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2014 Speakers


Jon Carter Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development – Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

Jon leads UK Business Development for DT’s white label and open connected home platform.

Successfully launched in Germany in late 2013, DT’s open platform is now available internationally, with an initial focus on Europe, and particularly the UK. DT’s platform has been designed to move the industry beyond simple control of connected devices, to create a foundation for new revenue generating services.

Jon’s focus is on establishing partnerships with telcos, utilities, insurers and retailers, as well as 3rd party platform providers and OEMs to enable the realization of innovative new products and services.

Jon has worked in and around the connected home space since the early 2000s, and has a deep knowledge of the market, and in particular what will finally drive growth in this market.  

Ken Durand Ken Durand, Vice President, Innovation & Business Development, Internet of Things, Ericsson

With a wide and varied background of business experience, Ken has extensive expertise in guiding organizations through the strategic processes of implementing technology solutions that complement the Enterprise business vision. An insightful strategist with a wide range of experiences, Ken engages some of Ericsson’s highest profile clients and works within its largest implementations. In his current role within the Business and Support Solutions (BUSS) organization, Ken leads the Innovation and Business Development function for Machine to Machine; defining business strategies for the full range of solutions within the M2M portfolio. Through facilitation of interactions around the world with current and potential customers as well as the partner ecosystem community, Ken gains keen insight into the needs and desires of both the consumer marketplace and the providers who serve it. By offering extensive working experience in both large scale enterprises and start-up companies alike, Ken is uniquely qualified to drive strategic activities focusing on the development of customers, the expansion of markets, and the construction of innovative solutions. A sought after public speaker and presenter; Ken makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

Oliver Lewis Oliver Lewis, Senior Vice President, Customer Propositions and Product Management, Sky Deutschland

Oliver Lewis is Senior Vice President Product Management at Sky Deutschland. He is responsible for the coordination of marketing, sales and customer relationship management for existing and new products. He joined Sky Deutschland in 2009 and worked on several key projects, including the launch of Sky Go, Sky’s online and mobile OTT proposition and the renewal of Sky’s Bundesliga rights until 2017. Previously, Oliver held a number of positions at British Sky Broadcasting. After joining in 2001, he was involved in financing and M&A and worked on the acquisition of Easynet followed by the launch of Sky’s broadband service. In 2007, he was appointed Commercial Director at Sky News, with responsibilities including development of new revenue streams, online partnerships and finance. Before joining BSkyB, he studied physics at Cambridge, completed an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, and worked in corporate finance at ING Barings in London and Paris.

Greg Roberts Greg Roberts, Vice President, Marketing, Icontrol Networks

Greg Roberts serves as the vice president of marketing for Icontrol Networks. Roberts started with Icontrol in 2006 and leads all corporate marketing and marketing communications initiatives for the company. Roberts’ career features a celebrated track record of leadership and success in strategic branding and management for a range of tech companies. He has been instrumental in the successful launch of numerous consumer and B2B marketing campaigns. During his time at Icontrol, he has driven notable business results focused on customer acquisition and retention, leading to increased market share and international expansion. Previously, Roberts was vice president of marketing at Helio, a MVNO startup, where he led all marketing initiatives and brand management, and helped expand and broaden the company’s customer portfolio. He also played a critical role in the launch of Helio and Helio Powered By SK Telecom, which received critical acclaim from the industry. Prior to Helio, Roberts was the vice president of marketing for Disney Mobile, an MVNO project by The Walt Disney Company. He also served as the director of national marketing at SBC Wireless. There, he developed and led award-winning marketing initiatives to help launch Cingular Wireless (now AT&T). Roberts was recognized by Wireless World Magazine and Brandweek for the campaign’s pioneering approaches to youth marketing, which have since been adapted as best practices by the mobile industry. Roberts began his career with top brand marketing and design companies including The Richards Group, Tracy Locke, DDB Needham and GSD&M. He received a Master of Arts in communications from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from University of North Texas.


Johan Ambuhm Johan Ambuhm, Business Development Director, ASSA ABLOY

Johan Ambuhm is Business Development Director, Digital Door Locks at Assa Abloy.

He has more than 15 year’s broad background in international business development, management and product management within Security and Telecom business. Johan is responsible for the ASSA ABLOY EMEA Smart Home integration business as a part of the Digital Dorr Lock rollout in EMEA. Before joining Assa Abloy, Johan has held senior management positions at both successful Software Startups and large global international market leading companies.

Michel Arrede Michel Arrede, Head of Marketing, Amdocs Connected Home, Amdocs
Website: http://www.amdocs.com

Michel Arrede heads up the Marketing for Amdocs Connected Home solutions worldwide. This includes strategic aspects such as market analysis, competitive analysis and market positioning (competitive advantages), and operational aspects such as product, pricing, promotion and distribution.

Previously at jNetX (acquired by Amdocs in 2009 for $50M), Michel headed up the marketing pricing and promotion functions for jNetX Next Generation Intelligent Networks (NGIN) platform with involvement in strategic corporate activities such as business analysis (market size, customers’ needs, competitors) and market positioning.

Earlier at HP, Michel was responsible for product marketing and business development efforts for SDP based solutions. He managed and grew several software businesses in Europe and worldwide using direct and indirect go-to-market growth strategies.

Prior to this Michel held various product management and product marketing positions at Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) and at Atos-Origin.

Michel graduated from ESIGETEL, France, as a Telecommunication Engineer, and has regularly developed and improved Marketing, Finance and Operations skills through Harvard Business School ManageMentor Program and Ongoing Learnings (e.g. Philip Kotler).

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Avi serves as Business development director at the ULE Alliance since 2013. Has over 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry. Before joining the ULE Alliance served as Corporate VP of Sales at DSP Group for 8 years. Beforehand held variety of engineering and business management positions at National Semiconductor, Winbond and other companies. Holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Pilgrim Beart Pilgrim Beart, Founder Director, AlertMe
Twitter ID: @alertmesays
Website: http://www.alertme.com

A computer scientist and fellow of The IET, Pilgrim Beart has over 20 years' experience creating ground-breaking, high-technology enterprises. He has founded 4 companies, including: activeRF Ltd, antenova Ltd, AlertMe, and 1248.io. Pilgrim also spent 6 years working in Silicon Valley with companies such as Atari and Chromatic Research.

Regina Bernhaupt Regina Bernhaupt, Director of User Experience Research, Ruwido

Regina Bernhaupt is Director of User Experience Research at Ruwido. The main goal of her research work is to understand the eco-system of TV entertainment and games, and how to design and develop new forms of interaction enabling an enhanced overall user experience. Her work focuses on how to evaluate usability and user experience in various contexts especially for entertainment oriented products and services. She is an author of several international publications. In her spare time Regina loves to take care of her citron and orange trees in her garden in the south of France.

Oliver Birch Oliver Birch, Connected Living Innovation Manager, Assurant Solutions

Key member of the Assurant Solution Connected Living team with past roles providing extensive experience in Technical Support and managing Technical Support calls to managing roll out of a remote access service. Oliver is passionate about providing the right tools in the right way to support our clients customers and give them the best possible experience. 

Albert Blasco Albert Blasco, European Head of Marketing, Panasonic
Twitter ID: @ABlasco_Pro

Developing his career in HVAC business since 1999, Albert joined Panasonic in 2007 as Marketing Manager in Spanish Branch. With wide experience in several European Marketing projects, Albert has been also involved in developing HVAC control and integration solutions for both Commercial and Residential uses. Since May 2014, took European position as Head of Marketing in Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Europe.

Rasmus Bokvist Rasmus Bokvist, Head of Sales and Marketing, Anticimex AB

The past six years Rasmus is working for Anticimex AB and is currently responsible for sales, business development and marketing. He is a member of the Swedish management team. Rasmus was educated at Stockholm University in economics and has worked in various sales and marketing roles over the past 15 years. “I prefer a job that entails both analytical challenges and an operational heartbeat. I often find myself provoking status quo which often leads me to challenges within product- and service development and change management.” Rasmus has a broad experience from senior line- management positions as well as from advertising agencies and management consulting.

Joseph Bradley Joseph Bradley, IoE Evangelist and Vice President, IoE Practice, Cisco Consulting Services
Twitter ID: @JosephMBradley

As IoE Evangelist and Vice President of the Internet of Everything (IoE) Practice in the Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) organization, Joseph M. Bradley ensures the world’s top business and public sector leaders understand how to capture their share of $19 trillion in value that IoE will create over 10 years. In this capacity, he leads a team of technology and business consultants who are uniquely qualified to assist CXOs, government leaders, and their management teams to realize the potential of IoE in today’s rapidly changing world caused by the convergence of mobile, social, data, and cloud computing.

Bradley was instrumental in developing the next-generation consulting model for CCS. The methodology provides a data-driven path to outlining what customers need to do today to capture value from IoE. Further, the model leverages the IoE Practice’s proprietary customer research and network analytics to identify hidden value that can be realized by lighting up “dark assets.” CCS helps customers move from their current state of operations to an IoE-enabled enterprise through the use of rapid prototyping, analytics, and process change. Once the methodology is complete, the customer has the ability to innovate, which provides a feedback loop to enable continuous improvement.

Bradley built the foundation for CCS and the IoE Practice by directing the research and production of Cisco’s influential IoE thought leadership titled, “Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion” and “Internet of Everything (IoE) Value Index: How Much Value Are Private Sector Firms Capturing from IoE in 2013?” This project was followed by further groundbreaking research that showed the total IoE value at stake for both enterprises and public sector organizations to be $19 trillion.

Prior to his current role, Bradley led the Research & Economics, Strategic Communications, and Operations functions of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), now part of Cisco Consulting. In this capacity, Bradley co-authored “The 21st Century Corporation: Using Business Virtualization To Unleash the True Power of Innovation.” In addition, he co-authored papers for Cisco’s Horizons program, including “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” and “BYOD: A Global Perspective.”

Bradley’s dynamic and engaging style, combined with his passion for disruptive technologies, inclusion and diversity, and the role people play in driving technology innovation to create a better world, have made him a popular speaker and thought leader worldwide as well as within Cisco. His recent industry keynotes include, The Mobile Show Middle East 2014 and Cisco Connect in Chengdu, China. Additionally, his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, InfoWorld, and The Financial Times. Bradley’s recent EBCs include meeting with CXOs at the world’s top companies including Honda, MetLife, Nestle, and the US Olympic Committee.

Before Cisco, Bradley held several leadership positions at C3, including CEO, CFO, and senior vice president of shared services. Previously, he was general manager of the Data Communications group at AT&T. His career began at Pacific Bell, where he worked in finance and operations, and became known as a “turnaround expert.” Bradley holds a degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA, 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. 

Eamon Conway Eamon Conway, Managing Director and Co-Founder, climote

Eamon Conway, Managing Director and Co-Founder of climote and has over 25 years experience in the consumer technology sector. He joined the team as Managing Director in 2010 and now oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and its rapidly growing interests. Prior to his work with climote. Mr. Conway served as the Managing Director of Honeywell’s Electrical Division in Ireland. Honeywell is a Global Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies that address tough challenges linked to global megatrends such as safety, security, and energy. Prior to Honeywell Ireland, Eamon set up Novar’s Electrical division in Ireland through the acquisition of OBF distributors in 2002, leading the company as Managing Director prior to its merger with Honeywell. Prior to that role Eamon was based in UK and was Director of Marketing for the popular Mira Showers line for Caradon Plumbing Solutions. Eamon is a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton.

Joe Dada Joe Dada, CEO, INSTEON
Twitter ID: @insteon

As the founder and CEO, Joe Dada is committed to making life simple for consumers by connecting them to the things that matter most and by ensuring that all of those things work together in perfect harmony. In 1992, Dada founded Smarthome, a home automation product catalog company that became one of the world's first e-commerce sites and is now the world's largest retailer of connected home products. During the late 90s, Dada acquired two product-engineering firms to accelerate proprietary product development. After years of intense efforts, the company released the patented, dual-band (RF and powerline) mesh networking technology Insteon uses today. Insteon has been one of the most popular home automation protocols in the world with more than 200 products available in retailers nationwide.

Charles Dawes Charles Dawes, Global Strategic Account Director, Rovi

Charles is an authority in digital television product development and management, with over fourteen years of experience in helping bring entertainment content discovery and video delivery solutions to service providers and CE manufacturers across the globe. Since the time of his involvement in the development efforts for the first digital cable TV deployments in the U.K. in the late 90s to his present role at Rovi helping customers bring multi-screen, converged content experiences to consumers, Charles has kept his finger on the pulse of the digital entertainment transition across the ecosystem. A speaker at many industry events and conferences, Charles’ expertise includes guidance technologies, metadata, search and recommendations and personalization. In his current role at Rovi, Charles works closely with Rovi’s largest customers to help customize Rovi’s solutions to meet local market needs across EMEA and Latin America. Charles began his career at Cable and Wireless, where he was responsible for electronic program guide development. Prior to Rovi, Charles held the position of product management director at UPC/Chellomedia, where he oversaw UPC’s digital television product development across their European footprint.

Marco Dorjee Marco Dorjee, International Business Development, Centralite Systems

Marco Dorjee is the International Business Development Director at CentraLite Systems, a leading manufacturer of wireless connected home devices. CentraLite is utilizing the ZigBee Home Automation Profile and takes ordinary devices and make them smarter. Marco has the responsibility for developing and deploying the CentraLite International growth strategy. Marco brings over 20 years’ experience in senior positions from high-tech and imaging industries. Before joining CentraLite, Marco was the Managing Director (Media) Business Operations EMEA of Intermec, supplying Data collection solutions to 75% of the Fortune 500 companies. He was member of the EMEA Leadership Team and Global Media Operations Management Team. Prior Intermec Marco held senior positions at Konica Minolta and QMS. Marco has a solid technical background and holds an Executive MBA.

John Driver John Driver, Chief Operating Officer, PacketVideo
Twitter ID: @PacketVideo

John Driver was named Chief Operating Officer of the Connected Home business unit on January 1, 2015. John joined PacketVideo in 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer, where he led the company’s marketing strategy & execution. Prior to PacketVideo, he was Co-Founder & CEO of JoynIn, a mobile commerce technology start-up. He also led global field marketing at Serena, a $275M enterprise software company, where he managed marketing teams across eight countries. John also led the enterprise & mid-market strategy team at Sun Microsystems, a $13B enterprise computer hardware & software company (since acquired by Oracle), across 15 global sales regions. John received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Shane Dyer Shane Dyer, President, Arrayent
Website: http://www.arrayent.com/

Shane is the founder and CEO of Arrayent. He is passionately engaged in communicating Arrayent’s vision for connected products and working with Arrayent’s customers to ensure that Arrayent’s long-term strategy is aligned with long-term customer needs. Before Arrayent, Shane was the co-founder and CTO of Propellerhead Studios, Inc., a design studio that specialized in consumer electronics products for young adults. In 1998, Shane became CEO of ActivePhoto, Inc., which partnered with Polaroid and Sprint to deliver Internet-connected digital camera systems to large enterprises such as Allstate and Kemper Insurance long before digital photography became mainstream. Shane began his career as a researcher at Rockwell Science Center, where he developed new networking algorithms for low-power wireless systems. Later he became a VLSI design engineer at C-Cube Microsystems working on cable and satellite set-top box designs. Shane holds a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.

Darren Fawcett Darren Fawcett, Chief Technical Engineer, PACE

Darren, is a key member of the Pace team. Integral in shaping the strategy that has transitioned the company to a STB vendor, to one that delivers solutions and converged services to the World’s largest Pay TV operators. Since 2010, in his role as CTE Darren has been responsible for Pace International’s technology portfolio, including the development and launch of enabling platforms needed to meet the converged market space, e.g. Media Gateways, Client Hardware and Software. Darren has over 20 years’ experience in the communication and media sector where he has specialised in leading teams and worked with key stakeholders, and standards bodies to ensure seamless transition of ideas through to solutions. 

Andrew Ferrone Andrew Ferrone, VP of Pay TV, Roku

Andrew Ferrone is VP of Pay TV at Roku and is responsible for all pay TV deals including over-the-top multichannel services, managed network services, and co-branded device deals. Most recently Andrew was head of consumer product management at RealD, the leading licensor of 3D technologies. At RealD, Andrew drove product planning and commercial partnerships for a portfolio including content services, distribution technologies, and consumer devices. Andrew started his career at Videoguide, the leading licensor of interactive program guides for TVs and DVRs. Gemstar-TV Guide bought Videoguide which was then bought by Macrovision, now called Rovi. Andrew holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Digital Electronics from Dartmouth College.

Seth Frader-Thompson Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @fraderT

As President of EnergyHub, Seth oversees the overall direction and operation of the company. He devotes extra focus to creating an exceptional user experience for EnergyHub customers. Prior to founding EnergyHub in 2007, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program, and payloads and tools for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

David Friedman David Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ayla Networks
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks
Website: http://www.aylanetworks.com/

David Friedman is the CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, a leading end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Prior to founding Ayla Networks, David served as Vice President, business development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded space. In that role, David forged partnerships with leading micro-controller companies, and built relationships with OEMs serving a variety of markets including health, fitness, home controls and smart energy.

Prior to ZeroG, David was an early employee at Matrix Semiconductor, serving in various sales and marketing roles before Matrix was acquired by SanDisk. In earlier roles, David helped drive pricing strategy at Intel, and was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank. David has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Colgate University; he holds five US Patents.

Natividad Garcia Rodriguez Natividad Garcia Rodriguez, CEO, Domoalert
Twitter ID: @Domoalert

Natividad Garcia is Electrical & Electronic engineer with almost twenty years of experience in business management of companies that have deployed products in the Home Automation & Connected Home sectors. During her career she has been among others, 10 years Board member of CEDOM Spanish home automation association, and 5 years vice president of GAIA, basque country ICT association. Currently she is CEO of Domoalert a Startup company that has launched a holistic platform to provide connected home services in the security, energy efficiency and care areas.

Eric Grab Eric Grab, Chief Technology Officer, DivX, LLC

At DivX, Eric leads global engineering, technology industry relations, cross-company architecture and research. Eric is a technologist who has collaborated with Hollywood movie studios and consumer electronics companies to move forward the vision of easy and secure access to digital content. Enabled by significant jumps in video compression technology, he architected secure Internet video delivery systems, and extended them to consumer electronic devices. Eric has inventions in content distribution and content protection, and he has helped launch many successful services and products. Eric has worked on and evangelized state-of-the-art systems in government, education, and commercial including Booz Allen and Hamilton, DivX, Massive Media Group, Rovi, San Diego State University, and Walt Disney Studios.

Thomas Guss Thomas Guss, Business Development Manager, Watson Nordic

Mr. Thomas Guss joined Anvia Plc, the fourth largest operator in Finland, in 2006. At Anvia he has worked with various development projects, including customer loyalty programs and websites for easier buying for customers. He has played an active role in the Watson project and later on starting up the subsidiary company Watson Nordic Ltd. Mr. Guss works for both Anvia Plc and Watson Nordic Ltd as Business Development Manager. Earlier Mr. Guss worked for TeliaSonera with customer interaction development. Mr. Guss has a Master of Sciences (econ.) degree from Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa, Finland.

Benoit Joly Benoit Joly, SVP Marketing & Smart Life, Technicolor

Benoit Joly is building on over 15 years experience in developing business within the Telecom and Media industry. He started by 1997 at MCI WorldCom, responsible for the European portfolio of IP network solutions. Joining Technicolor in 2002, he helped create the Company's VoIP devices strategy, before leading by 2004 marketing and pre-sales for its world's leading IPTV and Mobile TV solution. He was then VP Digital Home Solutions, in charge of the company's Digital Home portfolio for cable and telecom operators. Now SVP Marketing, he oversees since 2010 the group's marketing plans. Benoit has a Master's Degree in Network and IT Engineering from E.S.I.E.E and an MBA from E.S.S.E.C, majored in Strategy and Marketing.

Sandeep Kalsi Sandeep Kalsi, Chief Marketing Officer, iYogi

Sandeep is an Economics graduate. Prior to his appointment at iYogi, he has been involved in advisory, consulting and Board roles for companies working in the technology, media and services sectors. At iYogi, he is currently part of a team driving the company’s global expansion to develop new products and services for the Smart Home and the “connected consumer.” A main focus area is to develop strategic relationships with global Telcos. Sandeep is currently also serving on the board of Denave Europe, and was formerly a Board Director of Next Fifteen Communications Group.

Jim Kitchen Jim Kitchen, VP, Strategy, Icontrol Networks

Jim co-founded uControl, which merged with Icontrol in 2010, and is responsible for Product Strategy and Partner Management. Prior to Icontrol, Jim was at Motive and served in several capacities; Director of Product Marketing and Product Management responsible for Motive's premier next-generation products in IPTV and VoIP, and prior to that as Senior Director of Motive's Consulting Services Communications Practice running a team of 60 consultants and supporting personnel.

Prior to Motive, Jim was the President of a successful entertainment and marketing software consulting company in Los Angeles, California. He began his career by launching one of the first web-based services to offer real-time financial and news information where he served as Vice President of Software Development.

David Leporini David Leporini, EVP, Marketing Products and Security, Viaccess-Orca
Twitter ID: @viaccessorca
Website: http://viaccess.com/

David Leporini is the Executive Vice President of Marketing, Products and Security. Prior to this role, David was a member of the Executive Board of Viaccess and served as CTO since 2007. As CTO, David was head of system architecture and specifications, security and innovation. Prior to service as CTO, David was head of security for Viaccess since 2005.

Prior to joining Viaccess, David was Operations Manager for Trusted Logic and was responsible for security consultancy activities and quality management. He has held several positions in CANAL+ and CANAL+ Technologies including management of Digital Rights Management and Copy Protection activities.

David graduated from Institut National des Télécommunications and received the Doctorat degree with highest honours from the Université Paris-Sud.

Wojtek Makowski Wojtek Makowski, CTO, Soft@Home

Wojtek is in charge of defining the company’s overall technological strategy and of driving its innovation and strategic product vision to further position SoftAtHome as an industry leader. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Technical Working Group for the Home Gateway Initiative, mainly focused on the Media Gateway and Smart Home projects. Wojtek has 20+ years experience in the IT industry where he has held various product development and leadership positions. He specializes in the telecom area focusing on Operational Support Systems, Location Based Services infrastructure, convergent pervasive applications and the Digital Home. He has a strong multi-cultural business background - having served for several companies in different European countries, including France, Poland and the United Kingdom. Wojtek started his career in 1990 in France as an IT Engineer developing a billing mediation solution for France Telecom. He then became the leading director of this multi-year project. Since the mid-1990s he founded or joined several start-up companies where he held positions of CTO, VP Engineering and CEO.

Wojtek holds an MSCS from Polytechnic School & IT Institute, Poland where he graduated top of this class.

Colin Morrison Colin Morrison, Vice President of Global TV Sales Operations, Ericsson

Colin Morrison is the Vice President of Global Sales Operations for Ericsson’s TV and Media Business. He partners with major telecommunications and cable businesses across the globe to expand the adoption of the Mediaroom suite of TV Platforms and bring a full range of entertainment to consumers through their PCs, televisions and portable media devices.

Tim Myers Tim Myers, Director of Product Management, Intrusion, Tyco Security Products

Tim Myers is Director of Product Management, Intrusion for Tyco Security Products, and has more than 15 years of experience in the intrusion and residential systems industry. Myers has a strong engineering background, helping to develop many of Tyco’s intrusion products, and now oversees product development for the service provider portfolio.

Adam Nightingale Adam Nightingale, VP Sales EMEA, Accedo

Adam has overall commercial responsibility for Accedo’s business across EMEA as well as running the company’s London operation. He has over 15 years’ experience in the digital media, pay TV and broadcast industry and has worked with some of the most innovative pay platform providers and broadcasters. Specialising in the technology services and products which underpin OTT and multiscreen services, Adam helps service providers to capitalise on the changing viewing habits of consumers.

Prior to joining Accedo Adam was at Irdeto (formerly Entriq) where he was responsible for sales of the company’s multiscreen solutions. Adam has previously held senior positions with Mobilitec (now part of Alcatel Lucent), CMG and Logica. A graduate of Kingston University, Adam is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. 

Neil Pennington Neil Pennington, Director of Smart Innovation, nPower

Neil has been with npower since 2010. As Director of Smart Innovation, he is accountable for the development and implementation of market leading products and propositions covering customer engagement, insight, big data, smart grid and the connected world of the Internet of Things in the home. He was responsible for the first deal with nest in Europe as the energy channel partner for the UK. He is also a Board Director of Smart Energy GB (the central body responsible for customer engagement for the smart meter roll out) and is a frequent speaker at Industry events on Smart and Innovation in the energy market. In his previous role as Programme Director, Smart for npower, Neil was accountable for the c£250m programme covering business case, deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, the metering system ecosystem (meter, head end, comms, IHDs) and the IT change covering the full suite of SAP, MDMS and legacy systems. Neil has a career spanning 24 years in the Energy and Utility Sector, 16 of which have been in senior leadership roles. He has worked in engineering, operations, business development, marketing and strategy, as well as delivering significant IT and business change programmes. Neil joined British Gas in 1990 where he was responsible for, among other things, the introduction of Meter Reading Competition within the UK Gas Market, launching Affordable Warmth, microgeneration (DCHP) and was Deputy Chairman of the Combined Heat and Power Association. In 2000 he joined PwC Consulting, working on Energy projects and business development in the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. This included a significant bid for commercial meter operation; he also advised investors on asset ownership models. In 2003 he joined United Utilities as Business Development Director for Networks Ltd. As well as Business Development he had P&L responsibility for Energy Services, which included remote metering and energy profiling for Industrial and Commercial Customers. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Neil has an Honours Degree in Physics, a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the London Business School. In his spare time he is a keen musician and songwriter.

Kurt Peterhans Kurt Peterhans, CEO, Axiros
Twitter ID: @axiros1

Kurt Peterhans, CEO and Managing Director of Operations of Axiros, has more than 20 years of technology management experience. For the past 8 years, he has overseen all of Axiros’ operations worldwide and as a key member of the executive management team is responsible for the company’s marketing, business development, vision and business operations. Prior to joining Axiros, Peterhans was in management and consultant roles for telecom service providers, including O2 Germany, a Telefonica Company, and equipment vendors such as I.N.S. (Alcatel Lucent). Peterhans hold as Master of Management degree from MZSG - Malik Management Zentrum Sankt Gallen (CH) and a Diploma in Informatics from FH Regensburg.

Sebastian Popovic Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato

Co-founder and CEO of the Tri plus grupa which is developing and distributing Zipato, one of the world's most popular home automation platforms. Previously co-founder and CEO of Vodatel, FTTH telecom operator in Croatia, acquired for 12mil. Euro in 2007. Accomplished business executive with more than 10 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Product Development.

Rebekka Porath Rebekka Porath, Ecosystem Committee Chair, DLNA; Standards Policy Manager, Intel

Rebekka Porath holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Bonn University. As an employee in Intel’s Global Public Policy Greater Europe division, Rebekka’s responsibilities include coordination of Intel’s standards policy, as well as the company’s media and consumer-electronics related policies in Europe. She has long-standing experience on standards, both from a policy angle and from direct leadership involvement in various standards organizations, especially in the CE and media environment.

Rebekka currently serves as chair of the Ecosystem Committee of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). 

Stuart Rosove Stuart Rosove, VP Advanced Solutions, Irdeto

As VP of Advanced Solutions at Irdeto, Stuart Rosove heads up an entrepreneurially-driven team to create long-term, high growth opportunities in the Internet of Things market by leveraging Irdeto’s security and related technologies. Previously, Stuart was CEO of BayTSP (acquired by Irdeto in 2011) and prior to that he was VP, Media & Entertainment of Digimarc. Earlier in his career, Stuart was the Founder and CEO of Sequel Technology.

Patrice Slupowski Patrice Slupowski, Vice-President Digital Innovation, Orange
Twitter ID: @slupowski

Patrice Slupowski is Vice-President Digital Innovation running the open-innovation corporate product marketing team of Orange, in charge of several projects around APIs, Internet of Things, mobile applications & mobile OS, personal data aggregation, privacy or emerging technologies.

Patrice Slupowski is a marketing expert in social networks, social & connected TV, wellness & personal data services and mobile multimedia services. He founded a start-up called Waptoo in 1999, one of the first companies to believe in the opportunities around mobile data, creating WAP and mobile services and proposing some automated mobile testing software, for companies and telcos, which has been acquired by Lagardere Group.

Patrice has been involved in digital space from the very first minute, and is permanently connected from 1990. Patrice is a graduate in Information Science and Technology from Paris-Dauphine University.

Anthony Smith-Chaigneau Anthony Smith-Chaigneau, Sr Director Product Marketing, NAGRA

Anthony Smith-Chaigneau serves as NAGRA’s Senior Director Product Marketing for embedded connectware, UI-UEX, NAGRA solutions and Set-Top Boxes. A leading evangelist for interactive television, he is recognized as a major contributor to the world’s interactive TV business, having held several senior management roles in leading digital TV companies since 1999 including Advanced Digital Broadcast, Osmosys and Alticast as well as at the DVB Consortium where he was responsible for the market implementation of DVB Specifications. Anthony Smith-Chaigneau spent 15 Years in the Royal Air Force where he educated in Telecommunications, Electronics and Avionics.

Andrew Swartz Andrew Swartz, Research Director, Sutherland Global Services

Andy is part of our management team, and as Research Director one of our most senior staff with 2 decades plus of experience and past roles that include leading a team at Apple. He has worked with brands like American Express and the BBC and a number of major telcos. He is also just wrapping up a major international study for an external Microsoft client. 

Gilles Thonet Gilles Thonet, Managing Director Europe, ZigBee Alliance

Gilles joined the ZigBee Alliance as Managing Director for Europe in April 2014. In this role he works closely with the Alliance’s Europe-based member companies to set strategic priorities, implement national and European programs designed to advance the adoption and deployment of ZigBee standards, and grow the regional ZigBee ecosystem.

Gilles has more than 15 years experience in the area of high-tech industrials, focused on aligning cutting-edge innovation with strategic business objectives. Prior to the ZigBee Alliance, he worked for several blue chip multinationals in various management, R&D and consulting roles. Most recently, Gilles served as Manager Government Programs for Eaton Corporation, where he was in charge of European government relations, external R&D funding and technology ecosystem expansion in the region. Prior to Eaton, he was responsible for Schneider Electric’s ZigBee Competence Center and worked closely with the ZigBee Alliance to promote the technology in Europe and started the Green Power working group to standardize the use of energy harvested devices in building and industrial environments. Gilles also spent several years at ABB in corporate research roles where he managed industrial communications projects for power line communications, fieldbuses, and power automation. In addition to working with the ZigBee Alliance, he has been deeply involved in IEC standardization efforts.

Gilles currently serves as an expert to the European Commission for wireless control and embedded technologies. He also advises technology startups involved in smart energy and wireless communications in various European countries. Gilles holds a master degree in electrical engineering from Louvain School of Engineering in Belgium, a PhD in signal processing from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and an MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France.

Simon Trudelle Simon Trudelle, Senior Product Marketing Director, NAGRA

Simon Trudelle is Senior Product Marketing Director for NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group. In his role, he drives various market development and product marketing activities for the NAGRA Medialive Multiscreen solution and associated products. NAGRA Medialive securely enables premium TV content delivery across multiple home network devices, from hybrid and OTT set-top boxes and open devices (including PCs, tablets, smartphones) to Conditional Access Modules (CAMs), connected TVs and game consoles.

Simon has more than 15 years of international software industry experience in strategic marketing, consulting, corporate marketing, product management and new product launches, working for large organizations as well as startups.

He holds an MBA degree in marketing from McGill University and he is a Canadian professional engineer. Originally from Canada, he has spent most of his career in Europe.

Nicola Villa Nicola Villa, Managing Director, Big Data & Analytics, Cisco Consulting Services

Nicola Villa, a 16-year veteran of Cisco, is managing director of Cisco Consulting Services’ Global Analytics practice. This group develops actionable business insights by leveraging customers’ network Big Data and analytics, while enabling new monetization models and operational efficiencies through an innovative consulting approach.

Prior to working with CCS, Villa was a senior director in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), where he led the Global Public Sector Practice. His group engaged with globally innovative public sector organizations on open innovation programs in the central government, local government, education, and public safety spaces. In 2006, Villa incubated Cisco’s investments in the smart cities space by managing Cisco’s Connected Urban Development program. The program was part of the commitment Cisco provided to the Clinton Global Initiative, and it sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in large metropolitan areas through the development of innovative ICT and Big Data solutions.

Villa is an executive member of the board of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urbanization program. He is also an adviser to Metropolis, the global network of metropolitan regions, through its Partnership for Urban Innovation commission.

Villa has also worked as head of local government and broadband within Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group. This placed him in charge of local government innovation activities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

In 1998, Villa developed and managed Cisco’s first Internet Commerce program, the world’s largest business-to-business e-commerce website at the time of its implementation.

Villa has a strong focus on innovation, sustainability, smart cities, and analytics-enabled new IT consumption models. He is collaborating with large enterprise customers as well as local and central government agencies, often at cabinet level, to support the development of new monetization models and cost-efficiency initiatives, as well as the creation of national Innovation and ICT strategies and policy.

Villa is an Italian national who has been living in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands for several years. He studied business economics at the Università Cattolica in Milan and at Brighton University in the United Kingdom. He wrote his thesis on industrial economics, analyzing the effects of technical standardization policies on the Internet and on GSM telephony markets. 

Mark Walters Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance

Currently Mark serves as the President and Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of over 200 leading manufacturers and service providers worldwide that are dedicated to interoperable wireless home control products based on the Z-Wave open standard. The Alliance serves as the standards body for Z-Wave and provides its members both technical and marketing support.

 Mark, has over 20 years experience in all aspects of electronic product solutions. He has held senior management roles in Engineering and Product Development for companies with products as diverse as high-end sound reinforcement, vehicular sensing and controls, premise wiring solutions and automated building controls. His specialties are RF Mesh Networks and Home Automation and Security. His passion is using technology to improve the lives of those that need assistance to make it through the day with comfort, safety and dignity.

Mark holds bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a MBA from City University, Seattle.

Marc Westermann Marc Westermann, Vice Chairman , Bluelinea
Twitter ID: @Marc_Westermann

After starting with Vivendi, Marc was in charge of International Business Development for Pay-TV operator CANAL+, including both organic growth initiatives (product marketing with HD, PVR, web-TV) and external deals (merger in Poland, joint-venture in Vietnam). He then took over Corporate Venture Capital for French telco SFR, prior to launching "Home by SFR" in 2012. He managed it as an dedicated internal start-up, becoming a leader in the Smart Home field in Europe, both in B2C and B2B with clients abroad and in other industries. Since last July, as Bluelinea's vice-chairman, Marc has been helping that independant company to structure and expand an operator of Home connected devices and services for the Elderly, first in France, now in Europe.

Ricco Winther Ricco Winther, Director of Sales, Z-Wave, Europe, Sigma Designs
Twitter ID: @Sigma_Designs
Website: http://www.sigmadesigns.com

Ricco B. Winther is the Director of European Sales for Sigma Designs and their Z-Wave technology, the worldwide standard for home control. With over  a decade of experience in wireless technology and Home Area Networks, Mr. Winther is responsible for Z-Wave partnerships and the continuing growth of the Z-Wave interoperable ecosystem (now 900+ products strong) across the European continent.

Mr Winther has also held senior level positions at Booz & Company (formerly Booz, Allen & Hamilton) and at McKinsey & Co . His academic background includes :Supply Chain Management program, Cranfield School of Management, UK. And an MS. Economics & Business Administration (cand. merc.), CBS. Specialising in Management Accounting as well as related studies at  University of Limerick, Ireland (Bachelor); and  Monash University, Australia (Master).


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, 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.

Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services

Stuart Sikes Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @stuartsikes
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Stuart Sikes is the president of Parks Associates, a market research firm specializing in consumer adoption of technology products and services. Stuart and team assist clients around the world by predicting trends in consumer technologies and identifying evolving business models. The Parks Associates team serves the world’s leading semiconductor, software, consumer electronics, telecom equipment, and entertainment companies, providing them with industry analysis, consumer research, and go-to-market recommendations. Stuart’s recent industry presentations include the outlook for residential energy management, new business models for the connected home, and the evolution of new video services.

Stuart has served technology companies for over twenty years, designing technical service, software, and hardware solutions for companies ranging from global semiconductor manufacturers to one of the nation’s largest airlines. In his positions with companies including AT&T, NCR, OpenConnect Systems, and Intelligraphics, Stuart’s roles have included sales, product marketing, marketing communications, and executive management.

Stuart holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University.



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