DENISE ROBERSON – MODERATOR
CEO – Jadi Communications
Branding, Sustainability and Innovation Expert
Denise Roberson has over two decades of experience in guiding C-suite executives and initiatives for some of the world’s leading brands.
As CEO of Jadi Communications in Laguna Beach, CA, she has led her creative team in providing award-winning strategic and creative services for Fortune 500 Corporations, government entities, universities and world-class non-profit organizations.
Denise is a charismatic leader dedicated to aligning brand value and purpose to newly emerging sustainable practices. She is adept at leading high-performance teams, fostering collaborative relationships throughout the stakeholder ecosystem, and envisioning innovation advancements within complex organizational settings. Denise has savvy interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills and is a trusted professional and academic speaker, adviser and board member, with triple bottom line and corporate social responsibility expertise.
Her doctoral dissertation revolves around the potential for technology to enhance brand value as a value driver related to sustainability in corporations. This work explores the impact of transparency on the evolving communications environment, regulatory transitions, and stakeholder empowerment that will increasingly require corporations to embrace sustainability as part of their brand strategy and competitive advantage.
SHAHI GHANEM – MODERATOR
Managing Director – WI Harper Group
Technology, AI, and Blockchain Expert
Shahi Ghanem is a technology industry veteran, successful serial entrepreneur, and proven institutional investor specializing in early-stage, cross-border and advanced technology investments.
As an entrepreneur he raised over one hundred million dollars in capital and helped to create nearly two billion dollars in shareholder returns. His institutional investments consistently track with top quartile performance for their respective cohorts.
Shahi has deep experience in Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Blockchain, and other advanced technologies across numerous disciplines. He has worked with scores of early-stage companies in director, advisor, and executive roles. He is also a successful executive mentor and keynote speaker on technology and venture capital.
Shahi is currently Managing Director of North America for WI Harper, an early-stage, cross-border venture capital fund with an AUM of over one billion dollars. He also serves as CEO of Alpha Ring International, a next-generation clean energy company.