Our keynote speakers for the 2016 Beyond Academia Conference are listed below. Check out their pictures and full bios.

Nils GilmanNils Gilman – Monday’s Keynote Speaker
Associate Chancellor at UC Berkeley

Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman is a strategic advisor to the Chancellor and responsible for the effective administrative organization and daily functioning of the Office of the Chancellor.

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s staff in 2014, Nils was the founding Executive Director of Social Science Matrix, Berkeley’s new flagship institute for social scientific research. He spent the previous 13 years as an executive at various software and consulting firms, including Salesforce.com. Trained as an historian at UC Berkeley, Nils Gilman was also a practitioner at Monitor 360 in San Francisco, focusing on geo-strategic issues. He is co-author of the forthcoming book Deviant Globalization.


Vivienne MingVivienne Ming – Tuesday’s Keynote Speaker
Founder & Executive Chair at Socos

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes.

Vivienne is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers. She sits on the boards of StartOut, The Palm Center, Emozia, and the Bay Area Rainbow Daycamp, and is an advisor to Credit Suisse, Cornerstone Capital, and BayesImpact. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology.  Vivienne lives in Berkeley, CA, with her wife (and co-founder) and their two children.