Lisa Padilla is founder and CEO of NewPathVR, a VR company specializing in personal development and emotional intelligence applications in virtual reality. A long-time marketer and advertising professional, she has worked in a wide variety of industries and is strongly focused on multimedia, marketing, and product strategy. Lisa's early career started at advertising agencies Foote, Cone & Belding and Euro RSCG. She studied multimedia at Academy of Art, worked on Apple's first social network called eWorld. Lisa worked at AOL/Netscape, where she oversaw implementation of sponsorship and advertising programs, and also integrated content for news, business, and sports channels. She has worked directly with Apple, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, LEVIs, and many startups over the years.
Dr. Michelle Wang
Dr. Michelle Wang, PhD is an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) coach and international traumatologist. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has been trained in state-of-the-art clinical settings including VA medical centers, centers for survivors of torture, and center for survivors of genocide. For the last decade, Michelle has specialized in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. With her extensive research and clinical background, Michelle has been an international trauma consultant for various disaster-relief organizations, assisting with the development of a somatic, body-centered treatment protocol aimed to mitigate the effects of PTSD in school-aged children. Michelle has advanced training in Attachment Theory, Somatic Psychotherapy, Jungian Psychology, Mindfulness and Meditation, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relational and Interpersonal frameworks, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies, and Time-Limited Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP). She is co-founder and Chief Psychology Officer at NewPathVR.
Eiran Shalev is an experienced technical, hands-on leader with 20 years of professional expertise overseeing top teams on mobile, social, and web technologies for products ranging from multi-player mobile & social games, to streaming video ads to interactive television and more. His recent work includes laying groundwork at Google's Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) team. Prior to that he shaped the technical vision for Disney Interactive's mobile technology platform, helping to scale and deliver it to all game studios. Before that, he spent time at Koolbit, Kabam, and RockYou! He has built more than 50 games. He joins NewPathVR as CTO.
Kristine Rogers joins NewPathVR as VP of Business Development with more than 10 years software, hardware, and consumer and enterprise expertise for both start-ups and global enterprises. She was crucial in the acquisition of Quickoffice by Google as VP of Business Development and OEM Sales for Google. Quickoffice was the #1 Business app in iTunes, #13 top-grossing overall in iTunes and embedded on 70% of all Android devices. She has also served substantial posts at OQO, Microsoft, Kainos, and Plumtree in strategic partner and customer acquisition roles. Kristine is also an avid quantified selfer and biodecoder.
Kristina Suhr Olsen
Kristina Suhr Olsen is a masters student and researcher in the areas of psychology and virtual reality. Previously she has worked with adults and youth and their families struggling with alcohol, narcotic, and sexual addiction. She has also spent time as a psychological counselor improving health and mental conditions for those dealing with stress at companies in Denmark. She was a volunteer group leader for an association of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders, offering treatment and prevention and activities. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Copenhagen and is presently serving as VP of Research and Development with NewPathVR in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Åshild Birgitte Fossum
Åshild (pronounced "ah-sil") Birgitte Fossum is a masters student at The Norwegian School of Economics, one of the leading business schools in Europe. She specializes in business analysis and performance management and will graduate spring 2018. Åshild has experience with banking and financial services but has also worked with communication and strategy in various projects at NHH. With great interest in the interface between business and technology, she is now a participant at The Innovation School, a collaboration between NHH and University of California, Berkeley. Åshild provides marketing and PR help to the team.
Daria Siganova is an MBA student at Hult International Business School, she specializes in Marketing and Social Media, and will graduate in 2018 with a dual degree in Marketing. Daria has 5 years experience in Financial Services sector in Banking and Insurance and had worked in strategy and business development, as well as two large transformation projects. She had her BSc in Management from London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the top universities in the UK, and had spent half of her life there. She is interested in all aspects of business, in particular questions involving strategic direction of the company. Daria is currently working on research into social and cultural aspects of the development of AI technology. She has a passion for drawing and digital art.
Named a "Futurist", by Ross Dawson, Liza Lichtinger is among the world's most sought-after individuals in the correlation between well-being and the economy. Liza has a background in psychology and the study of human well-being and human behavior which she applies to the AI applications in big data, digital health and perception Tech (e.g. VR/AR). Her knowledge of behavioral economics led her to study the future interactions between humans and technology, focusing on the intersection of human behavior, exponential technology and human capital development, which is the field of Neuroeconomics. Liza’s educational and professional expertise have made her an authority in the field of human longevity, optimal mental wellness, and applications of mindfulness - and was a pioneer in introducing these to the corporate, academic, spa, recovery and healthcare environments. Liza is a thought leader, author, and speaker.
Fred Davis is an experienced entrepreneur, technology pioneer, and public speaker. He has played a part in the tech industry for over 30 years and has been hailed as a technology visionary for pioneering and predicting many innovations and industry trends. Fred played an instrumental role as part of the startup team in two multi-billion dollar startups, CNET and Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com). Fred was also one of the founding team members at Wired magazine, winner of numerous publishing awards. He's written 14 books about computers and technology, including the first book on Desktop Publishing, and the award-winning Windows Bible series. One of the founders of the Ziff-Davis computer publishing division, Fred served as editor of several of the world’s leading computer publications, including PC Magazine, PC Week, A+, and MacUser, and ran all of the industry-leading product testing labs at those publications. Today, Fred is working with a number of startups, and is a mentor at several SF startup incubators. He is especially interested in virtual reality and has been a VR advocate for many years.
Michael Gosney is a multimedia publisher, media and event producer whose work over 30 years has addressed holistic health, spirituality, ecology, technology, and community. He was an early digital media pioneer, publishing Verbum, one of the first desktop published magazines, and the first true multimedia CD-ROM in 1991. His books, media projects and events all have a common thread of technology and consciousness. Based in San Francisco, California Michael is Managing Director of the Techné Verde ICT research project with the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Associate Publisher of Synergetic Press, and the co-founder of the Green Century Institute www.greencentury.institute on sustainable communities.