Previously serving as Director of Product & Strategy to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Microsoft, Yohannes is a Senior Artificial Intelligence (AI) Product Manager for Meta’s cutting-edge content recommendation algorithm. Yohannes was recruited into this role by Meta’s CTO through their highly selective Executive in Residence program.
At Microsoft, Yohannes joined the CTO’s office after directing product and planning for Microsoft’s Cloud & AI division where he led efforts to digital transform enterprise customers via Microsoft’s cloud, Azure. In addition, Yohannes was a member of the Sensitive Use Case task force advising Microsoft’s vision and social-ethical responsibilities for AI. Yohannes joined Microsoft as a Director of Corporate Business Development, commercializing AI, IoT, and the Intelligent Cloud.
Yohannes graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law as a Barbara and Thomas Fellow for Human Rights and clerked for New York State Supreme Court’s Hon. Paula Feroleto. Elected class director, he received the Hon. Green Commencement and Alumni Trailblazer Award.
Following graduation, Yohannes became associate general Counsel at the Money Management Institute, representing the wealth management industry to the U.S. government during the sweeping regulatory overhaul of the U.S. financial industry in the aftermath of the Great Recession and the creation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Recognition of this work led to his political appointment by President Obama as the senior advisor to the Chief Investment and Innovation officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration. This team managed a $26 billion private equity fund and a $3 billion innovation grant. He was a team leader for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund at the U.S. Department of Treasury and a member of the White House Broadband Council and the White House Business Council. He was among the inaugural class of leaders from the executive branch selected for the White House Economic Leadership Program.
Yohannes received the Microsoft AI Speaker Award and was the master of ceremonies for Microsoft’s Business Summit. He was nominated by the Vice Chairman of Nasdaq as a Young Executive Advisor and was an expert on MIT’s Digital Economy Initiative. Yohannes was a National Finance Co-Chair for the Biden-Harris Presidential Campaign. Yohannes serves on the board of directors for Cognovi Labs.
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