Part 2 of this week’s Web Summit Wishlist looks at some of the bigger players taking part in this year’s event. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next part of this blog, which covers the schedule and some of the must-see speakers. Click here for Part 1.
- Mike Schroepfer - Chief Technology Officer of Facebook
Mike Schroepfer is an American entrepreneur, technical architect and the current Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, a post he has held since March 2013. Prior to this, Mike was the company’s Vice President of Engineering, a role he was appointed to in July 2008. As Facebook’s CTO, Mike is in charge of the teams tasked with developing the infrastructure used to connect billions of people everyday, as well as the company’s ventures in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other advanced technologies.
Mike graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in computer science. As the CTO of one of the world’s most power technology companies, Mike is sure to have some revealing insights about how Facebook envisions the future.
- Charlotte Hogg - Chief Operating Officer of Bank of England
Charlotte Hogg is a British economist who has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Bank of England since 2013. Charlotte previously worked for a range of leading financial companies including McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley and Santander UK. As the BoE’s COO, Charlotte is the most senior female employee in the history of the bank, and is in essence the deputy to the Governor of the Bank of England.
As COO, Charlotte’s responsibilities cover the day-to-day management of the bank’s IT, finance, property, human resources and security. It will be interesting to find out how important technology is to modern banking, and if the Brexit vote has had an impact on her responsibilities.
- Dr. Kyu Rhee - Chief Health Officer of IBM
Dr. Kyu Rhee is the Chief Health Officer of IBM. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the company’s cognitive health Watson Health program and ensuring IBM maintains a Culture of Health. Dr. Rhee was the Chief Public Health Officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) prior to joining IBM, and his work there focused on national initiatives related to prevention, quality and public health.
Dr. Rhee has also acted as the Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Chief Medical Officer for the Baltimore Medical System. Given Dr. Rhee’s extensive experience, we’re eager to hear his opinions on how technology can revolutionize the health industry.
- Roberto Azevêdo - Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Roberto Azevêdo is a Brazilian diplomat and the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization, a role he has held since September 2013. Roberto is the sixth WTO Director-General, and has so far overseen two TWO Ministerial Conferences. The first was held in Bali in 2013 while the second took place in Nairobi in 2015. Both events focused on issues related to the growth and development of global trade.
Prior to his current appointment, Roberto served in a number of diplomatic roles for the Brazilian government, including head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry's Dispute Settlement Unit and Vice-Minister for Economic and Technical Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia.
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