Sophia Velastegui

Chief Technology Officer, AI of Operation Apps, Microsoft

Sophia Velastegui is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Operation Applications at Microsoft. Previously she was a general manager, responsible for development of AI and Search products and initiatives. Velastegui serves on BlackLine, Inc’s (Nasdaq: BL) board of directors. Blackline is the leading accounting automation software company. Since 2018, she has concurrently served on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council. Before joining Microsoft, Velastegui served as Doppler Lab's chief product officer where she defined a new product category and created the world's first 'smart' earbuds. Prior to Doppler, she headed Google/Nest's Silicon and Architecture Roadmap team where she scaled the organization from start-up to growth business unit following the Google acquisition. Previously, Velastegui was at Apple where she led the Platform Architecture "Think Tank" Program, leveraging AI and machine learning across all of Apple's advanced technology platforms. Prior to Apple, Velastegui held a variety of technology and product development roles at ETM and Applied Materials. In addition to her extensive professional experience, Velastegui serves on Georgia Tech's College of Engineering and Create X incubator boards. She previously served on the board of Elwyn.org, a non-profit servicing children and adults with disabilities. Velastegui holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She also completed executive education programs at Stanford Law School and Harvard Business School. Velastegui has received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to the technology industry including being recognized by Business Insider as one of the 'Most Powerful Female Engineers in the World' for her work in advance technology at Google and then again for her work in AI at Microsoft. Lastly, Velastegui received the prestigious Lumiere Distinguished Leadership Award from the Advanced Imaging Society for innovation and technical impact in advancing the entertainment and media industries.