Nate Yohannes is the Head of Central Product Management & Planning at Microsoft’s AI & AR/VR engineering and product team, as a direct report to the General Manager of AI & AR/VR Product Management. Mr. Yohannes drives planning & strategy across Microsoft’s AI products and is responsible for leading AI product operations. Prior to joining AI engineering, Mr. Yohannes was a Director of Strategy & Corporate AI Business Development at Microsoft. Mr. Yohannes was responsible for driving strategy, acquisitions, partnerships and complex deal negations with high visibility from Microsoft’s CEO. Mr. Yohannes was the recipient of Microsoft’s Customer Speaker Award and was selected by the EVP of Business Development as the Master of Ceremony for the 2018 Microsoft Business Development & Partner Summit.

Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Yohannes was appointed by The White House to serve in President Barack Obama’s administration as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Investment and Innovation Officer, US Small Business Administration – where he led efforts to manage the United States’ $26 billion private equity fund and a $3B government innovation grant. In addition, he served on behalf of President Obama as a Team Leader for the US Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and was a council member of the White House Broadband Opportunity Council, and the White House Business Council. Mr. Yohannes held a leadership position and played a pivotal role in sourcing which startups pitched to President Obama at the first ever White House Demo Day.

Mr. Yohannes was selected to the inaugural class of the White House Economic Leadership program — a highly selective group of presidential appointees who were trained and mentored by US Cabinet members, senior ranking White House officials and private sector CEOs to be future business leaders.

Preceding the Obama White House, Mr. Yohannes was the Vice President – Associate General Counsel at the Money Management Institute (MMI), where he led regulatory affairs with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U..S Congress during the creation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Mr. Yohannes represented $4Trillion in AUM. Clients included: Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, J.P. Morgan, BlackRock, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.

Mr. Yohannes received a Doctorate Degree in Law from the University at Buffalo Law School, where he was a Barbara and Thomas Fellow for Human Rights. During law school, he was a Summer Honors Clerk to the Chief Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Hon. Paula Feroleto, and he was elected the Class Director. Mr. Yohannes was the recipient of the Hon. Green Law School Commencement Award and the 2019 Law School Alumni Trailblazer Award. He is admitted to practice law in New York.

Mr. Yohannes is an accomplished thought leader and has been featured in leading publications such as Forbes Magazine, and Products That Count, the world’s leading product management publication. He received the 2019 Most Influential Africans in Technology Award by Amplify Africa and Congresswoman Karen Bass. Mr. Yohannes is an Expert for Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Initiative of the Digital Economy.


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