Rana el Kaliouby is the Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of Affectiva, an MIT startup that is the global leader in emotion-aware technology and consumer emotion insights. She is lead inventor of Affdex, the award-winning, facial coding technology used globally by brands and market researchers such as Unilever, Mars, Millward Brown and eBuzzing. Rana was previously a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab where she co-founded the Autism Communication initiative. Rana’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Forbes, FastCompany, Inc., TechCrunch, VentureBeat and more. She was recently named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014. She was inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame and is also the recipient of the 2012 Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35″ Award and several National Science Foundation grants. She oversees the MENA women Ambassadors for the United Nation's Women's Entrepreneurship Day. Rana holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a Ph.D. from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.