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International A.I. Night

Innovation in China, India and Israel

China, India and Israel are among the top players in artificial intelligence, and this evening will explore how A.I. is transforming businesses in these countries. The featured panel includes entrepreneurs working in blockchain, cybersecurity and predictive analytics, as well as an outstanding U.S. policy researcher.

The evening is sponsored by Brandeis International Business School (IBS) – which will bring experts from its data analytics and fintech programs. There will also be demonstrations and pitches by a rich selection of start-ups in A.I. and other fields. In addition, the German Marshall Fund will host pitches by European startups.

Brought to the community by:


3:00 – 5:00 PM          Office Hours with Brandeis Experts

5:00 – 6:00 PM          German Marshall Fund Startup Pitches

5:30 – 7:30 PM          Demo Tables

6:15 – 7:30 PM          Artificial Intelligence Panel: Innovations from China, Israel and India


Office Hours with Brandeis Experts (3:00 – 5:00 PM)

In partnership with Brandeis University, early-stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs may sign up for office hours — 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts. Reservations will be taken starting September 27th, 2018, on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet our advisors:

Rebecca Menapace, MBA, CLP, Associate Provost for Innovation

As the Associate Provost for Innovation and the Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing, Menapace is responsible for advancing the university’s academic mission of research excellence by pursuing strategic industry partnerships. She supports science faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in commercializing their discoveries for the public benefit – and provides leadership and management for all of Brandeis’s intellectual property through the Office of Technology Licensing. Prior to Brandeis, Menapace spent 12 years with Partners Healthcare as the director of research ventures and licensing, leading all intellectual property, licensing and start-up development for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


Debarshi Nandy, Associate Professor of Finance

Debarshi Nandy is an Associate Professor of Finance at Brandeis IBS and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Economics at Brandeis University. His research interests are in the fields of entrepreneurial finance and innovation, corporate finance and financial intermediation.


Grace Zimmerman, Professor in the Practice of Marketing


Zimmerman is a Professor at Brandeis IBS and an affiliated lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She was a founding member of the undergraduate Business Program Advisory Committee and past MBA program director and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing. She received Brandeis’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and 2012.



International Pitches (5:00 – 6:00 PM)

Havana Conference Room

Nine startups visiting from Estonia, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Montenegro, Germany, and Croatia will be at Venture Cafe to pitch the Boston entrepreneurial community. The startups were chosen by the U.S. State Department in partnership with the German Marshall Fund to come to Boston.

Demonstrations: Brandeis University (5:30 – 8:00 PM)

5th Floor Cafe

Artificial Intelligence Panel: Innovation in China,India and Israel (6:15 – 7:30 PM)

Havana Conference Room

China, India and Israel are among the top players in artificial intelligence, and this panel will explore how A.I. is transforming businesses in these countries. Panelists include entrepreneurs working in blockchain, cybersecurity and predictive analytics, as well as a U.S. policy researcher. Meet our panelists:

Yonatan Striem-Amit, CTO & Co-Founder of Cybereason


Striem-Amit is an expert in machine learning, big data analytics and visualization technology. He had a distinguished career of more than a decade applying analytics to security in Unit 8200 of the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli government agencies. Prior to Cybereason, Striem-Amit was head of development for Watchdox, a leading DRM and SaaS security startup.

Kamal K. Das, Director & COO of Pentation Analytics


Das is the co-founder and COO at Pentation Analytics and has more than 18 years of experience in analytics, financial services and supply chain management. He holds a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management and a bachelors degree in ocean engineering and naval architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology. Before joining Pentation Analytics, he worked with companies including Aureus Analytics, ICICI Lombard and the General Insurance Council.

Brady Luo, co-founder & CEO of everiToken


A true believer in global token economy based on blockchain. Luo has an academic background in both engineering and finance. He is a serial entrepreneur with multinational work experiences as well as a multiculturalist.

Anna Scherbina, Brandeis IBS professor and economist at Council of Economic Advisors

Scherbina is an associate professor of finance at Brandeis IBS and is also a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House. In that role, she was responsible for the chapter on cybersecurity in the 2018 Economic Report of the President. Before joining Brandeis, Scherbina was on the faculty at the University of California at Davis and the Harvard Business School. She also worked at the Federal Reserve Board and the International Monetary Fund. Scherbina was born in Ukraine and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Moderator: Ben Gomes-Casseres, Professor, Brandeis International Business School


Gomes-Casseres has worked as an expert on partnership strategies for 30 years as a researcher, speaker and advisor. His newest book is Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015). He just published the online course “Strategic Partnerships” on At Brandeis IBS, he teaches MBA courses in strategy and innovation and directs the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship.

Our Sponsor

Brandeis International Business School is part of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. By teaching rigorous business, finance and economics, connecting students to best practices and immersing them in international experiences, the school prepares exceptional individuals from around the globe to become principled professionals in companies and public institutions worldwide.