The Complexity of Platforms-Speakers

From Santa Fe Institute Events Wiki

Suparno Banerjee
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Vice President and WW Leader


Suparno is Vice President and WW Leader for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Healthcare and Public Sector industries. He is responsible for industry strategy and strategic programs related to client innovation, business growth, new market penetration and go-to-market models.

Previously, Suparno was Vice President for Strategy for HP’s Enterprise Group in Asia Pacific & Japan region. Based in Beijing and subsequently Singapore, Suparno drove HP’s product and services strategy in one of the fastest growing regions that spanned India, China/HK/Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, SE Asia and ASEAN countries. Subsequent to this strategy role in APJ, he joined the Office of the CEO to drive new growth initiatives in the Public Sector across all business units.

Suparno is a recognized thought leader in Smart City and Digital Government transformations. He is a frequent presenter to policy makers, senior executives and industry analysts on topics related to Smart Cities, Digital Government and the enabling role of technology in complex transformations. He has authored numerous white papers on the topic of urbanization and technology-enabled transformation in government. Currently, Suparno is a member of two World Economic Forum panels – the newly formed panel on Platform Economy and another on The Future of Urbanization.

Suparno holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration.

He serves on the Board of TalentNomics Inc., a start-up not-for- profit that focuses on developing the next generation of women leaders and increasing the global talent pool of women for executive and board positions.

Adam Bly
Spotify VP of Data


Adam Bly leads data at Spotify. Previously, he founded and was CEO of Seed Scientific, the data innovation firm, which was acquired by Spotify in 2015. Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he has lectured at the UN, MIT, Ars Electronica, SXSW and the World Economic Forum on the role of data and science in society. He was a visiting senior fellow in science, technology and society at Harvard Kennedy School, has advised Fortune 500 companies and national political campaigns on data strategy, and co-organised Design and the Elastic Mind, the landmark exhibition at MoMA that linked science and design. Learn more on his website.

Terry Crowley
Programmer and former Microsoft CVP of Office Development


Terry Crowley is former VP of Microsoft Office development and Technical Fellow at Microsoft. He led Office development for ten years from 2005 through 2015. Prior to leading Office development, he led the Word, OneNote and Publisher development teams. He joined Microsoft with the FrontPage acquisition and was dev manager for FrontPage for 5 years as well as lead developer for the FrontPage editor. He built the Unix and Mac versions of BeyondMail while at Beyond. He spent ten years at BBN building early multimedia document, real-time conferencing and email systems. He currently writes on the design and management of complex systems and organizations.

M Eifler
Y Combinator Research Artist and Researcher


BlinkPopShift (M Eifler) is an American artist and researcher who lives and works in San Francisco, California. They make chimeras, things in between things. Using sculpture, performance, video and immersive technology they focus on navigating back and forth between different modes of thought and making (for example the physical and the virtual) in an effort to blur the strict categories humans are so fond of. Their work centers intersectional, interdisciplinary, and systems oriented thought as the most important tools for human progress. Learn more on their website.

John Hagel
Santa Fe Institute Trustee and Leader of the Center for the Edge at Deloitte


John has spent over 35 years in Silicon Valley and has experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, speaker and author. He is driven by a desire to help individuals and institutions around the world to increase their impact in a rapidly changing world.

In addition to his current role as leader of the Center for the Edge at Deloitte, he has worked with McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group. He also served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups. Learn more on his website.

David Krakauer
Santa Fe Institute President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems


David’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture. This includes genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society. At the cellular level David has been interested in molecular processes, which rely on volatile, error-prone, asynchronous, mechanisms, which can be used as a basis for decision making and patterning. David also investigates how signaling interactions at higher levels, including microbial and organismal, are used to coordinate complex life cycles and social systems, and under what conditions we observe the emergence of proto-grammars. Much of this work is motivated by the search for 'noisy-design' principles in biology and culture emerging through evolutionary dynamics that span hierarchical structures. Learn more on SFI's website.

Bowen Pan
Product Manager, Marketplace at Facebook


Bowen Pan is the product manager leading new businesses at Facebook Marketplace - a new service that allows people to buy and sell things with each other on Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Bowen founded and worked with several startups in the areas of e–commerce, social media and knowledge exchange platforms across New Zealand, China and Turkey. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Bowen holds a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Nathaniel Persily
Stanford Law School Professor of Law

Persily Nathaniel1-400x400.jpg

An award-winning teacher and nationally recognized constitutional law expert, Professor Persily, JD ’98, focuses on the law of democracy, addressing issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance and redistricting. A sought-after nonpartisan voice in voting rights, he has served as a court-appointed expert to draw legislative districting plans for Georgia, Maryland and New York and as special master for the redistricting of Connecticut’s congressional districts. Most recently, he also served as the Senior Research Director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan commission created by the President to deal with the long lines at the polling place and other administrative problems witnessed in the 2012 election. Learn more on Stanford's website.

Graham Spencer
Santa Fe Institute Trustee and managing partner at GV


He was an engineering director at Google following the 2006 acquisition of JotSpot, which he co-founded with Joe Kraus. Graham was one of the original six founders of and was the chief technology officer of the company until its sale to @Home.

In 1999, Graham left Excite@Home to co-found, a 50,000-member non-profit consumer organization dedicated to protecting fair-use rights for digital media. Graham is also on the board of the Santa Fe Institute. Learn more on his website.

Will Tracy
Santa Fe Institute Vice President for Strategic Partnerships


William M. Tracy is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Santa Fe Institute. His academic work lies at the intersection of complex systems and strategic management, with a focus on how boundedly-rational actors approach novel problems. Will comes to SFI from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was the undergraduate program director for the Lally School of Management and a faculty member. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and formerly served as the Associate Director of CSSS-Beijing, which was jointly administered by SFI and the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before entering academia, Will was a Junior Professional Associate at The World Bank, where he focused on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Will also has private sector and entrepreneurial experience in the US, China, and India. He holds a Ph.D. in management with a certificate in human complex systems from UCLA, and a BA (cum laude) in economics from Swarthmore College. Learn more on SFI's website

Marshall Van Alstyne
MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy Research Associate

Marshall Van Alstyne.jpg

Professor Van Alstyne is one of the leading experts in network business models. He conducts research on information economics, covering such topics as communications markets, the economics of networks, intellectual property, social effects of technology, and productivity effects of information. As co-developer of the concept of “two sided networks” he has been a major contributor to the theory of network effects, a set of ideas now taught in more than 50 business schools worldwide. Learn more on MIT's website.

Àngel Verdú
Wattabit Managing Director


Managing director and partner of Wattabit, company dedicated to the design of advanced IoT solutions for smart energy and operations management, specifically focused on the Utilities, Telecom and Smart cities sectors. After ten years working as a consulting engineer in building and energy systems design (from master-planning to detailed design), most of those in the UK as a Chartered Energy Engineer, Angel has been four years developing his career in general and product management and business development, always focused in bringing energy management one step beyond, using Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to constantly lower the energy OPEX of Wattabit's clients through smarter asset management, leveraging technology for a better world. Learn more about Wattabit.