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Final Round Judges

David Ai

David Ai
Director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization & Chief Innovation Officer, University of Hawaiʻi System

C. David Ai is the director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, and chief innovation officer for the University of Hawai‘i System. Ai is responsible for the management of intellectual property and UH-developed technology assets through his oversight of three inter-related offices: Office of Technology Transfer, UH Ventures, and Strategic Grants Development Office.

Previously, Ai served as the director of knowledge transfer at the City University of Hong Kong; and senior IP licensing associate and licensed patent attorney for the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University. Additionally, Ai has more than 20 years of experience in various management and administrative positions within large corporations and within startups.

Ai received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from National Taiwan University, master of science degree in computer science from Indiana University, master of business administration degree from Stanford University, and juris doctor degree from Santa Clara University.

Eric Clark

Eric Clark
Chief Financial Officer, JN Group

Eric Clark is chief financial officer of JN Group, Hawai‘i’s leading automotive, motorsport and lifestyle brand founded in 1961. Previous to that, Clark worked with Servco Pacific as CFO of Australia operations, and as director of corporate development.

Prior to moving to Hawai‘i in 2001, Clark was an investment banker in New York City with Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse First Boston and Smith Barney covering the financial institutions, and telecom, media and technology sectors.

He is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a degree in international security and diplomacy, and passed the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer written and oral examination.

Shelee Kimura

Shelee Kimura
Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning, Hawaiian Electric Company

Shelee Kimura oversees the areas of new business development, company strategy development and implementation, and contracting for third party utility-scale renewable resources. Key efforts in this group include the electrification of transportation, demand response, renewable acquisition, and other ground breaking efforts, such as community-based renewable energy. She has provided leadership and oversight for Hawaiian Electric’s strategic plan and Transformation Office.

In 2016, the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program led by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative, awarded Shelee with the C3E award for her leadership and achievement in Business. 

Until she joined the Hawaiian Electric team in May 2014 as vice president of corporate planning and business development, Kimura served as manager of investor relations and strategic planning at Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI). She led and facilitated the development of the HEI enterprise-wide strategy, including the alignment of operating company strategies, scenario planning and forecasting, and management and board reporting.

She previously worked as HEI’s director, corporate finance and investments and prior to that was a consulting manager at Arthur Andersen and its successor firm, KMH LLP.    

Shelee holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the audit committee of Kamehameha Schools.

Maya Rogers

Maya Rogers 
President & CEO, Blue Planet Software 

Maya Rogers is President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, where she has lead the worldwide business initiatives of the Tetris® brand since 2007. Maya’s expertise encompasses game development, global licensing, brand management, merchandising, and IP enforcement. Prior to heading Tetris, she steered cross-culturalization and development efforts for Tetris Online China, Sony Computer Entertainment America and American Honda. Maya co-founded Blue Startups in 2012, and serves as Partner.