Victor (Vic) R. Abate

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE Global Research. In his previous role, Vic served as President & CEO of Power Generation for GE Power & Water, overseeing worldwide operations of GE’s Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine, Generator and Controls businesses. From 2005 to 2013, Vic was President & CEO of GE’s Renewable Energy business, one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable energy technology. Vic began his GE career in 1990 and has held several management roles in engineering, services, production, and quality.

Henry S. Bienen

President Emeritus of Northwestern University. He is the President of the Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. Bienen currently chairs the Academic Council of Rasmussen College and the Advisory Council for Vistria, a private equity firm in Chicago. He also serves on the boards of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Ryan Specialty Group, and Grosvenor Capital Management. He is a former member of the Board of the Chicago Public Schools and of Argonne National Laboratory’s Board of Governors.

Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. Prior to UI LABS, Caralynn was Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois. Caralynn spent her early career in venture capital and corporate finance, primarily focused on technology-based university spin-outs. As a graduate student, she co-founded SanoGene Therapeutics, an early-stage biotechnology company, where, as CEO, she led the company’s spin-out from the University of Illinois and raised a strategic equity investment. She serves on the board of Imerman Angels and is a member of ChicagoNEXT and the Illinois Innovation & Competitiveness Council. 

Ivo H. Daalder

President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to joining the Council, Daalder served as the Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for more than four years. Daalder also served on the National Security Council staff as director for European Affairs from 1995-97. Before his appointment as Ambassador to NATO by President Obama in 2009, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books and a regular commentator on international affairs in print and on television and radio. 

Warren E. Holtsberg, Chairman of UI LABS

Co-Head of Portfolio Management, The Tokarz Group Advisers LLC, and a member of the Board of Directors of MVC Capital, Inc. Holtsberg founded Motorola Ventures, the venture capital and private equity investment arm of Motorola, Inc. and serves on the boards of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the Big Shoulders Fund, and Illinois Ventures, a University of Illinois-focused venture capital, seed fund, and high technology incubator.

Eric D. Isaacs

Provost of The University of Chicago and a Professor in the Department of Physics, the James Franck Institute, and the College. The former Director of Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Isaacs has also served as the Founding Director of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and as Deputy Laboratory Director for Programs. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of UChicago Argonne, LLC and on the board of the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Dan’l Lewin

Corporate Vice President of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft Corporation. Lewin leads the company’s work in technology and civic engagement, including campaign technologies, environmental sustainability, policy-oriented academic outreach, and university relations. He reports to Microsoft President Brad Smith and also has executive and site responsibility for the company’s operations in Silicon Valley. Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, World Business Chicago, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, Advanced Energy Economy, and the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Roger L. Plummer

Retired Executive Vice President, International Engineering Consortium, and retired President and CEO, Ameritech Information Systems and Custom Business Services. Plummer is Chairman of the University of Illinois Foundation, a former member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and currently sits of the Board of Trustees of DePaul University. In addition to those former responsibilities, he is the Founding Chair and a current member of the Advisory Board of Rush Hospital Neurobehavioral Center and sits on the Board of Trustees of WTTW.

Anne R. Pramaggiore

President and Chief Executive Officer of ComEd. Pramaggiore is the first woman to hold the post of President and CEO at the electric utility. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Pramaggiore was appointed ComEd’s COO, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. Pramaggiore serves as a board member of the Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Babcock and Wilcox Enterprises, and several civic and community organizations.

Girish Rishi

Executive Vice President, North America, and Global Retail Solutions at Tyco. Before joining Tyco, Rishi oversaw product development for the Enterprise division of Motorola Solutions and was instrumental in the sale of the business to Zebra Technologies. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in early-stage, high-growth companies, including at Symbol Technologies, where he led the Europe, Middle East, and Africa theater. Rishi currently serves as a board member of Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII), a member of the board of regents at the University of Hartford, and an advisory board member at Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Lawrence B. Schook

Vice President of Research for the three campuses of the University of Illinois. Dr. Schook is an Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor and previously served as the Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences. He holds appointments as Professor of Animal Sciences, Bioengineering, Pathobiology, Nutritional Sciences, Pathology, and Surgery, and sits on the Board of Managers of the Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories.

Pamela B. Strobel

Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Exelon Corporation and retired President of Exelon’s Business Services Company. Strobel is the former Chairman and CEO of Exelon Energy Delivery, the holding company for the corporation’s energy delivery business. She currently serves as Director of Domtar Corporation, Illinois Tool Works Inc., and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. In addition, she serves as a Trustee of the University of Illinois and sits on the Board of the Chicago High School for the Arts.

Pedro E. Suarez

President of Dow USA. Beginning his Dow career in Brazil in 1979, Suarez has driven technical, sales and marketing, and operational efforts, as well as new business developments, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures for Dow worldwide. He has successfully held senior leadership roles globally for the company in several countries, including the United States, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. Suarez has served on boards of industry, country/city chambers, corporate citizenship coalitions, and leadership development think tanks. He currently serves on the CHS International Division Advisory Board.

Mark Tebbe

Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, and Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Tebbe brings more than 25 years of successful entrepreneurial and startup experience that has included the founding of two NASDAQ-listed publicly traded corporations, as well as direct involvement in numerous startup and high-growth companies. He is involved with organizations that include the Field Museum of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, the Aspen Institute, Chicago Entrepreneur Council, and 1871.

Mike S. Zafirovski

Executive Advisor to Blackstone and member of the Board of Directors of three Blackstone portfolio companies. Zafirovski is Founder and President of The Zaf Group. He has previously served as President and CEO of Nortel; President and COO of Motorola; and President and CEO of five GE businesses. Zafirovski currently serves on the Board of Directors of Boeing and Stericycle.