Hugh E Williams

Hugh has a distinguished background in research and innovation, and has published over 120 works including 33 issued US patents. His career has taken him to the forefront of innovation at some of the world’s leading tech companies – as Vice President of Google Maps, and in executive roles at eBay, Microsoft, Tinder, and Pivotal. He also spent 10 years developing search technologies plus 5 years running his own startup.

As one of the founders of CS in Schools – which helps educators teach coding – Hugh shares our passion for the importance of STEM education.

Hugh is a Professor at the Melbourne Business School at The University of Melbourne in Australia, and an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. He is an advisor at Domain, Doordash, Expert360, and Photobox, and a member of the board of the State Library, Victoria. Hugh has a PhD in Computer Science from RMIT University.


Mark Carges

Mark Carges serves on the board of directors of Splunk, Veeva and Magnet Systems, and also as a senior advisor to Generation Investment Management. 

Mark is a renowned strategic leader and visionary in ecommerce, having served as CTO at eBay Inc. from 2009 to 2014, where he oversaw eBay Inc.’s platform strategy, and had overall responsibility for technology, software development, and site operations for

Previously, at BEA Systems – a provider of enterprise application infrastructure software acquired by Oracle in 2008 – Mark held a variety of senior technology leadership roles, including that of CTO. He began his career at Bell Labs as one of the original architects of Tuxedo, software for constructing highly scalable transaction processing applications. 

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science degree from New York University.


Ruben Ortega

Ruben has held leadership roles at some of the world’s most pioneering online companies, establishing, innovating and growing distributed offices including: Amazon’s first engineering office in Palo Alto as the CTO of; site director for Google’s Seattle office; and Pinterest's first engineering office in Seattle. He was Vice President of E-Commerce Technology at Nordstrom, and Director at Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. 

In his career, Ruben has built technologies and products that have scaled to millions of transactions per day and generated billions of dollars in revenue per year. Currently Ruben acts as a strategic advisor to startups and organisations, helping them innovate on product, coach management teams, and improve recruiting and hiring practices.

Ruben holds a Bachelor of Science from UC Irvine and a Master of Science from the University of Washington.