Dr. Aiello is responsible for emerging technologies and new business initiatives at Itron, including Internet of Things. Managed wireless research at Interval Research, Paul Allen’s technology incubator in the Bay Area and technology transfer at Disney Research. Lean Startup expert, serves as a mentor at startup accelerators such as Cleantech Open and Startup Weekend. Founded two venture funded, wireless semiconductor companies, and one web/ mobile. Worked as a Physicist at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Superconducting Super Collider.
As the global business lead for Qualcomm’s Smart Cities initiative, Kiva helps strategic partners and cities build long term connectivity plans and strategies that help improve the livability, sustainability and connectivity fabric for its citizens. This includes providing critical insight into Qualcomm’s entire product, software and services portfolio.
joining QUALCOMM, Kiva ran a start up focused on delivering high quality headphones and hearing devices to special needs children and adults. Prior to the start up Kiva held executive positions at Motorola and GE. Most recently she was the General Manager for NA Retail and MVNO Sales at Motorola’s Handset Division in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to this role she held executive management roles in Global Product Management and Operations.
has held board seats on the Chicago North County United Way, GE Leadership Council, Motorola Women’s Council, Project Six by Six, TVIA and several other regional programs and activities.
holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Kellogg. She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two sons. She is an avid skier, sailor and loves to read.
Kowsalya Arunprakash of Time Warner Cable builds and manages the Data Virtualization Center of Excellence to support business intelligence for entertainment and banking industries. She is responsible for the architecture and design of the virtualization platform that integrates customer, care, sales and opportunities across organization and enabled reporting for customer marketing , customer care, sales, marketing and finance business users. Her specialties reside in data federation, data warehouses, data integration, data virtualization enterprise application integration, data delivery, data services for SOA and cloud integration.
Jim Attridge oversees and delivers BC Hydro’s cyber security program.
Attridge was the CISO for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He established and led a team of world-class IT security professionals through the planning and operational phases of the Games. Attridge delivered an Olympic Games free of major IT security incidents, all within an operating budget under $10M.
HSBC from 2001 — 2007, Attridge pioneered the bank’s global web application security program that brought together proper security design, risk assessment, developer training and a vulnerability assessment methodology.
Mr. Basye has 15 years of experience working at the highest levels of government and the commercial sector. He served as a White House political appointee including spokesperson for the nation's top aviation agency.
built public affairs programs for some of the world’s most dynamic companies, including NASDAQ, AT&T, Verizon, and Honeywell. His work led to victories on Capitol Hill, increased media coverage and brand capital, more engaged stakeholders and award winning websites and social media campaigns.
Euro Beinat is Vice President of Platform Technologies at Zebra Technologies Corporation. As part of the New growth group Dr. Beinat focuses on product and market strategies that leverage the Internet of Things. Prior to joining Zebra he acted as CEO of Geodan Mobile Solutions, a company specialized in real-time location systems for industrial and business applications. A recognized expert in geo-spatial systems and data management, he has worked on emerging technologies with public and private organizations in sectors such as Energy and Natural Resources, Safety, Infrastructures, and Logistics. He is a skilled analyst and facilitator, able to combine technology trends within the business and culture of organizations and their evolution. He holds MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Economics and is a Professor of Geoinformatics and Data Science at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Bernard has been with ASR-Group for over 34 years holding various positions in maintenance, operations, and currently has the position of Director of Control Systems in the Corporate Engineering group. Strategies for integrating the control systems of new acquisitions into the group, the migration of legacy systems, driving standards, and continuous improvement initiatives for the global enterprise are both developed and deployed by this team.
Group’s companies have more than 150 years of experience taking sugar cane from the field to the table. Our expertise in every aspect of the cane sugar process is without equal. ASR-Group is the largest vertically integrated cane sugar refiner in the world. Our nine refineries are found in five countries across the globe and collectively can produce more than six million tonnes of sugar. We also own and operate sugar mills in the United States, Mexico and Belize. Our Brands include Domino, C&H, Repath, Tate+Lyle, Florida Crystals and Sidul to name but a few.
Jesse Berst is the founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, a coalition of organizations that seeks to accelerate the move to smart cities with better livability, workability and sustainability. The Council consists of 100+ member and advisor organizations with 2.3 million+ employees and $1.3 trillion+ in annual revenues working in 140+ countries on 5,000+ smart city projects past and present. Jesse came to the smart city sector from the smart grid where he was one of the pioneering thought leaders and the chief analyst of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site.
Hardik Bhatt helps global public sector leaders use technology to build communities with better healthcare (telemedicine, home healthcare, etc), education (Global classroom, distant education), smarter public safety, transportation, connected real estate, energy efficient utilities, etc.
joined Cisco after being the Chief Information Officer of the City of Chicago and Commissioner for Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology for 5 years. As the CIO, Hardik had been leading a team of 250+ employees and consultants with an annual budget of over $150 Million. Hardik also lead Mayor Daley’s charge for universal and affordable broadband for all Chicagoans through various initiatives, including the Smart Communities program. Hardik brought over $25 Million from Federal, State, Foundation and Private sector sources for Chicago’s Smart Communities program. On the way, he was instrumental in establishing partnerships with Chicagoland Healthcare providers, Utility and energy sector leaders as well as public safety, transportation and non-profit leaders.
to joining the public sector, Hardik worked as a consultant with Oracle corporation in the US and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in India. Hardik has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from M. S. University, Baroda, India.
James joined World Wide Technology in April 2013 bringing 20 years of management consulting and entrepreneurial experience. Most recently a Principal Consultant at Opera Solutions he was responsible for account management, new client development, and analytical solution formulation. Prior to Opera, James was a partner at A.T. Kearney and Mitchell Madison Group where he assisted clients in strategy and operations.
his current role with WWT James is responsible for building out capabilities and service offerings related to Big Data. He holds a B.A. in Physics and a PhD in Materials Science from Oxford University.
Spencer Brien is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs. He primarily teaches public finance economics and public financial management in the MPA and MPP master’s programs. Spencer joined the Arizona State University faculty in 2012. Prior to moving to Arizona, Spencer worked for nearly 8 years as a program analyst for the Internal Revenue Service. His research focuses on the financing of local government services. He recently published an article in Public Finance Review questioning the effectiveness of the use of state grants to promote property tax relief. His research interests also include local government outsourcing and workforce attrition. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Georgia State University.
With a degree in engineering from the EPFL federal institute of technology (Switzerland), Pascal Brosset joined Schneider Electric as Senior Vice President Innovation in May 2010. He began his career at Hewlett Packard in charge of the development of automation systems and complex solutions for the manufacture of integrated IT products. In 1986, he joined Ingersoll Engineers as partner and technology expert for industrial management consultancy. Later in 1992, he was head-hunted to join the new GEMINI consulting arm, within Capgemini group in the frame of business transformation programs across a variety of industries. In 2002 he joined SAP AG‘s as Vice President Business Development and member of management board in France and was nominated Senior Vice President Market Strategy at SAP AG in 2004.
Rachel Bugaris is a Senior Research Engineer at Panduit Corp. Since 2012, Rachel has worked in Corporate Research and Development investigating new technologies and applications, primarily within the Industrial Automation space. Prior to joining Panduit, Rachel was a Development Engineer at Rockwell Automation where her work focused on designing innovative arc-resistant equipment and improving electrical safety.
has held leadership positions in several industry committees, including the IEEE Electrical Safety Committee, IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee, IEEE Pulp & Paper Industry Committee, and standards working groups.
has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She is a certified project management professional (PMP) and a member of IEEE and SWE.
Adrian is passionate about connected products and has made connectivity the core of his professional career. Adrian came from Amazon’s Lab126 where he was the technical lead for the Kindle wireless software team and helped launch the very first Kindle with Wi-Fi. Prior to Lab126, he worked on Dell cell phones, Zing media players, Atheros wireless chipsets, Nokia routers/firewalls, and Sun workstations. He graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Jeffrey A. Campbell is Vice President, The Americas of Global Government Affairs for Cisco Systems, Inc., the global leader for networking for the Internet. Mr. Campbell leads government affairs activities for Cisco in the western hemisphere. Since 2001, he has been responsible for developing and implementing Cisco’s public policy agenda with respect to telecommunications, trade, energy, environment, security and technology issues. In addition to his expertise in telecommunications regulation, Mr. Campbell has been involved in public policy with respect to intellectual property law, Internet regulation, energy regulation, international trade and information technology regulation.
Campbell is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Emerging Technologies Fund, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Arts + Labs and the Canadian American Business Council.
to Cisco, Mr. Campbell headed the Washington government affairs office of Compaq Computer. Mr. Campbell began his career as a telecommunications regulatory attorney with the Washington, D.C. office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.
Campbell received his B.A. in History from Yale University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Charlie Catlett is the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data, UrbanCCD, which brings scientists, artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers together to use computation, data analytics, and embedded system to pursue insight into the dynamics, design, and sustainable operation of cities. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. In previous roles he was Chief Information Officer for Argonne National Laboratory, Director of the National Science Foundation “TeraGrid” nationally distributed supercomputing facility, designer and director of the I-WIRE regional optical network, and Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He has worked in Internet and supercomputing technologies since 1985. Recognized in 2014 as one of Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology leaders by Crain’s Chicago Business, Charlie is a Computer Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Janet Chaffin is the President of AeroScout Industrial, a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker. She has been with AeroScout almost since its inception 10 years ago and led a global team of direct sales, pre-sales and inside sales, selling location-based enterprise visibility solutions to hospital and industrial clients before transitioning to General Manager of the AeroScout Industrial Business in late 2010. Stanley Black & Decker acquired AeroScout in mid-2012 and Janet continued leading the Industrial business through its ongoing high-growth phase.
to AeroScout, Janet ran global sales at a series of start-ups through to acquisition, building blue chip customer bases in “missionary” selling environments. She is passionate about delivering value through technology to the end customer, leveraging her broad industry experience in Manufacturing and other heavy industries, High-tech/Electronics, CPG, Healthcare, and Retail. Janet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. Since January 1995, when he assumed the role of CEO, Chambers has grown the company from US$1.2 billion in annual revenues to record revenues of $47 billion in fiscal year 2014. He has received numerous awards for his leadership including being name as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News & World Report.
has been widely recognized for his and Cisco’s philanthropic leadership, receiving the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and a two-time recipient of the U.S. State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
has served two American presidents, holding the Vice Chairman role of the President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), where he provided industry experience and leadership to help protect the United States’ critical infrastructure.
Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Rockwell Automation is responsible for leading the company’s global technology strategy, technical innovation, and business development with a focus on making a difference for customers by helping them achieve greater productivity and sustainability. Sujeet’s leadership has been instrumental in driving business growth through next-generation product architecture and platforms, engineering best practices, global technology roadmaps, R&D and technical standards.
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. There he delivered innovative technology solutions to the company’s commercial and defense businesses for applications such as advanced avionics, industrial automation and semiconductor production. Previously, he served as the chief operating officer for a successful start-up company.
strategic leader and engineer with a unique perspective on technology, innovation, and customer needs, 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.
earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.
Ronald (Ron) Chebra is a Grid Automation Solution Architect at Schneider Electric. He has over 30 years of experience with communications, control and telemetry systems, and has focused his efforts on helping provide solutions that meet the current and emerging needs of the utility industry. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, he was with DNV KEMA (now DNV GL) where he led their smart metering and grid automation consulting practice in North America.
Blair Christie is Cisco's Chief Marketing Officer, with responsibility for the company's Global Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Government and Community Relations groups. Her organization is responsible for positioning Cisco's growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing customer markets and growing demand for Cisco's solutions globally, as Cisco establishes itself as the #1 IT company in the world.
with data that underscored the $19T opportunity for private and public sector organizations to leverage the Internet of Everything, Christie led Cisco’s award-winning “Tomorrow Starts Here” brand campaign. The campaign utilized innovative digital and social technologies, as part of a fully integrated marketing and communications campaign, enabling Cisco to move to the #13 spot on Interbrand’s list of Best Global Brands and the number #1 spot for B2B brands, according to CEB research.
to being named CMO in 2011, Christie was Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, overseeing global activities in investor relations, media relations, industry analyst relations, and employee and executive communications. She also managed Cisco's global studios, digital, social media and collaboration technology strategy teams, rounding out an organization designed to innovate the message and the medium in communications. Previously, she held a variety of investor relations and communications positions at Cisco.
Francis Cianfrocca is the inventor of the Bayshore cybersecurity platforms. Francis guides Bayshore’s technology vision, provides critical strategic direction, and inspires the executive and technical management teams.
1995, Francis founded Tempest Software Inc. Tempest developed middleware products for advanced enterprise applications. The company flourished under his leadership, experiencing strong revenue growth and attracting investments from first-tier venture capital firms. In 1991, he founded Heldenleben Corp., where he developed HeldenPort, the world’s first compiler for a graphical 4GL. The product was licensed and marketed to more than 40,000 developers around the world.
to those start-ups, Francis held senior technology positions at the Bank of New York, New York Life Insurance Company and several major corporations. He led the development of major enterprise applications for use in finance, manufacturing, treasury management, and underwriting environments.
holds several issued and pending patents. He is a noted expert in the fields of data security, computer-language design, compiler implementation, network communications and large-scale distributed application architectures. He is a strong advocate for open source software development. He has created several widely used open projects, including the Ruby Net/LDAP library and the EventMachine high-speed network-event management system.
strong speaker and writer, Francis has developed a significant following on subjects relating to technology, cybersecurity, financial markets, and national economic and security policy. He attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, majoring in music history and orchestral conducting. He began his career at the New York City Opera, under the direction of Beverly Sills.
Alan Dabbiere is the chairman of AirWatch™, a leader in enterprise-wide mobile device and WLAN management solutions, having joined the company in 2006. In his role, he drives the company’s vision, direction and growth plans. Mr. Dabbiere is also the president of AJD, LLC, a privately held investment company, and he serves on the board of PrimeRevenue, an Atlanta-based supply chain ¬nance company.
1990, Mr. Dabbiere founded Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH), the world’s leading supply-chain execution software company, and he served as president and CEO from 1990 through the end of 1999. Following the company’s successful initial public offering in 1998, he served as Manhattan Associates’ chairman of the board of directors through 2003. Today, Manhattan Associates is a global company with over 1200 customers, 2000 employees and more than $337 million in revenue.
Kevin brings over twenty years of leadership and expertise to his role as Cisco’s Global Solutions Manager for Manufacturing. He is responsible for the global vertical go-to-market strategies, business relevance thought leadership, and business solution adoption for Cisco’s targeted manufacturing and industrial markets. Kevin's role includes the orchestration and enablement of scalable solutions that serve to transform manufacturing customers’ businesses with valuable new models for growth, innovation, agility, and operations excellence.
joining Cisco in 2010, Kevin worked for Pacific Gas and Electric, Applied Materials, Omron Electronics and Beckhoff Automation where he has demonstrated expertise and leadership in various roles as a Product and Systems Engineer, Marketing Manager and Regional Sales Manager driving adoption for a diverse set of manufacturing and industrial solutions ranging from discrete machine control to tightly integrated process control systems.
earned his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University in 1991.
Felix Davis is a Product Line Manager in Cisco’s Internet of Things Group, where his team is responsible for product management for the Field Area Network, which includes wired/wireless sensor networks and M2M applications. He has a deep understanding of Cisco networking technologies and their applicability in industrial environments acquired during his more than 12 years with the company. Prior to Cisco, Felix was a senior consultant within the energy practice at Andersen Consulting. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Doug Davis is corporate vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel Corporation. In this role, Davis leads a worldwide organization responsible for Intel Architecture computing solutions consisting of hardware, software and services across market segments including industrial automation, retail, aerospace, automotive and other intelligent systems applications.
started his career at Intel as a product engineer in the Military Division, then became general manager for first the Embedded Microcomputer Division and then the Network Processor Division. In 2004, he assumed the general manager role of the Infrastructure Processor Division, which formed from the consolidation of all of Intel's embedded processor efforts. In 2005, Davis became the general manager of the Embedded and Communications Group where he was instrumental in establishing Intel's position in embedded market segments such as communications, automotive, retail and industrial control. In 2010, as general manager for the Netbook and Tablet Group, Davis was responsible for the platform planning, architecture, enabling and marketing of Intel's solutions for those segments. Prior to his current role, Davis was the general manager of Arizona Fab/Sort Manufacturing where he was responsible for all aspects of the Arizona wafer factory operations.
graduated from New Mexico State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned his master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 1992.
Tom has extensive experience in product management, research and development (R&D), supply chain management and business development for wireless products. Prior to his current position, he led Freescale’s RF, Analog, Sensor and Cellular businesses. Before joining Freescale, Tom was the senior vice president of ODM, Design, and Vertical Integration of FlexMobile of Flextronics. Previously, he was senior vice president at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications leading the Americas Product Business Unit for mobile phones. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from Widener University and master’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s of business administration degree from Marquette University.
IBM Distinguished Engineer -- Mac has 25 years of experience with networking and virtualization. He is a Master Inventor (2006), IBM Distinguished Engineer (2008) and a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology (2009). He has served 2 years as the Chief Architect for System z Enterprise Software and is co-author of Springer’s Handbook of Cloud Computing used by colleges and universities.
served 2 years as the CTO for IBM Cloud partnerships and client innovations within IBM Corporate Strategy team.
served 2 years as Director and CTO for Cloud Portfolio within IBM Global Technical Services. He lead technical due diligence for SoftLayer acquisition which lead to creation of IBM Cloud Services Division.
Devine currently serves as Director of CloudFirst Innovation and CTO, IBM Cloud Services Division and as a faculty member for the Cloud and Internet-of-Things Expos.
Chris Dill is a 20-year veteran of the technology industry, having managed virtually all disciplines in the enterprise IT spectrum.
began his career as a telecom/networking manager at a mid-size teleservices company in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2000, Chris moved to West Corporation, a Fortune 1000 BPO company providing technology solutions for many of the Fortune 500 corporations. Chris spent his first 11 years at West in the Coporate Shared Services organization managing a variety of groups including the desktop support group; the network operations center; the application administration/support/development team; and the network and telephony infrastructure group. In late 2011, Chris moved over to the newly formed West Business Solutions to lead the Global IT organization. In 2013, Chris joined Kiewit Corporation, a Fortune 250 construction firm, as the Chief Technology Officer. Chris is responsible for technology solutions delivery to the business, including application development, infrastructure, and help desk/end user support.
has a degree from the University of Nebraska and is married to wife Angela – they have an 8 year old daughter Avery and a 4 year old son Cade.
Dorland is Executive Vice President, Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT), for Royal Dutch Shell Plc., a global oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London. Shell’s function responsible for driving IT-led innovation across the business, TaCIT creates and provides powerful, industry-leading information technologies that drive insight and actions to meet the world’s ever increasing demand for energy and connectivity in a responsible, safe and competitive way. Named 2009 CIO of the Year for the Netherlands, Dorland has a long IT career history with Shell. He joined the company in 1986, after six years of working as Project Manager at first Fokker Technologies and then Exxon, and has since held various IT positions of increasing responsibility, rising to CIO Europe in 2000, CIO Global Functions in 2003 and CIO Downstream in 2006. Dorland was elevated to his current position in September 2011.
Danielle DuMerer is Director of Planning, Policy and Management at the City of Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology. She directs the department’s Project Management Office, Business Relationship Management program, and IT policy initiatives. Danielle joined the City of Chicago in July 2008 and prior to taking her current position in 2012, she managed Chicago’s data initiatives, including the City’s Data Portal, as well as digital inclusion efforts. Before joining the City, Danielle oversaw the development of K-12 Reading and Language Arts educational software at the McGraw-Hill Companies. She has also worked in the Library and Archives field, serving a variety of educational and non-profit organizations. Danielle holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
François Duquesnoy is Deputy Director of Orange Smart Cities & Territories, a strategic program created by Orange in October 2011, in order to identify potential growth opportunities and drive business development efforts in several verticals : connected car, transportation, utilities, smart buildings and districts, and innovative services for cities. As part of the program he joined at its inception, François helped design the strategy, contributed to the transport vertical, and built a global city approach.
has been with France Telecom – Orange for more than 20 years holding various positions in business development, management of sales and network regional operations. Prior to joining smart cities, he contributed to the launch of the fiber program in Orange France in 2006, which has become the leading broadband offer on the consumer market.
Mark Eichorn is an Assistant Director in the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP). He joined DPIP at the end of 2009 from FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz’s office, where he served as an attorney advisor for Chairman (and previously Commissioner) Leibowitz on consumer protection issues. After joining the Commission in 1998, Mark worked for many years as an attorney in the Division of Advertising Practices and served a six month stint in 2003 as an attorney advisor to FTC Commissioner Leary. Mark went to law school at the University of Virginia, and later clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Robert Beezer before joining the Seattle firm of Mundt, MacGregor. He graduated from Yale University.
Barry Einsig is an industry expert in transportation and public safety communications. With more than 11 years in the industry, he has held a variety of roles providing wireless communications networks, video, security and life safety systems for transportation networks. Barry has worked with numerous authorities including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, MTA Maryland, SEPTA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, Penn DOT, and others.
served as a member of the review panel for TRB project C-18, and serves as Chair for the Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications. For the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Barry chairs the Transportation Management Forum, and is an active member of the Business Leadership Council, Public Safety Council, and Public Transit Council. He is also a Board member for The Infrastructure Security Partnership. Barry earned a BA in Environmental Biology from Juniata College and has written for many industry publications including Passenger Transport, Mass Transit Magazine, Traffic Technology International, and Urgent Communications. He is a frequent industry speaker, having presented at IWCE, APCO, ITSA, APTA, and ITS World Congress on topics including security, wireless communications networks and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Wim Elfrink is Cisco’s Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer. In this role he is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: theIndustry Solutions Group, the Emerging Countries Initiatives, and the company's globalization strategy. Elfrink is an Executive Officer and sits on Cisco's Operating Committee.
joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services and under his leadership the business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010.
was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President in 2007. He went on to establish Cisco's Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE into Cisco’s second world headquarters, an innovation hub and the company’s smartest and most sustainable campus with more than 10,000 employees. Before joining Cisco, Elfrink held management positions at Olivetti, Xerox, HP, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Philips.
Dave is responsible for leading the company's worldwide marketing, research, creative, photography and advertising output. He joined Titan in May 2007 as U.K. Marketing Director before moving to New York in January 2008 to become SVP, Marketing Director. In January of 2013 Dave became the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Titan Mobile and as of April 2014 has been promoted to EVP, Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Titan, Mr. Etherington spent nearly nine years at Guardian News & Media, publisher of U.K. daily papers The Guardian and The Observer and guardian.co.uk. During his tenure at GNM, Dave helped launch and headed Guardian Plus, a creative and strategic resource that works in partnership with agencies and brands to help them harness the power of the Guardian News and Media portfolio. He also spearheaded the development of content partnerships and contributed to winning numerous awards for the company. Prior to his work at GNM, Dave worked at the BBC.
Since late 2010, Jeff has served as Tesla’s representative to the investment community. Jeff has been named by Institutional Investor magazine to both the Buy-side and Sell-side All-American teams for the Automobile industry. Before joining Tesla, Jeff worked fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst at Piper Jaffray and Dougherty & Company. During this time, he developed an Applied Technologies stock coverage universe, with a focus on disruptive technologies and an emphasis on Location Technologies, Remote Sensing Satellites, Robotics, and Electric Vehicles. StarMine regularly rated Jeff as the top analyst on his coverage stocks. During his career, Jeff has been directly involved in raising over $8 billion of debt, equity and venture capital. Prior to his tenure in investment banking, Jeff was a Manager at RSM McGladrey, where he developed an expertise in securitization valuation and accounting. Jeff also serves as a Board Member for Premier Bankcard, one of the largest credit card issuers in North America. He holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is a former Certified Public Accountant and Certified Managerial Accountant.
used to race a G-class Porsche 911 in the Porsche Club of America and Sports Car Club of America. He is also a past member of the U.S. Junior National Cycling Team, and commissioned Aviation officer in the U.S. Army. He resides in Minnesota with his wife Kristin and son Samuel.
As General Manager for Cisco’s Data and Analytics Business Group (DABG), Mike Flannagan leads three main business areas for Cisco - Cisco’s Data Virtualization Business Unit provides software that enables organizations to create Logical Data Warehouses that efficiently access corporate data assets in real-time from a variety of databases across internal networks, Big Data sources such as Hadoop, and a multitude of cloud services without the expense and complexity of physically copying the data to a physical data warehouse.
Analytics Solutions Business Unit sets Analytics strategy across the company and creates software-based solutions that go well beyond IT Analytics to provide unparalleled business insights by combining traditional business data with real-time network data. With a focus on Analytics for the Internet of Everything, this team leverages Cisco’s industry leading network infrastructure to provide customer and business insights for Retail, Service Provider, and other industry verticals.
ServiceGrid Business Unit provides an innovative cloud-based service enabling internal and B2B integration of various IT Service Management applications and business processes, enabling collaboration efficiencies that result in significantly lower IT operating costs, reduced time to resolve issues, and higher satisfaction among business end users.
also has deep expertise in Managed Services, and leads Cisco’s Managed Services platforms, with a focus on intelligent automation.
Robert Gamble is a Managing Director in PFM’s San Francisco office. His major focus at PFM has been the development and implementation of public-private partnerships (P3) and the creation of public financing strategies in support of those partnerships. In this area, he has supported the development of Yerba Buena Gardens, Rincon Point South Beach, and AT & T ballpark in San Francisco. In addition to general policy and financial work, he also focuses on the financing of affordable housing and financing of non-profit facilities.
over 25 years in public finance and policy, Mr. Gamble previously served as Budget Director of the city and County of San Francisco under two mayors, Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, and Executive Director of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Gerloff has served as the Director of the Dept. of Neurology and full professor of Neurology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf since 2006. He previously served as the senior attending at the Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Tübingen, and later as deputy director and professor (APL) at the Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Tübingen. In 1991 he published his M.D. thesis on stereotactic transplantation and plasticity of fetal brain tissue in rats at the Department of Neuropathology of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He continued his studies from 1992 to 2006 at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and the National Institute of Health in the United States with a focus on physiology, pathophysiology and plasticity of neocortical functions in the human brain.
Philip Gerskovich has been a Senior Vice President of New Growth Platforms at Zebra Technologies Corp. since September 2011. Mr. Gerskovich served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Zebra Technologies Corp. since March 10, 2005. Mr. Gerskovich joined Zebra with a respected career in business transactions, imaging, and technology. He came directly from the Eastman Kodak Company, where he completed several acquisitions for the imaging and printing giant. Most recently, he served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of publishing services in graphics communication. He joined Kodak as corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for digital and applied imaging division. Prior to Kodak, Mr. Gerskovich held positions of increasing responsibility and scope at Data General Corp. (now EMC Corp.), Dell Computer, IBM Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. He serves as a Director of Midwest Board at TechAmerica. He holds a BS degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.
Chris Gow is Cisco’s lead for data protection and European security policy in Government Affairs. He joined Cisco in early 2008 and alongside privacy and security, plays an active role in the Government Affairs team on spectrum, cloud, trade and tech policy. He is currently the Chair of DIGITAL EUROPE’s Privacy and Security Group and Vice-Chair of the Digital Economy Policy Group. DIGITAL EUROPE is the main European industry association for tech manufacturers in Brussels. Prior to Cisco, he was responsible for campaign strategies and digital economy policy work at EICTA (now DIGITAL EUROPE). Chris first joined the Brussels scene in 2003 as an Assistant to a Member of the European Parliament, working on internal market and legal affairs issues. Chris studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Jim is responsible for the vision, development and go-to-market strategies of all data virtualization offerings. In addition, he leads Cisco’s Internet of Things reference model initiative and is a member of the Internet of Things World Forum Technical Committee.
joined Cisco in July 2013 through the acquisition of Composite Software. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in developing products and technology for enterprise computing. In previous companies, he achieved several industry firsts by developing networking and distributed computing products.
was CEO of Composite for ten years where he established Composite's data virtualization market leadership. At webMethods he served as CTO and executive vice president of product development. Prior to joining webMethods, Jim was CEO of Active Software, where he grew the company from a start-up to an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) software.
his seven year tenure at Sun Microsystems, he led the development of the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) specification, the industry standard for distributed objects. In previous companies, he achieved several industry firsts by developing networking and distributed computing products.
holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Computer Science.
Dr. Meghan Groome is the Executive Director of Education and Public Programs at the New York Academy of Sciences which includes programs for school- aged children and their families, the general public and undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Groome is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation Grants. Dr. Groome joined the Academy in July of 2010 after spending almost three years as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History in the Government Relations and Education Departments. Previous to her work at AMNH, Dr. Groome was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Governors Association. Dr. Groome completed her PhD at Teachers College Columbia University in Science Education and was a 2012 International Education Policy Fellow in China for the Institute for Educational Leadership. Dr. Groome graduated from The Colorado College in 2000 with a major in biology and theater and is a certified science teacher with experience teaching PreK through Graduate school.
Tim Gruver, CTO for Business Transformation, is chartered with leading the Business Solutions & Incubation organization focused on prioritizing key Cisco capabilities and solutions to drive sales growth strategy for the Enterprise market at scale. The organization works to identify, accelerate, and incubate new Practices and relevant Cisco initiatives as well as capture and monetize emerging capabilities that focus on the changing needs of customers. The organization is committed to executing a customer-led, quality-driven solution model comprised of business relevant solutions for our customers that align with Cisco and Partner capabilities. Furthermore, his team is accountable for providing technical oversight and architecture frameworks required for consistent engagement across Business transformation.
has a deep background in solution design, implementation, technology and architectural platforms, partner Ecosystem development, sales management, and creating new areas of business for customers.
shares a viewpoint that Cisco has the capabilities and solutions to solve compelling IT activities and the products/solutions, along with a unique go-to-market approach, to bridge the gap between IT and business. Tim believes that through a holistic architectural approach we drive new innovation to customers and achieve it in accelerated, lower cost methods.
complex technology organizations and creating new industry models began when Gruver was at Microsoft, where he spent 10 years in creation of new global markets in retail for Microsoft that continue to thrive and ended his career as the CTO of Microsoft Stores. Prior to Microsoft, Tim gained a deep consulting background from more than seven years at Accenture in global technology consulting.
earned a degree in MIS from Central College in Pella, IA.
David has over 16 years of industry experience in global manufacturing and information technology. A long time network engineer, he has leadership and technical acumen across a multitude of disciplines including network architecture, assembly operations, IT operations, infrastructure project management, and has lead large-scale multi-year multi-million dollar programs that require leadership both inside and outside of IT. He has entrepreneurial experience in IT consulting, ecommerce, and Real Estate, and currently a co-founder of a 3D printing company. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Duquesne University, and has held numerous IT certifications. Dave currently lives in south-central Pennsylvania, enjoys spending time with his fiancée Christin, and is currently the Infrastructure Design Manager for Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Mathias Halliger, Chief Systems Architect of Connected Vehicle Technologies, is responsible for the development of the computing and system architecture of the Audi MMI connect® system which is networked with the Audi Virtual Cluster and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
professional background is centered in computer science with a focus on computer system design and high-speed networking. In 1999 he moved from Bosch where he developed connected radio and navigation systems and joined the Audi advanced electronics development team, which designed and launched the first generation MMI® Infotainment system based on the optical multimedia-bus MOST.
his lead Audi introduced the world’s first connected infotainment and navigation system with an embedded Google earth™ streaming client and built-in broadband wireless connectivity. His team was also responsible for the definition of the so-called MIB system platform, an abbreviation for the Modular Infotainment “Baukasten” (German for Construction Kit) which was designed as the scalable infotainment system platform for all new Volkswagen Group vehicles.
Scott is a business-oriented leader with 20 years experience in information technology consulting. He provides thought leadership for solution architecture and information management disciplines within the smart energy sector, with a focus on value-based strategic initiatives, operational planning, and ongoing technology lifecycle management. As a successful entrepreneur and industry leader, Scott has been a trusted advisor to firms engaged in complex technology projects and initiatives around the globe including BC Hydro, Epcor and Pacific Gas & Electric.
leads the Strategic Advisory Services practice at Bit Stew providing industry expertise and guidance to customers in order to help them fully leverage the advanced capabilities of the Grid Director platform.
Basil Hashem is the Senior Director of Mobile Strategy at VMware. He is a technology industry veteran and has held various product and strategy positions at both consumer and enterprise-oriented companies. He was most recently Vice President of Products at Aptana (acquired by Appcelerator). His previous experience includes roles managing the mobile ad network at Admob (acquired by Google), the Firefox browser and the add-ons ecosystem at Mozilla, and the travel property at Yahoo!. He also co-founded CenterRun, a startup that provided one-touch application provisioning (acquired by Sun). Prior to that Basil held positions at AOL, Netscape, KPMG and NASA. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS in Math/CS from UCLA.
Steve is the co-founder and managing director at MachNation, the leading insight services firm for the Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, connected things, analytics and M2M. His primary areas of expertise include competitive positioning, marketing media development, cloud services, SMBs and sales channels; with over 20 years experience in technology and communication marketing.
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.
Ron Holsey- GE Oil & Gas- General Manager Automation & Optimization Ron Holsey is responsible for the Automation & Optimization Business in GE Oil & Gas. This includes Artificial Lift Automation, Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics, Analytics/Prognostics and Production Optimization. Operations are in Houston and Aberdeen with globally located sales & service offices. Mission is to deliver products & solutions that reduce customers’ lifting cost and increase production.
has more than 25 years of global sales and operational management experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Ron has been leading the Lufkin Automation Business prior and post the GE acquisition. Lufkin Automation is the industry leader in advanced oilfield automation technology and the premier supplier of artificial lift optimization solutions.
has a degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.
Karen Horting, CAE, is Executive Director & CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a 27,000 member organization founded in 1950. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. As executive director and CEO, Karen is a champion for diversity in engineering and the engineering profession overall.
more than 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Ms. Horting came to SWE in March 2004 from the New York Academy of Sciences where she served as Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the Academy’s development activities and long-range organizational planning. Prior to NYAS, Ms. Horting worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) managing both marketing and fund development on a global level for Science’s Next Wave, a ground-breaking career development website for graduate students and postdocs in science, math, and technology. Her previous experience also includes more than ten years in the paint industry in a variety of customer service/technical service and marketing functions.
to her appointment as Executive Director &CEO, she served as SWE’s Director of Fund Development from March 2004 through July 2006 and Deputy Executive Director from August 2006 through December 2013.
Horting has a BS in Biology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. And in 2000 she earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Will Hughs is Head of Global OTT and President for Telstra in the Americas. Based in San Francisco, Will is responsible for driving Telstra's worldwide sales strategy in the high growth content and internet infrastructure segment.
to this, Will was CEO of Telstra Global Americas for more than 3 years, driving sales, marketing, engineering and operations efforts throughout North and South America.
becoming CEO, Will was Senior Vice President, Product and Design for Telstra, responsible for the marketing, engineering and commercial functions for the Americas region. As SVP, Product and Design, he also worked with Telstra Product teams to develop global product strategies and localize product sets and solutions for the US Service Provider and Enterprise markets.
began his technology career in the systems integrator space as an engineer, designing Microsoft and Cisco solutions for large enterprises based in the San Francisco Bay area. He joined Telstra in 1999 as a Sales Engineer in the San Francisco office where his knowledge of managed services led the effort in the rapid growth of WAN outsourcing deals for Telstra.
Kai brings years of in-depth knowledge and experience in the utility market and has built an exceptional reputation amongst his peers in the industry. He has been asked to speak at many key industry conferences such as Cisco’s Internet of Things, Utilities Telecom Council Conference and DistribuTECH. As Chief Technology Officer at Bit Stew, Kai is leading the Software Engineering Team in best practices, and an Architecture Team in maintaining technology strategy for the company and its world-leading Grid Director™ platform. In this capacity, Kai maintains knowledge of technology standards, industry trends, emerging technologies and key market drivers to ensure the Grid Director platform maintains its leadership position in the real-time network operations domain.
to joining Bit Stew as Chief Technology Officer, Kai’s career spanned 15 years at BC Hydro, including the past 4.5 years as the Director of Technology for the Smart Metering and Infrastructure program. His responsibilities included Solution Architecture, Smart Metering, Information Technology, System Wide Testing, and Telecommunications Design and Security Delivery within the program. He also held leadership roles within Customer Care, Generation, Engineering and Transmission and Distribution business units, where he served as Business Information Services Manager, SAP Technology Lead and Contact Center Technical Lead. Kai also spent 14 years in the Telecommunications manufacturing sector as an engineering and design technologist.
Kai holds both a Bachelor’s of Technology in Computer Systems – Data Communications, and a Diploma of Technology in Chemical Sciences. He also holds an AScT designation from Applied Science Technologist & Technicians of BC, where he is also serves as a Council Director.
Wayne Hull is Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Partnerships at AGT International, and a member of the company’s executive management team. Wayne has had a major impact on AGT’s growth since joining the company in 2012. His prior roles at AGT have included Vice President of Sales, Middle East & Africa and Vice President, Partner Management. Notably, Wayne was responsible for bringing to market AGT’s joint IoT offering with partner Cisco Systems. He also sits on the boards of several companies within the AGT network of companies.
expertise includes systems integration, the application of analytics to open source intelligence and the development of integrated safe-smart and IoT solutions for cities and critical assets. Before joining AGT he spent 20 years directing sales, business development, CRM and P&L for industry leaders Cisco, IBM and Accenture. His leadership positions have included Director and General Manager for Cisco in the Middle East and Global Executive for IBM’s System Group in Southern Africa.
Kevin Hunter is chief operating officer of Gimbal™ Incorporated. In this role, Hunter is responsible for the daily operation of Gimbal Incorporated as well as oversight of product management for the Gimbal context aware and proximity platform. The Gimbal platform was designed to enhance the ability of brands, retailers and venues to engage their customers via the transformative power of mobile. Previously, Hunter ran product management for the Gimbal platform at Qualcomm Retail Solutions Inc. (QRS), the Qualcomm subsidiary responsible for Gimbal prior to the unit’s transition to a standalone company. Prior to the formation of QRS, Hunter oversaw product development work in mobile proximity at Qualcomm Labs, Qualcomm’s business incubator unit. Also at Qualcomm, he worked on mobile internet projects in Qualcomm Internet Services, including product management for the Brew™ distribution system. Prior to his work at Qualcomm, Kevin spent more than six years at Sprint as senior manager of device development and realization, responsible for the software in consumer devices. He was also the principal product engineer for Sprint TV, which in 2005 was awarded an Emmy® Engineering Award for Innovations in Mobile Television. Before Sprint, Hunter founded an IT consulting company for homes and small- and medium-sized offices using Linux-based routers. Hunter, who also has written software for the financial industry, holds more than 15 patents.
Christoph Inauen is the Vice President, Product Management for SAP’s HANA based Internet of Things platform. Throughout his international career of 25 years, he has leveraged his passion for defining solutions that address customer challenges and deliver measurable value.
joined SAP in 2012 from Nokia Networks, where he had an accomplished 13-year career, working in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. He served as the Head of Business Development, New Markets in North America, where he established the foundation for the Internet of Things application enablement business. Also, he brought Smart Grid specific solutions to the Utility industry.
positions at Nokia Networks included Head of Network Solutions. Christoph also held leadership positions in Product- and System Marketing and Network Architecture Design in Europe. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Product Manager for communications systems and system controllers in the machine industry and as an IT/Telecom consultant.
Dirk John is Chief Executive Officer of Road and City Mobility, Siemens AG, since 2012. He is responsible for the global Road and City Mobility business with almost 3000 employees active in about 40 countries. The comprehensive portfolio includes software, hardware and services mainly in the field of Road Transportation but also in Electronic Tolling Systems and Vertical IT Solutions for Urban Transportation.
joining Siemens AG, he held several management functions at Lufthansa Systems GmbH with latest position Managing Director Lufthansa Systems Passenger Services GmbH. Then he joined McKinsey & Company, Inc., Frankfurt, Germany, last position as Partner. For McKinsey he served as global Practice Lead for Transportation Technology and as global Practice Co-lead for Software Development.
professional experience covers technology for transportation companies, business transformation, and large scale project management. He provided consulting services to a variety of companies in various business sectors worldwide. Dirk John holds a diploma in Mathematics and Economy (Universities of Bielefeld and Bordeaux) and a master in International Management (McGill University, Montreal, Canada).
Nandini Jolly is an expert in privacy and security and an official Ambassador of "Privacy by Design," the innovative privacy framework originally developed by the Province of Ontario, Canada. Before co-founding CryptoMill Technology, she was Senior Manager with Deloitte and Touche (National Financial Services Industry Group-Enterprise Risk Management) and Vice President of Bank of America (Global Treasury Services- Financial Risk Management).
Bridget Karlin is the acting General Manager of the Internet of Things IoT) Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for managing the IoT strategy across all of Intel's assets, including development of strategic business objectives, an end-to-end implementation strategy, driving external industry and partner leadership, technical alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies and for defining new business model innovation for IoT solutions and services that will enable Intel to accelerate growth, extend our end-to-end value proposition and establish Intel leadership in IoT. IoT is a significant area of growth for Intel, and the company has a wide range of technologies and assets to help customers realize the business transformational opportunity that IoT offers.
has held numerous general management and executive leadership positions in Intel’s business groups as well as with global Systems Integrators, Venture Capital and Software companies. She brings over 25 years’ experience in building technology businesses, as a leader, as an investor and as an entrepreneur. Bridget also serves as Director on the Advisory Board of Zynstra, the UK-based hybrid cloud software company.
to joining Intel’s IoT Group, Bridget was responsible for driving Intel’s Datacenter Software portfolio synergies to deliver more complete customer solutions for Big Data, HPC, API enablement, Storage Acceleration and Service Assurance Management. Bridget also served as the General Manager of the Intel Hybrid Cloud business, where she launched and grew Intel’s services business, developing and delivering an end-to-end subscription-based service targeting SMB’s, establishing new infrastructure capabilities that launched a marketplace for ISV’s, OEM’s and Service Providers with ecommerce capability for software and hardware.
Bob Karschnia has over 22 years experience in the process control industry. He currently manages the Wireless Business Unit for Rosemount’s wide wireless product offering and coordinates wireless initiatives across all of Emerson Process Management. Prior to his current role, Bob held various design engineering and management roles throughout the company. Before joining Rosemount he developed rotating equipment control systems at Compressor Controls Corporation and satellite control systems for Lockheed Martin. Bob also served as an officer in the United States Air Force working on satellite control and communications systems.
has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Jeffrey Kent is the Technical Associate Director, Product Supply – Engineering at Proctor and Gamble, having joined the company as a power, controls and information systems engineer in 1998. Prior to joining the company, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force working on Avionics and Weapons Integration for the F-15E and F-117 fighter programs. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, where he was a Distinguished Graduate of U.S. Air Force ROTC Program, and a MS in Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has been awarded two patents for the application of time synchronization to execute high-speed quality and machine control processes.
John Kern is Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Cisco. He leads a global organization responsible for accelerating innovation, enabling profitable growth, and delivering an unrivaled customer experience. His functional accountabilities include new product introduction, product lifecycle management, sourcing and supplier management, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and quality.
joining Cisco in 2003, Kern has held various leadership positions in the supply chain. Previously, he managed Product Operations, Supplier Management and Quality Operations, the key interfaces between the supply chain, Cisco's product development team and the global supply base. Prior to this, he managed the Global Supplier Management organization, responsible for enabling Cisco innovation through effective sourcing and supplier development.
Greg is the IBM Internet of Things offering strategy leader. He is part of IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure division and works across industries to help customers leverage asset data and analytics to gain insights and drive bottom line business value. Greg has helped deliver ‘smarter infrastructure’ solutions in a variety of industries including oil & gas, energy & utilities, healthcare, automotive, heavy equipment, consumer packaged goods, transportation, and retail. Greg has been with IBM for more than 20 years and has served in various roles including product management, solution delivery, architecture, technical sales, and development.
Mati Kochavi is Founder and CEO of AGT International, a global provider of advanced public safety and security solutions. Our world today is being rapidly shaped by globalization, mobile technology and the Internet. Although these developments are seeds for progress, they must be fully understood and appreciated in order to secure and manage in today’s uncertain and evolving environment. AGT International understands this reality, and our knowledge is embedded in our products and solutions. Established in 2007, with 2,500 employees, representing nearly 50 nations, AGT operates in 5 continents and manages work with $1 billion in annual revenue. AGT is widely considered one of the world’s fastest growing security and public safety companies. We partner with organizations, helping them predict, prepare for, prevent and manage their unique challenges and threats, allowing them to pursue the myriad possibilities and opportunities offered by a safe and secure future.
Georg Kopetz is co-founder and member of the executive board at TTTech. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the corporation, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, the business units aerospace and industrial solutions as well as for the off-highway joint-venture company TTControl. He studied law at the University of Vienna and has comprehensive professional experience in the financial and legal field, having worked as a finance and law consultant in Austria and abroad.
Maciej Kranz leads the group focused on identifying and capitalizing on the next wave of technology disruptions, shaping and amplifying Cisco technology strategy, and conducting technology due diligence for potential investments/acquisitions. He drives the Internet of Things innovation strategy including IoE Innovation Centers.
to this role, Kranz drove the vision, strategy and P&L for a new hyper-growth business unit focused on Internet of Things. As General Manager, Connected Industries Group, he built a 220-person team and $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market.
Lee Krevat is director Information Technology Efficiency and Growth Services. Prior to that, Lee led the smart grid and clean transportation initiatives at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. SDG&E’s smart grid program, led by Krevat from 2009 until 2014, is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive in the nation, receiving POWER magazine’s prestigious 2012 Smart Grid Award for implementing the nation’s most advanced smart grid, and ranking as the smartest utility in the nation for three years in a row by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility Magazine.
2012, Krevat was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media for the second time, recognized as a Top 12 “Mover and Shaker” in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine for the second time, and recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
has helped SDG&E pioneer the implementation of smart grid technologies throughout the region’s electric grid, including self-healing grid technology, substation automation, condition-based maintenance, advanced outage and distribution management systems, advanced meters, smart transformers and other technology that promote the integration of rooftop solar power and electric vehicles, and a microgrid project funded by more than $10 million in grants from the Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.
Anna is a product leader with 17 years’ experience in building globally successful Web and mobile products and platforms.
Product Manager at Skype, Anna launched its online store to a global audience; and went on to set up the product management function at London-based FinTech startup Monitise. Most recently, she was Chief Product Officer at JustGiving, where she reinvented its product strategy to turn it into a dynamic social giving platform fuelled by big data principles.
is actively involved in the tech startup community, and acts as a mentor and advisor to several startups. She speaks at conferences on product management, lean startup practices, and designing web and mobile experiences. She prefers whiteboards, pens and sticky notes to slide decks!
holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University, India; and an MBA from the University of Durham Business School. She was a British Chevening Scholar in 2002, securing the top award for her dissertation on new product development methodologies in the mobile telephony sector.
Murad Kurwa is vice president of the Advanced Engineering Group at Flextronics, a $24B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries.
30 years of industry experience in the electronics, semiconductor and material sciences fields, Mr. Kurwa has spent the last 20 years in leadership roles in engineering, development, testing and operations.
to joining Flextronics in 1998, he worked for Manufacturing Services Limited, Micromodule Systems, Matheson Semi-Gas, Raychem and Firestone Development Center.
holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and has been published in over 25 industry and scholarly journals.
Kris Lappala is the Chief Information Officer at Kiewit Corporation. Lappala is accountable for technology strategy and innovation, financials, security and risk management, and technology governance. He is focused on developing a world class Technology Group with a focus on culture and talent development. His approach includes balancing the right blend of strategy and innovation, with a focus on operational excellence.
joined Kiewit in 2011after spending 5 years as Vice President at First National Bank of Omaha in the areas of technology and Retail Banking. First National is a top 20 independent bank based out of the mid-west.
is one of the largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations in North America with revenues of more than $11 billion. Kiewit employs over 10,000 core employees who all believe in the core operating values of – People, Integrity, Excellence, Stewardship. Kiewit’s leaders and employee owners continue to ensure that these values remain at the core of everything Kiewit does.
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.
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.
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.
received a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and a master’s in business administration from Santa Clara University.
is passionate about helping young women achieve an education in technology and is active in several programs supporting this cause.
Dr. Gadi Lenz is the Chief Scientist at AGT International. He brings broad expertise in IoT, sensors, data analytics, machine learning, and video and command and control systems to AGT’s most important IoT projects for governments and enterprises. Gadi plays a vital role in setting the technical strategy for the company and is a key contributor and initial lead for many projects, defining the technical approach and architecture.
received his BSc and MSc from Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and a PhD from MIT, all in Electrical Engineering. He then joined Bell Labs as a member of Technical Staff (MTS) and conducted research in the Physical Sciences Labs, primarily in optics. Prior to joining AGT, Gadi co-founded an optical communications company and held senior leadership roles in other high-tech companies.
Oleg Logvinov is the Director of Special Assignments in STMicroelectronics’ Industrial & Power Conversion Division.
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.
the last 25 years Mr. Logvinov 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 the IEEE-SA Standards Board.
Logvinov also actively participates in several IEEE standards development working groups with the focus on the IoT and Communications Technologies. Mr. Logvinov 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. Mr. Logvinov has nineteen patents to his credit and has been an invited speaker on multiple occasions.
Todd Lucey began his career in the Process Measurement industry 26 years ago after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Todd worked 7 years with Rosemount, Inc. where he held positions including Applications Engineer, Sr. Applications Engineer and Product Manager. Todd worked for 1 year as a Key Account Manager for TriCore, a Systems Integrator serving the Food and Pharmaceutical markets.
the last 20 years, Todd has worked for Endress+Hauser, Inc. and held positions of Product Manager, Key Account Manager, Manager of the Business Development Group, Sales Manager and Director of Sales. These different opportunities and positions have built Todd’s experience and knowledge of the Process Measurement industry and lead him to his current position, General Manager of Endress+Hauser, Inc., a privately owned company located in Greenwood, Indiana. Todd is also an active member of ISA and MCAA.
is married to Tammy, and they have 2 children, Nicole age 25 and Shaun age 20.
Stephen Lurie has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He joined Zones in 2013 and in his current role, he oversees the delivery of IT solutions and services to Zones’ expansive customer roster. Recognized as one of the world’s top architects for smart-connected buildings and smart grid solutions, Stephen has a deep understanding of IT trends and emerging technologies that can create business value for all technology verticals. Before joining Zones, Stephen held previous executive-level roles at ePlus, nCore Utility and Incentra Solutions.
Bob MacDonald is the Global Engineering Associate Director at Procter & Gamble with responsibility for Control & Information Systems Engineering, and Modeling & Simulation. MacDonald joined P&G in 1984 at P&G’s Mehoopany, PA USA manufacturing plant. He has held numerous Manufacturing and Engineering positions of increasing responsibility in the Family Care Business Unit and in the Global Engineering organization. MacDonald has been in Global Engineering since 1999, working with all of P&G’s Business Units in all parts of the world.
to joining P&G, MacDonald earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jorge Magalhaes is the Senior Vice President for Engineering Solutions at Vestas Wind Systems. In this role, he is charged with leading and managing all the product development engineering activities, product architecture, and innovation and research activities at Vestas. Vestas is the world leader in wind energy, with 51,000 installed wind turbines in 73 countries on six continents.
joined Vestas in December 2010. Prior to this role, Magalhaes held various senior global management positions within the Embedded Communications Computing business of Emerson and Motorola with responsibilities that included Sales, Marketing and Product Management, Strategy and Strategic Alliances, Services, Operations, and Engineering. Before joining Motorola in 2000, he held various leadership positions with Philips Medical Systems where he oversaw the company’s business strategy and development as well as its marketing efforts. Prior to this, Magalhaes’ career included roles with Youth Challenge International, a non-profit organization where he was the director for projects in Costa Rica, as well as with Canadian Pacific, a transportation conglomerate where he led various business re-organization efforts.
received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD in France.
RJ Mahadev is a seasoned executive with significant experience positioning industry-changing technologies across global markets. He has helped consistently exceed revenue and profitability targets through the effective use of technology.
is currently the Business Development Lead for Cisco’s Internet of Things Services. RJ’s responsibilities include working with Leading Customers and Partners to develop and deploy vertical solutions in support of IoT deployments.
has 20+ years of prior executive experience: • Principal Advisory Services, Cisco Systems where he was responsible for consulting to C-level executives within the largest Utility, Service Provider, Public Sector & Enterprise customers. Lead for Smart Grid & Strategic Investment opportunities. • Co-Founder & Managing Director, EuroBroadband, a pre-WiMax broadband wireless startup where he led the development and operational execution of the business plan including license & vendor negotiation, product management and rapid network deployment.
Vice President, SoftSwitch Product Management at Level 3 Communications where he was responsible for deploying the world’s largest SoftSwitch platform, ultimately growing the business to 8 billion+ minutes a month with service across North America, Europe & Asia.
holds an MBA in Marketing & and is a recognized speaker who has presented at numerous industry and strategy conferences. He currently lives in San Francisco and speaks more than one foreign language, badly.
Dr. Matheus is responsible for the introduction and establishment of Ethernet-based communication as an in-car networking technology within BMW and in the car industry as such. Kirsten is also responsible for the long-term strategy for automotive infotainment products. She is the chair and originator of the OPEN Alliance and is the co- author of a book titled “Automotive Ethernet”.
Lee Mazzocchi is senior vice president of grid solutions for Duke Energy, where he leads the company's focus on grid investment, innovation and standardization. His responsibilities include grid strategy and implementation, distribution standards and governance, and various support functions to regional field operations. He is also responsible for emerging technologies, fleet services and enterprise asset management system support.
Mazzocchi served as Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief integration and innovation officer. In that role, he led the company’s merger integration efforts, following the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy. In addition, he was responsible for emerging technology, enterprise asset management, performance improvement and sustainability. Mazzocchi has more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, serving in the areas of transmission, distribution, customer service and supply chain. Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in 2012, he served as vice president of supply chain and chief procurement officer for Progress Energy, where he was responsible for the company’s acquisition of products and services, totaling approximately $3 billion per year. Before taking responsibility for the company's supply chain organization in 2009, he served as Progress Energy's vice president of distribution, where he was responsible for the Progress Energy Carolinas distribution system serving 1.4 million customers. He also served as executive sponsor for Progress Energy's initial investments in the smart grid initiative to save energy, strengthen system reliability and improve customer service through the use of advanced technology.
Brian McCarson is a Senior Principal Engineer and is Intel’s Senior IOT Architect. He has a Master of Science in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He has semiconductor manufacturing process development, process integration and process engineering experience in Lithography, Wet Etch/Cleans, Dry Etch, Thermal Processing, CVD, CMP, Implant and Metals across 11 different factories within Intel (and Motorola in a previous life) spanning P860, P861, P1262, P1264, P1265, P1266, P1268 and P1270 technologies. Brian specializes in data extraction, data visualization, innovative data analytics, and multivariate problem solving. In 2014 he joined Intel’s recently-formed IOTG organization in the IOTG Strategy Office.
John McDermott, senior vice president, Global Sales and Marketing at Rockwell Automation is responsible for the company's global customer experience including worldwide sales, marketing and customer care. Since assuming this role, John and his leadership team continue to maximize the Rockwell Automation sales growth by matching customers’ needs to the company’s capabilities through valued relationships.
Sales and Marketing (GSM) is the company’s customer-facing organization, bringing together global Sales regions, Global Accounts, Channels, Marketing, and Customer Care organizations. In his 30-plus years with the company which began with joining Allen-Bradley in 1980, John has held many roles of increasing responsibility throughout our businesses, including vice president and general manager in the Standard Drives business and Segment responsibilities in the Motion & Information group. He has led customer-facing organizations including the North and South America Sales regions. Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president, Global Sales and Solutions, and senior vice president, Global Manufacturing Solutions.
earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A.
Tinto Innovation employs specialist expertise to identify value-generating break-through technology opportunities. The flagship Mine of the FutureTM programme is managed by Rio Tinto Innovation.
through a network of external specialists and University Centres, Rio Tinto Innovation develops, delivers and implements step-change technological solutions that add value to the Rio Tinto business.
experience spans operational / management roles in business unit, corporate office and remote location mine sites.
has lived and worked in the UK, Europe and in a number of Australian city and remote locations. Based in the United States for an extended period, he relocated to Brisbane, Australia, in July 2007.
Vikram brings over 26 years of industry experience to KAAZING. Previously, he was Vice President, System Networking at IBM. He joined IBM through its acquisition of BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE) in 2010. He brokered the spin out of Nortel’s Blade Server Switch Business Unit (BSSBU), establishing BLADE as an independent company in February 2006. Vikram came to Nortel in 2000 through its acquisition of Alteon Web Systems where he laid the foundation for what became Nortel’s BSSBU. Prior to this, he spent twelve years at Hewlett-Packard in various sales, marketing and executive positions. His last position at HP was general manager Enterprise Servers, Americas Region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Mette is Daktronics Product Portfolio Manager, responsible for worldwide product strategy. Mr. Mette’s career in technology bridges avionics, enterprise software, and visual communications. At Daktronics Mr. Mette has been responsible for managing Daktronics large Olympic projects in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens, creating and significantly expanding Daktronics operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and most recently the corporation’s product and go-to-market strategy development.
Mette holds an electrical engineering degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Norman Mineta is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party, Mineta most recently served in President George W. Bush's Cabinet as the United States Secretary of Transportation, the only Democratic Cabinet Secretary in the Bush administration. On June 23, 2006, Mineta announced his resignation after more than five years as Secretary of Transportation, effective July 7, 2006, making him the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the Department's history. On July 10, 2006, Hill & Knowlton, a public relations firm, announced that Mineta would join it as a partner. On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Mineta would join L&L Energy, Inc as Vice Chairman.
also served as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce for the last six months of his term (July 2000–January 2001). Save for a span of five days between the end of Clinton's term and Bush's appointments, Mineta spent nearly six full years as a Cabinet member.
Ricardo is Senior Director of Strategy, Planning & Programs for WW Channels. He is also Chief of Staff for the SVP of WW Channels and the SVP of WW Partner Organization.
and his team are responsible for the entire lifecycle of Cisco’s Partner Programs, Acquisition Integration, Partner Pricing, Planning and Competitive Intelligence
has been on the Information Technology Industry for over 20 years, working and living in Brazil (his home country), USA and the UK. His background is primarily in Sales, Go to Market, Business Development, Strategy & Planning, Partnerships and Alliance Management.
Cisco since 1997, he has held a number of roles: Director, Channels Business Development for Emerging Markets; Director and Head of Channels for Latin America; Sr Manager for Advanced Technologies; Global Partner Manager; Channel Account Manager.
Blake Moret is senior vice president of the Control Products & Solutions operating segment at Rockwell Automation.
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.
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.
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.
Mohamad Nasser is the Director of M2M Product and Marketing for the M2M Emerging Solutions group at Sprint. His team is accountable for the M2M Strategy, Products Management, Partner Management, Platforms and Marketing.
has over 23 years of wireless telecommunications management experience in product management, business development and strategy. Prior to Joining Sprint, Mohamad served as the Sr. Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Virgin Mobile, he also headed the CDMA Product Management at Ericsson China. Throughout his career Mohamad held various leadership positions at Siemens, MCI, GTE and Qualcomm.
holds patents in EVDO technology. He and his family of 8 children reside in the greater Los Angeles area in Southern California.
Steve currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Americas at Freescale. Steve is a veteran of more than 25 years in the semiconductor, software and technology industry. He has also published articles in trade journals such as EE Times, Embedded Computing, Design News, Electronics Weekly and EDN. Steve has co-authored a patent on USB switching technology.
Ninveh provides leadership and strategic direction for the company’s marketing efforts from thought leadership in the market all the way throughout a customer’s buying cycle. A Marquette journalism alumni, she is leading Rockwell Automation’s evolution of its marketing organization, driving messaging, modernization and integration of online and offline interactions with sales, channels, customers and prospects.
brings more than 20 years of experience and a robust background in marketing, communications and digital marketing at Rockwell Automation to her current role. She joined the company in 1995 in marketing communications. She has since held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and leadership, most recently director, Global Marketing and Communications.
holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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.
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.
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.
is a director of The Manitowoc Company and serves as a director or member of a number of business, civic and community organizations.
Melanie Nutter was formerly Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, which helps all San Francisco residents and businesses take an active role in protecting the urban environment, develops "first in the nation" policy initiatives, conducts outreach and education on sustainable practices, and runs innovative environmental programs including on zero waste, green building, climate and energy, toxics reduction and clean transportation.
During her tenure, San Francisco achieved an 80% waste diversion rate, reduced its carbon emissions to 14.5% below 1990 levels and was named the Greenest City in North America by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Under Nutter’s leadership, the Department expanded its focus on community outreach and engagement, released an updated Climate Action Strategy, launched a citywide adaptation effort and started a biodiversity program. Nutter also championed smart city strategies to help the City meet its sustainability goals.
From 2005-2010, Nutter served as the Deputy District Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where she helped managed the Speaker’s district office and advised on local policy issues.
Dr. Raju Pandey is the VP of Technology (IoT) at Panduit. He was the co-founder 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 over 40 conference and journal papers, and has authored several patents. Dr. Pandey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B. Tech. (Computer Science & Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Sanjay Parker is the Director of Thought Leadership at Intellinex, A Xerox Company. His experience includes a concentrated focus on leadership of global enterprise-wide HR learning systems and compliance-driven deployments, deep understanding of performance, learning, and competency models and management, large data analytics, a demonstrated ability to present and garner support for technology-related initiatives with alignment of high-level global sponsors, deep knowledge of social media technology as related to enterprise leverage and recruitment, integration of established and emerging technologies into eLearning and collaborative user experiences, internet/intranet development, network management and web-based application security. He had his first computer at age 12; his first computer program published by age 14, and has been a contributing member of the internet community since 1991. His specialties include learning 3.0, eLearning, linking performance management to competencies to learning, global LMS, strategic HR, talent management and account and relationship management.
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, chemicals and natural resources industries.
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.
Pranav Patel is responsible for leading product management, P&L margin management and business development activities for the GE’s Healthcare Services business in North America. The portfolio includes services to all GE as well as multi-vendor diagnostic imaging and bio-med products, asset management solutions, and hospital operations management software services. Prior to his current role, he was the Global Chief Marketing Officer for GE’s Aviation Systems business where he was responsible for leading strategic planning, product and customer marketing and portfolio strategies to allow profitable growth for the business. He led launch of a new airline operations optimization software service business (Taleris) in partnership with Accenture; he also led divesture of some non-core product lines.
also worked in GE’s Transportation business, where he led start-up of the new Energy Storage business (DurathonTM branded batteries) for GE. He held a strategic marketing leader role in Aviation business from ’06 to ’07 where he was instrumental in developing “beyond the engine” strategy and led acquisitions of Smiths Aerospace and Walter Engines.
came to GE from Siemens, where he held various operations, supply chain and commercial roles. Prior to that, he was involved in a start-up of a wireless systems and integrated circuits company.
holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois @ Urbana – Champaign, a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a second master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He later finished his MBA degree from the Georgia State University. Pranav has co-authored five patents in fields of microware integrated circuits, multi-chip module, packaging and energy storage systems.
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.
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.
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.
received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kevin Petersen is President of AT&T Digital Life, Inc. Kevin is responsible for spearheading the commercial launch and overall leadership of AT&T Digital Life services including Home Security, Home Automation, Home Healthcare, Energy Management and International Wholesale Services.
to this role, Kevin served as senior vice president of Consumer & Wireless Strategy for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, leading cross-functional teams to develop, analyze and present long-term strategies for AT&T.
he led a team of 850 employees that provided voice and data solutions to 35,000 customers in the Midwest and East regions. These business customers, which typically range in size from 10 to 300 employees, generate several hundred million dollars in annual revenue for AT&T.
19-year veteran of the industry, Kevin began his career with SBC Communications Inc. in 1993 in the company’s Leadership Development Program. He later worked as finance director for Dell Computer Corp. in Austin, Texas. He returned to AT&T in 2000 and served for three years as vice president of Corporate Finance and another two years as vice president of Corporate Planning in San Antonio. Since then, Kevin was the vice president and general manager of AT&T Ohio and vice president National Business Markets for AT&T Midwest and East regions.
currently serves on the board of directors of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Wireless Foundation. A native of St. Louis, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a master’s degree from St. Louis University. He and his wife Nora have five children.
Anabelle Pinto is Cisco’s IoE Global Director and Marketing GM for Consumer Sectors. She is a dynamic leader with rich experience that spans a spectrum of customer-based strategies tied to market transitions across Sports, Entertainment and Retail Industries. With over 25 years in IT, Marketing, International business and launching and leading innovative GTM technologies solutions, her expertise drives market growth, sales acceleration programs and collaborative partnerships that enable customers to utilize technology to drive productivity, monetization business models and competitive advantage.
Anne Pramaggiore is president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois. Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility
joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company’s transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd’s lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry. In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd’s COO and became responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company’s effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd’s smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country.
serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and several civic and community organizations. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Brian Ray is the Founder and CEO of Link Labs, a wireless network technology company. Brian has lead the creation and deployment of a new type of long range, low power wireless networking solution which is transforming the M2M space. Prior to Link Labs, Brian lead a team at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory which solved communications and geolocation problems for the national intelligence community. Previously, Brian was the VP of Engineering at Lookingglass, a network security company. Brian is a graduate of Oxford University, the US Naval Academy, and served for 8 years as a submarine officer in the US Navy.
Peter is global creative and strategic lead for Infusion, a 650-person innovation firm focused on emerging technology and design. Their award-winning work spans retail, banking, hospitality, healthcare, among other industries, and focuses on achieving measurable business objectives across a multitude of connected digital channels.
notable recent project was helping Build-A-Bear Workshop launch its personalized “Store of the Future” platform and experience, which went on to increase in-store sales 20-30%. Infusion has also helped companies such as Metlife realize the potential of Big Data through powerful new 360 dashboards for customer service personnel, reducing costs while improving quality of service.
to Infusion, Peter was an SVP at online pioneer AOL, and part of the team that helped the company overcome obsolescence through advertiser-supported branded content and experiences, including re-branding. He and his team were responsible for the global creative vision for over 80 websites and mobile products, with a combined monthly audience of over 105 million unique visitors.
Paul Roberts is the founder and Editor in Chief of The Security Ledger (securityledger.com), an independent security news website that explores the intersection of cyber security with the Internet of Things.
is a seasoned reporter, editor and industry analyst with more than a decade of experience covering the information technology security space. His writing about cyber security has appeared in publications including MIT Technology Review, The Economist Intelligence Unit, CIO Magazine, ZDNet and Fortune Small Business. He has appeared on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report and The Oprah Show.
to launching Security Ledger, Paul worked as a Senior Analyst in The 451 Group’s Enterprise Security Practice. He has held positions as a senior writer and editor at noted industry publications including Threatpost.com, Infoworld.com and Ziff Davis’s eWeek.com and The IDG News Service.
lives outside Boston with his wife and three, spirited daughters. His hobbies include marathoning, swimming, gardening and local politics.
John Rohde has over 17 years of experience in the information technology industry. John came to World Wide Technology from IBM, as a consultant in IBM Global Services, Managing the IBM Business Partner Program and leading the Global Marketing Team for IBM Servers and Storage. John joined World Wide Technology in 2005 as a Business Development Manager under Bob Olwig, VP of Business Development. Over the last five years, John has led WWT's enterprise vertical GTM strategy, aligning technology partners and WWT's value added services and capabilities along with sales enablement and marketing approach around the organization's industry initiatives. John holds bachelor's degrees in business information systems and marketing.
Armistead Sapp III is the senior vice president of Research and Development at SAS, responsible for development of the software used at more than 65,000 sites in more than 135 countries. As head of the P-20 efforts at SAS, he leverages corporate R&D to bring innovative solutions for administration and instruction to the Education market. This includes responsibility for SAS Curriculum Pathways, a no-cost Web-based curriculum for middle and high school. His 20-plus year career at SAS has encompassed many roles in marketing and R&D, and he was the president of SouthPeak Interactive (a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software). He is also a contract researcher at Duke University Health System, working on neonatal best practices and safety.
On 1st of December 2010, Dr. Joachim Schaper joined AGT as Vice President Research. He is currently leading the international Research organization of AGT distributed between Berlin and Darmstadt focusing on IT Security, Sensor Networks, Data Analytics and Visual Computing.
to AGT, Dr. Schaper was VP EMEA at SAP Research. He oversaw Research sites throughout Europe, Israel and South Africa (Belfast, Darmstadt, Dresden, Karlsruhe, Pretoria, Ra’anana, Sophia Antipolis, Sofia, St. Gallen/Zurich) and has overall responsibility for the execution of nine research programs with more than 70 collaborative research projects. The SAP workforce directed consisted of 300 Researchers and 100 PhD candidates. His focus is on aligning the SAP Research strategy with the European Research strategy of DG “Digital Agenda” with the framework program FP7 (2007 - 2013) based on the “Future Internet” as an over-arching theme for Research in EMEA.
was also closely involved into the definition of an industrial initiative (European Technology Platform - NESSI) with several strategic research partners (Atos, BT, Nokia, IBM, Siemens, Thales, Telecom Italia and Telefonica). As a result of the European technology platforms, SAP Research led the “Future Internet Research Alliance”, to build a strong community of technology and application companies as well as academic institutions defining a joint architecture. Joachim was also responsible for the strategic research partnerships with IBM, Intel and Siemens.
Rebecca Scholl is vice president and Global Accounts Champion for Xerox. She manages co-innovation projects between Xerox and its largest customers.
joined Xerox ten years ago and has held a variety of executive roles, including director of strategy for Xerox services in Europe, SVP Marketing for Xerox Services, Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Xerox Services, and Client Managing Director for Global Accounts.
was previously with Gartner, Inc., where she was principal analyst in charge of business process outsourcing (BPO) research. She was responsible for conducting research and providing advice to clients procuring or delivering BPO services. Her research focused on human resources outsourcing, finance and accounting outsourcing, and offshore outsourcing. She was widely published having written numerous reports on the emerging BPO market.
earned a MBA from Community of European Management Schools, a Masters in Management from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France, and a Masters in International Economic Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France.
lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband Joel and her four children.
As President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Renesas Electronics America Inc, Ali Sebt is responsible for Renesas’ overall business operations in the Americas, including the worldwide development and support of all Americas-based customers and channel partners. As Senior Vice President at Renesas Electronics, Ali contributes to the global alignment of the marketing and development strategies. Mr. Sebt joined Renesas Electronics America in 1991 and held a number of successive management and executive positions. Previous to Renesas Electronics America, Mr. Sebt’s positions included marketing manager 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 programmable logic devices and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Sebt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Hayward, and completed the Stanford Executive program.
Senior Vice President at Renesas Electronics, Ali contributes to the global alignment of the marketing and development strategies.
Sebt joined Renesas in 1991 and held a number of successive management and executive positions. Previous to Renesas, Mr. Sebt’s positions included marketing manager 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 programmable logic devices and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Sebt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Hayward, and completed the Stanford Executive program.
ELCITA is an urban local body managing an industrial estate spread over 900 acres and has an annual revenue of over USD 8 billion growing at the rate of 15% per annum. The estate includes IT, Electronics, mechatronics, consulting, hospitality services and educational institutions employing over 125,000 people directly and generating about 25% of the country’s electronics software and hardware exports. As its Chairperson (Mayor) of ELCITA, Kiron has been working to enable the Electronic System Design & Manufacturing sector, through strategic involvement with Cisco. This considered engagement will develop Asia’s first ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) innovation hub in Electronics City. The collaboration will lay the foundation for a new Smart City eco-system to help the (ESDM) industry and other companies engaged in cost effective research and development of Smart + Connected City products. This ‘living lab’ will be an enabler for other smart cities and serve as a replicable model not just for the city of Bangalore, but for the rest of India as well as other emerging markets.
D Shah did his early education in Mumbai, his post graduation from the Bombay University and finished with an MBA from Rutgers University, NJ.
is also the Managing Director of Velankani Information Systems private Limited (VISPL). VISPL portfolio includes Information and Communications Technology, Financial Services, Construction and Infrastructure Development, Electronics, Hydro and Solar Power, Water Recycling and Hospitality businesses.
is also an active member of: 1) Karnataka Information Communication Technology Group (KIG), 2) Bangalore City Connect Foundation 3) Business Integrity Initiative 3) World President’s Organization
As Vice President of IoT Vertical Business Solutions for Cisco, Tony Shakib leads Cisco’s Internet of Things business development, Industrial solutions creation, Vertical thought leadership and customer relevancy across Process Manufacturing (Oil & Gas and Mining), Discrete manufacturing, Transportation, Utilities, Smart City, M2M, Retail and Defense verticals.
has more than 27 years of business leadership and management experience in the communications space. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of VP of Americas Service Provider Architectures and VP of Service Provider for Cisco Emerging Markets. His external viewpoint, business acumen, and strong technical foundation drove the organization to achieve notable success with strategic Service Provider accounts in 134 countries in North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia.
joining Cisco, Tony was President and CEO of Zensys Inc., a leading provider of low-power, mesh networking wireless technology. No stranger to high-growth markets, he led the company to realize 300 percent revenue growth. Prior to Zensys, he held the positions of VP and General Manager of Access and Networking for Centillium Communications, where he harnessed the power of globalization by establishing a strong engineering team in India, while also carrying responsibility for 100 percent of the company's revenue. Tony’s first CEO role was at AOptix Technologies, where he captured $18 Million in venture funding. He also spent more than 18 years at Nortel driving business units including Broadband Access and Access Networks Engineering.
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering with honors in Math from McMaster and Brock Universities in Ontario, Canada.
As Vice President of Marketing, Networked Economy, Dinesh Sharma is charged with driving thought leadership, awareness and adoption of SAP’s solutions for Networked Economy across industries and lines of business. Additionally, he is also responsible for leading messaging, positioning and go-to-market plans across the Networked Economy portfolio, as well as providing detailed analysis of industry and market trends, customer needs, competitors, economic environment and emerging business opportunities.
to his current role, he was the global VP leading Internet of Things product marketing, where he established SAP’s strategy and positioning for this high growth area.
is a senior technology executive with over 20 years experience in the industry: His domain experience spans from semiconductors, software design, product marketing and business strategy. He has managed worldwide business units for large technology companies and also has founded technology start-ups, including Dynamic Pictures, Inc., which he sold to 3Dlabs. While at ATI and AMD he drove an increase in market share from 12% to 47% in less than 2 years, while also delivering a 5X growth in revenue by delivering innovative products, driving direct sales engagement and marketing programs that reinvigorated enterprise sales. Prior to joining SAP he has been in leadership roles at startups in virtualization, big data and distributed computing with a heavy emphasis on building Cloud infrastructure and platforms. He has captured over $30MM in venture funding in his entrepreneurial career.
Kenneth G. Silay, is the Director of Technology Research & Innovation for Chico’s FAS, Inc. (CHS-NYSE). Mr. Silay joined Chico’s FAS, Inc. in June 2008 as a Manager in the ecommerce group. He was promoted to Director, Store Technology in February 2011 with responsibility for development, support and improvement of all in-store technology including POS, store networking, back-office systems, and store RFID implementation. Mr. Silay currently is responsible for identifying, evaluating and selecting technical innovations that deliver value by achieving competitive advantage, enhancing the customer experience and delivering shareholder equity for the Organization. Mr. Silay’s professional experience includes the disciplines of information technology development and management, process and project management, consulting, systems analysis, business development, training development/delivery and quality management. His experience has been acquired in multiple industries including, retail, military/government, airlines, office products distribution, health care and medical device manufacturing.
Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh BS Operations Research/ Systems Analysis, University of Pittsburgh U.S. Air Force Reserve, Retired
As Senior Executive of the Worldwide Partner Organization, Andres Sintes is responsible for Cisco’s Partner Sales and Partner Go-to-Market for our IoT / IoE Solutions multibillion market opportunity, as well as for our Enterprise Networking Architecture Partner GTM. His group is chartered with accelerating the success of Cisco's IoT/IoE & Solutions via a growing best-in-class ecosystem of Channel Partners.
his career, Andres has demonstrated a strong track record of successfully building, leading and transforming channels and sales teams; enabling them to become world-class, top revenue growth organizations.
career at Cisco began in 1998 as an Account Manager driving sales growth for Cisco Mexico’s Midmarket & SMB segments. Later as Senior Manager for Americas International, Andres’ charter expanded to accelerating market penetration in the Midmarket & SMB segments throughout Latin America and Canada. Andres established a highly scalable and collaborative partner-led sales model inclusive of Virtual Sales, Field Sales, our ecosystem of Channel Partners, and Marketing.
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Sabina Sitaru serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of a unique consolidation of information technology services encapsulating both the City of Hartford Connecticut and the Hartford Public School District business operations.
has 19 years of Information Technology experience concentrating on Program Management and Innovation. Her areas of specialization include Business Process Improvement through the effective use of strategic planning of technology. Over the past year she has been involved in implementing the concepts of the Smarter Cities Council Readiness Guide in the City of Hartford as a part of Mayor Pedro E. Segarra’s initiative to make Hartford a Smarter City. Over this period and through the Smarter Cities Council’s Mentoring Hartford has also become the first city in the State of Connecticut to issue an Open Data Executive order and launch an open data portal: http://data.hartford.gov/
has a BS in Accounting from Post University and completed her Masters in Information Technology Management in 2009 from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and became a Project Management Professional (PMP) June 27th, 2011.
Rob Soderbery leads enterprise strategy, solutions, products and go-to-market for Cisco’s Development organization. He and his team identify customer needs, define solutions to address them, and determine the best ways to make those solutions accessible to customers. His team works across Cisco’s product and technology groups and with partners to create solutions that generate business outcomes for our customers and a better online experience for users.
is also responsible for two important Cisco teams. The Internet of Things group builds rugged, connected solutions for vertical markets—such as manufacturing, energy production and distribution, transportation, city governments, and retail—as well as for horizontal applications like machine-to-machine communications, physical safety and security, and big data analytics. The Cloud Networking group, based on the 2012 acquisition of Meraki, simplifies network operations by managing the network infrastructure via the cloud.
Ro Srey, Director of Channel Operations at SmartThings. A smart home startup which was recently acquired by Samsung. Responsible for coordinating the design, development, and unique value exposure for distribution and channel partners by leveraging the SmartThings platform.
to joining SmartThings, Ro lead a small team of Innovation consultant at Allstate Insurance Company focused on identifying, sourcing, and testing technologies that could possibly revolutionize the insurance industry.
has a deep understanding of connected home and car technologies as well as their real world applicability for both consumers and business organizations.
is a graduate of Augustana College and possesses a degree in Economics and Business. He currently resides in IL with his wife and two daughters.
Steve Steinhilber is vice president of Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group - Ecosystems, responsible for developing relationships with partners accelerating Cisco’s entry into new markets. Today ISG-E is developing partner ecosystems for connected industries, connected grid, transportation, sports & entertainment, and smart-and-connected communities. Before this role, Steinhilber built Cisco’s award-winning strategic alliances program, responsible for developing and managing relationships with IBM, Accenture, Motorola, Fujitsu, Wipro, Microsoft, Intel, Apple and a dozen other global technology companies. Before joining Cisco, Steinhilber served in executive and management roles at interWAVE Communications International, NET, Concurrent Computer and AT&T.
is the author of Strategic Alliances: Three Ways to Make Them Work published by Harvard Business School Press in October 2008 and was named by Forbes as one of top 40 alliance leaders and featured on the cover of Business Finance magazine. He has been a featured speaker at Conference Board, Joint Venture Conference, the Management Roundtable, and ASAP.
holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Guido Stephan is a member of the Siemens Senior Management. He serves as the Head of Networks & Communication 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 around 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.
Michael Garrison Stuber works in Itron’s CTO office, leading Itron’s global efforts on standards and security. His standards team engages in standards work worldwide in an effort advance common platforms and interoperability. His security team works closely with Itron engineering to ensure Itron products are secure by design. During his 17 years at Itron, Michael has had a variety of engineering, management, and marketing roles, including serving as the lead architect for Itron’s smart grid solution, OpenWay.
Mr. Stuckert has over 30 of business and technology leadership experience throughout North America. Don has held executive positions for Placer Dome, TELUS, Sierra Systems, and EDS/Systemhouse. He has been a CIO for a number of organizations in the resource, entertainment, financial services and retail sectors. He has founded and operated two software/services companies over his career. Don was also responsible for the technology component of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic bid and was present in Prague when the city won the rights to the 2010 Olympics.
is currently Vice President, Technology at BC Hydro and is responsible for all aspects of technology from R&D through to deployment, business process transformation, and security. BC Hydro is implementing a strategic technology plan to address the future operating environment for a smart utility and is addressing the Internet of things as it applies to the electrical utility sector. Don is also Chief Executive Officer of Powertech Labs Inc. Powertech provides R&D, laboratory and testing facilities to the electrical utility and hydrogen gas business and is recognized as an industry leader in North America and around the world. The work at Powertech also addresses the current and future business of a utility including the internet of things.
is the founding Chair of the Canadian Electric Association Technology Sub-committee and currently co-chairs a government initiative on smart devices and internet of things. He was also a winner of the Global CIO Leadership Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award in 2012.
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.
Born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore, Yong was later naturalized in the USA where he graduated from UC Berkeley with a BSc (Mechanical Engineer) specializing in Robotics and Automation. Beginning his career in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a Software Engineer, he later migrated to Australia where he co-founded a global, boutique consulting firm specializing in Enterprise Customer Management and Human Resources. Having sold that business, he then returned to his roots in automation where he led Schneider Electric’s Business Development into Operations Intelligence for over 6 years. In his role today as a Global Strategic Alliance Manager, Yong looks after the portfolio of partners and alliances around Schneider Electric’s entire mining solutions.
The Internet of Things (IoT) incorporates physical devices into business processes using predictive analytics. While it relies heavily on existing internet technologies, it differs by including physical devices (e.g. robots, cars, home appliances), specialized protocols (e.g. Modbus, OPC, DNP3), physical analytics (e.g., pressure, temperature, torque), and a unique partner network.
Thompson is responsible for establishing IBM as an Internet of Things leader. This includes helping clients realize business value from a logical progression of investments while mitigating risk. IBM will help them implement IoT solutions using IBM’s wide variety of existing technology while also leveraging partners and IBM Research. IBM’s approach will emphasize both function and security
Steve Timian is Director of Industrial Automation Solutions for Panduit Corp. Steve has over 30 years of experience providing solutions for customers in industrial, OEM, and enterprise markets. In his current role, Steve drives development and execution of physical infrastructure solutions that help customers deploy enterprise networks onto the plant floor. Previously, Steve held roles leading Panduit's electronic and data communications connectivity and electrical products. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Jack Tison is responsible for directing Panduit’s technology research and managing some of Panduit’s new businesses. Jack joined Panduit in 1983, starting as a Project Engineer. He was later promoted to Division Manager – Network Systems, and became Panduit’s Chief Technology Officer in 2003.
is responsible for a number of groups within the Panduit organization, including Research and Development, Engineering, Intelligent Management Systems and Services. Most recently, Jack was given responsibility for SynapSense® Corporation, recently acquired by Panduit, an industry‐leading provider of energy reducing wireless monitoring and cooling control solutions. With this acquisition, Panduit now offers customers one of the world’s most complete go‐to‐market DCIM solutions for managing energy costs.
has earned five U.S. patents during his time at Panduit and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Technology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He splits his time between Panduit’s World Headquarters and the company’s Research and Development facility in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Since 1985, Dr. Jason Tsai has been with FANUC America Corporation, where he is now the General Manager of Product Development. FANUC America Corporation is the industrial robotics leader for automated systems.
FANUC America Corporation, he started as a development engineer, Motion Control manager, development director, and General Manager. He now leads the Product Development at FANUC America Corporation. By jointly working with the FANUC’s Robot Research Lab, the development group at FANUC America Corporation develops the most competitive and reliable robot products for the market worldwide. One of the key development objectives is to eliminate production down time with FANUC products. His group is actively working with automotive customers and leading network company in building the product and architecture to achieve this objective.
1998-2000, Jason served as an Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. Currently, he serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board member for the LCSR at John Hopkins University, and a member of Visiting Committee for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
is co-inventor on more than 20 industrial robot patents, and is currently a member of the IEEE Society.
Vernon Turner serves as Senior Vice President of IDC's Enterprise Infrastructure, Mobility, Consumer, Network, Telecom, Internet of Things, and Sustainability Research. He has helped drive research on the evolution of the Internet Of Things, the next-generation Internet Infrastructure including cloud computing, converged IT infrastructures, micro-processors and modular server and datacenter designs. Mr. Turner has a strong CIO-supported background in the technology requirements of the finance and banking communities.
Mr. Utzschneider is responsible for market strategy for Java SE, JavaFX, Java ME and Java Embedded products with focus on the commercial success of the Java products, vibrancy of the Java community and Oracle's ongoing commitment to the language and technology.
over 20 years Mr. Utzschneider has been successfully marketing and selling best-of-breed software solutions in Europe and the U.S. by leveraging his ability to translate early market demand into broader market adoption. Mr. Utzschneider joined Oracle as a part of the Tangosol acquisition where was the Vice President of Marketing. At Oracle he continued to grow the success of the Coherence Data Grid products as the industry's leading data grid solution and a key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware.
Mr. Vick has over 35 years of experience in transportation, with a focus on intelligent transportation systems (ITS). He is currently a Solutions Architect with Schneider Electric, developing innovative and cost effective solutions for the firm’s transportation and Smart City customers. In that role, Cary is working with a global, multi-disciplinary team to develop new ways to manage and connect multiple urban mobility systems, including transportation management centers, traffic signal systems, transit systems, pedestrian and bicycle systems, to better serve citizens, businesses and governments.
holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, and M.E. in Civil Engineering (Traffic and Transportation) from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Nicola Villa, a 16 year veteran of Cisco, is managing director of Cisco Consulting Services’ Global Analytics practice. This group develops actionable business insights by leveraging customers’ network Big Data and analytics, while enabling new monetization models and operational efficiencies through an innovative consulting approach.
to working with CCS, Villa was a senior director in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), where he led the Global Public Sector Practice. His group engaged with globally innovative public sector organizations on open innovation programs in the central government, local government, education, and public safety spaces. In 2006, Villa incubated Cisco’s investments in the smart cities space by managing Cisco’s Connected Urban Development program. The program was part of the commitment Cisco provided to the Clinton Global Initiative, and it sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in large metropolitan areas through the development of innovative ICT and Big Data solutions.
is an executive member of the board of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urbanization program. He is also an adviser to Metropolis, the global network of metropolitan regions, through its Partnership for Urban Innovation commission.
Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.
her previous role, Warrior served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and also co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineering organization. As Senior Vice President, Engineering, she was responsible for core switching, collaboration, cloud computing and data center/virtualization, security, and architectures for business transformation.
Doug Webster is the Vice President of Service Provider Marketing for Cisco Systems. In this capacity, he is responsible for overall thought leadership, messaging, launch, content, and program development for the company’s service provider strategy and priorities. Doug is also responsible for oversight of the service provider routing, mobility, and video solutions teams.
highly regarded Cisco Visual Networking Index forecasts are developed under Doug’s guidance.
team also works with a number of teams throughout Cisco on the delivery of content through a wide range of vehicles including customer, press, analyst, investor, event, web, social media, and internal communications.
joining Cisco Systems, Doug was an initial employee and Director of Communications at WheelGroup Corporation, a network security startup acquired by Cisco in 1998.
graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics, served four years as a decorated officer in the US Air Force, and performed as an elected member of the Board of Directors of one of the largest credit unions in the United States.
lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, two sons, and daughter.
Chris White is Vice President and General Manager of the Sports and Entertainment Solutions Group (SESG) at Cisco. In this role, he leads the development, management, and delivery of Cisco sports and entertainment solutions, enhancing fan experiences around the world. White also drives Cisco go-to-market (GTM) strategy for the Internet of Things (IoT), the next wave of connectivity that links objects, devices, and sensors over an intelligent network to generate efficiency gains, new business opportunities, and quality-of-life improvements.
holds a two-decade track record in transformational leadership, advancing success within Cisco for 17 years. He previously served as Vice President of Global Sales for the Emerging Technologies Group, creating effective GTM models and teams to aggressively incubate and grow Cisco’s five Emerging Technologies businesses, including a successful launch into the global utility market with Connected Energy/Smart Grid Networks and the acceleration of the Physical Security Solutions into high-growth engines and market-making solutions for Cisco. White’s other Cisco leadership roles include Vice President of Sales for Linksys and the U.S. Western Area, where he earned Cisco’s Top Sales VP/GM award. He also served as Chief of Staff of the Cisco Globalization Center East in Bangalore, India, where he established a critical research-and-development, data-center, and globalization hub supporting emerging markets.
seasoned leader, White believes in the power of diversity, leveraging and developing talent, integrated and extended teams, and true business partnerships that translate into long-term business success in a “flat,” connected, ever-changing world. Prior to joining Cisco, White held executive roles at companies in the United States and Europe, including two successful start-ups: Network Managers (UK) Ltd., which was purchased by Microsoft in 1992, and TGV Software Inc., which realized its initial public offering in 1994 and was purchased by Cisco in 1995.
and educated in England, White represented Great Britain in the World Rowing Championships in 1981 and 1982. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Kingston University (U.K.), and he is an advisor and board member of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (U.S.). White and his wife of 23 years, Trish, have lived in many countries across the globe and are the proud parents of son Alec, 14, and daughter Elle, 11.
Paul Wolf is Vice President, Retail / Consumer Products practice at Xerox Business Services. In this role, he is responsible for strategy, business development, and marketing within Xerox's ITO(IT Outsourcing) retail and consumer products industry vertical. Additionally, he serves as a subject matter expert in the application of technology and process within the retail and consumer products industries.
to joining Xerox, he spent the previous 20 years developing a large amount of experience in management consulting, hardware & software integration, employee & team leadership within the retail and consumer product industry. His achievements are due to developing solid relationships and having the insight to rapidly structure, organize, lead and execute high quality efforts.
Steve Wood is President and CEO of Covectra, a Massachusetts-based company with multi-layered brand protection solutions for combating counterfeiting and diversion using serialization-based technologies. Covectra is active in the life sciences and food industries, and is pioneering the use of serialization to derive business benefits in addition to meeting regulatory requirements.
in Key West, Florida, and southeastern Connecticut, Mr. Wood was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and then served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service and Naval Intelligence for seven years. He also studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute. After receiving his M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management, he was a co-founder and executive of a number of start-up companies in such industries as defense engineering, recording media, packaging and printing machinery, and brand protection technologies. He has over 25 years of experience in international business and program management.
Wood serves on the Boards of PharmoRx Therapeutics, an early-stage drug development company, and MedSentry, a developer of medical device technology for monitoring medication adherence.
Gary is a principal engineer in the General Motors Manufacturing Engineering Vehicle Systems organization. Gary started his GM career as a co-op engineering student in 1969. Since 1983, when he joined the MAP Program team, most of Gary’s career has revolved around developing and deploying open system networks for industrial automation. Gary was involved with GM’s North American manufacturing operations becoming an early adopter of DeviceNet networks, and he championed the effort leading to GM choosing EtherNet/IP as a global control system standard for its vehicle assembly operations. Gary is GM’s designated liaison to ODVA. He has participated as an invited user expert in several ODVA Special Interest Groups and EtherNet/IP Implementer’s workshops.
Dr. Bassem Younes is Director of strategic Alliances at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
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 a number of well received commissioned reports. He was designated a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University College, Florida Institute of Technology in 2005.
joining the Dubai School of Government (DSG) in 2011 as Director of Academic Affairs, Professor Younes had been engaged in academic and consultancy capacities across the region. He also acted as a consultant to several higher education institutions in the UAE in developing/implementing processes and plans for licensure, accreditation and institutional effectiveness as well as guiding those institutions through governance and administrative procedures used in publicly - supported higher education bodies to achieve institutional licensure and program accreditation. Amongst the many institutions he contributed to setting up is the British University in Dubai where he was involved from inception to licensure and the accreditation of the first programs offered when the University started.
Younes has played a key role in the MBRSG Strategic Planning process. He also heads the institutional reforms and MPA program reforms and program accreditation. He has envisioned establishing the framework to sustain and support the knowledge and practice transfer that is most applicable to the specific counterparts. His current interest is to promote excellence and quality in civil service delivery through the setting of a model for exporting the Dubai experience to other Arab and regional countries in response to requests for the same.
Zia is a seasoned senior technology executive with a track record of leading companies to success. He is currently CEO of Streetline, Inc. the leading global provider of sensor-enabled Smart City solutions (http://www.streetline.com/). Just prior to his role leading Streetline, Zia was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. He spent the last ten years at SAP AG where he was executive vice president and a member of SAP’s Executive Leadership Team. At SAP, he led the company’s efforts in key areas, including co-founding SAPMarkets, a B2B marketplace company; founding and leading the SAP global corporate strategy team and its Design Services Team; and, most recently, as head of the global ecosystem and partner group, where he managed a network of 7,500 partners, award winning SAP online communities of innovation and the $125 mm SAP Netweaver Fund. Prior to SAP, Zia was part of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on corporate finance and M&A transactions. Previously, he worked on health sector issues in Southern Africa, as well as project and structured finance in South Asia and Indochina, at the World Bank Group. Zia has a MS in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Macalester College. He is also an associate consulting professor at Stanford University, where he taught “Experiences in Software Design” with Terry Winnograd and Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and is currently co-teaching "Designing Liberation Technologies" with Profs. Terry Winnograd & Joshua Cohen. Zia is also an advisor to several start-ups and is an actively involved board member of non-profit institutions focused on education in South Asia and social entrepreneurship in East Africa. You can follow Zia on Twitter @ziayusuf or follow his blog "The Right Question" at www.ziayusuf.com.