instructional design and competency research for the largest nonprofit organization for workplace learning and performance professionals. Mr. Sanders is a nationally recognized speaker who has published numerous books and articles on topics related to workplace learning and performance; he is also a certified performance technologist through the International Society for Performance Improvement. In addition, Mr. Sanders is the recipient of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, as well as the US Navy’s Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Sanders has been a faculty member of ATD (formerly ASTD) for over 20 years, an associate professor at the University of Maryland for ten years, and regularly presents at workplace learning and performance conferences around the world.
Global Head of Leadership Transformation
Bank of Montreal, Canada
Chief Learning Officer
Gina Jeneroux is a business-focused professional who is on a mission to change how people learn, and how they prepare for the future – starting now. Through a career spanning more than 30 years, Gina has developed deep experience in front-line banking, human-centred design, learning and development, and strategies and solutions that make an impact.
As Chief Learning Officer at BMO Financial Group, Gina leads the company’s focus on advancing performance through learning. She is accountable for enterprise learning strategy, design, operations and governance. She leads a diverse team of professionals who support all of the ways in which employees learn: for their job, career, personal interests, and to prepare for the future. Gina also manages BMO’s corporate university – BMO IFL, the Institute for Learning – in Toronto, and learning sites in Chicago and Montreal.
Gina holds an MBA, Financial Services from Dalhousie University, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. She is also a Board Member for the Students Commission of Canada, and she sits on advisory boards for various learning and technology companies and professional networks.
Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), USA
Head Novartis Learning Institute
Sriram Rajan is a passionate Talent & OD Leader. With 20 years of experience across industries and geographies, he has lead teams in organizations like Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank & HP. In his current role with Novartis, he heads the Novartis Learning Institute for India. From managing scales for organizations with an employee base of 35,000 people, to impacting critical business metrics around people engagement, Sriram has a wealth of experience across all critical functions of the HR/ Human Capital Engine.
A Performance & Leadership Coach, Sriram was felicitated as the MEA HR Professional of the Year in Nov 2017.His work around C-Suite leadership and culture development won the Top award across the MEA region in 2017. A Key Note speaker at regional and global forums, some of his other recognitions include work he’s done around digitizing & establishing innovative people development practices.
Head of Digital Commerce
Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He currently operates as the Head of Digital Commerce for HTC/VIVE to educate the world about VR Headsets and Experiences.
Yu-kai is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is the Founding Partner and Chief Creation Officer of The Octalysis Group, and the Chief Mentor of Octalysis Prime, a Gamified Mentorship Platform. Yu-kai has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification and motivation worldwide, including at organizations like Stanford University, Google, Tesla, IDEO LEGO, BCG, Turkish Airline, the governments of UK, Singapore, South Korea, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more. His design work has empowered over 1 Billion users’ experiences across the world.
Yu-kai was one of the earliest pioneers in Gamification, starting his work in the industry in 2003. In 2015, Yu-kai was rated #1 among the “Gamification Gurus Power 100” by RISE, and was also awarded the “Gamification Guru of the Year” Award in 2014, 2015 and 2017 by the World Gamification Congress and the Gamification Europe Conference. He has helped a variety of companies, from seed stage startups to Fortune 500 companies such as LEGO, Uber, Volkswagen/Porsche, Sberbank, eBay, Fidelity Investments, AIG Japan, Verizon, and more. His work has also been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider,The World Journal, PBS, NBC, and many more.
Previously, Yu-kai was the Chief Experience Officer of the Blockchain company Decentral, working with the Co-Founder of Ethereum Anthony Di Iorio to create delightful Blockchain experiences. Yu-kai sits as a Board Advisor for many organizations and companies through out North America, Europe, and Asia, including HatchPad.co (crowdfunding site for young entrepreneurs), Capfields (IT Sourcing company based in Luxembourg), DreamsCloud (biggest company that gathers dreams), Ongo (gamified health platform), BALANCE Edutainment (creators of Pacha’s Pajamas), Loki Studios (creators of Geomon and sold to a Yahoo), Clade (crowd funding platform for the super class), and many more.