Mark Searle, Managing Director UC Berkeley Innovation Acceleration Group, IAG

Mark Searle

Mark Searle is Managing Director of the Innovation Acceleration Group at UC Berkeley Executive Education, and former Senior Fellow for Global Programs at the Haas School of Business, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. He is an award-winning international serial entrepreneur in domains ranging from 3D printing & rapid prototyping to enterprise software, cloud computing and consumer Internet. He brings 20 years of experience as co-founder, CEO and COO of a number of early-stage and growth-stage technology startup companies.

Mark has led and taught Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs sponsored by major corporations including Intel, and in collaboration with universities and government agencies around the world, including Spain, India and Saudi Arabia, among others. He served as Founder and CEO of SenSage [acquired by NASDAQ: KEYW] and LogSavvy, as CEO of Europe-based Kinamik Data Integrity, and as COO at Plynetics Corp., Cybergold [NASDAQ: CGLD] and Internet Pictures Corp. [NASDAQ: IPIX]. Companies under Mark’s leadership have won numerous awards including: “Top European ICT Startup” (Eurecan); “Innovate 100” most innovative startups, "Red Herring 100" Top North American Startups, and others. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an AB with honors from Princeton University and was a Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley.

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Elizabeth Saunders, UC Berkeley Innovation Acceleration Group, IAG

Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth Saunders is the Chief of Staff and Program Director for the Innovation Acceleration Group at UC Berkeley Executive Education. After serving five years as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy, Elizabeth held a number of jobs across diverse industries in international settings, including managing a consumer-facing business in Central America, working with the U.N.'s grassroots initiative to fight human trafficking in London and around the world, and managing US programs for an India-based immersive business education venture. She was also Program Manager at startup-focused technology engine YouNoodle. She works with the IAG team to enable entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to learn and apply Lean methodologies to their innovative ideas. A self-described “anthropreneur,” Elizabeth is interested in the intersection culture, technology and entrepreneurship. She holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Anthropology from University College London, an Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree from UNC Wilmington, and is a two-time recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Outside of UC Berkeley, Elizabeth is a co-founder of an early stage travel startup and an avid knitter.

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Andre Marquis 

Andre Marquis is the CEO of Hypershift and founder of the Agile Business Model Innovation. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Innovation Acceleration Group at UC Berkeley Executive Education and the Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business. At UC Berkeley, he and his team built a scalable, global infrastructure to deliver leading-edge, hands-on training to hundreds of teams and thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators and their Faculty and mentors. These world-class programs including America's Greatest Makers, the Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps, Innovate for Digital India, $1.3M Make It Wearable Challenge (driving corporate innovation on Intel’s computing platforms in 27 countries), Innovate for Digital India, LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, Global Social Venture Competition as well as other Bay Area and international programs in dozens of countries. 
Outside of UC Berkeley, Andre has a long record of starting successful biotechnology and IT ventures with a particular focus on winning in markets where scalability is critical. Two Web companies he helped start became publicly traded and a third was acquired by amazon for over $190 million. The Chorus Group at Eli Lilly, which he co-founded, is a significant lean business model innovation that has dramatically speeded up and lowered the cost of drug development. Drawing on this industry and innovation expertise, Andre and his team are redefining how to teach the process of evidence-based entrepreneurship and corporate innovation while creating scalable enterprises and driving deep culture change simultaneously. 
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Manav Subodh

Manav Subodh is Director of International Development for IAG and UC Berkeley Executive Education.

Previously, Manav worked for Intel corporation and led Intel’s entrepreneurship initiatives in over 30 countries including the Intel's global accelerator on Wearable computing. Manav has also worked for Ernst and Young (EY), Hughes and QAI

In addition to his roles at IAG and UC Berkeley Executive Education, Manav is a Founding Board Member of 1M1B ( A Million for A Billion), a global initiative to enable a million entrepreneurs to create jobs for a billion people in the underserved areas around the world. He was featured in Forbes as The Man Who Will Help 1 Billion People. Presently, Manav is prototyping a Smart Village jobs accelerator in India with focus on providing last mile as a service for e-commerce, energy and healthcare startups.

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