Meet the speakers of the first panel of SEI Torino Forum
Riccardo Zacconi serves as Chief Executive Officer of King. Riccardo co-founded King in March 2003 and the company has since developed more than 200 titles, including the hit mobile game franchise, Candy Crush. It has 285 million monthly active users as of first quarter 2018 across mobile, social and web platforms. King went public on the NYSE in 2014, and in February 2016 was acquired by Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion.
Before King, Riccardo worked at number of different start-ups: uDate.com Ltd., an online dating service, sold to InterActive Corporation in 2002; Spray Network GmbH, an online portal sold to Lycos Europe in 2000. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital Partners. Prior to working in the digital space, he worked in strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group and L.E.K. Consulting. Riccardo studied Economics at LUISS University in Rome.
Dr. Alexander C. Karp is co-founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies Inc. The company, which was founded
in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, builds software that is used by governments and
businesses around the world to address their most important challenges. Palantir’s clients include leading
defense and intelligence agencies, both in the United States and abroad, along with companies across the
commercial sector, such as firms in the energy, financial, and healthcare industries.
In 2013, Dr. Karp was featured on the cover of the Forbes magazine. He has also appeared on Charlie Rose. In
December 2015, he joined the board of directors of The Economist.
Dr. Karp was born in New York City in 1967. He attended Haverford College, earning his B.A. in 1989, and
went on to study at the Stanford Law School, graduating in 1992. Dr. Karp, who speaks German and is proficient in French, received his Ph.D. and graduated magna cum laude, from the Goethe University in Frankfurt,
Germany, in 2002. Dr. Karp is also a practitioner of Chen-style Tai Chi and is an avid cross-country skier. He resides in Palo Alto,California.
Daniel Ramot is the Co-founder and CEO of Via.
Prior to Via, Daniel built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs at D. E. Shaw Research, and he developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force.
He has a PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University and is a graduate of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Talpiot program.