Cheng Wu 

General Partner at Taiwania Capital Management

Cheng Wu was CEO and co-founder at Azuki, responsible for the company’s vision, corporate strategy and setting the overall direction in the marketplace. Cheng is a successful serial entrepreneur and well-acclaimed industry veteran, having founded and led numerous businesses spanning a range of different industries. Azuki was sold to Ericsson in 2014.

Before that, Cheng served as Chairman of Acopia Networks, a leader in high-performance, intelligent file virtualization solutions, which was acquired by F5 Networks for $210M in September, 2007. Cheng founded and became Chairman of Acopia Networks in December, 2001 after leaving Cisco Systems. He joined Cisco Systems in June 2000 through Cisco’s $5.7B acquisition of ArrowPoint Communications, where he held various executive positions, including Group VP and General Manager of the Content and Multiservice Edge Group (CME). CME’s technology focus was to enable the migration of existing client-server multi-protocol networks toward high value, multiservice (data, voice, and video) architectures capable of supporting the next wave of e-business applications and edge services for Enterprise and service provider customers.

Prior to joining Cisco, Cheng founded ArrowPoint Communications in 1997, where he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer leading the company to a successful IPO in April of 2000 with annualized revenues of $250M.

Preceding Cheng’s time with ArrowPoint, he founded Arris Networks, a Massachusetts based startup that developed high-density Internet access products that was acquired by Cascade Communications for $217M in May, 1996. He later served as Cascade (now Lucent Technologies) Communications’ Vice President for remote access engineering. 

The highlight of his 20-year career was being named to InteractiveWeek magazine’s “Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Internet” list in 2000. His better half is Shalin Wu. Boards and Achievements: Key Industry Player award by Massachusetts Telecom Council in 2002; Second largest corporate merger in Massachusetts history; Board member: Massachusetts Telecom Council, Data Power Corporation –, and Ammasso – Chairman of the Board: Acopia Networks – Honorary Chairman of the Board: NECINA.

Ben Tao

Partner at Momenta Partners / Global Management Consulting and Venture Partner in IoT, Analytics and Blockchain

Ben is a Partner at Momenta Partners, a global management consulting and venture partner in IoT, analytics and blockchain. He is a seasoned growth strategist and M&A executive with over 20 years of experience in high tech and software verticals. Prior to Momenta, Ben was Corporate Development Vice President at PTC and spearheaded the acquisition strategies throughout PTC's digital transformation journey into a market leader in IIoT and AR. Ben leverages his market insight, technical depth, extensive professional network and deal experience to rapidly uncover and realize breakout growth opportunities.


Bobbie Carlton  

Founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, has been called Boston’s Innovation Den Mother, and the Startup Fairy Godmother.  She’s an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional with a soft spot for the under-served and under-represented in the high-tech community. She speaks regularly on PR, social media, community building, product launches, public speaking and women’s issues.

Previously, in addition to working with a number of Boston-area PR and marketing firms, she headed global PR at Cognos and PTC, both publicly-held enterprise software companies. In 2006 she switched gears, joining a startup focused on supporting self-esteem and positive role models for preteen girls through a social network and book series.

In 2008, she started her own company…the first one.

In 2010 she was named one of the “Ten Bostonians who have done the most for the startup community”, and in 2011 she was a recipient of a Mass High Tech All-star award. In 2015 she was named a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch. PR News called her a Gamechanger in 2017.

Connie Dai  

Legal Expert, Business Leader, President of Necina

Attorney Dai advises emerging to well-established companies on corporate, investment, business transactions, trademark, trade secrets and employment matters. Her practice covers company structuring, formation, and draft and negotiate variety of commercial agreements. She has formed multiple private equity funds with investment in real estate, AI, healthcare, biotechnology, robotics and IOT, and has represented both portfolio companies and investors in angle round and subsequent series of investments.


She also offers advice on employment matters as to offer letter, wage & hour, classification of employment, severance, and noncompete. She has formed and represented multiple tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. Her clients are in biotechnology, CRO, private equity, education advisory and consulting, business incubator, real estate developer and broker, recruiting and staffing, export and import, online distributor for electronic products.  

She's listed the Rising Star of Super Lawyers in New England the 7th consecutive year for Business/Corporate practice.

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Dr. Hitendra Patel 

Innovation Expert, Managing Director of the IXL Center

Dr. Hitendra Patel is the Managing Director of the IXL Center and Chair of the Innovation and Growth Program at the Hult International Business School. He has coached new emerging leaders and managers of new and fast growth businesses.

Hitendra was a senior leader and co-founder of Monitor Group’s Innovation Practice and was responsible for Asia and Latin America. Prior to Monitor, he was a senior manager at Arthur D. Little. As a management consultant, he has made lasting impact with all types of companies by helping them identify new engines for growth and develop their own capacity to innovate.

Hitendra has also helped and published articles at the national and region level on the topic of economic development in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Singapore, US and UK.

Prior to consulting, Hitendra worked at Motorola in the portable energy space and is the owner of six patents. He is also a founder of various venture-backed companies.

Hitendra is the co-author of 101 Innovation Breakthroughs, The State of Innovation at the Firm Level in Singapore, and Greenovate, Companies Innovating to Create a More Sustainable World. His most recent book, Connectivate! was published on May 2012. It talks about how companies have innovated in a more connected world to become Always Available. He is now working on his fifth book—Thinking and Acting Differently to Make Innovation Real.

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Hui Lei

VP, Futurewei Technologies; Fellow, IEEE

Dr. Hui Lei is Vice President and CTO of AI and Data Infrastructure at Futurewei Technologies. Previously he was CTO of Watson Health Cloud at IBM, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and an IBM Master Inventor. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core, a past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, a past Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems, and an inventor of over 90 patents. He has been recognized with the Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award for "pioneering contributions to scalable access to real-world data." He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

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Patrick Dooling

Managing Partner

Navem Partners, LLC

Mr. Dooling has been a seasoned investor and venture capitalist for over 15 years. He was Principal with Riverside Partners that focused on growth-oriented companies primarily in healthcare and technology industries. Prior to joining Riverside Partners in 2014, he developed a 8 year tenure at Bain Capital rising to Vice President of Private Equity.

Mr. Dooling has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and BA with honors in International Relations from Stanford University.

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Mingsheng Hong

AI & Big Data Expert, Google

Dr. Mingsheng Hong leads the engineering work of Google's TensorFlow runtime, the AI infrastructure. Prior to this role, Mingsheng worked in Big Data engineering leadership roles at Google, Hadapt and HP Vertica. During his five years at Massachusetts in 2008-2013, Mingsheng was fortunate to volunteer at NECINA and served as its 17th President during the 2012-2013 term.


Mingsheng obtained his Computer Science Ph.D. degree at Cornell University, and co-founded the Microsoft CEDR research project, commercialized as SQL Server StreamInsight. Mingsheng has given talks, lectures and demos at industry and academic forums such as TensorFlow Developer Summit, Hadoop World, and Harvard Business School.

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James Heffernan, Esq.

Partner, Head of Legal and Acquisitions, Navem Partners, LLC

Shareholder, Rich May

As a co-founder for his own high-end real estate development company, Attorney Heffernan understands firsthand how to start and manage a company. He has extensive experience representing local, national and international clients in all facets of corporate/business and real estate practice, including equity acquisition and private financing, joint venture development agreement and corporate structure. He has been named a “Super Lawyers New England Rising Star” for Real Estate by Thomson Reuters from 2013 to 2020. Attorney Heffernan obtains his J.D. from Georgetown Law Center and B.A. cum laude from Boston University.

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Tony Ho

VP Global Business Development, Segway

Lead effort in Ninebot Segway Global Business Development effort with major players in Automotive, Tour, and Industrial verticals. He’s the founder and president of Segway Discovery Inc.


He also advises startup companies on go-to-market strategies and fund raising, with focus on Mobile Internet, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Wearable, Robotics, Drones and other Smart Devices.

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John Wang

Automotive product design expert and entrepreneur

John Wang is an automotive product design expert and entrepreneur. He has diverse experience in mechanical, electrical, and software product development as well business management.


He has started a few companies since 2008. He founded Dreamech developing connected car product/service for car owner and service providers. He was the cofounder/CTO of Wiselink Technology, where he built a team of 30 engineers and technicians developing pioneered telematics product in China for customers including China Mobile, Volkswagen China Joint Venture.


Before 2008, John worked for General Motors and Johnson Controls as a Lead Product Engineer. His designs and patents have been widely applied to GM, Ford and Chrysler automobiles.  Currently, John works as a product reliability expert for Clearmotion.


John also served as 2015-2016 President-electe of NECINA and has been a NECINA board member since 2016. His education includes MBA (Michigan), MSME and BSME.

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Dr. Harry Gao

Co-founder and President of GNW International; Chair, NECINA Entrepreneur Programs

Dr. Harry Gao is the co-founder and President of GNW International, a technology company based in Stoneham, MA. The company focuses on using laser and optical technology for industrial as well as personalized gift market. Dr. Gao has lived in Massachusetts for more than 30 years. He has more than 25 years of diverse professional experience as a teacher, researcher, engineer, manager, international sales director, and entrepreneur.  With his extensive professional experience, Dr. Harry Gao is passionate about helping young professionals and students in career advancement and development, entrepreneurship and business development, particularly based on innovations in technology with huge market potentials. 

Dr. Harry Gao has been volunteering for NECINA for more than 20 years, held positions as chair of NECINA Entrepreneur Programs and former president.


Dr. Gao received a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Massachusetts Lowell and a MS from Southern Illinois University. He also graduated from Shanghai Normal University.

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Dr. Nancy Li

a Director of Product, a Mentor and a YouTuber

Dr. Nancy Li is a Director of Product, a Mentor and a YouTuber. She was the youngest engineering Ph.D. then transitioned to a product manager. Within 4 years, she was promoted to the Director of Product at COX Communications. She had held leadership roles at Verizon and Shell Oil. She is also an alumnus of BU and MIT. Her goal is to help people transition from worker bee to product managers and business leaders and help them to get the compensation they want. You can check out Dr. Li’s weekly video at her YouTube Channel: Dr. Nancy Li.  and her website.


Jonathan Chang

CEO, JL Cambridge International

“Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” By George Bernard Shaw. 

Jonathan earned the trust and respect of both our students and instructors in JL by his outgoing and optimistic personality. Derived from his unique cross-disciplinary background in engineering, business administration and education, Jonathan’s understanding and ideas in education can help our students to the greatest extent. He specializes in the career development of engineering and business majors, providing our students professional mentorship on paperwork writing (Resume, PS, etc.), school selection, major choice, and internship advice. Jonathan has helped more than 500 students to get their dream school offers, including Harvard, Stanford, USC, UPenn, etc.

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Hsuanyeh Chang, PhD, Esq.

Patent Attorney & Attorney At Law

Dr. Chang believes that the key to competent representation in patent matters is the ability to quickly and fully understand the technology involved in each case. Dr. Chang has extensive experiences with both general practice and boutique law firms, as well as both international and startup technology companies. In addition to English, Dr. Chang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conversational in German. Dr. Chang has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the U.S., China, and Taiwan. He has also represented parties in post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for patents in concurrent district court litigations, resulting in favorable settlements for the client.

Xin Yang

Product Manager at eClinicalworks

Xin Yang is a Product Manager at eClinicalworks. She has extensive experience in healthcare industry. She worked as Sr. Product Manager in several multinational companies with focusing on medical devices and digital health, where she is responsible for product development, growth and life cycle management. She also served as advisors and consultants for several digital health startups. She holds PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and MBA degree in healthcare management from Boston university.