Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers

Iqbal Quadir

Iqbal Z. Quadir (Morning keynote)
Professor of the Practice of Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT
Founder and Director Emeritus, Legatum Center at MIT

Iqbal Z. Quadir is a pioneer in creating inclusive ventures in low-income countries. An accomplished entrepreneur, Quadir saw the potential of mobile technology more than two decades ago. Realizing the ensuing digital revolution could facilitate the introduction of telephone access throughout Bangladesh, including its rural areas, he founded Grameenphone in the 1990s. Grameenphone is now Bangladesh’s leading telecommunications operator with 50 million subscribers. Quadir subsequently helped found bKash. With 17 million subscribers, bKash is dramatically improving financial inclusion in Bangladesh. Quadir also founded Emergence BioEnergy to help farmers produce and consume electricity while increasing agricultural productivity.

With this inclusive philosophy in mind, in 2005 Quadir cofounded Innovations, an MIT Press journal, and in 2007 he founded the Legatum Center at MIT. The center has already trained 200 MIT students who aspire to create for-profit enterprises promoting prosperity in low-income countries.

Quadir’s work and thinking has been cited in more than 70 books. He has been published in the Financial Times, Forbes.com, Harvard Business Review, Science, Nature, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. He holds an MBA and MA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from Swarthmore College. He has received two honorary doctorate degrees and other honors for his work.

Anil GuptaAnil K. Gupta (Afternoon keynote)
Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization & Entrepreneurship
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship, Anil K. Gupta is ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s “most influential living management thinkers.” He is one of only three professors, out of more than 25,000 worldwide, who have been elected as a Lifetime Fellow of the three most prestigious academic bodies in his field:  Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and Academy of International Business. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals and has served on the boards of several NYSE- and NASDAQ-listed companies in the United States.

Gupta is a regular participant at the World Economic Forum summits, including their annual meeting in Davos and regional meetings in China, India and the Middle East. He is also a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

Gupta is also a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and his opinion pieces have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, China Daily and Economic Times, among others. Gupta serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums worldwide. He holds a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.


Philip AuerswaldPhilip Auerswald 
Executive Director, Global Enterpreneurship Research Network 
Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, & International Affairs, George Mason University

Philip Auerswald is an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, the founding executive director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation), and cofounder and coeditor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. His most recent books are The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy and Depopulation: An Investor's Guide to Value in the Twenty-First Century (with Joon Yun). In June 2013 he led the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an organization dedicated to using the National Mall in Washington DC as a platform to celebrate and support entrepreneurship and innovation. In parallel he is involved in initiatives related to digital property rights and healthcare to the home. He has blogged and written op-eds for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle; has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Slate; and has interviewed on CBS News Sunday, NPR, and Fox, among other outlets. From 2010 to 2013 he was an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on job creation and market-based solutions.

Harry BroadmanHarry G. Broadman
CEO and Managing Partner, Proa Global Partners LLC
Director, Johns Hopkins University’s Center on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets

Global Business Columnist, Forbes Magazine

Harry G. Broadman is the CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC (“Proa”), a boutique global management consulting firm that develops and executes innovative business strategies to capitalize on new commercial opportunities while mitigating risk in emerging markets.

Harry also serves as Director of Johns Hopkins University’s new Center on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets at the university’s graduate School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC, where he is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute.

Over his 34 year career, Broadman has developed deep expertise in multinational corporate strategy; negotiation of trade and foreign direct investment transactions; private equity deal origination and fundraising; sovereign wealth fund performance; infrastructure project finance; anti-corruption compliance; and economic development policy.

Elana Fine

Elana Fine
Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Elana Fine is Managing Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Elana's primary focus is leading the Dingman Center in support of its mission to build a community that discovers, equips, connects and celebrate entrepreneurs. Key responsibilities include oversight of our student venture incubator, Fearless Founders; Dingman Center Angels investor network, business competitions, and integration with Smith School entrepreneurship curriculum and research activities.  Elana also develops and maintains relationships with donors, board members, EIRs, the Smith School community and other campus and regional partners.  Elana is also an adjunct faculty member with the Smith School’s Management & Organization department and part of the national teaching team for NSF’s ICorps program. 

Elana started in investment banking at Bear Stearns, but started working with technology startups when she joined Revolution Partners, a boutique investment bank specializing in M&A and private capital advisory for software companies. She joined the company in its infancy and helped the team grow to 40 bankers on both coasts, assisting and leading transactions from $10M-$200M in deal value. Elana left upon the firm’s sale to Morgan Keegan. Elana earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2002, and earned a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997.  She started her career as a technology consultant with an Accenture. Elana was recently named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, “Power Women in Tech” by Tech Bisnow and “50 On Fire” by In The Capital.”  She is also a contributor to the Washington Post Capital Business.

Samuel PienknaguraSamuel Pienknagura
Research Economist
Office of the Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean
World Bank Group

Samuel Pienknagura is a Research Economist in the World Bank's Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011. His research focuses on topics regarding economic growth and cross country productivity differences as well as international trade. He is currently working on various topics ranging from firm-level analysis of R&D and innovation decisions, the relation between skill differences and productivity differences, the effect of financial development on growth, and the relation between international trade and volatility.

Robin WienerRobin Wiener
President and Founding Partner, Get Real Health

Ms. Wiener has a knack for understanding, engaging, and motivating people.

Ms. Wiener oversees all sales and marketing efforts for Get Real Health and is responsible for building and cultivating Get Real Health’s strategic partnerships around the world.

Ms. Wiener is also responsible for building the incredible Get Real Health team maintaining their exceptional level of teamwork.

Prior to co-founding Get Real Health, Ms. Wiener served as Director for USWeb/CKS.

Benjamin WuBenjamin Wu
Deputy Secretary of Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

As a senior Administration official in both the Federal and State governments, and as a Congressional staff member, Mr. Wu has had a distinguished record of service at the highest levels of government. Over his career he has contributed significantly to the State of Maryland's preeminence as a national leader in emerging technologies and in the development of technology-based economic development initiatives.

Mr. Wu previously held the role of Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy during the Bush Administration. He has served as the Maryland Assistant Secretary of Business and Economic Development and a Senior Technology Policy Advisor for DBED. Mr. Wu was also a member of Gov. Hogan's transition team.