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2019 Speakers


Jean-Pierre Combe Jean-Pierre Combe, Director Smart Home Innovation, Orange / Technology and Global Innovation

Jean-Pierre Combe is Director Smart Home Innovation at Orange / Technology and Global Innovation. He started his career in the Consumer Electronics industry at Philips. Jean-Pierre is a graduate from Télécom Paris.

Santeri Kangas Santeri Kangas, Chief Technology Officer, CUJO AI

Santeri has 26 years of experience in cybersecurity and cloud computing, and a commendable track record in building award-winning security software products for network operators. Kangas has worked to successfully set up, lead and optimize multinational cybersecurity organizations, including as a CTO at F-Secure, CTO of vulnerability research and management company Secunia, Chief Architect at Flexera, and as a CTO of Identity & Access Management Company Omada. 
Santeri led F-Secure Security Laboratories enabling it to become one of the leading Anti-Malware Laboratory in the world. He had a central role in building F-Secure’s global R&D organization. 
Santeri has led professional service organization and cloud production operations delivering personal cloud and internet security as a SaaS solution for over 220 operators including world’s largest tier-one operators such as AT&T, Orange, América Móvil, Telefónica, SingTel, and BT. 
Santeri leads the overall CUJO AI technology team including global development teams, technology operations, and ISP integrations.

Charlie Kindel Charlie Kindel, Chief Product and Technology Officer, SnapAV
Twitter ID: @Control4

Charlie Kindel has extensive and proven connected home experience, with a focus on creating world-class consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. Previously, Charlie spent five years at Amazon, where he created, led, and grew the Alexa Smart Home division. For over 20 years Charlie has led the connected home industry with innovative product development and thought-leadership, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, CONNECTIONS, SXSW, CEDIA, AWS re:Invent, and the Smart Kitchen Summit. Prior to Amazon, Charlie founded two tech startups in the Seattle area and from 1990 to 2011 he helped create some of Microsoft's most loved consumer and developer products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7, as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server.

Thomas Rockmann Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Consumer IoT, Deutsche Telekom AG
Twitter ID: @deutschetelekom

Thomas Rockmann is Vice President Consumer IoT and Co-Lead of the Group-wide smart home project. Thomas is responsible for all aspects of the Consumer IoT and Connected Home business. He has been instrumental in growing the business and delivering the Telekom smart home solution with international key partners across Europe. Thomas held various senior leadership roles within Deutsche Telekom Group. He served as Vice President of Business Portfolio Strategy T-Home where he built up an integrated product portfolio for the business. Before that, Thomas managed product innovation projects for consumer, business and wholesale customers as Vice President for the market leadership team. He was also in charge of the consumer segment strategy, planning and group IP migration program for all consumer and business customers in Germany. He built up the new category smart home for the German market, based on the open platform Qivicon. Prior to Deutsche Telekom, Thomas spent three years at Deutsche Bank AG in various IT development and quality management roles. Thomas holds a diploma in Geophysics from Münster University. He is an entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in innovation, product development, strategy and new business development. Thomas has a deep understanding of the development of customer centric technology-enabled services to scale the business.


Edwin Aartman Edwin Aartman, Sales Manager Benelux, Germany & Austria, Netatmo

Edwin has been working at Netatmo since April 2018 as the Sales & Business development manager for the Benelux region. 
In the short time Edwin has been at Netatmo he has been able to develop new business into the B2B, retail and e-tail channel and won the Global Weather Damage Prevention challenge organised by the VIVAT group (Insurance companies) with the Netatmo weather station solutions. Before he joined Netatmo Edwin worked for 7 years at Wacom Europe as Regional Head of Sales, prior to Wacom he has been working at different global companies in the IT/CE/Photo industry, Epson, Sony, Toshiba and Kodak.
"Joining Netatmo was a clear goal for me personally as I strongly believe the connected homes, our connected lives will be the big new thing in the next 10 years. Individual devices can change lives and will be even more of benefit when connected to each other. I am convinced this is the main message and strategic direction Netatmo and other companies are moving to in order to make all of lives easier and smarter. Like we say “Same Home, Just Smarter”

Samir Ahmad Samir Ahmad, Investment Manager, KPN Ventures

MSc in Finance and MSc in Pharmacy; 6 years' experience in venture capital/M&A and entrepreneurship.

Anton Arts Anton Arts, Managing Partner, SET Ventures
Twitter ID: @SET_Ventures

Anton Arts is a Managing Partner at SET Ventures since 2018 where he invests in European technology companies that impact the future of the global energy system. From 2010 until 2018, he was an independent advisor providing strategic advisory and corporate finance services to software & high-tech companies and investment funds. Clients he advised raised 84m in 12 transactions during the last three years. Before that, Anton was a Partner at US firm New Venture Partners where he worked closely with the R&D organizations of major European technology companies such as Philips to incubate and invest in spin-out transactions. Prior to NVP, Anton was a Partner at Gilde IT Fund, a leading international venture capital fund based in the Netherlands that he joined in 1997. His track record includes 20+ investments and exit transactions valued at 1B. He started his career at Uniface, a successful Dutch software company acquired by Compuware in 1994. Anton holds a degree in Business Administration from Nyenrode University.

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance
Twitter ID: @avibarel1912

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 and actively leading the promotion of the ULE technology worldwide. Prior to ULE Alliance, at DSP Group, served as the 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. 

Paul Berney Paul Berney, CMO, Anthropos Digital Care
Twitter ID: @paulbmobile

Paul is Chief Marketing Officer of Anthropos Digital Care Ltd where he has been responsible for creating and developing the brand, as well as leading their business development activities. 
Previously he founded a connected marketing education and advisory services company, The Connected Marketer and worked with over 175 brands, agencies, technology companies and investment companies to help them better understand how to make technology work in marketing.
Paul has been a speaker at over 400 events, in 41 countries to a combined audience of over 43,000 people.  
He is a globally recognised expert in mobile marketing, having served as Chief Marketing Officer & Managing Director of the EMEA branch of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). In total, he has 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of sales, marketing, business development and commercial roles spanning several different industries and market sectors including automotive, printing, internet development and management consultancy.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM).

Victor Berrios Victor Berrios, Director, Connected Home IoT Products, Universal Electronics

Victor Berrios is Director, Connected Home IoT Products at Universal Electronics. With over 20 years of experience in the wireless communication industry, Victor is a recognized expert in the short-range wireless industry as evidenced by his contributions to various global standards.

Victor received his bachelor's of science in computer engineering from Iowa State University, his master's in electrical engineering from Arizona State University (ASU), and his master's in business administration from ASU.  

Yuval Boger Yuval Boger, CMO, Wi-Charge
Twitter ID: @WiChargeLTD

Mr. Boger has served as chief executive, chief marketer and evangelist for technology companies from seed stage to NASDAQ. He led business and product development programs that generated over $200M in revenue. As CEO of Sensics, an VR/AR pioneer, he created business with industry leaders in consumer electronics (Samsung, LG, Microsoft, Apple, Intel), defense and medical. He co-founded an industry standard efforts and served as technical subgroup chair in another. A frequent presenter at conferences, he hosts a popular blog and podcast on wireless power, interviewing CEOs and other industry leaders. As CEO of Oblicore (NASDAQ:CA), an enterprise software company, Mr. Boger generated triple-digit growth. Customers included Visa, Lufthansa, ING, British Telecom and more. Mr. Boger served on the executive team of Radcom (NASDAQ:RDCM) from a early stages through an IPO. He also co-founded two companies: Unwired Express (enterprise software) and Talia Technology (medical devices) Mr. Boger holds an MBA from the Kellogg school at Northwestern University and a M.Sc. in Physics from Tel-Aviv University. He is also a TALPIOT graduate and laureate of the Israel Defense Award.

Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA & VP Product Management, Commscope

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, International Business Development Manager - Smart Home & Utilities, Allianz Partners

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

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

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

Bas Driessen Bas Driessen, Founder/Owner, Omnimatic BV

Bas is co-founder and owner of Omnimatic BV. A home automation integrator, specialized in delivering the customer a relaxed automized home environment that is smart and simple. This not only by delivering the product but also installing (paid service) and explaining it.
This company started 3 years ago building upon “A” class brands like Sonos, Philips Hue, Robomow, and many others. Only doing direct business with these brands, ensuring world class customer support and a true brand experience at home. New services like the “Sonos listening service” or “Philips Hue home experience” customers get to experience before buy. 
Delivering the knowledgable “tech guys” in customers homes ensures ongoing up- and cross-sell and a long lasting relationship. Focusing on the customers instead of the product.

Ralf Elias Ralf Elias, VP, IoT/Global Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung

Ralf is a product and business development executive with 20+ years of experiences in executing strategies and leading team efforts, which produced multimillion-dollar results, valuable business partnerships, and solid growth avenues for consumer products and services.
Ralf is currently the Vice President at Samsung, responsible for developing new IoT partnerships and digital services while scaling Samsung's IoT platform and products. Before joining Samsung, Ralf held numerous marketing and management positions in Vodafone, 2nd largest mobile operators world-wide. 
Previously, Ralf was marketing director at the EPCOS AG/ TDK, Germany. 
Ralf holds a degree in engineering as well as a commercial degree/ MBA.

Stephen Eyre Stephen Eyre, VP Calix Partner Ecosystem, Calix
Twitter ID: @TheCalixNetwork

As VP Calix Partner Ecosystem, Stephen is responsible for coordinating the various partner activities and initiatives across Calix into one coherent ecosystem that is beneficial for all participants.
A veteran of many aspects of the ITC industry including 10 years in banking, 10 years in telecommunications and 15 years at Microsoft,  Stephen's 25+ year career has encompassed phases as varied as expert system programming, IT and capital markets consulting, systems architecture, alliance creation and management,  IoT Solutions Ecosystem creation, and, most recently, three years helping to build the Calix Cloud and Smart Home business at Calix. Stephen has three wonderful daughters aged 29, 37 & 38, plays as much soccer and golf as possible, and is an avid supporter of the Toronto Blue Jays & Raptors, the New York Islanders, and most of all, Chelsea FC.

Karen Faughnan Karen Faughnan, Senior Manager - Consumer Propositions, On Demand Content & GTM, Virgin Media

Karen leads the Consumer propositions team in Virgin Media Ireland with responsibility for designing and developing propositions, go to market and commercialising our network expansion project.
In October 2019, Virgin Media launched a Smart Home proposition partnering with Google to offer consumers a range smart home packages that include smart devices like the Nest Hello doorbell, a full set up by a technician in home and can be paid off monthly for Virgin Media broadband customers.
Virgin Media Ireland is part of the Liberty Global family and the first to launch a smart home proposition aiming to help overcome the complexity and upfront cost of a smarter home.

Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson, Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

Anne Ferguson is Alarm.com’s Vice President of Marketing. Her responsibility for developing and directing the company’s marketing strategy includes overseeing our partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. She joined the company in 2011 and has also served as Director and Senior Director of Partner Marketing where she led programs to drive growth through Alarm.com’s service provider and IoT ecosystem partners. Anne’s breadth of experience and leadership role on Alarm.com’s management team give her extensive knowledge of consumer technology trends, the smart home and business markets, and service provider channels.
Anne previously held consumer and commercial marketing leadership roles in other publicly traded and private companies, including Online Resources from 2003 to 2011 and MCI from 2000 to 2001. She holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and an MBA from American University.

Raffaele Flora Raffaele Flora, Strategic Planning Leader - EMEIA, Allegion

Raffaele “Raf” Flora is a Strategic Planning Leader at Allegion – a $2.7 billion global company focusing on security around the doorway and adjacent areas, with more than 30 leading brands, like CISA, Interflex, LCN, Schlage, Simons Voss and Von Duprin, redefining security and keeping people safe and secure where they live, work and visit.
A 27-year veteran of the security industry, Raf has experience in strategic partnerships, business development, sales and marketing across the EMEIA region.
Educated in Italy, Raf has a master's degree in electronic engineering from the Università degli Studi di Bologna.
He is fluent in multiple languages, including Italian, English and French.

Tom Gaffney Tom Gaffney, Principal Consultant , F-Secure
Twitter ID: @gaffto

Tom has been at F-Secure for 10 years in a number of technical and customer journey related roles. He currently leads the pre-sales community focusing on Communication Service Providers and is instrumental in evangelizing F-Secure's current Connected Home Security development. Prior to F-Secure, Tom worked in the Communication Service Provider industry for a decade, largely in product development roles.

Stephen Goldstein Stephen Goldstein, SVP, Business Development & Partnerships, Cirrent
Twitter ID: @Cirrent

Stephen Goldstein is SVP of Business Development and Partnerships for Cirrent that operates a cloud-to-edge platform as a service, enabling connected products to onboard seamlessly and securely to the Internet over Wi-Fi. He leads business development, sales, product development and go-to-market strategy for Cirrent with a focus on building alliances with network service providers, connected product companies, eco-system enablers, distributors and resellers. Prior to Cirrent, Stephen spent 14 years at Samsung Electronics America where he led the Pay TV Video CPE category, launched the company's North American Cable Set-Top Box business and delivered 17+ million 4K receivers, HD DVRs, and wireless gateways to operators. Stephen holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the Columbia Business School and a BA in international relations and Italian from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid soccer player, marathoner, and cyclist. 

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.

Arsham Hatambeiki Arsham Hatambeiki, Senior Vice President, Product & Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.
Twitter ID: @arsham11

Arsham Hatambeiki serves as Senior Vice President, Product & Technology at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product groups across home entertainment and IoT markets served including the Smart Home market, as well as SaaS offerings such as nevo.ai virtual assistant platform, and QuickSet Cloud™ powering more than half a billion smart devices globally. 
Hatambeiki joined UEI in 2004 as a lead system architect for home connectivity, where he developed an ecosystem of premium home control products across connectivity frameworks.
In 2008, he became Director of Advanced Technology, responsible for innovation in advanced communication and technologies. During this time, Hatambeiki played a critical role developing numerous award winning products (including 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® Award for work on Contextual Voice Navigation Technologies) and involved in industry alliances shaping the future of smart home, and serves on the board of Internet Society – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. 
Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms.

Mitchell Klein Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance
Twitter ID: @Mitchell_Klein

Mitchell Klein is a leader in smart home and IoT, dedicating his career to educating the industry, creating and implementing strategic business programs and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream. Mitch’s career has included systems integration management to business strategy and development, but above all he is a 30+ year industry veteran in IoT, consumer electronics, home automation, and the integrator market.
Mitch joined the Z-Wave Alliance as Executive Director in 2015 and has developed and led several key Alliance initiatives including the creation of the four-time award-winning Certified Installer Toolkit (CIT), a valuable testing tool for installers integrating a Z-Wave network. Under his leadership, the Alliance has grown to over 700 global members with over 3000 certified products representing an over 60% growth in five years, including the addition of several industry leaders to the Alliance Board of Directors – Ring, Vivint, SmartThings, Leedarson, Assa Abloy, and Alarm.com
Mitch received the 2019 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award; is a former 2-term CEDIA president and ongoing volunteer and is a regular contributor to trade and technology publications such as IoT for All, Residential Systems, IoT Agenda, and Essential Install. Mitch is also a guest on numerous video podcasts like Cheddar TV, ConvergentAV, AVNation and Tech Republic. He is a regular presenter and panelist at key industry events including CES, CEDIA, ISE, ISC West, InfoComm, NSCA, CEA, TecHomeX, CABA Forum, Parks CONNECTIONS Summits, the bi-annual Z-Wave Summit, and many more. 
Prior to Z-Wave, Mitch has consulted for numerous consumer electronics brands; led business development for URC for several years; and before that, he was in the home technology trenches, owning and running his own cutting-edge installation firm for over 14 years. He was recognized with many awards during this time including CE Pro Quest for Quality, CEDIA Dealer of the Year and TechHome Mark of Excellence Dealer of the Year.
Mitchell lives in the greater Boston area with his family.

Oskar Lampel Oskar Lampel, Partner Manager, Skyresponse AB

Oskar Lampel is partner manager at Skyresponse. He is responsible for business development with partners and industry. Oskar has more than 20 years extensive experience of product management and business development from TV and telco industry. Skyresponse is responsible for managing critical alarms within Care and IoT industry.

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

Rishi has disrupted the video surveillance industry several times by taking a quantum leap ahead of the market with new innovations. He co-founded CamaraManager, where he was one of the first in the world to launch cloud-based video surveillance. In 2013, CameraManager was acquired by Panasonic and in 2017 became part of Eagle Eye Networks (US), now the #1 in Cloud Video Surveillance worldwide. Rishi believes that both entrepreneurs and corporates would benefit from taking a big jump into the unknown in order to push the business forward at an accelerated pace.

Håkan Ludvigson Håkan Ludvigson, CEO & Founder, Eliq
Twitter ID: @hakanludvigson

Hakan Ludvigson is the CEO and one of the founders of Eliq, an enterprise SaaS provider of customer engagement and energy insights software to the utilities industry. Eliq today serves 15 utilities globally with its SaaS platform delivering home energy insights and management tools as well as mobile apps and energy service portals that enable customers to benefit from smart metering by better understanding and managing their energy usage. The company is based between Gothenburg, Sweden and London, UK and serves utilities across 6 nations and 2 continents to date.

Mark Lufkin Mark Lufkin, CCO, Wondrwall
Twitter ID: @mrflufkin

Mark is responsible for the sales and marketing for Wondrwall Home Automation and Energy solutions globally bringing 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and general management in the ICT and consumer electronics sector to the role, with the last 20 having been in senior management and executive roles for Sony, Lenovo, Promethean and lastly Managing Director Europe for ViewSonic. He has a passion for innovation and the application of technology to better people's lives with a current focus on homes and residential properties.

John Maguire John Maguire, Chief Product Officer, Sweepr
Twitter ID: @sweepr_

Strategy and Product Management executive. Responsible for all aspects of product strategy and marketing in Sweepr. Previously global head of Connected Home for Accenture through acquisition of S3 Group's TV Technology business.

Mario Moura Mario Moura, Managing Director EMEA, Resideo

Mario Moura is the Resideo`s Products & Solutions Managing Director in EMEA. Resideo, a spin-off from Honeywell, is a leader in the connected homes space with a strong focus on comfort & security systems. Mario has 20 years of experience in B2B, B2C & B2B2C environments gathered in key general management, consulting, sales, marketing and manufacturing positions in the consumer electronics, life safety, automotive and aerospace industries. Prior to Resideo, Mario spent 7 years in Honeywell and has also worked for multinational companies like Volkswagen, Embraer and Rio Tinto Alcan. He has been working and living in Brazil, Germany, Thailand, China and Switzerland where he`s been based for the last 12 years. Nyon in Switzerland is home for Mario, his wife Zina, and their 6-year old son Caio. Mario holds an MBA degree from IMD Business School in Lausanne and a bachelor degree in Materials Engineering from Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar) in Brazil. He is six sigma green belt certified, a business angel Investor and enjoys kitesurfing and snowboarding in his spare time. 

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

Arjen is an entrepreneur. With a team of 15 people he is now building Olisto: a reliable webservice that connects smart devices, digital services and your favourite apps and have them work together, following your rules. Arjen started Olisto after he successfully exited Quby, a company that he co-founded. Quby is the developer of the Toon Smart Thermostat for Eneco. With close to half a million units sold, Toon has become Europe’s leading smart home platform. Before becoming an entrepreneur in 2004, Arjen has been climbing corporate ranks with various international telecom companies, pioneering development of Internet services. Prior to that, Arjen graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Delft University of Technology.

Steve Oetegenn Steve Oetegenn, Chief Operating Officer, Verimatrix
Twitter ID: @VerimatrixInc

Steve Oetegenn joined Verimatrix in 2004 as the Senior Vice President of Global Operations. In this role, he was responsible for defining and implementing the company's go to market strategy and operational success factors. In 2005 he was named Executive Vice President, global sales and in 2008, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Steve has a wide range of experience in international business, having launched numerous high tech products to the global marketplace. Steve has specialized in Digital Security and Anti-Piracy since 1998, working with Government agencies, Global Banks, Fortune 500 companies and Major Hollywood studios. Prior to joining Verimatrix, he was COO of MediaSec Technologies LLC, a pioneer and leader in the field of digital watermarking, COO of Argus Systems Group, a leading provider of Internet server security software. Mr. Oetegenn is a featured speaker at global digital security conferences.

Matt Osborn Matt Osborn, Solutions Manager, PassivSystems

Hans Overgaard Hans Overgaard, Managing Partner, Danalock

Co-founder and CEO of Danalock, leading smart lock provider for the retrofit market. Hans is responsible for moving Danalock and its innovations in the right direction according to market needs. Hans has more then 20 years of experience within the smart home space, and have thus seen it grow from nothing to where it is today.

Jim Phillipoff Jim Phillipoff, Head of Business Development, Media & Entertainment, Irdeto

Jim is Head of Business Development for media & entertainment at Irdeto. He is responsible for developing new projects and initiatives and plays a lead role in Irdeto’s smart home security proposition. Jim has extensive experience in the pay TV industry having served as the founder and CEO of Xtra TV, a Ukrainian DTH company. He also founded several MMDS operators in the region. Jim is currently responsible for the global launch of Irdeto’s Trusted Home product.

Larry Poon Larry Poon, Co-founder and COO, IMONT Technologies Limited

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

Alex Qi Alex Qi, Co-Founder & CEO , Mercku Inc.

Alex is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mercku; a leading communications company focused on smart home products and applications, smart cities, and IoT solutions. In 2018, Mercku launched its Red Dot award-winning, second-generation mesh Wi-Fi system, the most powerful in the world. Currently, Mercku has customers in 47 countries, working with both businesses and consumers. Formerly, Alex was a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Gweltas Radenac Gweltas Radenac, IoT Program Director, Groupe HBF
Twitter ID: @hbfsas

Gweltas Radenac is heading the IoT Program and New Business of HBF SAS company, a specialist in electrical and digital residential building infrastructure. He is in charge of defining Product & Service roadmap and developing the Business within Smart Home ecosystem. He previously occupied positions in the high-tech industry in Asia, for instance within Mobile maker SAGEM as Purchasing Director or within Softbank Robotics in charge of industrial partnership with Foxconn. He also mentors new ventures as a BA in Medical devices. He holds an Engineering degree from INPG and a MBA from INSEAD.

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 almost 7 million end-user customers across 40 countries connected to its platform.  David is spearheading the drive to build B2B partnerships and installer/dealer networks throughout Western Europe.  Alarm.com provides its partners with access to a fully supported enterprise-grade smart home SaaS monitoring platform. Through this, partners can connect their end-user subscribers and provide smart-home security, wellness, home automation and video services, with alert messaging and activity notifications.  The Alarm.com Dealer Portal provides a full back-end customer management and BI analytics system for Partners.   David has worked in the smart home and security industry for almost 20 years, for both hardware and platform companies. Prior to joining Alarm.com, David worked with serial entrepreneur Christopher Curry to create the Critical Data Ltd. (now Canary Care) Telecare business.

Niall Robinson Niall Robinson, VP Business Development, Plume
Twitter ID: @plume

Niall has extensive experience of the telecoms sector having worked in senior commercial roles with industry heavyweights such MCI Worldcom, Nortel and Adva. With an early career focus on delivering high-speed data solutions to major service providers, Niall's role at Plume sees him working with ISPs to shape the next generation of Smart Home Services, enriched by AI and delivered from the cloud. Niall holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Science degree from the University College of London.

David Ross-Lindholm David Ross-Lindholm, Product Manager Smart Residential, Yale EMEA, ASSA ABLOY Group

Nick Rutter Nick Rutter, Chief Product Officer, FireAngel Safety Technology Group PLC
Twitter ID: @fireangelsafety

Nick Rutter is a Founder and Chief Product Officer at FireAngel Safety Technology. Since 2001 FireAngel has created numerous safety industry firsts and in the process produced over 50 million products protecting in excess of 15 million properties. Nick is passionate about utilising FireAngel IoT and data analytics innovations to achieve our vision of making society safer through the application of leading technology, connectivity and partnerships.

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

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

Prashanth Shetty Prashanth Shetty, Chief Marketing Officer, Ayla Networks
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks

Prashanth Shetty is CMO of Ayla Networks, the leading software platform for developing and launching IoT-ready products among consumer devices. He is responsible for market awareness, demand creation, partner and product marketing. Prior to Ayla, Prashanth held various marketing executive roles at Guardian Analytics, CA Technologies, EMC and SAP. Prashanth graduated from Stanford University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Silveira Susan Silveira, Director, Business Development, Wi-Fi Alliance

Susan Silveira serves as Director of Business Development at Wi-Fi Alliance. In this role, she develops growth strategies and fosters key partnerships for the organization and the industry. With over 20 years of diversified technology development and business experience, she previously held positions across Qualcomm in product management, business development, and marketing. In addition to successfully leading the development and commercialization of a chipset portfolio, Susan drove several initiatives to accelerate the adoption of mobile technologies into new markets.
Susan is currently a Strategic Advisory Board Member with Baylor BRIDGE, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for SIIA (Software Information Industry Association, Education Technology Division). As a mobile subject matter expert, she has been a speaker at numerous venues and has participated in working groups with the U.S. Department of Education and World Economic Forum.
Susan holds a B.A. in International Business from San Diego State University. She resides with her family in Carlsbad, California.

David Smart David Smart, Business Development Director, EMEA, Roost Labs

David has over 30 years of experience in and around the insurance industry.  Over the last 20 years he has worked in a number of areas applying innovative technology solutions to improve customer engagement and claims performance, including in Risk Management, Claims, Personal Injury, Fraud and Prevention.  David is a vocal Smart Home enthusiast and is an advocate of consumer electronics working in partnership with insurance to bring the immense benefits of Smart Home proactive protection to the majority of policyholders and not just high net worth’s.
Prior to joining Roost as Senior Director for its European Business, David worked in consulting roles within the insurance industry for P&C property brokers plus the Insurance Services Office, and in business development leadership roles for technology innovators and leaders such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle and CSC.

Razvan Todor Razvan Todor, Director, Connected Home Security, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @bitdefender

Razvan Todor is currently the Director of Connected Home Security at Bitdefender, a global security technology company that provides cybersecurity solutions and advanced threat protection services to over 500 million users in more than 150 countries, from private individuals to the world’s largest corporations. Razvan has 10+ years experience in managing large, cross-functional and distributed teams. He comes from a strong product management background with roots in agile methodologies and UI experience & design. He has overseen or was directly involved in launching Bitdefender's top-of-the-line B2C and B2B2C products for the past 4 years, including Bitdefender BOX and the Bitdefender IoT Security Platform, as well as co-branded solutions such as NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender. His current focus is on building and expanding Bitdefender's technology reach through strategic partnerships with leading companies in the IoT & smart home cybersecurity markets.

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

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

Bart Vercammen Bart Vercammen, EVP and GM of Software Product Line, AirTies
Twitter ID: @AirTies

Bart Vercammen serves as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of AirTies’ software product line. He joined AirTies from its acquisition of Technicolor in 2019, where he served as the CTO of the Customer Premises Business Unit inside Technicolor and led their Wireless Doctor team. Prior to his role as the CTO of CPE, Mr. Vercammen held various senior Product Management roles inside Technicolor in which he managed product management teams in domains of CPE, Broadband Access Technologies, Networking, Managed Services, Cloud and Wi-Fi. Prior to joining Technicolor, he served as a Vice President managing a Product Development Unit focused on Wi-Fi and IoT products and services. He received a master’s degree in business from Vlerick Business School and is a holder of several patents.

David Vigor David Vigor, Business Development, Yonomi
Twitter ID: @vigordj

David Vigor is Head of Business Development for Yonomi in EMEA. Yonomi is the simple smart home integration platform. They make it easy for innovators to build great apps and devices that connect with the smart home.
Prior to Yonomi, David was at Google helping Nest expand into new verticals and markets across Europe. Having worked with many of the major European players in insurance, security, mobile networks & ISPs, David has great insight into the opportunities and challenges in taking offers to market.
Additionally, David has spent much of his career in senior leadership positions in the Smartphone industry. He spent 7 years at BlackBerry bringing large scale, fast-growth consumer propositions to the UK market, after roles with both O2 and Carphone Warehouse.
David lives in Warwickshire, UK with his four children, wife, Bernese Mountain dogs and a large scale house redevelopment plan that is crying out for a Smart Home overhaul.

Gabriel Wetzel Gabriel Wetzel, CEO, Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH
Twitter ID: @BoschSmartHome

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

Stefan Witkamp Stefan Witkamp, Founder and Commercial Director, Athom, creators of Homey
Twitter ID: @homey

Stefan is one of the founders and Commercial Director at the company behind Homey. Homey connects everything at home, and is the heart of your Smart Home. The platform works with more than 50,000 devices from over 1000 brands via six wireless technologies. As such, it creates real Smart Homes out of independent solutions. Through its friendly smartphone app, Homey lays the world of versatile home automation in the hands of everyday users.

Brecht Wyseur Brecht Wyseur, Kudelski IoT Security, Kudelksi Group

Brecht Wyseur is IoT Security Product Director for the Kudelski Group. He received his PhD in cryptography in 2009 from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and did his dissertation on white-box cryptography. Brecht has worked for Kudelski since 2009 as a Cryptography Expert and Security Architect. In particular, he has designed and implemented new algorithms for the company’s Digital Television products, including both hardware and software oriented designs. Since 2015, Brecht has been working on IoT software security and Industrial IoT solutions. Over the past 15 years, he has been active in several collaborative research projects, is a regular invited speaker and has published papers in diverse subjects related to cryptography and security.

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.


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Residential Security, Smart Home Products and Services, Smart Home Strategies, Voice Technology Devices and Platforms

Dina leads Parks Associates residential security research and is a member of the connected home team. She has authored numerous reports covering topics such as home security market trends and competitive landscape, voice assistant technologies, smart home strategies, and technology solutions for seniors. She leads custom research projects on connected home topics and is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

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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Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates

Kevin is a Research Advisor for Parks Associates and also the MD of EAS Consulting, a boutique consultancy focused on the IoT and Smart home markets.
Meagher was formerly the SVP BD at ROC Connect and VP & GM of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative, Iris. At Lowe’s, one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers, he led the deployment of their smart home products and services through all their retail stores in the US. Kevin was also founder and CEO of Intamac Systems, a UK company offering a Cloud platform deploying smart home solutions to the mass consumer market.
Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT. He has deployed smart home solutions with major service providers, utilities, retailers, and security companies around the world. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. 
Meagher is a Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics and holds an MBA. Kevin is currently supporting Parks Associates as an Advisor for custom research advisory services.

Chris O'Dell Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @COatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Chris O’Dell joined Park Associates following a six-year career in journalism. He supports the marketing, sales, and research teams by curating press releases, articles, blog posts, social media, and web content, and other forms of written communication.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Chris also served as a marketing assistant for a sales and marketing company in the senior living industry and did freelance writing for various publications, including The Dallas Morning News. Chris graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR, in 2010 with a BA in broadcast journalism and a concentration on print journalism, where he served as the sports editor for The Bison, an award-winning student publication.

Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.

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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural collaboration.

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