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James Woolsey
James Woolsey
Chariman FDD; Former Director of The Central Intelligence Agency
R. James Woolsey is Co-Chairman of the United States Energy Security Council. He also Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence.  During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973.
Amnon Shashua
Amnon Shashua
Mobileye Co-founder, Chairman & CTO; Sachs Professor of Computer Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Amnon Shashua holds the Sachs chair in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is in computer vision and machine learning. Amnon has founded three startups in the computer vision and machine learning fields. In 1995 he founded CogniTens that specializes in the area of industrial metrology and is today a division of the Swedish Corporation Hexagon. In 1999 he cofounded Mobileye with his partner Ziv Aviram. Mobileye develops system-on-chips and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems and is developing a platform for autonomous driving to be launched in 2021. In August 2014, Mobileye claimed the title for largest Israeli IPO ever, by raising $1B at a market cap of $5.3B. In August 2017, Mobileye became an Intel company. Today, Prof. Shashua is the CEO and CTO of Mobileye and a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation. In 2010 Amnon co-founded OrCam which harnesses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist people who are visually impaired or blind.

Ratan N Tata
Ratan N Tata
Former Chairman, Tata Sons
Ratan N Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, one of the two promoter holding companies of the Tata group, from 1991 till his retirement in 2012. He was also chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totaling over $100 billion in 2011-12. Mr. Tata is also associated with various organizations in India and overseas. He is the chairman of two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. Mr.  Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa, and is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1962. He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The Government of India honored Mr. Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.
Michel Taride
Michel Taride
President, Hertz

Michel Taride is the Group President of Hertz International covering all corporate and franchise operations across EMEA, APAC, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Michel began his career with Hertz in 1980 as Station Manager at Cannes Airport and over a 37 year period has progressed through the business holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management. Michel is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership, a non for profit organisation that supports education in many developing countries. Michel represents the Hertz Corporation as a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. 

Secretary Anthony Foxx
Secretary Anthony Foxx
United States Secretary of Transportation
Anthony Foxx, nominated by President Obama, became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation in 2013.  As Secretary of Transportation, he leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.  His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.  Previously, Secretary Foxx served as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts.
Luca de Meo
Luca de Meo
President of the Executive Committee and CEO, SEAT
Luca de Meo is an Italian business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the automotive sector. He held positions of responsibility at Renault, Toyota, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen AG, AUDI AG and SEAT. He serves as president of SEAT since November 1, 2015, and is also a member of the Supervisory boards of Ducati and Lamborghini.
Mr. de Meo holds a degree in Business Administration from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano. He also serves as a visiting professor at SDA Bocconi school of management, in Milan, Italy.
Padmasree Warrior
Padmasree Warrior
Chief Executive Officer, NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer, NIO Board Member
Padmasree Warrior is the chief executive officer of NIO in the U.S. She also serves as the Chief Development officer of NIO. In these capacities, she is responsible for
the brains of NIO's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NIO US is headquartered. Previously, Padmasree served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity, she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology. Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global
Indian."Padmasree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Padmasree serves on the board of Microsoft and Spotify. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box. Padmasree is married and has a son.
Dinesh Paliwal
Dinesh Paliwal
President & Chief Executive Officer, HARMAN

Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007 and has transformed the company into a customer-centric and innovation driven technology leader, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets and positioning the company as the premier tier one partner to automotive companies around the world. Dinesh also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors when HARMAN was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US$8 billion in 2017. Prior to joining HARMAN, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group and Chairman and CEO of ABB North America. Moving to Beijing in 1994, Dinesh established ABB’s operations in China and North Asia, where he subsequently grew the region’s business ten-fold in four years. In 2017, Dinesh was named to the Inaugural Recode 100. In addition, B'nai B'rith International honored Dinesh with its Distinguished Achievement Award, and he was named an Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). In 2015, Dinesh was named to Yahoo Finance’s short list of five-star CEOs and in 2014 was named to Fortune magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” list.

James Woolsey
James Woolsey
Chariman FDD; Former Director of The Central Intelligence Agency
R. James Woolsey is Co-Chairman of the United States Energy Security Council. He also Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence.  During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973.
Secretary Anthony Foxx
Secretary Anthony Foxx
United States Secretary of Transportation
Anthony Foxx, nominated by President Obama, became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation in 2013.  As Secretary of Transportation, he leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.  His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.  Previously, Secretary Foxx served as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts.
Amnon Shashua
Amnon Shashua
Mobileye Co-founder, Chairman & CTO; Sachs Professor of Computer Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Amnon Shashua holds the Sachs chair in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is in computer vision and machine learning. Amnon has founded three startups in the computer vision and machine learning fields. In 1995 he founded CogniTens that specializes in the area of industrial metrology and is today a division of the Swedish Corporation Hexagon. In 1999 he cofounded Mobileye with his partner Ziv Aviram. Mobileye develops system-on-chips and computer vision algorithms for driving assistance systems and is developing a platform for autonomous driving to be launched in 2021. In August 2014, Mobileye claimed the title for largest Israeli IPO ever, by raising $1B at a market cap of $5.3B. In August 2017, Mobileye became an Intel company. Today, Prof. Shashua is the CEO and CTO of Mobileye and a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation. In 2010 Amnon co-founded OrCam which harnesses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist people who are visually impaired or blind.

Luca de Meo
Luca de Meo
President of the Executive Committee and CEO, SEAT
Luca de Meo is an Italian business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the automotive sector. He held positions of responsibility at Renault, Toyota, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen AG, AUDI AG and SEAT. He serves as president of SEAT since November 1, 2015, and is also a member of the Supervisory boards of Ducati and Lamborghini.
Mr. de Meo holds a degree in Business Administration from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano. He also serves as a visiting professor at SDA Bocconi school of management, in Milan, Italy.
Ratan N Tata
Ratan N Tata
Former Chairman, Tata Sons
Ratan N Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, one of the two promoter holding companies of the Tata group, from 1991 till his retirement in 2012. He was also chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totaling over $100 billion in 2011-12. Mr. Tata is also associated with various organizations in India and overseas. He is the chairman of two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. Mr.  Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa, and is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1962. He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The Government of India honored Mr. Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.
Padmasree Warrior
Padmasree Warrior
Chief Executive Officer, NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer, NIO Board Member
Padmasree Warrior is the chief executive officer of NIO in the U.S. She also serves as the Chief Development officer of NIO. In these capacities, she is responsible for
the brains of NIO's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NIO US is headquartered. Previously, Padmasree served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity, she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology. Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global
Indian."Padmasree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Padmasree serves on the board of Microsoft and Spotify. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box. Padmasree is married and has a son.
Michel Taride
Michel Taride
President, Hertz

Michel Taride is the Group President of Hertz International covering all corporate and franchise operations across EMEA, APAC, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Michel began his career with Hertz in 1980 as Station Manager at Cannes Airport and over a 37 year period has progressed through the business holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management. Michel is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership, a non for profit organisation that supports education in many developing countries. Michel represents the Hertz Corporation as a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. 

Dinesh Paliwal
Dinesh Paliwal
President & Chief Executive Officer, HARMAN

Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007 and has transformed the company into a customer-centric and innovation driven technology leader, expanding the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets and positioning the company as the premier tier one partner to automotive companies around the world. Dinesh also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors when HARMAN was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US$8 billion in 2017. Prior to joining HARMAN, he spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last held the dual role of President of ABB Group and Chairman and CEO of ABB North America. Moving to Beijing in 1994, Dinesh established ABB’s operations in China and North Asia, where he subsequently grew the region’s business ten-fold in four years. In 2017, Dinesh was named to the Inaugural Recode 100. In addition, B'nai B'rith International honored Dinesh with its Distinguished Achievement Award, and he was named an Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). In 2015, Dinesh was named to Yahoo Finance’s short list of five-star CEOs and in 2014 was named to Fortune magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” list.

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