MEET THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE XCLERATOR
Chief Scientist, Xcelerator & SCET; IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award
Currently, serves as Chief Scientist & Founding Director at the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. A world-class expert in "real-life" technology innovation and leadership. Invented seminal technology used in internet communications today (75 patents). Academically trained, yet highly applied. Developed Data-X, a framework for rapid digital transformation. He co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership(for technical leaders). Created the Entrepreneurship & Technology area at the #1 public university in the world. Serves on many advisory boards. Recognitions include the IEEE Major Innovation Award for 2018, Berkeley IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award in 2009, 3Com Inventor of the Year Award in 1999.
Director, Labs & Professional Programs, Sutardja Center
Over 20 years experience in education, technology product development, business development, corporate partnerships and marketing. Engineering degree from UC Davis. Strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills with a demonstrated strength in working across organizations to meet learning and business objectives.
Accelerator Advisor & Program Manager, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative
Experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sales, Market Research, Organizational Development, and Analytics. Strong program and project management professional with a Ph.D. focused in Philosophy and Religion, Concentration in Asian Comparative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies.
Technical Program Manager, Xcelerator; Co-Instructor, Applied Data Science
Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Teaching, Emerging Technologies, Sustainability, and Compassion. AI, Data Science, and Blockchain expert. Instructor at UC Berkeley, the #1 Public University in the world. I consult and lecture for industry leaders around the world. Passionate about making technologies useful and maximizing the utility of innovations.
Industry Fellow & Network Manager, Xcelerator
Entrepreneurial Swiss Army Knife, best at building alliances and international businesses. I operate well in chaos and uncertainty. My principles are integrity, loyalty and consideration for others. Background in startup acceleration, blockchain, civic innovation, cannabis venture investments and higher education. Most active in Silicon Valley, Europe and China.
Co-Director Blockchain X-Lab; Instructor, Blockchain Challenge Lab
Luke Kowalski is recognized for his loyalty and pragmatism, but he also excels in his ability to work across disciplines. He has executed projects involving legal issues (antitrust, IP, audits, litigation), acquisitions (due diligence, integration, or divestitures), technical standards (document formats), government affairs (EU/USA trade, IP reform, repatriation), and even managed functions like physical security, user interface design and accessibility. He currently serves as a vp in the corporate architecture group at Oracle reporting to one of Larry Ellison’s EVPs. Before coming to Oracle, he worked for various startups in technical, design, and business roles, as well as for Netscape's Server and E commerce divisions. He holds several patents and professional certifications, serves as an ISO representative for US through ANSI and lectures frequently at conferences and universities. His educational background includes advanced degrees from UTA, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. He is currently teaching a blockchain challenge lab at UC Berkeley.
Accelerator Advisor & Head of Business Development, Blockchain at Berkeley
Head of business development for the largest student-run blockchain organization focussed on education, R&D, and Consulting. Lead business consultant for building an MVP for Ford. In charge of project timeline completions and helping companies determine the best approach to integrating blockchain to increase efficiency and solve trust problems associated with business practices.
Accelerator Advisor & Head of External, Blockchain at Berkeley
Sanil is a Business Administration and Computer Science double major, as well as the Executive Vice President of Blockchain at Berkeley's External department. Prior to managing External, Sanil served as a Project Manager for B@B's consulting department. Sanil brings to the table a strong background in product growth and startup development.
Operations Assistant, Xcelerator
I'm discovering my passions in machine learning, blockchain, and fintech as I surround myself in the entrepreneurial environment of SCET. Aside from my studies in Computer Science, I help run the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp every semester, providing insight to teams building their business models.