DR. CHARLES CAMARDA
Senior Advisor for Innovation, NASA
Vice-president, Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy, Facebook
Founder and President, ELIZA
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Boxee
Moderator: TOM STANDAGE
Digital Editor, The Economist
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Based on a series of live events from The Economist, The Ideas Economy attracts a community of active participants from business, government, non-profits and the academy who are interested in collaborating to solve global challenges, develop new ideas, and contribute to human progress.
Dr. Charles Camarda is Senior Advisor for Innovation at NASA. Upon graduation from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1974, Charles Camarda began work at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC). He received his MS from George Washington University in mechanical engineering in 1980 and a PhD in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech in 1990.
He was head of the Thermal Structures Branch at LaRC in 1996 when he was selected to be an astronaut. Dr Camarda flew on the return-to-flight mission of Space Shuttle, STS-114, in 2005. He was selected director of engineering at the Johnson Space Center in December 2005 and is currently senior advisor for innovation and on detail assignment to NYU-Poly as a distinguished engineer in residence.
Alexandra Drane is the founder and president of the Eliza Corporation. Drane has devoted her career to inspiring people to lead healthier, happier and more engaged lives through the use of innovative technology. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for technology and design have led to the launch of four successful healthcare ventures over the past 15 years.
Prior to founding Eliza, Alexandra was a founder of three other healthcare ventures -- all focused on developing products that enable individual behavior change through the use of technology.
She has been named to the Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list and also appears on the Healthspottr Future Health 100 list, which includes some of the most creative and influential people working in healthcare today.
Avner Ronen is CEO of Boxee.
Before starting Boxee, Mr. Ronen was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc. a leading provider of software and service to Telecom service providers. Mr. Ronen was responsible for acquisitions valued at $450M, which were key to the company's evolution from a Voicemail company to a Billing and VAS provider.
Mr. Ronen joined Comverse in 2002 when they acquired Odigo, a company he co-founded in 1998. Odigo was one of the early Instant Messaging services on the web serving over 8M users worldwide.
Elliot Schrage is the Vice President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy, where he is responsible for developing and coordinating key messages about products, corporate business and partnerships. He also oversees the company’s public policy strategy worldwide. Elliot joined Facebook from Google, where he was the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. He helped broaden and coordinate the company’s messaging from a focus on product PR to include all aspects of corporate, financial, policy, philanthropic and internal communications. Prior to Google, Elliot was the Bernard L. Schwarz Senior Fellow in business and foreign policy at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier in his career, Elliot served as the Senior Vice President of Global Affairs for Gap Inc. and an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Columbia Law School. He has been a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times. Elliot holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist, where he oversees the magazine’s business, finance, science and technology coverage.
He is the author of five history books, including An Edible History of Humanity (2009); A History of the World in Six Glasses (2005), a New York Times bestseller; and The Victorian Internet (1998), described by the Wall Street Journal as a "dot-com cult classic." Tom has written for other publications, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and Wired, and is a regular commentator on BBC radio.
He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University.
Dr. Charles Camarda, senior advisor for innovation at NASA, explains the challenges of fostering new ideas in an organization where even small mistakes can lead to disaster. "You have to have this environment where you have permission to fail, and permission to dissent" he says. "Some failures are very much necessary."