Nayan Patel - Founder & CEO @ H2: Nayan leads global strategy and operations for H2, working with its global chairs team across ten chapters spanning the US, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM regions. He has over fifteen years operating experience in growth-oriented leadership positions across product management, business development, and international operations with high growth, global companies including LinkedIn, Google, and Yahoo!. Prior to H2, he held early lead roles at LinkedIn with its international operations and corporate/business development teams, and previously at Google with its product management and syndication partnerships teams. Nayan received his MBA from Santa Clara University, and his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Jeff Merkel - Founder & Board Director @ H2: Jeff is a Co-Founder at Ladder, a VC-backed startup that provides a smart, simple way to insure your life. He joined from Issuu, where he was CRO, responsible for managing sales and business development. Previously, he was director of global Android partnerships at Google. Jeff joined Google as part of the AdMob acquisition, where he was vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Jeff was director of media solutions for Motorola where he was responsible for sell in, commercialization, and marketing of media solutions and services. He also held the positions of marketing manager at Apple Computer, a business development manager for a wireless payment startup in Singapore and a management consultant for Price Waterhouse in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff holds bachelor's degree from Taylor University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tom Clayton - Board Director @ H2, former Chapter Chair @ H2 Singapore (2012-14): Tom has started, ran and worked for numerous technology companies. Currently, Tom is VP of International Operations at Houzz, where he is aggressively building out dozens of countries. Previously, the CEO of Bubbly, the Singapore-based company backed by Sequoia, JAFCO and other prominent investors, he built them into a leader in mobile social media across Asia with 200M+ users. Prior to running Bubbly, Tom was GM of the Mobile Business at BEA Systems, an infrastructure software company acquired by Oracle for $8.5B. Before BEA, Tom helped start five different companies. At his last startup, Bang Networks, another Sequoia-backed networking software company, he helped build out the BD and sales organizations. Tom’s other startups ranged from an ecommerce-focused SI to a high-end audio manufacturer.
Josh Becker - Board Director @ H2: Josh is CEO of Lex Machina, where he leads strategy and operations and is a thought leader on intellectual property trends and leveraging technology to improve the practice of law. Josh was part of the Founding team of Dice.com (NYSE:DHX) and ran corporate development at Agile Software (sold to Oracle). He was a Venture Capitalist at Redpoint Ventures and then a Founding General Partner of New Cycle Capital. Previously, he also worked at McKinsey & Co. and Netscape. Josh runs Startup2Startup, an entrepreneur group and is active with the Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. He Chairs the Full Circle Fund, a coalition of technology and business leaders that collectively funds and supports leading social entrepreneurs. Josh earned a joint J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College.
Chara Burnett - Global Operations Lead @ H2: Chara is responsible for supporting H2's global programs, network operations and growth initiatives working across our Global and Chapter Chairs teams. She has over a decade of experience running independent events for executives at public companies (Informatica, Oracle, Siebel), venture capital firms (Technology Crossover Ventures, Elementum) as well as Event & Membership Administration for high end private organizations (YPO, Full Circle Fund). Prior to residing in Palo Alto in 2001, Chara spent 6 years in Boston where she worked in Management Consulting (EDS, HCm). She graduated, cum laude, with a degree in Operations Management, from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Kirthiga Reddy - 2017 Global Summit Chair @ H2: Kirthiga joined as the first Facebook India employee in July 2010 and was Managing Director of Facebook India and South Asia until her move to FB HQ in Aug 2016. She set up the India operations in Hyderabad, supporting the company’s growing number of users, advertisers and developers worldwide and during this time was also a Co-Chair for H2's India Chapter. Currently, as Global Client Partner and Emerging Markets Lead for Global Accounts, she manages the company’s most strategic global advertiser relationships. Kirthiga holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she graduated with top honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a B.E. in Computer Science from Ambedkar University, India. She serves on Stanford Business School Management Board and ISB Next Generation Leadership Board. She is passionate about causes for children and about developing women leaders.
Valerie Wagoner - 2017 Global Summit Chair @ H2: Valerie is a successful entrepreneur and global technology executive who has been involved in H2 across its India, Singapore, and Silicon Valley Chapters. In early 2010, she founded ZipDial in India and scaled the company to 60M users, revenue accounting for 4% of India’s mobile ad market, and expansion into 4 international markets. In January 2015, Twitter announced the acquisition of ZipDial. Valerie continued with Twitter to lead global Growth efforts, including building products, executing on cross-functional marketing and partnerships strategies, and leading the organization she built within Twitter spread across 11 countries. She also serves on the World Economic Forum council for the Future of Consumer Industries. Valerie earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Stanford and is truly passionate about consumer technology and business model innovation that creates global impact.