Mr. Yahya Abdulrahman is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) overseeing one of the largest IT and Communications sectors in the region delivering services to over 8 million customers and 33,000 employees across the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Yahya oversees a team of over 600 ITC professionals and works closely with SEC leadership on achieving their goals and objectives to become a world class utility company through the implementation of innovative, integrated, and secured technology solutions. He is currently spearheading SEC ITC transformation initiative to make digital customer experience a reality and enable all SEC business lines through world class IT service.
In addition to his role as CIO and ITC transformation leader, he is also the head of the Cyber Security committee responsible for protecting SEC assets to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Kingdom. He has recently launched SEC Cyber Security Strategy and Roadmap covering people, process, and technology adhering to global standards.
Mr. Yahya brings over 30 years of ITC leadership and holds a Computer Science BS degree from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KSA). He has attended a number of leadership programs and has also been a panelist and a speaker in National and Regional summits and symposiums.
Surjit Ahluwalia leads the Global IOE Healthcare Solutions and Services Practice organization within the Advanced Services organization in Cisco. The focus of the organization include architectures and solutions based services for Connected Health offerings; specifically security, mobility, datacenter and collaboration. The service offerings cover plan, build and manage spectrum including assessment, implementation and optimization services.
Surjit has been with Cisco for 8 years and has spent 15 years working at Intel in a variety of operations and engineering leadership roles. Surjit also has CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) and CRISC certifications from ISACA.
As the Vice President of Information Technology Division of Takreer, Mr. Fuad Al-Ansari is responsible for managing the technology infrastructure, refinery information systems and business applications across all divisions within Takreer including Ruwais Refinery (East and West), and Abu Dhabi Refinery. Mr. Al-Ansari has contributed remarkably to keep Takreer abreast of IT developments and emerging technologies by way of implementing state of the art, innovative and cost effective solutions to achieve operational excellence.
Mr. Al-Ansari holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (Electronics), 1994 and a MS in Engineering Management, 1996 from Portland State University, USA. He has completed Leadership trainings as part of Executive Education in Harvard Business School in 2009 and 2011.
Mr. Al-Ansari serves on the IDC Technical Advisory Council(GCC), Maximo Oil & Gas Industry Advisory Council and participates in SAP Oil & Gas Global Advisory Group.
Mr. Al-Ansari is a regular speaker and panelist in IT Seminars and Conferences in the UAE talking about IT world and it’s alignment on core business.
With almost two decades of IT experince, Mr. Al-Ansari has headed Takreer’s IT Organization to establishing the IT Strategy and Policies & Procedures in line with business of objectives of the company. Under his leadership, the company has automated many time consuming and paper intensive business processes, upgraded business critical applications and deployed Refinery Information Systems within the Abu Dhabi and Ruwais refineries. Drawing on his insight and capabilities within business technology optimization and alignment, he has leveraged IT as an enabler of automated processes and a provider of reliable, secure and up to date business critical information. This has been achieved through the effective and innovative use of technology in conjunction with optimized processes and skilled staff.
Ayman Al Issa has over 22 years of experience in the fields of automation, information technology, and cyber security. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering in 1992 and is versed in different backgrounds such as industrial control systems, systems engineering, and building cyber security strategies and models.
He is a member in the Cyber Security Advisory boards of top rated worldwide universities for the advancement of researches on industrial cyber security. He is an active member in different international security innovation alliances that are focused in a worldwide program for improving the security of industrial control systems by the close collaboration of the leading IT security and industrial control system vendors.
He is also information contributor to the ISA99/IEC62443 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Cyber Security Standards, and is currently leading workgroup 1 in the standard. Realizing that security measures are always behind the emerging cyber risks, he developed an ICS defense-in-depth industrial cyber security model that aims to early detection of threats based on security-through-vision-and-integration. Ayman worked for ADMA-OPCO for 17 years and he was the digital oil fields cyber security advisor. He joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2014 as the Chief Technologist and Senior Advisor/Architect in Industrial Cyber Security – MENA.
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. (ADCO)
Mr. Abdulla Al Marzooqi is currently working with Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Ltd (ADCO) as Senior Vice President HSE & Risk Management and has over 30 years of rich work experience in several areas of Oil and Gas Industry i.e. Oil Production Operation, Gas Processing, Drilling, Projects, Business Planning & Support, HSE and Risk Management.
He is a member of various high level HSE Committees and forums mainly ADNOC Group HSE Committee, GCC Nationals HSE Forum, ADCO Risk Management Committee, etc. He has also served as a Chairman of SPE Conference(s), and has presented several technical papers on HSE & Risk Management in various national and international forums.
Mr. Abdulla Al Marzooqi graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering and Management in Production and Operations.
Othman AlDahash is a 15-year seasoned executive in the ICT industry specializing in business development, strategic sales, and product management. Today, Othman is leading the product development and management for STC Enterprise. Part of his responsibility is driving product and business models innovation and developing next-generation products and service for the enterprise market.
Othman held several senior leadership positions from product portfolio management, product marketing, business development/sales, and strategic alliance to general management where he developed, introduced, and managed some of the latest technologies in the areas of mobile, system integration and managed service. Prior to joining STC, he worked at Advanced Electronics Company, where he established healthcare and education verticals and built a solid ecosystem to position AEC in new industries. He also worked at AlFaisalaih Business and Technology Company (FBTC) where he established different off-shore centers for product development and led several product acquisitions in the space of mobility, banking, automation, and retail.
Jay Allardyce is the Executive Leader and Head of Software Strategy and Solutions for GE’s Power & Water business, focused on Power Generation Services. He is responsible for the overall solutions portfolio, strategic business development, solutions marketing, and operations. Previously, he spent three years as Vice President (GM and COO) of Hewlett-Packard Software and was responsible for executing HP Software’s business portfolio strategy and operational transformation across a portfolio composed of applications development, IT operations, big data, security, and marketing optimization. As the GM and COO, he led the formation and build out of a newly formed $250 million business unit focused on big data for marketing.
Alberto Araque is Vice President of Digital Marketing and Internet of Things at Etisalat, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Alberto accumulates a global and extensive experience of more than 20 years in ICT, Digital and Internet of Things services, participating and leading transformational telecommunication projects.
Before joining Etisalat, Alberto was Head of M2M & Financial Services at Telefonica in Spain and had also been previously responsible at Telefonica in different areas such as strategy, marketing, business development, and service design in Spain and Latin America region.
He received his Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering at Universidad Polytechnic de Madrid in 1994 and he has an MBA from IE Business School.
Simon Arkell is an experienced technology entrepreneur and executive with extensive global experience. As founding CEO of Predixion Software Simon has grown Predixion from inception in 2009 to its current position as a major disrupter in the fast-paced predictive analytics industry, building a world-class team and achieving over 250% year over year growth in 2013 and 2014 while attracting major global investors and partners including GE, Accenture, Software AG, DFJ and others.
Prior to Predixion, Simon held senior leadership positions in private equity, software consulting, and investment banking and he was the co-founder of Versifi, Inc., an enterprise content management software company later acquired by a European software company. While at Versifi, Simon led the acquisition of AdaptiveInfo, a predictive analytics software vendor that developed predictive mobile content delivery solutions for publishers.
Simon holds an MBA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico. He is a two-time Olympian for Australia in the pole vault. Simon is also program chairman for Megan’s Wings – a charity that provides assistance to families with children fighting cancer. In 2014 he was named Orange County Technology Alliance CEO of the year for mid-sized companies.
Murray Ballantyne was appointed as sales director of Rockwell Automation in the Gulf in January 2015.
Prior to this appointment, Murray served as the industry manager for metals for Rockwell Automation EMEA, a position he held since 2012. His career began in 1987, when he joined Allen-Bradley as a field service engineer. Since then he has held numerous positions within the company, in Africa, the Middle East, EMEA, and the South Pacific in varying sales leadership roles, including oil and gas, food and beverage, and metals.
Murray Ballantyne is based in the Rockwell Automation Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Philip is an expert in applying technology to achieve sustainability. He has been a pioneer in resource informatics for sustainability (managing multiple resources streams via integrated data management). Philip has held senior, global positions in sales, operations and law. He was Managing Editor of Smart Grid News for over five years. He has taken a company public as its General Counsel, established businesses in Russia and India, and led complex, multi-million dollar projects managing data in the oil and gas industry. Philip has advanced degrees in law and tax.
Doctor Prith Banerjee is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. In this role he is responsible for driving innovation and technology differentiation, and coordinating the R&D activities of the company across its five businesses with 11,000 R&D personnel, and a 1.2 billion Euro R&D investment.
Previously, he held positions include Managing Director of Global Technology Research and Development at Accenture, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB, and Senior Vice President of Research at HP and Director of HP Labs. Prith’s academic career included positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he founded AccelChip, a developer of products for electronic design automation, which was sold to Xilinx Inc. in 2006.
During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products in electronic design automation. He was listed in the Fast Company list of 100 top business leaders in 2009 and the Most Creative People in Business (MCP1000) in 2014.
Phil Beecher is the chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance, an industry organization which promotes interoperable wireless communications products for Smart Utility Networks, Smart City and Internet of Things applications and which also implements a rigorous testing and certification program to achieve its aims. Phil has extensive experience in wireless communications protocols, standards and testing. He was chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4g, vice chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4m, vice chairman of the WiFi Alliance Smart Grid Task Group, Contributing Editor to IEEE802.15.4-2006 and has held positions in the US Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Test and Certification Committee, TIA and Bluetooth SIG. He has been an active contributor in the development of communications standards and the specification of test plans for a number of Smart Utility Network standards, including Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Home Energy Management Systems. He is a graduate of the University of Sussex with a degree in Electronic Engineering and holds patents in communications and networking technology.
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn is vice president and general manager of the Business Enablement and Strategy team within Cisco Services. In this role, she leads [email protected], Technical Services strategy and operations, and the Center of Excellence for innovation, globalization, and commercialization.
[email protected] recruits, trains, and develops IT talent to meet the fast-changing needs of Cisco, its customers, and partners. The award-winning Cisco certifications have been earned by more than 2 million individuals in over 200 countries. In 2008, Beliveau-Dunn brought the first social education system in the industry to market, the Cisco Learning Network.
At Cisco, Beliveau-Dunn created the Cisco channels sales team and strategic alliances program for global markets. She also created the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), a consulting team working with Cisco’s largest customers around the globe. Before joining Cisco, Beliveau-Dunn spent five years as vice president and general manager for Micronics/Diamond computers.
Beliveau-Dunn serves on advisory boards for CareerBuilder, the Technical Services Industry Association (TSIA), and California State University, Chico. She also leads the Cisco Internet of Everything talent and education group. She is an active member of Habitat for Humanity and Help One Child.
Beliveau-Dunn holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Massachusetts.
Doug has been a Cisco Employee for over 7 years with previous history in the RFID Space across Asia Pacific, as well as running a Business Intelligence software company. He has 5 years of experience in the steel and food manufacturing industry. He is based in Seattle, WA and is under the Global Center of Expertise covering Manufacturing and a focus on CIsco's Mining customers.
Niels Carsten Bluhme has served as the Director of the Municipality of Albertslund in the Greater Copenhagen Metropolitan Area since 2003. During Mr. Bluhme’s tenure, Albertslund Municipality has achieved a number of awards due to its leadership in implementing green initiatives. In 2011, Albertslund was named Nordic Energy Municipality by the prime ministers of the Nordic countries.
Mr. Bluhme holds a number of leadership positions, including: • Chairman of the Internet of Everything Steering Committee for greater Copenhagen • Member of KTC (Association of Technical Managers of Danish Municipalities), where he is part of the working group for climate, energy and resources • Member of IDA (Association of Danish Engineers) • Member of the board of GATE21, where he has been a main figure in the creation of the organization
Koen Bogers is the Senior Executive Vice President of Building Technologies, Siemens Middle East and UAE, starting January 2015.
Bogers started his career with Siemens in 1996. He was Managing Director of Stork Groningen Long Term (GLT) for 4 years starting in 2004. Five years later, he took over as Managing Director, Siemens Netherlands N.V. in the Industry Solutions Division. He then moved to the same position in the Building Technologies Division in 2011, where he spent three years. Bogers has worked in a wide variety of business fields ranging from project management and business development in oil and gas to power generation and process automation as well as industrial IT.
Bogers holds a master’s degree in business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University Delft.
Mike Bossom is a Solution Architect with Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure (SII) Group. Black & Veatch is a global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure and has been delivering value for our clients since 1915 across the Energy, Water, Telecom, and Government Service domains. As part of the SII team, Mike is leading their Smart City and IoT solutions focused on the intersection of physical infrastructure, communications networks, and data analytics. He has leveraged Black and Veatch’s strong Engineering, PMO, and Implementation expertise to develop the solution architectures, ecosystem partners, and system integration capabilities to bring these new opportunities to market. Mike brings over 20 years of Telecommunications, Engineering Project Management, and Analytics expertise to the Black & Veatch team having worked with AT&T Wireless, NextWave, Clearwire, and TIBCO Software.
As Head of Infrastructure Group Europe and North America, Stephen Burns is responsible for the development of Whitehelm Capital’s business in the UK, Europe, and North America, leading the firm’s infrastructure investment and management activities in the region.
Before joining Whitehelm, Stephen spent three years at ANZ Investments, the funds management group of the ANZ Banking Group. Stephen has expertise in both Europe and Australia in infrastructure, private equity and timberland; deal sourcing, analysis and transaction negotiation/execution. He also has experience in alternative/infrastructure manager selection, appointment, and monitoring, investment market analysis, and performance attribution.
Stephen has extensive experience managing investee companies, dealing with complex governance issues and representing clients on a range of investee company boards and committees.
Greg Carter is the General Manager of Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Services Group. He leads a global team in developing and delivering network-based solutions to meet the unique requirements of Line of Business and Operational Technology stakeholders in verticals like Utilities, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Transportation, Smart Cities and Healthcare. Greg has eighteen years of experience in the technology services field. The last ten years he has been at Cisco leading organizations supporting a variety of service lines including professional services and managed services in Security, Collaboration and Network Infrastructure. He has held leadership roles in a variety of functions including engineering, product management, business development, sales and general management. Prior to joining Cisco, Greg was a partner in a consulting firm specializing in technology strategy and application development. He started his career and gained his initial experiences in operational technology requirements as a United States Naval Officer. Greg holds a BA from Duke University, as well as BS and MS engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
James leads a joint Software and Services organization with global responsibility for pre-sales, sales, and delivery of smarter cities offerings (Smart Buildings, Smart Water, Intelligent Transport, and Public Safety). These offerings are available on premise and ‘as a service’, with simplified rapidly executable contracts.
Previously, James led the Predictive Analytics Center of Competence with a focus on the Industrial sector. He has an engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA from Georgetown University. He is based out of Washington, D.C. when he is not on the road with clients.
Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Rockwell Automation is responsible for leading the company’s global technology strategy, technical innovation. Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Sujeet led R&D in control systems and information sciences for 12 years at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Previously, he served as the chief operating officer for a successful start-up company.
Sujeet serves on a number of government, industry and higher education advisory boards. They include the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), FIRST Robotics, Wisconsin Technology Council, University of Wisconsin Research Foundation, and Robert W. Baird Venture Partners. He has also represented the United States as the head of a delegation to Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, a worldwide consortium on manufacturing technology.
In 1993, Sujeet was named Rockwell Engineer of the Year, the highest recognition for engineering accomplishment within the company, and in 1997, he was recognized with a Chairman’s Team Award for the development of a successful product line for the company. He currently holds 36 patents, has published more than 75 technical papers in research journals and conferences, and has received a number of distinguished honors for his engineering practices and technology leadership. Sujeet earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.
Rick A. Cnossen is a global director in the Health & Life Sciences (HLS) Group at Intel. In this capacity, he manages several worldwide innovation centers which are developing the next generation of technology solutions to meet strategic HLS customer needs. Prior to his current role, Cnossen ran the Intel Healthcare Sales & Marketing Team.
Cnossen joined Intel in 2000 as an Engineering Manager and Director and was a founding member of Intel’s Digital Health Group in 2005, which formed a joint venture called “Care Innovations—An Intel GE Company” (www.careinnovations.com). Throughout his career, he has been involved in product development in many fields including; Healthcare Big Data and Analytics, Medical Devices, Telco Modular Servers, Tactical Defense, Hierarchical Data Storage, and High Performance Computing.
Cnossen has a successful track record of launching and leading healthcare industry consortia efforts including HIMSS, HL7, HITSP, Continua, IEEE, Bluetooth, and WiFi. He is widely recognized as a global leader in healthcare innovation. As an internationally renowned speaker, he has delivered dozens of prominent keynotes on healthcare technology and innovation around the world. He is instructor for a post-graduate class on Health IT and routinely posts blogs and articles on the topic.
Prior to joining Intel, Cnossen worked at McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) for 15 years as a Software Engineering Manager.
Cnossen holds a MSCS degree from the University of Southern California (USC).
Hazim Dahir is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer in the Services Group. In his current role as the Chief Architect for the “Internet of Things” Services Practice, he defines and influences next generation IoT Architectures across multiple technologies and verticals through direct interaction with customers and partners in the Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Retail and Healthcare industries. On the Cyber Security side, he works with major manufacturers and machine-builders developing security solutions for Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). Hazim is the author or co-author of several white papers as well as design and configuration best practices guides. He’s also a co-author of a book on Services Innovation to enable the IoE. Hazim frequently presents at various US and International Conferences.
Doug Davis is senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel Corporation. He leads a worldwide organization responsible for Intel® architecture computing solutions across IoT market segments, including manufacturing, industrial, retail, transportation, smart buildings and homes, aerospace, and many others. Mr. Davis started his career at Intel in 1984 as a product engineer in the company's military division, then went on to manage product engineering, manufacturing and operations for the group. Subsequently, he became general manager for the embedded microcomputer division, and general manager of the network processor division. He was named vice president in 2003. In 2004, Mr. Davis became general manager of the infrastructure processor division. A year later, he assumed the role of general manager of the embedded and communications group, where he was instrumental in establishing Intel's position in embedded market segments. In 2010, Mr. Davis became the general manager for the netbook and tablet group, with responsibility for the platform planning, architecture, enabling and marketing of Intel's solutions for the netbook and tablet market segments. Most recently before assuming his current role, he served as general manager of Arizona Fab/Sort Manufacturing.
Jesse DeMesa is the Chief Technology Officer, Software for GE Oil & Gas. Jesse leads the industrial Internet technology vision and strategy for GE Oil & Gas, providing leadership across the GE Oil & Gas portfolio for software products and services, making sure of business success and improved customer outcomes. He oversees the creation of a harmonized software architecture and platform across solutions spanning all oil and gas segments.
Jesse has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise-level industrial solutions and platforms, joining GE after 10 years with Siemens, and was a principal in two industrial software startups leading to public offerings or acquisition. He served most recently in Siemens Oil & Gas as Chief Technologist and Head of Portfolio Management, Operations Intelligence & Safety, serving major customers in oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, power, utilities, and mining industries.
Mac Devine has 26 years of experience with networking and virtualization. He became an IBM Master Inventor in 2006, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008 and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 2009 He served two years as the Chief Architect for IM System z Enterprise Software and two years as the CTO for IBM cloud partnerships and client innovations within the IBM corporate strategy team. Mac served 2 years as Director and CTO cloud portfolio within IBM global technology services. He lead the technical due diligence for the SoftLayer acquisition which lead to the creation of IBM cloud services division. He co-authored Springer’s “Handbook of Cloud Computing” used by colleges and universities. Mac currently serves as Vice President and CTO of SDN and innovation services, IBM cloud division and as a faculty member for the cloud and Internet of Things Expos.
Rhonda Dirvin has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in the fields of networking,wireless, infrastructure and IoT. She has held roles in operations, marketing, and businessdevelopment. She received her undergraduate electrical engineering degree from Cornell Universityand her MBA from the University of Texas. She is currently doing mostly IoT business development workat ARM.
Mark Douglas graduated from Aberdeen University as a geologist in 1994 and started working that year for Amoco in London, looking for subtle stratigraphic traps using RFT pressure data. A brief period outside the industry as a police officer was followed by a period studying the environmental effects of decommissioning and drilling fluids and muds using genetically modified E. coli bacteria. Mark then spent several years working for Shell and Exxon Mobil, where he developed extensive skill as a 3D modeler and used this to enable the drilling department and subsurface departments to collaborate. Ten years ago Mark joined Schlumberger in the North Sea UK as a geologist delivering studies for customers and consulting on integrating disciplines and workflows.
After running Schlumberger Software Integrated solutions in the UK and Ireland for a number of years, in the beginning of 2014 Mark was appointed the vice president of that segment of Schlumberger with responsibility for all business for the Middle East, based in Dubai.
Michael Dulaney brings more than fifteen years of energy experience to the Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) Vertical Solutions Group. During his tenure at Cisco, Michael has spoken with utilities about business transformations and governments on the importance of expectation management and standardization.
Prior to Cisco, Michael served as Senior Vice President at Duke Energy, responsible for 3300MW of power generation in Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia, where he helped negotiate the financial resolution to the 2001 energy rationing crisis in Brazil.
Dulaney also has extensive experience power utility M&A and project development, participating in over $10 billion in M&A and $4 billion in development activities.
Jonathan Dunsdon has 18 years of digital software and services experience with GE, including roles with increasing responsibility across Aviation Systems, Aviation, GRC, and Taleris. Jon is currently the chief architect technically leading GE Aviation’s move onto Predix. Prior to this, Jon served as the chief technology officer for Taleris, where he drove the technology strategy and in particular the relationships with GRC and GE Digital. He has prior experience in data analytics, solution architecture; product definition; competitive landscaping; and the development of strategic service, product, and technology roadmaps. Jonathan holds a BEng degree in aeronautics and astronautics (Southampton, UK) and is a chartered engineer. He is also an advisor to the UK government on about the impact effects of research across the aerospace, mechanical, process, and chemical engineering domains.
Ayman Elnashar received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Alexandria University in 1995 and MSc and PhD degrees in electrical communications engineering from Mansoura University in 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 2G, 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi, and IoT. He was part of three major startup telecommunications operators in the MENA region (Mobinil/Egypt, Mobily/KSA, and du/UAE) and held primary leadership positions.
Currently, he is senior director of wireless broadband, terminals, and performance with the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. “du,” UAE. He is the founder of the Terminal Innovation Lab. He managed and directed the evolution, evaluation, and introduction of du broadband networks and terminals (HSPA+/LTE/Wi-Fi). He is currently leading the IoT networks evolution for smart city and participating in making Dubai the smartest city in the world. Prior to this, he was with Mobily, Saudi Arabia, from June 2005 to January 2008 as head of projects. He played a primary role in contributing to the success of the mobile broadband network of Mobily/KSA. From March 2000 to June 2005, he was with Mobinil (orange), Egypt, where he was responsible for mobile network operation.
Elnashar has published 20+ papers in the wireless communications arena in highly ranked journals such as IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, IEEE Transactions Vehicular technology, IEEE Transactions Circuits and Systems I, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, IET Signal Processing, and international conferences. He is the author of a practical book about LTE network entitled Design, Deployment, and Performance of 4G-LTE Networks: A Practical Approach, published by Wiley in May 2014. His current research interests include practical performance analysis of cellular systems (CDMA-based and OFDM-based); 3G/4G/Wi-Fi and IoT networks planning, design, and optimization; digital signal processing for wireless communications; multiuser detection; smart antennas; massive MIMO; and robust adaptive detection and 3D beamforming.
Vince Epperson is an Executive Portfolio Leader specializing in automation and controls at GE Global Research. He has had a progression of roles over an 18-year GE career, mostly in engineering, at GE Intelligent Platforms (GE IP). He has led the platform strategy for GE IP’s embedded real-time controllers and I/O products, including the new RXi controller. He has also served as Automation Product Management Leader for the Controls Systems business. He also has expertise in leading teams developing functional safety (IEC-61508) industrial products.
In 2013, he joined Wayne Fueling Systems as Vice President of Engineering. He was responsible for driving the global engineering product development strategy working to deliver retail fueling systems for major oil companies and fuel retailers. Vince’s product responsibilities ranged from electronics and embedded devices to cloud platforms.
Murat Ethem Eldem is Senior Director for M2M & IoT Solutions in Etisalat UAE. Before joining Etisalat, Ethem was responsible for corporate mobile services including M2M, Connectivity Services, Premium Messaging, Location Based Services and Enterprise Applications at Turkcell –Turkey’s leading mobile operator.
Ethem graduated from Austrian High school in Istanbul and completed his BA and MBA in Marmara University, Turkey.
He started his career in local management consulting companies for executive search, management assessment & training, organizational structuring and joined Pricewaterhousecoopers Turkey managing large organizational development projects for government and private enterprises.
Thereafter, he joined Turkcell, as Director for Organizational Development in 2003. In 2008 he assumed responsibilities as Group Coordinator. Between 2010 till 2011 he was responsible for innovation governance, Consumer VAS and Partnership Management of Turkcell. Afterwards he became the Director for whole corporate mobile services including M2M, connectivity services, premium messaging, location based services, enterprise applications.
Eric Farrugia has 25 years of experience in automation with a more specific focus in strategic marketing and management. He is in charge of the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy for the industrial control and drives domains in Schneider Electric and responsible for delivering the complete vision of smart connected products as well as the associated services, which feed Schneider Electric's IIoT strategy. Prior to this role, during the past 10 years, Eric held roles in strategic marketing of the human intelligent interface domain, the operators panels line of business, and the PLC line of business. He has a master's degree in strategic management from ICG Paris as well as an engineering degree from Conservatoire National des Arts & Métiers Paris.
Hugo Fiennes is CEO and Co-founder of Electric Imp, a cloud service & embedded platform that makes it simple to connect devices to the Internet.
Hugo began developing hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s and has been building useful and successful things ever since. After designing many MP3 players for Rio, Hugo led Apple's hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking iPhone, and was then an early advisor to Nest Labs, architecting the hardware for their first thermostat product before starting Electric Imp in 2011.
Anne Fitzpatrick is a sales and business development leader in IBM Global Alliance Solutions. She has twenty years of expertise in education, government, healthcare and media industries. She is currently responsible for business development with VersaStack, a Cisco and IBM integrated infrastructure comprising compute, network and storage. VersaStack is an ideal platform for IOT environments, whether on premise or in The Cloud.
As Vice President of Cisco’s data and analytics group, Mike Flannagan is responsible for the company’s data and analytics strategy, and leads multiple software business units.
Cisco’s data virtualization business unit provides software and services that enable organizations to efficiently access corporate data assets from a variety of enterprise data sources, big data sources, a multitude of cloud services, real-time streaming analytics applications, and the Internet of Things.
Cisco’s analytics business unit provides software and services that embed advanced analytics in Cisco’s services, and create analytics solutions that join IT and network data with operational data to deliver insights that improve business outcomes. Cisco’s ServiceGrid business unit provides B2B business process integration in the cloud.
Cisco’s energy management business unit provides a suite of software and services that measure and manage the energy use of all the connected devices across distributed office and data center environments.
Mike joined Cisco in 2000. He previously held IT leadership positions in consulting and global media companies, and founded several start-ups. Mike is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Engineer, patent holder and published author. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, and earned a Master’s in business administration from Auburn University.
Mark Fondl has 35 years of experience in automation, with the last 15 years spent at the forefront of industrial Ethernet development. Mark founded Network Vision Inc., which was acquired by Panduit in 2015. He was an influential member of the Board of Directors of Foundation Fieldbus (1996–1999). As VP of Schneider Automation in North Andover, Massachusetts, he and the company won a 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian award for "Transparent Factory," an Ethernet/Internet adoption into manufacturing and a concept currently being adopted by most if not all automation companies 15 years later.
Rick Freeman joined GE Lighting in 2012 as the General Manager of Intelligent Devices. He is responsible for all of GE Lighting’s professional products that leverage control, networks, software and analytics. He recently accepted the leadership role for GE Current’s Intelligent City product lines.
Rick joined GE Healthcare in 2001 and led software and systems technology for the GE Healthcare Service Technology division through 2004. In 2004, Rick was appointed Global Software Engineering Manager for GE Healthcare Magnetic Resonance products. He was promoted in 2007, to Chief Technology Officer for GE Intelligent Platforms. In this role, Freeman led 11 global engineering teams in developing and manufacturing new industrial control hardware, firmware and software products.
David Fuller is the Chief Service Robotics Strategy and R&D officer for KUKA North America. In his role, David is responsible for driving the integration of key IT technology from the cloud, web, and mobiles spaces with the traditional core of KUKA’s operating technologies (OT) in industrial robotics, service robotics, and emerging areas of emphasis such as healthcare and healthcare logistics.
David has held previous roles spanning from a professional software engineer to global Vice President of SW R&D with areas of emphasis such as the integration of I/O, deterministic buses, processors and FPGAs and their application within test and measurement in particular.
David holds more than 30 patents and was jointly awarded the prestigious 2011 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Technology Innovation from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). He graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.
Felix Gerdes leads the transportation industry business development activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia at Cisco. Felix joined Cisco in 2005, and has seen its business in the transportation industry more than double since assuming his current role in 2008.
Felix helps Cisco align to evolving industry needs, and guides customers toward the achievement of their business goals. He contributes to Cisco’s development of solutions developed specifically for the transportation industry. Felix recruits technology partners and specialist system integrators with expertise in the railway industry in order to provide customers with a holistic ICT solution.
Felix’s publications include What stations will become: Opportunities in Future Urban Railway Infrastructure, a point-of-view paper available for download from www.Cisco.com/go/connectedrail. In 2012, Felix was named “sales champion,” an accolade reserved for the top 10 percent of Cisco’s worldwide sales staff.
Before joining Cisco, Felix established a business-consulting group at Logica, and held sales and management consulting roles at CSC. Felix’s background in the transportation industry includes a 16- year tenure at Lufthansa in finance administration leadership and controlling roles in New York, Washington DC, Karachi, Cairo, and Hamburg.
Felix holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, USA. He is married, has a teenage daughter, and resides in Hamburg, Germany. A passionate user of public transportation and car-sharing, Felix’s interests include life-long learning and studying how the adoption of information technology influences societal behavior.
Bill Gerhardt is responsible for defining and executing all aspects of Cisco's service provider strategy in the emerging IoT/M2M industry. He previously spent nearly 10 years leading the mobility practice of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), an industry-leading management consulting organization. Bill's thought leadership has significantly advanced such topics as big data analytics, network virtualization, next-generation mobile workforce, multiscreen TV, fixed-mobile convergence and service provider Wi-Fi. Bill has 20-plus years of engineering, sales and product marketing experience within the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Cisco, he was a line of business manager within Verizon, leading all areas of marketing and product management for a successful global software business unit. He holds an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from The University of Pittsburgh and a BSEE from Widener University.
Guillaume Girardin works as a Market and Technology Analyst for MEMS devices and technologies atYole Développement. Guillaume holds a Ph.D. in physics and nanotechnology from Claude BernardUniversity Lyon 1 and a M.Sc. in technology and innovation management from EM Lyon School ofBusiness. He has contributed to several marketing and technological analysis and is the author of manyreports and articles.
Paul is CEO at Davra Networks and founder and partner at Dublin’s finest vintage & rare guitar store, Someneck Guitars. Prior to Davra he held senior roles in a number of technology companies before founding Crannog Software in 1998. Crannog was acquired by Fluke Networks in 2007 after which Paul ran their European Performance Management division for 3 years before leaving to found Davra in 2011. In 2014 Paul was recognised by CRN Magazine as one of the Top 25 Disruptors in the IT Industry alongside CEO’s of HP, Amazon and SanDisk.
Paul is a board member of the WYSAR Research Laboratory and the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) Industry Council. He sits on the global steering committee of the IOT World Forum and is a founder member of the IOT Talent Consortium. He also studied International Marketing and is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Thierry Godart joined the Internet of Things Group (IoTG) of Intel Corporation as General Manager of Energy Solutions in July 2015 to develop and deliver IoT solutions for the power and oil and gas industry. The goal of energy IoT is to implement an optimum energy value chain with reduced environmental impact in real-time. The scope of energy IoT includes generation, transmission and distribution and consumption of electricity as well as the efficient extraction and refinement of oil and gas products.
Thierry is working with the ecosystem of equipment manufacturers, automation and software vendors, as well as utilities, oil and gas producers and service providers to develop and deploy ubiquitous connected devices, edge platforms and cloud architectures for operational excellence and transformative businesses.
Thierry has 25 years of experience providing advanced solutions to the global energy industry. At Schneider Electric, he was responsible for selling the complete set of Schneider offerings to electric utilities worldwide. Prior to his tenure at Schneider, Thierry led the Smart Grid Division of Siemens in North America. He has also held leadership positions at Areva T&D, ABB and GE. Thierry holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degrees in applied mathematics andelectrical engineering, all from Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA). He is a SUPELEC (Paris, France) Engineer.
A dynamic, entrepreneurial sales professional with 12+ years experience in the GCC region, Laurent Grandisson has a proven track record of achievement and demonstrated success driving business intelligence sales growth while providing award-winning sales leadership in a highly competitive environment. Having a portfolio of essential skills and improving sales team performance, he is an excellent team builder/player. He is eager in developing innovative and creating new business solutions; managing and securing customer loyalty, and forging solid and trusted relationships with business partners.
Kevin Grattan is the Market Development Manager for the Traffic Safety and Security Division for 3M West Europe. He is primarily responsible for the sales and market growth for the automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) product portfolio. Kevin has more than 10 years of experience in the ALPR market sector, having previously worked as an International Business Development Manager for PIPS Technology and CA Traffic, respectively. Prior to that, he held a number of different roles for a variety of companies in various market sectors, including a nine-month secondment to France as Materials Manager for an electronic packaging (data networking) manufacturer. Kevin holds a certificate in marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing), including a distinction in sales.
Patrick Grossetete is a Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing, working on Field communication architecture and design (IEEE 802.15.4g/e RF, IEEE 1901.2a PLC, LoRa, IPv6, 6LoWPAN, RPL) in Cisco Internet of Things Systems and Software Group and joined Cisco through its acquisition of Arch Rock. At Arch Rock, he was Director of Product Management and Customer Solutions, focusing on IPv6-based wireless sensor network technology for smart grid, energy and environmental optimization applications.
Previously, Patrick led a product management team at Cisco, responsible for a suite of Cisco IOS software technologies, including IPv6 and IP Mobility. Patrick is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events, including the IPv6 Forum, which he joined in 1999 as a Cisco representative. Patrick also acts as reviewer on European Commission sponsored projects (GEANT, ENVIROFI).
Patrick is coauthor of the books “Global IPv6 Strategies” and “Deploying IPv6 Networks” published by Cisco Press as well as several white papers, such as “Unified Field Area Network architecture for Distribution Automation (2014)” and “IPv6 architecture for Field Area Networks (2012)”. In June 2003, he received the "IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award" at the San Diego summit and is an IPv6 Forum Fellow. Before to joining Cisco in 1994 as a Consulting Engineer, he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as a consulting engineer and was involved with network design and deployment. He received a degree in computer science from the Control Data Institute, Paris, France.
Dr. Sangtae Ha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD degree in computer science from North Carolina State
University. His research focuses on building and deploying practical network systems. He cofounded the Princeton EDGE Lab as its first Associate Director in 2009 and led its research team as an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University from 2010 to 2013. He is a cofounder and the founding CTO/VP Engineering of DataMi, a startup company on mobile networks, and is a technical consultant to a few startups. He is an IEEE
Senior Member and serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Journal. He is a general cochair of the Smart Data Pricing workshop in IEEE INFOCOM 2016 and was a general cochair of the workshop on Fog Networking for 5G and IoT in IEEE SECON 2015 and the Smart Data Pricing workshop in IEEE INFOCOM 2013. He received the INFORMS ISS Design Science Award in 2014.
Matt Hatton is a widely respected wireless industry expert with over 15 years' experience. He is a founder and CEO at Machina Research, the world’s leading research and consultancy firm focusing on machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. Prior to establishing Machina Research, Matt worked at 3 UK, Yankee Group and Analysys Mason. As well as managing a growing team of analysts at Machina Research he spends his time helping mobile network operators, vendors, regulators, enterprises and numerous other interested parties understand the implications and opportunities presented by the growth of the Internet of Things. Matt is considered one of the foremost industry experts on M2M and IoT. Matt holds an MSc in Telecommunications (Distinction) from University College London.
Christel joined the Schneider Electric team in 2014 as the head of its global strategic alliances initiative. Her organization is responsible for developing and executing corporate strategy as it relates to strategic partnerships, managing alliance relationships that span multiple business units of Schneider Electric, and providing processes, best practices, and job aids to those working on alliances within the business units.
She has an Engineering Master’s degree and spent 15 years at Alcatel-Lucent where she worked in project finance, sales and global Account Management for French accounts. She also set up and developed the strategic alliance between Alcatel-Lucent and HP and most recently was Executive VP for human resources and transformation.
Prior to her professional career, Christel spent 12 months in the French Army as part of her education.
Steve Hilton is a co-founder and President at MachNation, the leading insight services and application development firm for the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything, connected things, analytics and M2M. His primary areas of expertise include competitive positioning, marketing media development, cloud services, small and medium businesses and sales channels.
Steve serves on Cisco’s Internet of Things World Forum Steering Committee where he is co-chairperson of the service provide working group. Steve has 22 years’ experience in technology and communications marketing. Prior to founding MachNation, he built and ran the IoT/M2M and enterprise practice areas at Analysys Mason. He has also held senior positions at Yankee Group, Lucent Technologies, TDS (Telephone and Data Systems) and Cambridge Strategic Management Group.
Steve is a frequent speaker at industry and client events, and publishes articles and blogs in several respected trade journals. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Peter Hirst leads the MIT Sloan School of Management team of professionals who partner with clients and faculty to develop, design and deliver innovative executive education programs for individuals and companies. Previously, he was CEO of the commercialization, consulting and executive education business of the London School of Economics. Dr. Hirst earned a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland for research in plasma physics and microwave engineering. After a period of academic entrepreneurship in various related fields, including optoelectronics, neural network computing and the interfaces between technology and terrorism, he was appointed Westminster Fellow in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, advising MPs and Peers of all parties on policy issues within physical sciences, defense and IT. He is the past President of the British American Business Council of New England, currently serves as a board director and a founding member of its Energy and Environment Committee, and is a Trustee of the American Foundation of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Dr. Hirst was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his service to British and American business and academia interests.
Florence Hudson is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Internet2, a not for profit consortium of 300+ academic institutions and 150+ research organizations developing innovations around the Internet. She leads Innovation Working Groups in the Internet of Things, End to End Trust and Security, and Distributed Big Data and Analytics including members from universities, industry, national labs, agencies and international partners.
Prior to Internet2, Ms. Hudson was with IBM for 33 years including roles as Director of Business Development for the Internet of Things, Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy, Vice President in Systems & Technology Group, and Vice President and acting Chief Technology Officer of the Global Industrial Sector. Her 2012 TEDx talk was on energy and the environment. In 2014 she was honored as a Top Woman of Machine to Machine by Connected World Magazine.
Prior to IBM, Ms. Hudson worked for Hewlett-Packard, Grumman Corporation and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She holds a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and has attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.
Rik has worked at Cisco for 8 years, with the majority of time in the Energy industry including lead roles in Energy Management and Energy Optimization, and Communications and Security for Power Utilities and Process Control Industries. He leads the Energy Architecture team and drives the global development of Cisco’s reference architectures, use cases and security for the Oil & Gas industry.
Rik has represented Cisco in a number of Industry and standards bodies including IEC 61850 for industrial communications, and IEC 62351 and ISA99 for industrial security, as well as UK Lead for Cigre SC D2. He has written industry white papers on Industrial Cyber Security Architectures, Distributed Industrial Control Systems, Next Generation Operational Field Telecoms, Fog computing, Converged Pipeline communications, and co-authored industry technical brochures.
Jeff’s team is responsible for setting the strategy and execution of Dimension Data’s $4bn networking business globally. Before joining the global business unit in 2010, Jeff was the General Manager for South Africa where he had full P&L responsibility for a $200m business. Jeff joined Dimension Data 15 years ago as a technical consultant and has held a number of leadership roles within Networking during his tenure. Prior to joining Dimension Data he was with Guardian National Insurance Company for a number of years where he started his working career as a programmer, but soon moved onto introducing the company’s first LAN and WAN networks and client-server systems.
Jonas Jacobi is an internationally known Web, Mobile and IoT visionary, technology innovator, and published author. Jonas’ industry experience includes tenures as Technology Evangelist, VP of Product Management and Strategy, and co-founder and CEO, including the co-creation of one of the most prolific and game-changing new industry standards for the World Wide Web, the W3C and IETF WebSocket standard.
Currently, Jonas is leading the work and bridging the rapid world of technology innovation, startups and enterprise requirements into a technology strategy that is built to endure and evolve across IBM’s Cloud, Mobile, and IoT Architecture.
Dr. Raj Jain is a fellow of IEEE, a fellow of ACM, a fellow of AAAS, a winner of ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time award, CDAC-ACCS Foundation Award 2009, and ranks among the top 90 in Citeseer’s list of Most Cited Authors in Computer Science.
Dr. Jain is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he was one of the cofounders of Nayna Networks, Inc., a next-generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, California. He was a senior consulting engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in Littleton, Massachusetts, and then a professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
He is the author of Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis, which won the 1991 “Best-Advanced How-to Book, Systems’’ award from Computer Press Association. His fourth book, entitled High-Performance TCP/IP: Concepts, Issues, and Solutions, was published by Prentice Hall in November 2003. He recently coedited Quality of Service Architectures for Wireless Networks: Performance Metrics and Management, published in April 2010
As Etisalat Group CEO, His Excellency Ahmad Julfar oversees the 19 markets in which the company operates, providing a leadership role to enable Etisalat Group to prepare for the next stage of its evolution within the UAE telecommunications market and its further transition into the global telecommunications environment.
Joe Kann is Vice President of Global Business Development for Rockwell Automation. In this role, he manages the company’s highly differentiated business partnering program including alliances with market leaders Cisco, Panduit, Fanuc and Microsoft. Joe also leads the company’s strategy development processes and supports acquisitions. He has over 30 years of experience in industrial automation and manufacturing technologies.
William A. Kennedy MD, is a board-certified pediatric urologist and Chief of Pediatric Urology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. He is also an Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Kennedy earned his AB and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and obtained his MD at Columbia University. He completed his surgical training at Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University, along with a pediatric urology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2010-11, he was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Kennedy began his faculty career at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in 1997. Among his many current leadership positions at Stanford, Dr. Kennedy is Chair of the Finance Committee for the Pediatric & Obstetrical Faculty Practice Organization, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Stanford Children’s Health, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Packard Children’s Health Alliance, the hospital’s new medical foundation.
Dr. Kennedy has published 32 peer-reviewed articles, 19 book chapters and one book. He is a section editor and manuscript review consultant for several professional journals. He is a nationally known lecturer and has been honored by organizations for his teaching, research, and clinical accomplishments. Dr. Kennedy’s most recent clinical innovation has been the implementation of tele urology services throughout the Stanford Children’s Health Northern California healthcare network. Since the project go-live in February of 2013, he has provided telemedicine services to over 500 patients. He has recently been appointed Medical Director of Telehealth at Stanford Children’s Health and looks forward to scaling telemedicine services to include all Stanford Pediatric clinical specialties and broadening the geographic scope of this network.
Dr. Severin Kezeu is an inventor and CEO of SK Solutions, the global leader of predictive and real-time anticollision of everything to protect assets and save lives.
Severin founded the company in France in 1991 as a PhD in robotic engineering for data processing and electronic sciences. Taking a nonheuristic approach, he invented the universal predictive anticollision of everything, which won the French First National Prize for invention and has since expanded SK Solutions into 11 countries with a global initiative currently under way.
SK aims to improve the management of collision avoidance, using its contextual data engine, increasing the amount of real-time actionable data from mobile field workers, equipment, and operational processes and increasing the spread of critical information-based decisions and predictive forecasts. Beyond anticollision, SK Solutions offers applications that use this contextual data engine to unlock improvements in operational efficiency and oversight and a platform for others to develop applications that use the power of its contextual data engine through its APIs and SDK.
Dr. Ashish Khandpur is 3M’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development. He has been with the company for 20 years, and leads 8,500 researchers around the world.
An inventor on 10 issued patents, Ashish began his 3M career as a senior research engineer in 1995. He has held various U.S. and international technical and leadership roles in corporate research labs, division and subsidiary labs, and the company’s Asia Pacific region, as well as global R&D head of 3M’s Industrial Business Group.
While in his native India, Ashish was responsible for establishing the country’s first product development lab for 3M. In January 2014, he began leading 3M’s Personal Safety Division. Later that same year, he was appointed 3M’s head of R&D and chief technology officer, reporting to CEO Inge Thulin.
Ashish holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He sits on the latter’s advisory board for the College of Science and Engineering, works with the 3M Women’s Leadership Forum and is a board member of the 3M Foundation, with a particular focus on STEM education.
Greg is the Program Director for Analytics Offerings and Strategy within IBM’s Internet of Things business unit. Greg works closely with customers to understand industry patterns and use cases, helping them leverage asset data and analytics to gain insights and drive bottom line business value. He has helped deliver solutions for a variety of industries including oil & gas, energy & utilities, healthcare, automotive, heavy equipment, transportation, and retail. Greg has been with IBM for 22 years and has served in various roles from product management, solution delivery and technical sales to architecture and development.
Aglaia Kong is the CTO for IOE (Internet of Everything) solutions and VP of Technology leading solution innovation for IOE. IOE is about connecting things (IOT) together for different verticals. By connecting things together, Cisco can help customers to optimize their operations via data analytics and drive new business value. In this role, Aglaia works closely with partners and industrial experts to create new solutions for verticals such as oil & gas, manufacturing, energy, smart cities/nations and healthcare.
Prior to this role, Aglaia Kong was the VP/GM for the Connected Platform Group in the Cisco Enterprise Networking Group, and CTO for Cisco China. She was responsible for product and architecture strategy, strategic partnerships, and innovative technology incubation specifically focusing on China and emerging countries. Driving multiple products and platforms for education, healthcare, retail and data center vertical markets, she increased regional sales growth and opened up new market expansion opportunities. Aglaia is a core member of Cisco Cloud Computing and IoT Work Groups, which bridge the latest technology and research from industrial to real life needs with next generation technology design in China.
Prior to Cisco, Aglaia held the honorable title of Symantec Fellow, and was CTO for the Storage & Availability Management Group. She has many patents and many publications.
Serhii leads Cisco's Global IoT Solutions Practice and Innovations for the oil and gas industry. Over the last twelve years, Serhii has been working closely with major independent, national and service oil and gas companies and key industry partners on areas of Internet of Things, Automation and Technology Innovations. Serhii is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Automation, Master’s Degree in Computer Science, MBA from London Business School, and completed CCIE and CISSP certification programs. He is the author of 3 books and 8 publications.
"Co-founder and member of the executive board, TTTech Georg Kopetz is co-founder and member of the executive board at TTTech, a high tech growth company focusing on robust and safe networks inside vehicles and industrial machines. TTTech is a driving force behind the real-time network evolution enabling the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. Solutions from TTTech can be found today on board planes and spacecraft from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and NASA as well as in cars from Audi and Volvo. In March 2015, TTTech raised 50 Million Euros, involving key strategic partners Audi, General Electric and Infineon to scale its robust network solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things and autonomous driving cars.
Since 2010 Georg Kopetz has represented the AAIG (Austrian Aeronautics Industries Group) in the Supply Chain Commission of the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD) in Brussels. He is also a member of Cisco’s Internet of Things steering committee. In Georg Kopetz together with co-founder Stefan Poledna jointly received the award for ""Austrian of the Year” in the category “Entrepreneurship” by the quality newspaper “DiePresse”"
Frank Kulaszewicz, Senior Vice President, architecture and software at Rockwell Automation is responsible for strategy development, driving global growth, and the worldwide performance of the architecture and software reporting segment of the company.
Architecture and software (A&S) is a $2.8+ billion business with more than 2,000 employees. It is the leading supplier of automation control and software products in North America and is making significant inroads in the global market. Consisting of five business units, A&S provides automation control and information products to thousands of customers in hundreds of industries.
Frank has over 30 years experience at Rockwell Automation, holding several key leadership roles in the drive systems, standard drives and control and visualization businesses. Most recently, Frank served as vice president and general manager, control and visualization business.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University. Frank is based in Milwaukee at the Rockwell Automation global headquarters
Inbar Lasser-Raab is Vice President of Products and Solutions Marketing for Cisco’s Enterprise portfolio. She leads global marketing strategy and execution for Cisco’s market-leading Cloud, Data Center, Networking and the Internet of Things (IoT) Enterprise solutions.
Inbar’s team is responsible for driving market awareness and thought leadership for Cisco’s Enterprise portfolio across customers, partners, industry influencers, and the company’s sales organization. She and her team have been actively shaping the future of the IT, OT (Operational Technology) and IoT markets. Inbar is known for her marketing creativity and has driven some of the company’s most successful marketing initiatives, including the IoT World Forum conference, the company’s top viral video campaign, an animated 3D video series and many high-impact solution launches.
Prior to joining Cisco, Inbar was Vice President of Marketing at Riverstone Networks. She managed the company’s Worldwide Marketing and Channel programs and was part of the team that drove the company's acquisition by Lucent.
She is passionate about helping young women achieve an education in technology and is active in several programs supporting this cause.
Oleg Logvinov is the Director of Special Assignments in STMicroelectronics’ Industrial and Power Conversion Division.
After graduating from the Technical University of Ukraine (KPI) with the equivalent of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, he worked as a senior researcher at the R&D laboratory of the Ukraine Department of Energy at the KPI.
During the last 25 years Oleg has held various senior technical and executive management positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry. He currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group and is the past member of the IEEE-SA Standards Board. In January 2015 Oleg was appointed as the chair of IEEE Internet Initiative. The IEEE Internet Initiative connects engineers, scientists, industry leaders, and others engaged in an array of technology and industry domains globally, with policy experts to help improve the understanding of technology and its implications and impact on Internet governance issues. In addition, the Initiative focuses on raising awareness of public policy issues and processes in the global technical community.
Oleg also actively participates in several IEEE standards development working groups with the focus on the IoT and communications technologies. Oleg is the chair of the IEEE P2413 standard for an architectural framework for the Internet of Things working group. He helped found the HomePlug powerline alliance and is the past President and CTO of the alliance. Oleg has twenty four patents to his credit and has been an invited speaker on multiple occasions.
Dr. Daniel Lopresti is Professor and Chair of Lehigh’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as director of the university’s new Data X Strategic Initiative. He conducts research examining fundamental algorithmic and systems-related questions in pattern recognition, data analysis, and computer security. Dr. Lopresti received his bachelor of science degree from Dartmouth College in 1982 and his PhD degree in computer science from Princeton University in 1987.
Dr. Lopresti arrived at Lehigh in 2003 after having spent time on the faculty at Brown and on the research staff at Panasonic Technologies, and Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers in professional conferences and journals, and he holds 24 U.S. patents. He serves on the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium Council, which works to strengthen the research community, articulate compelling research visions, and align those visions with pressing national and global challenges.
Gayathri Magie is the IBM Internet of Things Business Development Executive focusing on standards, consortia, open source and academic initiatives. Gayathri has been with IBM since 2001 and has more than 17 years of information technology experience working on worldwide teams and projects across various aspects of the business, including business development, product development, customer services and support, project management, product management, people management, direct sales, partner sales, and channels. Prior to joining IBM, Gayathri started her industry experience in 1998 at Informix Software Corporation as a software development engineer.
In 1996, Gayathri received her Bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. Gayathri moved to the United States to pursue her higher education and in 1998, received a Master's degree in computer and electrical engineering with a focus in software engineering from the University of West Virginia. As an IBM employee and continuing to pursue her higher education, Gayathri received her Master's in Business Administration in global management and her Master's Certificate in project management.
RJ Mahadev leads a team accountable for business outcome solutions within Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Services Group. His responsibilities include working with leading customers and partners to develop and manage vertical solutions in support of their Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.
RJ has spent much of his professional life navigating the precarious world of new technologies, finding that middle ground between more efficient architectures and the unmet needs of the marketplace. Roles prior to Cisco include stints as Managing Director of EuroBroadband in Greece where he led the development and operational execution of a WiMax-based wireless business and Vice President for Global Product Management at Level 3 Networks where he was responsible for deploying and managing the world’s largest SoftSwitch platform.
RJ holds a Master’s degree in business administration in Marketing and Finance from the University of Denver and is a recognized speaker who has presented at numerous industry and strategy conferences.
Cisco is a leading vendor for multi-service, standards based communications solutions that have transformed many industries and how we live, work and play. Besides its deep credentials pioneering the development of industry standards such as IP Networking and MPLS, Cisco is a leading proponent of the IoT and driving the associated $19 trillion opportunity.
Hugh Martin created the vision for Sensity Systems and the Light Sensory Network and is responsible for directing the company’s strategic course. His 35-year track record as an entrepreneurial leader of cutting-edge technology companies, new ventures, and high-growth businesses includes serving at the helm of numerous highly successful organizations. In 2011, he was named CEO for Fortune magazine’s “Executive Dream Team: The startup edition,” acknowledged for his “management chops” and for successfully taking two companies public.
Prior to Sensity, Hugh was chairman and CEO of Pacific Biosciences, a leading company in third-generation DNA sequencing. He founded Pacific Biosciences in 2004 with a team from Cornell University and led the company through its IPO in 2010 and commercialization in 2011. Before that, he was chairman, president, and CEO of ONI Systems, a high-speed optical telecommunications systems company he founded in 1998 and took public in 2000.
During his career, Hugh also was president and director of 3DO, an interactive gaming company; served as a CEO-in-residence at the venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; and ran desktop engineering for Apple Computer. Earlier, he founded Ridge Computers, designer of the world’s first commercial reduced instruction set computing (RISC) minicomputer. He earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick.
Anil Menon joined Cisco in March 2009 as President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). In this role, Anil is responsible for developing the strategy and leading the global execution of Cisco's S+CC business. Under his leadership, Cisco has quickly become the industry and thought leader, with hundreds of implementations around the globe, that are using the network as the platform to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability around the world.
Anil also serves as Ciscoʹs Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, helping Cisco identify and drive the development of new solutions, and business models for its customers worldwide. As the Executive Sponsor of Cisco's Emerging Countries initiatives, he is responsible for identifying and addressing the next set of transformational opportunities in emerging countries like BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). Anil's charter is to enable the transformation of these emerging countries by aligning Cisco's technologies, and business architecture capabilities with the nations' long and medium term developmental goals.
Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM Growth Markets. In his seven years with IBM, he held critical global roles at both the corporate and business unit levels. Appointed by IBM's CEO, Anil also served as a key member of the Strategy Team from 2005‐2008.
Prior to this, Anil was a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty and later was the department head, marketing faculty at the Emory University Atlanta, USA. Anil has been a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy, 1994‐1996. He has been on the Executive Committee for the Strategy Council at Strategic Planning, an international business think tank originating from Harvard Business School.
Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association's prestigious Paul Root/MSI Award in 1999 for academic research in marketing and the Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award in 2007 from Academy of Marketing Science for innovations in marketing practice.
Anil is a member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Customer Insights at Yale Universityʹs School of Management and is on the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School.
A 25+ year industry veteran, Jean-Luc Meyer brings a track record of establishing and operating breakthrough marketing and go-to-market capabilities to the most competitive industries. Jean-Luc has worked in emerging, hyper-growth and mature business lifecycles. Responsible for Strategy and Innovation in the Partner Business, he joined Schneider Electric as SVP for Energy Management Solutions & Services in 2011, after a 5 year pause in a corporate career. He cofounded two start’up and consulted with large international companies to bring operational excellence to Sales and Marketing. He has held senior leadership positions in Hewlett Packard's Consumer and Enterprise IT businesses, as well as in their critical Imaging and Printing business.
Matt Michael is senior director of product management for Qualcomm Connected Experiences. In this role, Michael serves as the product management lead for Qualcomm’s contributions to AllJoyn™, a collaborative open source project of the AllSeen Alliance. Michael works closely with device manufacturers, technology partners, developers and network operators, helping them leverage AllJoyn to bring new and differentiated services to market. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of AllSeen Alliance.
Previously, Michael was with Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) as a product manager where he was responsible for Qualcomm’s mobile broadcast chips including: MediaFLO, DVB-H, ISDB-T and DMB. He also was responsible for the Connectivity Engine Software framework and other QCT software products. During his 18 years at Qualcomm, Michael has held management roles in software strategy, business development and product management, as well as marketing for Eastern Europe.
Michael has lived, studied, and worked in Moscow and holds a degree in international relations from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has also completed advanced studies and received a certificate in Russian area and business studies from Moscow State University.
George Moakley is Lead Solution Architect for Intel's Connected Transportation and Logistics business, responsible for overall solution architecture (edge instrumentation, gateways, IoT infrastructure, and cloud and enterprise integration) for Intel’s connected transportation and logistics segments (Fleet, Asset, and Infrastructure).
George is responsible for working with customers to help them understand how IoT can transform their business operations. He also works with Intel engineering and research and development organizations to guide technology and product development in order to meet current and future customer needs.
George has more than 30 years of industry experience, including 25 years with Intel, plus experience in precious metals exploration, the retail industry, and aerospace engineering. At Intel, George has been an Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planner for manufacturing systems and Intel IT, founded and managed an Intel Labs program developing and prototyping Internet of Things solutions and infrastructure, and managed product development for Intel's professional services group.
George holds patents and filings in distributed systems and has been responsible for numerous published articles and industry presentations. He's also an avid nature photographer and PADI scuba diving instructor.
Blake Moret is senior vice president of the Control Products & Solutions operating segment at Rockwell Automation.
The Control Products & Solutions (CP&S) business of Rockwell Automation provides intelligent motor control products, automation solutions, and support services to companies around the world. CP&S consists of four business units: industrial components business, power control business, systems and solutions business and customer support and maintenance.
Blake has more than 25 years of experience in sales, systems, service, and product groups across Rockwell Automation. This experience includes international assignments in Europe and Canada.
In 2005, Blake returned to Rockwell Automation global headquarters in Milwaukee to serve as business lead for the company’s operator interface business. Two years later, he was named vice president and general manager, Customer Support and Maintenance.
Blake received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and serves on that school’s advisory board. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. He also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee-based Urban Ecology Center, an organization focused on teaching central city youth in a natural setting.
In his current role as Global Solution Offer Manager, Srdan Mutabdzija’s main focus is creating innovative solutions for data centers and edge environments. He has been with Schneider Electric for more than 14 years as a design engineer, quality and process manager, and customer advocate. Srdan has an MS degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA degree from Bentley University in the United States. He lives in Newburyport, MA, USA and loves vinyl records and sushi.
Thorsten Müller was born in Duisburg, Germany in 1977. He holds a diploma in physics from Gerhard-Mercator-University and a PhD in solid state physics from University Duisburg-Essen. In 2013 he successfully completed the executive transition program at European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. He joined the Bosch Group in 2005. During his first assignments as project manager at corporate research, he worked on new types of semiconductor sensors as well as on new manufacturing processes for the size reduction of inertial sensors. In 2008 he joined the business development department of the automotive electronics division where he was responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions as well as the division’s venture capital activities.
In 2010 he was appointed director engineering for inertial sensors in automotive applications (airbag and ESP). He was one of the co-founders of the internal start-up “connected things”. After successfully having managed the proof-of-concept phase, he was appointed CEO of the newly founded subsidiary Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions in December 2013.
John Nesi is Vice President of Market Development for strategic initiatives and industries for the Global Sales and Marketing segment of Rockwell Automation. John has over 35 years of experience in sales, marketing, systems, services, operations and engineering across various business units within Rockwell Automation.
John joined the company in 1980 as a system engineer for the Drives Systems Division of Reliance Electric, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in services, operations, channels, sales and product marketing. In 1998 he joined the Logix business and was responsible for launching Logix controllers and the current Integrated Architecture®.
John was appointed Vice President of Commercial Marketing in 2002 and has assumed broader scope for the Rockwell Automation company-wide efforts around market development, strategic initiative and industry marketing. Currently he is leading the marketing efforts for the company’s growth initiatives in process, safety and the connected enterprise.
John earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 1980 and is an executive scholar of Kellogg School of Management.
Keith Nosbusch was appointed chief executive officer of Rockwell Automation in February 2004. He is also the chairman of the company’s board of directors.
Prior to this appointment, Nosbusch served as the president of Rockwell Automation Control Systems and an officer of the corporation, positions he held since November 1998. Nosbusch's career began in 1974 when he joined Allen-Bradley as an application engineer, and since then he has had numerous positions of increasing responsibility.
Nosbusch earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Nosbusch is a director of The Manitowoc Company and serves as a director or member of a number of business, civic and community organizations
Dr. Raju Pandey is the VP of Technology (IoT) at Panduit. He was the cofounder and chief technology officer (CTO) of the IoT company SynapSense, which was acquired by Panduit. Dr. Pandey was also on the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Pandey’s research interests include Internet of Things, mobility, cloud, distributed and parallel systems, programming languages, security, and software engineering. He has published more than 40 conference and journal papers and has authored several patents. Dr. Pandey holds a PhD degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and a BTech (computer science and engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Vaibhav Parmar is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Infrastructure Services organization, focused on network technology consulting and services. He is the global lead for Accenture’s network services practice for the Resources operating group, covering the utilities, energy, mining, chemicals and natural resources industries.
He has worked on projects globally involving complex networks, wireless technologies, mobile applications and devices, and carrier systems integration. His experiences include strategy development and assessments, design and implementation, business case development, mobility enablement and applications, technology and product development, and network operations and management. Vaibhav has spoken at industry conferences such as DistribuTECH, UTC Telecom, CTIA Wireless, WiMAX Forum, and TeleManagement Forum, and participates in industry groups such as IEEE, Utilities Telecom Council and WiMAX Forum.
Vaibhav holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta USA. He resides in Raleigh USA.
Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments and business leaders across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development. He also Chairs the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy
He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989 where he led teams developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions.
He serves on the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and advisory boards for Columbia University and Michigan State University, and is a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.
Pepper received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cyril Perducat joined Schneider Electric in 1994. Since May 2014 he is Executive Vice President Digital Services Transformation, driving the transformation of the group toward a Digitally enabled business, with our customers operational efficiency in mind. Prior to that he was the Chief Technology and Chief Strategy Officer of the Industry business unit. During his career at Schneider Electric he held multiple leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Technology, Strategy and M&A in several countries (France, Germany, China, Singapore). He is now located in the US, in the greater Boston area.
Cyril holds a Master degree in Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM Paritech) and a Master Degree in International Project Management from ESCP Europe Business School.
Dr. John Pournoor leads 3M’s International Government Affairs and Government Markets practice, focused on meeting the needs of government in more than 60 of the largest economies in the world. A high level of public-private partnership is achieved with local 3M leadership and senior 3M government leaders in each country. Under Dr. Pournoor, 3M's government leaders in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Central and South America are working with national, state, and municipal governments and state-owned enterprises to propose solutions to pressing needs in five segments: national infrastructure (including transportation, energy, water, and education), public health, emergency preparedness, public security, and civil defense. During his career, Dr. Pournoor has led a dozen 3M business segments in areas from technology and product development to marketing and sales. His current focus combines business development with robust local economic, social, and geopolitical assessments to design government programs of unique public value. He worked for Intel, Chevron, Dupont, and Boeing before joining 3M. Dr. Pournoor earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from University of California at Berkeley and University of Washington in Seattle. He received his MBA degree from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Vijay Raghavan is the head of IoE Market Development for Global Service Provider at Cisco. In this capacity he is responsible for driving strategy and market development for how Cisco can leverage our Service Provider partners to accelerate IOE adoption.
Previously to taking on this role he was driving large infrastructure projects with SPs for Cisco by creation of Newco SPs to leverage Cisco technologies. Previously, Vijay was at IGT (International Gaming Technology) where he was the General Manager for IGT Cloud. In this capacity, he created gaming industries 1st cloud solutions. Additionally Vijay held responsibilities at IGT for technology strategy, operations, and portfolio planning.
Before going to IGT Vijay was leading incubation of Cisco’s next generation Managed/Cloud solutions as part of the emerging solutions team. Also while at Cisco Vijay lead product and partner management for the Application-Oriented Networking business unit where he helped develop application level intelligence into Cisco’s networking portfolio. Prior to Cisco, Vijay co-founded MRD Technologies, an Application Level Switching company. He had also led strategy, business development and engineering functions at leading companies including McKinsey & Company and Oracle Corporation.
Vijay has an MBA in Finance & Venture Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he was on the Director's Honor List. He also earned his MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer where he was selected to the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society.
Victor Reijs is the Network Development Manager for HEAnet Limited, Ireland's Education and Research Network.
After studying at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Victor Reijs worked for KPN Telecom Research and SURFnet. Experience was gained with X.25 and ATM in a national and international environment. He was involved in CLNS/TUBA; one of the earlier alternatives for IPv6. He immigrated to Ireland and is managing the network development team of HEAnet (the Irish National Education and Research Network) and is interested in: (optical) networking, network as a service/SDN/NFV, bandwidth on demand, technology stitching, management as a service, Internet of Things, combination of network and e-Infrastructure; and monitoring in general. He is a member of the GÉANT Association, GN4 Partner Assembly and GÉANT Project Planning Committee. He takes part in GN4 Phase 1 activities.
Whitney Rockley is the Managing Partner of McRock Capital, a venture capital fund focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Whitney co-founded McRock Capital after investing in high growth start-ups targeting industrial markets for the past 18 years. She and her co-founder show a lot of personality through their entrepreneurial video series, McRock Talk and blog postings. Whitney currently serves on the boards of RtTech Software, mnubo, the Canadian Venture Capital Association, the Venture Capital Association of Alberta and Ryerson’s Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She has had a number of impressive wins over the course of her career including RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens), PPIC (acquired by Pure Technologies), SpectraSensors (acquired by Endress + Hauser) and Silicon Energy (acquired by Itron).
John Rohde has more than 18 years of experience in the information technology industry, crossing multiple disciplines including strategic consulting, program management, and brand marketing. John came to World Wide Technology from IBM, as a consultant within IBM Global Services, followed by leadership roles within the IBM software Business Partner Program and the Global Marketing Team for IBM servers and storage.
John joined World Wide Technology (WWT) in 2005 within the Corporate Business Development organization. Over the last seven years, John has led WWT's vertical business development initiatives, focused on delivering industry specific business outcomes by leveraging WWT’s advanced technology expertise, professional and consulting services across healthcare, financial services, retail, utilities, manufacturing, oil and gas, and SLED. In addition to leading the vertical business development team, John’s current role encompasses WWT’s Internet of Things (IoT) business strategy, partner ecosystem and solution development.
Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer, GE Digital and Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for GE. GE Digital, a $6B business of General Electric, provides premier digital software solutions and services for the industrial world. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications. As the CDO, Mr. Ruh is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE’s Digital Thread, a next generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing and support processes. Mr. Ruh joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. During his tenure, Mr. Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world.
Andres Ruiz is a Senior Business Development Manager in the Global Partner Organization (GPO) at Cisco. Andres is part of the Global team that is developing Cisco partners for the new market transition to IoT, working with classic IT partners, distributors and operational technology partners. As part of the GPO, Andres works closely with partners to create IoT practices, which include the creation of vertical ecosystems to deliver business outcomes to customers. Andres brings over 20 years of Telecommunications, Sales and Partner Business Development to the Cisco team having worked with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya and Commscope.
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm is a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and Chief Technology Officer. After completing his advanced studies in production engineering, Prof. Dr. Russwurm began his career at Siemens in 1992 as a production planner and project manager in the Medical Engineering Group. He subsequently held various central management positions in Germany and Sweden, including serving as head of the Motion Control Systems Business Unit. In 2006, Prof. Dr. Russwurm joined the Group Executive Management of Siemens Medical Solutions. In 2008, he was appointed to the Managing Board of Siemens AG as head of Corporate Human Resources. In 2010, Prof. Dr. Russwurm was named CEO of the Industry Sector. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer. In addition to his current position, he has special responsibility on the Managing Board for the Middle East, Russia and CIS regions, as well as the healthcare business.
Mr. Zaki Sabbagh has been in IT service management for the last 20 years, implementing international standards in IT. In addition to his BS degree in computer science, he has also obtained several certificates in major technical and management fields.
Mr. Sabbagh undertook a restructuring of the Zamil Industrial (ZI) Investment (a group of companies) IT function, including the consolidation of its all IT departments globally into one, the implementation of a shared services model that provides one IT platform across ZI, establishing an offshore IT operation, implementation of major projects, and the adoption of cloud and SaaS environments.
Accolades: • In April 2004 he was named the “IT Manager of the Year” by ACN-Arabian Computer News. • In October 2004 he won the "Middle East CIO of the Year" award instituted by the Middle East CIO Summit (MECIO-Dubai). • Also, in September 2005 the Arabian Technology Awards, organized by leading regional publisher ITP's IT Weekly magazine, awarded ZI for its "Outstanding Achievement in the use of IT in Manufacturing." • For 2006, Mr. Sabbagh was selected to be one of the top 10 CIOs in the region by “ACN’s annual Top Ten IT Managers, 2006.” • In 2008, the IT division was certified ISO 20000, the sole certificate in Saudi Arabia. • Once more, in 2009, Mr. Sabbagh was selected to be one of the top 10 CIOs in the region by “ACN’s annual Top Ten IT Managers, 2009.” • In 2010, Mr. Sabbagh was selected by ACN to be one of the most outstanding individuals in regional IT for 2010. • In 2011, Oracle awarded ZI the best Oracle Shared Service implementation. • In 2013, Mr. Sabbagh established and adopted a hybrid cloud strategy as a major transformational approach in the IT history of Zamil Industrial. • In 2014, Mr. Sabbagh completed his MBA in Leicester University UK 11. • In 2015, Mr. Sabbagh was selected by International Data Group and CNME to be one of the top 100 C-level IT talent across the Middle East region.
Amr is the Global Managing Director for Smart Cities, Internet of Everything, at Cisco. In this role, Amr leads Cisco’s smart cities business across multiple domains: traffic, transportation, energy, public safety and security, eGovernment, and utilities.
Prior to that, Amr led global sales for Cisco’s emerging solutions portfolio focused on key market transitions, creating an incubation organization and a solutions centric go-to-market model for Cisco, which is the benchmark adopted today across multiple businesses. Before his global responsibility, Amr led Cisco’s public sector segment for EMEA+Russia, and before that emerging markets.
Previous to Cisco, Amr was the General Manager for the Middle East region at Hewlett Packard. In that role, Amr managed an organization that spread across 15 countries, where he started HP operations in many countries, setup local subsidiaries, and built a services organization. Under his leadership, HP enjoyed a dominant market share and strong growth across all market segments.
Before the HP-Compaq merger Amr was the General Manager for the Gulf & Levant region, in Compaq as well. Amr joined Compaq in 1998 as a Sales Manager for the Egypt & Levant region.
Amr started his career in sales, leading ICT firms in the Middle East region. He holds a B.Sc. in electronics engineering from Cairo University.
Amr is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization).
Dr. Samuels has responsibility for Predix channels and alliances as well as business development. In this new role, Denzil will partner closely with GE businesses to establish and strengthen relationships with partners, while building strategic sales programs to qualify and train those partners to re-sell GE Digital’s solutions and services. As part of his efforts, he is tasked with creating an entirely new infrastructure with processes, tools, resources and people, to enable the channel and to help partners integrate GE Digital technology into their own products and services.
Denzil brings to GE more than 30 years of experience in technology across a number of industries (software, telecom, transportation, and aerospace & defense). He joins GE Digital from Salesforce, where he served as senior vice president, Worldwide Partners & Solutions with responsibility for the recruitment, investment and business development of partners to drive growth. Previously he was senior vice president of Worldwide Channels & Alliances for Siemens Enterprise, where he headed up the channel strategy for the corporation and managed all channel revenues and relationships globally. His experience also includes executive general management and business development roles at Northrop Grumman, Avaya and Qwest Cyber Solutions. Denzil studied electronic engineering at London’s Southall College of Technology and he holds an honorary doctorate in management from Colorado Technical University.
Arvind Satyam leads business development globally for Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities initiative, which represents Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) business for cities. Under Arvind’s leadership, the business development team has executed a number of iconic projects globally (Barcelona, Songdo, Lake Nona), strategic partnerships, joint ventures and investments.
Arvind was instrumental in setting up Cisco’s $100M Internet of Things fund and partners with Cisco’s corporate development team to execute investments in early stage startups and incubators globally. Arvind has also been working with global financiers and infrastructure funds to develop financial models to drive financing and adoption of smart city and IoE projects.
Prior to joining the IoE group, Arvind was responsible for executing global acquisitions, investments and strategic partnerships on behalf of Cisco services ($10bn) and emerging solutions group. Arvind also worked on structuring strategic alliances with large-scale partners like Ericsson, Fujitsu & Fujitsu Siemens. Arvind started his career at Nortel in technology and business development roles. Arvind holds a patent in wireless location detection.
Arvind is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, holds a Masters in Finance and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and completed undergraduate studies at the Kenan-Flagler business school at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Aenor Sawyer has more than a decade of Health Technology experience including Telemedicine, EMR design and implementation, and development of device and digital health solutions. As the Associate Director of Strategic Relations in the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation and the Associate Director of the Digital Health track in the CTSI Catalyst accelerator, she guides the development of new technologies and their “frontline innovators.” Dr. Sawyer mentors development, evaluation and translation of novel technologies at UCSF. She also serves on the UCOP Telehealth Committee and is involved in health interoperability to support the needed intersection of informatics with health care delivery in initiatives such as Informed Health and Precision Medicine. Dr. Sawyer is involved in the development of a comprehensive Health Interoperability Platform through an exciting new collaboration with Cisco.
As a ‘frontline innovator’, she co-founded Trinity, a HIPAA secure, online, virtual Tumor Board and multidisciplinary collaboration technology. Trinity allows specialists from different disciplines, at different locations and on different schedules to view pertinent patient data, exchange expertise and rapidly form optimal diagnostic and treatment decisions. In the device arena she served as Project Director (Roboimplant) in the Pediatric Device Consortium and is an advisory member of the Surgical Innovation Committee and the Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovation. With a focus on fall prevention, she co-developed a safe early-mobility device (MOBI-US), combining DME, Sensor and Digital technologies. Beyond UCSF, she is an advisor at Rock Health and is a member of the EAB for the Scripps CTSA.
Since September 2009, Thorsten Schäfer has been a board member at azeti Network AG. He is responsible for Sales, Marketing, Channel Management and Business Development.
In February 2009, Thorsten Schäfer joined Earlybird Venture Capital as a venture partner. He has substantial entrepreneurial experience and possesses an extensive network in the software and IoT sector.
Amongst others, he was founder and CEO of abaXX Technology AG. After the successful trade sale at abaXX AG to Jan Baans Cordys B.V., NL in 2007 Thorsten, in his role as CEO and COO, managed the integration of abaXX into the Cordys Group in 2008.
Prior to joining Cordys, Thorsten was CTO at abaXX Technology AG between 1999 and 2002, and thereafter the CEO responsible for marketing, business development, product development, customer services and finance. From 1996 until 1999 he was global lead of BROKAT Infosystems AG’s project business as Senior Vice President, Professional Services, leading a team of 300 engineers to support the $13bn IPO of Brokat.
Following his studies of business operations and control engineering at the University of Stuttgart, he was a scientific assistant at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft where he broadened his comprehensive knowledge in sensors and robotics.
As President of Renesas Electronics America Inc, Ali Sebt is responsible for Renesas’ overall business operations in the Americas including Engineering, Marketing and Sales.
As Senior Vice President at Renesas Electronics Corporation, Mr. Sebt contributes to the global alignment of marketing and development strategies. Additionally, he heads the global IoT global business unit based in Silicon Valley, California, where he is responsible for providing the vision and thought leadership behind Renesas’ development of solutions for the evolving IoT economy.
Mr. Sebt has extensive experience as a keynote speaker and thought leader in the electronics industry. His recent speaking engagements include keynote addresses at the IoT Developers Conference, IDC's Smart Tech World, IMEC Global Summit, The Confab, and Renesas’ signature event ‘DevCon 2015.’ Additionally, Mr. Sebt has been a panelist at various industry forums such as Cisco’s IoT World Forum and Verizon’s ThingSpace IoT announcement.
Mr. Sebt joined Renesas Electronics America in 1991 and has held a number of successive management and executive positions. Prior to Renesas, Mr. Sebt’s positions included management for ASIC in-circuit emulators at Quickturn Design Systems, product marketing engineer for ASICs at Toshiba America, and applications engineer and product engineer at AMD and Monolithic Memories, Inc., responsible for PLDs and FPGAs.
Mr. Sebt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Hayward, and completed the Stanford Executive program.
Tony Shakib is Vice President of Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Vertical Solutions Engineering organization. Shakib guides the CTO function exploring and evaluating leading-edge technologies including sensors, security, converged networks, big data analytics, cloud computing, and IoE applications for Cisco’s IoT architecture. He is responsible for leading Cisco’s IoE solution architecture and engineering effort to integrate Cisco technologies including networking, data center, mobility, collaboration, security, and cloud computing, as well as third-party solutions from Cisco’s ISV partner community to create rapid customer prototypes, pilots, and Cisco-validated solutions.
Previously, Shakib was Vice President of Cisco’s Americas service provider architectures and vice president of service provider for the Cisco emerging markets group. Shakib has more than 27 years of senior leadership experience in global, high-technology companies. Before joining Cisco, he was President and CEO of Zensys, a provider of low-power mesh networking wireless technology. He also held the positions of Vice President and General Manager of access and networking for Centillium Communications and was CEO at AOptix Technologies. Previously, Shakib spent 18 years at Nortel Networks leading the broadband access and access networks engineering business units.
Shakib holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from McMaster and Brock Universities in Ontario, Canada
Roman Shaykhutdinov graduated from the Kazan State University named after V.I.Ulyanov-Lenin major in “Jurisprudence” (1996), finished postgraduate study of the Legal faculty of the Kazan State University named after V.I.Ulyanov-Lenin major in “Jurisprudence” (2000). • 1997 – 1998 – Chief specialist of the Legal department of the RT Ministry of finance • 1998 – 2000 – Chief of the Legal department of “Teleset” • 2000 – 2002 – Director general of “Networks of telecommunication companies” (Moscow) • From November 2002 - Director general of “Teleset” • From September 2006 – Chief operations director of "Rostelecom International" • From November 2006 - Director general of “TNKPO” • From July 2011 till May 2012 – Director of branch of “Rostelekom” in the Republic of Tatarstan • From May 2012 - Acting Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan - Acting Minister of informatization and communications of the Republic of Tatarstan
Awarded with the Honorary diploma of RT Ministry of communications (2003), medal “In memory of 1000th anniversary of Kazan” (2005), honorary title of the RF Ministry of communications “Master of communication” (2010).
Laureate of the Russian contest “Manager of the year -2004”, winner of the contest of RT Ministry of communications “Best manager in the industry-2004” in nomination “By rates of growth of installed wire capacity”, nominee of the contest of the Republic of Tatarstan “Leader of the year-2005”.
In 2014 Roman Shaykhutdinov was awarded with the Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” 2nd Class “For strengthening the state information security system.”
Astrid Simonsen Joos is the General Manager of Philips Lighting in the Nordics and CEO of Philips Denmark. Her ambition is to shape the future of connected lighting technology based on today’s energy efficient LED. With intelligent and innovative lightning solutions, the possibilities are endless. Lighting is no longer just about a bulb.
Her passion for technology and innovation has led her to numerous board memberships including the Board of DI Digital, the industry association for IT, Telecoms, Electronics, and Communications companies within the Confederation of Danish Industries, the Board of Creativity and Communication and the Board for Startups in the Gaming industry.
She also wants to inspire and increase the number of women in management and top management positions in the IT industry. A key initiative is her participation in the Steering group for ITB – “Women Leadership”.
With her 15 + years’ experience within the Computer Software Industry and Digital Business Development, she has International experience in sales/marketing, business development and people management. Before joining Philips, she held numerous management positions at Microsoft and also held the position as CEO for the digital agency Creuna.
Astrid earned her Master of Science in Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Management, and has supplemental education within Internet Marketing, M&A Corporate Strategy INSEAD.
As Senior Executive of the Worldwide Partner Organization, Andres Sintes is responsible for partner sales and partner go-to-market strategy for Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE), and solutions. He is chartered with accelerating the success of Cisco's IoT, IoE, and solutions via a growing best-in-class ecosystem of IT and OT channel partners worldwide. Mr. Sintes’ career at Cisco began in 1998 as an account manager driving sales growth for Cisco Mexico’s midmarket and SMB segments. Since then he has held global and regional leadership roles in the areas of sales, channels and the learning partner program throughout North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and worldwide. Mr. Sintes holds a Bachelor of Science in businessaAdministration with a major in marketing, and a minor in economics from the University of Florida.
Guido Stephan currently serves as the Head of Network and Communications at the Research and Technology Center for Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich, Germany. Siemens Corporate Technology is a leading research and development unit, supporting the business activities of Siemens AG in the fields of energy, healthcare, infrastructure, and industrial applications. With 7000 employees at 18 research and development locations worldwide, Siemens Corporate Technology is securing the technological and innovative base, of today and tomorrow, through internal competencies and over 1000 global partnerships every year.
After joining Siemens in 1999 as Project Manager in Berlin, he was appointed to the position of Head of Software Development, designing the world’s first enhanced general packet radio service-based industrial data modem that precedes today’s 3G and 4G high speed mobile modems. By 2007, he became Head of Technology and Processes and by 2009 in addition Head of R&D for Process Instrumentation in Karlsruhe. He was part of a team that worked on the WirelessHART—the world’s first international wireless communication standard since 2010. Before joining Siemens Mr. Stephan held several positions in companies with focus of process automation, factory automation, automotive and communication products. He holds an engineering degree in communication technology and computer science at Dresden Technical University, having graduated in 1986.
Jon Stine is the Global Director of Retail Sales and Strategy for Intel. His career in retail has ranged from an executive role in the apparel industry (heading sales for a national sportswear brand) to creating Intel’s first team for enterprise retail solutions development and marketing and heading Cisco Consulting's North America Retail team. As a result, he brings to customer discussions a rare, dual-sided insight of what technology can and can't do -- and how technology will drive tomorrow's sustainable brand differentiation. He's a skilled communicator, with a global perspective gained from extensive professional work in China, India, and Western Europe. Jon is currently responsible for pan-Intel industry strategy and sales to the leading global brands in the retail, hospitality, and consumer goods industries.
Gary is currently leading the Internet of Things standards efforts at Cisco Systems from the Enterprise Networking Group CTO office. Gary has a long history in networking, including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Energy and finally Cisco. Prior to Cisco, Gary had been the lead for Powerline Communications standards and regulatory work at Duke Energy. In 2007 Gary joined the Smart Grid PLC and Network Design team as a Strategic Planning Manager. In 2012, Gary led the efforts for Smart Grid Standard in Cisco’s Connected Energy business group. He is currently the Strategic Planning Manager for Technology Development. Gary currently represents Cisco in a number of Smart Grid standardization efforts. These include IEEE, ITU, IEC and the UCAIug. He represents Cisco on the Boards of HomePlug, Wi-Sun and UCAIug. In addition, he serves on IEEE 2413 Standard effort for IOT Architecture, IEEE 802.15 standards, IEEE Corporate Advisory Group and IEEE Standards Education Committee.
Stuart Taylor leads the Mobile segment within the Cisco Service Provider Transformation Group (SPTG). He heads a team of senior advisors drawn from the industry and the major management consulting firms who provide trusted, independent advice on key strategic issues and business opportunities to senior executives from Cisco’s largest mobile service providers. Before joining Cisco, Mr. Taylor was a Partner with Accenture, based in Boston and London, where he was a leader in the Communications & High Tech Strategy Practice. He brings 20 years of extensive, international consulting and management experience in helping companies to realize the full business benefits of new and existing technologies.
Stuart Taylor is a frequent speaker at industry events and has produced thought leadership material in the areas of Wi-Fi/Small Cell, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, big data, mobile industry future, and the future of mobile networks. He has led far-reaching customer research in the areas of the Wi-Fi/small cells, Internet of Things and mobility.
Born in Canada, Stuart Taylor holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Masters of Applied Science and Hons. Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Toronto. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gert Thoonen is a business leader for the Rockwell Automation Network Security Services business.
Prior to this role, he served as a process technical consultant for Rockwell Automation starting in 2008. Gert has more than 20 years of experience in the operations technology environment and has had various focuses within his career, including industrial IoT, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His major projects include aluminum smelter network infrastructures, central control rooms for district cooling Dubai city, and tunnel and utility projects.
Gert Thoonen holds a master’s degree in engineering.
As Chief Technology Officer, Kevin is responsible for defining and socializing the technology roadmap for CyrusOne. He oversees site selection, design, and construction of the company’s global data center assets.
Kevin joined CyrusOne in October 2011, after previously leading Microsoft’s global Data Center Services team as General Manager, where he fundamentally changed the way the company designed, developed, and operated its data center assets. Under his leadership, Microsoft opened four of the world’s largest data centers, which became recognized for their innovation and industry-leading cost performance.
Prior to Microsoft, Kevin held several Operations roles at Yahoo!, where he joined as Director of Operations in their GeoCities acquisition of 1999. At Yahoo!, he was promoted to Senior Director in 2000, and Vice President in 2006. Prior to Yahoo! Kevin was counted the fourth employee at GeoCities, which was acquired by Yahoo! for $4.6 billion. Kevin also has 10 years of experience in real-time embedded systems software development with several leading aerospace firms. He was instrumental in the development of the avionics display systems for the YF-22 fighter program, which was later selected by the Air Force as their next generation fighter platform as the F-22 Raptor.
Dima Tokar is a lead analyst and CTO at MachNation, the leading insight services and application development firm for the Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, connected things, analytics and M2M. His primary areas of expertise are application enablement, product development and enterprise mobility. Prior to co-founding MachNation, Dima held management positions in marketing and technology at Verivo Software, developing the next-generation, enterprise-grade mobility platform for the Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) space. He has also held roles at Fiksu, a mobile app marketing and insight firm and at Eze Castle Software (now, Eze Software Group), a leading Order Management System (OMS) vendor for the hedge funds and traditional asset managers around the world. Dima holds a degree in Microbiology from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Business Administration degree in Finance from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.
Dr. Hideyuki Tokuda is a Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Media and Governance and professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan. He obtained his BS degree (1975) and MS degree (1977) from Keio University and PhD degree (computer science, 1983) from University of Waterloo, Canada.
After he completed his PhD, he joined the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University and worked on distributed real-time operating systems such as Real-Time Mach, the ARTS Kernel. In 1990, he came back to Keio University. His research and teaching interests include ubiquitous computing systems, decentralized autonomous systems, embedded systems, sensor networks, and smart spaces. He has created many ubiquitous computing platforms such as Smart Space Lab, Smart Furniture, uPhoto, uTexture, and uPlatea. Because of his research contribution, he was awarded Motorola Foundation Award (89); IBM Faculty Award (02); Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (04); and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication Award (05) in Japan.
He is a member of the Science Council of Japan; a vice president of Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ); an IPSJ fellow; a Japan Society for Software Science and Technology (JSSST) fellow; and a member of ACM, IEEE IEICE, and JSSST. Over recent years, he organized many international conferences and workshops in ubiquitous and pervasive computing community. He was a general chair of UbiComp2005, general cochair of Pervasive2009 and INSS2009, and a general chair of IEEE RTCSA2011. He is a founding chair of IPSJ SIG on ubiquitous computing systems and a founder of International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing Systems, IPSJ.
Dr. Jason Tsai has been employed by FANUC America Corporation since 1985, where he is now the Vice President of Product Development. FANUC America Corporation is the industrial robotics leader for automated systems.
Dr. Tsai began his career as a Product Development engineer at FANUC America Corporation, and has since held positions as Motion Control Manager, Development Director, and General Manager. He now leads the entire product development team at FANUC America Corporation as Vice President. By jointly working with FANUC’s robot research lab, Dr. Tsai’s development group creates the most competitive and most reliable industrial robot products used today. One of the latest key development objectives in product development at FANUC America is to eliminate production down time for FANUC’s customers using FANUC’s products. Dr. Tsai’s team is actively working with automotive customers and a leading network company to build the product and architecture to achieve this objective.
From 1998-2000, Dr. Tsai served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation Society. Currently, he serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board member for the LCSR at John Hopkins University, and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
He is co-inventor on more than 20 industrial robot patents, and is currently a member of the IEEE Society
Kiyoomi Tsuruhata graduated from Musashi Institute of Technology and joined Yokogawa in 1980. He began his career as system engineer and advanced through project manager for global oil and gas, refining, petrochemical and pharmaceutical projects, solution architect, marketer for ERP production management solutions and development lead for Yokogawa global engineering standards. He stationed in Singapore and the Netherlands as the MAC (Main Automation Contractor) project director for one of largest petrochemical projects in Yokogawa between 2008 and 2010. Since 2011 he has been working for the Marketing HQ as the head of Business Development Division that includes strategic B2B alliance with OT/IT partners, M&A and I(Industrial)IoT business buildup.
Mr. Vernon Turner is a seasoned Senior Vice President at IDC, with more than 30 years of experience in the ICT industry. Mr. Turner is a recognized global leader in the Internet of Things, supporting local and state government agencies, ICT and industrial companies on their IoT strategies.
Mr. Turner has recently created IDC’s leading Internet Of Things research domain and was recently promoted to IDC’s first Research Fellow focusing on The Internet of Things.
Scott Tvaroh leads the North America Digital Technology group for Assets and Operations Services within the Resources Practice (Oil and Gas, Metals, Mining, Chemicals and Utilities). After 3 years leading the global EAM practice, this new role allows for broader solution focus around Maintenance and Reliability, MES, HSE, Supply Chain Optimization, Commodity Trading and Operational Excellence. Scott is focused to support driving digital innovation at clients leveraging mobility, integration and analytics to drive differentiated performance improvements. Scott has spent the last 15 months developing and rolling out a new innovative service integrating the implementation of pervasive wireless solutions in an industrial setting along with a use case for contractor tracking during large shutdown activities.
Russell E. Vanos was named senior vice president of business development in 2015. Vanos manages all business development efforts, including acquisitions, divestitures, licensing and distribution. Vanos has been integral to virtually every acquisition made during his tenure, including SmartSynch and Schlumberger Electricity Metering. In addition, Vanos dedicates time to corporate growth initiatives, specifically those focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities.
Vanos joined Itron in 1980 and has held various positions in sales, marketing and operations. Most recently, Vanos served as Itron's vice president, global smart grid and business development. Previously, Vanos served as Itron's vice president of marketing until 2011 and vice president and general manager, sales and marketing for energy until 2010.
Vanos is on the board of the Washington State University Energy Innovation Center, is a member of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), sits on the Cisco Internet of Things Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Smart Cities Council.
Dr. Raj Veeramani is the Robert Ratner Chair Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) in the United States, with joint appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Business. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UW Internet of Things (IoT) lab, a campus-hub for university-industry collaboration focused on interdisciplinary research and experiential learning with IoT technologies and applications. He is also the Executive Director of the campus-wide UW E-Business Institute and UW E-Business Consortium, which is Wisconsin’s leading university-industry partnership helping industry gain competitive advantage through e-business strategies and best practices.
Raj is an internationally recognized scholar, educator and business advisor. His expertise runs deep in several areas: eBusiness strategy, supply chain management, IT-business alignment, and building customer-centered organizations. His research focuses on new frontiers of e-business, IoT technologies and applications, and supply chain management. Raj is recognized for his practical, real-world perspective. His work has embodied active collaboration with leading companies in a variety of industries.
Raj received the inaugural American Society for Engineering Education Isadore T. Davis Award for Excellence in Collaboration of Engineering Education and Industry. He has also received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Ralph E. Cross Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Raj’s efforts and contributions to foster university-industry collaboration have also been recognized by former Wisconsin Governors Tommy Thompson, Scott McCallum and Jim Doyle.
Todd Walter is a chief marketing manager at National Instruments in Austin, Texas. His team is responsible for areas including renewable energy, grid tied power inverters, high performance manufacturing machines, medical device machines, and smart grid technology. Todd is currently participating in the IEEE 802.1 Working Group focused on Time Sensitive Networking. He is currently serving on the board of directors for the AVnu Alliance and is the chair of the AVnu industrial working group. He is also active in OPC Foundation and is chair of the TSN prototyping sub-group. His other positions at National Instruments have included Group Manager for Industrial Measurement and Control, Product Marketing Manager and Applications Engineer. Walter holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Telstra Software Group (TSG) establishes new growth businesses to serve global enterprise markets. Our multi-sector strategy success includes acquisition of the intelligent video over-the-top platform, Ooyala, followed by VideoPlaza and Nativ. Brook serves on the IoT World Forum steering committee and represented Telstra at the Industrial Internet Consortium.
Brook co-authors market sector strategy and investment theses with a focus on analytic platforms. He leads corporate development initiatives and is responsible for technology due diligence and transactions. His past 20 years of experience includes international corporate development, mobile broadband business development and enterprise capital investments at XO Communications, AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile USA respectively. Recently he was responsible for sourcing new investments at T-Venture while managing portfolio company interests in Deutsche Telekom's corporate venture fund.
Senior Vice President Chris White is responsible for the go-to-market strategy, solutions, and global sales for the Internet of Everything (IoE) – Cisco’s industry-leading growth initiative.
During a Cisco career spanning two decades, Chris has built a track record of launching new businesses and building them into market leaders. In his current role, he transformed five Cisco business units into Cisco’s market-leading Internet of Everything growth initiative, as well as building Cisco’s No. 1 market share in sports and entertainment solutions and creating Cisco’s fast-growing Internet of Things solutions business.
As Cisco’s vice president of emerging technologies, Chris incubated and launched a number of technologies, including Cisco’s Smart Grid solutions – which help companies manage energy more efficiently – and built it into a global market leader.
While serving as Cisco’s vice president of globalization, Chris pioneered Cisco’s globalization strategy from his base in Bangalore, India, setting up support for Cisco’s growth engine in emerging countries and forming important new partnerships with Wipro, Infosys, and Tata.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Kingston University in Kingston-upon Thames, London. He is a member of the advisory board of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Trish, and his children, Elle and Alec.
Charles Whitefoord is a partner in the Firm's Corporate Group in London with over 20 years’ experience in advising clients on private equity and M&A transactions. He joined the Firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1997. From 2003 to 2008, he was head of Baker & McKenzie's Global Private Equity Practice.
Charles is primarily focused on leveraged buyouts, investments, acquisitions and disposals for UK and international clients. A large proportion of Charles' work is in relation to cross-border or multi-country transactions with a particular focus on the German market. He has significant experience in the automotive sector.
Dr. Gerd Wolfram is known worldwide as one of the retail industry’s leading technology innovators and a pioneer in the realm of autonomic computing and IoT.
He is best known for his work as senior executive for advanced technologies and technology innovation at Metro AG, the Dusseldorf-based retailer which operates five brands across 31 nations.
Gerd started his career in retail in 1990 in the IT operations of a department store chain, then went on to manage IT strategy, IT procurement, innovation and E-Commerce in the internal IT company of METRO Group. He headed the CIO office at Metro Group and was responsible for the company's Advanced Technologies business unit. Starting in 2002, Gerd managed one of the most innovative projects of Metro Group: its Future Store Initiative, where technologies and systems (including EPC-RFID) were advanced and tested under live conditions.
He was named managing director of Metro Group’s IT company in 2005, with responsibility for strategy, software development, architecture, quality assurance, innovation, human resources and finance.
From 2013, Gerd worked in the Business Innovation Division of METRO Group as Director for portfolio and partner management - trend screening, partner scouting, partner management and innovation projects.
A member of several national and international committees promoting standardization of logistics and merchandise management processes in the context of RFID/EPC, he represented the Metro Group at the international standardization organizations EPCglobal, GS1 Global and GS1 Germany. He was member of several committees in the Consumer Goods Forum. He also set-up the EECC - the European EPC Competence Center.
Gerd recently retired from Metro AG, and now serves as senior vice president and head of systems and solutions at SMARTRAC TECHNOLOGY GROUP. He leads a worldwide organization responsible for solutions and software across different market segments, including retail, automotive, transportation, manufacturing, health care and others.
Gerd holds a diploma in business administration and a PHD from the University of Cologne.
Fred Yentz joined ILS Technology as SVP and COO in 2007, bringing 20 years of technology industry experience.
Prior to ILS, he served as GM of RadiSys, overseeing global Sales, Marketing and Professional Services for the Enterprise, Communication and Commercial divisions. Earlier, Fred held Engineering, New Business Development and Management positions at IBM.
Mr. Yentz holds degrees in engineering from Michigan Technological University, an MBA and Masters in CIS from the University of Miami.
He serves on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association and is chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Bassem Younes is Director of Strategic Alliances at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG). He has a combined American and British educational background in civil engineering culminating with a PhD and DIC from the prestigious Imperial College of London awarded in 1990. Professor Younes has a wealth of experience in academia, where he contributed to several international academic events and publications. In the area of research, he has presented a number of refereed technical papers in national/international conferences and professional journals. He has also authored several well-received commissioned reports. He was designated a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University College, Florida Institute of Technology in 2005.
Before joining the Dubai School of Government (DSG) in 2011, Professor Younes was engaged in academic and consultancy capacities across the region including consultant to several higher education institutions in the UAE. He also contributed to the setup of the British University in Dubai, where he was involved from inception to licensure and the accreditation of the first programs offered.
Dr. Younes has played a primary role in MBRSG strategic planning. He heads innovation and business development aspects. His current interest is to promote excellence and quality in collaboration with international partners to promote the latest global knowledge and learning trends, especially in the areas of the IoT and smart cities. He is also interested in enhancing civil service delivery across the region through the setting of a model for exporting the Dubai experience to other Arab and regional countries in response to requests for the same.
Dr. Younes has moderated a number of high-visibility panels and roundtables and has represented the school with a number of international organizations and bodies.
Mr. Andrey Zoltavin is a Senior Real Time Systems Engineer in Kuwait Oil Company, responsible for SCADA, DCS and real time systems. He is a project advisor for KwIDF (Intelligent Oil Field) projects, providing enterprise automation architecture development, overall system architecture of wells field equipment, data interfaces, SCADA technologies for smart field solutions, integration with IT infrastructure, troubleshooting and support. In this sector he is Project Management Consultant with various solutions providers (Fluor, Worley Parsons, AMEC, Technicas Reunidas, Doosan, Snaprogetti, Hyundai in SCADA, DCS and MIS, FAT and SAT activities.
Andrey has over 20 years of international experience in DCS, SCADA, automation and instrumentation architecture, defining and identifying future tendencies and technologies early adoption in automation and SCADA. He worked a Regional Manager at Emerson and Honeywell.
Andrey is a frequent speaker and trainer in various digital oilfield, cyber security and Industrial automation events. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE and Society of Petroleum Engineers.