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Speaker Biographies

Please see below a list of speakers and moderators that participated in the 2015 event. 


Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

U.S. House of Representatives


Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

First sworn into the House of Representatives on November 13th, 2012, DelBene brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in the private sector. Her depth of experience and focus on achieving concrete results allows DelBene to break through congressional gridlock and get things done, earning her praise from the Everett Herald, which called her “the most prolific, effective member of her freshman class.”

Through her role on the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene is at the forefront of issues relating to technology and privacy, and has become a leading voice in the House calling for greater transparency and oversight of the NSA to restore American’s online privacy rights.

She also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Job Skills Working Group, and co-chair of the Internet of Things Caucus, Women's High Tech Caucus, Trademark Caucus and Aluminum Caucus.

As an executive and entrepreneur, she helped start as its vice president of marketing and store development, and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington. DelBene also spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. In 2010, DelBene was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to be the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. During her tenure, Suzan proposed reforms to cut red tape for small businesses. She also enacted an innovative tax amnesty program that generated $345 million to help close the state’s budget gap, while easing the burden on small businesses.

Ambassador David O'Sullivan

Ambassador David O'Sullivan

EU Ambassador to the United States


Prior to arriving in the United States, David O’Sullivan served as the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service. The EEAS supports the High Representative/Vice President of the European Commission, in fulfilling her mandate to ensure the consistency of the Union’s external action. The EEAS also assists the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission in the area of external relations.

David O’Sullivan was Director General for Trade from 2005 to 2010. Previously he was Secretary General of the European Commission from June 2000 to November 2005, Head of Cabinet of Commission President Romano Prodi and Director General for Education and Training. He started his career in the Irish Foreign Ministry and spent four years in the Commission Delegation in Tokyo. He also has extensive experience in EU social and employment policy. David O’Sullivan has a background in economics, graduating from Trinity College, Dublin and having completed post graduate studies at the College of Europe, Bruges. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also a Member of the Consultative Board of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a visiting Professor at the European College of Parma and was awarded Alumnus of the Year 2013 by the College of Europe, Bruges. In June 2014, David O’Sullivan was awarded the EU Transatlantic Business Award by the American Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from his Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin in December, 2014.

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.

Robert D. Atkinson

Robert D. Atkinson

Founder & President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the State New Economy Index series, Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012) and The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005).

He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted groundbreaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
Before coming to ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. While at PPI he wrote numerous research reports on technology and innovation policy, including on issues such as broadband telecommunications, Internet telephony, universal service, e-commerce, e-government, middleman opposition to e-commerce, privacy, copyright, RFID and smart cards, the role of IT in homeland security, the R&D tax credit, offshoring, and growth economics.

Previously Dr. Atkinson served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders. As head of RIEPC, he was responsible for drafting a comprehensive economic strategic development plan for the state, developing a ten-point economic development plan, and working to successfully implement all ten proposals through the legislative and administrative branches. Prior to that he was Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. While at OTA, he directed The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America, a seminal report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on America’s urban areas.

He is a board member or advisory council member of the Alliance for Public Technology, Internet Education Foundation, NetChoice Coalition, the Pacific Institute for Workforce Innovation, and the University of Oregon Institute for Policy Research and Innovation. He serves as a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP). He is also chair of the Congressionally-created National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. He also serves on the advisory panel to Americans for Computer Privacy, is an affiliated expert for the New

Millennium Research Council, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Government and the Journal of Internet Policy, a member of the Reason Foundation’s Mobility Project Advisory Board, a member of the Global Innovation Forum Brain Trust and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He currently serves as co-chair of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s China-U.S. Innovation Policy Experts Group, as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Atkinson was appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New Economy. He is also a member of the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, co-chaired by Markle Foundation president Zoe Baird and former Netscape Communications chairman James Barksdale. In 1999, he was featured in “Who’s Who in America: Finance and Industry.” In 2002, he was awarded the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award Silver Medal. In addition, Government Technology Magazine and the Center for Digital Government named him one of the 25 top Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology. In 2006, Inc. Magazine listed Atkinson as one of 19 Friends of Small Business in Washington. Ars Technica listed Atkinson as one of 2009’s tech policy People to Watch. Dr. Atkinson has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

Peter Ohnemus

Peter Ohnemus

Chairman, Founder & CEO , dacadoo


Peter Ohnemus is the founder of the dacadoo Health Score/dacadoo ag, Zurich/Switzerland. Peter has been involved in high-tech and bio-tech investments over the last 25 years and this had led to four IPO’s and multiple trade sells.

Peter Ohnemus and his Network Capital Holding, his private investment firm, is currently invested in high-tech, bio-tech and sustainable energy/infrastructure start-ups.

Peter was CEO & co-founded ASSET4, the world’s leading provider of extra-financial information, in 2004, which was sold to Thomson Reuters, New York in November of 2009. Mr. Ohnemus previously held senior executive positions with Sybase, Logic Works, The Fantastic Corporation and COS – all of which went public during his tenure. Peter Ohnemus was entrepreneur of Switzerland by EY.

Peter is a frequent speaker and commenter on high-tech and healthcare globally. He has spoken at World Economic Forum (WEF), CommunicAsia, European Health Forum by the EU, Economist Global Healthcare Forum, European Techtour, Red Herring, etc.

Peter has over the last 10 years been board member of Rothschild Bank, Tele Denmark (Switzerland), Esbatech, CommerceOne, etc. Peter teaches Innovation at multiple Universities such as HSG - Switzerland, Bocconi -

Peter lives outside Zürich, is married and has 5 daughters.

Cees  Links

Cees Links

Founder & CEO , GreenPeak Technologies


Cees Links is a pioneer of the wireless data industry, a visionary leader bringing the world of mobile computing and continuous networking together. Under his responsibility, the first wireless LANs were developed which ultimately became house-hold technology integrated into the PCs and notebooks we are all familiar with. He also pioneered the development of access points, home networking routers and hotspot base stations, all widely used today.

In 2005 Cees started with GreenPeak Technologies. GreenPeak is a fabless semiconductor company and the leader in the ZigBee market with a rich offering of semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data communications and the Internet of Things.

Cees started his career at NCR Computers where he was responsible for the development and launch of the world’s first wireless LAN product in 1990, a major innovation at that time. Throughout several acquisitions and divestitures (NCT, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems), Cees continued his work in the wireless LAN area, which he turned into a multi-hundreds million dollar business for Agere Systems. He directly closed a deal with Apple Computer in 1999 that ignited the growth of the wireless LAN industry. Though this deal, wireless LANs went on to become a standard notebook feature.

Cees was involved in the establishment of the IEEE 802.11 standardization committee and the WiFi Alliance. He was also instrumental in helping to establish the IEEE 802.15 standardization committee to become the basis for the ZigBee sense and control networking technology and standardization.

Cees Links holds a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Twente University of Technology in Enschede, The Netherlands

Harry  M. Lightsey

Harry M. Lightsey

Executive Director, Global Connected Customer Experience, Global Public Policy, General Motors


Harry Lightsey was appointed Executive Director – Global Connected Customer Experience in the Global Public Policy organization in April 2013. Harry joined GM in March of 2012 as Director, Federal Affairs - OnStar, Infotainment and Strategy Development. Subsequently, Harry also led the Federal Affairs team. He retired from AT&T in 2009 after serving as President of Southeast Region and as its Senior Vice President of Legislative and External Affairs. Harry also served as State President South Carolina of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.

Harry’s career in the telecom industry spanned over 26 years, including holding a variety of positions in the external affairs and legal organizations at BellSouth. He began his telecommunications career in 1982 when he joined Southwestern Bell.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He was named co-chair of the Economic Development Transition Task Force by South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. He was a founding member of the board of City Year-Columbia, a youth service organization, and has participated in numerous other charitable organizations.

In 2002, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the South Carolina’s highest recognition for his achievements in leading the ground breaking effort to establish leading research and development programs in higher education. He has also served on the Princeton National Alumni Executive Board and on the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston.

He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1978, majoring in Japanese Studies. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.

Ana Sancho

Ana Sancho

Key Account Manager, Libelium


An agricultural engineer, Ana Sancho is Libelium’s Key Account Manager for Agriculture, Water, and Environment, focusing on providing solutions and solving problems for related projects worldwide in this important aspect of the IoT. Her field experience includes roles as engineer and project manager at the Center for Research and Agricultural Protection (CITA), and at SIRASA, where she managed agricultural programs to monitor disease prevention, ensuring that territories in Aragon comply with European Union agricultural laws for a number of important crops. A dual citizen of Spain and the U.S., Ana received a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, and completed a postgraduate degree in Logistics and Food Safety.

Libelium designs and manufactures hardware and APIs for wireless sensor networks so that system integrators, engineering, and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, and Smart Cities solutions with minimum time to market. Waspmote—Libelium’s wireless sensor platform—is modular, easy to deploy, and integrates with major Cloud systems (Azure, B-Scada, Daliworks, Devicify, Element Blue, Esri, Sentilo, Solvver, Telefonica, ThingWorx), and low-energy IoT connectivity protocols such as LoRa, MQTT, and Sigfox. Over 2,000 developers from 75 countries in companies ranging from startups to universities to large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s technology for projects in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, water quality, and precision agriculture.

Libelium’s open hardware division, Cooking Hacks, is dedicated to educating the 4.5 M future developers needed to build the Internet of Things, and provides training on wireless sensor networks and electronics, research kits, and a curriculum to learn IoT development tools (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote, Intel Galileo) for students, teachers, professors and universities. Cooking Hacks is hosting the IoT Spartans challenge, an initiative to identify and give public recognition to the best new IoT developers.

In 2014, Gartner Inc. named Libelium a Cool Vendor in embedded software and systems. Established in 2006, Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

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.

Cameron  Coursey

Cameron Coursey

Vice President of Product Development , AT&T


Cameron Coursey is Vice President of Product Development for AT&T’s Internet of Things Solution, charged with driving the system solutions and launch for connected devices on AT&T’s network.
From April 2009 to June 2012, Coursey was AVP of Product Realization within the Emerging Devices Organization, where he led device and network realization.
From December 2004 to April 2009, Coursey was Executive Director of Subscriber Product Engineering within the Chief Technology Officer's organization of AT&T and Cingular Wireless. In that capacity, he oversaw the technical requirements development, certification, and post-launch technical support for wireless devices and smart cards used on AT&T's domestic wireless network.

From July 2003 to December 2004, Coursey was Executive Director of Network Initiatives for Cingular, charged with overseeing technology aspects of Cingular's merger with AT&T Wireless Services and with responsibility for Cingular's labs and infrastructure planning.
From July 2000 to July 2003, Coursey was Director of Technology & Product Realization for Cingular, where he led the development and deployment of GSM/ANSI-136 Interoperability Team (GAIT) technology within Cingular's networks that facilitated Cingular's conversion from TDMA to GSM.
Coursey was instrumental in the industry efforts to specify GAIT from 1999 through 2001, chairing the joint GSM Association-Universal Wireless Communications Consortium team that developed the GAIT specifications. He was also vice chair of the GSM Global Roaming Forum of the GSM Association, and worked to globalize GAIT technology. During this time, Coursey was also granted multiple U.S. patents covering intelligent roaming for handsets and methods to implement private in-building systems that use wireless spectrum and technology.

In 1999, Coursey authored the textbook "Understanding Digital PCS: The TDMA Standard," which describes the technology behind U.S. TDMA (IS-136) from a handset, air interface, and network perspective. Coursey was a key contributor to the IS-136 standard from 1996 through 1999, and helped to introduce IS-136 into Cingular's networks during that time. He worked through the UWCC to develop the concepts of 136+, which led to embracing GSM as the next step beyond U.S. TDMA.
Coursey began his commercial wireless career at SBC Technology Resources, Inc., in 1991, where he worked on technology for sharing spectrum between PCS and fixed wireless, early wireless packet data field trials for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, and network planning for new wireless opportunities for SBC in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining SBC Technology Resource, he worked for McDonnell Douglas on advanced communications systems for military aircraft.
Coursey received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1987, graduating Magna Cum Laud.

Julius Knapp

Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC


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.

Stephen Pattison

Stephen Pattison

VP 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.

Joseph Lorenzo-Hall

Joseph Lorenzo-Hall

CTO, Center for Democracy and Technology


Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the internet remains open, innovative and free. Hall’s work focuses on the intersection of technology, law, and policy, working carefully to ensure that technology and technical considerations are appropriately embedded into legal and policy instruments. Supporting work across all of CDT’s programmatic areas, Hall provides substantive technical expertise to CDT’s programs, and interfaces externally with CDT supporters, stakeholders, academics, and technologists.

Prior to joining CDT in 2012, Hall was a postdoctoral research fellow with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley. Hall received his Ph.D. in information systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital government transparency. In his postdoctoral work, he developed techniques to increase the efficiency and usability of accountability mechanisms in electronic elections. Hall holds master’s degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and was a founding member of the National Science Foundation’s ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He has served as an expert on independent teams invited by the States of California, Ohio and Maryland to analyze legal, privacy, security, usability and economic aspects of voting systems. Hall is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Voter Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Verified Voting Foundation and a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Computer Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) IV. In 2012, Hall received the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network for contributions to election verification.

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association


Gary Shapiro is president and CEO for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, which owns and produces the International CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology, consumer fair use rights, and opposing legislation like PIPA and SOPA, harmful to a robust Internet.

Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the IAEE Pinnacle Award.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Economic Club of Washington. He sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. In 2012, and in prior years, Washington Life magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. Under Shapiro’s leadership, CEA also annually wins many awards as a family friendly employer, one of the best places to work in Virginia and as a “green” tradeshow producer.

Shapiro authored CEA’s New York Times best-sellers “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (Harper Collins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose writing appears in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy.

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

Tobin Richardson

Tobin Richardson

Chairman & CEO, ZigBee Alliance


Tobin serves as President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, leading the Alliance’s efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global IoT standards. In this role, he works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and to advance the adoption of ZigBee standards around the globe.
Tobin has two decades of experience in strategic leadership and marketing for technology firms and organizations. His experience spans large-scale technology implementations, new service and product rollouts, and transformational change in Fortune 500 companies and world-leading organizations.
Tobin currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee, and participates actively on NEMA's Smart Grid Task Force and the CEA's Smart Grid Working Group. He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Timothy P Tobin

Timothy P Tobin

Partner, Hogan Lovells


Tim Tobin concentrates on consumer protection matters with a particular focus on privacy and data security law, including data breach preparedness and response. Tim also counsels businesses on various Internet, e-commerce, and marketing issues.

Tim has extensive experience counseling and representing clients as to their privacy and data security obligations in the financial, automotive, educational, retail, communications, tech, and other sectors. Tim advises clients on a wide array of state and federal privacy laws and regulations, such as those arising under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA); the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); the Cable Act; the Telecommunications Act of 1996, including the FCC's CPNI rules; the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act; the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA); and others. Internationally, Tim advises clients on appropriate mechanisms for the legal cross-border transfer of personal information worldwide. As to transfers from the European Union, Tim has helped clients obtain certifications under the Department of Commerce's safe harbor program and select from other alternatives such as model contractual clauses or binding corporate rules. Tim has written and lectured on cross-border data transfer issues in the United States and abroad, including on the unique issues presented by e-discovery of data held abroad in U.S.-based litigation.

Tim regularly counsels clients on data breach incidents, both large and small, in all industry sectors. He has represented clients in multiple data breaches that have affected millions of individuals. Tim has litigated class action lawsuits and has represented clients in investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General arising from data breaches. Tim also regularly conducts legal privacy and security assessments for clients to determine the scope of a company's legal obligations regarding personally identifiable information under its control and the company's compliance with those obligations, and helps clients develop appropriate policies applicable to both online and offline data, including comprehensive written information security programs.

Tim's practice also encompasses a broad array of marketing, advertising, and consumer protection issues surrounding privacy including online and mobile behavioral advertising. He regularly counsels clients on privacy policies, sweepstakes promotions and contests, deceptive advertising issues including, for example, the appropriate use of endorsements and testimonials, as well as federal telemarketing and text marketing regulations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the FTC's Telephone Sales Rule (TSR) and state laws, and commercial email restrictions under the CAN-SPAM Act and restrictions on faxing under the Junk Fax Act. He has represented clients in rulemakings and investigations relating to deceptive advertising and endorsements, TCPA, CAN-SPAM, and related issues before both the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), Tim was an associate in a large, international law firm where he focused on privacy and data security law counseling and litigation.

Chris  Rezendes

Chris Rezendes

Founder, INEX Advisors


Christopher Rezendes has helped hundreds of companies to investigate, develop and market complex technologies through unique and often uncommon approaches in a broad range of target markets.

Rezendes has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising or operating mission critical technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the largest and most respected companies in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure and information technology industries. His clients have included nearly 75% of the Electronics Business Top 100 original enterprise manufacturers (OEMs), most of the Information Week 100, and every tech-focused member of the Fortune 500.
Rezendes’ has supported a broad range of suppliers and integrators with technology development and commercialization strategy development and prosecution. More than half of this work has been mobile and wireless related with expanded focus on device level networks including analyzing the deployment of clouds in down-range, public safety and other austere environments. His career includes experience in defense and dual-use technology industries as a private consultant and contractor supporting DARPA projects and selected intelligence and operations agencies. He managed or contributed to a number of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and allied Military of Defence opportunity assessments and commercialization requirements analyses. At INEX Advisors, that client profile is now complemented by a wide range of start-up and early-stage companies operating in or around IoT and M2M as well as a number of Web 2.0 and 3.0 solutions and killer enabling technologies.

Currently, Rezendes and his team at INEX Advisors, are focused on helping clients to define, select and prosecute their most promising growth and investment opportunities. The firm concentrates in Machine to Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT), connected devices and a cluster of related enabling technologies critical to transforming mobility, cloud and big data solutions into a semantic web.

Rezendes’ general management experience in technology hardware, software and solutions businesses is focused on product management, industry marketing, strategic sales, and corporate and business development functions. This work has included shared P&L responsibility for businesses with annual revenues approaching $150 million. Chris has also provided strategic and commercial due diligence support for hundreds of M&A transactions in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure and information technology segments during the past 20 years. In that time, Chris and the teams he has worked with include many of the most successful private equity and venture capital firms in North America and Europe. These assignments have included full or partial recapitalizations for private and public companies, product and service providers, headquartered in the US and abroad, with revenues ranging from $7 million to nearly $2 billion.

Rezendes has also served a number of stewardship roles in the markets that he has covered, including:

- Facilitating and managing public breakout groups and private planning sessions
- Authoring hundreds of public white papers and proprietary position papers
- Supporting a number of DoD, DIA and DHS tech transfer labs
- Authoring or editing hundreds of articles under third-party mastheads

Prior to launching INEX ADVISORS LLC , Rezendes served as Executive Vice President at VDC Research Group, a tech market intelligence and strategy firm focused on a number of embedded, industrial, defense and mission critical tech markets. He also served as Vice President and General Manager for a $100 million mission critical computing and communications supplier that was a portfolio company owned by private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice.
Rezendes began his career in various project/program management and consulting positions with Harbor Research (a tech strategy consulting firm that pioneered the concepts of ‘Smart Services’, ‘Pervasive Internet’ and ‘ Internet of Things’) and Deloitte and Touche Management Consulting.

W.David Stephenson

W.David Stephenson

Principal, Stephenson Strategies


W. David Stephenson is a leading Gov./Enterprise 2.0-3.0 strategist, theorist and writer. He particularly focuses on the Internet of Things, strategic use of XBRL, homeland security and disaster management and ways to directly involve the public in policy and services debate and delivery.

He is principal of Stephenson Strategies and is a consultant with the UK-based The Internet of People.

He is the author of an e-book, SmartStuff: an introduction to the Internet of Things, and of Data Dynamite: how liberating information will transform our world (Data4All Press, 2011)blogs about the IoT, writes about it for a variety of publications, and speaks about it to a wide range of audiences. He was the producer/host of a video introducing the Internet of Things to the general public.

Gilad Rosner

Gilad Rosner

Founder, Internet of Things Privacy Forum


Dr. Gilad L. Rosner is a privacy and information policy researcher, and the founder of the Internet of Things Privacy Forum, a crossroads for industry, regulators, academics, government and privacy advocates to discuss the privacy challenges of the IoT. The Forum focuses on the billions of connected devices that speak autonomously and semi-autonomously to each other and to host systems, and the privacy issues that result from their ever increasing collection of personal data. This means connected cars, wearable medical devices, smart homes, smart meters, smart cities, quantified self devices, TVs that listen to your conversations, autonomous drones and everything in between. The Forum's mission is to produce guidance, analysis and best practices to enable industry to reduce risk and innovate responsibly.

Dr. Rosner’s broader work focuses on the IoT, identity management, US & EU privacy and data protection regimes, and online trust. His consultancy and academic research addresses social, technical and economic facets of authentication, trust services, personal data privacy and data use ethics. His research has been used by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on the Responsible Use of Data and he is a featured expert on O’Reilly Radar and the BBC. Dr. Rosner has a 20-year career in IT, having worked with identity management technologies, digital media, automation and telecommunications. Prior to becoming a researcher, he helped design, prototype and manufacture the world's only robotic video migration system, known as SAMMA, which won an Emmy award for technical and engineering excellence in 2011.

Dr. Rosner is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, which provides independent review, analysis, guidance and feedback on Government programmes to incorporate issues related to citizen privacy, trust and confidence. Dr. Rosner also sits on the British Computer Society Identity Assurance Working Group, an expert group focused on internet identity governance. He is a member of the Stakeholder Committee for .uk, and has consulted on trust issues for the UK government's Identity Assurance Programme. He has presented his research to the US Electronic Privacy Information Center and Big Brother Watch in the UK, as well as industry, law and academic conferences. Dr. Rosner has been an invited speaker at the Oxford Internet Institute, the Nominet UK Internet Policy Forum and the O'Reilly Solid Conference.

Donna Bethea - Murphy

Donna Bethea - Murphy

Global Spectrum Regulatory Policy, ESOA


Donna Bethea‐Murphy is Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory for Inmarsat.  In this capacity she leads the company’s domestic and international regulatory activities.  Donna is also an active member of of ESOA’s Regulatory and ITU Working Groups.

Previous to Inmarsat, she was Vice President of Regulatory Engineering for Iridium where she led all of the company's global technical regulatory activities, including those related to policy, standards, licensing, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and spectrum.  In addition, she serves on several Boards including the ITU’ Smart Sustainable Development Board.  She was previously Senior Director of Spectrum Policy at PanAmSat Corporation.   Prior to joining PanAmSat, she was Director of Technology and Regulatory Affairs for AirTouch Communications, where she developed and implemented technical regulatory policy for terrestrial wireless services.  Prior to her position at AirTouch, she was responsible for terrestrial and satellite policy at the FCC.  She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

Sokwoo  Rhee

Sokwoo Rhee

Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST


Dr. Sokwoo Rhee is Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems at National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on cyber-physical systems and co-lead the SmartAmerica Challenge. Prior to joining the US government, he was a co-founder and CTO of Millennial Net, Inc., which was one of the first to successfully commercialize low-power wireless mesh/sensor network and Internet of Things technology from academia. He worked on wireless medical sensors as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work and achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under 35. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chantal Worzala

Chantal Worzala

Director of Policy, American Hospital Association


Chantal Worzala, PhD, is director of policy at the American Hospital Association. Her primary area of focus is health information technology (IT) use and policy development. Dr. Worzala serves as the association's liaison to the federal government and other organizations on health IT. Chantal has more than 15 years of experience in international and domestic health policy and has focused primarily on policies surrounding health IT and related technologies in recent years. Dr. Worzala has also led a private consulting practice and served as Senior Policy Advisor at Health Policy R&D, where she assisted a range of clients, including providers, patient advocates, and technology companies, in understanding and developing strategies to respond to ARRA, HITECH, and other health IT policies. Dr. Worzala also served as Senior Analyst for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. She holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Michael Marcus

Michael Marcus

Director, Marcus Spectrum Solutions


Michael Marcus is a native of Boston and received S.B. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Prior to joining the FCC in 1979, he worked at Bell Labs on the theory of telephone switching, served in the Air Force where he was involved in underground nuclear test detection research, and analyzed electronic warfare issues at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

At FCC his work focused on proposing and developing policies for cutting edge radio technologies such as spread spectrum/CDMA and millimeterwaves. Wi-Fi is one outcome of his early leadership. He also participated in complex spectrum sharing policy formulation involving rulemakings such as ultrawideband and MVDDS. Awarded a Mike Mansfield Fellowship in 1997, he studied the Japanese language and spent at year at the FCC’s Japanese counterpart.

He retired from FCC in March 2004 after serving as a senior technical advisor to the Spectrum Policy Task Force and co-directing the preparation of the FCC’s cognitive radio rule making. Immediately after retirement he lived in Paris France for 3 years, consulting for US and European clients. In 2006 he was appointed Special Advisor to Mrs. Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society & Media.

He is now Director of Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC, an independent consulting firm based in the Washington DC area and focusing on wireless technology and policy. He is also Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. Recognized as a Fellow of the IEEE “for leadership in the development of spectrum management policies” and he also received IEEE-USA’s first Electrotechnology Transfer Award (1994).

Gregory Krueger

Gregory Krueger

Connected Vehicle Program Manager, Leidos


Greg Krueger is leading the charge for the deployment of connected vehicle technologies at the federal, state and local level as the Connected Vehicle Program Manager for Leidos. Greg is presently the Manager of the US DOT Southeast Michigan Connected Vehicle Test Bed where he oversees the day-to-day operations and technology enhancements for the first fully operational Infrastructure-based DSRC deployment in the United States and is currently working to create an opportunity for third party developers to participate in this program. Greg also leads a variety of other Connected Vehicle efforts for Leidos with the USDOT, MDOT, CAMP, AASHTO and others. Prior to joining Leidos (formerly) SAIC, Greg served as MDOT’s Program Manager for the statewide Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, overseeing all development, deployment, operations and maintenance of ITS throughout the State of Michigan.

Mr. Krueger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and his Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on Traffic Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ilkka Lakaniemi

Ilkka Lakaniemi

Chairman, European Commission’s Future Internet Public – Private Partnership Program (FI-PPP)


Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi is a Vice President at the Finland Chamber of Commerce in charge of Digitalization and Renewal strategy in the Finnish Economy. He serves as the Chief Economist at the Chamber. He is a Executive Member of the Group on Economic Policy, which advises the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on global economic and political issues.

Mr Lakaniemi is the Chair of EU Future Internet - Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) Programme and a Senior Advisor on Future Internet at the Aalto University Business School. He is a aVisiting Scholar on Internet Economy at the University of California at Berkeley.

In 2000-2012, Mr Lakaniemi worked for the Nokia Corporation and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in various senior management positions in corporate relations, corporate venturing and strategic marketing. He is an expert on the socio-economics of mobile technology, Digital Economy and the economic impact of ICT in both advanced and developing economies.

Prior to Nokia, Mr Lakaniemi was a Research Associate, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, the University of California at Berkeley and the United Nations University in international political economy

Paul Feenstra

Paul Feenstra

Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs, Intelligent Transport Society of America


Paul Feenstra is Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), where he has managed the organization’s legislative and regulatory agenda, media outreach and strategic communications for the past seven years. Among other accomplishments, Feenstra has been instrumental in preserving the federal Intelligent Transportation Systems research budget and including funding and incentives in the federal transportation bill to help state and local agencies deploy ITS solutions to address their transportation challenges.

Feenstra previously served as policy advisor to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, where he was the Secretary’s liaison to the Federal Highway, Federal Transit, Federal Railroad, Federal Motor Carrier, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations. He also spent three years as Director of Governmental, International and Public Affairs at the U.S. DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Before joining U.S. DOT Paul served as communications director to U.S. Congressman John Peterson, a member of the House Appropriations and Resources Committees, and started his Washington career with U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, serving as deputy press secretary through the Senator’s first re-election campaign and successful bid to become the third ranking Republican leader in the U.S. Senate.

Feenstra holds a Masters degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelors in Finance and Business Management from the Pennsylvania State University.

Rory  Gray

Rory Gray

Head of Global Sales, Intercede


Rory oversees Intercede’s global commercial growth strategy. He is clearly focused on supporting organisations, governments and enterprises to enhance digital trust within the IoT. By providing digital trust to consumers, service providers can protect their brand reputation, intellectual property and customer information, leading to differentiation from competitors, business continuity and ultimately business growth.

Rory champions digital identity, credential management and secure mobility solutions that create a foundation of trust between connected people, devices and apps. He believes that expertise combined with innovation leads to the delivery of world-class cybersecurity.

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 on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Internet Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB); as 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.

Robert Jarrin

Robert Jarrin

Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm


Robert Jarrin is a Senior Director of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He represents Qualcomm on U.S. regulatory matters relating to wireless health and life sciences.

Jarrin’s areas of responsibility include Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of converged medical devices, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) healthcare efforts, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) telehealth reimbursement, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) regulation of health IT and healthcare legislative affairs.

Jarrin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

John  Kuzin

John Kuzin

Senior Director, Regulatory Government Affairs, Qualcomm


John Kuzin is Senior Director, Regulatory, in Qualcomm Incorporated’s Washington DC office. He represents Qualcomm on communications matters before the FCC and on other technology issues before other federal and state agencies. John works closely with Qualcomm’s business units and research and development teams to craft the company’s regulatory strategy.

Prior to joining Qualcomm in March 2010, John worked for more than a decade in Wiley Rein LLP’s communications practice in Washington, DC, representing clients before the FCC and state commissions on a broad collection of licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum and wireline matters. While at Wiley Rein, John also litigated complex technology and intellectual property cases in federal and state courts. Following law school, John worked for the Weil Gotshal & Manges firm in New York City on patent litigation matters.

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

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  Hunter

John Hunter

Director of Spectrum Policy, Legal Affairs, T-Mobile


John Hunter is the Director of Spectrum Policy for T-Mobile US where he is responsible for policy and regulatory matters associated with the development and acquisition of electromagnetic spectrum. Prior to his current role Mr. Hunter served four years in government with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), the Department of Defense OSD/CIO, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Mr. Hunter also has over 15 years of experience in the wireless industry where he served in a variety of leadership and engineering roles. He holds a MS degree in Information Technology Management from Grantham University and a BS degree in Business & Computational Sciences from Liberty University. Mr. Hunter is also an eight year veteran of the US Army Signal Corps.

Amanda Engstrom Eversole

Amanda Engstrom Eversole

President, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, U.S Chamber of Commerce


Amanda Engstrom Eversole is president of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI) and senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC). She is also a senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber and a member of the Chamber’s Management Committee.

As president of CATI, Eversole leads the Chamber's efforts to expand engagement with high-tech industries on policy development, regulatory issues, and international opportunities and challenges. Through advocacy, research, events, and partnerships, CATI seeks to unleash entrepreneurship and technology development in high-tech centers across the nation.

As senior vice president of CCMC, Eversole is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Center's agenda dedicated to making U.S. capital markets the most fair, efficient, transparent, and attractive in the world. This effort addresses domestic and international securities regulation and implementation of the Dodd-Frank law, as well as challenges to the auditing profession, proxy rules, business due process, and a host of other issues.

Eversole joined the Chamber in 2003. She has served as chief of staff, led efforts to fight counterfeiting and piracy globally, oversaw marketing and communications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and managed communications for association and chamber of commerce members. Earlier, she worked for RTC Relationship Marketing, a WPP Group company, in business development.

Eversole graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a bachelor's of business administration and a minor in French. She earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School where she was a Palmer Scholar and graduated first in her class.

Eversole lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Eric, their daughter, Ellie, and their dog, Gus.

Rakesh  Kushwaha

Rakesh Kushwaha

Mformation Business Leader, Alcatel-Lucent


Dr. Rakesh Kushwaha founded Mformation in 1999 and is continues to head that wholly owned subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent. His dedication to advancing management technologies for mobile and wireless over the past 25 years has evolved into a focused leadership in the evolution to scalable, control and security for the Internet of Things. Prior to Mformation, Dr. Kushwaha built leading-edge operational support systems (OSS) to manage wireless, IP and telecommunication services. Working with Telecommunications companies like AT&T, Concert Communications and Millicom Cellular International, he designed and implemented service management systems. Previous roles saw him managing the design, development and deployment of highly scalable, real-time operational support systems and he was a senior member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Kushwaha is the author of numerous patents and technical papers, and regularly speaks at industry forums and events on a wide range of subjects relating to the challenges and opportunities in emerging wireless and convergent networks. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Master’s of Science degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Delhi University.

Maneesha Mithal

Maneesha Mithal

Associate Director, Privacy and Identity Protection Division, FTC


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.

Adam Thierer

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow, The Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University


Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies, with a particular focus on online child safety and digital privacy. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Forbes, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Thierer is a frequent guest lecturer and has testified numerous times on Capitol Hill.

Thierer has authored or edited seven books on topics ranging from media regulation and child safety to the role of federalism in high-technology markets. He contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading technology-policy blog. Thierer has served on several distinguished online-safety task forces, including Harvard University Law School’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force, and he advises the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force. Previously, Thierer was president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Thierer received his MA in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland and his BA in journalism and political philosophy from Indiana University.

Rob van Kranenburg

Rob van Kranenburg

Founder, Council


Rob van Kranenburg is an innovation and media theorist involved with negociability strategies of new technologies and artistic practice, predominantly ubicomp and RFID, the relationship between the formal and informal in cultural and economic policy, and the requirements for a sustainable cultural economy. He has been teaching at various schools in the Netherlands (UvA, EMMA Interaction Design, Industrial Design) and has worked at several Dutch cultural institutions; de Balie, Doors of Perception and Virtual Platform. Until April 1 2009 he was Head of Public Domain at Waag Society. Currently he teaches at Frank Mohr and Fontys Ambient Intelligence. He lives in Ghent, Belgium. With friends he has set up Council, a consultancy/thinktank on the Internet of Things for governments, cities and citizens.

Brian Knight

Brian Knight

Associate Director, Financial Policy, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute


Brian Knight is an attorney with significant experience in new sources of capital, financial technology, and entrepreneurial issues. He is interested in the interplay between technological, regulatory, and market innovation and how best to improve access to capital for businesses of all sizes.

Brian has experience working for a broker-dealer with a focus on the emerging online private-placement market and was the co-founder of CrowdCheck, a company providing due-diligence and disclosure services to companies and intermediaries engaged in online private offerings. Brian has also served as an attorney for the federal government.

Brian received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary


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

Nancy  Victory

Nancy Victory

Partner, Wiley Rein


Nancy J. Victory, chair of Wiley Rein LLP’s Wireless group, has extensive experience in communications policy. She advises a broad cross-section of the industry on the business implications of regulatory policy and represents these entities before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the Administration. Rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC’s “Leading Lawyers” in her field, Ms. Victory is praised for being “highly respected for her knowledge of the telecommunications industry” (2013) and an “expert on international matters” (2010). She was also commended in the 2010 edition of The Legal 500 US as a “rising star.” In November 2005, Ms. Victory was appointed by FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to chair the FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks, which reviewed the impact of the hurricane on telecommunications and media infrastructure and made recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communication among first responders. The Panel’s report was submitted to the FCC in June 2006. Ms. Victory also served as the Chair of the FCC’s WRC-07 Advisory Committee, which provided the FCC with advice, technical support and recommended proposals for the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference. She served from 2001-2003 as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, acting as President George W. Bush’s telecommunications policy advisor and the manager of the federal government spectrum. Ms. Victory has a B.A. from Princeton University (with honors) and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude).

Daniel  Castro - Lacouture

Daniel Castro - Lacouture

Professor and Chair, School of Building Construction - Georgia Tech


Dr. Daniel Castro-Lacouture is Associate Professor and Chair in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research centers on defining and implementing performance evaluation protocols for technology innovation in the built environment, such as sustainable construction materials and alternative sources of energy. He received a BSc in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, in 1994, an MSc in Construction Management from The University of Reading, UK, in 1999 and a PhD from the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University in 2003. Professor Castro-Lacouture worked as Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at Ohio University from 2003 to 2006. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, and has worked in project engineering and management at Drummond Limited in Colombia from 1995 to 1998.

Peter Esser

Peter Esser



Peter Esser represents NXP Semiconductors in Washington, DC where he is responsible for federal and state government affairs. NXP enables secure connections for a smarter world by creating solutions for the connected car, cybersecurity, portable & wearable technology, and the Internet of Things. Peter is a longtime government relations professional with both a business and technical background who has worked at the nexus of industry and government for 15 years. He has broad experience in the tech sector, extending to cybersecurity matters, and has extensive familiarity with international commercial affairs, having engaged in advocacy and providing advice on a range of transatlantic transactions and intellectual property issues. He studied both in the United States and Germany, and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York, and Texas, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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.

Jake Ward

Jake Ward

President, CEO Co-founder, Application Developers Alliance


Jake Ward is the co-founder and President/CEO of the Application Developers Alliance.

Prior to founding the Alliance, Ward worked for more than 10 years leading strategic communications and issue-advocacy campaigns for Fortune 100 companies, public-interest group and associations.

Ward formerly served as press secretary to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and as communications director to Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif.

Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from Northeastern University



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