An engineering graduate from University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in management from University of Golden Gate, San Francisco, Mr. Agarwal, has over 30 years of experience in business strategic planning & implementation, managing design & manufacturing operations, marketing & global supply change, and in restructuring inefficient operations. After managing several operations in USA and overseas, he strongly believes the change is inevitable and the true solutions always come from innovations in our mental thought processes, methodologies, operational processes, and technologies.
Amar founded and is Chairman of PubMatic. He was the CEO in its early days as a company. He has also founded multiple other businesses, and was the Founder and CEO of Komli Media, the leading independent ad technology platform across Asia Pacific. It was acquired in 2015 by Axiata. He is on the board of RevX, a mobile app marketing platform. Amar has previously led a digital advertising business for Microsoft in the U.S.. He has also worked at McKinsey & Co. and Netscape. As a student at Harvard University, Amar founded Chipshot.com at the age of 19 with $350. In five years, Chipshot.com grew to approximately $30M in annual sales and was at that point the fastest growing e-commerce website. Amar holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Dr. Elizabeth Fisher is a leader in Online Education. Her experience is multifaceted including perspectives as a: student, instructional designer, content developer, faculty, researcher, and administrator. She earned her PhD in Instructional Leadership with a technology focus, with her research being the first to focus on applying usability testing to online course development. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for the Division of eLearning and Professional Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In that role she oversees quality assurance and compliance in online education. She collaborates with deans, chairs, and faculty and administrative units to promote development of innovative online academic degrees and continuing education programs. Her division provides instructional design support to faculty in the development of online instruction and is also responsible for support and training for all university-wide academic technologies. Finally, her division recruits, advises and provides tutoring for students in three new programs to ensure retention: UAB Start, UAB Salute, UAB Finish. Her passion for online education is rooted in her early years in education as a K-12 classroom teacher in a rural community. There the educational disparity for underserved populations is stark. She sees online education as the gateway for pushing those students towards a path of life changing post-secondary education.
Richard B. Marchase, Ph.D., was the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, providing regulatory and strategic oversight for a research enterprise generating approximately $450 million annually. He also functions as the principal university liaison for regional economic development issues and recently chaired the board of Innovation Depot, the award-winning business incubator affiliated with UAB. From 2012 to 2013 he served as UAB’s Interim President. Marchase received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and was honored with the Hamilton Award as its Outstanding Graduate in Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. with Distinction from The Johns Hopkins University and did postdoctoral training at Duke University. He was named to the faculty there and was honored as a Nanaline H. Duke Scholar and as one of the National Science Foundation’s inaugural Presidential Young Investigator Awardees. He served as President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and chairs their Council on Research. Marchase was named a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2012.