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Gian Paolo Bassi brings more than 25 years of experience in 3D, CAD, and PLM industries to Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. As CEO, Gian Paolo spearheads the development of SOLIDWORKS future product and technology strategies designed for the desktop and the cloud, and collaboration with the strong user community. He most recently served as the vice president of research and development, where he was responsible for charting future product and technology strategies, including the development of the SOLIDWORKS cloud applications. Prior to SOLIDWORKS, Gian Paolo was the founder and CTO of RIWEBB where he oversaw the development of new technologies for the Mechanical and Architectural Design Automation industry, collaborating with companies like Dassault Systèmes. Prior to RIWEBB, Gian Paolo served as vice president and CTO of ImpactXoft, where he led the team developing functional modeling and collaboration applications which are now part of CATIA. In this position, he co-invented three of his five patents in functional modeling. He also served in the R&D organizations of companies like Computervision and think3. Gian Paolo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna.
Kishore Boyalakuntla is Senior Director, Product Portfolio Management and SOLIDWORKS brand UX leader. He is responsible for product strategy and successful launch of all products that SOLIDWORKS delivers to end customers.
Kishore is passionate about enabling engineers to innovate with best in class SOLIDWORKS ecosystem, Customer Success using SOLIDWORKS products, and the impact SOLIDWORKS customers have with the amazing products they create around the world. Kishore has Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Aerospace and an MBA from Babson College.
Bernard Charlès was appointed president and chief executive of officer of Dassault Systèmes in September 1995 and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016. Today, the Company, world leader in 3D software, is a global top-ten software company.
Charlès has helped instill a culture of ongoing innovation to further consolidate Dassault Systèmes’ scientic capabilities and make science part of the company’s DNA. He joined Dassault Systèmes in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986 he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research & Development, and Strategy department. In 1988 he was appointed president of Strategy, Research & Development, helping establish CATIA as the world’s number one product design software.
A firm believer that technology should contribute to progress in society, Charlès has positioned Dassault Systèmes as the preferred partner for innovation, empowering businesses with sustainable step-changes in competitive performance.
In 1989, he was part of the inspiration behind digital mock-up (DMU), allowing design engineers to produce full-blown 3D models of products. He had become member of the Board of Directors in 1993. And in 1995, he initiated the DMU of theBoeing 777, the world’s first all-digital designed aircraft. In 1996, Charlès orchestrated the flotation of Dassault Systèmes on the stock market, providing a strong and stable platform for growth.
In 1997, he expanded and strengthened Dassault Systèmes’commercial footprint with the acquisition of SolidWorks to servebusinesses large and small. The Company also resumed controlof its entire distribution network in 2010, which had previouslybeen in the hands of IBM.
In 1999, Charlès pioneered the concept of product lifecycle management (PLM), extending the concept of the digital mock-up(DMU) to the entire lifecycle of a product. To support the Company’s PLM strategy, he embarked on a series of key acquisitions and brand creation: ENOVIA in 1998, DELMIA in 2000 and SIMULIA in 2005.
In 2012, Charlès announced the launch of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, broadening the scope of digitization and simulation to include the consumer experience. Dassault Systèmes rounded out its portfolio with social innovation and information intelligence applications (3DSWYM, EXALEAD and NETVIBES), and at the same time ventured into more diversified sectors, notably with GEOVIA to model and simulate the planet we live on and with BIOVIA to transform biological, chemical and material innovation. He also provided the impetus for Dassault Systèmes to develop B2C applications such as 3DVIA and experiential 3D marketing projects (including Paris3D Saga and Khufu Reborn). In2015, he created La Fondation Dassault Systèmes of which he is Honorary Chairman.
These strategic developments reflect Charlès’ rm belief that 3D universes open up new frontiers in innovation, and that imagining sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature and life is the only way that business, science and society can co-exist in the future.
Bernard Charlès holds the rank of Knight (2005) and Officer(2012) in the “Légion d’honneur” (French Legion of Honor) and is a member of the French Academy of Technology.
He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure engineering school in Cachan and has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering majoring in automation engineering and information science. Healso holds an agrégation — the most senior teaching qualification achievable in France (specializing in mechanical engineering).
Bernard Charlès was born and grew up in Brittany, France.He and his wife have five children.
Monica Menghini was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2011, in charge of Industry, Marketing and Corporate Communications and she is member of the Executive Committee.
Monica will drive the development of a unique value creation framework that involves all Dassault Systèmes players of innovation to better serve industries and deliver even greater value for customers.
Passionate about Dassault Systèmes’ vision and 3DEXPERIENCE universes, Monica Menghini joined Dassault Systèmes in 2007. In 2009, she became Vice President, Industry for the consumer goods, consumer packaged goods, and retail sectors.
Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes, Ms. Menghini worked for a number of years at Saatchi & Saatchi, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. She held various posts in her eight years there, with regional responsibilities as well as the position of Global Equity Director, International Accounts. She later became CEO EMEA of Saatchi & Saatchi X, the agency’s shopper marketing network.
Ms. Menghini also has 13 years of experience as a “brand equity builder” at Procter & Gamble, where she led more than 20 brands to success in 11 different categories, from baby care to fabric care, and was later appointed Marketing Director Western Europe at P&G’s Fabric Care global business unit in Geneva.
Proud mother of 2 children, fluent in multiple languages, Ms. Menghini holds a law degree from the University of Rome and was a professional volleyball player.
As vice president of strategy and community, Suchit Jain identifies and develops new areas of opportunity for the SOLIDWORKS brand to expand its business. He is currently focused on building a dedicated organization focused on the outstanding SOLIDWORKS User Community.
Prior to his role overseeing the SOLIDWORKS corporate strategy, Suchit served as the vice president of analysis products. He has played a role in the success of the SOLIDWORKS analysis strategy since 2001 when the company acquired Structural Research and Analysis Corporation (SRAC) where he was vice president of marketing. Suchit started his technology career in 1994, supporting the then-new COSMOS analysis software as an entry-level engineer with SRAC. There he assumed increasing levels of responsibility and helped COSMOS grow into one of the most widely used design analysis products in the industry. Suchit holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He also holds a masters degree from the University of Southern California.
Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries.
“A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”
A self-professed wonderjunkie, Silva is the creator of the web series “Shots of Awe,” micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. In short: Philosophy, Science and Art for the YouTube generation. The videos, which “play like movie trailers for ideas,” according to The Atlantic, have spread like wildfire across the internet and have been viewed more than 13 million times. Influencers such as Ron Howard, Richard Branson, Leo Dicaprio, Tribeca Films Co-founder Jane Rosenthal, actor Mark Ruffalo, NASA, and many others have tweeted Jason’s videos.
Jason also created the web series “Future of Us” for AOL, exploring exponential technology and the future of humanity.
The Imaginary Foundation wrote of Silva, “like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”
Others have described Silva as “a modern performance philosopher, a Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe…like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away.”
An active and prolific global speaker, Jason has spoken at TEDGlobal, Google’s Zeitgeist Conference, keynoted multiple events for Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, Oracle, Electronic Arts, Honeywell, PEPSICO, Intel, Dolby and many more, all over the world.
He was also keynoted at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Sydney Opera house, The Economist Ideas Festival, The DLD Conference, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico’s Ciudad De Las Ideas, Seattle’s Interactive Conference, Chicago Ideas Week, the main stage at SXSW Interactive and the MainStage at CANNES LIONS festival of Creativity.
From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. He left the network to become, according to The Atlantic, “a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk.”
Dr. Anousheh Ansari is a Co-Founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Prodea Systems, where she is responsible for setting the corporate strategy, creating a culture of innovation and driving the core vision of the simplified use of and global access to technology for all. Under her leadership, Prodea has built a powerful platform that makes it technically possible and economically feasible for enterprise and consumer service providers to deliver services using smart devices and sensors in a user friendly and fully integrated, seamless way.
As she launched her new company Prodea, on September 18, 2006, she also blasted off for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as and the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space. This was the accomplishment of a lifelong dream for her.
As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first nongovernmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004. With the success of the X Prize competition, Ansaris had helped launch a new era in private space exploration.
Prior to Prodea Systems, Anousheh co-founded Telecom Technologies Inc., where she served as chief executive officer and chairwoman. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing 100% year over year since inception, her company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, where she served as General Manager and Vice President of the Softswitch division.
Anousheh is a member of the X Prize Foundation’s Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. She is a life member in the Association of Space Explorers and on the advisory board of the Teacher’s in Space project. She is a member of the board of directors for Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL) and has received multiple honors, including the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished American, STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, DFW International Community Alliance Hall of Fame award, the Working Woman’s National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Mason University’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Washington University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Southwest Region. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 500 technology companies.
Anousheh is a UNESCO Good Will Ambassador and serves on the board of The Museum of Mathematics and Peace First as well as several other not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment. She currently works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as ASHOKA, which supports social entrepreneurship around the world, including the Middle East and Central Asia. She runs an annual event called the “What If?” competition for middle school students that promotes free thinking and STEM education.
A prolific author and captivating speaker, Anousheh is a frequent keynote at global events engaging audiences worldwide with her story as a space adventurer, tech pioneer and business leader. Of great media interest, Anousheh is regularly featured by prominent media outlets such as Forbes, CNN, Fortune, and The New York Times.
Anousheh earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She received an honorary doctorate from George Mason, as well as Utah Valley University and International Space University. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.
Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author, educator and social visionary. He has an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006 he received the Peace Prize of Japan—the Goi Award—in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”
His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?; Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future; Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich, and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness. With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man. In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-three books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blogs.
In the 1970s, worked as a senior staff member of the Presidential Commission on the American Future, looking ahead 30 years, from 1970 to 2000. He then worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the long-range future; for example, Anticipating Future National and Global Problems (for the National Science Foundation), Alternative Futures for Environmental Policy (for EPA), and Limits to the Management of Large, Complex Systems (for the President’s Science Advisor).
Over the past thirty years, Duane has co-founded three non-profit and trans-partisan organizations working for citizen empowerment and a citizen’s voice through televised “Electronic Town Meetings” in major metropolitan areas. “Earth Voice” is a global expression of work begun 35 years ago in developing “Bay Voice” in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Duane is the co-founder and principal author of “Great Transition Stories,” a website that brings together new cultural narratives for envisioning our transition to a more a sustainable and meaningful future. See the websites: www.DuaneElgin.com and www.GreatTransitionStories.org
Paul Reed Smith - musician, songwriter and the Founder and Managing General Partner of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He made his first playable guitar for extra credit at St. Mary’s College. In 1985, he turned that positive experience into Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Today the company is the third largest electric guitar manufacturer in America, and their list of artist endorsers reads like a who’s-who list of contemporary musicians. Smith holds almost 100 registered and pending trademarks, several copyrights, and nearly two dozen patents.
Paul Reed Smith presides over research and development of new PRS products, serves as a mentor through motivational lectures to Maryland high school students, cherishes his role as husband and parent and is an accomplished guitarist who, despite his very busy schedule, has played with Carlos Santana, Mark Tremonti, the late Chuck Brown and a host of other notable artists and continues to write, perform and record music with The Paul Reed Smith Band.
Jon started his career out of college in 1996 as a Mechanical Designer with a valve and coupling manufacturer. In 1997 he began working with SOLIDWORKS and have been using it extensively since. In 2004 Jon began working for Paul Reed Smith Guitars, a leading US guitar manufacturer located in Stevensville, MD. He is a R&D Project Engineer that specializes in designing and engineering: guitar components, electronics, electric-acoustic guitars, acoustic guitars, electric bass guitars, and electric guitars from conceptualization to release.
Jon Friedman is the Co-Founder and President of Freight Farms, a startup focused on creating a more connected and sustainable food supply using shipping containers to in whole new way to make fresh food locally accessible anywhere on the globe.
Jon has over 10 years of experience designing products for companies like Merck, Unilever, and Proctor & Gamble. He has also worked with startups to visualize consumer facing experiences, and designing and implementing positive consumer experiences are areas of expertise. Jon is a frequent speaker at conferences to discuss start-ups, sustainability and design.
Amir Abo-Shaeer earned a B.S. in Physics, and advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to his career in education, he worked as a mechanical engineer in academia, aerospace, and telecommunications.
Abo-Shaeer began developing the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) at Dos Pueblos High School in 2002. He was the only teacher, and his first engineering class was comprised of 33 boys and 2 girls. The program now has 13 staff members and a gender-balanced cohort of 400 students, which is 20% of the high school student body. Over 50 active community volunteers share their time and expertise with the students as mentors for the Business Teams, which function as departments in a company to perform the work of running the DPEA, including maintaining the website, managing IT, and writing grants.
To grow the program from its original 35 students, Abo-Shaeer worked with several volunteers to establish the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation (DPEAF) and raise $6 million to create an engineering facility on campus. The Elings Center for Engineering Education opened in January, 2012, and made possible the implementation of the “Art of Engineering” interdisciplinary, project/design-based STEAM curriculum. Seniors in the program have the opportunity to work on large-scale kinetic installations such as the Carousel of Physics, and engage in the complete product development cycle.
Amir Abo-Shaeer has served as a keynote speaker at events and conferences and has garnered numerous awards for his educational innovation, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2010), a UCSB Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering (2011), and a Paul Allen Distinguished Educator Award (2014). He continues his work as the Director of the DPEA where he is teaching Engineering Design and Mechatronics and developing curriculum focused on project/design-based learning. Abo-Shaeer is also working toward establishing an Innovation Institute to foster educational innovation through hosting visiting faculty from around the country who want to collaborate and/or learn how to become educational innovators in their communities.
Lyle graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. After graduation, Lyle worked for five years as an electrical engineer designing and building single board computers. Lyle and his wife then joined the Peace Corps where he served as a volunteer teacher for two years in Tanzania, East Africa.
Upon returning to the United States, Lyle taught technology education classes and coached robotics in Boulder, Colorado. He then worked as a contract engineer in the construction industry in Santa Barbara, California. In 2012, Lyle joined the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy as Computer Science and Mechatronics teacher and IT manager.