Complex Systems Symposium - Participant Biographies

Keynote Speakers

George Conrades, Executive Chairman, Akamai Technologies

George Conrades George Conrades was named chairman and chief executive officer of Akamai in April 1999, bringing a broad range of business experience in the computing, Internet, telecommunications, and media industries. Mr. Conrades became Executive Chairman of Akamai in April 2005 and was succeeded as CEO by Paul Sagan, Akamai's president.

Before joining Akamai, Mr. Conrades was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm's acquisition of BBN Corporation in 1997. At GTE, he was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking and leading GTE's rapid growth in the data and Internet business, including integrated telecommunications services.

From 1994 until GTE's acquisition of BBN, Mr. Conrades served as CEO of BBN, which became one of the industry's top-tier ISPs. BBN helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today's modern Internet.

Prior to BBN, Mr. Conrades was an IBM senior vice president and member of IBM's Corporate Management Board. There, he was responsible for several of its key businesses including IBM United States, IBM Asia/Pacific and two manufacturing and development groups.

Mr. Conrades serves on the Board of Directors for Oracle, Harley-Davidson, BBN Technologies and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. He also serves as a venture partner at Polaris Venture Partners, an early stage investment company. In addition, Mr. Conrades serves on the Board of Trustees for the Scripps Research Institute, Ohio Wesleyan University and New Profit, an early stage venture philanthropy investment organization. Mr. Conrades also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Conrades is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with majors in physics and mathematics. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

John Donahoe, CEO, eBay

John Donahoe John Donahoe became President and CEO of eBay Inc. on March 31, 2008. In this role, John has global responsibility for growing each of the company's business units, which include eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype.

John joined eBay in February 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces, responsible for all elements of eBay's global e-commerce businesses. In this role, he focused on expanding eBay's core business, which accounts for a large percentage of the company's revenues. John also oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions, including, StubHub and classifieds sites, such as Gumtree and LoQUo.

During his three-year tenure as President of Marketplaces, revenues and profits for the division doubled.

Prior to eBay, John spent more than 20 years at Bain & Company, a worldwide consulting firm based in Boston. Starting as an Associate Consultant, John rose to become the firm's CEO, where he oversaw Bain's 30 offices and 3,000 employees.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for eBay Inc. and Intel Corp., John is also on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. John received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Duncan Watts, Principle Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research

Duncan Watts Duncan Watts is a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directs the Human Social Dynamics group. He is also an adjunct senior research fellow at Columbia University, and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology. He is also the author of Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999). He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of New South Wales, and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.

Guest Panelists

Denise Anthony, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College

Denise Anthony Denise Anthony is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. She is also Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health Policy Research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Dr. Anthony's research interests include collective action and trust, economic sociology and the sociology of health care. She has explored mechanisms for producing cooperation, trust and social capital in a variety of settings, from micro-credit borrowing groups to online groups such as In health care, she has studied variation in managed care practices across the U.S., and how organizational incentives and communication networks affect physician's referral behavior and career satisfaction. More recently her work examines variation in patient preferences for care, regional differences in physician practice patterns, as well as predictors of hospital compliance with HIPAA requirements.

Prior to her appointment at Dartmouth, Dr. Anthony was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Post-doctoral Scholar at the University of Michigan from 1997-1999. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology (1997) from the University of Connecticut.

Robert Cunningham, Associate Leader of the Information Systems Technology Group, Lincoln Laboratory

Robert Cunninghamn Robert K. Cunningham is the associate leader of the Information Systems Technology Group and is responsible for initiating and managing research programs in information assurance and evaluations of information assurance systems.

Dr. Cunningham received an Sc.B. degree in computer engineering from Brown University in 1985, an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Boston University in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University in 1998.

From 1985 to 1987, he worked at Raytheon, designing and developing a parallel and distributed operating system for the next generation weather radar system. After completing his master's degree in 1988, he became a staff member of the Machine Intelligence Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where his research focused on machine learning, digital image processing and image and video understanding. As part of this effort, he contributed to early drafts of the real-time message passing interface (MPI/RT) specification.

In early 1998 he moved to the Information Systems Technology Group, where he pursued system security research and development. Initially, he focused on intrusion detection systems that do not require advance knowledge of the method of attack, then broadened to consider detection and analysis of malicious software. Most recently he has become interested in the design of tamper resistant systems. Throughout his time in the Group, he has been interested in evaluating the performance of security systems.

Dr. Cunningham has presented and published widely, and has enjoyed serving on program committees for RAID, WORM, and the IEEE S&P symposium, among others.

Dr. Cunningham has also had the pleasure of serving on several national panels and leading national teams. In 2001 Dr. Cunningham led the research working group for the NSA's computer network defense research and technology transition program manager, and received a commendation for his work from the director. In 2002 he participated in a study for DARPA developing a research program to detect and quarantine computer worms. In 2004 he was elected to the executive committee of the Institute for Information Protection (I3P), and later that year he was appointed to the executive advisory board for the Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA) organization. In 2005 through 2009, Dr. Cunningham managed the research team of a multi-institution effort to secure process control systems for the I3P and DHS.

Dr. Cunningham is a member of Sigma Xi and a senior member of the IEEE.

Andy Ellis, Senior Director of Information Security and Chief Security Architect, Akamai Technologies

Andy Ellis serves as Akamai's Senior Director of Information Security and Chief Security Architect, responsible for overseeing the security architecture of the company's massive, globally distributed network as well as setting the strategic security direction of its offerings and managing the Information Security organization at Akamai. Mr. Ellis provides security education and leadership to Akamai's world-class R&D team.

Previously in his capacity as a U.S. Air Force officer, Mr. Ellis was an Information Warfare Engineer, serving as the technical lead in performing network engineering, communication, and security duties to defend the mission-critical aspects of U.S. Central Command in Southwest Asia from network-based attacks.

He received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Kotz, Professor of Computer Science, Dartmouth College

David Kotz David Kotz is a Professor of Computer Science, and Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences, at Dartmouth College in Hanover NH. During the 2008-09 academic year he was a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore India, and a Fulbright Research Scholar to India. At Dartmouth, he was the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies from 2004-07.

His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, and a member of the USENIX Association.

After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty.

Soren Mills, Former VP Global eCommerce, WalMart

Soren Mills Most recently Soren served as Vice-President & Corporate Officer, leading the Global eCommerce business unit for Wal-Mart International, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He designed and launched this business unit 3 years ago with the mission of developing Wal-Mart's ecommerce presence outside of the US. This business unit achieved significant milestones in launching Wal-Mart's first Global eCommerce platform, building a global operating model, and creating a state-of-the-art underlying technology solution. This model today supports over $1.5B in sales, has driven major productivity improvements in the store P&L's and is built to support all of Wal-Mart's global multi-channel growth.

Prior to this role, Soren spent 3 years on the executive committee of US, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as the company grew from $300M in sales to over $1B, while achieving profitability. He served in variety of roles leading Operations, Multi-Channel Integration, Strategy and Business Development; notably building and launching an industry leading Site-to-Store capability, and creating a major online advertising media business.

Soren started his career at Wal-Mart in the UK, in the ASDA division. There he served as Business Unit Director & General Manager of several food businesses before spearheading a company-wide revitalization of the Health & Beauty business.

Prior to his career at Wal-Mart, he held a variety of US, UK & International marketing and general management roles with blue-chip (PepsiCo, General Mills, Andersen Consulting) and high growth technology start-up ( Europe, companies. This included serving as Marketing Director at the Pepsi-Cola Company for Europe and Africa, and leading marketing at through its IPO.

He completed his undergraduate work at Seattle University, and received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Soren currently resides in San Francisco, California with his wife Jessica and their children, Abby, 7, and Theo, 2.

Satin Mirchandani, Former CEO and Founder of MessageOne (now owned by Dell)

Satin Mirchandani Satin Mirchandani is a General Partner at Impact Venture Partners. At Impact, Satin focuses on e-business services and next-generation enterprise applications investments.

Prior to Impact, Satin was Vice President and General Manager at Trilogy/pcOrder where he was responsible for leading the IPO process and launching the ASP-model reseller business. Before Trilogy/pcOrder, Satin was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. in Silicon Valley. Satin also worked as an Analyst at AEA Investors and as a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft Corporation.

Satin is a guest lecturer for the American Management Association.

Satin received a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Eugene Santos, Jr., Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Eugene Santos, Jr. Dr. Eugene Santos, Jr. received his B.S. ('85) in Mathematics and Computer Science from Youngstown State University, a M.S. ('86) in Mathematics (specializing in Numerical Analysis) from Youngstown State University, as well as Sc.M. ('88) and Ph.D. ('92) degrees in Computer Science from Brown University. He is currently Professor of Engineering at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. His areas of research interest include artificial intelligence, intent inferencing, social and cultural modeling, computational social science, automated reasoning, decision science, adversarial reasoning, user modeling, natural language processing, probabilistic reasoning, and knowledge engineering, verification and validation, protein folding, virtual reality, and active user interfaces. He has served on many major conference program committees from intelligent agents to evolutionary computing. He is currently Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Part B, an associate editor for the International Journal of Imaging and Graphics, and is also on the editorial advisor board for System and Information Sciences Notes and on the editorial boards for Journal of Intelligent Information Systems and Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence.

Philip John Venables, Managing Director and CISO, Goldman Sachs

Philip John Venables Philip John Venables is the firm's chief information risk officer. He leads the Information Security, Technology Risk/Compliance and Business Continuity Programs. Additionally, he is part of the Core Infrastructure Management Team. Philip joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in 2000. He transferred to New York in 2001 and became a managing director in 2003.

Prior to joining the firm, Philip was chief information security officer at Deutsche Bank. He also functioned as the global head of Technology Risk Management for Standard Chartered Bank and served in various technology and network management positions at Barclays Bank.

Philip serves as a board member of the SIA Information Security Committee and the International Board of Referees of the journal Computers and Security. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the London School of Economics Computer Security Research Center. In addition, Philip is an associate editor for the Information Security Bulletin.

Philip earned an MSc in Formal Methods and Cryptography from The Queen's College at Oxford University in 1990 and a BSc in Computer Science from York University in the United Kingdom in 1989. Additionally Philip was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002. In 2005, he was elected a fellow of the British Computer Society.