Stephane Kasriel

CEO, Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk)

As CEO of Upwork (, the largest online freelance marketplace, Stephane is a visionary at the forefront of work's evolution. His insights cover how businesses of the future will build their teams, the evolution of career paths as our workforce becomes increasingly independent, the future of our cities and of our educational systems as work evolves.

At Upwork, Stephane is driving the company’s vision of connecting businesses with talent faster than ever. In today’s competitive job market where most face the challenging war for talent, he has mastered how to find, attract and retain highly skilled talent. At Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk), he built and led a distributed team of more than 300 engineers located around the world as SVP of Engineering before ascending to be CEO of the company.

Stephane holds an MBA from INSEAD, Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France.