Roundtable: Empowering the Workforce of Tomorrow
Brad Smith, Microsoft, Sanjay Sarma, MIT, and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review
June 5, 2018 | EmTech Next
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
Brad Smith is responsible for Microsoft’s corporate, external, and legal affairs and oversees a team of more than 1,400 business, legal, and corporate professionals working in 55 countries. In this role, he leads the company’s work on a number of critical issues including cybersecurity, digital privacy, public policy and government affairs, intellectual property, accessibility, philanthropy, and environmental sustainability. As president, he has also spearheaded programs and initiatives aimed at increasing economic development and opportunity and to ensuring that all of society benefits from technology’s advances.
Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning, MIT
Sanjay Sarma is vice president for open learning at MIT and leads its Office of Digital Learning, which oversees MIT OpenCourseWare and supports the development and use of digital technology for on-campus teaching and massive open online courses (MOOCs). He is also the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
A cofounder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, Sarma developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal, several startup companies including Senaya and ESSESS, and edX, the not-for-profit company set up by MIT and Harvard to create and promulgate an open-source platform for the distribution of free online education worldwide. He also advises several national governments and global companies.
Author of more than 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation, and CAD, Sarma is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research, including the MacVicar Fellowship, the BusinessWeek eBiz Award, and InformationWeek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review
Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
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