Future Think Labs

Event Speakers



Laura Chicurel, CEO – Innova360 (innova360.cl)

I can feel my entrepreneurial spirit in everything I do. Not just in my desire to innovate, but in the way I run my own life. I love adventure and trying new things. The biggest rewards I have had in my life have been for taking risks (…big risks!!..) and trying. I can’t perceive the world differently.

Having spent the last 10 years in entrepreneurial ventures, my goal is to make things happen, particularly building products or innovative concepts that contribute to a global cause and have an impact in the world.


Zach Ferres, CEO – Coplex (coplex.com)

Zach Ferres is an entrepreneur, speaker, runner, and columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. He is a leader at heart, an engineer by degree, and a tech startup guy by trade. I’m passionate about empowering industry experts (that aren’t techies) to start high-growth technology companies around the world.

I’m the CEO at Coplex, a nationally-ranked Startup Accelerator that partners with industry experts to start successful tech companies. Coplex has helped start over 250 startup companies around the globe and was named one of the ‘Top Startup Accelerators in America’ by Entrepreneur Magazine.


Karim Nurani, CEO – Sandalwood Ventures (sandalwoodventures.com)

As an investor and advisor, Karim brings a wealth of experience to BayAngels and their portfolio companies. His expertise and business development skills have led to a network of diverse, bi-coastal business relationships. For over 20 years, from Boston to San Francisco, Karim has led individual companies in educating employees and facilitating more efficient business operations. He is sales-oriented and driven to increase industry assets and profits at every level of operation. as Executive Director and Principal at Bay Angels, his mission is to continue building a strong community of investors and entrepreneurs who want to foster technological innovations to make an impact, make a difference, make a profit. He has founded and co-founded six companies in the US and East Africa and is an active investor and advisor to companies in San Fransisco and Boston.


Sean O’Brien, Senior Vice President – Pcubed (pcubed.com)

Sean O’Brien is an experienced Senior Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Strong professional skilled in Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Coaching, Enterprise Software, and Business Development.


Mavis Carolina Herrera, Intrapreneur – PriceSmart (pricesmart.com)

Carolina is an experienced Business Analyst & Intrapreneur with a background in international business, marketing, finance & accounting who likes to break the rules properly. “I like to make the impossible possible by innovating & creating business strategies to succeed in International Markets.”


David Swanson, Senior Director – Microsoft (microsoft.com)

David is an accomplished leader with demonstrated results in sales, marketing, and business development. Proven track record increasing revenues, delivering top customer sat, and building trusted relationships. Held variety of positions including sales director, account executive, solutions specialist, and systems engineer. Inspired by technology, my team’s success, and creativity. Self-starter with ability to drive for results.


Katy Brown, Regional Vice Present – Microsoft (microsoft.com)

Katy Brown is Vice President for Microsoft’s Enterprise Sales for the Northwest States. She is responsible for directing sales, services and partner efforts with our largest customers across Northern California. The size of business Katy is responsible for is over 600M on an annual basis.

A 17-year Microsoft veteran, Katy has a proven track record for delivering strategic initiatives and sales programs to drive overall growth. Before her current role, Katy held the position of General Manager- US National Sales Excellence, where she led a world-class sales team, orchestrating breakthrough development on customer satisfaction, innovation on sales enablement tools, planning and processes, and the overall leadership of the Sales Excellence community for North America.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Katy spent over a decade with IBM and Lotus Corporation in various leadership positions driving great results across her businesses. Katy is active in the community and currently serves on the Professional Business Women of California Board and as a Board Member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Previously she was a member on the Women in Technology Board in Atlanta, Georgia.


Phil Zack, Vice President – Myovant Sciences (myovant.com)


Robert Happy, President – PM Practice (pm-practice.com)

Over the past 20 years, Robert has consulted and trained with hundreds of organizations to establish effective project and portfolio management solutions spanning private and public sector organizations such as Abbott Labs, 3M, Nike, US Marine Corps, United Way, Amgen, Genentech, NASA, Microsoft, Honda to name only a few. This includes working with all levels of staff members from senior executives to team members in developing custom project and portfolio management solutions across a variety of application areas. Robert is also well known as an instructor & published author and has developed multiple courses, papers and web based products covering both project and portfolio management concepts and software including Microsoft Project.


Nirali Shah, Innovation Architect – Cisco CHILL (medium.com/cisco-chill)

48 hours. 5-6 companies. Senior leadership (VPs, SVPs, C-Suites). Taking on big bold industry challenges together.

Cisco HyperInnovation Living Labs (CHILL) is a co-innovation catalyst for Cisco Services’ $12 billion global services business.


Peter Henry, Angel Investor – Act5 Ventures (act5llc.com)

Peter Henry is Founder & Managing Partner of Act 5 Ventures LLC, which specializes in private equity transactions for seed and early-stage companies in a variety of industries. Act 5 provides capital access, primarily as a syndicate lead, providing management and administration of single-purpose investment entities, financial review, terms negotiation, governance participation, and related risk mitigation. He is also an independent angel investor, affiliated with Stanford Angels, Keiretsu Forum, Bay Angels, Cannabis Investment Network, and more; and an LP investor with Keiretsu Capital.

Peter has founded or co-launched product and services startups in the financial services software, social applications, location-based apps, personal security and other arenas. He has been a strategic advisor to several Fortune-1000 firms, mentored scores of startup entrepreneurs in the SF Bay and New York areas, and advised venture investors on portfolio turnaround approaches.


Götz Thümecke, CEO – Eventerprise (eventerprise.com)

If there’s one thing that has driven me through all the years it’s building businesses. I started off by developing businesses on behalf of two of Germany’s top FMCG consultancies, progressing to the building of my own successful businesses on two different continents. I have been involved in everything from project management to digital strategy and marketing, so I know what it’s like on both sides of the fence.

Through it all it’s been people who have been the main ingredient in the recipe for my success, and I thrive on helping others realise their potential. Because, at the end of the day, that’s all you have – people.