She served as the Director of Stanford’s AI Lab from 2013 to 2018.
During her sabbatical from Stanford from January 2017 to September 2018, Fei-Fei was vice president at Google and served as chief scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud.
Fei-Fei’s current research interests include cognitively inspired AI, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and AI+healthcare—particularly ambient intelligent systems for healthcare delivery. Her past research focused on cognitive and computational neuroscience.
She is the inventor of ImageNet and the ImageNet Challenge, a critical large-scale dataset and benchmarking effort that has contributed to the latest developments in deep learning and AI. She is a national leading voice for advocating diversity in STEM and AI, and is co-founder and chairperson of the national non-profit AI4ALL, which aims to increase inclusion and diversity in AI education.
Fei-Fei has published more than 200 scientific articles in top-tier journals and conferences, including Nature, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, CVPR, ICCV, NIPS, ECCV, ICRA, IROS, RSS, IJCV, IEEE-PAMI, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature Digital Medicine.
Fei-Fei received her B.A. degree in physics from Princeton in 1999 with high honors, and her PhD degree in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2005. She joined Stanford in 2009 as an assistant professor. Prior to that, she was on faculty at Princeton University (2007-2009) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2005-2006).
HAI co-director Fei-Fei Li talks with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo at the AI & The Future of Work Conference, October 2020.
Ann Mather has almost 18 years experience serving on the boards of some of the most transformative technology companies in the world. Most notably, she has been on the boards of Alphabet (Google) since 2005, Netflix since 2010 and Airbnb since 2018. She has significant additional board experience helping to shepherd earlier stage companies to successful outcomes, including the sale of Shopping.com to Ebay in 2005, the sale of Zappos to Amazon in 2009, the sale of Ariat to the Fisher family in 2012, the sale of Shutterfly to Apollo in 2019, the sale of Glu to EA in 2021, and several years chairing the board of MGM prior to the announced acquisition by Amazon in 2021. IPOs launched during her board tenure include Shopping.com, Glu, Arista Networks, Airbnb, Bumble and Blend, and Planet announced a $2.8B SPAC deal in July 2021. Ann has also been an independent trustee to the Dodge & Cox Mutual Funds since 2011.
Prior to her board work, Ann was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pixar, before that she held various executive positions at The Walt Disney Company. Ann was made an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge in 2016, and has been a member of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the USA, Dame Karen Pierce’s Strategic Advisory Group since 2021.
Mira Murati is the chief technology officer at OpenAI, and one of the most influential innovators in technology and AI. Murati has overseen efforts to commercialize OpenAI’s products and improve them through human feedback. She serves on the leadership teams that have developed OpenAI’s revolutionary ChatGPT and Dall-E systems.
Prior to stepping into her role as CTO, Mira led Hardware Strategy and managed the Reinforcement Learning research team at OpenAI. Previously, she led the product and engineering teams at Leap Motion. She also led the design, development, and launch of vehicle products at Tesla Motors, including the Model X, as well as innovative programs in aerospace. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.
From February 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as director, then senior director, of Soviet and East European Affairs, as well as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
From January 2005 to January 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first black woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to January 2005, the first woman to hold the position.
As Professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the university’s highest teaching honors. Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during which time she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer.
She has authored numerous books, most recently To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth (2019), co-authored with Philip Zelikow.
In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California.
Rice currently serves on the boards of Dropbox, C3.ai, and Makena Capital Management. In addition, she is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s in the same subject from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D., likewise in political science, from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates.
Nela Richardson joined ADP as chief economist in 2020, where she leads economic research and is head of the ADP Research Institute.
Nela regularly provides insight into the economy, real estate trends, and capital markets to policymakers and is a regular contributor to “Marketplace” on public radio. She has made appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNN, and is frequently quoted by Yahoo Finance, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The New York Times, and other national and local publications.
Nela serves on the foundation boards for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association for Business Economics. She is a member of the Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee and the Conference of Business Economists.
Prior to joining ADP, she was a principal and investment strategist at Edward Jones Investments. In that role, Nela analyzed and interpreted economic trends and financial market conditions and recommended investment strategies.
She is the former chief economist at Redfin Corp., a real estate brokerage and technology company, where she led a team of data scientists, economists, and writers to track trends in the housing market.
Nela also served as a senior economist for Bloomberg L.P., covering housing and financial markets, and has held research positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and Freddie Mac. She was an adjunct finance professor at the Carey School of Business at John Hopkins University.
Nela earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland-College Park with concentrations in financial economics, international finance, and economic development. She obtained a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she was a triple major in mathematics, economics, and philosophy.
Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As Google’s Chief Executive Officer, he pioneered Google’s transformation from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2001 to 2011, Executive Chairman from 2011 to 2018, and most recently as Technical Advisor. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Eric currently serves as Chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Chairman of The Broad Institute Board of Directors and as a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, among others. He is a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation and the Schmidt Ocean Institute focus on climate change, including the support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education and cutting-edge research and technology in natural sciences and engineering.
Additionally, Eric is the co-founder of Schmidt Futures, which bets early on exceptional people making the world better, applying science and technology thoughtfully and bringing people together across fields. In 2019, Eric and his wife Wendy announced a new $1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the globe. As part of this effort, Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, launched its flagship initiative Rise, which aims to increase opportunity for extraordinary young people worldwide and empower them to serve their communities
In 2020, Eric and Schmidt Futures were selected by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to lead the state’s 16-member, blue-ribbon commission to reimagine a stronger and more resilient New York in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the first-ever mandate for universal, affordable connectivity in the United States.
A New York Times bestselling author, Eric is the co-author of The New Digital Age, How Google Works, and Trillion Dollar Coach. He is also the host of “Reimagine with Eric Schmidt,” a podcast series of conversations with leaders to explore how society can build a brighter future after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spence is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Philip H. Knight Professor and dean, emeritus, at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the chairman of an independent Commission on Growth and Development, created in 2006 and focused on growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.
In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to the analysis of markets with asymmetric information. He received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association awarded to economists under 40.
He served as Philip H. Knight Professor and dean of Stanford Business School from 1990 to 1999. As dean, he oversaw the finances, organization, and educational policies of the school. He taught at Stanford GSB as an associate professor of economics from 1973 to 1975.
From 1975 to 1990, he served as professor of economics and business administration at Harvard University, holding a joint appointment in its business school and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
In 1983, he was named chairman of the economics department and George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration. Spence was awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Prize for excellence in teaching in 1978 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 1981 for a “significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.”
From 1984 to 1990, Spence served as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, overseeing Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Continuing Education.
From 1977 to 1979, he was a member of the Economics Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation and in 1979 served as a member of the Sloan Foundation Economics Advisory Committee. At various times, he has served as a member of the editorial boards of American Economics Review, Bell Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, and Public Policy.
Among his many honors, Spence was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1983 and was awarded the David A. Wells Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1972.
He has served as member of the boards of directors of General Mills, Siebel Systems, Nike, and Exult, and a number of private companies. From 1991 to 1997, he was chairman of the National Research Council Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.
He is a member of the American Economic Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google where he has worked on many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometrics and public policy. He is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management.
He received his SB degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA in mathematics and PhD in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan, and other universities around the world.
Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu and the University of Karlsruhe.
He is the author of two major economics textbooks and a co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules, and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.
Jeff Wilke retired as Amazon’s CEO Worldwide Consumer in February 2021. During his more than 21 years as a corporate officer, he led Amazon’s retail and third-party stores, operations, marketing, Prime, and technology teams. Jeff joined Amazon in 1999 to lead the buildout of global operations, and his operations team created the infrastructure and technology that led directly to Amazon Prime. Jeff led teams that launched Prime Video, Prime Now, Prime Day, Amazon Fashion, and many other innovations that are now part of the Amazon customer experience. Jeff also oversaw Amazon’s acquisition and integration of Whole Foods Market. He helped create Amazon’s corporate culture, processes, and mechanisms, including Amazon’s Leadership Principles, which codified the company’s unique DNA for generations of leaders. He brought to Amazon a playbook with principles and processes from manufacturing, including Lean and Six Sigma, and corporate processes such as the HR mechanisms that shaped how Amazon evaluated and grew talent.
Jeff is chairman and co-founder of Re:Build Manufacturing, a private company that aims to integrate new technologies with conventional manufacturing businesses to accelerate their growth and improve performance. Over the coming decades, the company expects to create new U.S. factories and thousands of new U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Prior to Amazon, he was vice president and general manager of pharmaceutical fine chemicals at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell). He spent the preceding six years in a variety of operations and general management assignments in the chemical, polymer, and electronics industries. He began his working career writing code and managing software development projects at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Jeff is a 1993 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Leaders for Global Operations program, where he earned an MBA and an S.M. in chemical engineering. He also holds a BSE degree in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from Princeton University. He served as the chairman of the governing board for MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations program from 2010 through 2020. Jeff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He spent many evenings as a teenager writing code, and he currently serves on the board of Code.org.
Entrepreneur Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in 1995 and served on the Board of Directors until January 2012. Yang also served as a member of the executive management team. While at Yahoo he led a number of initiatives, including two of the biggest investments in the internet: Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group. Yang holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is widely recognized as a visionary and pioneer in the internet technology sector, and was named one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review in 1999.
Yang served as a director of Yahoo Japan Corporation (TSE:4689) and Alibaba Group until January 2012; and a director of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) from July 2000 to November 2012.
Yang currently works with and invests in technology entrepreneurs through AME Cloud Ventures, his innovation investment firm. Yang serves as a director on the boards of Workday Inc., Lenovo Group, and Alibaba Group. He also serves on a number of his portfolio boards, including Docker and Didi.
Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, are well known philanthropists who focus on higher education, conservation and the arts. Yang serves as a board director of Dunhuang Foundation (USA), member of the Asian Art Visiting Committee at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a board member for Monterey Peninsula Foundation.