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A team of professionals with proven success in growing industries help Knod tune up our learning model.

This way we can guarantee learning outcomes that are relevant for employers. The Career Advisory Board members are in touch with Knod teams to keep them updated on the fast evolving needs of employers in their industries. They share Knod's vision about the need for hands on / project based learning paths to bridge the GAP between education and employment.

Eve Andersson
Accessibility Engineering Manager

I currently lead Accessibility Engineering at Google.  Prior to joining Google, I was Senior Vice President of Academics at Neumont University.  I also co-founded ArsDigita Corporation, an open-source software company that was acquired by Red Hat, and was a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Universidad Galileo in Guatemala City.  I have co-authored two books: Software Engineering for Internet Applications (MIT Press, 2006) and Early Adopter VoiceXML (Wrox Press, 2001).  I also served on the Professional Development Committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  I have two Engineering degrees from Caltech and U.C. Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.  I am currently based in San Francisco. Prior to this, I lived in Argentina, Guatemala, the UK, and various US cities.  My interests include travel, photography, the number pi, and working on my own software side projects.

Jim Spohrer
Director of Global University Programs

I am currently the leader of the Cognitive Systems Institute Group (CSIG) at IBM. I am also the founding Director of the IBM Almaden Service Research group and the founding CTO of IBM's Venture Capital Relations Group. Prior to joining IBM, I was a Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technologist (DEST) at Apple Computer during the 1990's. To encourage the next generation of innovators to build a better world, I am a founding Board Member of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals ( My PhD is from Yale University in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence, and my BS is from MIT in Physics. My research interests include the development of digital cognitive assistants for all occupations in smart service systems. I have over 90 publications and 9 patents, as well as awards including PICMET Fellow, S-D Logic Award, and Gummesson Service Research Award.

Steven Lund
Chief Executive Officer, CEO

I have over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development with Cisco, Apple Computer and HP. I have funded and launched four technology companies. I am currently the CEO of SourceThought, a big data and analytics company focused on the biggest problem in big data. SourceThought is currently funded by a big data incubator called Frost Data Capital. Prior to SourceThought, I was the World Wide Director of Business Development for Cisco Services where his team was dedicated to driving the adoption of Smart Cloud services globally, a $3B business for Cisco. Prior to Cisco, I was President of Primex Wireless, an IoT company that delivers to the healthcare market a SaaS based platform. I was also the Chief Operations Officer at Resilient Networks and I have held senior business development, sales, and product management positions at HP and Apple. I have a Masters in Architecture from the University of Utah and also have a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Marketing from Brigham Young University.

Stacey Lagala
Vice President, Global Client Development
TMP Worldwide

An experienced recruitment advertising and marketing professional with over 18 years in the industry, I’ve worked for TMP Worldwide in many capacities, including strategy, client service and digital in Europe, Asia and the US. Currently I assist global clients with strategy and oversight, and act as a global resource for TMP account service teams. Partnering closely with both the clients and account teams, I ensure strategic needs are met while delivering high quality, creative solutions. Throughout my career I’ve had the good fortune of partnering with leading organizations such as Accenture, Boeing, HSBC, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Mars, McKesson, PepsiCo, and Siemens. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts and spend my free time exploring the world.

Craig J. Tingey
Principal Advisor, Leadership Development
Rio Tinto

I have worked in the Human Resources and Organization Development fields since 1987 in a variety of industries. During those years, I have served as an HR Business Partner (HRBP) in companies such as Aetna Life & Casualty, AlliedSignal/Honeywell, and Great Lakes Chemical. I have also served as an internal Organization Development, Talent Management, and Leadership Development consultant in companies such as PepsiCo and Ingersoll-Rand as well as other external consulting organizations. For the past 7 years, I have been an HRBP, Talent Director and Leadership Development director at Rio Tinto, working and living in the US, Canada and the UK. I am especially passionate about helping global business leadership teams achieve better results by leveraging individual and organizational change, business and process improvement, collaboration and accountability, and alignment with strategy. I have an MS degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University and a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University.

Kalyan Kar
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Inthink Knowledge Ventures

I am the Founder & Managing Director of Inthink Knowledge Ventures, a new initiative started with an objective of leveraging technology for “Innovative Inclusive Initiatives”.  I am also the Chairman of the National Education, HR & Skill Development Expert Committee of the Indian Chamber of Commerce. Earlier, I Co-Founded an US based Healthcare Services company in India and successfully ran the company for 10 years with three service centers employing more than 500 people.  Under my leadership, my previous ventures achieved the distinction of becoming a “Great Place to Work” in India for 3 continuous years, ranking 4th in All India ITeS Category. I graduated from St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata. I am a Chartered Accountant as well as a Cost Accountant with All India Merit Rank in both the examinations. I firmly believe that innovative and effective utilization of technology can lead to Equitable, Inclusive & Sustainable growth for the society at large.

Eric C. Welling, MD MBA
Anesthesiologist and Healthcare Business Manager

I am an anesthesiologist and I have practiced in Salt Lake City, UT and Casper, WY for the past 28 years. I have served as a Medical Staff President for Cottonwood Hospital in the Intermountain Healthcare network. Also earned an MBA at the University of Utah. I have a meaningful experience consulting for several venture capital companies and have been the founder of a healthcare company and a petroleum company. For the past ten years, I have served as a Medical Director in LDS Charities organizing partnerships with government agencies and national medical associations to teach neonatal resuscitation. These efforts have contributed to the dramatic reduction of the infant mortality rate in South America, Colombia. 

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