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 Caryn.Brown@frost.com

Speakers From Our Previous Growth, Innovation and Leadership Event

Aurimas Adomavicius

Aurimas Adomavicius

President, Devbridge Group

Session : Innovating Digital Customer Engagement and Experience for Competitive Advantage

Ayn Rand wrote “Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.” Atlas Shrugged was one of the most influential books for Aurimas, a first-generation Lithuanian immigrant who to this day sees America as the land of dreams and opportunity.

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Anil Agrawal

Anil Agrawal

Director, Digital Transformation and Delivery, Citi

Anil is SVP (Director) for the Digital Transformation focusing on delivery of the Digital channels for Citi.  Anil is leading the multi-year strategic digital programs to transform the customer experience, migrate customers to Digital channels and accelerate the modernization of the technology for mobile and online platforms. He is also spearheading the transition of the online platform from Legacy to newer technology using cloud and APIs.

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Jay Allardyce

Jay Allardyce

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Head of SW Engineering, GE’s Power Digital Solution’s

Jay Allardyce is the SVP, Chief Operating Officer and Head of SW Engineering for GE’s Power Digital Solution’s business.

He is responsible for scaling the P/L, Partner Ecosystem, IoT growth, M&A, Engineering and UI/UX for the fasted growing digital industry solutions group in GE.

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Scott Allison

Scott Allison

President, Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

Scott Allison is President, DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare. He is a member of Customer Solutions & Innovation Senior Management Team, a member of the Solutions & Innovation Board, DHL Life Sciences Supply Chain Board and heads the DHL Life Science & Healthcare Steering Committee and the Customer Logistics Advisory Board.

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Ricardo Angel

Ricardo Angel

Managing Director, GE Ventures

Session: Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry

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.

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Utz Baldwin

Utz Baldwin

Chief Executive Officer, Plum

Session: Spotlight on Companies to Action

Utz is a serial entrepreneur and executive who has spent his entire career contributing to the advancement of the connected home industry. As the founder and CEO of AD systems, his firm was ranked among the top 100 systems integration companies in the U.S., designing and installing thousands of sophisticated control systems to automate homes.

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Ron Batra

Ron Batra

Senior Director, Technology Innovation, CTO Office, Equinix

Session: Managing and Executing on Innovation Pipelines and Processes

Ron Batra brings 25+ years of leadership across different industry verticals covering most aspects of Enterprise Software, Infrastructure, Multi-Cloud Architectures and Networking in some of the most world’s most respected corporations and brands, from startups to Fortune 10.

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Jean Belanger

Jean Belanger

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Cerebri AI Inc.

Session: Pioneering Disruption: Spotlight on Companies to Action

Jean is co-founder & CEO of Cerebri AI Inc., based in Austin & Toronto.  He started his career with PwC in Ottawa and Paris.  After the graduating from the London School of Economics ( M.Sc. Finance ), he joined what is now CIBC World Markets as an investment banker where he represented three of the four largest public companies in Canada, lead managing financings of over $4B in Canada, US and Europe.  He left investment banking and started a VC fund in Montreal, investing in startup technology companies, three of which went public, one 24 years later!

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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.

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Johan Claassen Lloyd

Johan Claassen Lloyd

Vice President, Global Lifecycle Services Operations, Process Systems and Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions

Session: Evolving Customer Invoicing Based on Outcomes

Mr. Claassen graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1995 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He started his career in the Oil and Gas Industry working for SASOL in South Africa and held various leadership positions with increasing responsibility in Projects, Maintenance, Engineering and Operations.

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Brant Cooper

Brant Cooper

Co-Founder, Moves the Needle

Session : Infusing Product Innovation with Customer Empathy

Brant Cooper is the New York Times Bestselling Author of books like The Lean Entrepreneur, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development, and The Lean Brand. He’s helped startups go from idea to IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and has firsthand experience with crushing failure. Today, his main focus is on bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to the enterprise with Moves the Needle

Keith Cole

Keith Cole

Chief Executive Officer, Water Lens

Session: Pioneering Disruption: Spotlight on Companies to Action

Keith Cole is the Founder and CEO of Water Lens, LLC, an innovative, water technology company based in Houston, Texas.  Keith is responsible for the overall management and growth of the company, in particular the development and commercialization of the various technologies related to real-time water quality testing. Over Keith’s career, he has successfully grown and turned around many companies across several industries including oilfield service, wireless telecommunications, and internet video technology.

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Gabriel Collins

Gabriel Collins

Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy - Rice University

Session : Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry

Gabriel Collins is the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. He was previously an associate attorney at Baker Hostetler, LLP, and is the co-founder of the China SignPost™ (洞察中国) analysis portal.

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Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox

Chief Digital Officer, USAA

Session: Digital Business Transformation: Will You Lead or Be Left Behind?

Chris Cox joined USAA in January 2014 and serves as the Chief Digital Officer. Chris leads the strategy and execution of USAA’s digital channel at an enterprise level and is responsible for envisioning and delivering an integrated, seamless, digital customer experience across the website, tablet, mobile devices, voice and emerging channels.

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Cynthia Castro Sweet

Cynthia Castro Sweet

Director of Clinical Research, Omada Health, Inc

Cynthia Castro Sweet, PhD is the Director of Clinical Research for Omada Health, Inc., a digital therapeutics company which combines innovative design, technology, and social connection to prevent chronic disease

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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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Brady Davis

Brady Davis

Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, DNAnexus

Brady brings over 15 years experience as an innovator and leader in the life sciences space as well as the hospital ACO and consumer health and wellness industries. Prior to DNAnexus, Brady was head of strategy and market development for Illumina with a special focus on Informatics and driving opportunities to use genetics data as clinical utility. Brady serves on the board of multiple non-profit organizations including the Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN), Cancer Commons, Ci4CC, and is Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Center for Commercialization (C4C). Brady is a graduate of University of Washington.

Rahul Dubey

Rahul Dubey

Senior Vice President Innovation and Solutions, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)

Rahul is currently responsible for collaborating with the C-level executives at AHIP’s Health Plan Membership to develop and implement innovative, best in class, emerging solutions and approaches that accelerate utilization of these mission critical applications in order to deliver a higher quality of care, improving the wellbeing of consumers and driving down the cost of care received.

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Dan Elitzer

Dan Elitzer

Blockchain and Digital Identity Lead, IDEO CoLab

Dan Elitzer is the Blockchain and Digital Identity Lead for IDEO CoLab, an R&D network exploring artificial intelligence, blockchains, the internet of things, and augmented and virtual reality. In addition to running the Mosaic Digital Identity Lab, Dan leads blockchain research and prototype development in partnership with both startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Citi, Nasdaq, Fidelity, Exelon, BCBS, and Ford.

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Hani Elshahawi

Hani Elshahawi

GameChanger Shell

Session: Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry
Session: Spotlight On – Digital Business Transformation: Will You Lead or Be Left Behind?

Hani Elshahawi is a seasoned oilfield professional with 30 years of experience in operational, engineering, business, technology, management, and consulting roles. He is currently GameChanger at Shell whose job is to change the energy game by defining, seeking, and delivering technology options to the industry. GameChanger is a unique open innovation program that helps innovators develop their novel ideas from genesis to proof of concept.

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Joseph Falcone

Joseph Falcone

Lead, Medical Digital Solutions, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Joe has been at Bristol-Myers Squibb for over 7 years and is responsible for driving strategic innovation focused on improving external customer experience and internal operations for the Worldwide Medical Customer Engagement organization.

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Lloyd F. Colegrove, Ph.D

Lloyd F. Colegrove, Ph.D

Data Services Director, Fundamental Problem Solving Director Analytical Technology Center, The Dow Chemical Company

Session : Evolving Customer Invoicing Based on Outcomes

Lloyd F. Colegrove is the Director of Data Services and the Director of Fundamental Problem Solving for The Dow Chemical Company. His desire for novel approaches to data interpretation (contextualization), and integration of these capabilities into assessing the health and capability of manufacturing assets has coalesced into the piloting, then implementation, of an enterprise data analysis and collaboration space that would tie multiple plants together with the Technology Center and R&D resources to trouble shoot in real time, or preemptively detect and alert plant trouble well before crisis.

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Scott Francis

Scott Francis

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BP3 Global, Inc.

Session: Tomorrow is Today – The Age of the Digital Supply Chain is Here

Scott Francis believes that digital transformation happens when you marry the insights and business models with the operational excellence. As co-founder and CEO of BP3, it is Scott’s job to lead our team in that mission. BP3 specializes in the success of our clients and the experience our clients provide to their customers. Business process and decision management change are just one way we make digital transformation real.

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Dorman Followwill

Dorman Followwill

Senior Partner, Frost & Sullivan

Dorman Followwill’s inspirational leadership and contributions to the global Frost & Sullivan team have accounted for outstanding performance in regional EIA sales and profit as a Partner, Director and Executive Committee member for the Europe, Israel, and Africa region, in 2008 and 2009, as well as record profitability in the Healthcare business unit in North America from 2002-2005.

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Ian Fountain

Ian Fountain

Director of Marketing, IIoT Applications, National Instruments

As the director of marketing for data acquisition systems at National Instruments, Ian Fountain is responsible for the company’s global business in monitoring and Industrial Internet of Things applications and is heavily involved in the strategic development of the associated products required to address customers’ needs.

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Joe Fristensky

Joe Fristensky

Senior Partner, Digital Transformation, Frost & Sullivan

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.

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Roberta Gamble

Roberta Gamble

Partner, Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan

Session : Will Digital Transformation Eliminate the Drilling Crew?

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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Jeremiah Gardner

Jeremiah Gardner

Principal, Moves the Needle

Session : Infusing Product Innovation with Customer Empathy

Jeremiah Gardner helps organizations create new value. He is the author of the bestselling book The Lean Brand and Principal at Moves the Needle where he empowers companies like GE, Sprint, eBay, Intuit, and Cisco to practice Lean Innovation. He has been featured in several media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Lifehacker, and The Guardian. Jeremiah reads a lot of Mark Twain, is an avid Lakers fan, and a self-professed amateur home cook. Jeremiah tweets @JeremiahGardner and blogs at http://jeremiahgardner.com

Steve Hebert

Steve Hebert

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Nimbix

Steve started in technical sales in semiconductors with Texas Instruments after earning his degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. Today, he is a technology industry veteran of over 20 years with a strong track record of operational execution and sales growth at both startup and large companies. Prior to Nimbix, he led a global sales team in the computing segment with programmable chip-maker, Altera. An entrepreneur, builder, and inventor at heart, Steve’s vision is aimed at solving the world’s biggest challenges with supercomputing.

Yonatan Hagos

Yonatan Hagos

Chief Technology Officer, Digital Commercial & General Manager, Emerging Verticals, GE Digital

Yonatan brings over 20 years of diverse business and software experience ranging from general management, product management, development, services, operations and finance.

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Mei Jiang

Mei Jiang

Head of Pan-HP Innovation Strategy & Chief Editor of HP Journal, HP

Mei Jiang is a tech-savvy, futuristic strategist and entrepreneur with a blend of experience at both Startups and Corporations. Since early 2000s, she has led multiple Startups into accelerated growth and successful exits of a total value of $2 billion. As early as 2001, she created and launched the world’s first and leading B2B e-commerce platform for the semiconductor, equipment, and electronic materials industry.

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Mike Jude, Ph.D.

Mike Jude, Ph.D.

Research Manager: Consumer Communications Services, Connected Home, Big Data Analytics Stratecast, Frost & Sullivan

As Research Manager for the Big Data and Analytics practice, Mike brings to Stratecast 30 years of experience in technology management in manufacturing and telecommunications, information technologies, intellectual-property management, and public policy.

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Anjali Kataria

Anjali Kataria

Chief Executive Officer, Mytonomy

Anjali brings two decades of healthcare and technology experience as both an entrepreneur and executive, having started and run two venture backed companies one of which was acquired by Oracle in 2009.

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Alexander Khanin

Alexander Khanin

Chief Executive Officer, VisionLabs

Session : Spotlight on Companies to Action

Alexander Khanin is the CEO of VisionLabs – the company he founded in 2012. He is the author of core algorithms implemented in his company’s products.

Alexander holds a Master’s Degree in computer vision and robotics from Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

Dr. Mehrzad Mahdavi

Dr. Mehrzad Mahdavi

Vice President, Digital Solutions, Weatherford

Dr. Mahdavi is the Vice President, Digital Solutions, at Weatherford, where he is responsible for enhancing product and service offerings through automation and integration of services.

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Sha-Chelle Manning

Sha-Chelle Manning

accomplished executive, entrepreneur and venture investment manager, Pioneer Natural Resources Company

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.

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Azita Martin

Azita Martin

Chief Marketing Officer Maana Inc.

Session : Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry

Azita Martin is Chief Marketing Officer of Maana the Digital Knowledge Platform that accelerates profitability. Azita brings a combination of Enterprise Marketing in big data, Artificial Intelligence and digital transformation at high-growth start-ups and category-creating public companies like Salesforce and Siebel.  In her role she works extensively with Fortune 500  industrial companies who are driving digital transformation using the Maana Knowledge Platform™.

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Jonathan Matus

Jonathan Matus

Chief Executive Officer Zendrive

Session: Using Driving Data Analytics to Make Our Cities’ Streets Smart and Safe

Jonathan Matus is CEO of Zendrive, a venture-backed startup re-imagining transportation through mobile driver analytics. Zendrive’s platform, used across on-demand and commercial fleets, leverages machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to analyze hundreds of billions of datapoints.

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Brandon McGee

Brandon McGee

Executive Director - Innovation, Harland Clarke

Session: Artificial Intelligence: Leverage AI to Drive Impact…Today

Brandon McGee is responsible for leading the HCH Innovation Lab and a Mobile Center of Excellence for Harland Clarke. Responsibilities include leading teams across: Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Growth Marketing, eCommerce, Augmented Reality, Mobile and UI/UX Design.
Prior to joining Harland Clarke, Brandon held leadership roles with Facebook, Dell and Huntington Bank. Brandon is also the founder and editor of the blog www.aiecommerce.com

Bob Merlotti

Bob Merlotti

Senior Vice President Mobility – Americas, Frost & Sullivan - Automotive & Transportation Americas Region

 

Functional Expertise
25 years of general management, technical and management consulting experience in corporate growth strategy, M&A and business/operational process improvement at automotive industry OEMs, Oliver Wyman and Deloitte Consulting.

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Nicola Millard

Nicola Millard

Head of Customer Insight & Futures BT Global Services Innovation Team

Session: Putting the “I” into Innovation

Dr Nicola Millard is a customer experience futurologist with BT. Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn’t actually a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try and anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations (sadly, her crystal ball is currently broken).

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Brian Moelich

Brian Moelich

Corporate Innovation Specialist, Communitech

Session : Aligning Growth Vision and Innovation Strategy

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. 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).

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Michelle Mosolgo

Michelle Mosolgo

Chief Technology Officer, Merck Healthcare Solutions and Services

Michelle Mosolgo is the CTO for the Merck’s Healthcare Service and Solution LLC (HSS). HSS is an independent entity focused on improving the value of care delivered to patients worldwide through evidence-based series and solutions. In this role she is responsible for the strategy and implementation of technologies to support HSS globally.

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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Chief Executive Officer Creative Virtual USA

Session: Do Simple Better: Easy, Intelligent Conversations Using a Bot

Mike Murphy has been the CEO of Creative Virtual USA since April of 2017 after joining the company in 2014, previously serving as Vice President of Customer Success and COO.

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Jay Nakagawa

Jay Nakagawa

Director, Competitive Intelligence Dell EMC | Data Protection Division

Session: Integrating Strategic Intelligence in Decision Making: Succeeding in an Intensifying Competitive Environment

Jay is currently Director of Competitive Intelligence at Dell EMC.  He and his team of six support a multi-billion division within Dell EMC, providing realtime competitive intelligence and strategic insights on the competition and their offerings.  Additionally, Jay and his team provide realtime in-depth analytics of the business relative to the competition and have a number of projects underway identifying monetization opportunities through big data business analytics.

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Kerry O’Connor

Kerry O’Connor

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin, Texas

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Fredrik Östbye

Fredrik Östbye

Group Vice President, Head of Digital Transformation, Grundfos

Fredrik is an entrepreneur who has built companies since he went to school. Two of them have got acquired by large enterprises, latest by Telenor where he spent the last years as Vice President, Internet of Things.

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Nat Parker

Nat Parker

Chief Executive Officer, Moovel North America

Nat Parker is the CEO of moovel North America. Moovel N.A. works to bring mobility solutions for public and alternative transportation options to North American cities through two distinctive but complementary products: moovel transit and the moovel app. The company is part of moovel Group GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz.

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Rajiv Phougat

Rajiv Phougat

Chief Technologist for Automotive, Aerospace & Defense Industry Solutions, IBM

Rajiv Phougat is a Chief Technologist for Automotive, Aerospace & Defense Industry Solutions at IBM Corporation. He is charged with defining innovative industry solutions and strategy with global OEMs and related clients using cutting edge Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & IoT.

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Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist Halliburton

Session: Challenges and Opportunities in Leveraging Digital Transformation in Upstream Oil and Gas

Bio is forthcoming.

Alfredo Ramirez

Alfredo Ramirez

President/Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Vyopta

Session: Pioneering Disruption: Spotlight on Companies to Action

Alfredo Ramirez, a seasoned entrepreneur with direct experience in building early-stage software technology companies, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Vyopta.

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Oseas Ramirez Assad

Oseas Ramirez Assad

Senior Manager, Innovation Strategy and Business Development, Cisco Systems

Session: Acting on the Mandate for Hyper Co-Innovation in the Digital Age
Oseas Ramírez Assad is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with a 20-year track record of spearheading innovation at startups and within large enterprises. Passionate about leveraging the latest technology with top talent, he is responsible for leading the creation and execution of Cisco’s co-innovation strategy with key customers across Cisco’s worldwide Innovation Centers

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Lauren E. Riga

Lauren E. Riga

Associate Faculty Member, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Former Redevelopment Administrator, City of Indianapolis

Session: Impact of New Mobility Innovations on Cities

Lauren is a globally recognized professional in smart cities and advanced industries with a background in public policy and emerging markets. She bridges technology, policy and economy to explore key issues surrounding smart infrastructure and the innovation economy with the goal of maximizing economic growth while improving government services.

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Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers

Chief Executive Officer, Orbita

Session : Pioneering Disruption: Spotlight on Companies to Action

Bill Rogers is a visionary software executive with a proven record of delivering outstanding shareholder value through innovative growth strategies and strong execution.  Bill’s unique combination of deep, hands-on technology expertise and broad-based business strategy and operations acumen provides allows him to take a unique, holistic approach to the management of software companies.

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Dennis Robbins, Ph.D., M.P.H

Dennis Robbins, Ph.D., M.P.H

Principal I.D.E.A.S. American Heart Association Technology and Innovation Advisor

Session: Information Silos Transformed in Population Health

Dennis Robbins (M.P.H. Harvard, Ph.D., Boston College) is prominent 
health care steward, innovator, thought leader, entrepreneur and health activist, and is Chief Clinical and Business Intelligence Officer at KPN in Dallas and an advisor to Sanovas in the SF Bay area. His distinguished career of almost four decades spans multiple sectors of health and health care, business, ethics and policy. Dr Robbins was a National Fund for Medical Education Fellow in the Interfaculty Program for Medical Ethics, and a Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at Harvard.

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Ranjeet Saudagar

Ranjeet Saudagar

Vice President, Process Mfg, Aero, Energy & Utilities, NTT Data Services

Session: Evolving Customer Invoicing Based on Outcomes

As Vice President, NTT DATA Services, Ranjeet Saudagar leads the Process Manufacturing, Aerospace, Energy & Utilities vertical enterprise accounts. In this role, he is responsible for delivering profitable growth and enhancing customer satisfaction by offering innovative solutions to our enterprise clients.

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Luke Schneider

Luke Schneider

CEO, Silvercar

Session: Less Revolution, More Evolution: Why Silicon Valley Won’t Drive Mobility Forward Alone

Luke is a proven leader in technology and automotive innovation. As CEO of Silvercar, Luke is changing the world as he hits the road with a new vision for mobility and travel. Prior to joining Silvercar in early 2012, Schneider served as CTO of Zipcar, Inc., the world’s largest car-sharing company. He came to Zipcar by way of Flexcar, the United States’

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Gayle Schueller, Ph.D.

Gayle Schueller, Ph.D.

Vice President, New Platforms - Growth and Commercialization 3M

Session: Digital Business Transformation: Will You Lead or Be Left Behind?

Dr. Gayle Schueller is 3M’s Vice President of New Platforms for Growth & Commercialization. She is responsible for the identification, initiation, and commercialization of corporate sponsored growth platforms in high growth market spaces. Gayle started in 3M’s corporate laboratory as a product development specialist and has over 20 years of technical and business leadership experience. Her career spans a broad range of businesses from electronics to healthcare to consumer industries. She has led technical and business teams from around the world including Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.

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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. 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.

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Sushant Shankar

Sushant Shankar

Co-Founder, Healthpals

Session: Pioneering Disruption: Spotlight on Companies to Action

Sushant Shankar is a co-founder at HealthPals, a software start-up using Machine Learning and Medical Science to bring actionable context to medical data. Sushant is an accomplished Data Scientist, Technologist, & Serial Entrepreneur.

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Mark Simoncelli

Mark Simoncelli

Global Vice President: Growth Implementation Solutions, Frost & Sullivan

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:

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Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

Session: The Race to be the Google of the Oilfield: Will Digital Be Winner Take All?
Session: Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry

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.

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Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer, Analytic Partners

Session: Leveraging Digital Channels in Your Go to Market Model: Silencing the Analytics Critics

Nancy Smith founded Analytic Partners in 2000. Prior to starting AP, Nancy worked at ASI (now, Ipsos ASI) and Clairol (now, P&G) where she managed marketing insights projects, teams, and vendors. Nancy has an MBA degree from the University at Buffalo School of Management where she focused on econometrics, marketing, and international business. With AP, Nancy is proud to lead the world’s largest independent, global marketing analytics consultancy.

Samantha Snabes

Samantha Snabes

Co-founder: Catalyst, re:3D

Session: Pioneering Disruption: Spotlight on Companies to Action
Samantha Snabes is a Captain in the Mississippi Air National Guard and a Catalyst for re:3D facilitating connections between others printing human-scale and/or using recycled materials to create more access to 3D printable solutions worldwide.

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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. 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.

Cory Steffek

Cory Steffek

Managing Director, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Session: Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry

Cory Steffek is the Managing Director of North America at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.  He is responsible for identifying technology investments of strategic importance in the areas of: upstream oil & gas; downstream oil & gas and value-added products; renewable energy; energy efficiency and water.

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Carl Stjernfeldt

Carl Stjernfeldt

North American Venture Manager Shell Technology Ventures

Session: Implementing an Open Innovation Strategy in a “Not Invented Here” Industry

Senior NA member of the team at Shell Technology Ventures (STV), Shell’s corporate Venture Capital fund. STV invests in technology companies focused on the oil & gas and future energy (clean/green tech) markets, as well as IT and Digital technologies that support them.

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Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Principal Consultant: Visionary Innovation Group, Frost & Sullivan

Lauren has worked in strategy and innovation for over 12 years: first in Digital Marketing and Advertising for brands such as Samsung, Nike, and GM, and now as a Principal Consultant with Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Group. As a member of the Visionary Innovation Group, Lauren helps companies prepare for the transformations and disruptions that mega trends and industry convergence will usher into their industries. Highlights from her work at Frost & Sullivan include corporate scenario planning and growth opportunity identification, innovation process evaluation and development, smart cities best practices, analysis of trends reshaping the United States, and business models of the future. Lauren holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Charlie Whelan

Charlie Whelan

Director of Consulting, Transformational Health, North America, Frost & Sullivan

Charlie Whelan is a director Frost & Sullivan’s healthcare and life sciences consulting practice focused on the medical technology sector. Prior to joining the consulting team, he managed Frost & Sullivan’s North American medical devices subscription services group. Before joining the company, Mr. Whelan worked at a marketing firm specializing in healthcare and other business-to-business clients where he was instrumental in researching and writing marketing and business plans. Mr. Whelan has also written and edited articles about the healthcare and environmental industries that have been published in nationally distributed magazines. He is regularly interviewed by media sources such as Forbes, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times for insights into the medical devices market. In October 2002, he was featured in a broadcast on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

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Jason Williams

Jason Williams

Vice President, Analytics & Growth Strategy, Change Healthcare

Jason Williams joined the RelayHealth organization within Change Healthcare as vice president, Business Analytics, in 2009. In this role, he has met extensively with health systems and hospitals across the country to understand their needs and enable performance improvement through data analytics.

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Abhi Yadav

Abhi Yadav

Chief Executive Officer, Zylotech

Abhi Yadav is an accomplished AI Technologist & Serial Entrepreneur with 17+ years of experience across customer analytics & data science. Abhi’s expertise is in the intersection of AI, Marketing & Customer data across enterprise business.

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