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Speaker Biographies

Please see below a list of speakers that spoke at this year's inaugural conference.

Confirmed Speakers

Anthony  Foxx

Anthony Foxx

Secretary of Transportation, US Department of Transportation


Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013.

As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that the American maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.

Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College.

Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.

Ed Markey

Ed Markey

Senator for Massachussets, US Senate


Senator Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, has a prolific legislative record on major issues across the policy spectrum and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts and our country. Whether the issue is climate change, clean energy, safeguarding privacy, nuclear non-proliferation, investor protection or preserving an open Internet that spurs competition and consumer choice, Senator Markey stands up for the priorities and values of Massachusetts.

Senator Markey was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1946. He attended Boston College (B.A., 1968) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1972). He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was elected to the Massachusetts State House where he served two terms representing Malden and Melrose. He is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal.

Terrell McSweeny

Terrell McSweeny

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


Terrell McSweeny was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 28, 2014, to a term that expires on September 25, 2017.

Prior to joining the Commission, McSweeny served as Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. She joined the Antitrust Division after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President from January 2009 until February 2012, advising President Obama and Vice President Biden on policy in a variety of areas, including health care, innovation, intellectual property, energy, education, women’s rights, criminal justice and domestic violence.

McSweeny’s government service also includes her work as Senator Joe Biden’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director in the U.S. Senate, where she managed domestic and economic policy development and legislative initiatives, and as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on issues such as criminal justice, innovation, women's rights, domestic violence, judicial nominations and immigration and civil rights. She also worked as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

McSweeny is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law School.

Blair Anderson

Blair Anderson

Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Blair Anderson was sworn in as the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on August 23, 2015. As a passionate safety advocate and earnest financial steward, he is honored by the opportunity to support NHTSA’s core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing crashes.

Before becoming NHTSA’s Deputy Administrator, Anderson served as the acting chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this role, Anderson was responsible for the Department’s $70 billion budget and the financial management of all the Department’s programs. He oversaw the execution of the Department’s loan portfolio, which grew to more than $21 billion during his tenure at the CFO’s office. As acting CFO, he was a member of the Department’s senior management team, advising the Secretary of Transportation on budget, policy, and management issues. Anderson was particularly respected for his key role as a liaison to Congress and his ability to work with the Appropriations Committee to secure resources in support of the Secretary’s priorities.

Prior to joining the Department in April 2013, Anderson spent eight years as an advisor for Congressman John W. Olver, primarily overseeing his work as chairman and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Notable achievements during this time included providing $10.5 billion for the High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail grant program and the creation of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. Anderson also served as Congressman Olver’s legislative director from 2007-2009.

Anderson is originally from Laguna Beach, California, and obtained his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University. The father of two young boys, he and his wife have become proudly proficient in the use of all the required types of car seats and booster seats.

Julius Knapp

Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering & 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.

Harry Lightsey

Harry Lightsey

Executive Director, Global Connected Consumer, Public Policy, General Motors


Harry Lightsey was appointed Executive Director – Global Connected Customer Experience in the Global Public Policy organization in April 2013. Harry joined GM in March of 2012 as Director, Federal Affairs - OnStar, Infotainment and Strategy Development. Subsequently, Harry also led the Federal Affairs team. He retired from AT&T in 2009 after serving as President of Southeast Region and as its Senior Vice President of Legislative and External Affairs. Harry also served as State President South Carolina of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.

Harry’s career in the telecom industry spanned over 26 years, including holding a variety of positions in the external affairs and legal organizations at BellSouth. He began his telecommunications career in 1982 when he joined Southwestern Bell.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He was named co-chair of the Economic Development Transition Task Force by South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. He was a founding member of the board of City Year-Columbia, a youth service organization, and has participated in numerous other charitable organizations.

In 2002, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the South Carolina’s highest recognition for his achievements in leading the ground breaking effort to establish leading research and development programs in higher education. He has also served on the Princeton National Alumni Executive Board and on the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston.

He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1978, majoring in Japanese Studies. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association


Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies, which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro directs a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek any government funding for industry.

Shapiro has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times and led the industry through its successful transition to HDTV. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair-use rights, and opposed legislation like PIPA and SOPA that would be harmful to a robust Internet. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station, served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) and is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, receiving its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV.

In 2015, The Hill named Shapiro “one of the most influential lobbyists” in Washington, D.C. Shapiro has also been named one of the 100 most influential people in Washington by Washington Life magazine and a Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine. He has also held many exhibition industry leadership posts and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the IAEE Pinnacle Award. Under Shapiro’s leadership, CTA regularly wins awards for its success as a family friendly employer, a healthy workplace and a “green” tradeshow producer. In 2015, CTA earned its second consecutive selection as a Washington Post Top Workplace.

Shapiro authored CTA’s New York Times best-sellers, “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (Harper Collins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 400 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy.

Shapiro currently sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and has served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Economic Club of Washington, as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology, and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. He has also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Prior to joining CTA in 1982, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He has also worked on Capitol Hill as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

Thibaut Kleiner

Thibaut Kleiner

Head of Unit Network Technologies, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Mr. Kleiner is heading unit E1 – Network Technologies - in DG CONNECT, European Commission. This unit is in charge of Reasearch & Innovation in the area of wireless optical networks, network architectures, Internet of Things, Satcom and manages the 5G-PPP.

Thibaut has worked for the European Commission since 2001, occupying a number of positions, notably in the field of competition policy, where he was head of unit in charge of coordination, and member of Cabinet of Neelie Kroes in her previous mandate, where he notably supervised state aid (including during the banking crisis). An economist by training, he holds a Master from HEC Paris and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Shane Rooney

Shane Rooney

Executive Director, Connected Living Programme, GSMA


Shane Rooney is an Executive Director at the GSMA on the Connected Living Programme. Bringing together strategies and synergies across the M2M verticals and the wider IoT ecosystems, he has a wealth of experience in Mobile Communications particularly in Enterprise Solutions and M2M having global experience in a number of operators including Etisalat , Vodafone and Hutchison. In addition he worked at Ford Motor Company innovating and pioneering Telematic Solutions and developing new revenue opportunities. He also been involved in some new innovative M2M companies working on prestigious projects with Motorola, Zumtobel and Aston Martin. He holds a PhD in Communications Engineering from Lancaster University and Business Marketing from IMD Switzerland.

Ken Leonard

Ken Leonard

Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office


Kenneth M. Leonard is Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO). He is a member of Federal government’s Senior Executive Service.

Mr. Leonard has over 30 years of federal government and private sector leadership experience providing solutions, innovations, and thought leadership in the areas of transportation, energy, investment, defense, environment, regulatory affairs, and information systems.

Before assuming the role of Director of the ITS JPO, Mr. Leonard served in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), where he was a Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the Office of Analysis, Research and Technology. In this capacity, he provided key executive leadership, vision, and direction in improving FMCSA’s project effectiveness and efficiency.

Previously, Mr. Leonard served as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Aviation Weather, where he led the FAA’s Technology Development Office and was manager of Investment Analysis. While at the FAA, he provided strategic direction, advancing cornerstone aviation weather enterprise systems and emerging technologies in support of the USDOT’s Next Generation Air Transportation Systems initiatives.

While serving in the private sector, Mr. Leonard provided management oversight of complex and innovative research, development, and deployment of various programs involving multibillion-dollar projects. Additionally, he developed strategies to improve standard business practices and reduce program cost risks.

Mr. Leonard is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international economics and completed graduate-level studies in economics and finance.

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson

Founder and President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


As founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Robert D. Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. He is an internationally recognized scholar and a widely published author whom The New Republic has named one of the “three most important thinkers about innovation,” Washingtonian Magazine has called a “Tech Titan,” and Government Technology Magazine has judged to be one of the 25 top “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology.”

President Clinton appointed Atkinson to the Commission on Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New Economy; the Bush administration appointed him chair of the congressionally created National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission; and the Obama administration appointed him to the National Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy Advisory Board. He now serves as co-chair of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s China-U.S. Innovation Policy Experts Group. He now serves as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

As a respected policy expert and commentator, Atkinson has testified numerous times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he appears frequently on news and public affairs programs. Among others, these appearances have included interviews on BBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News.

Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the prestigious Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship. He earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2014.

Mitch Bainwol

Mitch Bainwol

President and CEO, Auto Alliance


Mitch Bainwol is President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association representing automakers who sell new vehicles in the United States. The Auto Alliance represents 12 leading automakers on a range of safety, environmental and related policy issues before Congress and state legislatures.
Bainwol is a strong advocate for market-driven government policies that help move forward a technology innovation agenda. “We’re on the precipice of a golden era in mobility. Our roads are going to be far safer than ever, and the environmental benefits are enormous,” according to Bainwol. “Each automaker is pursuing strategies consistent with its own vision of what will motivate its future customers, who are choosing winners through their collective purchasing patterns.” Bainwol is a proponent of government policies that increase fuel economy by recognizing innovative new safety technologies on today’s automobiles.

Since coming to Auto Alliance in September 2011, Bainwol has given consumers a larger voice in auto policy through development of the Alliance Auto Index, a national public opinion survey reaching 60,000 people annually to provide insights into consumer sentiments on a range of topics affecting automobiles. Recent survey findings show that nine out of 10 Americans see auto manufacturing as important to a strong economy.

Bainwol is recognized for his leadership during transitions, especially building coalitions and identifying new pathways forward. While chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (2003-2011), Bainwol helped the music industry meet the new digital world by curbing piracy and protecting intellectual property rights. Bainwol is now helping the auto industry through challenges associated with automobiles and connectivity. “In the music space, technology was a threat, because technology enabled theft. In the auto industry, I’m in a world with massive technology companies who build vehicles, and technology is not a threat to our business model; it’s the enabler of the future,” said Bainwol.

Bainwol is widely recognized for his campaign capabilities and knowledge of government processes. He spent 25 years in federal policymaking and politics, including serving as chief of staff to two U.S. Senators and two political committees. The Washington Post called Mr. Bainwol a "Top D.C. Lobbyist and Man in Demand." Capitol Hill's Roll Call newspaper included him as one of the 50 most influential "politicos" in Washington. Campaigns and Elections magazine named him a "Mover and Shaker."

Bainwol began his career as a budget analyst in President Ronald Reagan's Office of Management and Budget. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.

Mr. Bainwol was born in Munich where his father was stationed. He grew up in Germany, the Canal Zone, Maryland, and Thailand before graduating from Frankfurt American High School. Bainwol serves on the boards of Center for Automotive Research and the Bryce Harlow Foundation, where he also is Chairman. He and his wife, Susan, have three children.

The Alliance represents 12 automakers including BMW Group, FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Visit for more.

Hilary Cain

Hilary Cain

Director, Technology and Innovation Policy, Toyota


Hilary joined Toyota’s Government Affairs team as Director of Technology and Innovation Policy in July of 2012. In this position, Hilary handles policy issues relating to connected vehicle technology and in-vehicle telematics, including spectrum, data privacy, and cyber security.

Prior to coming on board at Toyota, Hilary spent four years on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. She served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation with jurisdiction over matters relating to competitiveness, technology, standards, and innovation. Prior to that, as a Counsel to the Committee, she handled parliamentary, procedural, and jurisdictional matters and participated in the development and implementation of legislative strategy.

Previously, Hilary worked as Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Brian Baird (WA), overseeing his legislative agenda, and as Ways and Means Counsel to U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (TX). She holds a J.D. and a M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, and a B.A. in Political Science with honors from the University of Washington.

Dean Garfield

Dean Garfield

President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council


Dean Garfield is the President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Since taking on this role in 2009, Dean has built ITI into a powerhouse of advocacy, insight, and influence in Washington, D.C., and throughout the world. He leads a team of professionals who, combined, bring nearly three centuries of advocacy experience to bear on the most complex policy challenges facing the world’s leading technology companies.

Dean has worked to foster a policy environment that embraces cutting-edge research, game-changing technologies, and national economic champions as central to the foundation for sustained job creation and growth. The results: the tech sector has continued to grow despite global economic challenges. Companies are expanding -- putting more people to work, creating breakthrough products and services, and expanding into new markets with enormous opportunity. Under Dean’s leadership, ITI has defined the tech agenda for global policymakers, expanded its membership and influence, and launched a foundation that serves as the preeminent thought leader on innovation. ITI has deepened its expertise on core issues -- from trade and new market development to taxes, from cloud computing to core standards. During Garfield’s tenure, ITI’s advocacy experts have helped to achieve critical legislative victories in the U.S. and internationally, knocking down barriers to innovation, strengthening America’s economic competitiveness, and advancing sustainable technologies that will be at the heart of 21st century innovation.

Prior to joining ITI, Dean served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he developed the association's global strategies, securing accomplishment of key operational objectives, forged industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA, and led the MPAA's Research and Technology Departments. Dean also represented the MPAA before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and Oxford University.

Dean also served as Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He helped to develop the organization's comprehensive intellectual property policy and litigation strategies and managed several of the United States' most important intellectual property cases, including the Grokster/Kazaa case, from its filing to its resolution at the Supreme Court.

He received a joint degree from New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was a Ford-Rockefeller as well as a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar.

In 2011, Dean was named one The Root’s 100 most influential African-Americans. Dean was honored with the first REACH Breaking Barriers Award in May 2010, recognizing him for his deep commitment to leading the world’s most dynamic industry in its efforts to support and inspire young people to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills they must have to become tomorrow’s scientific problem solvers. In addition, he has been featured in several national publications, on National Public Radio and Bloomberg Television News, representing the high-tech industry on the issues that matter most to the sector.

John Bozzella

John Bozzella

President and CEO, Global Automakers


John Bozzella, a veteran auto industry executive, is the new president and CEO of Global Automakers, effective April 1, 2014. Since 2009, he served as a Senior Operating Executive for Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC, where he worked with the firm and its portfolio companies on a range of public policy and economic development matters.

John served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy at Chrysler Group in 2009, and Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for Chrysler LLC from 2007 to 2009. In this capacity, he mobilized government support to significantly restructure Chrysler.

At Chrysler, John worked closely with the federal government and other automakers on a substantial advanced technology vehicle loan program and on the development of new fuel economy standards. In addition, he worked with state governments to gain funding for restructuring, training and development.

From 2005 to 2007, John spent two years with DaimlerChrysler Corporation as Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for the Americas. John was with Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2005 in positions in public policy, and government and community relations, and labor relations.

Prior to joining the automotive industry, John served as New York City's director of state legislative affairs under Mayor David N. Dinkins. He began his career in public policy as the Director of Legislative and Political Action for the United Federation of Teachers. John is a graduate of Cornell University.

Sokwoo Rhee

Sokwoo Rhee

Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST


Dr. Sokwoo Rhee is Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is currently leading the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) which aims to create a replicable and scalable model for collaborative incubation and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) solutions to improve the quality of life in smart cities around the world. He previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on CPS, a program by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During his fellowship, he co-led the SmartAmerica Challenge, which brought together IoT technologies and CPS across the nation to demonstrate how they can provide concrete examples of the socio-economic benefits. Prior to joining US government, he was 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. His work and achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35 and Red Herring’s Top 5 Innovators. He holds more than a dozen US and International patents and numerous publications on wireless networks, biomedical sensors and embedded systems. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jason Harrison

Jason Harrison

Director, Business Development & Product Marketing, Internet of Things, AT&T Mobility


Jason Harrison is Director of Business Development & Product Marketing for the Connected Car team within AT&T’s Internet of Things group (IoT) where he leads several key initiatives for major automakers including business development, relationship management and product definition. Jason first joined the group in 2006 to build the operations program for the first iPhone launch. Since then, he has managed key pieces of AT&T’s Apple relationship and operations for all Apple products within AT&T as well as operations for other tablet manufacturers and AT&T resellers. Prior to joining his current group, Jason served in a variety of roles including sales operations, finance and customer care. He firmly believes that a key tenant of AT&T’s success in the automotive segment has been and will continue to be flexibility in offering safe, unique and compelling services tailored around each auto partner’s business. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

Joel Schroeder

Joel Schroeder

Network and Services Policy, ESOA


Joel Schroeder is Director, Strategic Development for Inmarsat’s Enterprise business based in Washington, DC. Mr. Schroeder leads a multi-national team responsible for driving long-term growth through the development of new markets and technologies, with a particular focus on IoT Sensors and Connected Vehicles. Inmarsat operates a global network that delivers mobile voice, broadband and M2M data solutions everywhere. Prior to joining Inmarsat in 2009, Schroeder spent more than 15 years doing business and corporate development in the telecommunications industry in the U.S. and emerging markets, including Russia, the EU, and West Africa.

James Anderson

James Anderson

Director, Justice Policy Program and Institute for Civil Justice, RAND


James Anderson is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He serves as director of the Justice Policy program and of the Institute for Civil Justice in RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment. He has been the principal investigator on many projects, ranging from policy implications of autonomous vehicle technology to understanding the effects of indigent defense systems. He has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Institutes of Health, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the State of Pennsylvania, the Institute for Civil Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. His work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Oxford University Press, and in numerous RAND publications. He has presented to a wide variety of academic and professional audiences. He is a member of the Center for Disease Control's Policy Surveillance Standards Expert Committee and a Member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Committee on Vehicle Highway Automation. In addition to leading research, Anderson currently serves as a member of RAND's Institutional Review Board. Before joining RAND, he clerked for the Honorable Morton Greenberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced law for 10 years. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University.

Lead author of “Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers”

by James M. Anderson, Nidhi Kalra, Karlyn D. Stanley, Paul Sorensen, Constantine Samaras, Oluwatobi A. Oluwatola

Luis Lucatero

Luis Lucatero

Independent Connectivity Expert


Biography to appear here shortly...


Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President and CEO, The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies


Nigel Cameron is President and CEO 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. His next book addresses the tangled question of whether robots will take our jobs.

Before founding C-PET he was a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology, and currently holds a Fulbright research chair in the University of Ottawa. Recent activities include serving as Chair of the GITEX 2015 conference in Dubai; speaking at conferences of The Economist in Hong Kong (on employment and robotics), and in Madrid (on the economic impact of the digital revolution); and the recent conference of the Champalimaud Foundation on the world in 100 years' time.

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 Committee on Social and Human Sciences. A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School.

Johanne Lemay

Johanne Lemay

Co-President, Lemay-Yates Associates


Johanne Lemay is Co-¬President of LYA. She is a recognized expert in telecommunications and broadcasting ranging from the development of strategy and business plans, to due diligence, market research, spectrum valuation, spectrum licensing and spectrum auctions.

Ms. Lemay has been active in spectrum auctions for more than 15 years. She is also co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platforms (Incentive Auction, Combinatorial Clock Auction and Simultaneous Multiple Rounds Ascending Auction). Ms. Lemay has supported numerous clients in auction preparation and spectrum valuation.

Ms. Lemay is a sought-after expert in consultations for the development of public policy in telecommunications and broadcasting. Recent expert evidence mandates were focused on the evolution of television and over-the-top services, benchmarking investment in broadband infrastructure and regulatory framework for MVNOs as well as subsidies for broadband deployment in remote areas.

Ms. Lemay’s international experience includes leading mandates on spectrum licensing and auctions as well as business planning and due diligence in mobile services and broadband networks in countries ranging from Europe, Latin America and Asia to the US and Canada.

Ms Lemay’s activities also include market research on a variety of services and technologies. These include Over the Top services, all types of broadband and mobile services as well as Connected Cars.

Ms. Lemay holds an Engineering Physics Degree from Laval University (Quebec City) and an MBA from Concordia University (Montreal).

David Strickland

David Strickland

Partner, Venable LLP


The Honorable David Strickland, currently a partner at the national law firm Venable LLP, served as the 14th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2010 – 2014. During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the first national fuel economy program in conjunction with the EPA, the launching of the Safety Pilot for the Vehicle to Vehicle Communications program for the U.S. Department of Transportation/NHTSA, and issued the first statement of policy regarding the testing of automated vehicles on public roads. Prior to his appointment to NHTSA, Mr. Strickland served as Senior Counsel to the U.S Senate Commerce Committee, where he was responsible for the staff oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and NHTSA from 2001 – 2009.

Abe Nejad

Abe Nejad

Director of Industry Affairs and Media, TIA NOW


Abe Nejad is the head of editorial content and media affairs for TIA NOW, a division of the Telecommunications Industry Association, located in the DC metropolitan area. Abe and the TIA NOW media group began as a grass roots online video network in 2010, focusing on the communications technology ecosystem. Abe has a background in broadcast media, starting his career at First Business in Washington DC, moving to Brooklyn, NY as the resident reporter of the New York City Transit Authority, and then moving on to New York 1 in Manhattan. Abe enjoys the experience of transitioning from traditional broadcast media to developing editorial content for digital media platforms and helping to build TIA NOW over the last 5 years. Abe has a 13 year old son and lives in McLean, VA.



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