Who We Are – 2024


Richard H. Shinn, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, AIBrain
Richard Shinn has been active in the fields of AI and computer security since 1997. After earning his Ph.D. in AI from Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University, Richard founded CrossCert Inc., South Korea’s first Certification Authority, in March 1999. Within its first year, CrossCert secured US$20M in funding from SoftBank and Verisign. CrossCert successfully IPO-ed on KOSDAQ in 2010. With a global vision for the cybersecurity sector, Richard established Cosmotown Inc., a Domain Name Registrar in Palo Alto, California, and TuringSign Global, an SSL web certificate service provider based in Geneva, Switzerland.
In the realm of AI, Richard founded AIBrain Inc. in Korea in 1997 focusing on Robotic AI. The company relocated its headquarters to Palo Alto, California, in 2013, with a focus on Education and Entertainment. This includes bestseller AI courses, Autonomous Game AI, Humanoid AI, and Soccer AI/VR Assistant. AIBrain was recognized as a top 5 entertainment AI company in 2023 by Datamation.

Erum M. Welling CISSP, PMP, ITIL

President, AIBrain Inc
Erum Welling is a 360-degree technology visionary leader. During her career, Erum has worked as an emerging technology leader for Lockheed Martin as well as US government organizations such the US Geological Survey, Department of Treasury, and Defense Information Systems Agency. Due to her demonstrated communication, leadership, and policy expertise, Erum served as Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at multiple United Nations/ITU-T and Internet ICANN engagements. Under the Obama Administration, she also served on detail as technical advisor to the Executive Office of the President.
Erum Welling has a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland and is a Senior Executive Fellows Program graduate from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Erum also holds premier certifications in cyber security and project management: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Project Management Professionals (PMP).

Stephen Williams, Ph.D.

Chief Product Advisor, Life Sciences
Stephen Williams, Ph.D., led discovery biology and pre-clinical development for radiopharmaceuticals at DuPont / New England Nuclear, resulting in the discovery and development of Cardiolite® and Neurolite®. He also led strategic product planning at DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals. He was a Medical Director in new product planning for CNS diseases at Bristol-Myers Squibb. As the head of business development, he executed a successful IPO at Progenitor, a biotechnology company. Steve received his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duke University.

Bernhard Egger, Ph.D.

Academic Advisor
Bernhard Egger is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU). He received a combined B.Sc./M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ) in 2001 and a PhD degree in Computer Science from SNU in 2008. After obtaining his PhD degree, he spent three years as a senior research engineer at Samsung’s central research facility, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) before re-joining SNU in March of 2011.

Milan Lee, J.D.

Chief Strategy Officer
Milan, a high-tech start-up veteran and long-time AI enthusiast, is committed to empowering intellectual innovation. As AIBrain’s Chief Strategy Officer, she works to build synergism amongst investors, developers, and consumers, allowing for creative solutions to global problems. Milan has leveraged the power of cutting-edge technology since launching her first successful startup, Netizen Communications Inc., in 1996. As the founder and CEO, she grew $1M of venture capital funding into a $10M company in just three years. Over the next two decades, she served as founder and CEO of uBond.com Inc., the Venture Academy Foundation, and her latest passion project, WiseMe.Ai. Milan holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from San Francisco Law School, and BA in Economics with a Philosophy minor from U.C. Davis.