Pieter Nel is a technology executive, engineer and entrepreneur with leadership experience in both Fortune 500 and startup companies. He was CTO of a mobile social network with 42 million users and CEO and co-founder of a venture-backed company that used mobile technology to empower emerging market entrepreneurs. He has advised a range of mobile technology companies including Tencent Wechat and NTT DoCoMo. He currently serves as EVP Operations at YouNow, a New York-based mobile video streaming company backed by Union Square Ventures and Venrock.
Pieter holds a Masters degree in electronics engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, where he specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to speech recognition. As a Sloan Fellow, he gained an MBA from MIT, pursuing his interest in mobile technology and emerging markets with funding from the Legatum Center and Mastercard Foundation. Pieter is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He spends his free time as a licensed pilot, yacht skipper, scuba diver and mountain rescue volunteer.