Speaker Schedule

Steve Brumer

Partner, 151 Advisors

151 Advisors

Steve Brumer is a Partner with 151 Advisors, a global execution-focused strategy and consulting firm that is working with the executive leadership team at wireless and technology companies from early to growth stage with talent, expertise and relationship connections. The strategic initiatives that 151 focuses on are around growth, expansion and increasing shareholder value by creating executable plans that drive revenue growth in existing or new markets organically or through acquisition. Steve merged 151 Advisors with Wireless Rain, a Wireless Channel Development strategy consulting organization specializing in complete design, implementation and deployment of a successful, profit-driven reseller and national dealer system which creates a program for manufacturers, software developers, and service providers. In addition, Steve co-founded & was President of Global Wireless Data, a National Value-added Distributor of wireless products and services. Steve also held various management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data & BellSouth Wireless. Steve is a Board Member of several technology firms and trade associations. In addition, Steve is a valued presenter at National Events including CTIA, CCA, ITExpo, IOT Evolution, CIO Symposium, CES & Mobility Live, speaking about wireless technology, products, applications and future trends.

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Greg Najjar

Director of Business Development at Advanced RF Technologies, ADRF

ADRF

Greg Najjar is the director of business development at ADRF, responsible for establishing new strategic relationships and providing enhanced coverage solutions for partners and customers. He has 20 years of experience developing and leading technology-driven teams, focused on business operations, project management and engineering.Prior to joining ADRF, Greg worked at Sprint for 19 years as the director of custom network engineering, where he managed a team of engineers and project managers that focused on deploying 3G and 4G solutions. While at Sprint, his teams were responsible for the companys top enterprise and government customers, as well as large venues, airports, stadiums and special events such as the NBA All Star Game, Super Bowl and Presidential Inauguration. He also maintained national responsibility for Sprints strategy and budget, RF design and deployment of technology solutions (DAS, Wi-Fi, and small cell) for all public venue, enterprise in-building customers, Sprint retail stores, special events and NASCAR races.Greg holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

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Homaira Akbari

President & CEO, AKnowledge Partners

AKnowledge Partners

An award-winning thought leader in the security, Internet of Things, mobile and software sectors, Homaira founded AKnowledge Partners in 2012 with the goal of providing C-level executives, companies and private equity firms with unique and proprietary investment theses, and building and implementing adaptive growth or investment strategies.Drawing on an international track-record that includes nine years working in Paris, London, Beijing and Cape-Town for global organizations, Homaira brings extensive leadership experience, entrepreneurial drive, operational skills and deep domain knowledge to create customized solutions for the unique needs of each client.Homaira serves on the Boards of Directors of three publicly-traded companies: Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (GTO: EN Paris), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS) and is Chairman of the Board of Dauria Aerospace (privately held).Additionally, Homaira serves as the Chair of Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council and on the Advisory Board of Mobiquity Inc., one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile sector and a leader in mobile interactive design and implementation.Homaira has held senior executive roles in Fortune 500 companies including: Microsoft, Thales, SA, and TruePosition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, SkyBitz had record performance and was successfully sold to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS) in 2012.Homaira holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of numerous scientific and industry articles, two patent-pending inventions, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences

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Davitt Potter

Field CTO, Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics

Davitt Potter is the Field CTO of the Technology Alliances Group for the Enterprise Computing Solutions segment of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW). A nearly life-long computer geek, Davitt’s first PC was a Commodore 64 at age 8. After being indoctrinated in Computer Science at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (and then a real-world education as a field engineer, systems architect, and security and infrastructure consultant for over 15 years), Davitt joined Arrow in 2010. He has been Director of Technical Services since 2013 and currently leads the Arrow Security Engineering team, driving strategy discussions, CTO/CISO consulting, and end-to-end engagements, to provide partners and their customers with the information to help them securely enable and do business. In the very little free time that leaves, Davitt likes to work on old cars and (attempts to) plays his collection of guitars. He lives in Dallas, TX.

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Ashwin Krishnan

Tech Transformer + Human Revitalizer, Ashwin Krishnan

Ashwin Krishnan

Mission statement - Inspiring humans, Empowering consumers, Transforming enterprisesAshwin Krishnan is a reformed hi-tech executive spearheading companies and consumers journey as they navigate through rapid technology shifts in security and data privacy using speaking, podcasting and blogging to educate, empower and incite change. A parallel mission -to inspire people to recognize and amplifying positivity in daily life. A former Hi-Tech exec (SVP at HyTrust, VP at Versa Networks) turned Cyber Moralist, Cyber Security evangelist, Board advisor, Podcaster, Author, Blogger with over two decades of hi-tech executive experience in the cyber security and virtualization domain. The author of Mobile Security for Dummies and a recognized thought leader, he is a regular columnist with CSOOnline.com, ITSPMagazine, ThriveGlobal, CPOMagazine, Kinja and Qrius. As a podcast host with Cyber Security Dispatch he regularly interviews CISOs and security thought leaders.He also regularly contributes to other publications including LightReading.com, Securitynow.com, CIOreview.com , SDxcentral.com, Virtual-Strategy.com, SoftwareMag.com, TEISS.co.uk, CloudTweaks.comHis speaking engagements include International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, @bigdataconf, Mobile World Congress, CSA World Congress, ISACA, RSA Security Conference, VMWorld, Telecom Industry Association, and Product Camp Silicon Valley

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Marcos Radonic

President/CEO, Automated Parking Corp.

Automated Parking Corp.

Marcos A. Radonic is President and CEO of Automated Parking Corp., a fully integrated Vehicle Storage solutions provider headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marcos Radonic is one of the founding members of the Automated and Mechanical Parking Association (AMPA) and the International Vehicle Storage Association (IVSA) where he also holds a seat in the Board. In addition, Marcos is a member of the International Parking Institute (IPI), the National Parking Association (NPA), the United States GreenBuilding Council (USGBC) and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.Born at the core of an entrepreneurial industrial family that designed and manufactured automated knitting machines, Marcos grew accustomed to technological advances and heavy machinery. In his early years, he became involved in a company that designed and integrated naval, residential and commercial elevators. He then intuitively evolved into related trades, founding Radonic Corp and becoming a Prime Commercial General Contractor for large-scale projects in Puerto Rico and Arizona. His background and multidisciplinary knowledge finally placed him where all his experience converged: the vehicle storage industry. In addition to leading APC and Radonic Corp, Mr. Radonic is the head of a Commercial Real Estate Development in Argentina, the first of its kind in the country.Marcos Radonic pursued a career in Law at the University of Belgrano in Argentina, holds a degree in International Law and Legal Studies from the Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico, and an MBA in International Business from FIU (Florida InternationalUniversity). He has also served as a continued education provider for the Architect Association of Puerto Rico (Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico - CAAPPR)In October 2012 Radonic Corp received the World Quality Commitment Award (WQC 100), an award that “recognizes and promotes companies, organizations, and institutions that understand the dedication, continuous improvement, innovation and the relentless pursuit of productivity that leads to excellence… and that allows organizations to achieve a leadership role, and become examples of efficiency, productivity and - above all – Quality”.

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Colin Barceloux

CEO, Axius

Axius

Colin Barceloux is the CEO & Founder of Axius, a venture-backed startup creating a platform for device management and cybersecurity in smart homes. Axius helps address growing market and consumer concern around the security of IoT devices by offering a proactive device management solution that can identify and troubleshoot any device on the network, remotely. The Axius platform provides network level management of DIY devices, ensuring that security is maintained through proactive monitoring, alerts and automatic updates as more homes are connected via smart home systems. A Stanford MBA recipient, Colin also founded Techmate (YC S16), an on-demand service for in-home tech support, BookRenter, the first textbook rental company and was on the exec team for one of the first big management platforms for SEM (Search Engine Marketing), Decide Interactive.

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Brad Canham

Vice President, Cassia Networks

Cassia Networks

Brad Canham is a marketing and business development VP who works with innovative technology companies to align cool technology with marketplace revenues. Brad believes no matter how great the product or service idea is, aligning with the marketplace is key to success.Brad has secured marketplace wins at companies at the forefront of innovation in industry, including: Rockwell Automation, ADC Telecommunications, Allot Communications, and now Cassia Networks. Brad graduated from University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in English, and received a Masters in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis, where his is now pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership focusing on new ventures in the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Maciej Kranz

VP, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco

Cisco

Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. In this role, Mr. Kranz leads a team focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Kranz was General Manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, a business unit focused on technology solutions for the Internet of Things. He built a $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market, making IoT one of Cisco’s major priorities. Previously, Mr. Kranz led efforts across Cisco to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps. He also drove business and product strategy for the wireless and mobility business and led product management for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit through its expansion from $400M to $6B in revenues. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Mr. Kranz held senior management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he drove a $1B Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) product line. He began his professional career at IBM Corporation.Maciej Kranz holds a master’s in business administration degree from Texas Christian University.

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Kenneth Schlather

Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Ken is Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and helped form a group comprised of business owners, technology workers, government officials, researchers and activists to develop and implement useful applications of LoRaWAN technology . The group is actively exploring applications for agriculture, water quality and flood and stormwater management, air pollution monitoring and real time energy management. Ken brings over 30 years of experience working with under-resourced local governments in agricultural and economic development and disaster planning and response in rural communities in Asia, Latin America and now the US.

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George Mulhern

CEO, Cradlepoint

Cradlepoint

George joined Cradlepoint as CEO in 2011 and built the team that for the past seven years has delivered over 30% compound annual growth and propelled Cradlepoint to be the global leader in cloud-delivered WWAN solutions for LTE/4G enabled branch, mobile, and IoT networks. More than 20,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world — including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100 and 25 of the largest U.S. cities — rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical branches, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected and protected. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, George was a Senior Vice President and Global Business Unit Manager for the Hewlett Packard Company. In between his employment with HP and Cradlepoint, George was a general partner with Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise-based venture capital fund that served as a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups to help drive economic growth in the Northwest region. George holds both a BS, and MBA, Business Administration from San Jose University.

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Ernest Chrappah

Chairman, Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Ernest Chrappah is an experienced government executive as well as a successful entrepreneur with a reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex challenges. He has been the Director for the Washington D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles since November 2016. Previously, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Child and Family Services Agency where he implemented innovative technology solutions leveraging analytics, mobility, cloud, APIs, and user oriented design for an 800+ workforce to improve child welfare outcomes. In addition, he created an ITgovernance framework and project portfolio management system to enhance fiscal management, transparency and accountability. Mr. Chrappah earned his MBA in Strategy & Marketing from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University.

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Marco Della Torre

CTO, Derive Systems

Derive Systems

Marco Della Torre is CTO of Derive Systems. Marco is responsible for leading the roadmap and execution of Derive’s engineering and product development teams. Marco’s multi-disciplinary team designs and develops Derive’s current and future products from board to cloud, through UI/UX design, hardware, firmware, software, mobile and web platform engineering. Marco has over 15 years of experience managing product portfolios and leading elite engineering teams. His passion, insights and enthusiastic leadership bring inventive technologies and solutions to life. Prior to Derive, Marco was the co-founder and VP of Product Science and Business Development at the wearable technology company Basis Science, later acquired by Intel, and one of the first team members of the biotech startup BAM Labs, acquired by SelectComfort. Marco’s focus on high-growth, industry-defining companies has given him the opportunity to create, build and lead product-driven partnerships with Red Bull, New Balance, the ESPN X Games, the NBA and beyond.

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Daniel Noiseux

VP Business Development, DimOnOff

DimOnOff

Daniel Noiseux is an accomplished serial-entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience managing companies in different industries, including automotive, lumber transformation, venture capital and electronics, and of different sizes, ranging from startups to fortune 500 companies. With a background in production and project management, Daniel now heads one of the leading companies in the smart city industry. As VP of Business Development at DimOnOff, Daniel shares his passion for developing large-scale projects. With proven skills in complex technological solutions, Daniel builds and markets successful expansion strategies for the benefit of smart cities around the world. Daniel holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, as well as an MBA in Business Management from Université Laval, Quebec City.

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Delia J. Smith

Vice President, Dispersive Technologies, Inc.

Dispersive Technologies, Inc.

Delia J. Smith is a design-centric innovator and marketer working at the intersection of technology and natural systems. A 2012 US Forest Service Sustainability Science Fellow, co-author of 9 US patents and author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, Ms. Smith’s career has taken her to four continents, where she worked to improve local infrastructure and create economic opportunity. Ms. Smith holds an M.L.Arch with a concentration in ecological restoration, an MBA in Finance and International Business, a BA in Politics with minors in Mathematics and Psychology and several professional certificates. Ms. Smith currently serves as Vice President of Marketing for Dispersive Technologies, a company working to improve the security, resiliency and performance of the Internet.

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Victor Shilo

Director of Engineering, EastBanc Technologies

EastBanc Technologies

An accomplished developer, Victor Shilo leads EastBanc Technologies engineering department where he’s been seamlessly integrating technologies from diverse vendors and legacy systems. He is also highly skilled at driving automation, and developing innovative, scalable mobile, IoT, and enterprise applications that translate into true business value. Victor holds a Master in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University. An AWS Architect Associate, he is also Java, Microsoft, .Net, and Oracle-certified.

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Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery

Software Engineer, Machine Learning, Google Brain

Google Brain

Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery, Software Engineer, Machine Learning, Google Brain. Dr. Chowdhery was previously an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University. Her research work is at the intersection of mobile systems and machine learning focusing on fog computing architectures to optimize the tradeoff between bandwidth, energy, latency and accuracy for video analytics. Her work has contributed to industry standards and consortia, such DSL standards and OpenFog Consortium. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 and was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research in Mobility and Networking Group until 2015. In 2012, she became the first woman to win the Paul Baran Marconi Young Scholar Award, given for the scientific contributions in the field of communications and the Internet. She also received the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship and the Stanfords Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) fellowship. Prior to joining Stanford, she completed her Bachelors degree at IIT Delhi where she received the Presidents Silver Medal Award.

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Frank Bradshaw

CEO, Ho'ike Technologies

Ho'ike Technologies

Frank Bradshaw began a career in IT by volunteering to lead a group to wire his dorm to being a technical trainer specializing in Lotus Notes and Cybersecurity. 10 years of being a CISSP Master trainer has given him an opportunity to have a hand in the growth of cybersecurity professionals. After many years of working in everything from startups to Fortune 500 companies, Frank Bradshaw now owns and runs Hoike Technologies, a cybersecurity managed services company that specializes in providing SMBs the same level of protection that Fortune 500 companies enjoy, at a price they can afford.

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Tao Zhang

Senior Director for Technology and Industry Development, Huawei Technologies (USA)

Huawei Technologies (USA)

Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, has over 30 years of leadership experience in creating and commercializing new technologies in areas including connected vehicles, mobile networks, fog/edge computing, and IoT. He is Senior Director for Technology and Industry Development at Futurewei Technologies (Huawei R&D USA). He was the CTO / Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles business at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, he was the Chief Scientist for vehicular networks and the Director of multiple research groups on mobile networks and applications at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research). Tao cofounded and served as a founding Board Director for the OpenFog Consortium and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). He was the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society. Tao holds over 50 US patents and has coauthored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004).

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Jason Kelley

General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services, IBM

IBM

Jason Kelley leads IBM’s Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities needed to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with IBM Blockchain offerings and solutions.

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Dr. Claudio Lima

Co Chair Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Energy/Utility/Oil & Gas, IIC Industrial Internet Consortium

IIC Industrial Internet Consortium

Dr. Claudio Lima is a seasoned executive, global thought leader and innovator on advanced energy and telecom/ICT working with emerging technologies, new businesses and financial innovation. He received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering in 1995 at UKC (England) and has large industry, high tech start-up and R&D experience on advanced energy systems, Internet of Things (IoT), smart grid, microgrid and Distributed and Intelligent Energy Resources (DER). He served as vice chair of the IEEE 2030 Smart Grid Standards, where he made significant contributions to the development of global smart grid standards. Previously, Dr. Lima worked as Global Smart Grid Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Technologies in Europe-Asia-Pacific and Senior Research Scientist and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Sprint Advanced Technology Labs (Sprint ATL), in Silicon Valley-CA. He has set up and led global advanced research and engineering projects with collaboration in a wide variety of industries, including energy, telecom, IT/IoT and the public sector. He is the co-inventor of an innovative IoT Microgrid Energy-Internet Access technology, using blockchain Ethereum to enable transactive energy business models. He has more than 100+ conference key note speaker presentations and scientific research that has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including 12 USPTO patent awards. He is co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)/Energy Utility Working Group, promoting IoT industry innovation and collaboration in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He is also co-chair of the EPRI Energy Storage System (ESS) Procurement Working Group, working with electric utilities on the development of utility scale energy storage engineering frameworks.

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Steve Hanna

Senior Principal, Infineon and Trusted Computing Group

Infineon and Trusted Computing Group

Steve Hanna is a Senior Principal at Infineon Technologies. He currently co-chairs the Trusted Computing Group Embedded Systems Work Group and is involved in the TCG’s automotive, IoT and industrial IoT efforts.He previously was on the Technical Committee in the Trusted Computing Group and a member of the Security Area Directorate in the Internet Engineering Task Force and currently is involved in the Industrial Internet Consortium. Hanna has previously participated in other networking and security standards groups such as the Open Group and OASIS. He is the author of several IETF and TCG standards and published papers, an inventor or co-inventor on 41 issued U.S. patents, and a regular speaker at industry events such as Interop and the RSA Conference. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.

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Jeff Wilbur

Director, Online Trust Alliance initiative, Internet Society

Internet Society

Jeff is the Director of the Online Trust Alliance initiative at the Internet Society, which has developed an IoT Trust Framework through a multi-stakeholder process involving more than 100 participants. He is a regular speaker on IoT and online trust issues at conferences such as RSA Conference. Prior to joining the Internet Society, Jeff was chairman of the board of the Online Trust Alliance, a non-profit focused on enhancing online trust, user empowerment, and innovation through technical best practices, ethical privacy practices, and data stewardship. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in high technology, all focused on bringing new, industry-transforming communications technologies to market. He has been involved at the founding stages of Ethernet, routing, switching, VOIP, unified messaging and email authentication and services in both startups and Fortune 500 companies. He has a BSEE from Kansas State University and MSEE from Stanford University.

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Lisa Brown

Senior National Director, Municipal Infrastructure & Smart Cities, Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

Lisa Brown joined Johnson Controls in 2003. As national director for Municipal Infrastructure & Smart Cities, Lisa is responsible for growth of the local government market in North America, including the development of strategies, offerings and innovations for local government service and systems markets. In 2015, Lisa created Johnson Controls’ local government urban growth initiative, which combines smart city solutions with community outreach and workforce enhancement for midsize to large municipal customers. Lisa is consistently sought out to deliver key note presentations and participate on Smart City and IOT panels to discuss how data can assist cities to become “smarter” and its relation to climate resiliency, smart infrastructure and economic growth. Lisa was recently nominated to join the Women of Municipal Government committee for the National League of Cities (NLC), and the Smart Communities Advisory board for the International City Manager’s Association (ICMA). For the past three years, she has been the leader of the East Region Women’s Resource Network of Johnson Controls and served as global ambassador for International Women’s Day. Lisa served 15 years with the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, four of those years as director of community development and outreach in Newark, New Jersey. Lisa currently is a board member of the Rumson-Fair Haven Education Foundation. In 2016, she was honored as a NY Women of Valor and received the Humanitarian Award from St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, which support 1.5 million food disadvantaged New Yorkers annually. Lisa resides on the Jersey Shore with her family and two always hungry dogs.

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Gerrit Rexhausen

Program Manager, Corporate Strategy & Innovation Management, Lufthansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik

Gerrit Rexhausen is the Program Manager of Corporate Innovation at Lufthansa Technik. He started at the company in 2003 in the engine overhaul shop. His work covers IoT/ Industry 4.0, automation projects, and he is responsible for the project portfolio MRO 4.0 (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul). He is based and born in Hamburg, Germany and graduated from the University of Hamburg with a diploma in process engineering.

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Stephane Wyper

Senior Vice President, New Commerce Partnerships and Commercialization, Mastercard

Mastercard

Stephane is the SVP for New Commerce Partnerships at Mastercard, based in New York. In his role, Stephane and his team are responsible for leading Mastercard’s efforts to commercialize new commerce opportunities covering the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality. This includes identifying key needs in this space that Mastercard can solve for, as well as developing relationships with leading players across specific IoT verticals including connected car, smart home, connected office, and the future of retail. Previously, Stephane founded and led Mastercard’s global startup engagement group, known as Mastercard Start Path, working with over 120 early stage companies across the commerce space through a combination of operational partnership, strategic investment, and commercial access.

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Tony Rost

Chief Technology Officer, Metal Toad

Metal Toad

Tony Rost is passionate in his belief that any technology leadership problem can be solved by uniting sound data, strong processes and adventurous, empowered teams. With more than 20 years of leadership in the industry, Tony is frequently called up to speak on panels about the future of tech, including the Internet of Things in heavy industries, connected transportation fleets and emerging trends in VR, AR and the connected home. As chief technology officer for software development firm Metal Toad, Tony has helped transform the digital ecosystems of industry leaders like Sony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Siemens Wind Power, Disney, DC Comics, Warner Brothers and The Linux Foundation.Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in civic leadership and communications from Portland State University. He serves on the Technology Leadership Committee at Technology Association of Oregon and is a past board member for Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS.

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Murray Gordon

Regional Cloud Sales Director, Microsoft

Microsoft

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Gerry Purdy

Principal Analyst, Mobilocity LLC

Mobilocity LLC

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Brandon Dalida

Regional Sales Manager, MultiTech

MultiTech

Brandon has presented to OEMs and resellers on device and embedded device networking solutions all around the world - from New Delhi to Budapest. As a Regional Sales Manager, Brandon Dalida is responsible for direct and managed sales in the South US for the Multi-Tech device and embedded product lines. Before joining Multi-Tech in 2008, Brandon was a field technician and sales engineer in the telecommunications industry for more than 12 years.

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Kristina Podnar

Digital Governance Consultant, NativeTrust Consulting, LLC

NativeTrust Consulting, LLC

Kristina is a digital governance advisor with nearly 20 years of management consulting experience. She brings clarity across the global organization and its regulatory environments to rapidly customize a policy framework that frees the organization from legal, regulatory and operational risk to fully leverage digital solutions in service of the business mission. Kristina has a BA in international studies and an MBA in international business from the Dominican University of California and is certified as both a Change Management Practitioner (APMG International) and a Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).

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Randy Van Buren

Solutions Engineer, Nokia

Nokia

Currently focused on IoT service providers for cross-domain platforms spanning fixed, mobile, home, enterprise, and government, Randy serves as a Senior Solutions Engineer for Nokia. As a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, he has been involved with the largest operators in North America for identity, device, and subscriber profiles and their relationships across network access methods. Likewise, as a Senior Member of IEEE he is committed to standardization groups, academic rigor, and educational sharing of lessons learned. Randy holds a Certified Software Engineering Professional designation in addition to an MSEE from Duke and Physics BS from Lipscomb.

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Glenn Richards

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Glenn Richards is a partner and chair of the communications practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, DC. He represents communications service providers and investors in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters before the Federal Communications Commission and state public utility commissions. Glenn also represents corporate users of communications services in contract negotiations with their suppliers. He is also Executive Director of the Voice on the Net Coalition (www.von.org), a trade association of providers of Internet communications. Glenn received a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 1982 and a law degree from New York Law School in 1985. He can be reached at 202-663-8215 or glenn.richards@pillsburylaw.com.

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David Wentzloff

Co-CTO & Co-Founder, PsiKick

PsiKick

Dr. David Wentzloff co-founded PsiKick in 2012 and now serves as the company’s Co-Chief Technology Officer. By removing the battery from sensors, PsiKick unlocks new data streams from the physical world. Utilizing fundamental circuit IP for ultra-low-power digital & radio technologies, PsiKick delivers data-driven insights through its full-stack sensing solutions that can go anywhere and do not require batteries or maintenance. PsiKick’s investors include New Enterprise Associates, Osage University Partners and the Michigan Investment in New Technology Start-Ups Fund (MINTS). Dave received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. degree from MIT. Since 2007, he has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Tracy Markie

Chief Executive Officer, Small Box Energy

Small Box Energy

Tracy Markie, Chairman and Chief Product Development Officer for Small Box Energy, has more than 30 years of experience with the development and implementation of control systems andenergy management solutions spanning across traditional building automation to cutting edgetechnology and sustainability solutions. He is a published author and presenter, with articles onthe subjects of automation and energy management appearing in more than a dozen nationalpublications. He is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers,and recently served on the GridWise Architecture Council, a group appointed and sponsored bythe U.S. Department of Energy as well as serving on several other alliance and technology boards specific to energy conservation. His commitment to shaping the electrical controls and energy management industry is evident through continued leadership and product development role of two companies; Small Box Energy and Engenuity Systems, Inc.A published author and presenter, Mr. Markie’s articles on the subjects of automation andenergy management have appeared in more than a dozen national publications. He recentlyserved on the GridWise Architecture Council, a group appointed and sponsored by the U.S.Department of Energy. He currently serves on the boards of LonMark International, as Chairman, and the SunSpec Alliance, an association dedicated to bringing interoperability standards to the solar industry.Mr. Markie received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Maine and his MBA from the University of Connecticut. He has held various technical and managerial positions at Intel Corporation, United Technologies, Tronix Corporation, and NationalSemiconductor.

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Leonardo Simoes

IT Smart Cities Specialist, Technical Counselor, Smart City Business Institute Americas

Smart City Business Institute Americas

Leonardo Simoes is a specialist in information technology withmore than 20 years of experience in the public and privatesectors. He has also worked in companies such as Microsoft andOracle.Responsible for several projects focused on the citizen, he hasstood out globally for his studies on Smart Cities.Most recently, he was CIO of the Ministry of Cities, in theFederal Government in Brazil, responsible for projects such asthe countrys first digital driver’s license, as well as ITStrategic Planning for the biennium 2017-2018 of that Ministry.In 2017 he was awarded by the Government of Taiwan (R.O.C.)together with the Lincoln Institute of landing Police (USA) asbest speaker of the Smart Cities Seminar on that country.Mr. Simoes is also a permanent member of the technical councilat the Smart Cities America Institute.

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Dago Mata

SVP, Head Internet of Things U.S.A and Canada , SOFTTEK

SOFTTEK

Dago Mata is Global Vice President, Head of Industrial Internet U.S.A and Canada at Softtek. Working with Global Fortune 1000 customers in the US, EMEA, Latin America and Asia to maximize value from technology investments in order to unleash innovation and enable competitive advantage. He has more than 16 years of experience in business consulting services. Dago is a Member of Georgia’s Technology Community a world-class organization and an engine for economic development for the state of Georgia.

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Eugene Grant

Mayor, The City of Seat Pleasant

The City of Seat Pleasant

Mayor Eugene W. Grant has been leading the City of Seat Pleasant, MD through successful innovative methods and providing executive municipal leadership since 2004.In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center in the City of Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence. This multi-year endeavor will elevate Seat Pleasant to become the FIRST authentic small Smart City in the world.In addition to this significant accomplishment, Mayor Grant successfully petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to designate Seat Pleasant as a “Rural Community,” potentially giving the city access to millions of dollars of federal grants and funding. Because of the Mayor’s continual efforts, he is currently using $4.1 million in Rural Development financing to remodel City Hall and the Maintenance Building into Smart Buildings.Mayor Grant has automated the city’s Finance Department, increasing accountability and transparency to the citizens. Seat Pleasant is also the first small city in the state of Maryland to utilize Budgeting for Outcomes, which has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the Finance Department. His leadership created the opportunity for Seat Pleasant to become the first city in the country to obtain security clearance to fly police drones in the No Fly Zone over the nation’s capital, optimizing the city’s ability to provide better safety to the region during times of uncertainty.As the principle promoter for Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence, Mayor Grant has presented his vision for a center of innovation, information, and investment in front of some of the world’s leading tech companies, emerging tech companies specializing in the Internet of Things and potential impact and social impact investors and angel investors.In 2017, Mayor Grant has promoted the city as a model for other small cities, towns, and villages at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; spoken at panels at Smart Cities Week in California and Washington, D.C. and with the American Association of Blacks in Energy; presented the FIRST ever TEDx Talk presentation in the history of the Maryland Municipal Summer Conference; and, presented potential strategic partnerships with Harrisburg University and Oklahoma University to continue to build upon the foundation establishing Seat Pleasant as a Smart City of Excellence.

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Mike Wood

Vice President, VeloCloud

VeloCloud

Michael Wood is VP of Marketing for VeloCloud by VMWare, responsible for worldwide marketing, revenue generation, channel and sales enablement. Mike has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the networking industry. Previously, Wood was VP, product management for Akamai Technologies Cloud Networking Business Unit.

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Laila Partridge

CEO, WegoWise

WegoWise

Laila Partridge is CEO of WegoWise, an utility analytics and benchmarking company with a mission to drive environmental, social and economic sustainability in the built environment. She is a serial entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trained executive who enjoys working with fast growing technology companies. An executive during Intel Capitals formative years, Partridge managed the companys acquisitions, investment and spin-outs in startups, new products and service ideas. She was also part of the team that launched the Itanium® microprocessor family, and was the creative force behind the formation of the Intel® 64 Fund. More recently, Laila founded and led a range of technology start-ups, including companies commercializing technology developed at MIT and Caltech, improving business processes in retail, and increasing efficacy in healthcare. The enabling technologies from Partridges investing and entrepreneurial work form the underpinnings of smart cars, smart building and smart cities. Partridge holds a BA from Wellesley College.In 2017, she was named one of Ten Women to Watch in Science and Technology by the Boston Business Journal.

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Marcellus Buchheit

President and CEO, Wibu-Systems USA

Wibu-Systems USA

Marcellus Buchheit is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG in Karlsruhe, Germany. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Wibu-Systems USA Inc., located in Edmonds, WA where he resides.Marcellus earned his Master of Science degree in computing science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1989. In the same year, he co-founded Wibu-Systems together with Oliver Winzenried. As the original architect and first software developer of the company’s successful WibuKey, CodeMeter, and SmartShelter product lines, he is well known in his field for his expertise in designing innovative techniques to protect software against reverse-engineering, tampering, and debugging. The products he designed have never been cracked by hackers in multiple public global contests.Marcellus is an active member of the international Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), where he is co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Trustworthiness Task Group and involved with security, trustworthiness and monetization initiatives. He is one of the editors and authors of the Industrial Internet Security Framework document.He is a frequently invited speaker at industry events, and has accepted many industry awards on behalf of Wibu-Systems, including the CODiE awards in 2017, 2014, and 2009 in recognition by the SIIA of CodeMeter as the Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution.

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