Sophia Velastegui

General Manager, Product, in Artificial Intelligence and Research

Named one of Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Female Engineers in 2017,” Sophia recently joined Microsoft as the General Manager, Product in the Knowledge & Conversation org.  She has been the Chief Product Officer at Doppler Labs. She was the Head of Silicon / Architecture Roadmap and worked on Special Projects at Google’s Nest as it grew from a small company and scaled under Alphabet. Prior to joining Nest in 2014, Sophia led the “Think Tank” Program Management at Apple. She previously led the company’s Laptop & Special Projects Product Management group.

Her experiences in Silicon Valley, as well as her prior experience at Applied Materials, Harvard Business School, Berkeley, and Georgia Tech, provide her with global perspectives on productizing technology, execution, and strategic planning. She’s been awarded a number of patents and is also active in the greater tech community.

Beyond her work at Microsoft, Sophia is on the advisory board of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering and Create X incubator. Additionally, Sophia is a board director of, a nonprofit servicing children and adults with disabilities. She has been the innovation advisor to the South Korean President Jae In Moon’s Labor dept from candidacy to president.

She enjoys golfing and rock climbing with her family.