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2017 Speakers


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Max Amordeluso Max Amordeluso, Chief Evangelist EU Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon
Twitter ID: @maxamorde

Max Amordeluso is Chief Evangelist for Amazon Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) in Europe. His main mission is to introduce Alexa to European developers, and demonstrate how they can build natural and delightful voice experiences for customers. Max has held several technical leadership roles during a career spanning over 15 years—prior to his current role he led the teams that brought Alexa Skills Kit to United Kingdom and Germany, and spent the previous two years leading the Solutions Architects team for Amazon Web Services in Europe. Max is passionate about topics including Human Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and the materialization of science fiction predictions.


Sudeep Maitra Sudeep Maitra, Global VP, Strategy and Development, Centrica Connected Home
Twitter ID: @hivehome

Sudeep Maitra is the Global VP, Strategy and Development of Centrica Connected Home responsible for the strategy and development agenda, including entry into new geographies and new verticals such as insurance. Previously, he served as Centrica’s Group Strategy Director where he supported the Executive and Board on key strategic decisions including a comprehensive Group strategic review. Before joining Centrica, Sudeep was an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company where he had leadership roles in their strategy, utilities and sustainability practices. He also has prior experience in industry and consulting with GE and Arthur Andersen respectively. Sudeep holds an undergraduate degree in engineering, a master’s degree in organisational behaviour and an MBA from INSEAD.


Matthias Mieves Matthias Mieves, Head of New Business, Sales & Marketing Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

In 2016, Matthias Mieves became Head of New Business, Sales and Marketing for White Label Smart Home portfolio at Deutsche Telekom. He is responsible for the further development of Connected Home business and for driving the growth of Deutsche Telekom's smart home business, both in B2B and B2C markets. Since joining Deutsche Telekom in 2010, Matthias Mieves has worked on different business development projects. He has a deep understanding for cross-functional teams, product development and transformational programs. 


George Yianni George Yianni, Head of Technology – Home Systems, Philips Lighting

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

Riffat Amin Riffat Amin, Vice President of European Operations , Prodea

Riffat Amin originally joined Arrayent (recently acquired by Prodea Systems) in 2014 and is currently Prodea’s vice president of European operations. He brings over 30 years experience gained from several large companies and small start-ups. Prior to joining Prodea/Arrayent he was Senior Director of Business Development at SuVolta, a technology startup since acquired by Fujitsu. He worked very closely with large strategic accounts including Apple, Samsung, TSMC, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Marvell and AMD among others. Prior to that, Riffat worked in senior management roles at Innovative Silicon (acquired by Micron Technology), Epson Electronics, Cadence Design Systems, Siemens, VLSI Technology (acquired by Philips Semiconductors) and Fairchild Semiconductors. Riffat started his career as a Design Engineer at GEC Plessey Telecom. He studied M Sc. in Microelectronics Systems Design Engineering at Southampton University and holds a B Sc. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


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.


Dan Radu Berte Dan Radu Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @danberte

Dan accelerates Bitdefender's recognition as leader and innovator in the Internet of Things with Bitdefender BOX and its revolutionary IoT security technologies. Bitdefender helps coin the industry definitions of IoT and IoT security in this fragmented space. He previously lead the design and product experience at Bitdefender. His team designed, built and shipped Bitdefender BOX, a revolutionary device that protects all devices in the smart home. Prior to Bitdefender Dan had a key role in developing Vodafone Romania's online assets and founded the first free WiFi hotspot network in Europe. Dan holds a B.Sc. degree in economics from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 


Dave Boundy Dave Boundy, Director, IoT Innovation, Intel

David Boundy, Director, IOT Innovation Supporting Intel's vision "If it is smart and connected, it is best with Intel." The Internet of Things Innovation group within Intel Labs is chartered with understanding the macro pressures driving disruption in a selection of industries. We collaborate with industry, academia, governments and citizens to explore how technology can help incumbents adapt, enable new entrants and help define new business models. David has over 20 years ICT industry experience. His career has ranged from enterprise IT, product development and research & innovation. For the past seven years he has worked in Intel Labs where he currently leads the IOT Innovation & Research practice with the mission of identifying, demonstrating and seeding disruptive business models that capitalise on IOT and may expand Intel's core business. He has built and engaged in a variety of internal and collaborative research initiatives and is responsible for a number of active H2020 projects. David holds several patents and represents Intel on a number of external bodies. 


Robert Byrne Robert Byrne, Business Development Manager, Trusource Labs


Olivier Carmona Olivier Carmona, Director of Business Development, AwoX
Twitter ID: @AwoX

Olivier Carmona is Director of Business Development at AwoX, a leader in smart home. AwoX licenses network protocol stacks for consumer electronics, and designs products embedding those stacks: innovative light bulbs under AwoX brand, and Hi-Fi multi-room speaker under Cabasse brand. He has been with the company since 2005. In his role, he is responsible for AwoX’s standardization, and evangelism. Prior to which he run a mobile robotics startup. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Bluetooth SIG, and at the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). He holds a Master of Science in Embedded Systems from Centrale Marseille.


Tali Chen Tali Chen, CVP, Corporate Development and Chief Evangelist, DSP Group
Twitter ID: @ChenDsp

Tali is a passionate technology executive. She currently heads up DSP Group's corporate marketing and communications, and is the Chief Evangelist for the company. Additionally, Tali is responsible for leading EU business development for the company's IoT technology. She loves to share her passion for technology, smart home and her vision of a connected life. Tali holds an MBA from the prestigious Israeli Technology Institute, Technion and a LLB in Law and Government with honors from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) of Herzliya. 


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, Strategic Market Manager for Home & Lifestyle Services, Allianz Worldwide Partners


Lee Crossley Lee Crossley, Chief Software Officer, Presciense Ltd.
Twitter ID: @lee_crossley

Lee Crossley, Chief Software Officer at Presciense, has over 10 years of hands-on technical consulting experience backed by a Computer Science honours degree from Lancaster University. He can present complex technology in a simple way, helping people clearly understand the value of solutions. Before Presciense, Lee lead software development activities in several sectors, including Education, Health Care and Finance. He is widely regarded as an expert in IoT, app development and backend services, with a significant open source following and is well known within the UK technical scene. He has over 30 published open source packages, some of which have over 1,000 unique downloads each, per day, by developers. Lee, together with members of the Presciense team, has won several hackathons in the UK and across Europe (every hackathon he has entered). He is also a regular speaker at technical conferences.


Charles Dawes Charles Dawes, Sr. Director of International Marketing, TiVo
Twitter ID: @cndawesontv

Charles Dawes leads TiVo's international marketing team across APAC, EMEA and Latin America. A regular speaker at industry events, he is responsible for evangelising how TiVo's world-leading products, services and technology licensing programmes can help media and entertainment companies bring amazing, award winning experiences to their consumers.

Charles began his career at Cable and Wireless, where he was responsible for electronic programme guide development. Charles also held the position of product management director at UPC/Chellomedia, where he spent a decade overseeing UPC's digital television product development across their European footprint. Prior to TiVo, Charles was at Rovi where he held positions in product management across Europe and Latin America, Global Account management and International Marketing.


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)


Christian Deilmann Christian Deilmann, CEO, tado°


Marco Dorjee Marco Dorjee, VP Business Development & Strategy IoT, DSR Corporation

Marco brings over 25 years’ Executive experience holding positions in IoT, High Tech and Imaging industries. He managed both Operational (Manufacturing and Procurement) as well as Commercial (Sales and Business Development) teams serving clients and partners across the Globe. In addition, he played an instrumental role in Product Development capacities opening new markets. This allowed him to gain an exceptional broad experience of shaping commercial Partnerships, essential for driving value chains.
 
Combining these skills with his entrepreneurial approach sets course for exploration of Business Opportunities. Marco has a solid Technical background and holds an Executive MBA from the IBO Business School.


Jason Girardier Jason Girardier, Regional Sales Manager, CONTROL4

Jason has been involved in the custom install industry for over a decade now, joining Control4 in 2006.Iin that time he has been instrumental in growing the awareness of Smarthome technology, within  the custom install channel as well as pushing the message out to Developers, Architects as well as other design industries. 
 
During his time at Control4, Jason has worked in partnership with literally hundreds of custom install companies and has been key to the growth of the Control4 brand and vast dealer network in the UK and Europe.
 
Jason has been actively pushing the message of the Connected Smart Home with recent presentations as the Keynote Speaker at CEDIA Connect North,  Home Build and Renovation shows, Uk construction week, Essential Install and most recently, The ISE show, Amsterdam and IFSEC security show where he was a panellist  in a “state of the industry discussion”


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.


Kai Hackbarth Kai Hackbarth, Evangelist, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH
Twitter ID: @kai_at_ProSyst

Kai Hackbarth joined ProSyst (now Bosch Software Innovations) in 2001. Since then, he has been deeply involved in the technical standardization activities of the OSGi Alliance. Kai is a member of the OSGi Alliance Board of Directors and since 2008 co-chair of the OSGi Residential Expert Group. Kai is coordinating the research project activities of ProSyst in various IoT domains. His key areas are smart homes, automotive, and the Internet of Things in general, where he actively supports the current developments and strategic positioning of ProSyst's product portfolio.


Scott Henry Scott Henry, Director, HomeServe


Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Twitter ID: @theiotguru

Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist of Greenwave Systems. He is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the AXON Platform®. As Technology Evangelist, Jim promotes the Greenwave platform and technology message through industry engagement. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Jim led Motorola Mobility's (a division of Google) architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart, simple, connected home. During this time, Jim invented several key patents and served on several patent boards mentoring other inventors. In December 2010, Jim joined Motorola Mobility through the acquisition of 4Home, a company he founded and served as CTO and Chief Architect. Earlier in his career, Jim founded Premise Systems, the first IP-based connected home platform company, which was acquired by Motorola in 2003. Jim's specialties include Software Architecture, User Interface Design and Development and Intellectual Property Development. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist, inventing a number of patents across a broad spectrum, including data algorithms, user interaction, contextual data and device management. Prior to the advent of the connected home, Jim served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Certified Instructor.


David W. Jones David W. Jones, Senior Director Business Development, Irdeto

David W. Jones is a technology and business development executive bringing cyber-security expertise to the IoT, payments/banking, and media segments on behalf of Irdeto (a Naspers group company [JSE:NPN]). Since joining Irdeto in 2008 David has held a number of Global roles including head of payments/banking cyber-security, business development, and partnership/channel management. David has extensive experience working with application and device security as well as cloud/API solutions impacting open banking strategies. Over his 15 year career David also held leadership roles at Tribune Media Services (now Gracenote) while establishing European business operations. A hobbyist inventor David has a passion for technology, innovation, and start-ups. David is a graduate of Siena College (U.S.A: N.Y). - Business Management and Computer Science.


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.


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

Yann Lechelle is a serial entrepreneur, software engineer and product guy. He is the Chief Operating Officer at Snips where the mission is to put an AI in every connected device to make technology disappear. Their main product is a full-stack voice assistant technology that works on device, independently of the cloud. Yann co-founded four companies: Appsfire, a mobile app recommendation engine and ad network, Etheryl, a university social network, KickYourApp, a mobile agency, and SonetIN, a private social network. Overall, he shipped dozens of apps to tens of millions of users globally. A real computer enthusiast, Yann started coding at the age of 10, built a social network on the Minitel in 1989 when he was 17, and wrote the OpenUDID and OpenIDFA libraries for iOS. Yann also loves basketball; he was once an interpreter to Magic Johnson! He holds a BSc in Computer Science from AUP with a specialization in AI and Neural Networks, and an MBA from INSEAD.


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

Cees Links is a pioneer of the wireless data industry. He is the founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, a Smart Home and IoT radio communications semi-conductor company, now part of Qorvo.

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 WiFi technology integrated into computers, smart phones 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.

After Qorvo's acquisition of GreenPeak in May 2016, Cees has become the General Manager of the Wireless Connectivity business unit in Qorvo.

He was recently recognized as Wi-Fi pioneer with the Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement award. 


Rishi Lodhia Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director EMEA, Eagle Eye Networks, Inc.

Rishi Lodhia is a serial entrepreneur and a pioneer in cloud-based video surveillance. He disrupted the video surveillance industry several times by taking a quantum leap ahead of the market with new innovations. As CEO and Co-Founder of Cameramanager, he launched one of the world’s first cloud-based video surveillance platform, and as CEO of Panasonic Cloud Management Service Europe, he launched NuboCam, the world’s first 4G/LTE video surveillance camera.

In 2013, Cameramanager was acquired by Panasonic. Since June 2017, the company belongs to Eagle Eye Networks, where Rishi holds the position of Managing Director for the EMEA region.


Tom Meijeraan Tom Meijeraan, Co-founder & CPO, Triggi
Twitter ID: @meijeraan

Tom is Triggi's Chief Product Officer. In this crucial role, he gets our development work done by managing our development crew, and designing and defining our product to address the needs of all stakeholders. In addition, Tom takes pride in business development and getting channels signed and connected.

Before joining Arjen Noorbergen to build Triggi, Tom has been a self-employed contractor, working on complex product development assignments in large B2C companies, including Vodafone, Tomtom, Liberty Global and smaller (local) telco's. As a very experienced product manager, Tom understand all aspects of developing products and finding the right balance between requirements from all stakeholders. And because he actually gets complex stuff done, he has been much in demand by large corporates whishing to achieve results rather than dream up strategies.

Tom holds an MSc degree in business administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Tom is married and father of two children. 


Dr. Chris Mitchell Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic
Twitter ID: @audioanalytic

Dr. Chris Mitchell is the CEO of Audio Analytic, which he founded in 2010. As well as the holder of multiple patents, Chris is an internationally published author, an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and an accomplished public speaker. Following the completion of his PhD in sound information systems and signal processing, Chris received a prestigious Kauffman/NCGE Fellowship to investigate the commercial implications of his research, which included attending Harvard Business School and a short spell with Cisco Systems in San Jose, USA. Audio Analytic was founded during his fellowship and Chris has gone on to guide the company through funding rounds and now spends his time setting the overall direction and strategy for the company.


Daniel Moneta Daniel Moneta, EVP Corporate Development, MMB Networks

Daniel Moneta is one of the founders of MMB Networks in Toronto. MMB’s wireless hardware and embedded interoperability software enables consumer electronics manufacturers to rapidly bring connected home products and services to market. With customers ranging from leading technology and consumer brands to innovative startups, MMB has a unique perspective on the evolution of the connected home, energy management, and the challenges and opportunities in addressing this market.

Daniel serves as Marketing Work Group Chair of the zigbee alliance, working with both members and the alliance executive team to develop and deploy solutions for the IoT that solve key interoperability challenges. Daniel is also an active member of the Thread Group Marketing Committee.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and over twenty years of experience enabling (not to mention installing, using, fighting with, enjoying, recommending, showing off, and being an avid consumer of) connected products. 


Mario Moura Mario Moura, Vice President & General Manager - Homes EMEA, Honeywell

Mario joined Honeywell six years ago and now leads the Connected Homes team within the Energy & Environmental Solutions division globally. Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world`s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanization. He has previously worked in the Automotive and Aerospace industries in companies like Volkswagen, Embraer and Alcan. Mario is a Materials Engineer by training and holds an MBA from IMD Business School.


Iñigo Orduña Iñigo Orduña, Senior UX + UI, Accedo.tv

Iñigo Orduña has over 20 years experience in the field of Digital Creative Direction. Currently, he is Senior UX & UI Consultant at Accedo. He is responsible for creative direction for the UX and UI of multiplatform OTT deployments. Prior to joining Accedo, Iñigo was a freelance consultant specialising in UX and UI design, product ownership, creative direction, film direction, editing, and VR production. Clients included Subaru Motors Spain, the World Economic Forum and top ranking Spanish Advertising Agencies. Iñigo holds a BA Hons in Contemporary Media Practice from Westminster University and an MA in Design for Interactive Media from Middlesex University.


Josh Pederson Josh Pederson, Director of Product Management, Ayla Networks

Josh Pederson is Director of Product Management at Ayla Networks. He has deep background in both SaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product development. Today he leads the Ayla team in defining the next generation of IoT platform, including the data and analytics strategy.


Jorge Perdomo Jorge Perdomo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, Mivatek

Perdomo joined Mivatek as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, with over 19 years’ experience in the security & wireless industries.  Before joining MivaTek, Perdomo was the Lead Business & Market Development for Digital Life International at AT&T.  Prior to that he was Senior Strategic Product Marketing Manager for Worldwide Peripheral Products at ADT Security Services, Division of Tyco International.  He also served as Vice President of Business Development for Generation One, Inc., a remote manage disease & healthcare solution.  Perdomo, holds 62 issued and pending patent applications. He also holds Six-Sigma and Digital Six-Sigma certifications.  He served on the University Advisory Council Boards for the University of Florida and Florida International University.  He received his MBA with a specialization in International Business from the University of Miami and his B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Florida.


Nigel Pugh Nigel Pugh, CEO, IMONT

Nigel brings over 20 years of big company and start-up management experience in the software industry to IMONT. He's led business and development teams for numerous global companies including UBS, Betfair, and Canonical. As an industry expert in the field of AI and Big Data, most recently Nigel led the creation of the AlertMe connected home platform, which was the key driver for the British Gas acquisition of the company for $100m. A professional member of the British Computer Society with an MSc in Optoelectronics from the University of Northumbria and post graduate study at UCL, he also has extensive experience in business information, compliance, high throughput data management and continuous delivery architecture.


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 around 6 million end-user subscribers across 30 countries, and David is now spearheading the drive to build partnership and installer/dealer networks throughout Western Europe.  Alarm.com provides its partners with access to a fully supported enterprise-grade smart home monitoring platform service, to resell to their end-user subscribers, providing alert messaging and notifications to smart-home security, wellness, automation and video events and a full back-end management system for Partners.   David has worked in the smart home and security industry for almost 20 years, most recently with serial Entrepreneur Christopher Curry to found the Critical Data Ltd. (now Canary Care) business.  It developed a Wellness and Telecare solution for the Elderly, using smart home sensors and movement patterns to help them live more safely and for longer in their own homes.


Livia Rosu Livia Rosu, Chief Marketing, HomeGrid Forum

Livia Rosu is the Chair of the Marketing Working Group of the HomeGrid Forum and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. The Forum supports the deployment of G.hn, the globally recognized Gigabit home networking technology based on ITU-T standardsand designedfor bandwidth-intensive and real-time applications.Livia is a Computer Science engineer with 18 years of business development experience in the telecommunications industry, dedicated to semiconductors and the standardization of revolutionary technologies ranging from Smart Cards to Smart Cities.

Livia joined Marvell Semiconductor, a US-based leading fabless semiconductor company with expertise in microprocessor architecture and digital signal processing,in 2010. At Marvell Livia managed strategic marketing and competitive positioning of G.hn, workingclosely with system vendors and carriersthat require Plug & Play networking capabilities.In 2017 Livia joined MaxLinear, a leading US provider of high-performanceradio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure markets,when it acquired Marvell’s G.hn business unit.

Livia has built a strong knowledge of industry associations having served 8 years as Internet Business Development Officer and head of External Relations for ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in France until 2006, as strategic signatory of 68 Co-operation Agreements with standards development organizations and alliances among which ITU, IPv6 Forum and IETF. Before HomeGrid Forum Livia also acted as Chair of PSO Protocol Council of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and Member of the Interim Steering Group (ISG) by the EC-POP (European Commission Panel of Participants in Internet Organisation and Management), for the creation of the “Dot EU” Top Level Domain and Member of the ISOC-AC (Internet Society Advisory Council), in charge of open standards and protocols for the Internet administration.

Livia received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from EDHEC Business School in France in 1999. She holds a Master in Computer Science and Internet Security (M.Sc., 1997) and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Automation Engineering and Network Management (B.Sc., 1996) from Polytechnic University of Romania with scholarship award from France. Livia is fluent in 6 languages.


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, ROC-Connect


Christopher Schouten Christopher Schouten, Head of IoT Security Marketing, Kudelski Security
Twitter ID: @christoschouten

Christopher Schouten is Vice President of IoT Marketing for Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and trusted innovator for the world's most security-conscious organizations. As a recognized expert in end-to-end content protection solutions - particularly in Digital Rights Management, Conditional Access and Anti-Piracy technologies and services, Christopher has worked for more than 16 years the industry, joining NAGRA in 2013. Previously, Christopher held various product management and operations management positions in pay-TV and mobile and fixed telecommunications in the U.S. and Europe, as well as doing consultancy work in telecommunications and IT. Christopher is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is a passionate digital media fanatic and evangelist.


Espen Schrøder Espen Schrøder, COO, sfty AS

Experienced entrepreneur with international background from USA, France and Scandinavia.

Joined sfty [safety] in 2013 as COO.

He is focused on driving growth of the Sfty MDU (Multi dwelling Unit) concept internationally – and adapting it locally to relevant rules and regulations.  Espen oversees all related operational and distribution, including the partner program.

Sfty  offer companies within insurance, broadband and utilities a unique plug and play safety concept, and enables them to enter an additional vertical and sell bundled together with existing products to decrease churn.  They introduce IoT to Building Safety/Building Management, to let owners keep an eye on the status of their property by apartment and zone. Sfty entered the building safety industry by challenging the existing and taking the position and use IoT to position the company as an Ecosystem Aggregator. For residents in a building, sfty introduced a social safety network for alarm and mission critical communication/information, distributed as a free app. This system and app is also a residents or tenants entry into the smart home.

With a disruptive price model they challenge the existing prices and services of the classical "safety" companies.

Prior to his current role, Espen was CEO of Skiinfo.com, a SaaS company sold to Vail Corporation, and before this he was Director of International sales for Oakley Sunglasses, travelling the world and setting up the distribution based out of the headquarters in California, and the European office in Paris.

After 13 years abroad, he now lives in Oslo, Norway where the Sfty AS headquarter is located.


Cecilia Sevillano Cecilia Sevillano, Head Smart Home Solutions, Swiss Re
Twitter ID: @cecisevillano

Cecilia is Head Smart Homes Solutions at Swiss Re. During the past 15 years, she has been leading innovative growth-related strategies within the financial sector, bringing them to market through partnerships with alternative distribution channels. In the rise of IoT and data-driven environments, Cecilia has been engaging with InsurTech and leading emerging business opportunities within Swiss Re. Cecilia holds an MA in Financial Marketing from the Toulouse University as well as an Executive diploma in Strategic Marketing from INSEAD.


Jennifer Sewell Jennifer Sewell, Head of Product Marketing , mnubo

Jennifer is Head of Product Marketing at mnubo, a data-driven leader in the global IoT market with Analytics and Data Science as-a-service experts for equipment manufacturers. Jennifer leads the company's product marketing, as well as branding and go-to-market strategies. She supports the business development and sales team with key insights on market trends and manages the company's worldwide partnership ecosystem.

Jennifer graduated from John Molson School of Business (honours) with a double major in Marketing and Finance.


Mark Spates Mark Spates, Product, Google

Mark is the head of product for Smart Home and IoT capabilities across Google Assistant and Google Home. Mark is also the founder iotlist.co, a platform for discovering IoT products. Prior to joining Google, Mark was Head of Connected Home Platform at Logitech. 


Nathan Taylor Nathan Taylor, EMEA - General Manager, CUJO

Nathan is the EMEA General Manager for CUJO. Nathan is responsible for business development and on going relationships with a number of large European and Asian ISP's as well as managing the consumer division of CUJO for EMEA, helping take CUJO from a crowdfunded startup to the leading home smart firewall in only 2 years.

Prior to joining CUJO Nathan headed up business development and operations for a number of US companies in Europe and is passionate about IoT and securing the connected home.


Marcel Timmer Marcel Timmer, CPO/COO , Quby

At Quby, Marcel is responsible for all development and strategic initiatives related to Quby’s core business: smart energy and smart living services. Marcel’s track record includes 16 years at Microsoft, the last period as Innovation Director for the Netherlands. Marcel guides Toon, Quby's energy technology, into the challenging future, always starting from a consumer's perspective – offering people Toon’s smart energy solutions at their fingertips. 


Lukas Tobis Lukas Tobis, Head of Sales Western Europe & Middle East, Fibaro

Mr. Lukas Tobis, Head of Sales Western Europe & Middle East at Fibar Group SA. Success driven sales manager. An excellent verbal communication with great interpersonal skills. In Fibaro responsible for new markets business development and education in the field of intelligent home. In private life, photography passionate and squash player.


Musa Unmehopa Musa Unmehopa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @PhilipsLight

Musa is the senior director of standards & regulations at Philips Lighting, where he leads the program for wireless applications and data. His experience in technology and innovation spans 20+ years, and covers mobile communications, internet, IT, and lighting. Prior to joining Philips Lighting, Musa held positions with Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent, and served in senior leadership roles in various standards bodies, trade organizations and industry consortia. Musa received a BSc. and MSc. degree in computer science from Twente University and MBA degrees from TIAS Business School and University of Bradford School of Management.


Bram van der Wal Bram van der Wal, Product Owner - Smart Home, Smart Energy & IoT, Essent
Twitter ID: @EssentNieuws

Bram van der Wal is an experienced Product Owner within Corporate Innovation and Product Marketing environments. Bram has +10 years of front-end innovation experience in High-Tech Products, Services and Consumer Electronics and is mainly active in the area of Digital Convergence (Service Design, Smart Home, Smart Energy, IoT, Mobile Apps, Consumer Electronics). A bit more than a year ago Bram joined Essent - innogy in The Netherlands coming from Philips Smart TV company and he works on break-through innovations for Smart Home, Smart Energy and IoT solutions. Essent - innogy is the largest energy supplier in The Netherlands and Bram is supporting the transformation of Essent becoming a Full Service Provider. Next to that he is responsible for product planning, new business development and strategy of new products and service in the smart & connected domain.


Joep van Eijden Joep van Eijden, Z-Wave Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs

Joep van Eijden is the Z-Wave Sales and Business Development at Sigma Designs. 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 Sigma Designs, 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.


Antti Vihavainen Antti Vihavainen, Partner, Business Development, Cozify
Twitter ID: @akvihavainen

Antti founded his 1st company while he was studying his MSc (econ) in 1995. The company helped Finnish mid-sized companies to internationalize their operations. After graduation he started to work for Sonera, where he learned the importance of timing. His team built a bunch of advanced location based services way too early. At F-Secure Antti was responsible for the Wireless Security Business Unit. The strategy was to focus all activities to close deals with 5 biggest operators. Before joining Cozify Antti was the Managing Director of Anvia Corporate Services Ltd. There he e.g. designed and concluded a major integration of IT and telecom functions to improve the customer experience for the corporate customers.


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. 


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.


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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