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Speaker Biographies

Please find below the biographies for all the speakers who participated in this year's event. 


Deb Fischer

Deb Fischer

Senator, United States Senate


A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer is the senior senator from Nebraska, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Fischer is committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to advance sensible policies that will promote strong Nebraska families and communities.

Senator Fischer believes the first duty of Congress is to defend the nation. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she is committed to neutralizing growing threats to our homeland and our allies. In her capacity as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, she is focused on working with our military to monitor the threats facing our nation and provide the appropriate tools for them to meet these challenges. This subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes cybersecurity policy.

Fischer also serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee as chairman of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. This chairmanship enables her to continue leading on transportation issues, which have been one of her top priorities dating back to her chairmanship of the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunication Committee.

In addition to the Armed Services and Commerce Committees, Senator Fischer sits on the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Fischer continues to advocate for policies that will promote innovation, more regulatory certainty for innovators, and modern rules for new technology.

Fischer has led the charge against regulatory overreach by the federal government, focusing on misguided rules issued by federal agencies that hurt middle-class families.

Senator Fischer is a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership team, serving as counsel to the Majority Leader as well as a member of Senator John Cornyn’s Whip Team. Both positions give her a unique opportunity to present the concerns of all Nebraskans directly to the Republican Senate leadership.

Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Fischer served in the Nebraska Unicameral, representing the 43rd Legislative District since 2004. During her time in the state legislature, she was also a member of the Revenue Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and the Executive Board.

Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Senator Fischer attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a degree in education. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for over 40 years and own a ranching business near Valentine. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

Bruce  Andrews

Bruce Andrews

Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce


Bruce Andrews was confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce on July 24, 2014. Andrews was named Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce by President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 9, 2014. Prior to this, Andrews served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a post which he began in October 2011.

Prior to joining Commerce, Andrews served as General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he served as the chief counsel for the Committee and was responsible for policy, legal and jurisdiction issues. Before joining the Committee staff, Andrews served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Ford Motor Company, where he oversaw the company’s federal and state government affairs. Prior to joining Ford, Andrews practiced law as an attorney in the Public Policy and Telecommunications Groups at Arnold & Porter. He was also a founding member of the firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA), where he worked with clients on a variety of issues related to transportation, technology, judiciary, telecommunications and financial services. Andrews began his career on Capitol Hill where he served as Legislative Director for Representative Tim Holden (D-PA), Legislative Assistant for Representative Gus Yatron (D-PA) and on the staff of Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA).

Andrews, a Syracuse, New York native, is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Haverford College. He, his wife and children live in Washington, D.C.

Archana Vemulapalli

Archana Vemulapalli

CTO, City of Washington, DC


Ms. Archana Vemulapalli was nominated to serve as the District's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) by Mayor Muriel Bowser on January 12, 2016. She was confirmed by the DC Council on April 5, 2016.

Prior to joining OCTO, Ms. Vemulapalli was Chief Technology Officer for Pristine Environments where she helped business leaders use technology as an enabler. She was responsible for the company’s IT strategy and transforming the company’s technology solutions offering in the market. In this position, she demonstrated technology leadership by developing and executing IT strategies to promote organizational growth and ensuring optimal utilization of emerging technologies. Ms. Vemulapalli also operated a successful technology and strategy consulting practice in Washington DC.

Previously, she spent years as a technology strategy consultant at global consulting firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting and Lucent Technologies etc.

Ms. Vemulapalli has a master’s degree in Leadership from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Madras.

Ms. Vemulapalli is the recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business 2015 award. Ms. Vemulapalli was selected to participate in Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2015 and Women in Technology’s Leadership Foundry Class of 2014. Ms. Vemulapalli serves on the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a NACD Board Governance Fellow.

Ms. Vemulapalli resides in the District with her husband and son.​

Terrell McSweeny

Terrell McSweeny

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


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

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

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

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

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission


Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012.

Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

Before joining the staff of the Committee, she served as Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Commissioner Rosenworcel is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.

Geoff Mulligan

Geoff Mulligan

Chairman, LoRa Alliance


Mr. Mulligan is a consultant, developer and lecturer on the IoT, Privacy and Security and is the US representative to the ISO Smart and Sustainable Cities project and is Chairman of the LoRa Alliance and Executive Director and founder of the IPSO Alliance. In 2013 and 2014 while serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the Cyber-Physical Systems project for the White House with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) he co-created the SmartAmerica Challenge. Mr. Mulligan is the Founder and President of Proto6, a technology consulting company focused on the Internet of Things, RF Sensors, IPv6, IP networks and open systems. He is notable for developing the Embedded Internet and creating the 6LoWPAN protocol and was a founder of the Zigbee Alliance.

He helped build the first commercial firewall product and was instrumental in the design of the IPv6 protocol. Geoff holds over 15 patents in network security and electronic mail and is often called to serve as an expert witness on patent litigation. He has testified before Congress on Electronic Commerce and Computer Security and authored the security book "Removing the Spam" in 1999. Mr. Mulligan received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Denver after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy.

Dean Garfield

Dean Garfield

President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council


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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenya N. Wiley

Kenya N. Wiley

Founder & CEO, Fashion Innovation Alliance


Kenya Wiley is an attorney and public policy strategist with more than two decades of combined legal, advocacy and high-level government experience. As the Fashion Innovation Alliance’s Founder and CEO, Kenya works with fashion and technology leaders around issues of public policy, social values and fashion law. By building an innovative and inclusive community, the Fashion Innovation Alliance team is working to open the doors to the policy process and help shape the future of fashion tech.

Kenya previously worked for a global entertainment association, where she led the association’s inaugural academic outreach program and provided legal and strategic advice on intellectual property and technology issues.

Prior to working in the private sector, Kenya served as Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In this role, Kenya provided legal and policy analysis on key legislative issues, including cybersecurity, information technology, postal delivery and logistics, and labor and employment.

Kenya also led the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) regulatory and judicial affairs program, where she prepared regulatory comments and collaborated with companies and trade associations on U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs related to labor and employment, diversity, and immigration. While at SHRM, Kenya led SHRM’s efforts during the Department of Labor’s review of the FMLA regulations, resulting in more than 4,500 comments submitted by SHRM members and a coalition of more than 60 associations and companies.

Kenya is a member of Fashion Group International, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), and the recipient of the Howard University School of Law 2012 Intelligent Design Award for her outstanding contributions to fashion law and policy. Kenya received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kenya is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the Illinois State Bar.

Scott Belcher

Scott Belcher

CEO, Telecommunications Industry Association


Scott F. Belcher was named Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in October 2014, following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).

As the information and communications technology (ICT) industry experiences the most dramatic change seen in decades, Scott’s leadership of TIA fosters adaptation and growth to meet its members’ needs. He is responsible for managing TIA’s overall operations and providing long-term strategic direction for the organization. Scott brings to TIA more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in Washington, DC.

Prior to becoming President and CEO of ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC. Before his tenure at ITS America, Scott held senior management positions at a number of prominent trade associations, and worked in private practice at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands. Scott serves on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association, the U.S. Department of State International Communications and Information Policy Committee, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems Program Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

Scott resides in Alexandria, VA and is married with two children.

Joseph McGuire

Joseph McGuire

President & CEO, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers


Joseph M. McGuire is President and CEO of AHAM. Mr. McGuire has significant experience in energy, environmental and consumer product safety policy issues. He has led numerous industry coalitions on legislative issues and has crafted consensus agreements with government, environmental, efficiency, utility and consumer advocacy organizations. Prior to AHAM, McGuire was Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AlliedSignal Inc. (now Honeywell International) an advanced technology manufacturer and represented the air-conditioning, refrigeration and home building industries. He began his career with the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessor agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from St. John Fisher College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Matthew Jennings

Matthew Jennings

President, Americas, Bosch Software Innovations


Matthew Jennings is the Regional President for Bosch Software Innovations in the Americas and is responsible for the overall business development and operations of Sales and Marketing, Professional Services for project delivery, Partner Development, Application Development, and P&L for the operations. Leveraging his years of experience in machine-to-machine communications, manufacturing and asset management, Matthew has extensive knowledge of the rapidly growing Internet of Things market. He was formerly VP of Solutions and Business Development for Digi International. Prior to Digi, he was the founder and president of Utiligent, and founded Global Tier to focus remote monitoring and device analytics.

JD Fouchard

JD Fouchard



JD Fouchard is the CEO of AINMT, a position he assumed in June 2011. He was previously a member of Access Industries’ Media and Communications team. He played a leading role in the acquisition of the AINMT group by Access Industries and has been a board member/director since the acquisition in 2009.

Mr. Fouchard joined Access Industries in June 2007 from UBS’s Telecom Investment Banking Group where he worked on numerous transactions involving Vodafone.

Prior to UBS, Mr. Fouchard was with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners where he was an analyst within the European Leverage Buyout Group, a USD 3.3 billion fund.

He is a dual Haitian/Swiss national fluent in French, English, Spanish, German and Creole. He is a graduate of ESCP-EAP European School of Management and Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg Germany.

Mr. Fouchard is a director of AINMT Holdings AB, AINMT Scandinavia Holdings AS, Ice Communciation Norge AS, Ice Norge AS, Netett Sverige AB, Ice Danmark ApS and AINMT Scandinavia Holdings AB.

Gary Butler

Gary Butler

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Camgian Microsystems Corporation


Gary Butler is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Camgian Microsystems. From its early work in building advanced sensor technologies and solutions for organizations such as DARPA, he has lead Camgian’s evolution into a multi-million dollar revenue business and a leading company in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. During this period Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US, The Silicon Review as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies, CIO Review as one of the top 50 most promising companies in IoT and Compass Intelligence as the 2015 M2M Emerging Company of the Year. Moreover, ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report, which identified the company as one of the world’s top tech start-ups.

Central to these efforts was Dr. Butler’s direction of the company’s latest product, Egburt, whose design leverages a novel edge computing architecture that supports real-time, sensor enabled IoT solutions. Since its launch, Egburt has received significant industry recognition including being featured in CLSA Americas’ Deep Field report on IoT as one of the promising new offerings in the IoT market and being named Compass Intelligence IoT Innovative Product of the Year at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He has been a speaker and panelist at events such as Liveworx, the IoT Global Summit, CLSA Americas IoT Innovation Summit, M2M Evolution, European IoT Summit and TEDx. In addition, he has been recognized by Postscapes as a 2015 IoT CEO of the Year award winner.

Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was division engineer with Internet pioneer BBN Technologies with a technical focus in the areas of machine learning and wavelets and their application to sensor signal processing and analytics. At BBN, he worked on the development of feature extraction algorithms, neural networks and genetic algorithms that supported automated, in-situ training of advanced sensing platforms. He was an engineer on the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program and led several DARPA funded efforts focused in the areas of advanced sensor systems and technologies including the development of novel ad-hoc, multi-hop sensor networks. Dr. Butler was appointed by BBN's president and chief scientists to membership in the Science Development Program, a technical rank reserved for the company's most exceptional scientists and engineers. He was also elected as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Butler received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in engineering where he studied the application of wavelets to signal analysis and non-linear dynamic systems. He currently serves as vice chair of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Vanderbilt’s Fred J. Lewis Society, the Oxford and Cambridge Club of London and the Tulane University Athletics Advisory Council. He also serves as a regional contact for Cambridge in America.

Samia Melhem

Samia Melhem

Global Lead, Digital Development, World Bank


Samia Melhem is an international development expert at the World Bank Group. She is currently a Global lead on Digital Development in the Transport and ICT Global Practice. Her current operational responsibilities include investment operations management, advisory services, capacity building and leading the digital development partnership. Samia has led various investment projects aiming at developing the ICT sector in client countries from, Telecoms/Broadband policy reforms, Private participation in broadband infrastructure deployment, digitizing and modernizing public administration. Her projects have helped governments such as Philippines, Egypt, Kenya, Tunisia, Morocco, Vietnam, and Burkina Faso
Introduce innovative solutions for better service delivery.

Samia held several positions as regional coordinator in different regions such as Africa, Middle East and Europe and Central Asia and has experience in more than 50 countries. She often represents her group in international events and associations. She has authored several research, working papers and policy notes on innovation and on technology’s impact on growth & development. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Sciences (MS) and Finance (MBA)

Ron Zink

Ron Zink

Director, On-Board Applications, Deere & Company


Ronald Zink is Director, On-Board Applications, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), a position he was appointed to August 2013. ISG is responsible for designing, developing, delivering and supporting integrated technology solutions for John Deere agricultural and construction equipment worldwide. The On-Board Applications group produces mobile systems and universal solutions to optimize jobs across agricultural productions systems. These include after-market automated guidance and variable-rate input application products used around the world as well as mobile applications for the iPad® – including SeedStar Mobile™ for planting and Harvest Mobile™ for monitoring yield and combine performance.
Zink joined Deere & Company in October 2012 as Director Public Affairs and Business Development. Prior to joining John Deere, Zink held a successful career as a leading international technology lawyer and public affairs professional. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer EU Affairs and Associate General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation. In this position, Zink was responsible for Microsoft’s government affairs and policy issues in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Zink is a graduate of The University of North Dakota with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University.

Linda Kinney

Linda Kinney

Senior Advisor for Internet Policy, NTIA


Linda Kinney serves as the Senior Advisor for Internet Policy at NTIA, the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and Internet policy issues. She is part of NTIA’s leadership team and advises the Assistant Secretary on digital economy matters, including privacy, internet governance, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things. She also serves as the NTIA representative on the Administration’s Smart Cities working group.

Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Kinney served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). She represented the six major Hollywood studios in legal and regulatory proceedings, including testifying before the US Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Prior to joining the MPAA, she was the Vice President of Law and Regulation at DISH Network -- the third largest U.S. pay television company.

Before moving to the private sector, Ms. Kinney spent more than a decade in public service at the Federal Communications Commission where she served as Deputy General Counsel under Chairman Michael Powell, Associate Wireline Bureau Chief for Larry Strickling, and legal advisor to Commissioner Susan Ness. She began her legal career in private practice at Graham & James in San Francisco.

Ms. Kinney has served on the Board of the Copyright Collective of Canada, was a member of the Healthy Media Commission, and has held leadership positions in the Federal Communications Bar Association. She is a graduate of Vassar College and received her law degree from the University of Virginia. A fourth-generation Californian, she currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband, son, and daughter.

José  Gontijo

José Gontijo

Director of Science, Technology and Digital Innovation, MCTI Brazil


Since June of 2016 José Gontijo is the Director of Science, Technology and Digital Innovation at the Brazilian Ministry Of Science, Technology , Innovations & Communications. Born in Brasilia in 1977, José has an Electrical Engineering Bachelor from University of Brasilia (2002), with a specialization on Science and Technology Public Management (2009). He worked for Brazilian Ministry of Communication as Director of Industry, Science and Technology (2011-2016), in the President Cabinet as advisor for digital inclusion policies (2010), in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) as Science and Technology Analyst (2007-2010) and in National Telecommunication Agency (Anatel) as spectrum engineering (2003-2007).

DJ Saul

DJ Saul

CMO & Managing Director, iStrategyLabs


DJ Saul is the CMO and Managing Director of ISL (an AdAge 2014 Small Agency of The Year). One of the company’s first employees, DJ is now responsible for ISL’s marketing, DC operations, partnerships and business development as well as the company’s ongoing experimentation/prototyping efforts. He was recently named a 2015 Washingtonian Tech Titan.

DJ advises companies and early stage ventures on everything from digital to experiential marketing strategy, to branding and partnership development, and has been described as “an invaluable pillar of support for the region’s aspiring entrepreneurs.” In short, he brands, markets, and creates experiences that launch companies, sell products, and connects people and organizations with what they need to succeed.

He also speaks and writes regularly on building meaningful relationships, brand strategy, emerging tech and marketing trends, and entrepreneurship. He teaches much more about marketing strategy in his courses on Brand Positioning and; Product/Company Naming.

DJ studied International Affairs at George Washington University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is a member of NextGen Angels, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers, co-producer of the DC Tech Meetup, and serves on the advisory board of Think Local First DC.

In his spare time, DJ plays in the DC Bocce League where his team, Ben’s Chili Bowl Bocce, has donated thousands of dollars in winnings to local non-profits. He has won DC’s Great Urban Race and was a finalist in the Great Urban Race National Championship. DJ is an ardent supporter of DC United and Liverpool F.C.

Robert Baker

Robert Baker

Lead Technologist, United States Agency for International Development


Rob Baker is a Lead Technologist and political appointee in USAID's Global Development Lab, exploring emerging digital innovations for the agency and enabling our staff and partners to use them effectively and responsibly. His career as a technologist and program director has revolved around mobile and mapping technology for crisis response, election monitoring, the maker movement, and open data. Before joining the USAID he was the COO of Ushahidi, a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, World Bank Innovation Labs staff, a delegate of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, and member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team.

Julie Brill

Julie Brill

Partner and Co-Lead, Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Hogan Lovells


A conversation with Julie Brill is like chatting with a well-informed, straight-talking neighbour who just happens to be a renowned global leader in data security law, and “one of the top minds in online privacy.” Colleagues extol her “charm, knowledge, and perseverance.”

Julie is an endless fount of forward-thinking ideas to empower those fortunate enough to fall under her representation. While a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Julie was “widely seen as the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues.” She brings her voice and knowledge to the clients of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, of which she is a partner and co-leader.

Watch Julie's recent appearance on CNBC. Julie is plugged in to data, device and systems vulnerability and is focused on emerging data security issues. Her deep understanding of big data helps companies navigate the complex rules round the use of data. Companies benefit from her keen intelligence and reservoir of knowledge about consumer privacy protection, financial fraud prevention, and maintaining competition in the healthcare and high-tech

While at the FTC, she became one of the key U.S. regulators on advertising law, including ad tech, native advertising, and other cutting-edge ad issues. Julie’s role as one of the nation’s top antitrust officials makes her a natural fit to assist in leading our Antitrust practice.

Prior to serving as FTC Commissioner, Julie was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. For more than 20 years she served as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont. There she led many multi-state investigations, anchored the states’ Privacy Working Group, and testified before Congress at hearings related to consumer protection and financial data privacy. She taught at Columbia Law School. She also was an associate at a New York-based law firm.

Stephen Pattison

Stephen Pattison

Vice President, Public Affairs, ARM


ARM is a UK based company, with global interests. ARM designs microprocessors, used in many products, including the majority of mobile phones.

Stephen is responsible for ARM’s involvement with and contribution to policy and government thinking across the world. His main focus is London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security.

Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues.

Before that he worked for James Dyson (Vacuum cleaners etc) as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets.

He was once a British Diplomat, working at the British Embassy in Washington, and as Director, International Security at the Foreign Office in London.

Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Stephen also spent 2003-4 at Harvard as a Fellow in International Affairs.

Maneesha Mithal

Maneesha Mithal

Associate Director, Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission


Maneesha Mithal is the Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, which focuses on consumer privacy, data security, and credit reporting issues. In this capacity, she has managed significant initiatives, including reports on the data broker industry, the Internet of Things, consumer privacy, facial recognition, and mobile privacy disclosures. She has testified before Congress on data security, facial recognition, and identity theft. She has also supervised Commission investigations that resulted in consent orders, including against companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Lifelock, Equifax, HTC, and Snapchat. She has held numerous positions at the Commission, including Chief of Staff of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Assistant Director of the International Division of Consumer Protection. Prior to joining the Commission 1999, Ms. Mithal was an attorney at the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling. Ms. Mithal earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

Vice President , Information Technology & Innovation Foundation


Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of the Center for Data Innovation, an affiliate of ITIF.

Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, Internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2013, Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of the “top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.

Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, Castro was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools.

He has a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information security technology and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ronald Ross

Ronald Ross

Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current focus areas include information security and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. His publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 199 (security categorization standard), FIPS Publication 200 (security requirements standard), NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-39 (risk management guideline), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls guideline), SP 800-53A (security assessment guideline), SP 800-37 (security authorization guideline), SP 800-30 (risk assessment guideline), SP 800-160 (systems security engineering guideline), and SP 800-171 (security requirements for contractors and nonfederal organizations).

Dr. Ross is the principal architect of the Risk Management Framework (RMF), a multi-tiered approach that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of FISMA-related standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide security program. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency partnership with the Department of Defense, the Office of the Director National Intelligence, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) that developed the Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors.

Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. He has also lectured at many universities and colleges across the country including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the George Washington University, and the Naval Postgraduate School. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an inter-agency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Dr. Ross is a four-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards. He has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame and given its highest honor of ISSA Distinguished Fellow. In addition, Dr. Ross has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.

Dr. Ross has received numerous private sector cybersecurity awards including the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Applied Computer Security Associates Distinguished Practitioner Award, Government Computer News Government Executive of the Year Award, Vanguard Chairman’s Award, Government Technology Research Alliance Award, InformationWeek’s Government CIO 50 Award, Billington Cybersecurity Leadership Award, ISACA National Capital Area Conyers Award, ISACA Joseph J. Wasserman Award, Symantec Cyber 7 Award, SC Magazine’s Cyber Security Luminaries, (ISC)2 Inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute Award, 1105 Media Gov30 Award, and the Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security. During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Dr. Ross is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Srdjan Marinovic

Srdjan Marinovic

Chief Technology Officer, Wireless Registry


Srdjan Marinovic serves as chief technology officer of Wireless Registry. He received his Ph.d. in Computer Security from Imperial College London and pursed an academic career in Information Security at ETH Zurich. He then decided to test his research ideas in the real world at Wireless Registry. He is interested in building a semantic layer for the Internet of Things (IoT) that will power the next generation of smart apps and infrastructure.

Julius  Knapp

Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission


Julius Knapp is Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). Mr. Knapp has been with the FCC for nearly 36 years. Mr. Knapp became Chief of OET in 2006, having previously served as the Deputy Chief since 2002. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices. Mr. Knapp was Chief of the FCC Laboratory from 1994 – 1997 where he was responsible for the FCC’s equipment authorization program and technical analyses. Mr. Knapp received a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service and received the FCC’s Silver and Gold medal awards for distinguished service at the Commission.

Dean Brenner

Dean Brenner

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm


Dean Brenner is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He directs Qualcomm’s global technology policy initiatives, and in addition, he leads Qualcomm’s global spectrum strategy efforts. He represents Qualcomm before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other agencies of the United States and Canadian governments responsible for spectrum and telecommunications policy, and he regularly interacts with spectrum regulators around the world.

Mr. Brenner led Qualcomm’s bidding team in spectrum auctions in India (the 2.3 GHz band), the United States (the Lower 700 MHz band), and the United Kingdom (the L Band). In addition, he was responsible for obtaining the regulatory approvals for Qualcomm’s sale of Lower 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T in 2011. In 2006, he obtained the regulatory approvals to launch FLO TV, a mobile TV service. He has spoken at conferences on spectrum policy in the United States, Canada, South Korea, Belgium, Great Britain, and elsewhere around the world. He joined Qualcomm in November 2003.

Mr. Brenner received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude with distinction in public policy studies, from Duke University in 1982. He won a prize for the best paper on communications policy, and he was a recipient for four years of a CBS Scholarship. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1985. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C., Third, and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Brenner is a member of the United States Federal Advisory Board for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, & Timing, which advises the United States Executive Branch agencies on policy matters impacting the Global Positioning System. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of 4G Americas and the Board for Jewish Life at Duke University.

John Kuzin

John Kuzin

Vice President and Regulatory Counsel , Qualcomm


John W. Kuzin is Vice President and Regulatory Counsel in Qualcomm Incorporated’s Washington DC office. He represents Qualcomm on communications matters before the FCC and on wireless technology issues before other federal and state agencies. His areas of expertise include spectrum policy and new mobile allocations, licensed and unlicensed wireless service regulations, equipment authorization procedures, wireless charging, mobile device accessibility, unmanned aircraft systems, and energy efficiency regulations. John works closely with Qualcomm’s business and R&D teams to craft the company’s regulatory strategy.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, John worked at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC, representing clients before the FCC and state commissions on a broad collection of wireless and wireline matters. While at Wiley Rein, John also litigated intellectual property and complex technology cases in federal and state courts. Following law school, John worked for the Weil Gotshal & Manges firm in New York City on patent litigation and licensing matters.

In addition to his legal experience, John is an electrical engineer, having worked for six years as a project manager and a senior systems engineer for Bell Communications Research (“Bellcore”) in Morristown, NJ. John holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union, an M.S.E. from Princeton University, and a J.D. from New York University Law School. He also is a registered patent attorney.

Muni  Prabaharan

Muni Prabaharan

Global IoT Expert, Independent Researcher


Muni Prabaharan has been written around 101 scientific papers and 2 books at International level. He recently published his 101st paper in the field of Internet of Things at International Journal. He is honored as Panellist, Keynote / Guest Speaker, Associate Editor, Technical Reviewer and Editorial Board Member of various International forums. He has 15+ International honors in his credits. Offered as Honorary Doctorate from UK based community. Currently, he is writing a chapter for leading publication house in the title of “The Role of IoT in Environmental Conscious Manufacturing”.

He is currently associated with Tech Mahindra, Business Excellence (Growth Initiatives) as Business Consultant (Chief Design Office). He has dominant experience in New Product Design, Value Engineering, Lean Six Sigma and Connected Engineering. His primary consulting areas are Internet of Things / Digital / Connected Engineering, Strategy Consulting, Value Engineering and Time to Market. He is certified professional of Six Sigma Black Belt, Associate Value Specialist Process, Lean Design, Management Knowledge and Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence. He has 10 Organizational level honors in his credits.​

John Verdi

John Verdi

Vice President of Policy, Future of Privacy Forum


John Verdi is Vice President of Policy at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a Washington, DC-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 110 leading companies, several foundations, and an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. John is responsible for advancing FPF’s agenda on issues involving the intersection of privacy and technology, including Big Data, Ethics, Mobile, Location, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars, Smart Cities, and Student Privacy.

John previously served as Director of Privacy Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where he crafted policy recommendations for the US Department of Commerce and the President regarding technology, trust, and innovation. John led NTIA’s privacy multistakeholder process, which crafted best practices regarding unmanned aircraft systems, facial recognition technology, and mobile apps. Prior to NTIA, he was General Counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center. John earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002 and his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from SUNY-Binghamton in 1998.

Michelle  De Mooy

Michelle De Mooy

Acting Director, Privacy & Data Project, Center for Democracy & Technology


Michelle De Mooy is Acting Director, Privacy & Data Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. She advocates for data privacy rights and protections in legislation and regulation, works closely with industry and other stakeholders to investigate good data practices and controls, as well as identifying and researching emerging technology that impacts personal privacy. She leads CDT’s health privacy work, chairing the Health Privacy Working Group and focusing on the intersection between individual privacy, health information and technology. Michelle’s current research is focused on ethical and privacy-aware internal research and development in wearables, the application of data analytics to health information found on non-traditional platforms, like social media, and the growing market for genetic data. She has testified before Congress on health policy, spoken about native advertising at the Federal Trade Commission, and written about employee wellness programs for US News & World Report’s “Policy Dose” blog. Michelle is a frequent media contributor, appearing in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Vice, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on The Today Show, Voice of America, and Government Matters TV programs.

Before CDT, Michelle worked as a political campaign consultant for M+R Strategic Services, as a development and communications director at a capacity building organization aimed at nonprofits, and in the tech sector in product management and software engineering.

Carl Povelites

Carl Povelites

Assistant Vice President Public Policy, AT&T


Carl Povelites is currently the Assistant Vice President Public Policy, Mobility, for AT&T. He leads a group of professionals responsible for the development of public policy initiatives for AT&T’s wireless business to advance and facilitate AT&T Mobility’s business initiatives on a wide-range of issues, from spectrum policy to emerging devices and technologies to safe driving. In 2011 he was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to serve on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Council. With over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, Carl has had the opportunity to participate in and actively shape its extraordinary growth.

Carl joined AT&T Mobility (f/k/a Cingular) as Executive Director of External Affairs in December 2000. Prior to joining Cingular, Carl was Vice President - Regulatory Affairs for Evolution Networks, a start-up fiber-optic networking company. He began his telecommunications career as a pricing analyst for Contel Telephone Operations in 1986, joining GTE Wireless in 1990 responsible for state regulatory and legislative activities. While at GTE Wireless, Carl’s responsibilities expanded to include state and federal regulatory and legislative activities as the Assistant Vice President – Government Relations. Carl has also held marketing positions in the home health care industry with Everest & Jennings and Inspiron as well as service engineer positions in the oil service industry with Dowell Schlumberger. He earned his Bachelors degree, a double major in economics and management, and an MBA from New Mexico State University.

Chris Boyer

Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President - Global Public Policy, AT&T


Chris Boyer serves as Assistant Vice President – Global Public Policy at AT&T Services Inc. Mr. Boyer is responsible for developing and coordinating AT&T's public policy positions related to emerging services and technology with a focus on cybersecurity. Mr. Boyer participates in a wide range of legislative, regulatory and policy development proceedings and represents AT&T before stakeholders on the Federal and state levels and in a variety of international forums.

Mr. Boyer also serves as Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Internet Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB); on the Executive Committee and former Vice-Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC); as AT&T’s Point of Contact to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC); the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a public private partnership dedicated to promoting cyber security awareness and education; and co-chairs the public policy committee for the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), an industry organization focused on botnets, malware, spam and other forms of online exploitation. Mr. Boyer is also a member of the CTIA cybersecurity working group and serves on a variety of working groups on the FCC’s Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).

Mr. Boyer joined AT&T in 1993 and has held various positions in AT&T’s corporate public policy, network planning and engineering, product marketing and network services departments including extensive experience working on AT&T's U-verse, broadband, VoIP and IPTV initiatives. Mr. Boyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Houston in Houston, TX. He currently resides in Bethesda, MD.

Dan  Correa

Dan Correa

Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy , White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Dan Correa is Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where his portfolio spans topics from government innovation to entrepreneurship policies. He leads the White House Smart Cities Initiative, launched in fall of 2015, and co-led a 2015 update to the President’s Strategy for American Innovation, which provides a blueprint for the Administration’s efforts to promote lasting economic growth and competitiveness through innovation. Prior to joining the White House, Correa served as an analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank, where he analyzed innovation, entrepreneurship, and broadband policy. Correa has also consulted for the Connecticut Technology Council on state entrepreneurship policies and technology-based economic development, and has worked on several political campaigns. He previously held the position of Kauffman Fellow in Law, Economics and Entrepreneurship at Yale Law School. Correa is a graduate of Yale Law School, holds a Masters in Economics from Yale University, and a Bachelors from Dartmouth College.

James Cooper

James Cooper

Associate Professor of Law; Program Director on Economics & Privacy, George Mason University


James Cooper is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Economics & Privacy. Prior to joining the Law & Economics Center, James spent years at the Federal Trade Commission, serving in a variety of capacities, including advisor to Commissioner William Kovacic and Acting Director fo the Office of Policy and Planning. Prior to joining the FTC, he was an associate in the antitrust group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. James has taught law and economics at Johns Hopkins University, and his research has appeared in publications including the Antitrust Law Journal, International Journal of Industrial Organization, and the Boston University Law Review. He has a BA from the University of South Carolina, a PhD in Economics from Emory University, and a JD from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Robert A. Levy Fellow in Law and Liberty.

Geoff Lane

Geoff Lane

Director, Policy & Government Relations, Application Developers Alliance


Geoff Lane serves as Director of U.S. Policy and Government Relations for the Application Developers Alliance, the leading advocacy association for software developers and the companies invested in their success. In his role with the Developers Alliance, Geoff represents the interests of the Alliance's nearly 200 corporate members and its network of more than 75,000 developers with respect to an array of issues important to innovators, including IoT, data, and intellectual property. Before joining the Alliance, Geoff worked on Capitol Hill, and with the government affairs team at the Information Technology Industry Council, where he managed the STEM and research and development portfolios. Geoff is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Ethan Lucarelli

Ethan Lucarelli

Director, NA Legal Regulatory Affairs, Inmarsat


Ethan Lucarelli is Director of Regulatory & Public Policy at Inmarsat, where he develops and implements company policy advocacy in domestic and international fora. He also assists in legal and compliance efforts related to communications regulatory obligations in the United States and Canada. Previously Mr. Lucarelli was a communications associate with Wiley Rein LLP, where he represented wireless and satellite networks, manufacturers, and trade associations in proceedings before the FCC and other federal agencies, and advised clients on a variety of telecommunications and ICT legal issues, including international and domestic issues related to privacy, cybersecurity and Internet regulation. Mr. Lucarelli is also on the adjunct faculty of The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches courses on Developments in Telecommunications Law and Scholarly Writing. Mr. Lucarelli graduated from GW Law with Highest Honors and received a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois.

Oscar Leon

Oscar Leon

Executive Secretary, Inter-American Telecommunication Commission CITEL


Oscar has over 18 years experience in the ICT sector, has extensive experience in project management and implementation of new business and appropriation of new technologies. He is an Electronic Engineer Graduate Telecommunications Project Management and Master in Business Administration.

He was Director of Projects Solutions Providers of MICROSOFT, he worked in the Colombian telecoms regulator, was Manager Regulatory Claro (America Movil COLOMBIA) has advised three Ministers of Communications. He was Director General of the National Spectrum Agency of Colombia for nearly five years and was elected Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission since September 2015.

The engineer Oscar Leon has been an international speaker in the development of wireless broadband services. The areas covered include both electromagnetic fields and their relationship to human health, spectrum auctions, and strategy for developing countries

He has been awarded:
1. Medal of Merit First Class Communications gold for his contribution to the development of ICT in Colombia.
2. The Medal of Merit Communications - third class in bronze by the excellent results in the spectrum auction for the fourth mobile generation.
3. San Gabriel Military Medal for supporting the military communications service.
4. Appointed by the International Telecommunication Union for the Americas as Vice President of Group
5 - Environment and Climate Change, which studies the relationship between radio and health fields.

Rasmus Blom

Rasmus Blom

Partner, Implement Consulting Group


Rasmus is head of Connected Industry Services and partner at Implement Consulting Group, a 500+ European consulting company focusing on Change with Impact.

He is the former executive Group Director of Grundfos Connect, the renowned pioneering strategic business unit created to unleash IoT and digitization within the world largest pump and water technology company. He is the founder of a boutique consulting company delivering high value transformation services to leading global players in the telecom and windpower industry. In 2013 Rasmus was one of the inaugural steering committee members of the Cisco IoT World Forum. He also co-founded the European based IoT Forum organization and is a member of the IoT Council think tank as well as advisory board member of Boston based IoT IMPACT Labs. Rasmus also founded a digital industrial enzyme project, which was funded by leading industrial funds and the National Research Fund and participated in the world circumpolar Danish expedition Galathea3 during 2006-2007.

Chuck Moseley

Chuck Moseley

Global Spectrum Regulatory Policy, ESOA


Chuck Moseley joined Inmarsat (formerly Stratos) in January 2003 with more than eighteen years of sales, sales management and business development experience in Communications and specifically in SCADA Communications. As Director of Global Accounts, IOE & M2M, he is responsible for the global sales of Inmarsat’s portfolio of M2M products and services through the indirect sales channels and for the expansion of those indirect sales channels. Prior to this role, he managed all North American SCADA communications customers and projects for Stratos the previous 9 years. Before joining Inmarsat, Mr. Moseley spent fifteen years in corporate sales and consulting roles with Aurion Technologies a pioneer in web-based SCADA systems and with GTE and Lucent Technologies. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from North Texas State University and a Master of Sciences in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.

Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, Department of Homeland Security


Thomas McDermott is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He advises senior department officials and oversees the development of policy positions related to the full range of cyber, technology, infrastructure, and resilience issues.

Mr. McDermott has served in a variety of roles at DHS, including an assignment as Deputy Director for Strategy at the National Cybersecuritiy and Communication Integrations Center (NCCIC). His tenure includes acting as Deputy Associate General Counsel and as the Assistant General Counsel for Infrastructure Programs, where he oversaw the provision of legal advice in connection with the Department’s programmatic efforts to protect U.S. critical infrastructure, including in the areas of cybersecurity and voluntary efforts to enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure from terrorism and all hazards.

Mr. McDermott has advised senior DHS and White House officials in connection with numerous departmental and Administration priorities, including the development and implementation of a series of executive orders that seek to strengthen information sharing, critical infrastructure cybersecurity, and the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against physical and cyber threats. In 2012, he received the DHS General Counsel’s Excellence Award for his leadership in the development of the Administration’s comprehensive cybersecurity legislative proposal. He has also advised on the development of major DHS cybersecurity programs, including the EINSTEIN and Enhanced Cybersecurity Services programs, and provided operational legal support to the NCCIC as well as the DHS National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC).

Mr. McDermott was previously an attorney in the DHS Office of the General Counsel’s Legal Counsel division and acted as the Assistant General Counsel for Strategic Oversight and Review. Prior to joining DHS in March 2007, Mr. McDermott was an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Washington office where he focused on matters involving complex and commercial litigation. Mr. McDermott graduated from the Duke University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame, and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Trey Forgety

Trey Forgety

Director of Government Affairs, NENA


Trey Forgety represents the policy interests of the 9-1-1 community on the Hill and be-fore agencies like the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommuni-cations and Information Administration, and the Departments of Transportation and Jus-tice. A recognized expert in public safety policy, Trey’s work is informed by a passion for issues at the intersection of law and technology. Since 2010, Trey has shaped the future of public safety communications with policy wins in contentious fights over wireless location accuracy, text to 9-1-1, and communications network reliability, all while leading the charge to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical public safety sys-tems through new cybersecurity initiatives. A frequent public speaker and presenter, Trey has represented NENA in both House and Senate hearings in Washington and in less for-mal venues like the annual DEFCON hacker conference. Trey joined NENA after a pres-tigious Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he served rotations with NTIA and the FCC. Trey holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, both from the University of Tennessee.


Dan  Caprio

Dan Caprio

Co-Founder, The Providence Group


Dan Caprio is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter for the European Commission's Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan represented the United States revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Nigel  Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies


Nigel Cameron is president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a nonpartisan Washington, DC, think tank on innovation, policy and the future. He has written widely at the interface of technology, business, policy, and values. and publications include Nanoscale (John Wiley, 2007) and Innovation President (Kindle ebook, 2012). His next book is focused on the problem of managing exponential change within organizations; working title: New Normal: The Fallacy that Fails the Future.

A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School. He has held university appointments, most recently as a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He combines a policy focus in Washington with corporate advisement. He writes regularly on the business impact of social media, and is a columnist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on technology and corporate social responsibility. Long resident in the United States, he maintains British and European connections; he is a director of the London think tank 2020Health, and in 2012 moderated the European Identity and Cloud conference in Munich.

He has also represented the United States at meetings of the United Nations, and is currently a commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and chair of its Social and Human Sciences Committee.

Jonathan  Litchman

Jonathan Litchman

Co-founder, The Providence Group


Jonathan Litchman is a national security veteran with experience as an intelligence officer and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a senior executive at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led efforts in software product development and consulted on information operations and strategic planning. He most recently led Edelman Public Relations’ Washington, D.C. cybersecurity policy and national security practice.

Twitter: @jdlitchman

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Global


Paul Adamson joined Forum Europe as Partner and Chairman in 2014, bringing with him an unrivalled experience and in-depth knowledge of EU affairs spanning more than 30 years.

Paul works with the team on content, business development and strategy both through Forum Europe and the company's international subsidiary, Forum Global.

In addition to his role at Forum Europe, Paul is editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. He is also a Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington & Burling.

Paul is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. In addition, he is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project, and British Influence - an organisation that promotes the UK's role in the European Union.

Paul is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Marjory Blumenthal

Marjory Blumenthal

Senior Policy Analyst, Director, Science, Technology and Policy, RAND Corporation


Marjory Blumenthal is a connector of people and ideas. In April 2016, she joined the RAND Corporation as director of the new Science, Technology, and Policy program, with a broad remit that includes as one focal area information technology, data science, and their societal impacts. As founding executive director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) at the National Academies, she addressed the full range of information technologies, their applications, and their societal impacts. Recognized for her work on the evolution of the Internet and cybersecurity, her final CSTB book was a landmark exploration of creativity at the intersections of computing and the arts that inspired an enduring community. In 2003, she took a leadership position at Georgetown University, developing academic strategy, strengthening the sciences and research in general, and promoting innovation in areas from international engagement to teaching and learning. Between May 2013 and April 2016 Marjory was executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She cultivated and managed PCAST’s comprehensive analytical program, which engaged hundreds of experts. Marjory is the principal author and/or substantive editor of numerous books and articles. She did her undergraduate work at Brown University and her graduate work at Harvard University, both in interdisciplinary programs. She has served on numerous advisory bodies and received multiple awards over the course of her career.

Nagy Hanna

Nagy Hanna

Global Expert on International Development,


Dr. Nagy K. Hanna is author, educator, public speaker, and global expert on digital transformation and innovation strategies. Advisor to governments, ICT multinationals, and major consulting firms on cutting-edge ICT policies and strategies. He has 40 years experience advising countries and aid agencies on digital economy, digital transformation policies and strategies, e-government, e-leadership institutions, knowledge services industry, public sector reform and governance, science and technology policy, and innovation-driven development strategies. He is a visiting professor at Wits University, South Africa; a Senior Fellow and Board Member of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies; founding member of People-Centered Internet at Stanford university, member of editorial boards of several journals including Springer’s and Palgrave’s and their book series on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Knowledge Economy. Taught at several universities. Led or participated in development policy dialogue in over 50 countries. Published over 100 papers and book chapters, and authored/co-authored 24 books. Over 30 years, he held many positions at the World Bank, including senior advisor on national ICT strategies, lead evaluator of development effectiveness, lead corporate strategist, lead economist, and senior operations officer. He holds PhD from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and executive development diploma from Harvard.



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