Annamaria Konya Tannon
Annamaria Konya Tannon is the chief evangelist for innovation, entrepreneurship, and invention for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is also the executive director of the GW Innovation Center.
Annamaria is a technology entrepreneur and angel investor who has been involved in technology enterprise creation for more than 15 years, primarily in Silicon Valley. She also is the founder and CEO of Equita Accelerator, a non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing women-led technology companies. Prior to starting Equita, Annamaria served as a global data strategist for IBM with a focus on machine learning and data integration techniques for social media, and she served as national and global judging chair for Cleantech Open, the world's largest startup competition for emerging clean technology companies. She remains a CTO global ambassador.
Annamaria mentors and judges in many startup competitions, including the Astia, Springboard, Startup Chile, and NYC Hackathons. She previously was a guest lecturer on innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University and served as an entrepreneur in residence at Stanford University's Technology Venture Lab. She has served on the boards of several companies and non-profit organizations, and she worked for the United Nations International Telecom Union, which focuses on sustainable green technology advances in telecom. Annamaria completed her undergraduate work at the University of Szeged, received her masters from Middlebury College Monterey Institute of International Studies, and continued her postgraduate studies at Stanford University.