KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2018
Gigi Wang
Industry Fellow & Faculty, UC Berkeley at Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology - SCET
Board Member, Past Chair & President at VLAB
Managing Partner at MG-Team, LLC"
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Gigi Wang is an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship where she teaches a start-up boot-camp and executive innovation programs. She also runs a consulting firm, MG-Team, LLC, which delivers programs for entrepreneurship and innovation, and services for international business development. Clients have included Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, Ecole d' Ponts Business School, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), SRI International (innovation facilitator), Verizon Wireless, Lagardere (2nd largest media company in Europe), SAP and several global incubators. She coaches and mentors dozens of start-ups from around the world.

Before starting up MG-Team, Ms. Wang was on the management team of a number of tech start-ups. As an Internet pioneer in the 90's, she started up Pacific Internet in Singapore (IPO on NASDAQ in 1999) and launched the internationally reknowned TRUSTe Internet privacy program in 1996.

Gigi holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where she was President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker at entrepreneur and innovation conferences around the world including the Food Executive Europe, World Investment Conference, Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics, IBM Global Start-Up Camp, and Global R&D Conference.

Interesting Facts:
• My 1st visit to Ukraine was in April 2012 – Kyiv Open Doors program – to meet start-ups and investors in the Ukrainian eco-system. This will be my 4th trip to Ukraine.
• Played on the same co-ed (men & women) soccer team for 26 years. Just recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn ligament from playing.
• Born in Taiwan, and English is 3rd language after Taiwanese & Mandarin.
• I can make Ukrainian Borscht and Halubtsi (stuffed cabbage leaves) which I learned to love on my past trips.
• I have many Ukrainian friends – in Ukraine, in Europe, and in US. I think that Ukrainians are extremely smart, hard-working, enterprising and very warm and welcoming, and I'm excited to meet many more at ITEM-UA.

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