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ThinkNext 2010 Keynote Speakers

  • Craig Mundie
    Chief Research & Strategy Officer Microsoft corp

    Craig Mundie
    Chief Research & Strategy Officer Microsoft corp

    Craig Mundie is chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft Corp., member of Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team, and member of President Obama’s council on science and technology. In this role, he oversees one of the world's largest computer-science research organizations, and is responsible for Microsoft's long-term technology strategy. Mundie also directs the company's fast-growing healthcare-solutions business, along with a number of technology incubations. He routinely works with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards. Mundie has spent much of his career building startups in various fields, including supercomputing, consumer electronics, healthcare, education and robotics. He joined Microsoft in 1992 to create and run the Consumer Platforms Division, which developed non-PC platforms such as the Windows CE operating system; software for the Handheld PC, Pocket PC and Auto PC; and early console-gaming products. Mundie also started Microsoft's digital-TV efforts, acquiring and managing its WebTV Networks subsidiary. For more than a decade, Mundie has also served as Microsoft's principal technology-policy liaison to the U.S. and foreign governments, with an emphasis on China, India and Russia. He serves on the U.S. National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and in April 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. 

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  • Moshe Lichtman
    Former President, Microsoft Israel R&D Center and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

    Moshe Lichtman
    Former President, Microsoft Israel R&D Center and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

    Moshe Lichtman was president of Microsoft Israel R&D Center, as well as a member of Microsoft's worldwide executive team and is responsible for all technology activities in Israel. In addition, he served as a key leader driving strategy development for Microsoft entertainment-related projects in Europe. Until 2006, Lichtman was based in the U.S. and served as corporate vice president of the Microsoft TV Division, where he was responsible for the development, marketing, sales and deployment of Microsoft's software solutions for the digital television industry worldwide. Lichtman joined Microsoft in 1991 as a product manager in the Personal Systems Division. Since then he has held several marketing and management positions and led an industry-wide effort called Plug and Play to improve the design and usability of the PC.
    Lichtman holds a master's degree in business from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
    He is co-author of the best-selling book "The Complete Guide to the C Language."

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