Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers

For information on becoming and/or nominating a speaker, please contact Caryn Brown at 212-967-2519, or email her at
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Speakers From Our Previous Event

Ricardo Angel

Ricardo Angel

Managing Director, GE Ventures, GE

Ricardo Angel is a Managing Director at GE Energy-Ventures where he leads venture capital investing origination for the business unit and for Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture formed by GE, NRG Energy, Inc. and ConocoPhillips focused on investing in emerging energy technology companies.

Full Bio
GE Ventures seeks investment opportunities across the energy value chain, including renewables, power infrastructure and oil & gas technologies. The venture capital group is one of the most active investors in energy technology markets, with a presence in San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Chicago and Tel Aviv.

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Angel joined GE from ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures’ Venture Capital group, having previously worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at the CNA Corporation.

Mr. Angel holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Mike Blades

Mike Blades

Research Director, North America, Aerospace & Defense, Frost & Sullivan

Mike graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991. After graduation he attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas.

Full Bio

Following pilot training Mike flew the KC-135 Stratotanker and was an instructor in both the E-3 AWACS and C-21 learjet. He commanded sorties supporting Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, and Noble Eagle. He also controlled all C-130 traffic in and out of Iraq during a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his final assignment in the USAF, Mike was responsible for managing all tanker and airlift aircraft flight training programs.

Industry Expertise

Mike’s expertise is centered around worldwide flying operations as well as training and simulation. After retiring from the Air Force with nearly 21 years of service, he was hired by Frost & Sullivan as a Senior Industry Analyst for Aerospace, Defense and Security and was recently promoted to Research Director. Mike’s main areas of research and analysis are the unmanned systems and training and simulation markets. He has been conducting market research on drone markets (military, commercial, and civil) for nearly 7 years. He has spoken about the UAS market at AUVSI’s Xponential Conference, Technology Training Corporation’s UAS West and East Conferences, the Interdrone Conference and Expo, the Commercial UAV Expo, and General Electric’s Waypoint Conference. In 2017, he was part of a keynote presentation at the Commercial UAV Expo.

Education

In addition to his undergraduate degree from the Air Force Academy and completion of several professional military education courses throughout his military career, Mike has a Master’s degree in Aerospace Operations as well as a Master’s of Business Administration.

Recently Completed Studies

– US DoD UAS Market, Forecast to 2023
– Global Commercial UAS Market, Forecast to 2022
– Commercial Drone Market Competitive Intelligence, 2018 – Drone-in-a-Box Companies
– Commercial Drone Market Competitive Intelligence, 2018 – Artificial Intelligence Companies
– Global Commercial Counter-UAS Technologies Market, Forecast to 2022
– Global Defense Counter-UAS Technologies Market, Forecast to 2022

Scott Borg

Scott Borg

Director (CEO) and Chief Economist, U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit

Scott Borg is the founder of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, an independent, nonprofit research institute that investigates the strategic and economic consequences of cyber attacks.

Full Bio
He is the leading authority on the economics of cyber security as well as several technical topics. He has been quoted in most of the world’s leading news publications and appears frequently on television and radio.

For nearly twenty years, Scott Borg has been the principal proponent of a quantitative, risk-based approach to cybersecurity. Because of the way he has been able to employ economic models to analyze potential attackers, his record for anticipating new cyber-security developments since 2002 is probably unequaled. He has written some of the standard reference documents for implementing cyber security in complex organizations and for securing electronics manufacturing. The cyber-security exercises he has directed or designed have been used by governments, military organizations, and businesses. He teaches master classes on cyber threat analysis and cyber consequence analysis for other cyber-security experts and for major corporations. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, served on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, and lectured at Harvard, Columbia, and other leading universities. His current research is on the implications of cyber security for international business.

Kara Bortone, Ph.D.

Kara Bortone, Ph.D.

Head JLABS San Diego, Johnson & Johnson

What inspires you?
Patients and their families

As Head of JLABS in San Diego, Kara is responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. She catalyzes and supports the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare sectors.

Full Bio

Kara joins Janssen R&D through Prescience International, where she was Director of Corporate Ventures, primarily focusing on the JLABS project. She has over 15 years’ experience in the European and the U.S. biotech sector. Prior to joining Prescience, Kara led the scientific communications and marketing for Belgian-based Galapagos NV at a period when the company grew from 60 to over 800 employees and completed its initial public offering on Euronext. She holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas.

Dave Bowen

Dave Bowen

Vice President, Products Measure, the Drone as a Service® Company

What inspires you?
Discovery, learning, travel

Dave Bowen is VP of Products at Measure, a drone aerial intelligence company specialized in collecting, analyzing, and delivering information that transforms how businesses make decisions to keep people safe and assets at peak performance.

Full Bio

Measure provides a range of products and services, from direct drone data collection services to tools for businesses to scale their own drone programs, including hardware, pilot training, sensor data processing & analysis, and Ground Control, an industry-leading flight control and program management software solution. Dave’s team oversees this diverse solution catalog, working cross-functionally across the organization to optimize Measure’s existing products and services while developing new lines of business as technology and regulations evolve in the fast-moving drone space.

Dave also runs Measure’s Advisory Services program, providing tailored programmatic advice to enterprise customers researching drone technology or scaling up an existing program. Additionally, Dave has been involved in much of Measure’s public policy advocacy, serving as the Co-Chair of the UAS Working Group at the US Chamber of Commerce from March 2016 to May 2017. Dave joined Measure as one of its first employees in January 2015.

Dave received a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, concentrating in Global Business & Finance and earning a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies. Dave lived in Japan from 2009-2012, working for the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program as an English teacher in rural Hiroshima Prefecture. In the summer of 2014, Dave worked for the Foreign Commercial Service out of the US Embassy in Bangkok. Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Colorado College.

Randy Boyd

Randy Boyd

Infrastructure Architect, World Vision US

As World Visions’ infrastructure architect, Randy loves being able to apply his 31 years of corporate IT experience to solving major infrastructure shortcomings while saving money. His desire is to always bring integrity, honesty and humor to the workplace. Prior to World Vision, Randy worked on infrastructure teams at Boeing, Simpson Investment, Starbucks and Safeco Insurance, where he led Infrastructure Architecture. Randy and his lovely wife have four children, spend a lot of time preparing and serving meals for Seattle area homeless, and help run a clothing bank for children of new refugee families.

David Bradley

David Bradley

Founder, Qpilot.cloud

What inspires you?
Brave Leadership and Creativity

David Bradley is the Founder and Director of Product for Patterns In The Cloud: a team of software, data & supply chain experts enabling purchasers, suppliers and consumers to manage procurement with predictive communications and dynamic scheduled orders.

Full Bio

Prior to founding Patterns In The Cloud, Bradley was a consultant for Oracle NetSuite specialized in eCommerce and marketing automation.  His work on integrating business systems for B2B and B2C commerce led to his passion for increasing the value of lifetime relationships between suppliers, merchants and consumers.  In 2015, he founded Patterns In The Cloud to develop strategic solutions focused on increasing the economy of these relationships with clear data, communications and great customer experiences.

Over the past 2 years, the Patterns Team has secured investment from Microsoft to develop their solutions for predictive procurement management and have sold & implemented their products with over 500 B2B and B2C companies.  Launched in early 2018, their QPilot (https://QPilot.cloud) Engine actively manages over 1 million transactional communications each month for multiple industries including Food Production, Agriculture, Medical Supplies, Consumer Goods and MRO.

David is passionate about connecting the “human cloud” with breakthrough technologies and digging valuable insights out of “old data”.  He is excited that we live in a time where software & technology can be developed for real-world business processes – a departure from a time when digital transformation meant forcing managers to change their business process in order to use technology.  By 2025, he expects that over half of all transactions will be managed programmatically due to the adaptation of technology to the way business actually gets done: great communication.

Andrew Bruce

Andrew Bruce

Chief Executive Officer, Data Gumbo

Mr. Bruce is Chief Executive Officer of Data Gumbo. Andrew created Data Gumbo to realize billions of dollars in efficiencies across the industrial value chain.  To accomplish this, Andrew is leveraging Data Gumbo’s proprietary blockchain, Internet of Things data platform and smart contracts to foster trust amongst counterparties, reduce barriers associated with doing business and reduce transaction time and cost.  As a result, companies who use Data Gumbo’s platform will become more profitable and allow them to be recognized as an industry leader.

Full Bio

Prior to Data Gumbo Mr. Bruce was Chief Operating Officer for MHWirth, an Oil and Gas drilling solutions company, where he was responsible for global operations.  While at NOV, Andrew was the founder of the NOVOS project – a first-of-its-kind semi-autonomous drilling system – where Andrew holds a patent jointly on Rig Automation.

Andrew has years of IT consulting experience and is a serial entrepreneur.  Mr. Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He is also a member of IADC and SPE.

To move Data Gumbo forward, he has formed a team of business executives and industry leaders to make his vision come to fruition.

Erik Caldwell

Erik Caldwell

Economic Development Director & Interim Sustainability Director, City of San Diego

Erik Caldwell is Director of the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department and the Interim Sustainability Director. Under Mr. Caldwell’s leadership, the Economic Development Department supports the continued growth of San Diego’s economy and Smart Cities efforts.

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As Interim Director of Sustainability, he is charged with leading the City’s efforts to move to 100% clean energy by 2035. Mr. Caldwell’s prior experience includes working for a cleantech startup group and policy advisor to numerous local and State elected officials. Mr. Caldwell earned a degree in Political Science from CSU San Marcos and a MBA from San Diego State University.

Greg Caressi

Greg Caressi

Senior Vice President, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan

Greg Caressi is the Americas business unit leader for the Transformational Health practice at Frost & Sullivan, leading the Life Sciences, Advanced Medical Technology and Connected Health teams.  In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Greg spends most of his time working on strategic consulting projects on next-generation healthcare solutions, with a primary focus on connected health and integrated health solutions.

Full Bio
Greg served for two years as the Chair of the HIMSS Life Sciences Information Technology Committee, where he led the creation of industry guidance for Good Informatics Practices used by life science companies, from startups to major pharmaceutical companies.   Greg regularly serves as chair, speaker and leader of interactive workshops at major industry events in the U.S., Asia, and Latin America.
Daniel Carter

Daniel Carter

Investment Director, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

What inspires you?
Funding great teams + making business happen

Daniel has over 23 years of experience financing and investing in the energy sector across the value chain.  He has been Investment Director at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) for 5 ½  years responsible for growth equity and venture capital investments in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors for Aramco, as well as commodity trading and fintech. Daniel represents Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures on the boards of three companies in its portfolio.

Full Bio

Daniel started his career at Salomon/Citigroup for 8 years in the Investment Banking Division, advising utilities and renewable companies, as well as power generation OEMs (in London, Frankfurt, Australia and NYC) and co-founded the Energy Technology investment banking practice.  Prior to SAEV, he worked 9 years in a venture capital fund focused on energy efficiency with investors including Goldman Sachs, Shell, Kuwaiti Petroleum Company.  Daniel holds MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School and is President of the Columbia Business School Club of Houston.  He earned a B.S. degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.  Daniel is Chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Investment & Finance Initiative and is President of the London Business School Alumni Energy Club.

Henry L. Chang

Henry L. Chang

Vice President, 3M Connect, 3M Company

Henry Chang is currently Vice President of 3M Connect, a team formed to commercialize smart connected solutions and create new meaningful end user experiences.

Full Bio

Prior to his current role, he led 3M’s Integration Management office (IMO), where he led the operational implementation efforts of strategic actions for acquisitions, divestitures and business combinations. Prior to leading the IMO, he held a number of leadership positions within 3M’s Health Care Business Group driving initiatives in strategy, business development and lean six sigma and within the Infection Prevention Division leading global marketing and international operations.

Prior to 3M, he was a Managing Director with the Boss Group, a private equity firm, a Vice President with U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray’s technology investment banking practice and a management consultant with the Cambridge Group. He started his career working in a variety business roles in the consumer packaged goods and technology sectors.

Mr. Chang earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters of Business Administration from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Henrik Christensen

Henrik Christensen

Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair in Robot Systems & Director of Robotics, University of California San Diego

What inspires you?
Breaking new ground, Smart People, and Good Food

Dr. Henrik I. Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems and a Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Diego. He is also the director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics. Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. The research is performed within the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory

Full Bio

He has published more than 350 contributions across AI, robotics and vision. His research has a strong emphasis on “real problems with real solutions”. A problem needs a theoretical model, implementation, evaluation, and translation to the real world. He is actively engaged in the setup and coordination of robotics research in the US (and worldwide). He was the main author of the US National Roadmap for Robotics. His research has been commercialized by companies such as KUKA, Electrolux, ABB, Boeing, and Thyssen-Krupp. He was the co-founder of the Robo Global ETF and serves as the AI lead for ROBO. He is the co-founder of 5 companies. Dr. Christensen received the Engelberger Award 2011, the highest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also named the “Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011”. Dr. Christensen is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Aalborg University 2014. He collaborates with institutions and industries across four continents. His research has been featured in major media such as CNN, NY Times, BBC, …

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Matthew Coblentz

Matthew Coblentz

Data Scientist, Dell EMC Corporation

What inspires you?
Being an optimist

I have 20+ years professional experience in area of “Information Engineering”.  Currently I am a competitive intelligence manager for our Data Protection Systems division, helping sales teams be more effective and Product Managers build better products.  Domo helps us create a digital library where we can answer business questions and drive new value propositions.  Today we have over 1000 datasets and over 8 billion rows of data.  Previously, I was the Group Product Manager where I directed several product lines including collaboration, personal productivity, and mobile.  I managed several strategic projects, including text and content analytics, search, and visualization. These projects were looking into the fundamental nature by which people can access, recognize, and leverage their key information items.

Full Bio

I love researching new technologies and talking to the people creating them.  I see that people want to work effectively but often find that their own systems are a barrier to their working efficiency.  I am so passionate about digital things, I decided to go back to graduate school and get a Masters in Library and Information Science, to study the latest techniques and thinking about digital libraries such as Domo.

I’m married with 3 children in college.  I live in Pleasanton, love to cook, and am envious of the professional chefs on those cooking shows who make up a menu from a “secret” ingredient.

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper

Founder, Innovators + Influencers

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper is an internationally recognized executive coach, advisor, facilitator and trainer who specializes in working with executive teams to develop the leadership skills, alignment and strategies to grow and thrive in a constantly changing environment. Coop has 23 years of experience as a coach, management consultant, strategist and project leader with Fortune 1000 companies and small businesses in over 20 countries.

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He has worked with leaders at Accuray, eBay, Genentech, Google, Novell, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Southwest Airlines, TeleNav, Wells Fargo, Yahoo, Yammer and hundreds of other organizations large and small. He co-lead the teams to develop the world’s first wireless web platform for Vodafone and Verizon deployed in 27 countries and developed the specifications for the first custom internet car-ordering system for Honda. He has facilitated global summits for Sony corporation and a conference on managing Millennials for the Northern California Human Resource Association. For the past 12 years, he has coached and advised Eric Rodenbeck, CEO & Creative Director of Stamen Design, named by Fast Company as one of the 50 Top Innovative Companies in America and one of the Top 50 Designers in America. He has also been selected to coach the prestigious TED Fellows.

Coop is a contributor to Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur and Wired Innovations. He was the founding president of the International Association of Coaching, has served on the faculty of Sony leadership programs, CoachVille, Thomas Leonard School of Coaching and the Graduate School of Coaching. He completed coach training at Coach U, CoachVille and the School of Shadow Coaching. He received an MBA from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a concentration in Information Systems and a special emphasis in Global Strategic Management and degrees in History, Communications Studies and Technology Education at Virginia Tech. He received the (Shop Local / Consulting) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006 from San Francisco where he lives with his partner and dog. He is an active supporter of the arts and Burning Man community

Crystal Collier

Crystal Collier

Head of Strategy, Programs and Insights, Electronic Arts (EA)

Crystal Collier is a pioneer in increasing engagement to enhance a company’s customer experience (CX). Her 20-year career has been devoted to CX transformations by understanding behaviors and improving the interaction between employees and customers in a variety of industries, including interactive entertainment, insurance, automotive, cable TV, Internet and multi-level marketing.

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Crystal leads strategy, programs and insights for Electronic Arts Worldwide Customer Experience. She is the former CEO of CX Solutions (previously TARP Worldwide) and former Vice President of Member Communications at Aol. She is a featured speaker on the subject of employee engagement, most recently at the Insight Information Exchange North America, International Quality & Productivity Center CMO Exchange and the Total Customer Leadership Summit.

She has analyzed the importance of training and engagement in relation to the customer experience in many companies. Crystal is passionate about using technology and data to help organizations understand what matters and develop strategies to strengthen customer relationships and increase the bottom line.

Brian Cotton

Brian Cotton

Partner, Global Practice Leader, Information & Communication Technologies, Frost & Sullivan

Brian Cotton is a Frost & Sullivan Partner and the Global Practice Leader for the Information and Communications Technologies practice, a multi-million dollar business that spans the globe. He leads a team of analysts, futurists and economists to help develop strategies for organizations, universities and the investment community to help identify opportunities, capitalize on innovation and accelerate growth.

Full Bio

For the past 30 years, Cotton has been recognized as a leading expert and trusted advisor to C-Level executives for his ability to provide expert perspective on the future of IT-enabled industries and to guide clients through the complexity of digital transformation.

Cotton has domain expertise concentrated on Smart Cities, with focus areas in Intelligent Transportation, Smart Government and Public Safety. He has armed numerous executive teams with actionable intelligence to bridge the digital divide and help manage and execute growth strategies designed to drive profitability.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Designed the business and operational strategy to pilot a resurgent global industry practice within Frost & Sullivan
  • Built and managed Frost & Sullivan’s ICT custom research and consulting practice to 19 years of continuous growth
  • Consulted to the national governments of Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United States.
  • Haynes Foundation Scholar in Social Psychology at the University of Southern California, concentrating on intergroup and international conflict and political elite behavior

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Southern California
  • BSc in Psychology from Indiana University
  • Certificate in Political Psychology from the Ohio State University
Steve Currie

Steve Currie

Chief Innovation Officer, Communitech

What inspires you?
We know our happiness comes not from the goods we have, but from the good we do together (RFK)

Steve has 20+ years experience in technology and marketing and is the Chief Innovation Officer at Communitech, a leading global innovation hub focusing on scaling tech companies and corporate innovation. Innovation partners include General Motors, Thomson Reuters, Nestle, Mattel, Canadian Tire, TD Bank, Deloitte, Manulife, & CIBC.

Full Bio

Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the StartUp Services Group at Communitech where 600+ start ups receive coaching and mentoring. During this time, his team launched HYPERDRIVE, an intensive accelerator for high growth startups. Steve has held senior roles in multinationals such as Open Text and Reynolds & Reynolds and startups/emerging companies such as Miovision, Northern Digital Inc and Handshake VR. Areas of responsibility have included Product Management, Customer Support, Marketing, Sales, Business Development.

Steve is an active supporter of the community and is a board member of the Grand River Hospital Foundation.

Reenita Das

Reenita Das

Partner, Senior Vice President, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan

Reenita Das is a healthcare futurist and strategist, passionate about changing the healthcare industry. She has lived and worked in over 10 countries in the world, focusing on healthcare issues and working with public and private sector to implement growth change strategies. Das currently serves as Transformational Health Partner and Senior Vice President and is the first woman Partner at Frost & Sullivan. In addition, she is the Founder of GLOW (Growth and Innovation of Women) program. She is also on the Board of a non project “High Tech High Heels” Silicon Valley that focuses on increasing gender diversity for STEM.

Full Bio

In her current role, Das works on futuristic  scenarios and forecasts in understanding how healthcare will operate 10 years from today, working with clients on the impact of these mega trend changes to their business. She is focused heavily on rethinking consumer business models as healthcare makes a transition to health and identifying opportunities with companies outside of healthcare to bring  solutions to the healthcare sector. She is also focusing heavily on showcasing “Femtek” and the growth opportunities from that new sector

Rodney Davenport Jr.

Rodney Davenport Jr.

Vice President, Strategic Insights Group, Alliance Data

What inspires you?
I like life and life likes me.

Rodney Davenport joined Alliance Data in 2006. Prior to Alliance Data, he held numerous positions over a 20+ year career in Aerospace, Chemicals, Consumer Package, Healthcare/Pharmaceutical IT consulting and Transportation providing market intelligence, economic analysis and strategic planning.

Full Bio

Rodney assumed his current role as Vice President, Strategic Insights Group in January 2014. Rodney guides his team on the use of qualitative and quantitative research and information and its interpretation to uncover unique insights and strategies.  Under his leadership, the team identifies and understands the impact of economic, market, industry, regulatory, human capital and competitive activities on our businesses and Company, enabling them to project key indicators and impact to our company.  The department is a trusted resource for our businesses and senior leaders. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Austin College and an M.B.A from East Texas State University. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, golf, reading and entertaining.

David Drake, Ph.D.

David Drake, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer and Founder, AMI Global

What inspires you?
Avid artist, serial entrepreneur, life long student of digital business model.

David Drake is thought leader, entrepreneur, speaker, CIO (Chief Innovation Officer) and founder of AMI Global LLC., a global technology company specializing in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, and digital strategies.

Full Bio

Prior to founding AMI Inc., Mr. Drake worked as a corporate and executive leader at Motorola where he attained ‘Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt’ in 2002. After nine years with Motorola’s senior leadership team, he left to manage the World Wide Quality Organization at Belkin as Vice President of Quality. Overall, Mr. Drake possesses nearly twenty years in international experience working with Fortune 500 companies, in developing and designing network, platform and software as service.

Evren Eryurek

Evren Eryurek

Technical Director, Chief Technology Officer, Google Cloud Platform, Google

Evren Eryurek is the Technical Director in the CTO Office of Google Cloud since November 2016, leading Google Cloud and its efforts towards Industrial Enterprise Solutions. Evren joined Google as the 1st external member to take the leadership role as a Technical Director within the CTO Office of​ Google​ Cloud. Prior to joining Google, he was the Software Chief Technology Officer for GE Healthcare.

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There, Evren lead software technology programs across the entire GE Healthcare portfolio, focused on driving customer success and on helping providers deliver improved patient outcomes through GEHC applications. Before joining GE in 2005, Evren was with Emerson Process Management group for over 11 years, where he held several leadership positions and was responsible for developing new software-based growth technologies for process control systems and field devices. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Evren holds a master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering. He also holds over 60 US patents.

Dennis Gakunga

Dennis Gakunga

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista

What inspires you?
Family, faith and community

As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista, Dennis leads the City’s Office of Sustainability and Smart City campaign. His responsibilities include managing the implementation of a wide range of sustainability programs and smart city initiatives. His previous experience includes serving as a department director and assistant director for multiple municipalities and public agencies in Texas and California. Dennis has also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting, IBM Business Consulting and PWC Consulting. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Sciences from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Roberta Gamble

Roberta Gamble

Partner and Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

Over a decade of consulting energy and environment equipment and solution providers, including:
Market entry and expansion strategy, Acquisition target research and due diligence – Geographical expansion strategy and New market exploration.

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Industry Expertise

Fifteen-plus years in the energy and environment sector, with focus on distributed generation, central power, smart grid and buildings, and upstream oil & gas.

  • Years of industry contacts and connections, understanding market trends from the participant’s point of view
  • Extensive client interaction and strategic project management
  • Oversight of a diverse and global team of analysts and consultants
  • Oft quoted and interviewed in national publications including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR

Career Highlights

  • Partner and Business Unit Leader for Energy and Environment/Building Technologies team
  • Leading industry consultant at Frost & Sullivan since 2000
  • Previous related experience at Siemens Power Corporation and in heating oil industry
  • Long term client relationships with major industry players

Education

Double BA in International Studies and in Economics from the University of Wisconsin

Biren Gandhi

Biren Gandhi

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Speak to IoT

What inspires you?
Lifelong Learning & Growing Together
Human-centric Innovation for the Greater Good

Full Bio
Biren Gandhi is the Founder and CEO of SpeakToIoT, which strives to connect everything through voice for consumer and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices. While he was at Cisco, Biren led the company’s drone program and spearheaded its emerging technologies portfolio, acquiring and incubating a gamut of technologies from IoT and Blockchain to AI and Voice Assistants.

Prior to Cisco, rounding out his two decades of experience at technology’s avant-garde, Biren was divisional CTO at Zynga for multiple game franchises and an early member and senior architect at Facebook. Along the way, he also co-founded a social platform for the advertising community called AdMunity.

Biren frequently speaks on the impact of emerging technologies at events like the Revolutionary Technologies Expo, InterDrone, Drone World Expo, and IoTBuild; and he serves as a strategic advisor for a number of early-stage, multi-market startups like FlytBase and DAV Network.

When he’s not immersed in technology, Biren supports fundraising and strategic initiatives for several local and global non-profit organizations. On most days, he manages to narrowly escape his son’s tae-kwon-do moves coupled with some indigenous Lego weapons.

Alex (Jun) Gao

Alex (Jun) Gao

Head of Digital Health Lab, Samsung Research America

Alex founded and is currently the head of the Digital Health Lab at Samsung Research America (SRA). He also serves on the Board of Managers for the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a HIMSS organization dedicated to advancing the technology and application of connected health innovations.

Full Bio

Alex has 23-year global experience building technology and innovation driven organizations, from the size of Fortune 100 to Silicon Valley startups. He brings broad and multidisciplinary experience across industry sectors of Media/Entertainment, Consumer-Electronics/IT convergence, Internet/Mobile communications, Energy, Semiconductor, and most recently digital health.

Alex previously led the Technology Strategy team at Samsung Research America (SRA), responsible for strategy for establishing models, principles and practices for successful R&D in Silicon Valley, evangelizing vision-driven initiatives that focus on services creation, user experiences design, product concept innovation, and computing science research.

Alex holds a Master of Science degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tsinghua University.

Matthew Garratt

Matthew Garratt

Senior Vice President, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures

What inspires you?
Learning about new technologies

Matt Garratt currently serves as the Managing Partner of Salesforce Ventures, the strategic investment arm for Salesforce with over 275 portfolio companies across 17 countries. While at Salesforce, Matt has completed over 50 Investments and Acquisitions in leading enterprise SaaS companies including companies such as DocuSign, Mulesoft and Twilio.

Full Bio

Prior to Salesforce, he was a Vice President at Battery Ventures where he invested in early stage Enterprise Software and GreenIT companies. Matt was also a Vice President of Plymouth Ventures, a late stage investment fund based in Ann Arbor Michigan. He has also worked for GE in their corporate strategy group, and has spent time in Africa monitoring energy and infrastructure investments for E+Co, a public purpose investment.

Matt holds a BS from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan where he helped to develop The Frankel Cleantech Fund and was an Erb Fellow where he performed research for the UN.  He currently serves as a mentor and advisor to several startups and organizations including the Endeavour.org and the Frankel Fund at the University of Michigan.

Alex Goryachev

Alex Goryachev

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation Group, Cisco Systems

Alex Goryachev is an entrepreneurial go-getter. He takes risks, thinks ahead, and loves making way for new innovations. Over the past 20 years, he’s made it his business to turn disruptive concepts into emerging business models.

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For him, it’s all about a passion to create a strategy and then drive it home to “get things done.” And as Cisco’s senior director of Innovation Strategy and Programs, he has plenty of opportunities to put this passion to the test.

He sparks internal innovation by providing employees at all levels the chance to share their big ideas, many of which make their way into the company’s innovation engine. Alex also carries the torch for co-innovation across Cisco’s ecosystem.

He’s especially excited about Cisco’s Innovation Centers, which can be found in major cities around the world. Led by Alex, these hubs bring together customers, partners, startups, accelerators, governments, research communities, and universities in a lab setting. Their goal is to discover, develop, and implement game-changing, outcome-based solutions.

He also heads up the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenges. These polished events help creative thinkers bring their technology ideas to life. And then there’s the Cisco Technology Radar, the company’s engine for identifying emerging technology transitions. He was the “Emerging Stars” gold recipient of Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Human Capital Management Excellence Awards Program, and his organization won golds for “Employee Engagement” and “Innovation Talent Management” programs.

Alex began his Cisco journey in 2004 with a singular focus: Innovation. He defined and operationalized several high-profile Cisco initiatives, including the company’s Country Transformation plan for Cisco in emerging markets. He also held senior roles in Development, Marketing, Finance, and Channels, providing him a 360 view of how a great company ticks.

Prior to Cisco, Alex was a successful consultant with extended assignments at Napster, Liquid Audio, IBM Global Services, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Philipp Gröne

Philipp Gröne

New Wave Digital, Senior Delivery Expert, UnityMedia

Philipp Gröne is currently a Senior Delivery Expert at Unitymedia, a German cable operator with a revenue of ~2,4 billion € . His current role is to drive the digital transformation as part of a strategic program focussing on agile delivery methods. He holds a Master’s Degree of Geography and was further educated at the Harvard Business School.

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During his years at university he was co-founder of a digital signage start up that was awarded with the first price in a Bavarian Start-up competition. He then became responsible for Market Intelligence for IKEA UK & Ireland and was project manager for the IKEA Catalogue distribution, based in London, while finishing his degree. For the next six years he worked in consultancy of which he spend mostly in the ITC business moving up to a leadership position at Iskander Business Partner. He started working for Unitymedia after his time in consultancy as a Director for Projects & Implementations prior to becoming part of a strategic program aiming at driving the digital transformation.

His key professional interests are the linkage of different delivery methods to a solid, innovation driven strategy.

Laurent Guengant

Laurent Guengant

Global Strategy & Operations Head – IoT & Digital Solutions, Hitachi

Bio is forthcoming.

Zain Gulamali

Zain Gulamali

Venture Investor, Amazon Alexa Fund

Zain A. Gulamali manages the Amazon Alexa Fund, Amazon’s $200MM venture capital fund investing in artificial intelligence, enterprise, IoT and connected devices, robotics, voice technology, and more.

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Zain has led the Alexa Fund’s investments in Tact, Greenlight Financial Technology, June Oven, Owlet Baby Care, Mojio, Embodied, Rachio, and TrackR. He was also responsible for establishing the Alexa Accelerator in partnership with Techstars, now running its 2nd class. Zain is also part of the broader Corporate Development team at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, he worked in mobile gaming (Pocket Gems), private equity (Warburg Pincus and Monitor Clipper Partners), and investment banking (Goldman Sachs). Zain is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Cate Gutowski

Cate Gutowski

Senior Vice President - Global Sales and Service, Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Cate Gutowski’s mission is to proactively lead the global transformation of sales at Panasonic Avionics.

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Prior to this, Cate served as vice president, GE Commercial and Digital Thread, where she led the company’s effort to transform how GE’s global sales force utilizes technology to drive customer success across all GE businesses. In that role, she guided teams that were innovating new technologies in artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to drive productivity, and enhance the customer experience. She also led GE’s global leadership through storytelling initiative, “If You Can See It, You Can Be It.”

Previously, Gutowski held corporate general manager and operational leadership roles for a variety of GE businesses in the United States and Europe.

Don Haut, Ph.D.

Don Haut, Ph.D.

Chief Business Officer, Histogenics Corporation

Bio is forthcoming.

Lori Heino-Royer

Lori Heino-Royer

Director, Business Development, Daimler Trucks North America

Lori Heino-Royer leads Business Development for CASE (Connected – Autonomous – Services – Electric) at Daimler Trucks North America.

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She started her career as a Certified Public Accountant providing her with a great foundation for understanding how decisions impact the bottom line. She realized that she was more interested in delivering financial results than accounting for them. Her skills shine brightest when she has the chance to organize chaos! Lori is skilled and passionate about telling stories and uncovering insights with data and providing actionable recommendations.

Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Portland State University. In addition, she holds professional credentials as a Certified Public Accountant and a Project Management Professional. In 2014, Lori received Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Orchid Award. In 2015 she received the Manufacturing Institutes STEP Ahead Award for Women in Manufacturing. Lori is a board member for BiTA (Blockchain in Transport Alliance) and Portland State University’s Alumni Association.

Lori has been with Daimler since 2001; she enjoys mentoring throughout Daimler and volunteering at local Universities.

Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain

Chief Executive Officer, Viome

Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, Viome, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius and InfoSpace.

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Moon Express is the only company in the world to have the permission to leave earth orbit and land on the moon with the goal to harvest planetary resources and to develop infrastructure to make humanity a multi-planetary society.

Viome is focused on disrupting healthcare with the goal of “making illness elective” by identifying microbial biomarkers that are predictive of chronic diseases and to adjust the microbial imbalance through personalized nutrition.

Naveen Jain a trustee of the board at the X PRIZE Foundation where he is focused on using incentive prizes to find solution to many of the societal challenges. He recently launched a million-dollar Women Safety XPRIZE to empower the women around the world.

Naveen Jain is on the board of Singularity University where he is focused on educating and inspiring leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies.

Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, Recipient of “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”, Most creative person” by Fast Company,  “Top 50 philanthropists of 2018” by Town & Country magazine, “Humanitarian Innovation Award” at the United Nations, “Distinguished Global Thinker Award” by IILM, “Most admired Serial Entrepreneur” by Silicon India,  “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” and “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the leadership by Red Herring.

NL Shasha Jumbe, Ph.D.

NL Shasha Jumbe, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Electronics & Data Science Stack, Context AI

What inspires you?
(Data, Purpose, Conviction: Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. –T.S. Elliot)

Shasha is a co-founder and the Technology and Data Stack lead at Context AI. He is an established healthcare and drug development problem solver and brings an ensemble of mathematical modeling, machine learning, electronics, signal processing, biology & physiology, and drug development tools to the collision of Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences.

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His distinguished career spans innovative data science applications in implantable devices, artificial kidney irreversible thermodynamics, telemetry, biotechnology, infectious disease, oncology, immunology, precision medicine, child growth, and development and Global Health. Most recently, he was a senior program officer leading the Healthy Birth, Growth and Development knowledge integration (HBGDki) at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also held data science positions at Amgen- as a senior scientist, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG- as Virology Disease Modeling Expert and Genentech- as Head of Modeling and Simulation.

Shasha’s North Star goal is an innovation-on-demand platform that fully capitalizes on rapidly evolving progress in materials science, electronic transducers, and information technologies to develop intelligent health platforms and democratize diagnostics. His goal is to leverage data and advanced analytics to provide actionable and immediate insights on health state and status, in order to promote preventive care, improve quality of life for patients, and predict and prevent costly medical events for care providers and payors.

Nagraj Kashyap

Nagraj Kashyap

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

Nagraj is Corporate Vice President and Global Head for M12 (FKA Microsoft Ventures), corporate vc arm of Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft in January, 2016, he was Senior Vice President for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., where he oversaw Qualcomm’s $1 billion strategic venture investment portfolio of 140+ investments.

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Prior to Qualcomm, Nagraj was an engagement manager at strategy consulting firm PRTM (now PwC). Nagraj has over 20 years’ experience in mobile and software with an emphasis on venture capital, and has been recognized as a leader in corporate venturing through the GCV Powerlist awards in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Nagraj earned his MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his MS in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin.

Veerender Kaul

Veerender Kaul

Global Vice President, Commercial Mobility, Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan

Mr. Kaul leads Frost & Sullivan’s Commercial Mobility practice. With over 20 years of consulting and industry experience, Mr. Kaul is recognized as an expert and thought leader on powertrain and chassis systems.

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His expertise includes market modeling, cost-benefit analysis and adoption forecasting of advanced technologies and systems.

Mr. Kaul’s experience in engineering functions at automotive OEMs and supplier provides him a profound understanding and appreciation of automotive business operations and decision environment. He’s a trusted advisor to senior executives in the automotive industry with deep domain knowledge and functional skill sets to tackle complex business challenges.

Ramesh Kaza

Ramesh Kaza

Global Director, IoT, Cisco

What inspires you?
People, technology, and solving problems

Ramesh Kaza is the Practice lead for the Internet of Things (IoT) services in the Customer Experience division; he oversees strategies and execution to deliver business outcomes to Cisco’s clients by securely connecting, collecting data from IoT devices and provide insights through analytics.

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Ramesh has over 25 years of industry experience in building services and solutions practices in the fields of networking & security, collaboration, and the emerging field of IoT. Ramesh’s signature strengths include managing client relationships, building high-performance teams, and driving business growth through innovation. In his 19-year tenure in Cisco, he has incubated services practices covering multiple technology domains, led business development teams, and gained global exposure from 3 years of an international assignment in the Asia Pacific Japan & China (APJC) region. Before Cisco, Ramesh was a Member of Technical Staff at Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) in Bangalore where he architected India’s first Internet backbone that exclusively promotes software export business from India.

He is the co-author of the book “Cisco IP Telephony: Planning, Design, Implementation, Operation and Optimization” (ISBN: 1587051575) and the patent holder of U.S. patent US8473519 B1 titled “Unified Communications Audit Tool.”

Ramesh earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Kevin King

Kevin King

Director of Corporate Sales, Panasonic Avionics

Bio is forthcoming.

Woojin Kim

Woojin Kim

Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance Communications

Dr. Kim is the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Healthcare Division of Nuance Communications. He was a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors, and Director of Innovation at the Montage Healthcare Solutions, which was acquired by Nuance in 2016. In the past, Dr. Kim had served as interim Chief of the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Director of Center for Translational Imaging Informatics, and Chief of Radiography at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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He completed his radiology residency and MSK fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Also, he completed an Imaging Informatics fellowship at the University of Maryland/Baltimore VA Medical Center. Dr. Kim has been an active member in imaging informatics within various societies, including ACR, SIIM, and RSNA, with focus on data mining, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

Jim Krasovic

Jim Krasovic

Regional Manager, Gemalto Software Monetization

What inspires you?

Personally: Faith in God – Love of People.
Professionally: Providing Impactful Value

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Jim Krasovic is a leader in helping traditional hardware based companies move from “one and done” sales to recurring revenue models. These business transformations are complex and require careful strategic planning and initiatives driven from the executive. Jim’s background includes Software Development, Business Systems Analysis, Product Management, and Sales.

Mukul Krishna

Mukul Krishna

Global Practice Head, Digital Media, Frost & Sullivan

Digital Transformation Thought Leader

Mr. Krishna is responsible for the digital media practice at Frost and Sullivan. Mr. Krishna has over 20 years of management consulting and industry expertise and is recognized as an expert and thought leader in the digital media industry and a trusted advisor to C-Level executives with deep domain knowledge and functional skill sets to tackle complex business challenges.

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Mr Krishna is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at key industry events including the opening keynote at SMPTE 2010 and chairing the M&E CIO Summit. He is widely quoted in the press with thousands of quotes in major publications.

At Frost & Sullivan Mr. Krishna is a Distinguished Fellow and has been awarded the Service Excellence Award, recognized as a Star Analyst as well as won the MVP Award for exemplary performance.

Ravi Kuppuraj

Ravi Kuppuraj

Chief Executive Officer, Connected Sensing Philips

Ravi heads the Connected Sensing and Wearables Venture (CSV) at Philips.  Ravi is a medical industry entrepreneur, with over 20 years of experience in patient monitoring, and healthcare IT. Prior to CSV, Ravi co-founded multiple startup companies in remote and cloud computing based wearables monitoring.

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Ravi also served as the Vice President of Research and Development at Draeger Medical, a global powerhouse in patient monitoring, anesthesia delivery, and respiration, and headed R&D efforts at SpaceLabs Medical, in Seattle, where he was instrumental in driving the development of key technologies and products in patient monitoring solutions, and was the General Manager for their India operations. In addition

Ravi holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a PhD and MS in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and University of Miami respectively, and a BSEE from Bangalore University.

Gary Leikin

Gary Leikin

Global Vice President, Aerospace & Defense, Security, Mobility, Frost & Sullivan

As the Global Vice President of the Frost & Sullivan Americas practice, Gary is responsible for leading a diverse team focused on markets to intelligent mobility, security and aerospace. Gary possesses over 20 years of experience delivering actionable market and competitive intelligence, strategic planning and sales enablement solutions to clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to pre-revenue start-ups across technology-enabled markets. He holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Shomik Majumdar

Shomik Majumdar

Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

Functional Expertise

  • Forecasting, ideation, strategy brainstorming, channel/supply chain optimization, competitive benchmarking, technology assessment and valuation, opportunity analyses, mergers and acquisition and due diligence
  • Voice of customer studies, concept testing, brand positioning tracking and messaging
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Industry Expertise

  • Coatings, Plastics & Composites, Specialty Chemicals, Oilfield Chemicals, Lubricants, Personal Care, Packaging,

What I bring to the Team

  • Over 15 years of proven consulting expertise (B2B & B2C) in quantitative and qualitative market research methodologies driving business growth strategy and actionability of conclusions. Experience spans both the supplier and client side (Senior Consumer Insights Manager with Safeway 2006-2009).
  • Defining/applying core competencies of clients with their tactical/strategic marketing needs. Client growth partner champion with regard to opportunities pipeline generation, evaluation and implementation of go-to-market strategies

Career Highlights

  • Executed over 75 global strategic consulting engagements for start ups and global companies like Momentive Performance Materials, BASF, Huntsman, PolyOne, Evonik, SKC, Toray, Owens Corning, ExxonMobil, Shell Chemical, Ashland, 3M, Evonik, LG Chem, Mitsui and Dow
  • Keynote speaker and serve as chemicals track chair at Frost & Sullivan conferences
  • Worked for one of the largest retailers in North America with regard to store/private label brand development related to innovation, repositioning and messaging

Education

  • MS – Chemical/Environmental Engineering, MS – Chemistry (Southern Illinois University, BS – Chemistry, (University of Mumbai)
Kristi Martindale

Kristi Martindale

Chief Marketing Officer, Sarcos Robotics

What inspires you?
Technologies positive impact on humanity.

Kristi Martindale serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for Sarcos Robotics. In this role, she oversees all aspects of marketing, including branding, product marketing, marketing communications, market research and public relations.

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With more than 20 years of brand-building experience, Martindale’s passion is developing performance-driven global marketing campaigns, and has created, developed and deployed successful industry-leading products and strategies for startups, mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Sarcos, Martindale spent more than 13 years with Qualcomm Incorporated as Vice President, Global Marketing. In this role, she led marketing for many of Qualcomm’s business units, including software, services, emerging technology and licensing businesses worldwide. She was charged with bringing to market products, services and solutions that spanned a multitude of industries, including augmented reality, proximal communications, healthcare, Internet of Things (IoT), transportation and wireless charging. Martindale also led many notable wireless and mobile initiatives, including the launch of several industry-leading consortia, developer programs, the first smart watch reference design and several other products into the B2B and B2C markets. Martindale previously achieved early career success in executive marketing roles for technology and software companies in e-commerce, supply chain management and wireless communications.

Martindale holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of La Verne.

James Mault, MD, FACS

James Mault, MD, FACS

President and Chief Medical Officer, CQuentia

James Mault, MD, FACS, is the President and Chief Medical Officer of CQuentia, the leading Genomics/PGx Personalized Medicine solution provider. Prior to joining CQuentia, Dr Mault served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life for over five years, where his leadership responsibilities included Strategic Planning and Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, New Product Innovation, Clinical Program and Regulatory Oversight, Health Policy and Government Affairs, Global Spokesperson and Public Relations.

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Dr Mault came to Qualcomm Life through its 2013 acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault in 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, he was the Director of New Products, Business Development and Clinical Programs for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. Dr. Mault has more than 35 years of experience in senior executive positions in the Health IT and Medical Device industry as well as clinical medicine. He has founded five Health IT and medical device companies, raising over $100 million in working capital and leading these companies to develop novel devices and software technologies, FDA approvals, and strategic partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies, culminating in M&A and IPO exit transactions. He is the named inventor of over 80 issued and pending Patents for a variety of novel health IT and medical device innovations. He has been board-certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, having specialized in heart and lung transplantation, thoracic oncology and critical care. He has conducted academic medical research under grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. He is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, chapters and books in the published medical literature. Dr. Mault received his B.S. in Biology and Medical Degree from the University of Michigan and conducted his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mault provides global thoughtleadership on the future of technology and healthcare delivery, serving on numerous Boards and leadership positions including the Board of Directors of Bose Corporation, the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) Executive Board and Chairman of the CTA Health & Fitness Technology Board. Dr. Mault also serves on the University of Michigan Medical School’s Admission Committee and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Richard Milne

Richard Milne

Vice President and Global Leader of eBusiness, Thermo Fisher Scientific

What inspires you?
The discoveries we will make.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 65,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands—Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services—we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services.

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As Vice President Commercial Digital Technologies, Richard is responsible for articulating and delivering the digital strategy for two web properties that transact >$5B in annual revenue. In addition to a growing portfolio of scientific products available for online purchase, Thermo Fisher aims to accelerate science for customers by providing differentiated digital offerings like rich content, sharing tools and data workflows. To improve lab productivity for customers, the platform offers inventory and asset management tools. Commercial Digital Technologies takes to market the products and services that are positioning Thermo Fisher Scientific as the global leader in building a comprehensive customer experience optimized for science.

Richard Milne has more than 20 years of experience in the world of digital marketing, eBusiness, customer experience and developing web properties. Richard is passionate about the changing nature of business and has long believed the future will be digital—where automation, AI, data science, IoT, connected devices and eCommerce become the main ways customers interact with companies.

Prior to joining the company 12 years ago, he worked as an internet technologies consultant for the Scottish Government. And before that, he championed early digital marketing by building eCommerce websites and leading direct marketing campaigns for large CPG clients.

Richard is inspired by the changing landscape of commerce, the power of partnership and the ever-increasing value of platform thinking.

Brian Moelich

Brian Moelich

Founder, Arrisio

Brian is the founder of Arrisio, an innovation company that builds the capabilities and infrastructure that drive innovation programs to uncover creative ideas, explore ventures and build new businesses.

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The majority of his career has been in Silicon Valley, initially as an internal business design consultant with Citrix Systems, where he and team built and managed an internal incubator for new ventures, as well as building and leading a program to take ventures that received backing through the rigors of development to launch. At the same time, he worked with the Citrix Startup Accelerator to build and run an open innovation program that paired external startups with internal teams. Eventually, Brian made the jump to Cisco to lead implementation of outcomes resulting from the Cisco Hyper Innovation Living Lab (CHILL for short), which is a program that pairs Cisco’s biggest partners to collaboratively tackle innovation challenges.

Brian is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s (Canada’s most widely read national newspaper) Leadership lab column, speaker on the challenges of corporate innovation and can either be found hiking the wilderness or knee deep in Lego.

Nitin Naik

Nitin Naik

Vice President - Global Life Sciences, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan

Functional Expertise
Close to 20 years of healthcare industry knowledge, including 10 plus years of consulting expertise focusing on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.

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Adept at leading cross-functional teams and building top management support for strategic initiatives such as:

New market and therapeutic area analysis
Sales, Marketing and business planning
Global Alliances, Public Private Partnerships, M&A.

Industry Expertise

Experience base covering key healthcare sectors from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to clinical diagnostics and clinical research. Expertise in Translational R&D (Biologics & Small molecules), Oncology (Brain Tumors; Breast & Prostate Cancer), Antimicrobials (Nanopolymers, Peptides and Quorum Sensing compounds), In-vitro Toxicology

Executed deals with highly specialized contract issues regarding co-innovation programs, research collaborations and licensing agreements.

Conducted market entry, distribution and sales and marketing strategy across various healthcare areas

What I bring to the Team

Detailed industry and therapeutic area expertise, including knowledge of key emerging and established markets from a market, regulatory and reimbursement point of view

In-depth understanding of healthcare markets across the world from government healthcare structures and policy to end user and market evaluations. Ability to guide companies on adoption of methodologies and designs to suit individualized specifications and needs.

Career Highlights

Spent 5-10 years each with GE Healthcare (national distributor), Frost & Sullivan Asia & A*STAR Singapore in various roles from strategy, marketing to in-licensing, portfolio management and market planning. Facilitated several regional and global strategic alliances

At Frost & Sullivan Asia , established a responsive, multi-million dollar consulting business unit. Tripled revenues for Japan business in 2 years

At A*STAR, championed business transformation initiatives to strengthen Singapore’s position # 1: Pharma Drug Development (D3) # 2: Diagnostics (DxD) Hub # 3: A*START Central #4: Biopharma Manufacturing Hub. Received Excellence Award from Taiwan’s National Biotech agency to design the 5 year blue print for the local industry.

Education:

Advanced Management Program (Corporate Strategy & Finance) from Stanford-NUS , MBA (International Business-SPJIMR) and a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering (Gold Medalist) from Bombay University.

Mohan Nair

Mohan Nair

Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

Mohan Nair brings broad experience to innovation, having been a high-tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, educator, strategy consultant and healthcare innovator.

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Recognized in Forbes.com as a pioneer in cultural transformation of organizations, he enables innovation, accelerates solutions and creates emerging healthcare companies. As Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer, the head of Innovation Force at Cambia Health Solutions, author of three books and a Tedx talk on transformation, Mohan is a business transformation enthusiast.
Kevin Nohelty

Kevin Nohelty

Vice President Supply Chain, WD-40 Company

Kevin started his career at the General Electric Company in Philadelphia, spending 16 years at various locations, and has held a number of executive positions at The Timberland Company, Pameco Corporation, and Rock of Ages. He has spent the last 12 years with the WD-40 Company where he is currently the VP Americas Supply Chain.

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He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Lowell, an MS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MS in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Kevin Nohelty was born near Boston Massachusetts where he was the middle child of five. He has been happily married for 38 years to his wife, Anne Helen and has two adult children.

Joe O’Brien

Joe O’Brien

Founder & Chairman, Corvex Connected Safety

Joe O’Brien is the founder of Corvex Connected Safety, the first IoT solution that puts the power of connected safety in workers’ hands, creating a safer, more engaged workforce via real-time information. With a background in law and finance, Joe is a veteran of many successful new ventures in a variety of business sectors including healthcare and technology.

Leif Pedersen

Leif Pedersen

BIOVIA Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systèmes

Leif Pedersen is a seasoned software industry executive with more than 25 years of product and marketing experience supporting multiple vertical markets and a proven track record of building high-performance teams. Before joining BIOVIA as CEO, Mr. Pedersen served as executive vice president at Innovative Interfaces; senior vice president of marketing, product management and corporate development at Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA (previously Accelrys); and vice president at Siemens with global responsibility for driving company growth within the automotive, pharmaceutical, aerospace, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, chemicals and other industries. As vice president at UGS, Mr. Pedersen was responsible for managing business strategies within eight industry verticals and was part of a team that successfully grew UGS into a leading global product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions company. Prior to UGS, Mr. Pedersen held executive leadership positions with Vignette Corp., Novell Inc., Computer Associates and Oracle Corporation.

David Purdie

David Purdie

Vice President, Medical Affairs & Clinical Development, Proteus Digital Health

David Purdie, Ph.D., M.Med.Sc, B.Sc. works as the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Clinical Development at Proteus Digital Health. In this role, David is accountable for the clinical development, evidence generation, and evidence communication/education for Proteus’ work in digital medicines.

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Prior to joining Proteus, David was the Head of Patient Access and Quality of Care at Genentech, US Medical Affairs, a group that is responsible for communicating clinical and health economic information to payers and organizations that influence patients’ access to therapies.

Previous roles at Genentech included Director of Oncology Training and Director of Marketing Science. David was also a Senior Statistician in the Biostatistics Department at Genentech where he designed and performed statistical analyses for clinical oncology programs, and negotiated with the FDA on Biological Licensing Agreements.

Before his time at Genentech, David’s positions include Principal Biostatistician at the Northern California Cancer Center, Lecturer in Statistics at Stanford University, Associate Professor of Medical Statistics in the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland and Director of Biostatistics at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia.

Dr. Purdie has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, a Masters in Medical Science and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

J. Oseas Ramirez Assad

J. Oseas Ramirez Assad

Board Member, Zulu.vc, Serial Entrepreneur

Oseas Ramírez Assad is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur with a 20-year track record of spearheading innovation at startups and within large enterprises.

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Passionate about the intersection of cutting edge technology, human development, entrepreneurship and innovation, Oseas sits at the board of the startups he co-founded, advises large corporations internationally on innovation topics and is a public speaker in the USA and Europe.

Background:

On the corporate side, Oseas worked for Cisco Systems HQ for six years, during which he led three major corporate-wide efforts: First, he was in charge of the development of the company’s top 2% talent worldwide, focusing on Senior Managers. Second, while leading this initiative, he co-founded and internally spun-off Startup//Cisco, a companywide movement that trains employees on how to adopt startup innovation best practices to reinvigorate Cisco’s startup DNA. The program takes components of lean startup, design-thinking and Cisco’s own methodologies to help “intrapreneurs” build solutions with fewer resources in less time than traditional development approaches. In one year, Startup//Cisco went from a newborn grassroots effort to a full-blown corporate-wide program. Finally, he was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Cisco’s co-innovation strategy with key customers across Cisco’s worldwide Innovation Centers. During this final phase he also traveled the world evangelizing organizations on Cisco’s innovation strategy.

On the startup side, Oseas founded and led three Mexico-based startups: weknow, Mexico’s leading e-learning solutions and services provider; Wawa, an online marketing and social media management firm and, Enerpanda, focused on growing green energies such as LED lighting and solar technology. Besides sitting at the board of his companies, Oseas is a partner at a startup VC fund and a startup ecosystem acceleration non-profit.

He started his career co-founding a web development business at age 17, and then continued as the CIO of a newspaper one year later. He has worked as an ISP’s CTO, a licensed Family Counselor, public speaker, college teacher, entrepreneur and startup mentor. He obtained his MBA in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar – and he currently spends half of his time in Guadalajara (Mexico’s Silicon Valley) and the other half in the Bay Area, the original Silicon Valley.

Sanjoy Ray, Ph.D.

Sanjoy Ray, Ph.D.

Director, Scientific Data & Strategy & CSO Computer Sciences, Merck & Co., Inc.

What inspires you?
Turning science into therapy.

Sanjoy Ray has a Ph. D. in Protein Engineering from Imperial College London and held a postdoctoral research fellowship in Structural Biophysics at Harvard University. He has 24 years of IT and Informatics experience, enabling scientific high-performance computing at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and at the Whitehead Institute/MIT.

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He currently serves as the Director, Scientific Data & Strategy and CSO in the Computer Science department within the Office of the CIO at Merck & Co., Inc.

Sanjoy formed the Technology Innovation Group within Merck Research Laboratories’ (MRL) IT department. This group discovered novel IT of potential relevance to MRL, and orchestrated short collaborative experiments which were designed to drive evidence-based investment decisions.  He created an experimental innovation methodology which is based on the scientific method. The methodology achieved recognition as a new cross-industry best-practice and he has presented it during keynote addresses at MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research, Harvard Medical School, and at Imperial College London’s Business School.

He was the co-originator (jointly with partners from Pfizer and the World Wide Web Consortium) of an international conference (the Conference for Semantics in Healthcare and Life-Sciences). He has led initiatives in Merck’s exploration of advanced technologies, building partnerships for Observational Health Data and Digital Health, and for the creation of partnerships across disparate and diverse industry verticals.

Externally to Merck he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Harvard Structural Biogrid, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Pharma Focus Asia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London’s Business School.

Rob Ratchinsky

Rob Ratchinsky

Chief Executive Officer, Engage Mobilize

What inspires you?
My kids, family.

After graduating from the University of Victoria in Canada, Rob broke into the O&G industry with Anadarko Petroleum. He spent the better part of a decade working business development and asset planning before leaving to partner up and run his own leadership and efficiency consulting firm, Engage Management. His consultant teams were primarily focused on drilling operations both onshore and off. After the industry crashed in 2014 he co-founded Engage Mobilize, a digital field management software suite that leverages data collected at field level transaction, to develop applied analytics and predictive modeling. Currently he spends all of his time growing this new enterprise as CEO, where he looks to leave his stamp on digitizing the energy space.

Brittany Rothnem

Brittany Rothnem

Assistant Vice President, Marketing, LPL Financial

What inspires you?
Starting to surf this year

Brittany is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer in the nation. She and her team are responsible for leveraging the latest in digital marketing, media and sales enablement tools to support Business Development in recruiting new financial advisors.

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Brittany joined LPL with 10 years of corporate and agency experience, working with companies “from the ground up”. Her marketing experience spans across multiple industries including healthcare & biotech, elective medical, nonprofit, executive recruiting, retail and real estate. She is particularly passionate about developing conscious businesses and social enterprises to catalyze sustainable change.

Brittany received her B.S. in Business with a dual-emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MBA from the University of San Diego.

Ken Schmitt

Ken Schmitt

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, TurningPoint Executive Search

Ken Schmitt has been recruiting for 20 years. A San Diego native, he grew up in an entrepreneurial household with a father who was a Jack in the Box franchisee for 25 years, and a mother who left the accounting world to become a real estate agent.

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Prior to entering the Executive Search industry, Ken spent more than 5 years with Enterprise Rent a Car. Earning 3 promotions and opening 2 offices along the way, Ken worked in San Diego and Orange County, managing teams from 5-15 professionals.

In 1998, he answered an ad in the newspaper for a recruiting job and never looked back.  After spending 9 years working for a local firm, a large regional firm and one of the world’s largest Executive Search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, he launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007, and now employs 6 professionals in a 100% remote work environment.

In 2016 and 2017, TurningPoint was ranked one of the Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego (SDBJ). Ken and his team have placed nearly 400 of the nation’s leading sales & marketing professionals and executive leaders, partnering with national clients across numerous industries including tech, software, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, professional and financial services, healthcare and lifesciences. The team at TurningPoint takes a high touch, concierge-style approach to placing first class talent, in a variety of business structures including privately held, venture backed start-ups, private-equity owned, early stage and mature, family-owned businesses.

Ken is also the Founder and CEO of the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance (SMLA), which he launched in 2011, and the annual Sales & Marketing Leader of the Year Awards (SMLYs). With chapters in San Diego and Orange County, and supporting over 110 members, the SMLA is a professional membership organization providing peer-2-peer networking and professional development to the region’s sales and marketing leaders.

An avid user of social media to identify top talent, build his professional community, and brand his business, Ken maintains one of Southern California’s largest LinkedIn networks and a profile that ranks in the top 1% of all users.

Ken serves as an Executive Board Member of San Diego Sports Innovators (SDSI), and HR Café, is an Executive Sponsor for EO, and an Advisory Board member of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AAISP). Ken earned his BSBA in Economics from the University of San Diego.

Ken resides in Carlsbad, CA, with his wife – a Marriage and Family Therapist – and two kids.

Jennifer Schulze

Jennifer Schulze

Vice President, Product & Demand Marketing, GE Digital

Jennifer Schulze has over 20+ years’ experience as marketing executive in consumer and technology; her experience spans software, services, industry, and business management solutions.  In her current role, she brings together the industrial-strength of GE with the development of software for the digital age.  Working closely with a rich network of partners and product managers, she optimizes business outcomes and drives tangible business results, seamlessly integrating data from physical and virtual worlds. She leads a team of software marketers who focus on demand generation, content creation, analyst engagement and product marketing.

Richard Sear

Richard Sear

Partner & Senior Vice President, Visionary Innovation, Frost & Sullivan

As Partner & Senior Vice President of Visionary Innovation of Frost & Sullivan Richard Sear oversees our practice focused on mid to long term growth strategies. Richard works with a team of global consultants that are focused on understanding how future transformative developments will impact them and what may sustain long term growth.

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His teams approach is grounded in research, taking key developing indicators to more credibly assess what the future will bring us and how to act on that information. In his role Richard has worked with some of the world’s leading companies such as GE, Intel, Henkel, Agilent, Schneider, Cisco, Boeing, Verizon and many more.

Richard has also served as Vice President of Corporate & Executive Development for Frost & Sullivan. His work covered all aspects of learning and development which focused on corporate education. In this role Richard drove the alignment of strategic initiatives within our client’s workforce. This led to significant experience consulting with Fortune 500 companies on successful implementations in marketing, sales, product management and research development, to name a few.

Richard’s seventeen years at Frost & Sullivan has led him to work in virtually every industry, from Energy, Healthcare, to IT and Chemicals giving him a truly rounded perspective of the global business environment and the trends driving change ranging from Social issues to Mass Urbanization.

Prior to this Richard worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Consultant focusing on the future of wireless technologies. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Middlesex, England and Master’s degree from Cambridge University, England, where his main concentration was looking at the future events that would impact the growth of Southern European countries.  Richard is a frequent and well known speaker at global conferences and corporate events to drive awareness of long term strategic planning and the macro forces shaping our future.

Alpa Shah

Alpa Shah

Global Vice President, Digital Transformation, Frost & Sullivan

What inspires you?
Unlocking the Possibilities of a Happy Future for ALL!

This May marked my 23rd year with Frost & Sullivan. Being part of a fast-growing company, a dynamic industry, an entrepreneurial culture, and a fun environment is invigorating and worth every moment.

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My professional and volunteer experience includes business and strategy planning, product and vertical market analysis, growth consulting, event planning and execution, sales and marketing, web design, and most importantly, creating and inspiring teams to be best in class. Consulting projects have ranged from strategy development to white papers to end user analyses.

My current focus is to develop content that guides visionary CXOs and IT leaders through the next era of digital transformation with the help of IT experts and vertical industry analysts as well as extensive IT end user surveys.

Prior to joining Frost and Sullivan, I worked for Smith Barney for 5 years in its accounting division handling incentive compensation plans. Thereafter, I worked as an account executive at Edward Jones for approximately one year. In these positions, I learned much about the operations of a financial company, financial instruments, and sales techniques.

In my personal and professional life, I have served as the VP of Communications on the boards of PAMP (Parent’s club of 2,000 plus members) and the PTA, as well as within Frost & Sullivan’s GLOW (Growth & Leadership of Women) team.

Christopher J. Shanahan

Christopher J. Shanahan

Global Director – Visionary Science, Frost & Sullivan

Functional Expertise

  • Over 10 years experience in advanced data analysis, futurism, project management, consulting and market research engineering. Particular expertise in:
    • Econometric-based market analysis including mathematical programming, pharmacoeconomics, statistical benefit-cost analysis, market forecasting, and scenario engineering and backcasting
    • Product innovation adoption models and business strategy decision models
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Industry Expertise

  • Strong experience base covering a broad range of sectors, leveraging past experience across various industry verticals
    • Agriculture and nutrition markets including food ingredients, dietary supplements, animal feed additives, consumer packaged goods, food processing equipment, food packaging, ag chemicals, seeds and traits, and ag equipment and technologies
    • Natural resources and derivative markets of the bioeconomy including agricultural commodities, oil & gas, construction chemicals, plastics and polymers, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and lubricants
    • Downstream markets including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, information technologies, logistics and supply chain, construction, the energy sector, and process manufacturing

What I bring to the Team

  • Economic, social and environmental business strategy development and implementation
  • Sound understanding of functions such as corporate strategy, tracking consumption trends, and sales & marketing functions
  • Ability to understand client requirements and deliver optimum solutions

Career Highlights

  • Published research in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, Review of Agricultural Economics Journal and Agribusiness and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Review
  • Directly worked with several leading companies including 3M, Ajinomoto, American Egg Board, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, BASF, Bunge, CJ Cheiljedang, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Ecolab, ExxonMobil, Food Supplements Europe, Henkel, Intel, Lubrizol, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, P&G, Pfizer, Roquette, Shell, Tate & Lyle, Toray, W.L. Gore, and many others

Education

  • Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the Ohio State University, Columbus, United States
Mark Simoncelli

Mark Simoncelli

Global Vice President, Growth Implementation Solutions, Frost & Sullivan

Functional Expertise

  • Over 17 years of large scale business growth & transformation expertise, which include thought leadership and implementation internationally (US, Europe, Asia/Pacific, India, Middle East and Africa). Particular expertise in:
    • Growth Strategy implementation, Growth Expansion, Commercial Due Diligence and Post Deal Integration
    • Digital Transformation and Business Change implementation (end to end Transformational Change)
    • Organization Development & Culture Change
    • Channel and Process Optimization & Business results realization
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Industry Expertise

  • Experience base covering broad range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants’ Senior Executives
    • Retail, FMCG, Supply Chain/Logistics &, Automotive & Transportation, Industrial Automation
    • Financial Services (Banking, Insurance)
    • EPS (Energy), Chemicals, Materials & Food
    • Healthcare, ICT (Telecommunications and technology) Public Sector (Government across all levels)

What I bring to the Team

  • Strategy Development & Business Growth
  • Digital Transformation – IoT, Digital Business Model Innovation
  • Change Management (Org Design, Training, Communication, Journey Navigation)
  • Programme Management

Career Highlights

  • Extensive expertise in topics related to Business Transformation, Digital Transformation & Growth.
  • Regular International speaker at the Institute of International Research
  • Programme Management (incl. Digital Transformation) in several leading private and public sector firms:
    • GE, 3M, Hitachi, Emerson, Nestle, Bayer, Bunge, UPS, Barloworld, Siemens, BMW, Thai Airways, IDC, Telkom, Brandhouse, AECI, Exxarro, Schneider Electric
    • Nedbank, Standard Bank, Absa, Sanlam, Old Mutual, Woolworths

Education

  • BSc Honours from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Arjan Singh

Arjan Singh

Lecturer, Strategy, University of California – Irvine

What inspires you?
How innovation comes from everywhere

Arjan Singh is a lecturer of Strategy at the University of California, Irvine where he teaches strategy and competitive intelligence to the MBA program. He has a unique 360-degree view on the world of strategy and competitive intelligence where he has educated many people in an academic setting, consulted to major companies around the world and worked industry side as a practitioner.

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He has advised leading multinational companies in healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods and business services – he helped them take strategic action supported by actionable and evidence based intelligence processes and deliverables. He has built and run CI departments in several industries. His CI teams have delivered over $1.7 billion in documented revenue impact.

Danny Smith

Danny Smith

Advisory Principal & Industry Team Lead - Energy & Manufacturing Sectors, SAS

Danny Smith is a lead industry strategist at SAS Institute. He serves SAS customers in an advisory role, continually challenging them to become more data-driven and to embrace analytics in their processes.  He has focused on using a combination of good processes, advanced mathematics, and technology to solve real-world problems for more than 24 years, especially in the area of predictive and prescriptive analytics.

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Most recently, he spends 90% of his time discussing practical applications of Industrial Internet of Things / Industrie 4.0 analytics, especially on data-complex production lines where human-assist artificial intelligence powered by in-stream machine learning algorithms has a substantial and immediate impact.

Danny started his career with a Fortune 300 industrial where he managed a strategic planning group charged with improving operations, leveraging technology and providing better insight to executive leadership.  Danny credits his CEO, a lawyer by training, with instilling in him the drive to “find (and leverage) the evidence” in any endeavor.

He received his master’s degree in Decision Sciences (focus: Executive Decision Support Systems) from Georgia State University, his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management (focus: Management Science) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is an active member of the Manufacturing Leadership Council.

Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

What inspires you?
Taking the road less travelled.

Ethan Smith is a Vice President in Frost & Sullivan’s Energy and Materials practices.  He is responsible for helping to accelerate the digital transformation in Oil & Gas and Industrial companies across the globe.  Ethan is also Frost & Sullivan’s best practice leader for global client management.  Some initiatives he leads include strategic planning, new product introduction and development, monetization of new business models, and achieving disproportional growth through innovation.

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Prior to this role, Ethan led the marketing and sales teams for Frost & Sullivan’s emerging technologies business, and has authored several papers on innovation best practices in upstream Oil & Gas.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity University.

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Reflexion Health

What inspires you?
The unbridled possibilities at the intersection of medicine and technology.  

Dr. Joseph (Joe) Smith serves as the chief executive officer of Digital Health Corp, which owns Reflexion Health and The Learning Corp. With extensive experience in medicine, technology, and healthcare policy, he is passionate about innovations that sustainably improve access to high-quality care while lowering costs.

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Previously, Dr. Smith served as the founding Chief Medical and Science Officer at the West Health Institute, president of the West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and the manager of the West Health Investment Fund.  Prior to that, Dr. Smith was vice president of Emerging Technologies for Johnson & Johnson, senior vice president and Chief Medical Officer of Guidant/Boston Scientific’s Cardiac Rhythm Management division, and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

Before entering leadership roles in the industry, Dr. Smith was a practicing cardiologist for almost twenty years, training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, with subsequent sub-specialty training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and with faculty appointments at Washington University in St Louis and Johns Hopkins University.

An international speaker on healthcare innovation, Dr. Smith has testified before various Congressional committees on the value of healthcare technology and has served on the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup. He maintains advisory and board roles in an array of start-up companies, foundations, and universities. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School.

Krishna Srinivasan

Krishna Srinivasan

Global President, Frost & Sullivan

Mr. Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner of Frost & Sullivan, has been with the company for over twenty five years. Over the years, he has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in the role of President in the year 2000. He has played a key role in reshaping the company from its early days as a market research company to a full-fledged global growth consulting company focused on solving client challenges with customized business intelligence, growth strategies and training & implementation support.

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He is also the architect of Frost & Sullivan’s proprietary Growth Model and Growth Pipeline process, a structured, robust and continuous process that helps clients generate, evaluate and implement growth strategies. He brings to his role a unique blend of technology and business expertise, combined with several years of business research and strategy consulting experience.

Brian Standen

Brian Standen

Head of Scouting and Partnerships, Digitalization in R&D, BASF

What inspires you?
Authenticity, stories, people, new tech

Brian is a creative executive technologist who brings 20+ years of experience in digital transformation and innovation. Brian’s passion lies in developing technologies at the intersection of science, information and business. As Head of Scouting and Partnerships, Digitalization in R&D at BASF, Brian is responsible for building collaborations with academic institutions, early-stage ventures and established companies to strengthen BASF’s digital capabilities, enabling the continuous advancement of science.

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He focuses on Data Science, Knowledge Systems and Scientific Modeling to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of research and development. Prior to his current role, Brian was the Head of Computational Biology for BASF Enzymes, LLC, Director of Information Systems and Technology for Verenium Corporation, co-founder of Coaliance and an independent technology consultant. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master of Business Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, AiRXOS a GE Venture Company

What inspires you?
Professionally – Without question – the AiRXOS team, they have game-changing superpowers that inspire me each and every day.

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Personally, tell me I ‘cannot’ do something – and I am inspired, no compelled, to act. It’s like a siren going off – making big problems solvable, never giving up – it’s the challenge that inspires me.

In this role, Stewart is responsible for AiRXOS leadership, business strategy, and technologies. He joined the organization in 2017 as Executive Product Manager, Digital. Prior to AiRXOS Stewart was Vice President, Sales and Business Development for Federated Wireless, responsible for strategic sales and partnerships. In previous roles he has held various Vice President leadership positions for GridPoint, Syniverse, NeuStar and MACH.

Ken holds an M.B.A. in International Business from Saint Leo University, a B.A. from Saint Leo University, and Certificate in Innovation Management, University of Maryland – Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Naser Tamimi, Ph.D.

Naser Tamimi, Ph.D.

Head of Business Development and Data Science, NeuDax

What inspires you?
Curiosity, Risk and Optimism

Naser Tamimi is an experienced geophysicist, petroleum engineer and data scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. He received his PhD in geophysics from Colorado School of Mines.

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Also, He received two master’s degrees in Petroleum Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering from IFP School and Petroleum University of Technology. He has over 7 years of experience in seismic processing and data analysis for more than 40 oil and gas project. Worked on different oil and gas projects including the US unconventional resources, Canadian heavy oil reservoirs, Brazilian Offshore oilfields and carbonate reservoirs in the Middle East.

Naser and other co-founders at NeuDax started building the first full-stack AI platform for the upstream oil and gas industry in 2017. NeuDax cutting-edge AI Platform, called FracDax, not only helps oil and gas operators to predict the future performance of their wells, pads, and fields (predictive analytics level) and optimize their design based on millions of different engineering well designs and financial evaluations (prescriptive analytics level), but also to build their first cognitive model for their future developments.

Koby L. Tanzer, CFA

Koby L. Tanzer, CFA

Head of Israel Office, Senior Vice President, Investment Banking, Imperial Capital

Over 15 years of experience as a banker in the Security and Technology sectors

Member of Imperial Capital’s Security Practice Group since 2008

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In addition to spearheading the effort to launch Imperial’s UAV/UAS banking coverage effort, he focuses on a range of corporate finance transactions for companies across the broader security sector

Prior to joining Imperial Capital, Mr. Tanzer was an Analyst in Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division

B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder

Israel Defense Forces – Sargent, Infantry Sapper, Combat Engineers

Debora Thompson

Debora Thompson

Vice President, Strategy & Business Operations, LunaDNA

What inspires you?
Imagining possibilities, Breaking boundaries, Simplifying complexity

Debora joined LunaDNA in March 2018, as the VP of Strategy & Business Operations, to spearhead strategic planning and execution of the LunaDNA infrastructure development for the largest human health and genomics data platform owned by its engaged community.

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Prior to that, she spent over 10 years at Illumina leading projects and teams to accelerate genotyping and next-generation sequencing into applied and clinical markets, including Agriculture, Consumer Genomics, Forensics, Population Health, Neurodegenerative Disease, Oncology, and Reproductive Health. She served as Chief of Staff to both the new and emerging markets and applied genomics business units. Her passion and commitment to improving healthcare through discovery is anchored by a background in clinical molecular biology research and almost 20 years in Biotech. She holds a BS in Cell and Microbiology from the University of Florida, and a MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida.

Kiran Unni

Kiran Unni

Vice President, Industrial Group, Frost & Sullivan

What inspires you?
Smell the rose and enjoy the journey.

Kiran Unni is Vice President of the Industrial Practice at Frost & Sullivan, an umbrella division that includes the Measurement & Instrumentation, Industrial Automation & Process Control and very recently, the Energy & Environment research teams. Over a little over 17 years, Kiran has been serving as analyst, consultant, business development manager and research manager for the newly formed Industrial group.

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She leads a seasoned team of analysts and business strategists in defining research direction and supporting organizations around the globe to identify growth opportunities. Additionally, Unni serves as the Program Director for Frost & Sullivan’s Sensors & Instrumentation research program and is a routine contributor research and intelligence.

Kiran’s topical experience covers a broad range of sectors leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants’ Senior Executives in the sensors & related instrumentation, Test & Measurement (including mechanical test, dimensional metrology & analytical instrumentation), Semiconductors, Electronic Devices, SMT and EMS markets and Auto ID (RFID, Biometrics) markets

Vinit Verma

Vinit Verma

Senior Technology Advisor, Technology Scouting & Ventures, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, ExxonMobil

Vinit currently serves as Technology Executive (San Francisco/Bay Area) for the Technology Scouting & Venturing group at ExxonMobil. Prior to this role, he served as the Senior Manager for Data & Analytics at ExxonMobil Information Technology – heading up operations in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and enterprise data.

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During his 25+ years at ExxonMobil, Vinit has held a variety of global computing positions supporting the Exploration Company, R&D organizations, Chemical manufacturing organization, Fuels Retail Operations and Upstream Financials. Extensive experience with IT service delivery via global business support centers. Vinit has served as the IT Audit Manager for ExxonMobil. As founder of techSpring innovation, he has a passion for the process of innovation.

Vinit received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Sciences degree (Physics, Chemistry, Math) from the University of Delhi. He was recognized with an Oklahoma State University – Hall of Fame (Distinguished Alumni Award) in 2016. He has published research in the field of Temporal Databases, and 3D Printing applications. Vinit has Silicon Valley consulting experience with HP, Sun Microsystems and networking & insurance companies. He has delivered industry presentations in the field of analytics and innovation in bricks and mortar organizations. His interests include research work with MIT on collaborative innovation networks. He serves on the Wake Forest Business School Board for graduate work in Analytics, as well as on the Tableau Industry Advisory Board. Vinit has a keen interest in Standard Oil & ExxonMobil history – he has conducted history seminars in 10 countries.

Timoni West

Timoni West

Director, XR Research, Unity Technologies

Timoni West is the Director of XR Research at Unity, where she leads a team of cross-disciplinary artists and engineers exploring new interfaces for human-computer interaction.

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Currently her team focuses on spatial computing: how we will live, work, and create in a world where digital objects and the real world live side-by-side.

A longtime technologist, Timoni was formerly SVP at Alphaworks, cofounder of Recollect, and CEO of Department of Design, a digital agency. She’s worked for startups across the country, including Foursquare, Flickr, Causes, and Airtime.

Jeffrey Worsham

Jeffrey Worsham

Global Lead, Technology & Innovation, Northrop Grumman

What inspires you?
The outdoors, wildlife conservation and challenge.

Jeff directs global innovation, technology development and process improvement operations for Northrop Grumman Technology Services, with $4.8B in sales, cultivating ideas for the development of technology differentiators, augmenting business strategies, addressing internal challenges and enhancing employee engagement for over 300 sites and 15K employees worldwide.

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He established the vision, objectives, team, process and tools for catalyzing a culture of ideation, developing ideas into focused, strategy-driven technology development and process improvement projects, and the valuation of investment effectiveness, from pre-IR&D innovation grants to IR&D, CR&D and business pursuits.

Additionally, Jeff has an entrepreneurial passion, and has founded several companies, including IT Innovations – offering networking, computer support and repairs, and custom software solutions in the Southern California area – and, Reaction2– delivering media and market analytics and software solutions.

Jeff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors of Science in Technical Management and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Analytics from Georgia Tech. Additionally, he holds certificates from Stanford University in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Advanced Computer Security.

Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne

Chief Executive Officer, AUVSI

What inspires you?
Bringing transformational innovation into the mainstream

Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets.

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Wynne is an influential unmanned systems industry thought leader. In 2017, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to a three-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC), which provides counsel to the FAA on policy and regulatory matters, as well as the agency’s management and spending. He is also a member of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a federal advisory committee of key decision makers formed by the FAA to support the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.

Additionally, Wynne is a member of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), which is comprised of stakeholders from government and the aviation industry that gather and analyze data to enhance UAS safety and operations. He also served on the FAA’s UAS Registration Task Force and Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained through leadership roles with industry associations and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AUVSI in 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the trade association promoting battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.

Before being selected to lead EDTA in 2004, Wynne was senior vice president for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). Previously, he was CEO of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). He has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He started his career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois.

Wynne earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.

For more than 20 years, Wynne has been an instrument-rated, general aviation pilot and recently received a commercial pilot certificate. He flies a Socata Trinidad. He also holds a remote pilot certificate to operate small unmanned aircraft systems.

Michael Yang

Michael Yang

Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Michael Yang is a Managing Director for Comcast Ventures, the corporate venture arm for the Comcast Corporation, where he leads the investment efforts in health tech (digital health, tech-enabled services, wearables), Internet of Things (smart home, drones, autonomous vehicles), and VR/AR (content studios, game developers, LBE).  He sits on the boards of Accolade, Brightside, Baobab, Felix & Paul, Spaces, KiwiCo and Ninth Decimal.  Prior to joining Comcast Ventures in 2009, Michael was a VP/GM for Yahoo! and previously a Principal with Atlas Venture.  He has an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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