Christopher M. Schroeder, joining Segovia's Board, is a Washington D.C. and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor. He co-founded HealthCentral.com, has been CEO of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and LegiSlate.com, and is an active investor in and advisor to top US venture capital funds and over a dozen startups. He also served in President George HW Bush's White House and Department of State. Schroeder has written extensively about startups and technology in emerging growth markets for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, AllThingsD, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Harvard Business Review, and Business Insider. He sits on the board of advisors of The American University of Cairo School of Business, the Jordanian incubator Oasis500, the Middle East online entrepreneur information platform and network wamda.com and on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Germany, The Dean's Board of the American University School of International Service, and member of the French American Foundation and Council on Foreign Relations. Schroeder graduated with honors from Harvard Business School, and magna cum laude from Harvard College. Schroeder is married to Alexandra Coburn and has three children.
Ron Brachman is Head of Yahoo Labs and Chief Scientist of Yahoo. He has overall responsibility for leading all of Yahoo's science activities worldwide, including research and applied science, research engineering, and Academic Relations. Ron joined Yahoo in 2005. He was one of the original leaders who helped to define and build Yahoo Research. Ron founded the research lab in New York City and established the basic operational procedures for the entire Research and Labs organizations, acting as its main liaison to key corporate support functions. Prior to joining Yahoo, Ron was the Director of the Information Processing Technology Office at DARPA; before that he held various research leadership and management positions at AT&T, both at Bell Laboratories and AT&T Labs. Ron holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Princeton University (summa cum laude) as well as the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Fellow of IEEE, and a Founding Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He won IJCAI's Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award and AAAI's Distinguished Service Award. He served as President of AAAI from 2003 to 2005. He also edits the Synthesis Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning series of online publications for Morgan & Claypool.
Maura has been thrilled to grow businesses, teach, and mentor others wanting to make a big difference. In 2009 she was appointed by President Obama to be the first Chief Innovation Officer of the US Agency for International Development. Serving until 2013, she was responsible for inspiring and leading breakthrough innovations in foreign assistance and development worldwide. Maura is best known for adapting venture capital and drug discovery methods to global development by co-creating the Development Innovation Venture Fund that has expanded into the Global Innovation Fund. She also served as a member of the White House Innovation Cohort and a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and founded companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, smart grid and customer info systems & billing, e-commerce, and digital education. In 1989, she was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year. Currently Maura is teaching at Berkeley, Stanford, and Columbia and advising start-ups, global companies, foundations and global government agencies. Maura has MBAs from Columbia and Berkeley and a PhD from University of Washington. She helped found a public charter school, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (grades 6-12) and continues to serve as Vice Chair. Maura is married and has two grown kids, a digital journalist who cooks the most amazing vegetables and a basketball-playing particle physicist.