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Think Next 2011 Keynote Speakers

Think you've seen it all? Think Next!

The leading event of Israel's high-tech industry has become a celebration of creativity and innovation, providing center stage for mind provoking speakers and ground breaking developments. Visit the rich technological fair with dozens of innovative presentations and demos from a variety of fields, from Israel and around the globe, and then attend the main stage for a fast-paced marathon of leading speakers talking about the next big thing…


  • Qi-Lu
    President Online Services Division, Microsoft Corporation

    President Online Services Division, Microsoft Corporation

    As president of Microsoft's Online Services Division (OSD), Dr. Qi Lu leads the company's search and online advertising efforts. Dr. Lu oversees the OSD Research & Development team which has responsibility for the evolution of Microsoft's search, portal and advertising services; the Online Audience Business Group; and the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Business Group. Dr. Lu reports to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive. His roles included serving as the executive vice president of engineering for the company's Search and Advertising Technology Group where he oversaw the development of Yahoo!'s Web search and monetization platforms and vice president of engineering responsible for the technology development of Yahoo!'s search, e-commerce and local listings of businesses and products.
    Before joining Yahoo!, Dr. Lu worked as a research staff member at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University and was a faculty member at Fudan University in China. He received his bachelor of science and master of science in computer science from Fudan University and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lu holds 20 U.S. patents.
    Meet the speakers of Best Ways to Think Next! An inspiring fast-paced presentation of technology, innovation and art. Thought provoking, novel ideas and demos that will encourage you to open your mind and Think Next.

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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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