Speaker Biographies

Please see below a list of the latest speaker confirmations for this year's Internet of Things Global Summit.


This page is updated regularly so please check back for additional speaker confirmations.


If you would like to discuss speaking opportunities then please contact Tom Chinnock at tom.chinnock@forum-global.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 025.


Edith Ramirez

Edith Ramirez

Chairwoman, FTC


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.

Joseph  Bradley

Joseph Bradley

Managing Director, Internet of Everything Practice, Cisco


As managing director of the Internet of Everything (IoE) Practice in the Cisco Consulting Services organization, Joseph Bradley is responsible for ensuring the world’s top business leaders and organizations understand how they can capture their share of $14.4 trillion in value that IoE will create over the next 10 years. In this capacity, he leads an organization of consultants who are uniquely qualified to assist CXOs and their management teams in transforming their companies through the innovative application of technology to improve the “people” and “process” elements of their businesses.

Bradley directs the production of influential IoE white papers titled “Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion” and “Internet of Everything (IoE) Value Index: How Much Value Are Private-Sector Firms Capturing from IoE in 2013?” This thought leadership created the foundation for the Cisco Consulting IoE Practice as well as for Cisco’s 2013 “Tomorrow Starts Here” corporate brand campaign.

Prior to his current role, Bradley led the Research & Economics, Strategic Communications, and Operations functions of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), which is now part of Cisco Consulting. In this capacity, Bradley co-authored an influential paper titled “21st Century Corporation: Using Business Virtualization To Unleash the True Power of Innovation.” In addition, he co-authored several papers for Cisco’s “Horizons” program, including “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models,” BYOD: A Global Perspective,” and “Decision-Driven Collaboration.” Horizons is a multimodal research and analysis program designed to identify business transformation opportunities fueled by technology innovation.

Before coming to Cisco, Bradley held a number of increasingly responsible positions at C3, including senior vice president of shared services, CFO, and CEO. Previously, he was general manager of the Data Communications group at AT&T. He began his career at Pacific Bell, where he worked in finance and operations, and became known as a “turnaround expert.” Bradley holds a degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gary Butler

Gary Butler

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.

Ron Sege

Ron Sege

Chairman and CEO, Echelon Corporation


Ron Sege has served as a director of the company, President, and Chief Executive Officer since August 2010, and he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2011. Before Echelon, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board member of 3 Com Corporation from 2008 through its acquisition by HP. Earlier, Ron was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropos Networks, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband networks; President and Chief Executive Officer of Ellacoya Networks, Inc., a provider of broadband service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection technology, and Executive Vice President of Lycos, Inc., the Internet search engine. From 1989 to 1998, he served in a variety of senior management roles at 3 Com Corporation, including Executive Vice President, Global Systems Business Unit. Ron holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Pomona College.

Tobin Richardson

Tobin Richardson

Chairman and 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.

Sky Matthews

Sky Matthews

Chief Technology Officer, IBM


Sky is currently the CTO for Continuous Engineering and an IBM “Distinguished Engineer”. He is responsible for technical strategy and initiatives across the portfolio of tools for Systems and Software Engineering and industrial sector. He is also the technical lead across IBM Software Group for IBM’s Connected Vehicle initiative. Sky has lengthy experience working with clients in complex and embedded systems development across many industries, including telecom equipment, aerospace/defense, automotive, and electronics. His current areas of focus include design methods and technologies for machine-to-machine/internet-of-things, and technical strategy for Connected Vehicle. Prior to his current role, he was the technical lead for integrating the Telelogic tools in to the Rational portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience working on tools for engineering of complex and embedded systems. Sky is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and holds a BSc in Computer Science from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cees Links

Cees Links

CEO, GreenPeak Technologies


Cees Links is a pioneer of the wireless data industry, a visionary leader bringing the world of mobile computing and continuous networking together. Under his responsibility, the first wireless LANs were developed which ultimately became house-hold technology integrated into the PCs and notebooks we are all familiar with. He also pioneered the development of access points, home networking routers and hotspot base stations, all widely used today.

In 2005 Cees started with GreenPeak Technologies. GreenPeak is a fabless semiconductor company and the leader in the ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things.

Cees started his career at NCR Computers where he was responsible for the development and launch of the world’s first wireless LAN product in 1990, a major innovation at that time. Throughout several acquisitions and divestitures (NCT, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems), Cees continued his work in the wireless LAN area, which he turned into a multi-hundreds million dollar business for Agere Systems. He directly closed a deal with Apple Computer in 1999 that ignited the growth of the wireless LAN industry. Though this deal, wireless LANs went on to become a standard notebook feature.

Cees was involved in the establishment of the IEEE 802.11 standardization committee and the WiFi Alliance. He was also instrumental in helping to establish the IEEE 802.15 standardization committee to become the basis for the ZigBee sense and control networking technology and standardization.

Cees Links holds a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Twente University of Technology in Enschede, The Netherlands.

Todd Greene

Todd Greene

Founder & CEO, PubNub


As an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully sold companies across the software spectrum, Todd helps shape the PubNub vision of revolutionizing the way people interact online. Todd most recently was CEO of Loyalize, an Audience Participation company successfully sold to Function(x) (FNCX), a Robert F.X. Sillerman company, where he designed the first-ever massively multi-user Social TV mobile and web applications licensed to companies like Viacom and Yahoo.

Todd previously was founder and CTO/VP Products of CascadeWorks, a company providing Services Procument solutions to Texas Instruments, Charles Schwab, and ABN Amro, and acquired by Elance. After working with companies like GE, SGI, and Quantum while a consultant at Price Waterhouse, Todd joined NetDynamics (sold to Sun Microsystems in 1998) to help create a truly game-changing product: the first application server built for the Internet.

Sokwoo Rhee

Sokwoo Rhee

Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Dr. Sokwoo Rhee is Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems at National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on cyber-physical systems and co-lead the SmartAmerica Challenge. Prior to joining the US government, he was a co-founder and CTO of Millennial Net, Inc., which was one of the first to successfully commercialize low-power wireless mesh/sensor network and Internet of Things technology from academia. He worked on wireless medical sensors as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work and achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mark Bartolomeo

Mark Bartolomeo

Vice President-Connected Solutions, Verizon Enterprise Solutions


Mark Bartolomeo leads connected solutions for Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Global Platform group. He oversees a senior team responsible for delivering solutions that combine machine-to-machine connectivity with Verizon’s enterprise-class Platform elements, including telematics, dynamic cloud, security and professional services, along with the largest, fastest 4G LTE network. The goal is to leverage the full breadth of Verizon’s assets to deliver solutions that solve customers’ business challenges and offer greater efficiencies.
Prior to his current position, Bartolomeo was global vice president, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, employing Verizon’s world-class wireless and global IP networks and advanced M2M, cloud, and security technology platforms, to create new business opportunities for some of the largest multinational companies worldwide.

He also served as vice president, Global Enterprise Sales, leading Verizon’s Wireless Enterprise Sales organization for Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation, Telematics, Professional Services and Energy Industry Vertical markets. Additionally, he was Verizon Wireless Director of Business Sales where he oversaw the Business Sales distribution channel for wireless voice and data solutions for enterprise sales, government, major and national accounts.

Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Bartolomeo worked extensively in enterprise sales, marketing and leadership positions in the information technology industry throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Bartolomeo has held senior global sales and marketing positions in the enterprise software industry, including business applications for Enterprise Resource Planning, Sales Force Automation software, human resource management software, information technology consulting and systems integration.

Born and raised in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, Bartolomeo earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale products and services offered over the company’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation.

Xiaolin Lu

Xiaolin Lu

Fellow and Director of IoT Lab, Texas Instruments


Xiaolin is Fellow and director of Internet of Thing Research Lab at Texas Instruments Inc. She is responsible for differentiated industrial, connectivity & communication and sense and control system solutions using TI embedded processors and analog devices.

Xiaolin has worked on various embedded system and software programs, including SmartNet IoT SW, Narrow Band Power Line Communication Systems, Wireless and Wired Hybrid Sensor Network, 802.15.4g Software Defined Radio, Smart Power Software Framework, LTE/Wimax, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth co-existence and digital mobile TV SoC, etc.

Xiaolin is well-known as an embedded system and software expert inside and outside TI and has given keynote and plenary talks or presentations at numerous technical conferences. In addition, she is the author/co-author of more than 26+ U.S. patents and the recipient of the special recognition award from Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and National Women of Color award in the Technical Innovation – Industry category.

Xiaolin is the first TIer to co-chair the Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). In her free time, Xiaolin enjoys piano classes with children, classical music and leisure travel.

Julius Knapp

Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC


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.

Ilkka Lakaniemi

Ilkka Lakaniemi

Chairman, European Commission’s Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Program (FI-PPP)


Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi is a Vice President at the Finland Chamber of Commerce in charge of Digitalization and Renewal strategy in the Finnish Economy. He serves as the Chief Economist at the Chamber. He is a Executive Member of the Group on Economic Policy, which advises the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on global economic and political issues.

Mr Lakaniemi is the Chair of EU Future Internet - Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) Programme and a Senior Advisor on Future Internet at the Aalto University Business School. He is a aVisiting Scholar on Internet Economy at the University of California at Berkeley.

In 2000-2012, Mr Lakaniemi worked for the Nokia Corporation and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in various senior management positions in corporate relations, corporate venturing and strategic marketing. He is an expert on the socio-economics of mobile technology, Digital Economy and the economic impact of ICT in both advanced and developing economies.

Prior to Nokia, Mr Lakaniemi was a Research Associate, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, the University of California at Berkeley and the United Nations University in international political economy

H Nwana

H Nwana

Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance


As Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Aillance, H Nwana assists with the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives and outreach to and recruitment of potential partners and members across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Nwana was Group Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom, where he ran UK’s Spectrum Policy and spearheaded UK’s dynamic spectrum management activities, specifically focusing on TV White Spaces for broadband and other applications. While at Ofcom, Nwana was responsible for multi-million pound policy projects including the UK’s Digital TV Clearance programme (part of UK’s digital switchover programme) which concluded in 2013. Nwana also oversaw the UK 4G auction that raised billions and concluded in February 2013.

Before this, Nwana was Managing Director at Arqiva and earlier in his career he worked at Quadriga Worldwide Ltd where he was instrumental in the introduction of digital technology and services to the hospitality industry across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before Quadriga, he was a venture capitalist for 2 years and, even earlier, a Senior award-winning and published technologist at BT plc for 5 years. He also holds university professorial visiting appointments. Nwana has just published an authoritative book entitled Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) for Emerging Economies: How to make TMT Improve Developing Economies for the 2020s – published in April 2014.

Charla Rath

Charla Rath

Vice President - Wireless Policy Development, Verizon


Charla Rath joined Verizon in January 2010 as Vice President – Wireless Policy Development, where she is engaged in the development of Verizon’s public policy positions on spectrum and other wireless issues. Previously, as Executive Director – Spectrum and Public Policy at Verizon Wireless, Charla worked with the company’s business development and network planning groups to address policy and regulatory issues related to the acquisition of spectrum.

Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Charla was Vice President – Strategic Affiliations, of NextWave Telecom Inc., where she established a business alliance of small carriers and coordinated advocacy on spectrum auction and financial issues. As Vice President of Freedom Technologies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based telecommunications consulting firm, she advised governments and companies worldwide on a range of telecommunications structural, regulatory and business strategy issues.

Charla also served in the government as advisor to FCC Chairman Alfred C. Sikes on common carrier and spectrum policy issues and as a primary specialist in spectrum and internet policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Early in her career, she worked in both the United States and Europe on projects related to the impact of information technology on the financial and education sectors.

Charla has an MA in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University and a BSFS (Foreign Service) in international economics and finance from Georgetown University.

Steve Bratt

Steve Bratt

CTO and President, Standards Development, GS1 Global


Steve joined GS1 in December 2012. He is responsible for the GS1's Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), exploration of new technologies for possible future standardization, design and operation of the information technology systems supporting the GS1 global operations and management of the Princeton, New Jersey site.

Steve has more than 25 years of experience building international, technical enterprises in for-profit and non-profit environments. Before joining GS1, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Foundation, which he launched with the inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee with the mission of connecting and empowering all people on the planet.

From 2002 to 2009, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C); the organization that develops the technical standards that make the Web work, including HTML and XML. In 1997, he was named Coordinator of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization's International Data Centre in Vienna, Austria, responsible for establishing the centre, global communications infrastructure, and standards for data exchange between.

Between 1984 to 1997, Steve led research international initiatives to develop systems for real-time global sensor monitoring, data analysis and global telecommunications at Science Applications International Corporation and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Steve received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.Sc. from the Pennsylvania State University.

Linda Sherry

Linda Sherry

Director, National Priorities, Consumer Action


Linda Sherry is a nationally recognized consumer advocate and expert on consumer and privacy rights. As director of national priorities for Consumer Action, she is responsible for the organization’s national advocacy work and for Consumer Action’s free, multilingual educational publications and website content. Sherry, who joined Consumer Action in 1994 from a background as a weekly newspaper reporter, established Consumer Action’s DC office in 2004.

Sherry, Consumer Action’s chief spokesperson, regularly responds to inquiries about consumer protection issues by the national and local media, Congress and federal regulators.

Before joining Consumer Action, Sherry was managing editor of AsianWeek in San Francisco from 1991-1994. Previously she was a reporter at The Almanac newspapers in Menlo Park, California; The New York Times Long Island Section, and The East Hampton Star in East Hampton, NY. She was a founding editor of the Sag Harbor Herald, a weekly newspaper in Long Island, NY.

Philip Marnick

Philip Marnick

Group Director - Spectrum Policy, Ofcom U.K.


Ofcom appointed Philip Marnick as its new Group Director in charge of spectrum. Spectrum is the airwaves over which all wireless communications operate and Ofcom is responsible for its management. Mobile phone networks, TV and radio broadcasting, wireless internet, sat-nav, air traffic control, and the emergency services are just some of the services that use spectrum.

Philip has 27 years' experience in the wireless communications industry. He joins from UK Broadband where he served as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to that he held senior positions at O2, BT, Orange, J-Phone - Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance). Philip is also a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board.

Philip, who will join in November, will lead Ofcom's Spectrum Policy Group. This is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum, which involves clearing, awarding and licensing it.

Neil Chilson

Neil Chilson

Attorney-Advisor to Commissioner Ohlhausen, FTC


Neil Chilson is an attorney advisor to Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen at the Federal Trade Commission. He assists the Commissioner on consumer protection cases, coordinating with staff and counsel, and making recommendations to the Commissioner. He also drafts speeches, articles, and opinions for the Commissioner. His recent work has focused on big data, data security, internet of things, and advertising substantiation. Before coming to the FTC, Neil worked in private legal practice at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he focused on telecommunications law and privacy. His private practice portfolio included broadcast incentive auctions, cable set-top box regulation, spectrum policy, and network neutrality. Neil received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Harding University.

Oleg Logvinov

Oleg Logvinov

Director, Special Assignments, STMicroelectronics, Chair, Working Group - Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things, IEEE


Oleg Logvinov is the Director of Special Assignments in STMicroelectronics’ Industrial & Power Conversion Division.

After graduating from the Technical University of Ukraine (KPI) with the equivalent of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, he worked as a senior researcher at the R&D Laboratory of the Ukraine Department of Energy at the KPI.

During the last 25 years Mr. Logvinov has held various senior technical and executive management positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry. He currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group and the IEEE-SA Standards Board.

Mr. Logvinov also actively participates in several IEEE standards development working groups with the focus on the IoT and Communications Technologies. Mr. Logvinov is the chair of the IEEE P2413 “Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things’ Working Group. He helped found the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and is the past President and CTO of the Alliance. Mr. Logvinov has nineteen patents to his credit and has been an invited speaker on multiple occasions.

Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

Senior Analyst, ITIF; and Director, Center for Data Innovation


Daniel Castro is a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Director of the Center for Data Innovation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.”

Before joining ITIF, Mr. Castro worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools.

He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mark Eichorn

Mark Eichorn

Assistant Director, Consumer of Bureau Protection, FTC


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 the Commission’s 2013 workshop on the Internet of Things. He joined DPIP in 2009 after serving as an attorney advisor for FTC Chairman (and previously Commissioner) Jon 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 stint in 2003 as an attorney advisor to FTC Commissioner Tom 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.

Stephen  Pattison

Stephen Pattison

Vice President, Public Affairs, ARM Holdings


ARM is a UK based company, with global interests. ARM designs microprocessors, used in many products, including the majority of mobile phones.

Stephen is responsible for ARM’s involvement with and contribution to policy and government thinking across the world. His main focus is London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security.

Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues.

Before that he worked for James Dyson (Vacuum cleaners etc) as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets.

He was once a British Diplomat, working at the British Embassy in Washington, and as Director, International Security at the Foreign Office in London.

Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Stephen also spent 2003-4 at Harvard as a Fellow in International Affairs.

Shudong Chen

Shudong Chen

Professor and Lab Director, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jiangsu R&D Center for Internet of Things


Dr. Shudong Chen, professor at Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is now the director of Research Center of IOT System Architecture and Data Trade Technology, Jiangsu R&D Center of Internet of Things. She is also a scholar of “One-hundred Talent Program”, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She was a tenure assistant professor of Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. Her research interests mainly focused on distributed computing, parallel computing, ubiquitous computing which involve SOA technology and middleware technology. She is now working for multiple key scientific projects as project leader, including Chinese Academy of Sciences key IOT Deployment Program, National Key Technology Support program, IOT Public Service Platform Program of National Development and Reform Commission and Jiangsu Province Key Technology Support Program, et al. She has published more than 40 research papers in international journals and conferences, 3 books and has acquired 15 patents and 1 software copyright.

Eric Openshaw

Eric Openshaw

Vice Chairman & Global Technology Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP


Eric Openshaw is vice chairman and U.S. TMT Industry leader for Deloitte LLP. He also leads the U.S. Technology Sector practice and serves as the Global Technology Sector leader. Eric has more than 30 years of experience advising clients on a variety of important business issues, ranging from enterprise transformation to M&A analysis to technology strategy. A frequent public speaker, Eric also writes articles on technology and operational improvement for periodical publications.

Most recently, he has been published on a variety of topics, including The Internet of Things (IoT), adaptive manufacturing (3D printing), wearables, mobility, cyber security, analytics, and cloud computing, among other technology trends. He is regularly quoted in technology and business periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times, Forbes, and CIO Magazine, among other tier one publications.

Eric also provides oversight to The Deloitte Center for the Edge (The Center). The Center conducts original research and develops substantive points of view for new corporate growth. The Center, anchored in the Silicon Valley with teams in Europe and Australia, helps senior executives make sense of and profit from emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology.

Craig Wigginton

Craig Wigginton

Vice Chairman & Global Telecoms Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP


Craig Wigginton is vice chairman, the U.S., Global and Americas Telecommunications sector leader and a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He brings nearly 25 years of experience leading large, complex accounts across the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industry, with particular emphasis in the telecommunications sector. Craig’s principal focus has been providing audit, attest and enterprise risk services to both large and emerging companies. Additionally, he has led the integration of a range of Deloitte services, including tax, consulting and financial advisory.

Craig specializes across numerous channels in the telecom and broader TMT ecosystem, including:

•Mobile carriers
•Traditional wireline
•Handset manufacturers
•Cloud/data centers
•Equipment manufacturers
•Infrastructure ownership/management (i.e. tower companies)

As a key advisor to senior executives of telecom companies, he assists with developing strategic solutions to current critical sector issues, including:

•Rapid sector consolidation, including mergers and acquisitions
•The emergence of non-traditional entrants into the telecommunications ecosystem, including cable and Internet companies
•The continued explosion of data consumption and proliferation of smart devices and the rise of “the apps economy”
•The development of value-added services and new business models for carriers
•The return of value to shareholders, both through core operations as well as convergence and value added opportunities

In addition, a key area of focus for Craig is helping telecom companies explore growth opportunities through vertical markets that are now heavily leveraging mobile technologies, including health care, banking, mobile payments and retail.
During his tenure with Deloitte, Craig has developed a number of initiatives designed to help telecommunications companies thrive in a variety of market conditions. In past years, he has led Deloitte’s points of view around industry related technical accounting positions and auditing approach, conducted Web conferences, spearheaded the development of content related to internal control databases, and has worked with major global telecommunications companies to assess U.S. GAAP and SEC issues for entities associated with the U.S. capital markets.

Steve Halliday

Steve Halliday

President, RAIN RFID


Steve is the President of RAIN, the UHF RFID Alliance. The Alliance was formed to promote the understanding, acceptance, and ubiquitous adoption of UHF RFID technology and applications to improve business and, ultimately, people’s lives.

As well as being president of RAIN, Steve is the president of High Tech Aid, a company based in Pittsburgh, PA providing consulting services about Automatic Identification and Data Capture technologies. He graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, with a degree in Electronic Engineering and he has been involved in automatic identification and data capture technologies since 1980. He is a member of the AIDC 100 and is the 2010 winner of the Richard R Dilling award for services to the AIDC industry. He is also a 2012 winner of the IEC 1906 Award and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Prior to forming High Tech Aid, Steve was vice president, technology for AIM Inc., a trade association for manufacturers, consultants, systems integrators, and users involved in automatic identification and data capture.

Steve has had numerous papers and articles published on technology subjects. He is the chairman of the SC31 committee responsible for creating RFID air interface standards and a co-chairman of the EPCglobal™ Technical Standards Committee. He is the editor/publisher of High Tech AIDCourier, a free monthly newsletter for the AIDC community and is a frequent speaker at events around the world.

Steve is also the co-owner of a company offering RFID solutions in the document management and asset tracking world and co-owner of an IoT company providing assistance to manufacturing companies who wish to be involved in the Internet Of things.

Clarke Stevens

Clarke Stevens

Board of Directors and Technical Chair, UPnP Forum and Principal Architect, CableLabs


Clarke Stevens is Principal Architect of Advanced Platforms and Services at CableLabs. Clarke is responsible for the architecture of home networking, IP video, and video through web browsers as well as other advanced cable services as they across traditional product boundaries. He also represents CableLabs in various standards development organizations. Clarke is on the board of directors of UPnP Forum and chairs the Technical Committee. He is also the moderator of the Media Pipeline Task Force in the World Wide Web Consortium.

Prior to CableLabs, Clarke worked in engineering, research, product management and strategy involving digital media and communications at MediaOne, SonicBlue and Qwest. He built the world’s largest subwoofer and has fourteen issued patents (and dozens not yet issued). In his spare time, he designs and builds home recording studios, theaters and other custom home improvements. He holds MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Hazem Moakkit

Hazem Moakkit

Vice President of Spectrum Development, O3b


Hazem Moakkit is a veteran of the satellite industry where he has worked for over 22 years in various capacities. He currently serves as the Vice President of Spectrum Development at O3b Networks where he leads the creation and implementation of O3b’s global spectrum strategy.

Prior to O3b, Hazem spent 5 years at Yahsat in the United Arab Emirates as the Director or Regulatory & Spectrum Affairs where he created and managed the spectrum strategy, and was a key member of the corporate strategy team. Mr. Moakkit led the acquisition of vital orbital assets for the start-up operator and worked closely with regulators to obtain the required licenses. He was also instrumental in formulating the expansion strategy for Yahsat in Africa and South America.

Prior to joining Yahsat, Mr. Moakkit worked in various roles at Intelsat (previously PanAmSat) where he rose through the ranks to become a key member of the spectrum & regulatory group in Washington. There, Mr. Moakkit was responsible for frequency coordination activities for the Intelsat fleet of over 50 satellites spanning multiple administrations. During his tenure, he also worked in various system and sales engineering roles.

Early on in his career, Mr. Moakkit was a system integrator at ATCI, a nascent yet ambitious satellite system integrator based in Mesa, Arizona. While at ATCI he gained valuable hands-on experience designing, building and operating RF systems for Fortune 500 clients.

Mr. Moakkit holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, an MBA degree from Georgetown University.

Darrin Mylet

Darrin Mylet

Business Operations, Adaptrum


Mr. Mylet joined Adaptrum, a Silicon Valley-based startup exploring the applications of proprietary implementations of cognitive radio for use in wireless services and applications, in 2009. Mr. Mylet has been working globally with regulators and early adopters of TV white space policy and technology implementation.

Mr. Mylet was with Cantor Fitzgerald in 2003-2009. Mr. Mylet worked globally with both the public and private sectors in facilitating the management and trading of (wireless) radio spectrum frequency. Started the Cantor Spectrum Exchange, the first real time spectrum management and trading exchange. Co-developed the business and technology platform for Cantor Gaming, the first commercial mobile wireless system at the Venetian Casino Hotel in Las Vegas in 2009..

Prior to joining Cantor-Fitzgerald, Mr. Mylet was with Radiant Networks, a U.K. based pioneer in “physical mesh” broadband wireless equipment vendor, where he was VP Sales & Marketing-Americas from 2000-2003.

Prior to this position, Mr. Mylet was an executive with MFS/Worldcom/MCI from 1997 to 2000. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Mylet was with GTE Corporation (now Verizon).

Mr. Mylet served two Terms (2010/11-Obama) and (2009/10-Bush) for the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee administered by NTIA and was Chairperson of the Spectrum Transparency Subcommittee. NTIA advises the White House on Spectrum and Broadband Policy.

B.A. Economics Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Brian Vogelsang

Brian Vogelsang

Director, Product Management, Qualcomm


Brian Vogelsang is Director of Product Management with Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. Vogelsang has over 20 years of experience in Telecommunications and Information Technology. In his current role he works closely with device manufacturers, technology partners, and application developers to bring new and differentiated services to market based on AllJoyn, a collaborative open source project of the AllSeen Alliance. Vogelsang is an active contributor to the AllSeen Alliance’s Connected Lighting Working Group focused on making lighting products interoperable with the broader Internet of Everything Ecosystem. Previously he served as Director of Product Management for Qualcomm Mobile & Computing (QMC). As part of the QMC Snapdragon™ Ecosystem team, he worked with application developers on new business, partnership, and innovation opportunities for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile processor. Prior to this he served as Director of Product Management for Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS) where he was responsible for overseeing product development for Plaza Retail, the application store platform for BREW that generated over $3B in application developer revenues. Since joining Qualcomm in 1994, he has held management and product strategy roles in engineering, product marketing, Information Technology and product management. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Brian was Chief Technology Officer for AXNET Communications, Inc., a regional Internet Services Provider. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Redlands.

Yi  Zhao

Yi Zhao

Vice President, Standards, Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Huawei R&D USA)


Yi Zhao, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Huawei R&D USA), the North America subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, Ltd. headquartered in Shenzhen, China. As its first US employee, Dr. Zhao assisted the parent company in successfully establishing the subsidiary organization in Plano, Texas. During his career in Huawei USA, Dr. Zhao has been in various leadership roles of company’s operation, research and development, sales and marketing, industry standards, business strategy and development, intellectual property rights, as well as the company’s public and industry relations.

Dr. Zhao has over 25 years experience in telecommunications and IT industries. Prior to joining Huawei, Dr. Zhao worked for research institutes (Shanghai Jiao Tong University and The University of Texas at Dallas) and major corporations — Hewlett Packard and Ericsson — in different technical and managerial positions.

Dr. Zhao has served in the board for numbers of forums and committees in ICT industry including Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), IPsphere Forum, Open Patent Alliance (OPA), and International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS). He has been frequently invited to speak to various industry and business forums in the US and China.

Dr. Zhao was a board director for the Dallas Regional Chamber and co-chair of the DRC Innovation and Technology Council. He is currently a member of Associate Board for SMU Cox School of Business, and serves as industry advisors to the Eric Johnson Engineering School in the University of Texas at Dallas and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in SMU.

In 2008, Dr. Zhao received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at Dallas. It is the highest honor bestowed on alumni and is given to individuals who are distinguished in their chosen profession or life’s work and who demonstrate pride in the University.

Dr. Zhao has a BSCS and an MSCS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Christopher Wolf

Christopher Wolf

Partner and Founder & Co-Chair, Hogan Lovells, Future of Privacy Forum


Christopher Wolf is a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice.

Chris was one of the first lawyers in the United States to focus on privacy law for clients, and he remains a leader in the field. Chambers USA 2014 ranked him a “Star Individual”, writing “The "amazing" Christopher Wolf is a "dean of the industry" who is frequently revered as "the best in the business." Sources note that he is "very wired in" to policymaking in DC and uses his substantial knowledge of the political environment to counsel some of the world's most prominent companies.”

MSNBC has called Chris "a pioneer in Internet law.” The Washingtonian Magazine has dubbed Chris a “Tech Titan."
Chris helps clients with the entire spectrum of domestic and international privacy and data security issues they face. He is a thoughtful compliance counselor focused on risk management and an effective advocate in federal court, at the FTC, or before state agencies, on the entire range of international and domestic privacy issues.

As the privacy law compliance challenges evolve and as Big Data, cloud computing, mobile technology, social media, the Internet of Things, Connected Cars and telematics, online tracking, cross-border transfers of data, and other technology-related issues present new problems to solve, Chris is at the forefront of lawyers tackling those problems. Chris helps clients with cutting-edge privacy issues.

Chris is the founder and chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank devoted to advancing responsible data practices that has become a leading platform for discussion and development of best practices. He also helped to organize and is a leader of the Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade. Chris is a member of the American Law Institute and its project on a Restatement of Privacy Law. He served on the OECD group advising on the OECD Privacy Guidelines and is an organizer of the Privacy Law Salons.

Chris was the editor and lead author of the first PLI treatise on privacy law and is a frequent author and speaker on privacy and data security issues. He participates annually at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference. With Abraham Foxman, he co-authored Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet (Macmillan Palgrave 2013).

In 2014, Chris presented at the White House OSTP workshop on Big Data , the Yale Law School Big Data seminar and the University of Colorado/Silicon Flatirons program on “New Frontiers of Privacy Harm” among numerous other programs. Chris also was a witness before the federal Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, discussing his work on national security access to personal data around the world. He was the 2014 Commencement Speaker at the Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Peter Marx

Peter Marx

Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles


Mayor Garcetti today appointed Peter Marx as the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. A key part of Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda, Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation.

Before joining the Mayor's Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc., commercializing a variety of emerging technologies. Previously, Marx was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc. where the company received a Webby award, the highest award for excellence in online content. Marx managed Analog Protocol, a media-technology consultancy; served as the Chief Technology Officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios; and held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts. Early in his career, he served as an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging, and biomedicine applications for UCLA and 3M Company.

This appointment is the latest in Mayor Garcetti's efforts to reform and reorganize City Hall to make it more efficient and effective in serving the people of Los Angeles.

Chris Rezendes

Chris Rezendes

Founder, INEX Advisors


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.

Arturo Muente Kunigami

Arturo Muente Kunigami

Senior ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank


Arturo joined the World Bank in 2006. He is currently involved in investment projects and analytical work across a wide range of topics, including: telecommunications regulation and infrastructure; financial services; IT industry development; and open innovation, in particular in the context of smart cities and open data. Prior to joining the World Bank, Arturo was a consultant, focused mainly on rural telecommunications and telecom regulation in developing countries. He has also worked in strategy and financial analysis at an internet service provider; in planning and project evaluation in a commercial bank, and with the Peruvian telecommunications regulatory agency, OSIPTEL. Arturo holds an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima.


Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President and 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.

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.

Alain Louchez

Alain Louchez

Managing Director, Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT), Georgia Institute of Technology


Alain Louchez is the Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”).

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Mr. Louchez held various executive positions, including vice president of BellSouth (now AT&T) Europe, executive director of BellSouth France, and general manager of GTE/Verizon Media Ventures’ wireless video operations in Hawaii. Most recently, he was vice president of strategic management at Numerex, a company focused on machine-to-machine communications (M2M), where he was instrumental in the development of the M2M Standardization Task Force at the Global Standards Collaboration (an international organization composed of ITU and other major Standards Developing Organizations).

He has served on the boards of directors of several international telecommunications companies, including France Telecom Mobiles Data, Cofira (parent company of SFR), Com-Dev (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations’ Cable TV subsidiary), SINEDI/Com-Dev Images, and Datech. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) advisory council and the Georgia Tech Lorraine (Georgia Tech’s European campus) advisory board.

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Co-Founder, Auto-ID Labs


Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers professor of mechanical engineering and newly appointed Director of Digital Learning at MIT. Sarma was one of the founders of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which, along with a number of partner companies and its "spin-off," EPCglobal, developed the technical concepts and standards of modern RFID. He also chaired the Auto-ID Research Council consisting of six labs worldwide, which he helped to establish. Today, the suite of standards developed by the Auto-ID Center, commonly referred to as the EPC, are utilized by over a thousand companies on five continents. Between 2004 and 2006, Sarma took a leave of absence from MIT to found the software company OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008. He is a consultant and board member at several companies, including EPC Global, and also serves as a permanent guest of the board of GS1 and a member of the board of governors of GS1US. Sarma also serves on the City of Boston's Complete Streets Advisory Group.

Sarma received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. In between degrees, Sarma worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK. Sarma's master's thesis was in the area of operations research, and his PhD was in the area of automation.

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. Ms. Gomez represent clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Executive Branch on regulatory, policy, and transactional matters related to domestic and international telecommunications, public safety communications, and unmanned aircraft systems. She also counsels on and analyzes U.S. and international regulation governing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including spectrum licensing and allocation matters before the FCC, the NTIA, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Gomez was Vice President, Government Affairs at Sprint Nextel. Prior to her work in private industry, Ms. Gomez served for 12 years in various management positions at the Federal Communications Commission, including Deputy Chief of the International Bureau and Chief of the Network Services Division in the Common Carrier (now Wireline) Bureau. Ms. Gomez also served as the Senior Legal Advisor to former FCC Chairman William Kennard.

Ms. Gomez is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and earned her J.D. from George Washington University. She is a member of the District of Columbia’s Hispanic Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

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.

Tom Davenport

Tom Davenport

President's Distinguished Professor in IT and Management, Babson College; and Senior Advisor, Deloitte Analytics


Thomas Davenport is a world-renowned thought-leader who has helped hundreds of companies revitalize their management practices. He combines his interests in research, teaching, and business management as the President’s Distinguished Professor in Management and Information Technology at Babson College. He has also taught at the Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and the University of Texas at Austin and has directed research centers at Accenture, McKinsey & Company, Ernst & Young, and CSC. He is also a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. Tom earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in social science.
An agile and prolific thinker, Tom has written or co-authored sixteen best-selling business books and is one of Harvard Business Review’s most frequently published authors. He is the creator and/or early author of several key business ideas including: competing on analytics, big data, knowledge management, human approaches to information management, business process reengineering, and realizing the value of enterprise systems.

His latest book, Big Data at Work, covers all the bases including what big data means from a technical, consumer and management perspective and where it can have real business impact. Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics continues his pioneering work on Data Analytics begun with the bestseller, Competing on Analytics – named by the Harvard Business Review as one of the twelve most important management ideas of the past decade. And his recent book, Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right, was named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best business books of 2012.

Professor Davenport is one of the first management thinkers recruited to blog for Harvard Business Online and his “The Next Big Thing” blog is a reader favorite as is his Wall Street Journal blog. Tom has written over 100 articles for such publications as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, and the Financial Times, and is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Business 2.0, the Boston Globe, and Fast Company. He is also interviewed frequently by the broadcast media.

Tom was named one of the top 50 Business School Professors in the World by Poets and Quants and Ziff Davis once again included him as one of only four IT management thought leaders on their “100 Most Influential People in IT” list. Tom has been named one of 10 “Masters of the New Economy” by CIO Magazine, one of 25 “E-Business Gurus” by Darwin, and one of the most trusted consultants and the third leading business-strategy analyst (just behind Peter Drucker and Tom Friedman) by Optimize Magazine.

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.



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