As a Sr. System Engineer, Robert's primary area of expertise is in the identification, validation and integration of strategic Information Technology solutions for Boeing and the aviation industry. He is recognized as an effective expert in addressing issues related to complex airline information systems; specifically, the integration, security and performance of the global information technology infrastructure utilized by the commercial aviation industry. Currently, Robert is evaluating the required architecture and technology needed to support an integrated aviation outcome-based service economy. In 2014/2015 Robert co-lead the Boeing enterprise Internet of Things/Digital Business Transformation strategy team. His contributions in this responsibility include leading the identification of opportunities, proposing strategic partnering relationships and the demonstration of Boeing's strategic technical capability. In addition, he works closely with NIST, NCOIC, AIA, SAE and the FAA on issues of national airspace security and has over 30 years of experience in solving complex computing solutions. He joined Boeing in 1987 as a Systems Analyst.
In his role as the Vice President and Chief Architect of Cyber Security, Sven Schrecker leads the division to address Cyber Security within the greater transportation vertical. Previous to joining LHP, Sven was the Chief Architect for IoT Security Solutions at Intel Corp. for nearly 15 years. Sven is also the Founding Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Security Working Group and Automotive Security Task Group. He is an author of the Industrial Internet Security Framework which is the seminal document that lays the foundation for security, and trustworthiness, in the Industrial Internet of Things. He is the author of numerous security publications and has contributed to dozens of articles, blogs, podcasts, books and interviews. He is an inventor on over four dozen security-related patents and was selected as at Top 50 Innovator of 2016 by Smart Industry magazine.
Laura has acquired over twenty years’ experience specializing in project management in the information systems and technology (IS&T) area, within various industries and countries. Her current experience involves I&OT mining industry with Rio Tinto, which has operations in 35 countries across 6 continents. At Rio Tinto, Laura has worked across a number of divisions including Iron Ore, Copper and Diamonds, and Exploration. Laura has extensive experience in leading large expansion and strategic IS&T projects including mine (surface and underground), processing and infrastructure. She provides operational and strategic direction while collaborating with stakeholders, and effectively manages cross-functional teams, comprising of multi-disciplinary professionals. In delivering value-driven outcomes, her projects have been in the US$10+ million. Laura has recently been acknowledged by the Women Tech Council as a candidate for the annual Women Tech awards. In her spare time, Laura enjoys indoor and outdoor sports, attending and supporting the Arts, and is a self-proclaimed “foodie”.
Travis works in Walmart Supply Chain as the Director of Change Management and Strategic Communications. For Walmart, Travis has served in roles such as Organizational Design, Team Effectiveness, Training and Communications. Prior to joining Walmart in 2011, Travis spent 8 years with the Continuous Learning Group as a Sr. Consultant. During that time, Travis assisted clients implement Performance Management, Leadership Development and Talent Management strategies. Clients Travis has consulted with include; ExxonMobile, PPG, CN Rail, Chevron and Cigna to name a few.
Sanjay is quite active across the tech start-up ecosystem and is involved in advisory panel and incubation of tech start-ups across the Asia Pacific. He leads some of the Digital forums in Asia pacific and Middle East region and writes extensively on Digital Transformation and ventures. He led diverse projects and assignments in the last 13 plus years in Shell. Extending from strategy and business consulting which is his core expertise, led the critical deal design and negotiation and now besides heading the digital vertical for Shell India, Sanjay incubated several technology-enabled energy Startups and ventures in India.
Yasir Qureshi currently leads the IoT Platform and Digital Architecture Organization at Stanley Black and Decker. Yasir is responsible for driving Stanley Black and Decker’s Digital product offerings across all of Stanley Black and Decker’s Business Units. Yasir is an IoT veteran and prior to joining Stanley Black and Decker, Yasir held several roles in Cisco from leading technology sales teams to head of Global sales and business development for Cisco’s Service Provider IoT Business.Over the course of his career Yasir has managed businesses up to a $1.0B in revenue and led direct and indirect sales teams and demonstrated success in commercializing digital offers in a number of high tech companies. In addition to his full time job, Yasir is an active board member at the Georgia Institute of Technology CDAIT (Center of IOT) – (http://www.cdait.gatech.edu/cdait-board). Yasir also chairs Service Provider IoT Working Group at the IoT World Forum. Yasir is known to have a brand of consistency, high performance and a team player. He is a highly effective leader and possesses exceptional soft skills to mentor, influence and coach his team and indirect teams that work with him and for him. Yasir has the operational excellence to drive consistency in the business, set challenging but realistic expectations and deliver results that align with desired business outcomes. Yasir graduated with honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, he earned his MBA from Georgia State University and Executive Education in Mergers and Acquisition from INSEAD. Yasir is currently based in Greater Atlanta, GA
Christopher is the President & CEO of SST Wireless Inc. In 2013, Christopher joined the company with the singular purpose of designing, manufacturing and distributing wireless sensor technologies to help companies of any size monitor critical equipment and vehicle condition in real time. He is passionate about how technology should serve to remove barriers by building in the intelligence to make technology simple to install, configure and provide real, actionable and useful data. Christopher brings over 25 years of executive experience in media, technology and marketing, having held several senior positions with companies in Canada and the United States.
Kirsten Billhardt has been part of Dell’s IoT business since before there was a formal IoT business. Over the past five years, Kirsten has been listening, learning, writing and speaking about the evolution of IoT with our customers, partners and with Dell Technologies itself. Kirsten leads the team responsible for the global marketing campaign that supports the Dell Technologies IoT/Edge division. Kirsten has engineering degrees from Kettering University and Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard. She resides in Austin, TX with her husband and three children.
Jon Linkous is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the use of telecommunications technology to provide health care services. He has lectured and written extensively on healthcare modernization, public policy affecting health technology, emerging applications and market trends in the U.S. and around the world. He has been called upon to advise the federal government and a variety of national and international companies, health systems and investment firms. Author of many published articles and contributor to numerous books, he is a sought-after speaker on trends and emerging issues related to healthcare and telecommunications. He has been frequently interviewed by a variety of national, regional and trade press including New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, NBC News, and CNN. He currently serves as both CEO of the Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Robotics in Healthcare (PATH) and Editor-In-Chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Noorddin is the IT Strategy and Architecture Leader at BP with nearly 20+ years of experience in technology strategy, business transformation and mergers & acquisition. He has successfully led technology strategy and roadmaps for large scale global transformation and divestment initiatives within BP’s Fuels and Marketing, Refinery, Lubricants and Petrochemical Businesses. Noorddin has deep experience in helping businesses understand and exploit emerging and disrupting technologies such as Blockchain, IIOT, AI/Machine Learning, and successfully deploying them to generate maximum value from technology investment. He is technology evangelist and frequently speaks at industry events. Noorddin holds MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Architect (TOGAF) and Certified in Blockchain Technology: Business innovation and applications from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mike Vladimer is the Co-Founder of the IoT Studio at Orange Silicon Valley, the innovation strategy office for Orange, one of Europe’s biggest telecommunications operators. Previously, he was Director of Business Development at Neura, an internet-of-things (IoT) startup. Mike holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and an MS Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.
Daniel Kliewe laid the foundation for his education by studying Mechanical Engineering at the Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany. Since graduating, he has worked as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM in Paderborn. At the same time he worked for the technology network “it’s OWL” (short for Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe). After finalizing his doctoral thesis, he worked for Arvato SCM Solutions as a project manager for change & innovation projects in the field of Digital Transformation. After that he started as Head of Predevelopment at the HOMAG Group AG. In this role he was responsible for securing the innovation and technology leadership of the HOMAG Group AG. Now he is working in the HOMAG Digital Factory and is responsible for the management and coordination of the Digital strategy, the innovation management and the Business Development in the context of the digital strategy.
Shailendra Singh (Shelly) is Chief Operating Officer of MnM and a member of its board. He focuses on global sales and client services functions, as well as commercial optimization at MarketsandMarkets. He has years of expe¬rience in global delivery and outsourcing sector in the IT/ Consulting/Analytics/Big Data sectors. Prior to MnM, he was leading the global sales, client services and commercial ef¬fectiveness functions for Mu Sigma, a unicorn company and a leading global provider of Decision Sciences and Big Data analytics solutions.
Dr. Robert Zhang, is Co-Founder and President of CloudMinds Technology, where he is responsible for the company’s global business and product strategies, operations, and strategic partnerships. Prior to co-founding CloudMinds, Robert has been working for Samsung, Irdeto, Joint Innovation Lab, Microsoft, and Apple from 2001 to 2015.was the Head of Service Strategy and Operations for Samsung Telecommunications America (2012-15). Previously, (2011-12), he was Vice President of Product Management at Irdeto where he was responsible for global product strategy on broadband video. From 2009-11, he served as Vice President of Product Development at the Joint Innovation Lab. Prior to these senior executive roles, he was a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft (2008-09) and as IPod Operations Program Manager (2004-08) and as Senior Engineering Scientist (2001-04) at Apple. Robert earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computational Mechanics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. from Tongji University, China.
Dr. Madhusudan Pai is the Director of Global IoT Partner Engineering at Wipro and leads industrial partnerships that result in compelling joint offerings to address concrete business outcomes. He is particularly interested in initiatives that are focused on smart connected products and operations pertaining to Industry 4.0 and digitalization, including topics such as digital twins, robots and cobots, and industrial autonomous vehicles. Dr. Pai has also explored the notion of the ‘human’ connected asset that coexists with connected machines, and how this paradigm can improve enterprise-wide safety and productivity across industry. He brings more than 18 years’ experience in product strategy, design, and engineering to guide and lead IoT initiatives at Wipro. His domain expertise spans aviation, automotive, energy, and heavy manufacturing industries.
Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams.
Thomas J. Burke is the OPC Foundation Strategic Marketing Officer and was formerly the OPC Foundation President and Executive Director for over 20 years. Thomas Burke has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics from John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio), and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). Mr. Burke has spent the majority of his career developing hardware, software and firmware for industrial automation, spending most of his career at Rockwell Automation. Mr. Burke is the founding father of the OPC Foundation (started in 1995). He has spearheaded the vision of OPC and has pioneered OPC UA as the foundation and solution for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable information integration interoperability from the embedded world to the enterprise. OPC UA is all about collaboration with many standards organizations modeling their information to provide true information integration interoperability across many vertical and horizontal domains. OPC UA has gained widespread international adoption and recognition and is received recognition as the communication and information infrastructure solution for Industrie 4.0 and many of the regional equivalents. The OPC community has over 4200 companies that are actively developing OPC products in the spirit of complete interoperability.