TEAM

MEET THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE XCLERATOR

Ikhlaq Sidhu

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.

Jocelyn Weber

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.

Karin Bauer

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.

Alexander Fred-Ojala

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.

Luke Kim

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.

Luke Kowalski

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.

Liam DiGregorio

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.

Sanil Rajput

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.

Abhinav Kejriwal

Operations Assistant, Xcelerator

I'm a developer and writer. I love to constantly fail at new things, get stuck at problems, and find my own way out ofthem. Grit, enthusiasm, and a drive for achieving rigor are my core qualities.

Justin Wong

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. 

Kartik Mehrotra

Program Director & X-Fund GP, Xcelerator

Working towards building a decentralized ecosystem for the internet of things.