Founder, Innovation Acceleration Group, UC Berkeley
Andre Marquis is the Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley as well as the Manager of the US National Science Foundation Innovation Corps San Francisco Bay Area Node. He is a serial entrepreneur with a long record of starting successful biotechnology and information technology ventures. Some of his notable startups include Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Chorus at Eli Lilly (www.choruspharma.com), Internet Pictures Corp [NASDAQ: IPIX], Accept.com (acquired by amazon.com) and CyberGold [NASDAQ: CGLD]. Mr. Marquis was also a member of Boston-based CommonAngels and a founder of Incubator, LLC, a Berkeley-based business incubator. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and has received the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow award.
Exec. Dir., Innovation Acceleration Group, UC Berkeley
Mark Searle is an award-winning international serial entrepreneur and instructor. He is Senior Fellow for Global Programs UC Berkeley’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and brings 20 years of experience as co-founder, CEO and COO of a number of early-stage and growth-stage technology startup companies. He has served as Founder and CEO of SenSage [acquired by NASDAQ: KEYW] and LogSavvy, CEO of Barcelona-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,” “Always On Global 250,” and others. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an AB cum laude from Princeton University and was a Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley.
Chief of Staff & Program Director, Innovation Acceleration Group, UC Berkeley
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.
Director, International Development, Senior Fellow (2015-17), UC Berkeley and Co-Founder 1M1B
Manav Subodh is Director of International Development for Innovation Acceleration Group ( 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 Co-Founder of 1M1B (1 Million for 1 Billion), a global initiative to enable a million leaders and entrepreneurs to impact a billion people and drive them out of poverty. Manav and his work has been featured in Forbes, Yahoo and TEDx. Presently, he is prototyping a Smart Village accelerator in 4 states of India with focus on creating jobs, enhancing income and providing last mile as a service to startups.