Education and Awareness Council
Dr. Himawan Gunadhi brings diverse skills and experiences into the management of technological innovation and value creation for high-tech companies. He has built and led startups in the fields of algorithmic search, concept-based ad targeting, visual e-commerce discovery, big data, and marketing automation. Dr. Gunadhi’s startups focused on the US and international markets including Japan, Korea, and China, and attracted more than US$60M in financing from Sand Hill, corporate, and international venture capital firms. Dr. Gunadhi holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in Management Science, and holds several appointments to teach, research, mentor, and advise university-based entrepreneurship programs. He is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore’s Overseas Colleges, where he develops and teaches courses in lean startup methodology and venture creation to students who are sent all over the world to work at tech startups. Dr. Gunadhi started his professional career in strategic information technology and business strategy consulting, and continues to provide advice to clients on strategic business development, corporate development, and investment due diligence.
Mr. Matt Spielman incorporates extensive executive management experience and rigorous training and expertise into his executive coaching practice. He has held several senior level positions, including Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, SVP Business Development, SVP Strategy & Innovation, and Chief People Officer. Tenures at MTV Networks (Viacom), IAG Research (Nielsen), Moxie Interactive (Publicis Groupe), Return Path, a private equity backed data technology firm, and Morgan Stanley, provide the basis for his deep and diverse knowledge in Sales, Organizational Strategy, Digital Media, Data and Analytics, Finance, and Capital Markets. Matt holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Economics from Columbia College. Additional studies include: Leadership Development at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Program.
Patrick Mullane is the Executive Director of HBX, responsible for managing HBX’s growth, expansion in global markets, and long-term success. Prior to joining HBX, Patrick was the CEO of Fabrico, Inc., an industrial manufacturing company that was purchased by Technetics, Inc. in 2014. Subsequent to the sale of Fabrico, he served as vice president and general manager in Technetics’ industrial turbine portfolio. Before earning his MBA, Patrick served as a captain in a U.S. Air Force intelligence and space operations organization. Patrick’s interest in space exploration began as a child. As the son of an Air Force aviator who went on to become one of the first space shuttle astronauts, Patrick grew up in the shadow of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and spent vacations at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center (including visits to Florida for his father’s three space shuttle launches between 1984 and 1990). He carried on the family tradition in the space business as a space and launch operations officer during his own time in the U.S. Air Force between 1991 and 1996. Patrick holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Project and Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Tahir Rahman is a physician-scientist at the Washington University in St. Louis. He researched and conducted interviews (including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) to write an award winning book, “We Came in Peace for all Mankind: the untold story of the Apollo 11 silicon disc.” The Moon’s Sea of Tranquility currently nestles messages of goodwill from more than 70 leaders in the 1960’s. Dr. Rahman’s book elegantly displays these messages placed on the lunar dust during one of humanity’s most important adventure. Dr. Rahman strongly believes that the Apollo era lunar landing sites should be preserved for posterity.
Mr. Nova Spivack is Founder & CEO of Magical Technologies, LLC, a science and technology venture studio based in Los Angeles. He works via Magical as an active “venture producer” — combining his experience as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and VC to help form, fund and incubate breakthrough companies. He is a venture Partner in Rewired.ai ($100M AI and robotics venture studio), and an advisor to EES Ventures, a seed stage science and technology venture studio. He has had several IPOs and exits, and has helped to build companies acquired by Facebook, Apple, and others. Nova is ranked as a Top LA Power Player in Technology, and among the Top 20 Futurists worldwide. An author of dozens of patents and an expert on AI and big data analytics, Spivack also invented and patented the key technologies and applications for consumer-scale augmented reality in 2009. Nova flew to the edge of space in 1999 with the Russian Air Force. He is a patron of the Commercial SpaceFlight Federation, an investor in Space Adventures, and the Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit foundation working to build archives in space and on the moon. Spivack has advised government agencies, presidential campaigns, global corporations, top consumer brands, venture funds, and fast growing tech startups.
Mr. Dickson Chu is an accomplished General Manager and innovative product builder with over 30 years of experience working at the intersection of Financial Services, customer insights and the strategic use of technology. He has held leadership roles at prominent companies – BBVA, Wells Fargo, Yahoo!, PayPal, Citi – where he created and/or grew sizeable new businesses. He is also an investor, board director and active advisor to a number of emerging companies working to redefine the next generation of payments, commerce and business services. He is currently the head of portfolio management for BBVA’s New Digital Businesses where he has overall responsibility for the governance, budget and strategic direction of BBVA’s growing portfolio of FinTech businesses such as Simple in the US, Holvi in Finland, Atom Bank in the UK, Muno in Spain and OpenPay in Mexico. Dickson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of California. He is a board member at Ingo Money, Bluefin Payments, BoomTown and CFY.org (a non-profit that provides a digital learning platform to public middle schools); and Strategic Advisor to LoopPay (acquired by Samsung), Leapset (acquired by Sysco Foods), Sequent, Cortex MCP, Anywhere Commerce, Confirm.io, Modria and Float.