Dr. Jean-Claude Junqua has 25+ years of successful experience as a global executive in the United States, Europe, and Japan. During his tenure at Panasonic, he led the global speech activities involving teams in United States, Japan and China. After 2 years spent in Japan, Dr. Junqua served as Vice President of Panasonic North America and developed the R&D activities of Panasonic in Silicon Valley creating new business opportunities in various areas such as consumer electronics, Automotive, Avionics, Mobile Communication, Smart Home, Speech Recognition/Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IOT). Always enjoying new challenges, Dr. Junqua created an internal startup inside Panasonic which led to the creation of a new North American business unit in the area of Health and Wellness. Dr. Junqua is also a Visiting Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology. Currently, CEO and Founder at CE2Innovate, one of his passions is to develop new approaches to innovation, to initiate and develop business transformation that can create new corporate spin-offs, and to help startups and public companies reach their next level of growth. He serves as a mentor and coach for startups at a number of accelerators in the Bay area and as an Executive in Residence at Plug & Play. He is the author/co-author of more than 100+ articles along with 2 books in the area of speech recognition and a recent book in the area of startup/corporate innovation. Dr. Junqua has been named as an inventor or co-inventor on 100+ patents.