ALI VELSHI is CNN’s chief business correspondent and host of Your Money, CNN’s weekend business roundtable program, as well as a regular contributor and anchor for “Issue #1,” the network’s in-depth coverage initiative on the single issue that matters most to CNN’s audience. He also hosts The Ali Velshi Show, a weekly call-in radio program on both CNN Radio and CNN.com Live and fields viewer calls three times a week for the “Help Line” segment for HLN. Online users can listen to Mr. Velshi’s podcast, “The Ali V Podcast,” available at www.CNN.com/podcasting and on iTunes.
Based in New York, Mr. Velshi has covered the US government’s bailout plan; the financial collapses of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, and Lehman Brothers; and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, reporting on the impact of the storms on oil refineries. He covered the Enron story at every step when it hit the national spotlight in 2001, including the guilty verdicts of Enron Corporation’s founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling on conspiracy and fraud charges. He reported live from Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, as the company announced the layoff of 30,000 workers. He was reporting live from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico amid evacuation calls for Hurricane Katrina.
A veteran of financial news, Mr. Velshi recently hosted The Turnaround, CNN’s small business improvement show. The Turnaround traveled across America, introduced troubled small business owners to high-profile mentors, and then helped them develop a plan for success.
Before The Turnaround, Mr. Velshi was an anchor with CNNfn, where he hosted various interactive shows, including Your Money, Busi-
ness Unusual, Insights, Street Sweep, and The Money Gang. Before joining CNNfn in 2001, he hosted The Business News, Canada’s first and only prime-time business news hour, airing nightly on Report on Business Television.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Velshi worked as a business anchor for Cable Pulse 24 and its sister station, CITY TV, and as a reporter for CFTO-TV, Canada’s most-watched local television station.
In 1996, Mr. Velshi was awarded a fellowship to the US Congress by the American Political Sciences Association and worked with now-retired US Representative Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.).
Born in Kenya and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1994 with a degree in religion. Mr. Velshi’s first book, Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, was released in January 2009. He is a member of the Grand Challenges Advisory Committee for the National Academy of Engineering, the Economic Club of New York, and the New York Financial Writers Association.
ANANT AGARWAL is the President of edX, a worldwide online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University, and a professor in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He has also served as the Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He leads the Carbon group, which focuses on research involving operating systems and architectures for manycores and clouds. He is also a founder and CTO of Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor. Dr. Agarwal holds a PhD from Stanford and a bachelor’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He led the development of Raw, an early tiled multicore processor; Sparcle, an early multithreaded microprocessor; and Alewife, a scalable multiprocessor. He also led the VirtualWires project at MIT and was the founder of Virtual Machine Works, which took the VirtualWires technology to market. He is an author of the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.
LINDA P. KATEHI became the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Davis, in August 2009. As chief executive officer, she oversees all aspects of the university’s teaching, research, and public service mission.
Chancellor Katehi also holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she chaired until 2010 the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of many other national boards and committees.
Previously, Chancellor Katehi served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University; and associate dean for academic affairs and graduate education in the College of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan.
Since her early years as a faculty member, Chancellor Katehi has focused on expanding research opportunities for undergraduates and improving the education and professional experience of graduate students, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. She has mentored more than 70 postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and master’s students in electrical and computer engineering. Twenty-two of the 44 doctoral students who graduated under her supervision have become faculty members in research universities in the United States and abroad.
Her work in electronic circuit design has led to numerous national and international awards as both a technical leader and educator, and 19 US patents. She is the author or coauthor of 10 book chapters and about 650 refereed publications in journals and symposia proceedings.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
SALMAN KHAN is the founder of the Khan Academy (khanacademy. org), a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education for “anyone, anywhere” in the world. He graduated from MIT in 1998 with three degrees: two bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering/computer science, and a master of science degree in electrical engineering. He worked in technology in Silicon Valley until the first bubble burst, after which he attended Harvard
Business School. After earning a master’s degree in business administration in 2003, he became an analyst at a Boston-based hedge fund. In 2004 as a side project, Mr. Khan began tutoring his young cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job to commit himself fully to the not-for-profit Khan Academy.
In October 2010, Mr. Khan was listed in Fortune’s annual “40 Under 40,” which recognizes business’s hottest rising stars, as well as Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He was recently profiled by “60 Minutes” and recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
He was born in Metairie, Louisiana, to immigrant parents from India and Bangladesh. He currently lives in Mountain View, California, with his wife and two children. The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined is his first book, published in October 2012.
RICHARD K. MILLER was appointed president (and first employee) of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 1999, where he also holds an appointment as professor of mechanical engineering. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992 to 1999, and spent the previous 17 years on the engineering faculties at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Miller’s research interests are in innovative engineering education and applied mechanics, on which he has authored about 100 publications and given numerous keynote presentations. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has won five teaching awards, and received the Legacy Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He has also served as chair of the US National Science Foundation’s Engineering Advisory Committee and served on advisory committees for the World Bank, National Academy of Engineering, Harvard University, and other institutions. Dr. Miller earned a BS degree in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Davis, from which he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology.
RICHARD (RICK) STEPHENS, a 32-year veteran of the Boeing Company, is senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration, and is a member of the Boeing Executive Council.
Mr. Stephens serves on a number of nonprofit and business-focused boards and has been recognized for his longstanding leadership in local and national organizations. Passionate about improving education both in and out of the classroom, he works directly with community and education leaders to prepare future workers to meet the challenges necessary to succeed in an ever-changing and competitive business environment.
Mr. Stephens currently serves on the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Committee, designed to assist governors in developing comprehensive STEM agendas. He also is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he is chair of the Career and Workforce Development Steering Committee, a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum, and founding member of the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition (BISEC). Earlier, Mr. Stephens served on the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative Commission. These diverse and related education experiences, along with his leadership in a major technology-based company, give him unique insights into how education can prepare students to be successful in the future job market.
TUULA TEERI was appointed the first president of Aalto University in April 2009. She is a staunch supporter of research excellence as a solid foundation for pioneering education and societal impact. Under her leadership, Aalto has implemented the tenure track career system, established interdisciplinary programs in research and education, and is reforming its educational curricula according to the Bologna principles. Aalto University is also emerging as a major hub for growth entrepreneurship through joint activities of the student-led Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, Aalto Venture Garage, and Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Teeri earned an MSc degree in molecular genetics in 1981 and a PhD degree in 1987 from the University of Helsinki. She held various research and leadership positions at VTT Technical Research Center
of Finland during 1980–1996. She then joined the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm as a Visiting Professor (1996–1998) before her appointment as Professor in Wood Biotechnology in 1998. Her research career focused on enzyme discovery and protein engineering of cellulose degradation and plant cell wall biosynthesis with long-term aims of developing processes for biofuel applications and for new biomimetic materials.
At KTH, Dr. Teeri served as a member of the Faculty Board (2003–2007), Deputy Dean of the School of Biotechnology (2005–2007), and Deputy President of the University (2008–2009). She has been a board member of the Institute of Surface Chemistry, Sweden (2001–2004), Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm (2003–2006), Council for Natural Sciences and Technology of the Swedish Research Council (2004–2006), and Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (2004–2007). She is a current board member of the Technology Academy of Finland, Finnish Business and Policy Forum, and the Research Institute of Finnish Economy, Universities Finland UNIFI, as well as the European Science Business Board.
Tuula Teeri is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Technology Academy Finland, and the Swedish Academy of Technology in Finland. She is also cofounder of SweTree Technologies.