Rik Reppe is PwC’s Global Experience leader and heads up its Los Angeles Experience Center. He has built his career on finding hard, economic value in the amorphous thing called experience and then leading his team in delivering that value through experience design. His current areas of focus are changing physical environments through the use of digital elements, and the experience path associated with AI, RPA, and Machine Learning.
Shekhar Chandrashekhar, Ph.D.
Smart Manufacturing Practice Lead, CMTC (California Manufacturing Technology Consulting)
Shekhar Chandrashekhar is a leader, strategist, and innovator with a history of driving improvements that streamline operations, drive growth and increase profitability on a global scale. His background in business and technology leadership, and deep knowledge and advanced training in engineering management have provided him with a unique talent—the ability to transform organizations, influence company and product positioning and drive a laser focus on priorities that support the company’s vision, goals, and positioning.
In his current role as Smart Manufacturing Practice Lead at CMTC, Shekhar partners with the nationwide network of innovation institutes and industry 4.0 solution providers to assist small and mid-sized manufacturers in digital transformation. With vast expertise in IIOT, Agile, and data and information management, combined with a 360-degree approach, Shekhar leads clients in crafting strategies and integrating the right end-to-end technology to get the right information at the right time in the right form to the right people throughout the value chain to enable smart decisions.
Shekhar Chandrashekhar is passionate about driving change at the intersection of business, technology, and culture. He is also a people-oriented leader with the capacity to engage and develop high-performing teams that work together to realize unprecedented—verifiable and repeatable—results.
Director of Market Strategy, DAQRI
Dana Morgan is the Director of go to market strategy at DAQRI, a Los Angles-based augmented reality platform company that delivers hardware and software solutions to improve worker performance. Harnessing over 7 years of product development experience, Dana has brought multiple Augmented Reality hardware and software products to market at scale. She manages the creation of key product and system integrations to further unlock the most important use cases for industrial Augmented Reality.
Fynnwin Prager, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Public Administration College of Business Administration and Public Policy, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Prager is Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Co-Director of the South Bay Economics Institute at CSU Dominguez Hills. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and he remains affiliated with the Center. He received his PhD in Policy, Planning, and Development from the Price School.
His research and publications have focused on the policy and economics of disasters, particularly environmental and terrorism policy, and the impacts to regional economies and transportation systems. Dr. Prager has published two books: Terrorism: An International Perspective with Professor Gus Martin at CSUDH and Economic Consequence Analysis of Disasters with Professor Adam Rose and colleagues at USC. Dr. Prager’s dissertation focused on climate policy, and used Computable General Equilibrium modeling to analyze the economic and distributional impacts of US federal emissions trading policy.