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Speakers

Please see below a list of the speakers at this years conference, which took place on October 1-2.

Confirmed speakers

Edith  Ramirez

Edith Ramirez

Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission

 

Edith Ramirez was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 5, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2015. She was designated to serve as Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission effective March 4, 2013, by President Barack H. Obama.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ramirez was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she handled a broad range of complex business litigation, including successfully representing clients in intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and Lanham Act matters. She also has extensive appellate litigation experience.

From 1993-1996, Ramirez was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Los Angeles. She clerked for the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1992-1993.

Throughout her career, Ramirez has been active in a variety of professional and community activities. Most recently, she served as the Vice President on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility.

Ramirez graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude (1992), where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and holds an A.B. in History magna cum laude from Harvard University (1989).

Ramirez is a native of Southern California.

Kevin Petersen

Kevin Petersen

Senior Vice President, Digital Life, AT&T

 

Kevin Petersen is senior vice president of AT&T Digital Life for AT&T Services. Kevin is responsible for leading the launch of AT&T’s connected digital home services including Home Security, Home Monitoring, Home Control, Home Healthcare and Personal Energy Management.

Prior 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.

Kevin also served as vice president and general manager for Wireless Operations in Illinois and Wisconsin. He was appointed to the position in June 2008 and oversaw all wireless financial and operational matters, including all company-owned retail stores, in his two-state territory.

Previously, 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.

A 17-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.

Kevin currently serves on the board of directors of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, The Wireless Foundation and GSM Association. 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.

Ed Tiedemann

Ed Tiedemann

Fellow and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm

 

Dr. Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. is a QUALCOMM Fellow and a Senior Vice President of Engineering at QUALCOMM. He leads QUALCOMM’s worldwide standardization activities. Dr. Tiedemann was instrumental in the design and development of the TIA/EIA/IS-95 CDMA system, also called cdmaOne™. He led QUALCOMM’s and much of the industry’s efforts in the design and development of the third-generation cdma2000® system. He was instrumental in getting QUALCOMM involved in WCDMA and in embedded modules. Recently he led the offline industry group on M2M convergence, which resulted in oneM2M. Dr. Tiedemann chairs 3GPP2 TSG-AC, which is responsible for the cdma2000® (1x and 1xEV-DO) air interface. Dr. Tiedemann has been particularly interested in the technical issues related to handoff, power and rate control, scheduling, control of random access channels, advanced antenna techniques, location technology, and the tracking and paging of mobile users. Dr. Tiedemann holds over 200 US patents and has participated in many papers, conference lectures, and industry panels.

Prior to becoming involved with terrestrial wireless communications, Dr. Tiedemann was involved with numerous commercial and military satellite programs. From 1977 to 1988, Dr. Tiedemann was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Dr. Tiedemann holds the Ph.D. degree from MIT where he worked in the areas of queueing theory and communications networks. He holds the Master of Science degree from Purdue University where he worked on bandwidth efficient modulation. He also holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech).

Dr. Tiedemann is past chairman of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech). Dr. Tiedemann currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is on the Board of Directors of the Open Mobile Alliance. He is also a member of the Asian Export Art Visiting Committee at the Peabody Essex Museum.

In 2008, Dr. Tiedemann received the 3G-CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Industry Leadership from the CDMA Development Group (CDG) for his “long-running contribution to CDMA development and standardization.” He received the Global IT Innovator & Leadership Award from Yonsei University in Korea in 2009 and the 2010 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has received both the Purdue University College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Awards.
Dr. Tiedemann is General Chair for GLOBECOM 2015, one of the IEEE’s flagship conferences.

Chris Vein

Chris Vein

Chief Innovation Officer, The World Bank

 

Recently described by FedInsider as “innovating innovation itself,” Mr. Chris Vein is the Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development at the World Bank.

In this capacity, Chris leads the implementation of the World Bank’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy, ICT policy and engagement dialogue with internal and external clients, and global ICT knowledge and expertise with client countries.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Chris was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In that role, Chris focused on making government more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering government products, services and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the civic, technology and civic society arenas.

Over the past two award-winning decades, Chris has had the honor of serving four Presidents of the United States, thousands of professional association practitioners around the world, for-profit consulting organizations, and local government organizations.

An avid cook and traveler, Chis is based in California where he is still renovating his geodesic dome house and mentors those in need.

Chris is a sought-after commentator and speaker, quoted in a wide range of news sources from the Economist to Inc. Magazine.

Geoff Mulligan

Geoff Mulligan

Presidential Innovation Fellow on Cyber-Physical Systems and Founder, IPSO Alliance

 

Geoff Mulligan is currently serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Cyber Physical Systems for the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. In this role, Geoff is working to advance the development and promote the use and deployment of CPS technologies that will improve the efficiencies of Healthcare, Energy, Manufacturing and Safety across America.

Previously, Geoff helped create and deploy the Arpanet, IP technologies including the design of IPv6, the creation and standardization of 6lowpan, the formation and founding of the Zigbee Alliance and the IPSO Alliance and working on many key aspects of the "Embedded Internet". After graduating from the Air Force Academy, he has working in the Air Force and for a few different companies including Digital Equipment, Sun Mircosystems, and Invensys. He helped found start-ups working on email security, next generation Internet technologies and protocol design and technology development. He holds over 15 patents, wrote a book on combatting SPAM and testified before Congress on computer Security.

Gary Butler

Gary Butler

Chairman & CEO, Camgian Microsystems Corporation

 

Dr. Gary D. Butler is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Camgian Microsystems® Corporation, a supplier of advanced networked sensor products and solutions to the government and commercial markets. The company’s latest innovation, Quantus, is a machine-to-machine (M2M) platform that supports the deployment of intelligent mobile sensing solutions that enable organizations to more effectively manage remote industrial assets and improve operational efficiency. Since its formation in 2006, Camgian has completed two acquisitions, which included fabless semiconductor company Theseus Logic and an engineering design facility from Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Today, Camgian has achieved multi-million dollar annual revenues and has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US.

Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was a senior staff member with Internet pioneer BBN Technologies where he led development programs in the areas of low-power sensor networks and advanced signal processing. At BBN, Dr. Butler was elected for membership in the company's senior science and engineering organization, a rank representing approximately the top 10% of the research and development staff, and was elected as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Over his career, he has captured and led sensor related research and development programs totaling more than $25M in funding supported by organizations such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Additionally, he has co-authored publications on the application of wavelets to signal analysis and has been awarded patents related to the application of genetic algorithms to signal classification and low-power, networked sensor systems.

Dr. Butler received his PhD from the University of Cambridge where he studied engineering and was a member of Churchill College. He received the Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University. At Tulane, Dr. Butler was a scholarship athlete, a four-time varsity football letterman, and named an NCAA and Entergy Corporation Winning for Life Scholar Athlete.

Dr. Butler is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors, the Oxford and Cambridge Club of London and the Tulane University Athletics Advisory Council. He also serves as a regional contact for Cambridge in America.

Tobin Richardson

Tobin Richardson

Chairman & CEO, ZigBee Alliance

 

Tobin was appointed Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance in February, 2013. In this role he works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and then implement programs designed to advance the adoption of ZigBee standards. Prior to this role, Tobin served as the Director for Smart Energy, where he was focused on driving adoption of ZigBee in key smart energy markets.

Tobin has more than 15 years experience in strategic management and marketing for technology firms and organizations. In 2008, he directed PG&E's smart meter upgrade RFP, following three years with the California utility working with the executive team on the company's transformation process, managing stakeholder and regulatory relationships and initiatives. Prior to PG&E, Tobin directed and led business development and stakeholder management for a broad spectrum of technology and large-scale companies, including Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), numerous U.S. federal agencies, CenterBeam, Pandesic and Georgetown University. He led the turnaround of a key business unit of Georgetown University, helped drive an inter-agency initiative for the U.S. Customs Service and led new business development and strategic partnerships for an IT outsourcing firm based in Silicon Valley. Tobin has managed strategic partnerships with technology industry leaders, including Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and SAP in technology and marketing initiatives.

Tobin currently serves as Secretary for the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's Testing and Certification Committee, Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee, and participates actively on NEMA's Smart Grid Task Force and the CEA'S Smart Grid Working Group. Tobin holds a masters from Georgetown University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Dennis Kyle

Dennis Kyle

VP Market Development, Arrayent

 

Dennis Kyle currently serves as Vice President of Market Development at Arrayent where he is responsible for the Arrayent’s Marketing and Ecosystem Development activities as an Internet Of Things company focused on Internet enabling branded consumer products. Prior to Arrayent, Dennis was at Tendril Networks where he oversaw the business unit focused on Tendril’s Internet of Things and Connected Home efforts with Manufacturers, Service Providers and Retailers.

Dennis has over 20 years of leadership experience in Technology and Communications related industries and as one of the early employees at McCaw Communications (which later became AT&T Wireless) he has been involved in the very beginnings of the Communications and Internet revolution. Over the years he and has held numerous senior leadership positions at companies such as Nextlink Interactive and XO Communications as well as Level 3 Communications and Zayo Group where he served as Senior Vice President and President respectively. Dennis has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MBA and MA in “Development Economics” from Stanford University.

Alicia Asín

Alicia Asín

Co-Founder and CEO, Libelium

 

Alicia Asín, Libelium's Co-Founder and CEO. Computer Engineer by the Polytechnic Center of Zaragoza with studies at the Judge Business School of Cambridge and ESADE. She has research experience in computer security and power consumption in high performance processors. In 2007 she won the Best Paper Award in the Workshop on Computer Architecture Education (San Diego, CA). Speaker about Smart Cities and Sensor Networks in major events, she is TPC member of the S-Cube Conference on Sensor Systems and Software.

Mike Harris

Mike Harris

CEO, Zonoff

 

As a successful serial entrepreneur, Mike Harris has founded and/or led numerous venture-backed technology companies to successful exits, including a NASDAQ IPO.

Mike’s most recent start-up, AnySource Media, was launched in 2006 and delivered a 4X return to investors 18 months after investment, when it was acquired by DivX in August of 2009. In June of 2010 DixX was acquired by Sonic Solutions, which in turn was acquired by Rovi (NASDAQ: ROVI) six months later. The original embedded software developed by AnySource still serves as the foundation for DivX TV, which can be found on LG’s line of connected Blu-Ray players. (Click here to see the actual DivX TV demo.) Just as AnySource provided core technology for “connected TV,” Mike’s vision for Zonoff is to provide the core technology for the “connected home.” Same concept… but a much bigger opportunity.


Early in Mike’s career, he was the founder and CTO of Ravisent Technologies Inc., a technology pioneer in the DVD industry. Ravisent won numerous business and technical accolades including Frost and Sullivan’s "Excellence in Strategy" award, the "Technology Pioneer" award from the World Economic Forum, and the Deloitte and Touche "Fast 500" award. The company won this last award three times, including one year when the company was ranked number 1 in its region and 9th nationally. Mike oversaw the development and adoption of Ravisent’s technology by leading PC and consumer electronics manufacturers, raising nearly $100M in venture and public financing, and ultimately achieving a $1B valuation on the NASDAQ market. Ravisent was ultimately acquired by STMicroelectronics, and Mike became its Group Vice President, Global Software Strategy.


After STMicroelectronics, Mike served as President of Digital 5, a venture backed software provider enabling streaming media content within the connected home, and later became President of OpenPeak, a provider of software for home media control. Mike is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Russell Mosburg

Russell Mosburg

Senior Director, Emerging Solutions, Sprint Corporation

 

Since 2009, Russell Mosburg has been a member of the leadership team launching and managing Sprint’s machine-to-machine business. Russell is the Senior Director of Solutions Engineering and Solutions Delivery for M2M. He is responsible for the national, field deployed sales engineers who help business customers select and deploy the most impactful M2M solutions for their business. In addition, Russell has responsibility for the Solutions Delivery Management group who ensures Sprint M2M solutions are deployed as designed and on time.

Prior to his current role, Mosburg served as Director of sales, marketing and engineering in various assignments, both domestic and international in scope. He has been with Sprint since 1997. Mosburg began his Sprint career in marketing developing Sprint’s first bundled communications services. Mosburg is officed at the corporate headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas.

Mosburg is a member of the board of Harvesters – The Community Food Network.

Rick Bullotta

Rick Bullotta

Co-Founder & CTO, Thingworx

 

Rick is the CTO and co-founder of ThingWorx. Rick was previously CTO at Invensys Wonderware, a leading global provider of manufacturing operations software solutions, and was a vice president with SAP Research in the areas of future manufacturing and the “internet of things”.

Rick was also the CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software Development, where he was responsible for conceptualization and development of innovative web-based and service-enabled software products targeted at the manufacturing industry. At Lighthammer, Bullotta identified and created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software. He has contributed to a number of industry standards efforts and open source software projects.

Rick has been involved in the industrial sector in diverse roles, including factory operations and management, systems integration, sales and marketing, product management, and industrial engineering. He holds a degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University.

Chad Jones

Chad Jones

VP Product Strategy, Xively

 

Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and infrastructure technologies. Mr. Jones has over eighteen years’ experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike and has traveled the world discussing a vision for a better world through technology. At Xively, a subsidiary of LogMeIn (NASDAQ:LOGM) and formerly known as COSM, he drives the strategic product roadmap for Xively Cloud Services™, oversees go-to-market strategy as well as continuing to evangelize Xively’s vision for the Internet of Things.

Prior to Xively, he served as Vice President, Strategy and Product Management for DynamicOps, a provider of cloud automation software, which was acquired by VMware in 2012. Before DynamicOps, Mr. Jones served as VP, Product Management with Neocleus, an innovator of type-1 client hypervisors, which was acquired by Intel. Chad was one of the creators of SoftGrid from application virtualization pioneer Softricity, which was acquired by Microsoft. As part of Microsoft, Mr. Jones oversaw the App-V product as part of the MDOP group which has sold over 37 million licenses with revenues topping $3.7 billion.

In a bit of historical irony, Chad was Chief Architect for an Application Service Provider named Future Link where he designed global cloud services before cloud was known as cloud. Mr. Jones is also an angel investor, working with intriguing start-ups across a number of industries including the wine and beer industry, alternative energy, and sporting goods. He studied at the University of California, Irvine, holds two degrees, eight industry certifications and enjoys playing beach volleyball, skiing fresh powder and trying to resist buying more wine.

David Hoffman

David Hoffman

Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation

 

David Hoffman is Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer at Intel Corporation, in which capacity he covers Intel’s privacy compliance activities, legal support for privacy and security and external privacy and security policy engagements.

Mr. Hoffman serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance. Mr. Hoffman has also served on the US Federal Trade Commission’s Online Access and Security Committee, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Security Commission, the Steering Committee for BBBOnline, the TRUSTe Board of Directors, and the Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Mr. Hoffman has a JD from The Duke University School of Law, where he was a Member of the Duke Law Journal. Mr. Hoffman also received an AB from Hamilton College.

Syed Zaeem Hosain

Syed Zaeem Hosain

Founder and CTO, Aeris

 

Mr. Hosain is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris’ networks, development programs and technology strategy. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President, Engineering and member of the founding executive team of Aeris. Mr. Hosain has over 32 years’ experience in the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries, including product development, architecture design and technical management.

Prior to joining Aeris, he held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National and ESS Technology.

Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI‐41 Standards Technology (IFAST) and represents Aeris at the CDMA Development Group (CDG).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere

Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere

Head of Connected Living, GSMA

 

Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere is the Head of Connected Living and Senior Director of Technology in the GSMA, reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Ana has responsibility for identifying opportunities for collective action in the mobile industry space and for shaping and leading the strategic initiatives that will deliver them.

Currently she is leading the GSMA efforts on Connected Living in the different industry verticals like Healthcare, Education, Automotive, Utilities, Smart Cities and Consumer Electronics, helping to shape and stimulate the ecosystem to deliver the so expected benefits that mobile can bring to the adjacent industries and to the society. In the past with the GSMA she has led strategic initiatives in Mobile Internet, Messaging and Converged Communications areas.

Before joining the GSMA she held various strategy consultancy positions at BCG, Deloitte Consulting and Accenture. Ana began her career in Private Banking at Merrill Lynch in the area of investments on new technologies.

Julius Knapp

Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering Technology, Federal Communications Commission

 

Julius Knapp is Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). Mr. Knapp has been with the FCC for nearly 36 years. Mr. Knapp became Chief of OET in 2006, having previously served as the Deputy Chief since 2002. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices. Mr. Knapp was Chief of the FCC Laboratory from 1994 – 1997 where he was responsible for the FCC’s equipment authorization program and technical analyses. Mr. Knapp received a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service and received the FCC’s Silver and Gold medal awards for distinguished service at the Commission.

John Kuzin

John Kuzin

Senior Director, Regulatory -- Government Affairs, Qualcomm

 

John Kuzin is Senior Director, Regulatory, in Qualcomm Incorporated’s Washington DC office. He represents Qualcomm on communications matters before the FCC and on other technology issues before other federal and state agencies. John works closely with Qualcomm’s business units and research and development teams to craft the company’s regulatory strategy.

Prior to joining Qualcomm in March 2010, John worked for more than a decade in Wiley Rein LLP’s communications practice in Washington, DC, representing clients before the FCC and state commissions on a broad collection of licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum and wireline matters. While at Wiley Rein, John also litigated complex technology and intellectual property cases in federal and state courts. Following law school, John worked for the Weil Gotshal & Manges firm in New York City on patent litigation matters.

In addition to his legal training, John is an electrical engineer, having worked for six years as a project manager and a systems engineer for Bell Communications Research (“Bellcore,” now known as Telcordia Technologies). John holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from Cooper Union, an M.S.E. from Princeton University, a J.D. from New York University Law School, and he is a registered patent attorney.

Tim Dry

Tim Dry

Senior Marketing Manager - Smart Grid, Renesas Electronics America Inc.

 

Originally hailing from the UK, Tim Dry spent 12 years as an engineer and engineering manager working on DSP and MCU systems, before moving to the US and transitioning into marketing 14 years ago. At Renesas, he has held multiple product manager positions, and is currently the segment marketing manager for smart grid defining Renesas solutions to meet requirements for the next generation of smart grid products. He holds an MBA, CIM DipM and BSC(Hons) Electrical and electronic Engineering.

Kaivan Karimi

Kaivan Karimi

Executive Director of Global Strategy and Business Development, Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

 

Kaivan Karimi is the Executive Director of Global Strategy and Business Development for the Microcontroller group at Freescale Semiconductor. In this role, he is responsible for defining and driving the technology, product and business strategies related to the Internet of Things. He has authored multiple white papers and blogs and has presented at multiple forums, and is the spokesperson and subject matter expert for all IoT related activities.

Kaivan has been with Freescale for more than nine years serving in a variety of leadership roles, including leading the cellular handset wireless product management and networking baseband processing groups, and serving as the head of Corporate Development. Kaivan has more than 19 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has a Master of Sciences in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Hans Scharler

Hans Scharler

Co-Founder, ioBridge

 

Hans Scharler is the co-founder of ioBridge, an Internet of Things application platform that makes it simple and cost-effective to Internet-enable devices and products. He developed streaming technology for web and mobile applications so users can interact with monitoring and control systems in real-time. Hans is also the creator of ThingSpeak, an open source Internet of Things platform that allows devices to interact with social media and share time-series data published by simple devices.

In his spare time, Hans loves to build Internet-connected projects and gadgets. His "Tweeting Toaster" has over 2,000 Twitter followers and is still active since its release in 2008.

Julia Spicer

Julia Spicer

Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

 

Julia Spicer, as Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), represents the interests of a diverse group investment professional from more than 500 venture and private equity funds, corporate and angel investors, and entrepreneurs of growth companies across a multitude of technology industry sectors. Ms. Spicer joined MAVA from Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in communications technology. Previously, she served as corporate vice president of strategic planning and communications for GTE Corporation, with responsibilities for both public policy and strategic positioning for the company’s $4B emerging technology businesses which included wireless, mobile, air-to-ground, and R&D operations. Ms. Spicer also served as President of the GTE Foundation, which focused principally on science and mathematics education, and the arts.

Her corporate technology career, experience in private capital, and most importantly, her early entrepreneurial roots in founding two boutique services companies provides a useful foundation for fostering the success of high growth technology companies, from start-up to exit. Today she serves on the Washington DC Advisory Board of the Network of Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international organization assisting disadvantaged children through chapters located in 33 countries; on the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors; and as a private pilot, on the board of AbleFlight, a scholarship program that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities to challenge themselves through flight training. Spicer graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Film.

Mark Ryland

Mark Ryland

Chief Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

 

Mark Ryland is the technology leader for Amazon Web Service’s Worldwide Public Sector (WWPS) team. Mr. Ryland leads a team of Solutions Architects and Professional Services Engineers who provide AWS technical evangelism, architectural guidance, knowledge transfer, and implementation services to government and education customers around the globe. He also serves as a key interface between the WWPS team and the engineering, security, and compliance teams at AWS, ensuring that public sector customer requirements are front-and-center in cloud service planning and roadmaps.

Ryland has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, beginning with Microsoft Federal Systems, where he served as a Senior Architectural Engineer in the early 1990s. He continued at Microsoft for ten years, serving in a variety of software engineering and technical evangelism roles on projects like Windows Cairo, COM/DCOM/OLE, SOAP, and others. In the late 1990s he started and ran the first standards organization at Microsoft, serving as Director of Standards Strategy until he left Microsoft in 2000. Subsequently, Ryland served as CTO of two start-up companies, as well as Vice-President and Director of the Washington DC office of a Seattle-based public policy think-tank. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 as National Standards Officer for the USA, later switching back to an engineering role as a principal program manager in Microsoft’s identity and access team, where he worked on Active Directory, Office 365 directory, and the Azure Access Control Service.

Ryland joined AWS in September 2011, bringing a rich set of software engineering, distributed systems, cyber security, technical evangelism, and tech policy skills to the team.

David LeDuc

David LeDuc

Senior Director for Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association

 

SIIA is the principal trade association of the software and digital information content industries. David represents the Association before Congress, the Administration and policymakers around the world across a wide range of key Information and Communications Technology (ICT) public policy issues, including e-commerce, privacy, cyber security, cloud computing, data-driven innovation, open standards, information policy.

Having represented the software and digital content industries for more than a decade, Mr. LeDuc has worked closely with leading companies responsible for evolving ICT from a specialized tool into a pervasive influence on nearly every aspect of everyday life. Mr. LeDuc recently authored white papers on Cloud Computing and Data-Driven Innovation.

Cameron Coursey

Cameron Coursey

Vice President, Product Development & Operations, AT&T

 

Cameron Coursey is VP of Product Development within AT&T's Emerging Devices Organization, charged with leading AT&T's advancements in "Network Ready" device certification and network capabilities that position AT&T as the leader in the emerging device space.

From December 2004 to April 2009, Coursey was Executive Director of Subscriber Product Engineering within the Chief Technology Officer's organization of AT&T and Cingular Wireless. In that capacity, he oversaw the technical requirements development, certification, and post-launch technical support for wireless devices and smart cards used on AT&T's domestic wireless network.

From July 2003 to December 2004, Coursey was Executive Director of Network Initiatives for Cingular, charged with overseeing technology aspects of Cingular's merger with AT&T Wireless Services and with responsibility for Cingular's labs and infrastructure planning.

From July 2000 to July 2003, Coursey was Director of Technology & Product Realization for Cingular, where he led the development and deployment of GSM/ANSI-136 Interoperability Team (GAIT) technology within Cingular's networks that facilitated Cingular's conversion from TDMA to GSM.

Coursey was instrumental in the industry efforts to specify GAIT from 1999 through 2001, chairing the joint GSM Association-Universal Wireless Communications Consortium team that developed the GAIT specifications. He was also vice chair of the GSM Global Roaming Forum of the GSM Association, and worked to globalize GAIT technology. During this time, Coursey was also granted multiple U.S. patents covering intelligent roaming for handsets and methods to implement private in-building systems that use wireless spectrum and technology.

In 1999, Coursey authored the textbook "Understanding Digital PCS: The TDMA Standard," which describes the technology behind U.S. TDMA (IS-136) from a handset, air interface, and network perspective. Coursey was a key contributor to the IS-136 standard from 1996 through 1999, and helped to introduce IS-136 into Cingular's networks during that time. He worked through the UWCC to develop the concepts of 136+, which led to embracing GSM as the next step beyond U.S. TDMA.

Coursey began his commercial wireless career at SBC Technology Resources, Inc., in 1991, where he worked on technology for sharing spectrum between PCS and fixed wireless, early wireless packet data field trials for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, and network planning for new wireless opportunities for SBC in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining SBC Technology Resource, he worked for McDonnell Douglas for three years on advanced communications systems for military aircraft.

Coursey received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1987, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Dan Caprio

Dan Caprio

Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

 

Dan Caprio brings over 25 years of experience on legal and policy issues involving the convergence of internet, telecommunications, and technology. He has substantial knowledge and experience in the areas of privacy, cyber security, and the Internet of Things, a term used when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. Mr. Caprio works with clients to define and capitalize on public policy strategies in the United States and Europe.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Caprio served as Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) where he advised the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on technology policy and privacy protection. While at the DoC, he oversaw activities related to the development and implementation of federal privacy laws, policies, and practices. He served as Chairman of the DoC Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) working group and Co-Chairman of the Federal RFID interagency working group.

In 2011, Mr. Caprio was appointed as a trade policy advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative. From 2007 through 2011, Mr. Caprio advised the Secretary of Homeland Security on Data Privacy matters. In 2010, Mr. Caprio was appointed as a transatlantic subject matter expert to advise the European Commission on the Internet of Things.

Prior to his tenure at the DoC, Mr. Caprio served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Orson Swindle at the Federal Trade Commission. In 2002, he was appointed to represent the United States in revising the OECD guidelines on information systems and networks. Mr. Caprio holds an active security clearance for classified matters.

James Pace

James Pace

Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Silver Spring Networks

 

James is Managing Director, UK / Ireland at Silver Spring Networks UK. James has been with Silver Spring since 2003 when the company relocated to Silicon Valley. During his first six years at Silver Spring, James ran software product management, where he was responsible for defining a scalable, reliable, and secure networking solution designed to address both Smart Grids and Smart Metering. He is currently based in London, where he is responsible for commercial operations and new market development in the UK and Ireland.

Prior to Silver Spring, James accumulated over 15 years of TCP/IP networking experience while serving in a broad range of management and engineering roles for Silicon Valley-based networking companies such as Loudcloud/Opsware (the world's first scalable, data center management solution), @Home Network (the world's first massively scalable cable modem networks), and the NASA Science Internet (a far-reaching, global precursor to the commercial Internet).

George Percivall

George Percivall

Chief Engineer, The Open Geospatial Consortium

 

George Percivall is the Chief Engineer of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). His roles include articulating OGC standards as a coherent architecture, as well as addressing implications of technology and market trends on the OGC baseline. He is responsible for the OGC Interoperability Program and the OGC Compliance Program. Under his leadership, the OGC conducted a series of workshops on location and sensing fir IoT. Which initiated the OGC Sensor Web for IoT Standards Working Group progress was presented to the Global Standards Collaboration M2M Standardization Task Force (GSC MSTF) Conference.

Mr. Percivall is a member of several IoT coordination activities including:
- ITU Joint Coordination Activity on Internet of Things (JCA-IoT). OGC is a Sector Member of ITU.
- The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC). Mr. Percivall co-authored a chapter of the 2013 IERC Cluster Book.
- The W3C community group for Web of Things.

Prior to joining OGC, Mr. Percivall was Chief Engineer with Hughes Aircraft for NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) - Landsat/Terra release; Principal engineer for NASA's Digital Earth Office; and represented NASA in OGC, ISO and CEOS. He was Director of the GST's Geospatial Interoperability Group. Previously, he led developments in Intelligent Transportation Systems with the US Automated Highway Consortium and General Motors Systems Engineering including the EV1 program. He began his career with Hughes as a Control System Engineer on GOES/GMS satellites. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana.

Jim Whittaker

Jim Whittaker

Executive Director, Smart Cities Council

 

James F. Whittaker serves as Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council. He is a Principal in Mercator XXI, LLC.

Jim has extensive corporate business, management and leadership experience in global IT corporations, including Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation and Data General Corporation. He built and led Hewlett-Packard Company’s international public affairs team to shape and influence government policies to advance its business growth, operations and profitability. At Intel Corporation he built and directed a Latin American corporate affairs team focused on influencing government policies to grow business and brand; there he also led Intel’s educational programs for teacher training, university research and curriculum development, and entrepreneurship competitions. At Data General he managed corporate process to identify and negotiate promising market access opportunities involving manufacturing, R&D and procurement investments; he also headed up Data General Brazil.

Jim brings with him extensive issue and industry leadership experience in Washington D.C. with industry associations, grassroots lobbying, ad hoc advocacy groups and government advisory committees. He has chaired IT association policy groups, U.S. federal government IT advisory committees and high technology industry legislative campaigns in the US Congress, including passage of the first R&D tax credit, and congressional approval of NAFTA, WTO and U.S.-China (PNTR) trade deals. He served as Chairman of the California Council for International Trade (CCIT) and co-Chair of the grassroots organization Californians for NAFTA.

Jim has successfully advocated company and industry policies in multilateral government organizations, including the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, United Nations Information and Communications Technology Task Force, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, and multilateral private sector organizations including the Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce and World Economic Forum.

Jim received his BA from Stanford University, MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his JD from George Washington University. His languages include Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and English. He has taught graduate classes in commercial diplomacy as an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS).

Alessandro Bassi

Alessandro Bassi

Technical Coordinator, IoT-A project

 

Alessandro Bassi graduated in Computer Science from the University in Milan in 1994, with soft computing and software engineering as majors.

He joined Amadeus in January 1997, and he moved to the University of Tennessee in 2000, where he was involved in the seminal work of the Internet Backplane Protocol. From 2002 he then held a Research Visitor position at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France. After working one year for RIPE NCC, in November 2004 he joined Hitachi Europe.

Since September 2010 an Independent Consultant, working on topics related to Internet of Things technologies.

He was the deputy project coordinator of the FP5 6QM project, and the project coordinator of the FP7 "Autonomic Internet" project.

Since 2005, his research interests are focused on the integration of autonomic properties into ad-hoc networks, RFID technologies and, more broadly, the Internet of Things.

Since 2007 he is the chair of the Internet of Things WG of the European Technology Platform "EpoSS", focused on Smart Systems Integration. In this function, he co-organised, together with the European Commission, a number of events including the workshop "Beyond RFID - The Internet of Things", held in Brussels in 2008. He is an expert for ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency, on possible threats coming from the adoption of IoT technologies, and he was part of the group that wrote the Strategic Research Agenda on Future Internet.

Currently, he is the Technical Coordinator of the lighthouse project regarding the Internet of Things in the Framework Programme 7, 'Internet of Things - Architecture" (IoT-A).

Francisco Ibañez

Francisco Ibañez

Head of Sector, Internet of Things and Optical Networks, European Commission

 

Francisco J. Ibáñez holds a university degree on Solid-State
Physics (Autonoma University, Madrid) and Masters in Communication Networks and Signal Processing (Polytechnic University, Madrid), Business Administration (Catholic University of Leuven) and Information Society and Knowledge (Open University of Catalonia). Prior to joining the European Commission, he was active in semiconductors research (Autonoma University Madrid, and Bell Labs, US) and had a number of industrial assignments, including manufacturing and product engineering in microelectronics design and fabrication (AT&T Microelectronics/Lucent Technologies, in United States and Spain). He is currently Principal Scientific Officer at the Network Technologies unit of the European ICT Research Programme.

Warren Fishbein

Warren Fishbein

Independent consultant and former Coordinator of the Global Futures Forum, U.S. Department of State

 

Warren H. Fishbein is an independent practitioner focused on strategic foresight, global security trends, and collaborative learning. He is also a consultant to Scitor Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Government and is affiliated with Pherson Associates, an analytic methods consulting and training group.

Dr. Fishbein retired in 2011 from the Central Intelligence Agency, where, during the course of a 29 year-long career, he helped to lead a variety of initiatives aimed at enhancing the U.S. Intelligence Community’s capacity to understand an increasingly complex global security environment. While on detail to the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Fishbein served as the elected Coordinator of the Global Futures Forum (GFF), a multinational community of intelligence and security organizations from over twenty countries. GFF engages in unclassified analytic collaboration and academic outreach on such global security topics as radicalization, disruptive technologies, and illicit trafficking. In 2010-11, Dr. Fishbein also initiated and co-led the Actionable Foresight Project, a series of workshops jointly sponsored by INR and National Defense University that brought together foresight specialists from across the U.S. federal government to discuss how better to incorporate longer term thinking into decision making. In an earlier phase of his career, he served as Deputy Director of the CIA’s Global Futures Partnership, a strategic thinking group that employed multiple scenarios methodology to explore emerging security challenges and that also played a lead role in founding GFF.

Dr. Fishbein has written and presented extensively on strategic foresight and on strategies for improving intelligence analysis. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker

Deputy Editor of the Futurist magazine & Director of Communications, World Future Society

 

Patrick Tucker is the deputy editor of THE FUTURIST magazine and content director of the World Future Society. He has written prodigiously on the topics of AI and robotics, information technology, cutting-edge start-ups and entrepreneurship, ambient intelligence, the Internet of Things and predictive analytics. His writing has appeared in various publications and on many sites, including THE FUTURIST magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, Encyclopedia Britannica online, the Utne Reader, Technology Review and the Discovery Channel. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Naked Future: How the Science of Prediction Changes Everything (Current / Penguin, 2014).

As a science journalist and editor, he's interviewed such technologists, policy experts, and visionaries as MIT roboticist Rodney Brooks, Google research director Peter Norvig, military strategist Edward N. Luttwak, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former CIA director Robert James Woolsey, tech guru Tim O'Reilly, environmentalist Lester Brown, flying-car-creator Paul Moller, and inventor Ray Kurzweil on various topics related to technology and innovation.

His writing has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

He also serves as the director of communications for the World Future Society and has been quoted as a futurist in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor,Elle Canada, Wired.com, Smart Money.com, Voice of America, and has been a guest on such networks and programs as WTOP in Washington, Russia Today, BBC World Service, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, and Science Fantastic with Michio Kaku.

Richard Jimmerson

Richard Jimmerson

CIO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

 

Richard has been actively involved in Internet resource governance and education since the 1990s. As Chief Information Officer at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), his focus is on community engagement to ensure all registry services and systems meet the needs of ARIN customers.

Richard has built community engagement programs and services for both ARIN and the Internet Society over the last 15 years with recent focus on the importance of industry-wide IPv6 deployment. He has communicated with thousands of companies about their adoption of new technologies and is a strong advocate of open Internet standards.

Sudhakar S. Marthi

Sudhakar S. Marthi

Vice President, Global Business Development, ZOHO Corporation

 

Sudhakar S Marthi began his sales & marketing career with Zoho Corp., in 2000. Today, he is handling Global Business Development activities of ZOHO Corp product divisions viz., WebNMS M2M, Zoho.com; Manage Engine and WebNMS.

At Zoho, Sudhakar has designed and executed various marketing and branding initiatives which set the stage for the group’s consistent and growing performance. He is also working closely with SI's and MSP partners for the business promotion of ZOHO Corp products / applications.

Sudhakar started his career more than 27 years ago and was employed with SICO, Toshniwal Bros and Toshbro for 15 years prior to joining Zoho Corp.,
Sudhakar holds a Masters in Science (Physics) from Annamalai University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from LIBA, Chennai.

Chris White

Chris White

Vice President, Global Internet of Things, Cisco

 

Chris White is Vice President of Cisco’s Internet-of-Things Go-to-Market organization. In that role, he drives Cisco’s 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.

White 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.

A 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.

Born 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.).

Mike Harmon

Mike Harmon

Director of Innovation Services, Dell

 

Mike is currently Director of Dell’s Innovation Services (DIS) organization which is a component of the services division delivery engineering services worldwide to Dell’s commercial clients . Mike has been with Dell Services 10 years spanning the legacy Perot Systems and was a partner in the original private firm eServ found in 1999 that came to Dell through acquisition, leading DIS through much of the integration and strategy development with Dell. Before his time with Dell he was an entrepreneurial leader in some small manufacturing startups after working for Alcoa for nine years. Mike has a unique view of engineering, manufacturing and product development having worked his way up the ranks from the shop floor to his current executive leadership position. Mike has worked nearly every mechanical engineering job from a drafter to chief engineer; earning an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University along the way. His vision is to transform DIS to be a premiere provider of engineering solutions to Dell’s customers helping them apply leading edge solutions capitalizing on modern technology and lean principles for product development and manufacturing. To do this Mike has worked directly with a number of clients to help realize that vision, clients such as Caterpillar, John Deere, Harley Davidson, National Instruments, Gardner Denver, L3 and others.

Joshua Mandell

Joshua Mandell

Senior Adviser for Innovation and Competitiveness, U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Joshua Mandell is currently the Senior Adviser for Innovation and Competitiveness at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he is responsible for the promotion and development of policies to support economic growth through innovation. Joshua is the policy lead in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce on patent issues, economic development, standards, R&D and other aspects of the innovation economy.

Prior to his appointment at Commerce, Joshua served as the Science and Technology Program Officer at The World Bank in their Innovation Labs, Global Practice for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ITE), and in Human Development. In these capacities, he focused on building innovation capacity in the public and private sector in many countries and regions. This work included building a knowledge workforce, driving technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, strengthening science and innovation policy and supporting inclusive innovations for developing countries.

Mr. Mandell also served as the Senior Fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy at the University of California and the Senior Science and Technology Adviser at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for research collaboration between the UK and US, trade and investment opportunities in S&T, and international science policy. Before joining the UK Worldwide S&T Network in July 2003, Joshua worked as an environmental scientist and policy consultant in the private sector and for the U.S. Government where he specialized in areas of natural resource management, geographic information systems, remote sensing and environmental regulatory policy. He also served in the Office of the Vice President at the White House.

Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz

Senior Technical Advisor, Security & Standards, Verizon

 

Robert has 39 years work experience in ICT. He has been active in the IETF for 20 years where he led the work for the private IPv4 address space, co-chaired IPsec, worked on PKIX, authored HIP, and contributed to a number of secure communications efforts. For 12 years in IEEE 802, he has contributed to security work in 802.11i, 802.11s, 802.1AE, 802.1X, and is currently chairing 802.15.9. He has spoken widely on IoT security, particularly at EU conferences including IoT Week and FIA. He is also active on security for Software Defined Networking, participating in ONF and ETSI NFV security work.

Chris Rezendes

Chris Rezendes

President, INEX Advisors LLC

 

Christopher Rezendes has helped hundreds of companies to investigate, develop and market complex technologies through unique and often uncommon approaches in a broad range of target markets.

Rezendes has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising or operating mission critical technology businesses. throughout his career, he has worked with some of the largest and most respected companies in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure and information technology industries. His clients have included nearly 75% of the Electronics Business Top 100 original enterprise manufacturers (OEMs), most of the Information Week 100, and every tech-focused member of the Fortune 500.

Rezendes’ has supported a broad range of suppliers and integrators with technology development and commercialization strategy development and prosecution. More than half of this work has been mobile and wireless related with expanded focus on device level networks including analyzing the deployment of clouds in down-range, public safety and other austere environments. His career includes experience in defense and dual-use technology industries as a private consultant and contractor supporting DARPA projects and selected intelligence and operations agencies. He managed or contributed to a number of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and allied Military of Defence opportunity assessments and commercialization requirements analyses. At INEX Advisors, that client profile is now complemented by a wide range of start-up and early-stage companies operating in or around IoT and M2M as well as a number of Web 2.0 and 3.0 solutions and killer enabling technologies.

Currently, Rezendes and his team at INEX Advisors, are focused on helping clients to define, select and prosecute their most promising growth and investment opportunities. The firm concentrates in Machine to Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT), connected devices and a cluster of related enabling technologies critical to transforming mobility, cloud and big data solutions into a semantic web.

Rezendes’ general management experience in technology hardware, software and solutions businesses is focused on product management, industry marketing, strategic sales, and corporate and business development functions. This work has included shared P&L responsibility for businesses with annual revenues approaching $150 million. Chris has also provided strategic and commercial due diligence support for hundreds of M&A transactions in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure and information technology segments during the past 20 years. In that time, Chris and the teams he has worked with include many of the most successful private equity and venture capital firms in North America and Europe. These assignments have included full or partial recapitalizations for private and public companies, product and service providers, headquartered in the US and abroad, with revenues ranging from $7 million to nearly $2 billion.
Rezendes has also served a number of stewardship roles in the markets that he has covered, including:

- Facilitating and managing public breakout groups and private planning sessions
- Authoring hundreds of public white papers and proprietary position papers
- Supporting a number of DoD, DIA and DHS tech transfer labs
- Authoring or editing hundreds of articles under third-party mastheads
Prior to launching INEX ADVISORS LLC , Rezendes served as Executive Vice President at VDC Research Group, a tech market intelligence and strategy firm focused on a number of embedded, industrial, defense and mission critical tech markets. He also served as Vice President and General Manager for a $100 million mission critical computing and communications supplier that was a portfolio company owned by private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice.

Rezendes began his career in various project/program management and consulting positions with Harbor Research (a tech strategy consulting firm that pioneered the concepts of ‘Smart Services’, ‘Pervasive Internet’ and ‘ Internet of Things’) and Deloitte and Touche Management Consulting.

Rezendes is a graduate of Harvard University.

Donna Bethea Murphy

Donna Bethea Murphy

Vice President, Regulatory Engineering, Iridium

 

Donna Bethea-Murphy is Vice President, Regulatory Engineering at Iridium Communications Inc., the only satellite communications company that offers truly global voice and data coverage. She is responsible for leading the company's domestic and international technical regulatory activities, including those related to policy, standards, licensing, UN specialized organizations and spectrum management. She also serves on the FCC’s CSRIC Council and on the boards of the Satellite Industry Association and the Mobile Satellite Users Association. Ms. Bethea-Murphy holds a Bachelors of Science in electrical engineering from Clemson University.

Mark Eichorn

Mark Eichorn

Assistant Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission

 

Mark Eichorn is an Assistant Director in the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP), where he supervises privacy and data security matters, including an upcoming workshop in November on the Internet of Things. 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.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Internet Governance Expert & Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation, University of Aarhus, Denmark

 

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter is a Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Studies of the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

He is involved in Internet Governance issues since the early 1990s. He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG/2003-2005), a Special Adviser to the chair of the Internet Governance Forum IGF/2005-2010) and a member of the UNCSTD IGF Improvement Working Group (2010-2012). He is involved in ICANN since 1998 where he chaired, inter alia, the Nominating Committee (NomCom). Since 2011 he is member of ICANNs GNSO Council. He is also a member of the “Panel of High Level Advisers” of the “Global Alliance for ICT and Development” (GAID), a co-founder of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG) and chair of the ICANN Studienkreis. In 2009 the Council of Europe appointed him to chair the COE Cross Border Internet Expert Group. He chaired the IOT Governance Sub-Group of the EU Task Force on the Internet of Things and worked as evaluator in the EUs Safer Internet Action Program (SIAP).

In the academic world, Wolfgang Kleinwächter was from 1988 to 2012 member of the International Council of the “International Association for Media and Communication Research” (IAMCR) and from 2007 to 2012 a member of the Steering Board of the EU FP 7 project “Next Generation Internet/EURO-NF”. He is the founder and chair of the “European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EURO-SSIG), has testified in hearings in the Deutsche Bundestag and the European Parliament and has published and edited more than 200 articles and 12 books. In 2012 he got the “Internet Award” by the German Internet Economy Association (eco).

Moderators

Anna Gomez

Anna Gomez

Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

 

Ms. Gomez, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), specializes in regulatory, policy and transactional matters related to satellites and domestic and international telecommunications.

Professional experience:

- National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce:
*Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information (2009-2013)
*Acting Administrator (2009)

- Vice President, State and Federal Regulatory, Government Affairs, Sprint Nextel (2006-2009)

- Federal Communications Commission:
*Deputy Chief, International Bureau (1999-2006)
*Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Chairman William E. Kennard (2000-2001)
*Chief and Deputy Chief, Common Carrier Bureau, Network Services Division (1997-1999)
*Counsel to the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau (1994-1996)
*Attorney, Cable Services Bureau, Consumer Protection Division (1994)

- Deputy Chief of Staff, National Economic Council, White House (1997)

- Democratic Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communication (1996-1997)

Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President & CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

 

Nigel Cameron is president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a nonpartisan Washington, DC, think tank on innovation, policy and the future. He has written widely at the interface of technology, business, policy, and values. and publications include Nanoscale (John Wiley, 2007) and Innovation President (Kindle ebook, 2012). His next book is focused on the problem of managing exponential change within organizations; working title: New Normal: The Fallacy that Fails the Future.

A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School. He has held university appointments, most recently as a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He combines a policy focus in Washington with corporate advisement. He writes regularly on the business impact of social media, and is a columnist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on technology and corporate social responsibility. Long resident in the United States, he maintains British and European connections; he is a director of the London think tank 2020Health, and in 2012 moderated the European Identity and Cloud conference in Munich.

He has also represented the United States at meetings of the United Nations, and is currently a commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and chair of its Social and Human Sciences Committee.

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson

Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft Corporation & Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies, Georgetown University

 

Michael R. Nelson is a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group. In that role, he helps develop and define Microsoft’s vision of the connected future, explain how emerging technologies will shape our lives, and show how governments can ensure their citizens fully enjoy the benefits of new devices and services. Prior to joining Microsoft in August, 2013, he was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government.

In addition, since January, 2009, Mike Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. His group worked with university researchers on NGi technology, shaping standards for the NGi, and communicating IBM's NGi vision to customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public. He has served as Chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the AAAS's COSEPP committee, serves as a Trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission, where he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and before that was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.

From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act.

Dr. Nelson has a bachelor’s degree from Caltech and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming

Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology

 

At various times, Stephen Fleming has been paid to be an optical physicist, laser fabricator, software developer, field engineer, product manager, corporate trainer, marketing executive, salesman, general manager, entrepreneur, author, venture capitalist, board member, investment banker, consultant, angel investor, public speaker, adjunct university faculty, commercial landlord, and now academic bureaucrat and economic developer.

As a venture capitalist, Stephen has over 15 years of private equity experience at the General Partner level. Prior to his venture capital career, he spent 15 years in operations roles at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Nortel Networks, and LICOM (a venture-funded startup).

An Atlanta native and summa cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech, Stephen returned to his alma mater in mid-2005 where he currently serves as Vice President, Economic Development and Technology Ventures, and Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech.

In addition to his roles at Georgia Tech, he is a member of the Investment Committee of the Seraph Group, an early-stage venture capital firm. Stephen is active in the “alternative space” industry; he is an investor in four private aerospace companies and is a founding member of the Space Angels Network. Mr. Fleming also serves on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia, and is a former board member of the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, and of Tech High School, a charter high school emphasizing science, math, and technology in urban Atlanta.

W. David Stephenson

W. David Stephenson

Principal, Stephenson Strategies

 

W. David Stephenson is a leading Gov./Enterprise 2.0-3.0 strategist, theorist and writer. He particularly focuses on the Internet of Things, strategic use of XBRL, homeland security and disaster management and ways to directly involve the public in policy and services debate and delivery.

He is principal of Stephenson Strategies and is a consultant with the UK-based The Internet of People.

He is the author of an e-book, SmartStuff: an introduction to the Internet of Things, and of Data Dynamite: how liberating information will transform our world (Data4All Press, 2011)blogs about the IoT, writes about it for a variety of publications, and speaks about it to a wide range of audiences. He recently was the producer/host of a video introducing the Internet of Things to the general public.

Vicki Livingston

Vicki Livingston

Head of Communications & Analyst Relations, 4G Americas

 

Vicki Livingston is the Head of Communications and Analyst Relations for 4G Americas and supports the organization’s mission to provide a unified voice for the 3GPP family of technologies and its ecosystem – including networks, applications, services and connected devices – throughout the Americas. In her role, she manages all communications, media and analyst relations for the association as well as strategic planning, and supervises a team responsible for public relations and conferences. Previously, Ms. Livingston was in a similar position with 3G Americas, LLC and prior to that with the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC).

Ms. Livingston has over 20 years experience in public relations and marketing, strategizing and executing the launch of seven new companies or international brands throughout her career, including two wireless companies, 3G Americas and now 4G Americas.

In the wireless industry, Ms. Livingston served as the Marketing Consultant of Telecorp PCS during the launch of their service in the Wisconsin market. Additionally, she was Director of Marketing for Industar Digital PCS, with full responsibility for the launch of Industar's service including public relations, customer service, new product development processes, pricing strategy and advertising.

Other career experiences include her role as Director of Business Development for one of the largest business-to-business advertising agencies in the U.S. and Public Relations and Development Consultant to not-for-profit organizations. She began her career as Marketing Manager for Miller Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Philip Morris, Inc. where she first became involved in brand development, market segmentation and supported the launch of the Lite beer brand.

Ms. Livingston is an active volunteer having served on Boards of Directors including the Arthritis Foundation, AFS and Easter Seals (Past President). She is active at her church in a variety of volunteer roles and is currently an AFS host parent for a high school student from Norway. She has been a supporter of the mission of peace and understanding for AFS in many ways beginning with her own high school scholarship as an exchange student to New Zealand.

Ms. Livingston earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in Communications and Business Administration and later attended the Graduate School of Journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has academic, service, sports and philanthropic honors.

Dan Caprio

Dan Caprio

Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

 

Dan Caprio brings over 25 years of experience on legal and policy issues involving the convergence of internet, telecommunications, and technology. He has substantial knowledge and experience in the areas of privacy, cyber security, and the Internet of Things, a term used when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. Mr. Caprio works with clients to define and capitalize on public policy strategies in the United States and Europe.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Caprio served as Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) where he advised the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on technology policy and privacy protection. While at the DoC, he oversaw activities related to the development and implementation of federal privacy laws, policies, and practices. He served as Chairman of the DoC Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) working group and Co-Chairman of the Federal RFID interagency working group.

In 2011, Mr. Caprio was appointed as a trade policy advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative. From 2007 through 2011, Mr. Caprio advised the Secretary of Homeland Security on Data Privacy matters. In 2010, Mr. Caprio was appointed as a transatlantic subject matter expert to advise the European Commission on the Internet of Things.

Prior to his tenure at the DoC, Mr. Caprio served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Orson Swindle at the Federal Trade Commission. In 2002, he was appointed to represent the United States in revising the OECD guidelines on information systems and networks. Mr. Caprio holds an active security clearance for classified matters.

Adam Thierer

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow, The Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University

 

Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies, with a particular focus on online child safety and digital privacy. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Forbes, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Thierer is a frequent guest lecturer and has testified numerous times on Capitol Hill.

Thierer has authored or edited seven books on topics ranging from media regulation and child safety to the role of federalism in high-technology markets. He contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading technology-policy blog. Thierer has served on several distinguished online-safety task forces, including Harvard University Law School’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force, and he advises the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force. Previously, Thierer was president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Thierer received his MA in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland and his BA in journalism and political philosophy from Indiana University.

Bill Ablondi

Bill Ablondi

Director of Smart Home Strategies, Strategy Analytics

 

Bill Ablondi directs the Strategy Analytics’ Smart Home Strategies (SHS) advisory service focusing on emerging opportunities in home management, monitoring and control systems and services. Bill has over 25 years’ experience in market strategy development, competitive assessment and market forecasting for manufacturers and service providers in the information technology and consumer electronics sectors.

As Director of SHS, his global research and analysis focuses on identifying value propositions attractive to consumers, forecasting their adoption and market value, evaluating business models and partnerships within the smart home ecosystem and monitoring technology developments enabling new solutions.

Bill is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, a widely quoted analyst and has completed numerous custom consulting projects centering on opportunity assessment, market segmentation and customer satisfaction.

Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Bill led Parks Associates' home systems and energy management practice and previously held senior roles at BIS Strategic Decisions and IDC. He began his career as an engineer and business development manager at Texas Instruments and holds an MBA from Columbia University with concentrations in operations research and finance and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tue October 1, 2013 08.30 to
Wed October 2, 2013 17.55

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Washington, DC
20045
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