Join us on June 26 in Washington, DC for a panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to hear from some of our rockstar engineers who are leading the effort in developing the latest Yahoo products.
Stay for a drink or two afterwards to enjoy the culinary stylings of Union Kitchen and check out some of our latest innovations!
Got a question for our innovators? Tweet @YahooInc using the hashtag #YahooInnovatesDC to pre-submit your question!
Whether you are a techie or a foodie (or both), we promise a fun and engaging evening.
When: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Where: 1776 (1133 15th ST NW, WDC 20005)
Time: 6:15p - 8:30p
Tekedra Mawakana, Yahoo Vice President of Global Public Policy (host)
Tekedra is the Global Head and Deputy General Counsel of Public Policy for Yahoo. She leads a team of regional public policy experts in the US, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as global subject matter experts for privacy, human rights and free expression and intellectual property. In addition, she serves as Chairman of the Internet Association, whose members include the most recognized global Internet brands.
Prior to Yahoo, Tekedra was the SVP and Deputy General Counsel of Public Policy at AOL Inc. where she managed the privacy, regulatory, accessibility, consumer policy and child safety teams. Tekedra joined AOL from Startec Global Communications Company where she worked on complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and established the global governance and compliance strategies for its network data. She began her legal career in the telecommunications and intellectual property groups at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.
She received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Trinity College.
Evan Burfield, Co-Founder of 1776
Evan Burfield is a cofounder of 1776, driven by his passionate belief in entrepreneurship as the engine for solving the major problems facing America and the world today—from education to energy efficiency.
Evan became an entrepreneur in 1996 when he founded netDecide, shortly after graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Before he turned 25, he built netDecide into the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions for top tier financial service firms. After netDecide, Evan served as the Director of Strategy and Technology for Oakwood Global Finance, where he led the London-based private equity firm’s analyses of new global markets, new business models in financial services, and data-driven investment strategies. In 2006, Evan returned to Washington, D.C. to found Synteractive, a consulting firm that builds innovative social apps for startups, corporations, and government agencies.
Evan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, he won the Webb Medley prize for outstanding work on the effects of organizational incentives on knowledge sharing. Evan currently serves on the Board of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, dedicated to the study of American history and politics.
Merline Saintil, Yahoo Sr. Director, Global Engineering Operations
Merline is the head of global engineering operations for the Mobile & Emerging Products at Yahoo. She leads Yahoo’s efforts in the platform shift to mobile.
Merline received her B.S. in Computer Science from Florida A&M University, Summa Cum Laude. She also attended Stanford University where she completed an Executive Education Program in Management Science & Engineering and completed her M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her business interests, Merline is also passionate about mentoring and supporting non-profit organizations committed to improving the lives of youth in her community. She worked with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) on the first mobile app challenge for high school students sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.
She currently serves on the Strategic Development Board and co-leads the COO C-Suite of Watermark (leading organization for Executive Women) and was recently appointed to the Alumni Board of Directors at Carnegie Mellon University for a 4-year term. She was the former President of the San Francisco Bay Area Carnegie Mellon Alumni Chapter.
Mark Daiss, Aviate Mobile, Product Manager, Aviate Yahoo
Mark the Product Manager for Aviate at Yahoo, where he leads Yahoo’s product development and vision around Aviate.
Mark came to Yahoo through Yahoo’s acquisition of Aviate in January 2014, where he was the co-founder and CEO. Prior to Aviate, Mark was a co-founder of ThumbsUp Labs, founder at Pupil, a Technology Consultant at Accenture and Researcher of Image and Object Recognition at UCLA.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, Minor in Computer Science at UCLA.
Robby Stein, Yahoo Director of Product Management, former Stamped
Robby Stein the director of product management for Yahoo, where he leads mobile efforts for Video and Finance out of Yahoo’s new product-focused New York City office.
Prior to his role at Yahoo, Robby was the CEO and co-founder of Stamped, a mobile recommendations company which was acquired by Yahoo in October 2012 as Marissa Mayer’s first acquisition. Before Stamped, Robby led product launches at Google across Gmail, Google Reader and other consumer applications, and then became Product Manager for Ad Exchange.
Robby was named to the Forbes 30 under 30, Silicon Alley Insider 100, and received a Google Founder’s Award for his work on Gmail. Robby graduated from Northwestern University.
Special thanks to 1776 and Union Kitchen for their partnership and support.