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Christian Kurz Christian Kurz, SVP Research, Insights and Reporting, Viacom International Media Networks

Christian Kurz is Senior Vice President of Research, Insights and Reporting for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Based in New York, Mr. Kurz is responsible for providing VIMN’s businesses and operations with strategic consumer-based research, as well as maintaining a consistent and strongly aligned research organization across VIMN. His guidance is used to inform international business decisions across all brands of the VIMN portfolio, such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, on all platforms.

Mr. Kurz holds more than 15 years of experience in research in the media industry. He first joined VIMN in January 2011 as Senior Director, Nickelodeon International Research and Insights, where he aligned Nickelodeon’s international reporting processes and launched key insight initiatives, including The Power of Kids’ Influence under the Nickelodeon Kids & Family GPS banner. Prior to joining VIMN, Mr. Kurz worked at Discovery Networks as Insights Director, Emerging Markets. Before that, he was Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing Research in EMEA for Disney-ABC Networks Group. He has also held research roles at Warner Bros., Interpublic Group and ITV in the UK.

Born in Austria, Mr. Kurz holds degrees from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, Westminster University in London and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Until his move to New York, he also lectured part time at the University of London’s Birkbeck College in the fields of business, marketing and media. 

Lionel Paillet Lionel Paillet, General Manager of Europe, Nest Labs, Inc.
Twitter ID: @nest

Lionel Paillet joined Nest Labs as General Manager of Europe in January 2014 to oversee operations and expansion of the company within the European market.

Since joining Nest, Paillet has led the expansion of Nest into brand new geographies, developed new routes to market for example in the energy and insurance sectors, and played a key role in the promotion of the concept of the ‘thoughtful home’.

Prior to joining Nest, Paillet held senior roles at Apple for over 13 years, most recently as a Channel Sales and Development Director across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Lionel holds degrees from Université René Descartes and Université Paris Sorbonne, as well as masters from CELSA Paris-Sorbonne University.

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

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

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director Business Development, 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.

João Bocas João Bocas, Chief Wellness Officer, SelfCare People

João is a Digital Health Entrepreneur and International speaker. His passion lies in helping others, sharing experiences, transferring knowledge, working collaboratively and passing on the latest innovation trends from the digital health world.

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

Jon leads Business Development for Deutsche Telekom’s white label and open connected home platform, with a specific focus on the UK market.

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

In the UK, Jon’s focus is on establishing partnerships with telcos, utilities, insurers and retailers, as well as third party platform providers and OEMs to enable the realization of innovative new models and revenue generating services.

Jon has worked in and around the connected home space since the early 2000s, and has a deep knowledge of the UK and European market, and in particular what will finally drive growth in this market. He has previously consulted for both E.ON Group and RWE UK on their connected home strategies, including the latter’s partnership with Google’s Nest.

Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, Jon worked several years for a boutique innovation consultancy, and before that was 12 years at Orange, where amongst other things he led Orange UK’s R&D initiative on the connected home, as well as being Head of Strategy and subsequently Head of Propositions.  

Bulent Celebi Bulent Celebi, Co-Founder and Chairman, AirTies Wireless Networks
Twitter ID: @BulentAirties

Bulent Celebi co-founded AirTies in 2004 with the vision of becoming the leader of wireless home media networking products that integrate free, purchased and personal content. After working as an engineer, Celebi joined National Semiconductor in Hong Kong as the Marketing Director for Asia. Later he returned to the US and became the driving force behind the technology that enabled multifunction printer/fax/scanner devices. Celebi played an active role in making his company the leader in the 10/100 Mbps Ethernet market. After National Semiconductor, Celebi served as Vice President & GM at Analog Devices running a successful $250 million division. Prior to founding AirTies, he served as the CEO of VC backed Ubicom, a network processor for WLAN applications. Celebi’s success in technical innovations resulted in his recognition as one of the “Top 10 Innovators” by the Red Herring Magazine, a reputable reference in the IT industry. Bulent Celebi attended the University of California, Berkeley and studied Electronics and Computer Engineering. He later attended the Stanford/AEA executive program.

Seb Chakraborty Seb Chakraborty, CTO, British Gas Connected Homes
Twitter ID: @sebchakraborty

Seb is Director of Technology British Gas Connected Homes, where he leads a team responsible for building an open IOT platform for the connected home. Built upon the hugely successful Hive thermostat offering, the team are now expanding their offering into a wide range of connected devices to drive mass adoption.

Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO 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.  

Charles Dawes Charles Dawes, Senior Director, International Marketing, Rovi
Twitter ID: @cndawesontv

Charles is an authority in digital television product development and management, with over fifteen 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.

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

Shane founded Arrayent in 2005. 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.

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.

Kevin Garton Kevin Garton, Chief Marketing Officer, Zonoff

With a diverse background in marketing, product development, sales and operations in the technology, consumer products and financial services industries with some of the world’s most recognized brands, Kevin brings more than 28 years of expertise to Zonoff. Throughout his career Kevin has proven his ability to drive the growth of both large and entrepreneurial business-to-business and consumer brands by developing differentiating strategies and implementing creative go-to-market plans. At Zonoff, Kevin is responsible for corporate strategy, marketing and business development. Prior to Zonoff, Kevin served as Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer for Context Asset Management, where he led the start-up company in the alternative asset management industry from concept to business launch. Before that, Kevin was Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer for Neat, a Philadelphia-based software and services firm. During his extensive career Kevin has led marketing and sales teams at AOL, comScore, MicroStrategy, Levi Strauss, Corning and Procter & Gamble. Kevin has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Raghav Gupta Raghav Gupta, GM of EMEA, Ooyala

Raghav came to Ooyala from Videoplaza, where as Chief Commercial Officer he built out the company’s sales, marketing and client relations teams. Rags has been in digital media since 1999; he was part of Brightcove’s founding management team and earlier was COO for the internet radio network, Live 365.

Thomas Guss Thomas Guss, Head of Business Development at Watson Nordic, 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.

Kurt Hoppe Kurt Hoppe, VP, Applications & Services, Prodea
Twitter ID: @prodea_systems

For more than 15 years, Kurt Hoppe has focused on the latest product and service innovation at the intersection of Connected CE devices, digital media and Tier-1 service providers, bringing award-winning value-added services to more than 75 million users worldwide.

Kurt is currently a member of the leadership team at Prodea, leading cross-functional product teams in the vision, design, development and partnering efforts necessary to bring a compelling portfolio of multi-screen media, entertainment and connected home services to the world's leading service providers and their subscribers.

Prior to Prodea, Kurt was Head of Smart Home Solution Development and Product Innovation for LG Electronics North America, where he founded the team creating consumer and business solutions spanning all 5 LG product business units. Before that, Kurt led LG’s strategic go-to-market engagements for Smart TV, wearables, multi-screen, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Kurt previously held business development, product marketing, and product management leadership roles at Paul Allen’s Digeo/MOXI, 2Wire and Amdocs, working with customers such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, DISH and Best Buy, to name a few. Kurt graduated at the top of his Computer Science class at the Royal Military College of Canada and studied Human Computer Interaction at the University of British Columbia. 

Scott Hublou Scott Hublou, VP of Global Connected Services, Salus

Scott Hublou is currently the VP of Global Connected Services for Salus, an international brand in the home control market. Deployed in 14 countries worldwide, the Salus Connected Home solution is one of the largest international players in the Connected/Smart home industry. Scott is a leading voice in the clean tech and energy industries, through his consumer advocacy in the residential energy efficiency space. He is a frequent speaker on emerging smart grid technologies and the important role that smart homes play in creating a truly efficient energy system. Prior to Salus, Scott was the Founder of EcoFactor, North America’s leading Electric Utility solution Demand Side energy management CEO of Sapria Technology Group, a product strategy-consulting firm with clients including BlueShield, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, and HP. Before heading Sapria, Scott was the CEO of Asimba, a SaaS based business intelligence and CRM solution for the online and brick-n-mortar fitness and nutrition industry. Scott has been a regular guest lecturer at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley business schools, sharing his knowledge and expertise on innovative business strategy, business intelligence and SaaS platforms.

Tony Jones Tony Jones, Head of Technology, TV Compression, Ericsson

As Head of Technology for Ericsson’s TV Compression business line, Tony Jones plays a crucial role in strategy, vision and development of the company’s industry-leading compression technology portfolio. Prior to joining Ericsson in 2010, Tony held the role of Broadcast Technology Director at Tandberg Television. Actively involved in the broadcast industry since the start of his career in 1987, Tony has played a crucial role across the television and media delivery chain, from overseeing service deployments to taking part in the development processes of solutions based on advanced video compression technologies. Tony holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College in London.

Holger Knöpke Holger Knöpke, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

Holger Knöpke, born in 1966, has been in charge of Deutsche Telekom AG’s QIVICON Smart Home platform business since the beginning of 2011. He previously worked for Deutsche Telekom in various management positions in Strategy, Products & Innovation, and Customer Marketing in Germany and the United States. Earlier stages in his career included consulting work in communications, computing and the media business with management consultants Booz Allen & Hamilton in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt and several positions in Product Management with Unilever in Hamburg.

Oliver Lewis Oliver Lewis, Senior Vice President Sky Integration, 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.

Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek

Joe Liu leads strategy and directs operations at MivaTek, a comprehensive smart home and business assurance solution and service company. MivaTek integrates advanced connected mobile-cloud with Internet of Things technology to change the way people protect their loved ones, homes and the things they value the most. The name “MivaTek” is derived from “Mobile Interactive Video Assurance Technology,” which describes the modern network-based video-centric home security, safety and personal emergency response systems (PERS) Liu and his team have developed.

Prior to founding MivaTek, Liu, an engineer and serial technology entrepreneur, co-founded and led the California-based Oplink Communications, a leading provider of design, integration and optical manufacturing of optical networking components, modules and subsystems. After Oplink Communications Inc. got acquired by Koch industries/Molex in 2014, Liu assembled a team and bought the connected portfolio from Koch/Molex and launched MivaTek in 2015.

While MivaTek is a startup, the solutions and services the company offers are the culmination of five years of R & D efforts, and $30 million dollar investment that Liu and his Oplink team applied their optical network system technology to MivaTek’s integrated, managed, and comprehensive IoT system solution and service offerings.

Earlier in his career, Liu co-founded BCD Semiconductor, Vertex Networks, Syscan Systems, PMC Semiconductor, AAC Semi, and Integrated Silicon Solutions Inc. As his first entrepreneurial project, Liu formed Techlink Equipment and Technology in 1985, selling US capital equipment to Asian semiconductor companies. Liu began his engineering career at Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi. Liu earned his master’s degree from California State University, Chico. 

Thierry Lloyd-Rossi Thierry Lloyd-Rossi, Product Management Director Smart Residential Locks EMEA, ASSA ABLOY

Thierry Lloyd-Rossi has 20 years of experience in Senior Sales & Marketing roles with 16 years at pan-EMEA level in high-tech industries working for TDK (Electronic components), Hitachi-Maxell (recording media & batteries), Honeywell Security and ASSA ABLOY. He joined ASSA ABLOY EMEA just over 4 years ago, working in the roles of Business Development Director and Product Development Director for Smart Residential Locks overseeing the launch of our first products across EMEA. He is now Product Management Director in charge of the portfolio of Smart Residential Locks working with integration partners in all key market sectors converging into Smart Home and IoT.

Klaus Milczewsky Klaus Milczewsky, Senior Manager, Deutsche Telekom AG
Twitter ID: @technoradar

Within Deutsche Telekom’s Group Innovation branch Klaus Milczewsky takes care for “Technology Management”. He is quite active by assessing new and upcoming technologies and the development of new products and service concepts.

Being connected with CE industry representatives and the joint development of new service ideas and concepts was always his personal passion. In 1996 he joined Deutsche Telekom’s internet service provider spin off “T-Online International AG” as on of the first one hundred employees.

Mr. Milczewsky has a quite long track record developing communication services. His first job at former “Deutsche Bundespost” was the certification of TV terminals for “Bildschirmtext”, the first interactive videotext system in Germany in the mid 80ies.

He was member and delegate of the Home Gateway Initiative from its early beginnings and is still representing Deutsche Telekom in selected standardization bodies and foras, like ULE and WiFi Alliance.

Klaus Milczewsky is a graduate from Ludwig Georgs Gymnasium (Darmstadt, classical education high school, 1977) and holds a diploma on electrical engineering (Dieburg 1981). 

Ken Morse Ken Morse, Chief Technical Officer, Video Software and Solutions, Cisco Systems

During the more than 32 years Dr. Ken Morse has been involved in software and hardware development, he has co-founded four companies in the digital video and entertainment space. In his current role as CTO, Video Software and Solutions, Dr. Morse is responsible for ensuring that the company maintains its leadership in video solutions for the Service Provider space by driving the embracement of new technologies, architectures and product categories. Prior to this role he held CTO roles for the Connected Devices Group and the SP Video Technology Group.

Prior to Cisco, Dr Morse was VP, Client Architecture for Scientific Atlanta and responsible for driving the client architecture of Scientific Atlanta's software and hardware solutions.

Prior to joining Scientific-Atlanta, Dr. Morse was a co-founder and the CTO of PowerTV, Inc. Here he and his team, along with their set-top partners, brought the first IP-based digital interactive television system to the mass market, providing the software platform and services for over 60 million digital interactive set-tops in North America today.

Prior to working at PowerTV, Dr. Morse was a member of the team that developed the first Hardware Reference Platform for Multi-media consumer electronics devices at Kaleida Labs, an Apple-IBM joint venture. Dr. Morse was also a co-founder of Ultra Digital Systems and MTL where he developed DSP Development systems and video compression schemes for PC multi-media applications.

Dr. Morse’s first foray into business was in 1981 when he received a Commodore Vic-20 and founded a company offering fast loaders and encryption schemes to the software duplicating industry.

He attended the University of Liverpool and holds a Ph.D in Electronic Engineering and a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.  

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. 

Alain Nochimowski Alain Nochimowski, EVP Innovation, Viaccess-Orca
Twitter ID: @chaouli

Alain Nochimowski is the Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. Alain is responsible for leading VO’s innovative initiatives and on a broader scope, fostering an innovative mindset across the company. Prior to this position, Alain led business development activities, first at Orca Interactive, and following the merger with Viaccess, at the new entity Viaccess-Orca. Alain was responsible for leading VO’s entry strategy into new markets and ventures, and for creating a supportive industrial ecosystem for VO’s new products and technologies. Before joining Orca Interactive in 2009, Alain held various business development and technical strategy positions successively at Orange, Viaccess and SanDisk, in New York, Paris and Tel Aviv. Throughout his career, Alain initiated and successfully lead multiple innovation projects that notably resulted in dozens of issued patents and strategic sales to large content service providers. Alain graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Sebastian Popovic Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato

Co-founder and CEO of Zipato, one of the most popular home automation systems, active in more than 50 countries worldwide. Previously, co-founder and CEO of the successful telecommunication startup in Croatia, acquired after only 5 years, in a 12mil Euro deal. Accomplished business executive with more than 10 years of experience in telecommunication and automation industry. Experienced in managing successful telecommunication projects such as development of the national FTTH infrastructure, development of the VoD platform based on satellite technology, set up and launch of the Triple Play service in Croatia, and others.

Olivier Ribet Olivier Ribet, Vice President, High Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes

Olivier Ribet joined Dassault Systèmes in September 2013 as Vice President, High-Tech Industry.

In this position, he is responsible for helping high-tech companies worldwide adapt to fast-paced market trends and deliver innovative electronic experiences for their
end-customers by using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to transform their business processes.

He is also driving the impact of the company’s High-Tech Industry on sustainable innovation in multiple industries through smart products and systems, embedded electronics and software, and IT and communications infrastructures that support cloud transformation.

Olivier Ribet brings over 20 years of international experience in the software, high-tech and telecom markets to Dassault Systèmes. During his career, he has led businesses and teams across Europe, North America and Asia in strategy, marketing, and business development.

Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes, Olivier Ribet spent over a decade at Microsoft, where he held senior management positions including Head of Mobile Business France and later Senior Director, Windows Business Division. While at Microsoft, he was part of a team that was granted a patent for a method of extracting key terms in text mining. Before this, he worked in a number of senior-level sales, marketing and business development capacities at Bull EMEA Information Systems and EDF.

Olivier Ribet is a graduate of the Institute des Etudes Politiques in Bordeaux, France, and completed courses in finance, marketing and business strategy at INSEAD.  

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.

Philip Steele Philip Steele, Founder & CEO, nCube Home

Philip Steele is the Founder and CEO of nCube, a UK based Smart Home platform that starts with the simplicity of user experience when engaging with multiple aspects of the home such as heating, lighting, entertainment, safety and security. Phil has over 18 years’ experience in the Telecoms, Media and Internet industry having led the delivery of a Mobile Advertising startup in Canada, headed up the personalization portfolio of products at Redknee and prior to that various product delivery, research and innovation roles in O2. Phil is married with three children whom he frequently tests the latest nCube product on.

Werner Strydom Werner Strydom, VP of Technology, Irdeto

Werner Strydom is Vice President of Technology at Irdeto and has been with the Naspers group for more than 22 years. He first joined pay TV satellite broadcaster M-Net in 1993 and transferred to sister-company Irdeto in 1994. Having held a wide range of technology and solution management roles since then, Werner has extensive knowledge of Irdeto’s product and service offerings and a comprehensive understanding of the pay media industry. Werner also contributed to standardization efforts within the broadcast industry and was chair of the sub-group responsible for the DVB Simulcrypt standards for 10 years. He currently works within Irdeto’s CTO Office, where he is responsible for Irdeto’s innovation and incubation activities. 

Itai Tomer Itai Tomer, Head of Cloud DVR, Ericsson

Itai Tomer is Head of Cloud DVR Business Line at Ericsson, having previously worked as Vice President, Product at Fabrix Systems, which Ericsson acquired in 2014. Tomer brings to his position more than 16 years’ experience in product management and new products development. Prior to joining Fabrix, Tomer held a position of Director of product management at Cellebrite, leading retail product management and business development. Before Cellebrite, Tomer was Director of Product Management at Amdocs, leading the Amdocs strategy in the Content and New Generation Services markets, and leading the Amdocs internal innovation department and cross portfolio product management. Prior to his role at Amdocs, Tomer was VP of Product Management at Olive Software, where he managed a team of product managers responsible for defining and delivering the company's next generation software. Before that, Tomer was Director Product Management for View enterprise application. Tomer has extensive expertise in markets spanning telco, information systems, publication, media, advertisement and enterprise applications. Tomer has an MBA, Master in Business Administration from Thames Valley University and holds both an MA masters degree in Public Administration and a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Wendy Toth Wendy Toth, Vice President of Marketing, Ayla Networks

Wendy Toth brings more than 26 years of corporate and product marketing experience to Ayla. While at Echelon, Toth led the drive to create a new market category called the IIoT, revamped the company’s website, delivered several thought leadership campaigns, created a new company logo and established a successful lead-generation program.

Before joining Echelon, Toth was a marketing consultant specializing in private/public and hybrid cloud technology business development and marketing for some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies. Her work included developing and launching Cisco’s Public Cloud Adoption software and services portfolio; launching support for VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering; designing and implementing integrated marketing campaigns for various eBay programs; and developing Jabil’s business plan for a new Cloud Architecture business unit.

Toth holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, and an MBA in corporate communications from the University of Saint Thomas Opus College of Business in Minneapolis.

Simon Trudelle Simon Trudelle, Senior Product Marketing Director, NAGRA
Twitter ID: @simontrudelle

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.

Wouter van der Beek Wouter van der Beek, Vice President, UPnP Forum

Wouter is a home networking architect at Cisco System SPVSS. He started his career in Philips at the Physics Labs, where he worked on simulation applications for cathode ray tubes. Later he migrated to Applied Technologies, also a department of Royal Philips Electronics. Among one of the many topics that he tackled, he started working on home network connectivity. Later he moved to the Television department where he functioned as technology leader in home connectivity. Wouter moved to Cisco Systems and functions as home networking architect. In this role he is the main representative of Cisco Systems in the UPnP standardization organization and currently acting as Director on the UPnP Steering Committee and has technical responsibilities among others as UPnP Compliance Committee Chair and IOT Datamodel chair. His contributions in the UPnP Forum are now standardized in UPnP: AV3 AV4, Multi-Screen and other specifications of the UPnP Forum.

Gemini Waghmare Gemini Waghmare, CEO, UXP Systems
Twitter ID: @UXPSystems

As the CEO and founder of UXP Systems, Gemini Waghmare has rapidly become a leading voice in the communications industry, frequently guiding operators on digital transformation and the power of the digital user lifecycle. Gemini has held senior positions at Amdocs, TELUS, Digital Equipment Corporation, and various startups along the ways. Gemini holds a degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Gemini provides the strategic direction for UXP Systems and is responsible for the realization of the company's goal of empowering the digital users that drive the internet. His deep knowledge of service provider infrastructure and entrepreneurial vision give UXP Systems the foundation to succeed in the dynamic telecom and cable landscape.

Mark Walters Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development, ZigBee Alliance

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of electronic product solutions, including a background in product design and development having served as V.P. of Engineering for products as diverse as high-end sound reinforcement, vehicular sensing and controls, premise wiring solutions and automated building controls. Currently, Mark serves as the V.P. of Strategic Development for the ZigBee Alliance a consortium of over 400 global companies working in the wireless IoT markets and previously as Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. Mark holds bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a MBA from City University, Seattle

Ricco Winther Ricco Winther, Director of European Sales, Z-Wave, 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).

Rafi Zauer Rafi Zauer, Head of Marketing, Essence

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.


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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