Sophia Velastegui

General Manager, Product, Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Corp.

Ms. Sophia Velastegui is the General Manager of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence product org. At Microsoft, she works on a part of the Microsoft Graph, called the Knowledge Graph, which strives to bring AI to every individual and organization by powering AI experiences in Bing, Office and Microsoft Azure. Within her work, she brings a customer-focused philosophy to Microsoft products, a deep interest in the application of machine learning to search and other related problems and works to identifying large-scale semi-structured system solutions surfaced across numerous experiences. Recently, the World Economic Forum asked Sophia to join the Global Future Council on Production. She will be working with world’s foremost interdisciplinary experts and bringing her insight to future impact on production. Business Insider recognized her in “Most Powerful Female Engineers” in 2018 for her work in productizing Artificial Intelligence solutions at Microsoft and in 2017 for her work in productizing Advance Technology at Google. Velastegui’s past work includes serving as the Chief Product Officer at Doppler Labs, and leading the Head of Silicon/Architecture Roadmap at Google and working on Special Projects at Google’s Nest. She has also led the “Think Tank” Program Management and Laptop & Special Projects Product Management groups at Apple. Velastegui is focused on advancing diversity both in the tech sector and through her personal activities. Beyond her work at Microsoft, Velastegui is on the advisory board of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, and Create X incubator. Additionally, Velastegui is a board director of Elwyn.org, a nonprofit servicing children and adults with disabilities. She has also served as the innovation advisor to the South Korean President Jae In Moon’s Labor dept from candidacy to presidency. Sophia has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and M.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. She continued her executive education at Harvard Business School and Stanford Law School. She hold a number of patents in semiconductor. When she’s not working, Velastegui enjoys hiking and rock climbing with her family.