We connect people and organizations from around the world to the knowledge and networks of Silicon Valley.
We facilitate connections and provide resources for entrepreneurs and innovators to build and grow a successful company.
Our events, customized programs, Startupedia, and strategic partnerships provide the necessary tools to thrive in today’s fast-paced digital economy.
The Silicon Valley Forum team - connect with us!
Denyse CardozoPresident & CEO
Our Chief Almighty drives the organization’s vision, strategy and innovating future growth opportunities through strategic partnerships and programs. When she’s not thinking of new strategies or creative ways of making things better (she can’t help it!), you can find her driving the coast listening to Bob Dylan, or snuggling on the couch with her sweet terrier, Quincy and eating Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Micaela YoumansDirector of Operations
Micaela leads overall operations throughout the organization and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day execution of SVF’s initiatives. Additionally, she creates the communication and digital media strategy to amplify our brand and activities, in our efforts to grow our local and global community. She specializes in half-done craft projects and movie quotes.
Klaus WehageHead of Int'l Relations
Klaus focuses on building and cultivating high-value, sustainable partnerships with international organizations looking to strengthen their ties to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. He oversees a key area of the business that’s slated to drive future growth, focusing on expansion into global markets. When he is not out networking, you will find him enjoying the family life with his wife and newborn son.
Xi-Er DangProduct Marketing Specialist
Xi-Er is passionate about creating educative content for our online Startupedia initiative. She is a tech wizard who possesses the talent and passion for targeted messaging and nurturing a growing community with the goal of driving new business to the organization. Xi-Er has a deep fondness for food, photography, and salsa dancing. Yes, we all think she should be the next contestant on Dancing with the Stars!
Drew ClarkEvent Production Manager
Drew has worked in the events business for over 10 years, and his extensive knowledge in producing small and large scale events has built him a reputation that implies quality work. In his role, he spearheads our partner programs and larger conferences ensuring every detail is covered. Drew prides himself on his ability to provide creative input on design, logistical skills for venues, and building a great rapport with our partner companies. His other passions include cooking, gold jewelry and documenting his exploits via an impeccably curated instagram account.
Jonathan HuaInternational Partnerships Manager
Jonathan is responsible for helping the organization expand its footprint in the global market, managing a pipeline of international programs and activities, and identifying strategic business opportunities.
Krystina TranExecutive Assistant
Krystina’s role is an invaluable force in the organization. From managing an active calendar of appointments for the CEO; preparing and maintaining confidential documents; arranging detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and creating slick power point presentations. She provides valuable support to accounts receivable and billing, and makes sure the office is never short on snacks, supplies, and smiles! She is also the co-producer of our 2018 Women in Tech Festival. Don't let the tiny voice fool you; She has a lot to say and will definitely let you know!
Sebastian WendellMedia Production Specialist
Sebastian has a diverse video production background ranging from helping small businesses produce web videos to TV commercials for larger companies. He is the force behind our online video content; filming and editing of all the videos you find on our Startupedia page and company website. A big fan of hockey and craft beer, and when the two go together, even better!
Irene CodesidoInternational Relations Intern
Irene supports our international programs and activities during spring 2018 including leading a research project in Healthtech, Biotech, and IoT for our partner NEDO Japan.
Oriane SoyezVideo Editing Intern
Oriane supports our video production with editing and creative animation.
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