Boryana is the Executive Director at the Straubel Foundation. The Straubel Foundation is focused on accelerating global sustainability through science, engineering and social innovation. Specifically, Boryana’s superpower is identifying and developing human top performance. The Straubel Fellows Boryana coaches span from Forbes 30 under 30 talent, Fellows of the Royal Commonwealth Society, IVY League (Stanford, Harvard, MIT) top performers, and numerous Echoing Green Fellows.
Previously, Boryana build most Human Resources Functions at Tesla. She joined Tesla in 2011, at only ~600 employees, and helped the company through more than half a decade of hyper-growth. By early 2017 the company had grown over 5,000% and Boryana had built and led several world-class teams such as People Analytics, HR Information Systems, HR Operation, Compensation, New Markets Readiness, Mergers and Acquisition Integration, and Business Operations.
Boryana was also the VP of Talent and Culture at Wikimedia, the foundation behind Wikipedia. At Wikimedia, Boryana oversaw all internal Operations, all People functions, Workplace, and the Engineering Team Practices function. After two months at Wikimedia she was promoted to oversee all traditionally COO functions.
Boryana holds a B.S. in Economics from UC Berkeley, an M.S. in Management (Sloan) and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford. She has also been awarded: Tesla Top 1%, Brocade Top Performer, Alkiem Global Top performers, CAL Alumni Association Leadership Award, UC Berkeley Future Leaders Award, American Association of University Women Award, 2008 CMS Success Story, Cordes Language Award, CSM CU Award, The Morris Family Award and SMCCD Anniversary Award. She has appeared on the cover or in articles in publications such as Bloomberg, Fortune, HR Executive Magazine, and Bulgarian Manager Magazine.
She is a renowned data-driven, business operations, and optimization powerhouse. As an internal consulting juggernaut, her skills have been applied across all functions of both public for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, she is a Sloan Advisor to the Stanford Energy and Environment Impact Fund.
A life-long learner and global nomad, Boryana has lived in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Russia, and the USA (since 2005.) She has two young children.[post_title] => Boryana Straubel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => boryana-dineva [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-21 10:37:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-21 08:37:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=12564 [menu_order] => 160 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14179 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-08-27 15:55:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-27 13:55:36 [post_content] => Patty McCord brings the Silicon Valley concepts of fresh ideas and innovation and applies them to rethinking the way we work.As the former chief talent officer of Netflix, Patty spent fourteen years experimenting with new ways to work, and was instrumental in creating the brilliant Netflix Culture Deck. Since it was first posted on the web, the culture deck has been viewed more than 15 million times, and Sheryl Sandberg has said that it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.”Patty participated in IPOs at Netflix and, before that, Pure Atria Software. A veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland, and Seagate Technologies, she has also worked with small start-ups. Her background includes staffing, diversity, communications, and international human resources positions. Currently, she coaches and advises companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership. Her first book is called “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.”From abolishing performance reviews to challenging the need for policies, Patty believes people come to work as fully formed adults with a desire to make an impact and be proud of what they do. Drawing on her years working with companies that range from large global tech companies to small innovative start-ups, she shares her passion for helping organizations work more effectively. [post_title] => Patty McCord [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => patty-mccord [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-17 17:45:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-17 15:45:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.aurumbureau.com/speaker/patty-mccord/ [menu_order] => 90 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13327 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-15 12:58:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-15 12:58:14 [post_content] => Justine Cassell is Associate Dean of Technology Strategy and Impact in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Director Emerita of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. She co-directs the Yahoo-CMU InMind partnership on the future of personal assistants. Previously Cassell was faculty at Northwestern University where she founded the Technology and Social Behavior Doctoral Program and Research Center. Before that she was a tenured professor at the MIT Media Lab.Cassell has received the MIT Edgerton Prize, and Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision award, in 2011 was named to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, which she chaired for 2 years before moving to chair the World Economic Future Council on the Future of Computing. In 2012 Cassell was named a AAAS fellow, in 2016 made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Scotland, in 2017 made a Fellow of the ACM, and in 2018 was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Henry and Bryna David Prize. In 2017-2018 Cassell held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris, where she was a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne. Cassell has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the past 7 years on topics concerning the impact of AI and Robotics on society. [post_title] => Justine Cassell [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => justine-cassell [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-09 15:52:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-09 13:52:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=13327 [menu_order] => 150 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14101 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-08-08 18:54:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-08 16:54:06 [post_content] =>
At the age of 19, Nadia Murad and some members of her family were kidnapped from their village of Kocho in northern Iraq. Held as a sex slave by fighters of the Islamic Stated, she was beaten, tortured, and repeatedly raped. Her bid for freedom after three months found her a refugee in Duhok, northern Iraq, before she was taken to Stuttgart, Germany. Once in Germany, she received medical treatment before being reunited with other survivors. Of her family, six of her nine brothers and her mother were killed the day she and her two sisters were taken by ISIS.
Vocal in her determination to make the world aware of the atrocities committed by ISIS, Nadia has committed herself to lead a campaign aimed at promoting peace by means of de-radicalization.
Nadia deems herself a survivor, not a victim. Her aim is to lift the veil on the torture and abuse suffered by men, women, and children by extremists while highlighting the plight of marginalized ethnic and religious minority groups.
Nadia’s courage in speaking out and her efforts to put the world’s focus on the genocide taking place in her own country at the UNO, saw her nominated by Iraq for the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received in 2018. 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Her rigorous and experiential methodology is rooted in the Eastern contemplative traditions, and continuously refined under the mentorship of leading scientists and academics in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and the Eastern philosophical systems.Anahita is committed to serving organizations and individuals who aspire to have a substantial positive impact in the world. She is a coach to executives, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, facilitates workshops and organizational trainings, and speaks at events around the world.She has been a student of the Eastern contemplative traditions for over a decade, primarily attending teachings with HH the 14th Dalai Lama, and has been trained in contemplative neuroscience and psychology at the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in NY. Anahita received her BA in Marketing & Advertising at the London School of Communications and her MA in Social Anthropology at The School of Oriental and African Studies, London.Anahita is committed to a path of self-inquiry, combining analytic insight with experience-based practices. With an objective to refine methods that can unlock the upside of human potential, Anahita leverages her training in social anthropology and contemplative science.Her ongoing research has led her to develop a deep interest in topics that include the relationship between mind, perception and reality; the neuropsychology of happiness; comparative studies of the feminine; healing developmental trauma and the power of habit.Anahita’s coaching and leadership development style addresses issues on a causal level. It aims to disrupt habitual patterns of behavior by challenging perception and self-reinforcing systems of belief that lock us into cycles of dissatisfaction. Working closely with clients, Anahita makes it easy to dismantle obstacles in the way of happiness by applying critical inquiry into deeply held beliefs and ingrained habits, accompanied by rigorous mind training practices to foster gradual and substantial transformation. After all, how we see ourselves is how we will be.Echoing the words of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Anahita believes that happiness is our primary responsibility. We are "social animals", constantly in relationship within a complex, intricately interwoven and deeply interdependent web of life. Anahita believes that the cultivation of pro-social emotions and wholesome mental states will play a fundamental role in ensuring the continuation of life on the planet.Prior to Neural Beings, Anahita worked in media and journalism for European news agencies, producing macro-economic country reports for Forbes, the Washington Post and The Times. She lived and work in Croatia, Botswana, Indonesia and the UAE, interviewing senior political and business leaders, gaining insight into their mindsets and 7 years later, using those insights to launch Neural Beings.Anahita’s favorite mode of creative expression is dance. She is trained in Persian Sufi dance and other ethnic and contemporary styles, and performs on special occasions. She also practices martial arts and tries to not take herself too seriously. 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Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, and culminated her efforts in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015.Throughout her tenure Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change and usher in an era of stability and prosperity.In the natural world, a newly discovered tropical moth (Struthoscelis christianafigueresae), a wasp (Pseudapanteles christianafigueresae) and an orchid (Vanilla karen-christianae) have been named after her. Costa Rica has recently issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor.She has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team 1995- 2009, and having played a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC before formally joining the Secretariat.She initiated her life of public service as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Bonn, Germany in 1982. Moving to the USA, she was Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years.She has an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. Ms. Figueres has received honorary doctorate degrees from University of Massachusetts Boston, Concordia University, Georgetown University, Cranfield University, and Warwick University. She is the mother of two daughters and speaks Spanish, English and German. 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Ayesha also serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government's agency that develops its world-class technology sector to drive the country's digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision.In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Her clients have included SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company; Singtel, Singapore's largest telco; SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm; Habib Bank, Pakistan's largest bank; and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city.Ayesha is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore, and founded the Empower: AI for Singapore national movement, which aims to teach all youth in the country the basics of artificial intelligence.Prior to founding ADDO AI, Ayesha spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems. Ayesha was co-founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.Ayesha has been named one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning for emerging industries. Ayesha has been recently profiled for her work in artificial intelligence in leading publications including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Focus Magazin (Germany), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourg), Computer Sweden (Sweden), Information Age (Nordics), Peak (Cover Story, Singapore), and In The Black (Cover Story, Australia).Ayesha is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy. She has presented at major financial, technology and other industry conferences, provided high level government briefings, chaired symposiums such as AI Asia, and spoken at TEDx events.She is an advisor to the startups Octa (a chatbot for young travellers) and Arro (a delivery robot for sports).Ayesha has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics. 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There was once a woman who kept an extraordinary family legacy alive and became an explorer in order to protect the planet and its beautiful oceans. She is now a leading voice in environmentalism.
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