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2018 Speakers


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Johan Ambuhm Johan Ambuhm, Vice President Business Development & Digital Solutions, Inwido AB

Johan Ambuhm serves as Vice President, Business Development & Digital Solutions at Inwido AB, Europe’s largest Window and Door manufacturer. He has more than 15 year’s broad background in international business development, management and product management within Security and Telecom business. Before joining Inwido, Johan was responsible for the ASSA ABLOY EMEA Smart Home integration business as a part of the Digital Dorr Lock rollout in EMEA. Prior to joining Assa Abloy, Johan has held senior management positions at both successful Software Startups and large global international market leading companies. Johans focus is to drive Inwidos digital journey and combine it with partnerships models within Security, Telcos, Utilities, Home Automation, and Health Care providers.


Jens Dahle Jens Dahle, Associate Partner, Digital Transformation, IBM


Alvaro Gallardo Alvaro Gallardo, VP, Smart Home, Energy, Assistance, Orange

Alvaro F. Gallardo is Director of the Home & Convergence Line of Business at Orange (France Telecom Group), working on new areas of growth around wireline and convergent telco business. He is currently leading the Smart Home Services Program within his division, supporting both Group entities and countries on the business strategy and go-to-market approach on both the Smart Home arena as well as the Assistance at Home (enhaced support). He joined France Telecom Group more than 7 years ago, developing different positions in Strategy and Marketing in Orange Spain, being involved in projects such as the rebranding of all the operations in Spain. Prior to that, he spent several years in management consulting as well as several financial entities. Alvaro holds a degree in Economy by the Universidad de Salamanca and a MBA by the Instituto de Empresa Business School.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Jennifer manages Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. She acts as an internal advocate for Parks Associates clients and leads the company’s efforts at conceptualizing and implementing digestible, relevant research presented in an optimal manner. Jennifer is always looking at the most effective ways to provide research to Parks Associates clients.

Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has worked on the mobile and health research team, specializing in the connected health, mobile payment, and connected car markets, as well as the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to the connected home and consumer electronics markets.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society and an M.A. in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Industry Expertise: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications

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Gabriel Wetzel Gabriel Wetzel, CEO, Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH

Gabriel Wetzel is CEO of the Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. His focus topics are product management, engineering and sales. Bosch Smart Home offers solutions that adapt to people’s lives making them safer, more efficient and easier. 
 
Most recently, Gabriel Wetzel has been vice president of Bosch Software Innovations GmbH and has led its Internet of Things and Smart City business unit. His team focused on end-to-end IoT solutions for large-volume applications, such as remote monitoring, field data acquisition, and analytics for consumers and professionals.
 
With over 15 years in management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH, Gabriel has gained in-depth experience in initiating and development of business for innovative solutions, for example in the area of sustainable mobility solutions and energy management.
He holds degrees in technical cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart and the Ecole Centrale Paris. Born in France, he lives in Germany for over 20 years.


George Yianni George Yianni, Head of Technology – Home Systems, Philips Lighting
Twitter ID: @tweethue

George Yianni, Head of Technology – Home Systems, joined Philips in 2007 as a Pre-development Project Leader/Architect. Most recently, George developed Philips personal wireless lighting system, Hue, which further expands how consumers interact with their “connected homes.” He’s end responsible for all technology, architecture and platform choices made for Philips Lighting’s connected consumer products and ensures that the ecosystem being built around it is best suited for future development.

From concept and since its release in 2012, Philips Hue has been awarded several industry honors including Forbes’ Best Product of 2012 and Lightfair’s Judges’ Citation Award.

Additionally, in 2011, George was elected into Global Shapers, a World Economic Forum community consisting of young leaders at the forefront of their respective industries who cause positive disruption with the goal of building a more peaceful world.

At Philips, prior to working on Philips hue, George worked as a system architect on various Lighting controls products including the Living Colors range and lighting systems for office and street lighting.

Before joining Philips, George worked as a software engineer for the UK based startup Autonomy designing software for helping large companies better organize and use their internal knowledge,.

Born in France, to Cypriot and British parents, George has had an international upbringing. He studied Theoretical Physics and Natural Sciences receiving two masters degrees from Cambridge University in England.


SPEAKERS

Edwin Aartman Edwin Aartman, Benelux Sales Manager, Netatmo


Avi Barel Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development. Prior to ULE Alliance, worked 10 years at DSP Group, serving as Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Victor Berrios Victor Berrios, VP, Technology, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @ZigbeeAlliance

Victor Berrios is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all technology programs for the Alliance and for supporting Work Group efforts in the development and maintenance of wireless communication standards. He is a recognized expert in the short-range wireless industry as evidenced by his contributions to the rf4ce Network; Zigbee Remote Control, Zigbee Input Device, Zigbee Healthcare, and Zigbee Low Power End Device Specifications. He was recognized by the Continua Health Alliance as its Spring 2011 Key Contributor in recognition for his contributions to the success of the Test and Certification Work Group. He is the 1997 recipient of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award for community service, has worked for over twenty years in the wireless communication industry. Mr. Berrios received his bachelor's of science in computer engineering from Iowa State University, his master's in electrical engineering from Arizona State University (ASU), and his master's in business administration from ASU.


Stephane Blanc Stephane Blanc, International Commercial Director, Hive, Centrica Connected Home

Stephane Blanc is International Commercial Director of Centrica Hive, one of the leading Smart Home companies in Europe. Based in London, UK, Stephane oversees new business development and general management of Continental Europe and Asia-Pacific countries. Prior to joining Centrica Hive, Stephane worked at Amazon, leading mobile strategy and partnerships across Europe, closing multi-year deals with all the major telecom operators. He was previously Business Development Director of I-Play and In-Fusio, two early leaders of the mobile game Industry. Stephane spent the early part of his career as digital product manager, including 4 years at Vodafone Global and 3 years at SFR, after co-founding one of the first French Internet Service provider in 1995. He has a Master in Computing and Business Management and a BA in Mathematics from Bordeaux University of Science, France.


Dave Boundy Dave Boundy, Director, IoT Innovation, Intel
Twitter ID: @dmboundy

David has over 20 years IoT industry experience. His career has ranged from enterprise IT, product development and research & innovation. Prior to his current role he lead Intel Labs research on digitisation driving disruption in industry verticals. As the GM for Intel's Energy Solutions he is responsible for the developing new business models and ecosystems that drive growth for Intel from within the energy sector. David holds several patents and represents Intel on several external bodies.


Nabil Chair Nabil Chair, Vice President EMEA Sales, Greenwave Systems Inc.


Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, Chief Technical Officer, EMEA, ARRIS
Twitter ID: @ARRIS

Cornel joined ARRIS in 2000 and has been nominated CTO EMEA at ARRIS following the acquisition of Motorola Home by ARRIS. In this role he is responsible for the technology direction in EMEA regions with focus on the Transition to all IP, Connecting to the Cloud and End-To-End Multiscreen. Cornel previously worked as VP Sales Engineering EMEA, leading a team of highly skilled systems engineers who analyzed customer needs and provided solutions and consultancy for network design and configuration to service providers across EMEA.

Prior to joining ARRIS, between 1997 and 2000, Cornel was Technical Director at Romania Data Systems and in this role was responsible for the engineering and build up of the Romania Data Systems network, the largest Internet Service Provider in Romania. Cornel has studied Mathematics & Computer Science at Bucharest University in Romania.


Aurelien Couderc Aurelien Couderc, Head of Smart Home Program, Allianz Worldwide Partners

Aurélien is responsible for Allianz Partners’ Smart Home Program and has been working for Allianz Partners for 5 years. He is in charge of developing home assistance services, leveraging smart home devices and digital assets, across the 76 countries where Allianz Partners is present. Previously, he worked for the consulting firm Bearing Point, specializing in marketing strategies for smart home, smart building and smart city solutions for various actors including telecom operators & utility companies amongst others. He holds an Engineering degree from CentraleSupélec Paris and a Master of Science from the Imperial College of London.


Matthieu de Broca Matthieu de Broca, International Business Development Director, Overkiz, a subsidiary of the Somfy Group

Matthieu de Broca is heading international Business Development of Overkiz company. He previously occupied positions on Asia Business Development and Strategic Alliance for a semiconductor technology startup after being Manager in a Business Consulting firm BearingPoint (Innovation practice) and leading various program management projects in the telecommunication industry landscape. Graduated from HEC business school, NTU (Singapore) and ISEP Engineering school (France)


Reinout Engelberts Reinout Engelberts, CEO, Sensara
Twitter ID: @mysensara

Reinout Engelberts drives the international growth of the Sensara smart monitoring solutions for ageing in place and elderly care. Sensara focusses on supporting seniors in their independence, freedom and safety no matter the level of care. No staff entering the room during the night could make a difference for a senior in a skilled nursing facility. Being able to afford to live at home needing less hours of in-home care by using Sensara technology is a big difference for a senior with dementia. Technology in the care (vs cure) should always support. Sensara develops intelligence to provide safety and reduce false positives. The solutions integrate into the care need of the senior and their care-givers/takers. And finally, we make sure all stakeholders use the technology correctly to create the maximum added value. With a background in strategy consulting, senior housing and several start-ups Reinout using a mix of market knowledge and outside-in view to develop the IoT healthcare market. In every country the healthcare ecosystem and culture are different while the needs of the seniors is universal. That is how Sensara is driving its international growth.


Michiel Fokke Michiel Fokke, CTO, Quby
Twitter ID: @twoxey

Michiel Fokke is a seasoned leader with over 15 years of experience in telecommunications and utilities. As the CTO of Quby he establishes the platform vision for Quby and owns the technology roadmap. He is driving progress in agile software development, big data and cloud-native practices.


Bernd Grohmann Bernd Grohmann, Executive Vice President, eQ-3 AG

Bernd Grohmann is Executive Vice President (Vorstand) and CTO at eQ-3 AG, responsible for the OEM plus international business and Corporate Development for the group. According to industry analysts, eQ-3 is the European Smart Home market leader based on the installed base of whole home solutions and a Pioneer with IPv6 based Smart Home products. Grohmann is a profound expert of the Smart Home and IoT market plus technology. Before joining eQ-3 AG, Grohmann was Vice President Product Marketing at Zensys, the original maker of Z-Wave, where he was responsible for the Z-Wave alliance in its early days. At Danish industry group Danfoss A/S, Grohmann was leading the Communication Technology Center, a think tank supporting all 26 business divisions. In addition, he greatly contributed to the standardization work, e.g. within IEEE802.15.4, as a Working Group Chair in the ZigBee alliance and as one of the initiators of the 6LoWPAN initiative of IETF.


Julian Harris Julian Harris, Senior Business Development Manager, Audio Analytic


Kristian Järnefelt Kristian Järnefelt, EVP Consumer Cyber Security, F-Secure Corporation

Kristian Järnefelt is Executive Vice President of Consumer cyber security at F-Secure. F-Secure is a Finnish cyber security company that has been in the business for nearly 30 years. F-Secure develops leading cyber security products for consumers and enterprises and it provides security services for enterprises and governments. F-Secure also regularly helps law enforcement to track and catch hackers. Kristian leads the consumer security business unit which is currently working on a new product that is designed to protect all connected devices at people's homes. The product will extend F-Secure's cyber security capabilities to cover new consumer devices from thermostats to cameras and refrigerators. Prior to F-Secure Kristian held leadership positions at Fujitsu and HP and he has served as a CEO of multiple startups. Kristian has a master's degree from the Helsinki School of Economics.


Ermin Kosovac Ermin Kosovac, Development Leader Home Smart Platform , IKEA


Yann Lechelle Yann Lechelle, COO, Snips
Twitter ID: @ylechelle

Yann started coding at age 10 when personal computers only had 1 kilobyte of RAM. He worked in financial software on Wall Street and in cartoon animation software at Dreamworks Studios before becoming an entrepreneur. Since then, Yann has founded, grown and sold 5 startups. Today he is Chief Operating Officer of Snips.ai, a Paris-based startup with over 70 furiously talented technologists building a decentralized voice assistant ecosystem powered by unique private-by-design voice assistant technology. An active member of the Paris entrepreneurial community, he also mentors or invests as an angel in a dozen more growing concerns. Yann holds a Bachelor of Computer Science summa cum laude and an MBA from INSEAD.


Cees Links Cees Links, General Manager, Qorvo / Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @Qorvo

Cees Links is a pioneer of the wireless data industry. Earlier in his career Cees worked for NCR, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Under his responsibility, the first wireless LANs were developed for PCs and notebooks, that ultimately became household Wi-Fi technology integrated into computers, smartphones and connected smart devices. He also pioneered the development of access points, home networking routers, and hotspot base-stations. He was involved in the establishment of the IEEE 802.11 standardization committee and the Wi-Fi Alliance. He was also instrumental in establishing the IEEE 802.15 standardization committee that become the basis for Zigbee sense and control networking.
 
Cees is the founder and was CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, a Smart Home and IoT radio communications semi-conductor company, now part of Qorvo. After Qorvo’s acquisition of GreenPeak in 2016, Cees has become the General Manager of the Wireless Connectivity business unit.
 
He was recognized as Wi-Fi pioneer with the Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement award.


Gorka Magaña Gorka Magaña, Product Manager, Smart Wifi , Telefónica
Twitter ID: @telefonica

Gorka Magaña works at Telefónica as Product Strategist responsible for the Smart Wifi product, which leverages home connectivity as an enabler for the smart home across some of the countries where Telefónica’s home broadband is present.
 
He dedicates his time to initiatives in the convergence of technology, future and people, built upon an endless curiosity, extensive tech background, strong design sense and a deep interest in futures and implications of it. He founded his very first product startup at the age of 18 and has been part of other companies in roles close to product and technology since then.


Alton Martin Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs
Twitter ID: @altonmartin

For over 25 years, Alton Martin has been a globally-recognized expert in defining performance standards & metrics within service operations. In July 2013, he co-founded Trusource Labs, a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. In 4.5 years, the company has grown rapidly to over 500 employees worldwide and has supported over 20 leading-edge Smart Home companies. Prior to founding Trusource Labs, he helped launch COPC Inc., a leading contact center consultancy and training organization. He led their international expansion initiatives, as well as the development of the COPC-2000 Vendor Management Organization Standard. He served as CEO until June 2009, when he started another consultancy firm focused on applying Vested Outsourcing techniques in outsourced service operations. He has worked with a number of leading organizations throughout his career, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, CapitalOne, Convergys, Dell, DirecTV, Microsoft and others in over 40 countries.


Arjen Noorbergen Arjen Noorbergen, Founder and CEO, Olisto
Twitter ID: @arjennoorbergen

Biography Arjen is an entrepreneur. With a team of 15 people he is now building Olisto: a reliable webservice that connects smart devices and favourite apps and have them work together, following your rules. Before starting Olisto, Arjen was one of the founders of Quby, the company that has developed the Toon Smart Thermostat for Eneco. With over hundreds of thousands of units sold, Eneco runs Europe's leading smart home platform. Arjen is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Delft University of Technology. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he has been pioneering the development of Internet services with international telecom companies in the late nineties.


Larry Poon Larry Poon, COO, IMONT

Larry is Co-founder and COO of Imont, a company that develops software for IoT device integration using a "cloudless" technology. He is responsible for the general day-to-day operations of the company, as well as providing strategic directions to help grow the company. Larry has over 30 years of marketing and operational leadership experience with technology companies in Europe and North America, including Canonical, ABB and Nortel. Larry can be reached at larry@imont.io


David Rimmer David Rimmer, Director Business Development - Europe, Alarm.com

David Rimmer is the Director of New Business Development for Alarm.com in Europe.  Alarm.com currently has over 6 million end-user customers across 30 countries on its platform.  David is spearheading the drive to build B2B partnerships and installer/dealer networks throughout Western Europe.  Alarm.com provides its partners with access to a fully supported enterprise-grade smart home SaaS monitoring platform. Through this, partners can connect their end-user subscribers and provide alert messaging and notifications to smart-home security, wellness, automation and video events.  The Alarm.com Dealer Portal provides a full back-end management and BI analytics system for Partners.   David has worked in the smart home and security industry for almost 20 years, for both hardware and platform companies, and most recently with serial entrepreneur Christopher Curry to found the Critical Data Ltd. (now Canary Care) Telecare business.


Omer Sagi Omer Sagi, Director of Business Development, Smart Access Solutions, Assa Abloy

Omer Sagi is Assa Abloy EMEA Division Director of Business Development of Smart Door Locks. Omer is responsible on managing the development of Smart Door Lock sales in EMEA and supporting market penetration through Assa Abloy EMEA regional sales organizations. He is also responsible for developing and implementing the strategic growth plan for the business in EMEA.

Omer joined Assa Abloy in 2012 as Director Product Marketing Smart Door Locks for EMEA. Prior to this he worked in various sales, business development and R&D roles with Siemens, Stratasys, Applied Materials and other companies. Omer holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and an MBA specializing in Finance and Marketing from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. He is also a graduate of the Rothschild Caesarea Center for Capital Markets and Risk Management.


Marcus Scheiber Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder , ROC-Connect, Inc.

Marcus Scheiber is Co-Founder and CEO of ROC-Connect, a leading IOT company providingSmart Home as a Service. ROC-Connect delivers full-end-to-end connected brands in the Smart Home space for channels as Retailers, Insurances & Financial Industries, as well as for Service Providers. Before starting ROC-Connect in 2012, Marcus founded the ms.GIS group of companies (Austria nd US), a leading geospatial technology provider. Marcus held various positions as Co-CEO, board member, and investor. Earlier in his career, Marcus was working as a technical consultant with Prime-Computervision, and in C.S. research at the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).  Marcus holds a Masters of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) and a Master’s Degree of the University of Economics and Business Administration of Vienna, Austria.


Espen Schrøder Espen Schrøder, COO, sfty AS

Espen Schrøder serves as COO at Sfty.com - He has more than 25 year's broad background in international business development, management and product management. During the past 6 years Sfty [safety] developed a disruptive building management software with safety in focus. The concept is based on IoT and connects all smoke detectors in a building, giving both residents and property managers control of the fire safety, temperature and humidity in the building - by apartment and common areas. Proactive alerts will make sure everyone is safe and the building owner will get an early warning if anything is wrong - A water leak, high/low temperature, high humidity etc. Espens focus is to drive Sfty's internationalization and combine it with partnership models within Security, Insurance, MSOs, Utilities, Home Automation, and Health Care providers.


Steve Shapiro Steve Shapiro, General Manager Security and Connected Home, Johnson Controls

Steve Shapiro is the general manager for residential and commercial security systems including the connected home products and services at Johnson Controls, the global leader in building products and technology, integrated solutions, energy storage and information based retail systems.  Steve is responsible for product development and the serving customer needs globally for security alarm and connected home systems.
 
Prior to joining Johnson Controls Steve was vice president for ADT where he was responsible for residential and commercial security products and services and industry relations.  While at ADT, Steve led ADT’s product strategy and engineering initiatives for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including creating the revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse®.
 
Steve has served as a Board member to the Security Industry Association, The Monitoring Association (formerly CSAA) and the Z-Wave Alliance.
Prior to joining ADT, Steve was a consultant to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable devices.
 
His professional career began at Motorola, where he was responsible marketing and product management for many communications products and marketing plans over 20 years that included two-way radios, pagers and mobile phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones.
   
Steve graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded 17 patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.


Adam Thibault Adam Thibault, GM of Dragon SmartHome and V2T, Nuance Communications, Inc.

Adam Thibault oversees the growth and expansion strategy of Nuance's conversational, cognitive and analytics platforms for global service operators, spanning the smart home and operator subscriber markets. During his tenure at Nuance, he has helped some of the world's largest brands bring forward innovations in virtual personal assistants, voice interfaces for the smart TV and customized deployments of Nuance's innovative Swype keyboard. Prior to Nuance, Thibault was Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Livewire Mobile, where he oversaw the sales and market strategy for content and SaaS platform sales to global telecommunications providers. Previously, Thibault held a variety of management roles within Livewire and Groove Mobile prior to its Livewire acquisition. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Razvan Todor Razvan Todor, Product Manager, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @razvantodor


Joep van Eijden Joep van Eijden, Business Development Executive, Silicon Labs

Joep van Eijden is a Business Development Executive for the Z-Wave unit of Silicon Labs. Before starting in 2015, he held project management positions for various cable and digital TV products and gateways at Hitron Technologies, Ubee Interactive, and NXP Semiconductors. At Silicon Labs, he works towards growing the Z-Wave device ecosystem by working with Z-Wave partner companies and identifying new opportunities related to the smart home industry.
 
Joep holds a BSc in electronics and a bachelor of engineering and industrial marketing from Fonts Hogescholen.


Dave Ward Dave Ward, European Product Director , Ring

Dave Ward, European Product Director Dave Ward joined Ring as European Product Director in February 2018. He brings over 20 years' experience defining retail technology operations, product innovation and proposition development. Dave oversees and coordinates product operations for Ring Europe, working with global teams to build out Ring's home security product range and further the company's mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods worldwide. 


Jeff Weiner Jeff Weiner, VP, Product, Marketing and Sales, Mersoft
Twitter ID: @jeffw3000

Jeff Weiner is the VP of Product, Marketing and Sales for the Networks division at Mersoft Corporation based in Kansas City, USA. He is responsible for developing new business for Mersoft's line of innovative real-time communications technologies across several market verticals. With leadership roles in product marketing, strategy, sales and software engineering, Jeff has successfully brought multiple technology products to market in both large and small companies. Jeff has a BS in Finance and Information Systems from Shippensburg University and a MS in Information Systems from The American University in Washington, D.C. He enjoys time with his family, cycling, restoring his '76 Corvette and is a passionate advocate for both Kansas City and the arts. 


Matthias Wolff Matthias Wolff, Managing Partner, LUPUS-Electronics GmbH
Twitter ID: @lupus_de

Matthias Wolff is a Managing Partner at LUPUS Electronics, a german smart building and security technology leader. He is responsible for Strategy, Marketing and Sales and leads the company together with his brother Philip, who founded the company in 2003. Until today, the company is still 100% family owned by the three founding brothers. Before LUPUS, Matthias held several positions at the global advertising agency McCann Erickson, where he advised Brands such as Coca-Cola and L'Oreal. Matthias holds an M.A. in Communication Science and Marketing from the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Rafi Zauer Rafi Zauer, Head of Marketing, Essence
Twitter ID: @Essence_grp

Rafi Zauer is Head of Essence's Marketing, overseeing the company's global positioning and brand, product marketing, market strategy and supporting Essence customers with go to market services. Rafi has 15 years of experience in market and business analysis, defining technology companies' market vision and executing business strategies. Prior to this, Rafi held various positions in strategic marketing in a leading international security electronics company and has also managed to be part of the renewable energy revolution, developing distribution channels and investments in Solar Photovoltaic plants around the world.


PARKS ASSOCIATES ANALYSTS / MODERATORS

Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

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Erik Overbeeke Erik Overbeeke, European Partner Alliance, Parks Associates

Erik has served as a marketing, strategy and M&A consultant in the Residential Security Industry, focused most recently on IoT, helping a number of leading companies develop market entry and partnership strategies. Prior to that Erik worked for eight years at KPN, the incumbent telecommunication company in the Netherlands and during 15 years at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands. He fulfilled several senior management, business development and business consulting positions. He holds a College degree of Electronics and a Master of Business Economics - Erasmus University, The Netherlands.

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Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues in connected consumer electronics, robotics, IoT data privacy and security, and machine vision applications. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad balances the art and science of marketing research to generate insights that lead to more astute business decision making and value-generating practices.

Brad received his BS degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned MDiv and DMin degrees from two leading seminaries with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.

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