Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers

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Speakers

Galina Antova

Galina Antova

Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer, Claroty

Bio is forthcoming.

Ganesh Bell

Ganesh Bell

President, Uptake, Formerly Chief Digital Officer, GE Power

Bio is forthcoming.

Sanjiv Bhaskar

Sanjiv Bhaskar

Vice President of Research – Visionary Science, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

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 and Chief Economist, U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit

Bio is forthcoming.

Kara Bortone, Ph.D.

Kara Bortone, Ph.D.

Head JLABS San Diego, Johnson & Johnson

Bio is forthcoming.

Dave Bowen

Dave Bowen

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

What inspires you?
Discovery, learning, trave

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.

David Bradley

David Bradley

Founder, Qpilot.cloud

Bio is forthcoming.

Joseph Bradley

Joseph Bradley

Vice President of IoT & Digital Services, Cisco

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

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

Bio is forthcoming.

Praveen Chandrasekar

Praveen Chandrasekar

Vice President, Consulting Automotive, Transportation and Mobility Americas, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Henrik Christensen

Henrik Christensen

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

Bio is forthcoming.

Matt Coblentz

Matt Coblentz

Data Scientist, Dell EMC Corporation

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Full Bio

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.

Full Bio

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

I am a Vice President in Frost & Sullivan’s Global Digital Transformation Practice, and am responsible for the Group’s Global Growth Strategy Consulting business. My team and I develop growth initiatives for the public sector, leading multinationals and start-ups alike. In addition, I am a Partner in our Firm, responsible for our Quality and Value Assurance programs across the organization.

Full Bio

My domain expertise is concentrated on Smart Cities, with focus areas in Public Safety, Resilience and Emergency Management, Intelligent Transportation and Smart Government. Operating at the convergence of IT with other verticals, I have an excellent perspective on how organizations can take advantage of the power and promise of digital technology.

I typically work with clients in the IT and Communications industries, as well as those in the Transportation, Healthcare and Energy industries. I have also consulted to the governments of Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United States.

Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, I was a consultant with Horizon Consumer Sciences in Los Angeles. Before that I was a Haynes Foundation Scholar in Social Psychology at the University of Southern California, concentrating on intergroup and international conflict and political elite behavior.

I hold a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Southern California, a BSc. in General Psychology from Indiana University and a Certificate in Political Psychology from the Ohio State University.

I am based in Toronto, Canada, and have been posted in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC.

Sarah de Crescenzo

Sarah de Crescenzo

Journalist, San Diego Business Journal

Bio is forthcoming.

Reenita Das

Reenita Das

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

25 years of healthcare consulting expertise, which include engaging with global clients and start ups to develop and implement growth strategies. Particular expertise in:

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25 years of healthcare consulting expertise, which include engaging with global clients and start ups to develop and implement growth strategies. Particular expertise in:

  • Futuristic forecasts and understanding the place of healthcare 20 years from today- working with clients on the impact of these mega trend changes to their business
  • Changing business models and convergence issues: identifying opportunities with companies outside of healthcare to bring  solutions to the healthcare sector. Experience in working with companies for reverse innovation development
  • Best Practice mapping of core capabilities
  • Understanding of emerging markets and the challenges of the complex business scenario enabling unique strategies to penetrate and operate efficiently. 10 years on the ground experience in Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Brazil and Russia
  • Current contributor to Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/reenitadas/

Industry Expertise

  • Experience base covering broad range of sectors and industries, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants in

Medical devices and medical technology, connected health applications

Pharmaceuticals and diagnostics

Related industries such as CMOs and CROs, Regulatory. Logistics, information and communication technology,

What I bring to the Team

  • Broad range of skills sets from unique problem definition, implementation and managing a global P & L business
  • Extensive experience in sales and business development including negotiation, strategy planning , conflict resolution, etc.
  • Ability to go into a new market and build a practice from scratch: examples include Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Brazil, Russia. Currently investigating the next generation of countries such as Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia

Career Highlights

Extensive expertise in product launches, due deligence work,  competitive intelligence, pricing models, distribution analysis, branding,. Extensively quoted in the press and TV such as Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, CNN,CNBC, BBC, Fierce Healthcare,

Current contributor covering healthcare and disruptive technologies for Forbes

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

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Full Bio

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.

Joe Fristensky

Joe Fristensky

Senior Partner & President of Americas, Frost & Sullivan

Functional Expertise

  • 16 years of Consulting and Research Management expertise, which includes countless experiences helping to create, develop and deliver solutions to drive winning growth strategies for a large variety of clients in the Information and Communications Technologies sector. Particular expertise in:
    • Geographic and Product Line Extensions
    • Market Opportunity Analysis
    • Strategic Planning and Strategy Execution
Full Bio

Industry Expertise

  • Experience base covering broad range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants’ Senior Executives, specifically in the following sectors:
    • Mobile & Wireless Communications
    • Unified Communications
    • Conferencing Systems and Services
    • Space Communications

What I bring to the Team

  • Substantial experience in Consulting engagements across many industry sectors within ICT markets
  • Expert-level research, writing, and presentation skills
  • Global business experience and capabilities
  • I have directed a 2500% growth of Frost & Sullivan’s ICT Practice, and have employed similar principles to help our clients meet their growth objectives
  • Career Highlights
  • Business Unit Leader of Information & Communications Technologies Practice at Frost & Sullivan for 10 years
  • Keynote Speaker at various Communications Conferences around the Globe
  • Analyst and Consultant in Mobile Communications Markets at Frost & Sullivan

Education

  • MBA from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (USA)
  • BA from University of California at Davis (USA)
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.

Full Bio
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

Bio is forthcoming.

Matt Garratt

Matt Garratt

Senior Vice President, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Full Bio

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.

Laurent Guengant

Laurent Guengant

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

Bio is forthcoming.

Zain Gulamali

Zain Gulamali

Venture Investor, Amazon Alexa Fund

Bio is forthcoming.

Cooper Harris

Cooper Harris

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Klickly.com

Bio is forthcoming.

Lori Heino-Royer

Lori Heino-Royer

Director, Business Development, Daimler Trucks North America

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Full Bio

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.

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.

Full Bio

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

Bio is forthcoming.

Levi King

Levi King

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Nav

Bio is forthcoming.

Mukul Krishna

Mukul Krishna

Global Practice Head, Digital Media, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Ravi Kuppuraj

Ravi Kuppuraj

Chief Executive Officer, Connected Sensing Philips

Bio is forthcoming.

Gary Leikin

Gary Leikin

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

Bio is forthcoming.

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
Full Bio

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)
ShaChelle Manning

ShaChelle Manning

Director, Technology Alliances and Ventures, Pioneer Natural Resources

ShaChelle Devlin Manning is an accomplished executive, entrepreneur and venture investment manager, with a track record of delivering high-impact, high-value results. She is currently Director of Corporate Innovation for Pioneer Natural Resources, a large independent oil & gas production and exploration company.

Full Bio

It has been Pioneer’s investment in innovation—in advanced technologies, strategic practices and vertical integration—that has made Pioneer an industry leader. Manning is also currently on the Board of Directors for Astrotech Corporation, a leader in commercial space for 25 years, DOE’s $240M Advanced Composites Manufacturing Institute, and Tech Titans, Texas’ largest Industry Trade Group.

Manning was previously co-founder of Malibu IQ, a $22M investment partnership, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the $480M Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee for two terms. She also served as a Consultant for Lockheed Martin, Texas A&M University System, and Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions. Manning was Managing Director of Nanoholdings, a venture firm, and a key leader of two entrepreneurial start-ups: Authentix, acquired by the Carlyle Group, and Zyvex, a leading nanotechnogy firm with three successful spin-outs.

Manning holds an MBA in Telecommunications from University of Dallas and a BA in Communications from Loras College.

Brian Moelich

Brian Moelich

Founder, Arrisio

Brian has worked in the corporate innovation space for the better part of 10 years and is known for his ability to hack problems in ways that others haven’t. He started as an internal business design consultant with Citrix Systems, where he and team built and managed an internal incubator for new ventures.

Full Bio

At the same time, he worked with the Citrix Startup Accelerator, which is a startup seed fund, to build an open innovation program that paired external startups with internal teams, as well as lead a program to take ventures that received backing after the incubator program through commercialization and go-to-market. Eventually, Brian made the jump to Cisco to lead implementation of outcomes resulting from the Cisco Hyper Innovation Living Lab (CHILL for short).

All the while, Brian continued to see organizations face the same challenges when building an innovation program or taking new ventures resulting from an innovation program to market, and had been building his own practices to cross these chasms. In early 2017, he founded Arrisio, which has the sole focus of helping organizations build innovation capabilities that can execute ideas rather than just generate them.

Nitin Naik

Nitin Naik

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

Bio is forthcoming.

Mohan Nair

Mohan Nair

Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

Bio is forthcoming.

Victor Oh

Victor Oh

Digital Innovation Manager, BASF

Bio is forthcoming.

Leif Pedersen

Leif Pedersen

BIOVIA Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systèmes

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Full Bio

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.

David Rhew, M.D.

David Rhew, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Vice President/General Manager of Enterprise Healthcare, Samsung Electronics America

Bio is forthcoming.

Jennifer Richey

Jennifer Richey

Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Gravity Jack

Jennifer Richey is a southern California native, transplanted to the great northwest. Along with being a technology futurist and entrepreneur, she is a mother of four, a professional triathlete, fitness model, extreme athlete and skydiver.

Full Bio

Jennifer has been in the technology sector since leaving school to help kickoff a startup in 2002. Her first foray into technology was as the CFO of Tometa Software, a custom software development company that was acquired in 2007. From this, Jennifer went on to assume the same role at PlayXpert, a gaming company and, in 2009, helped spearhead the formation of Gravity Jack.

Art Robbins

Art Robbins

President, Consulting & Senior Partner, Frost & Sullivan

Art Robbins is the President of Frost & Sullivan’s Americas operations. Frost & Sullivan is a global research and consulting firm specializing in helping clients develop and implement their growth strategies. He is responsible for all sales, delivery, and support functions servicing all clients in North America and Latin America.

Full Bio

Mr. Robbins directs Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Consulting practice in the Americas providing quality assurance review, executive steering committee participation, strategic workshop facilitation, and moderation of CEO panels. Additionally, Mr. Robbins assists clients with their strategic planning activities, and conducts executive briefings on Mega Trends.

Mr. Robbins’s career has spanned multiple consulting companies, starting with American Management Systems, an IT consulting firm, managing software and consulting practices that served both Fortune 100 commercial and government clients. Later at Ernst & Young, as Partner and Vice President, he provided a full range of business strategy, process improvement and IT consulting services to high growth entrepreneurial and mid-market companies. His industry experience includes energy, information and communications technologies, manufacturing, and business financial services.

Mr. Robbins served as Executive Vice President for Energy Maintenance Services (EMS) Group, where he was a founding executive of this entrepreneurial energy services firm focused on providing outsourced operations, maintenance and technology services to major energy companies. At EMS, Mr. Robbins performed a variety of roles, including developing the business plan, directing the sales and marketing functions, and driving EMS’s acquisitions strategy. EMS was named an Inc. 500 fastest growing company.

Mr. Robbins’s educational background includes a BS in Computer Science and Accounting from Brooklyn College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brittany Rothnem

Brittany Rothnem

Assistant Vice President, Marketing, LPL Financial

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Christopher J. Shanahan

Christopher J. Shanahan

Global Director – Visionary Science, Frost & Sullivan

Christopher Shanahan is the Global Food Ingredients Practice Manger and Senior Consultant with the Frost & Sullivan’s Chemicals, Materials & Foods Practice. Since joining Frost & Sullivan, Shanahan assists and advises companies with impartial insight into the food ingredient and specialty chemical industries.

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Recent work and expertise include:

  • Industry expertise in functional ingredient market dynamics, including omega-3, probiotics and prebiotics and weight management ingredients, for the dietary supplement food & beverage, animal feed and pet food markets
  • Econometric-based market analysis including mathematical programming, statistical benefit-cost analysis, market forecasting, and scenario engineering
  • Product innovation adoption models and business strategy decision models
  • Pricing strategy and supply-chain/distribution channel optimization models

Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Shanahan was a Fellow and Research Analyst at the Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He brings with him a solid understanding of econometric-based scenario analyses and statistical benefit-cost analysis methodologies. He has extensive experience in market forecasting based on external Mega Trends, market expansion strategy development and implementation, product innovation diffusion and technology adoption analyses, and developing strategic decision models.

Shanahan has received acclaim for his research and insights in market trends in the Review of Agricultural Economics Journal and Agribusiness and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Review. He has also been cited by the Associated Press, USA Today, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Fox Business News, and Food Navigator. In addition, he has spoken at various trade shows including Supply Side West, GOED Exchange, Focus on the Future, and the International Poultry and Feed Expo.

Mark Simoncelli

Mark Simoncelli

Global Vice President, Growth Implementation Solutions, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Arjan Singh

Arjan Singh

Lecturer, Strategy, University of California – Irvine

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Ted Smith

Ted Smith

Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corvex Connected Safety

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart

General Manager, AiRXOS a GE Venture Company

Bio is forthcoming.

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

Bio is forthcoming.

Dave Terry

Dave Terry

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Chrome River Technologies

Bio is forthcoming.

Kiran Unni

Kiran Unni

Vice President, Industrial Group, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Clare Walker

Clare Walker

Industry Principal, Business & Financial Services, Frost & Sullivan

What inspires you?
Technology and nature.

Clare Walker is an Industry Principal for the Business & Financial Services group at Frost & Sullivan focusing on FinTech research. Clare previously worked for Frost & Sullivan from 2006 until 2014 as a Senior Consultant.

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During her tenure, she identified growth opportunities for her clients across various industries, including environmental services, healthcare, banking, insurance, and real estate. Her latest research is on the US InsurTech market – the business and technological forces driving it, and what it means for the insurance industry.

Clare is a highly regarded and trusted analyst, and has been quoted and sourced by Dow Jones Newswires, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Deal, and American Banker.

Clare is interested in continued education and has credits in New Media Studies from Hunter College of New York. She is also Screen Actors Guild eligible and is a certified caregiver by the nationally-recognized American Caregiver Association.

Clare holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. She lives in New York and enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.

Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver

President/Founder, Force Multiplier Ventures

Bio is forthcoming.

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.

Ellison Anne Williams

Ellison Anne Williams

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Enveil

Bio is forthcoming.

Debbie Wong

Debbie Wong

Director, Consulting, Business & Financial Services, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne

Chief Executive Officer, AUVSI

Bio is forthcoming.

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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