Chris Kalish was most currently a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps serving in Mahalapye, Botswana. In this position, he worked as a Local Government Capacity Builder with focus on economic development, HIV / AIDS, poverty eradication, and human rights. Chris is the immediate past president and CEO of The IP Factory in East Hartford, CT, USA - a company that purchases Intellectual Property and spawns new companies with derivative solutions. The former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of the General Electric edgelab research facility, Chris managed strategic corporate initiatives from New Product Introductions (NPIs) and Market Entrance Strategies to stochastic risk modeling and econometrics. Chris is the immediate past Chairman of the Connecticut Technology Council, a statewide association speaking for more than 2000 technology companies and providing a strong voice for innovation and Technology-Based Economic Development in Connecticut. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.