Connecting the world to Silicon Valley - since 1983.

We connect people and organizations to the knowledge, networks, and companies in Silicon Valley. We leverage our 37 years of experience and our proven impact on a global scale – as well as our vast network in local ecosystem, to provide resources for both U.S. and global entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to help build and scale your company and innovation.

Our customized programs for entrepreneurs, corporate executives, university students, and strategic partnerships with top Silicon Valley technology companies provide the necessary tools to drive impact and thrive in today’s fast-paced digital economy.


Our Team

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo Executive Director

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'll 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. 

Amanda Llerena

Amanda Llerena Digital Marketing & Special Projects Manager

Amanda manages the digital marketing strategy and implementation. As the "voice" of Silicon Valley Forum, she leads our marketing efforts and helps plan and implement our social media strategy for our 40+ yearly events and initiatives. She also runs our webinars, Startupedia interviews, and special projects. Amanda played softball for 14 years and was pitcher of the year twice in college, and in her free time you can catch her planning her next adventure to a national park!

Nick Sramek

Nick Sramek Director of International Relations

Nick focuses on building and cultivating valuable and sustainable partnerships with international organizations that are 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's not on email, he's enjoying the great outdoors in the Bay Area and beyond.

Our Global Ambassadors

Leaders of change in communities around the world


Mariana Stegagnini

Mariana Stegagnini President, Fundación CEDEF


Rafael Odreman

Rafael Odreman Business Development and Growth for Ventures, Cel México


Bengt Eliasson

Bengt Eliasson Executive in Residence, SRI International


Gökçen Şahin

Gökçen Şahin Independent Board Member


Shubham Singla

Shubham Singla University Programs Manager, Silicon Valley Forum


Natalia Olson-Urtecho

Natalia Olson-Urtecho CoFounder & Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, The Disruptive Factory

Board of Advisors

Mentors and Champions

Our Expert Advisors

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