President, FORTUNETIMES Group Inc.

Dr. Rachel Yager is the founder of FORTUNETIMES Group, Inc. (FTG), a New York based professional development and consulting firm that focuses on accelerating individual and organizational understanding of the convergence of business, technologies and global best practices. FTG offers educational and business consultation to a variety of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Yager serves on the Board of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business, as its Northeastern Regional Representative. She is also a Professor and MBA Program Director at the School for Business at Metropolitan College of New York; she currently serves on MCNY Board as a Faculty Trustee.

Dr. Yager’s management expertise spans both High Tech and Financial Services. She had held management positions in major corporations in Asia, Europe, and USA; she has directed Internet strategies and delivered client services for Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and Ernst & Young. She specializes in developing business strategies using emerging technologies in computational intelligence, knowledge engineering, decision and business analytics. In her consulting practice, Dr. Yager continues to advise Fortune 500 companies and executives in emerging technologies and new product R&D, she helps companies accelerate technology transfer from leading research and academic institutions.

Dr. Yager is on the program committee of the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, and she has served in the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) advisory committee. She is knowledgeable in external partnerships and international collaborative efforts, including European Commission research consortium, emerging markets and Asia economic growth projects. She has also taught at City University as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department.

Dr. Yager earned her Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems and a Masters Degree in Industrial Automation and Operations Management – supported by a scholarship from the French Ministry of Education – L’Association Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie (ANRT) and Schneider Electric (global specialist in energy management and automation, headquarter in Paris) – from INSA, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. She is multilingual, fluent in English, Chinese and French.