Sophia Velastegui

General Manager, Product, Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft

General Manager, Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence product organization. Works on a part of the Microsoft Graph, called the Knowledge Graph, which strives to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to every individual and organization by powering AI experiences in Bing, Office and Microsoft Azure. Member, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Production. Recipient of honours and awards, including: named among “Most Powerful Female Engineers”, Business Insider, 2017 and 2018. Formerly: Chief Product Officer, Doppler Labs; Head, Silicon/Architecture Roadmap, Google; working on Special Projects, Google’s Nest; led the “Think Tank” Program Management and Laptop & Special Projects Product Management groups, Apple. Is focused on advancing diversity the tech sector and through personal activities. Member of the Advisory Board, Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, and Create X incubator. Board Director, Elwyn.org, a non-profit servicing children and adults with disabilities. Has served as Innovation Adviser to the South Korean President Jae In Moon’s Labour Department from candidacy to presidency. BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech; MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; executive education, Harvard Business School and Stanford Law School. Holds a number of patents in semiconductors. Interests: hiking and rock climbing.