Gary Jabara

Founder & Chairman, Mobilitie

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Gary Founded Mobilitie Group in 2006. Under his leadership, Mobilitie has built a diverse portfolio of assets composed of cell towers, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), small cells and Wi-Fi networks. In addition to owning and operating the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, Mobilitie also owns DAS networks at more U.S. venues than any other infrastructure firm.


Brad Ree

CTO, ioXt Alliance

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Brad Ree is Chief Technology Officer of IoT Solutions at ioXt. Brad leads the ioXt security platform, which brings carrier-grade security to the unlicensed home, enterprise, and industrial markets. Brad also serves as Security Advisory Chair for Zigbee and holds over 25 patents. He has developed communication systems for AT&T, General Electric, and Arris.

Before joining ioXt, Brad was Vice President of IoT security at Verimatrix, where he led the development of blockchain solutions for ecosystem operators. He has a bachelorʼs degree in engineering from Western Michigan University and is highly versed in many IoT protocols and their associated security models.


Doug Alguire

Director of Customer Success, MMB Networks

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Doug is responsible for understanding customersʼ ambitions and challenges, transforming those into project requirements, and ensuring that MMB is continuously working together to achieve their goals. Doug has participated in requirements development for nearly all of MMBʼs customers, managed a wide variety of custom development projects, led the development of education and training resources, and is constantly studying the evolving standards and requirements of leading IoT platforms to ensure customer success.

Doug is obsessed with consumer electronics and his passion for exploring (and reviewing) smart home devices led him to create MMBʼs “Home Automation Purchase Incentive” program.


Skip Ashton

Standards Manager, Silicon Labs

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Skip is currently the Standards Manager at Silicon Labs. He previously held the role of Vice President of Software responsible for managing the company’s software and quality assurance teams for MCU and wireless software and tools–including the range of wireless stacks from proprietary through Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth.

Prior to Silicon Labs, Skip was the Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Ember before its acquisition by Silicon Labs in 2012. He also held a variety of program and engineering management roles focusing on high-quality product development.

Skip is a member of the Zigbee Board of Directors and the Chair of the Zigbee Technical Committee – with involvement in the development of the Zigbee PRO stack, Zigbee Home Automation profile, and the Zigbee Smart Energy profiles. Skip is also on the Board of Directors of Thread where he previously held the role of Vice President of Technology, as well as the Thread stack.

Skip graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and spent five years in the US Navy Nuclear Program.


Harsha Banavara

Cybersecurity Technical Policy Manager, Signify

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Harsha is Cybersecurity Technical Policy Manager at Signify (previously Philips Lighting). He leads a global project on cybersecurity and privacy within Standards and Regulations and is responsible for supporting global product security and privacy initiatives.

Harsha has presented at multiple cybersecurity conferences across the globe and is one of the primary authors of the “Industrial Internet Security Framework” technical report published by Industrial Internet Consortium in September 2016 and “Security in Supply Chain Integrity Guideline” published by NEMA in June 2015.

Harsha has a master’s degree in software engineering, with a minor in Information Assurance from Auburn University.


Victor Barrios

Vice President of Technology, Zigbee Alliance

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Victor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all technology programs for the Zigbee Alliance and for supporting Work Group efforts in the development and maintenance of wireless communication standards. He is a recognized expert in the short-range wireless industry as evidenced by his contributions to the rf4ce Network, Zigbee Remote Control, Zigbee Input Device, Zigbee Healthcare, and Zigbee LowPower End Device specifications.

Victor was recognized by the Continua Health Alliance as its Spring 2011 "Key Contributor" in recognition for his contributions to the success of the Test and Certification Work Group. He is the 1997 recipient of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award for community service, and has more than twenty years experience in the wireless communications industry.

Victor has a bachelor’s of science degree in computer engineering from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University (ASU), and a master’s degree in business administration from ASU.


Carlos Bosch

Head of Technology, GSMA

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Carlos is a dynamic, relationship-oriented professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in the telecommunications and information technology markets. He began his career with the GSMA in 2012, serving first as Outreach Director and then as Director of Market Deployment. Currently as GSMA North America’s Head of Technology, Carlos uses his diverse, multilingual background and constant analysis of tech trends and innovations, industry momentum, standards and regulation, to create a regional roadmap based on GSMA’s global programs and delivery initiatives.


Brent Books

Marketing Manager, MMB Networks

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Brent is a data driven marketer with over 10 years experience building brands and supporting sales organizations in various leadership roles. Prior to joining MMB, Brent held a leadership role at CARPROOF, where he was instrumental in modernizing the B2B and product marketing strategies in a scale-up environment.

Brent is responsible for managing MMB’s short and long-term strategic communications and product marketing activities aimed at further establishing MMB as a leader in IoT technology. He also spends time aligning the sales, product, and marketing team’s strategic goals.

Brent holds an Honours Degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario Canada.


Bill Brown

technology leader of iot, cloud and connected products

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Bill is a proven leader with experience in software and product development and a strong history of innovation. Bill has filled the roles of developer, architect, development manager and Director. He has experience working in startup environments, large corporations and as a consultant. Bill has spent most of his career in the IoT space, including both the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Converged IoT (formally known as Converged Services or the 3 screen strategy), and Consumer IoT such as wearables (i.e. AppleWatch), Connected Car, Smart Home, and more.

Bill has designed and developed OTT (Over The Top) Video Distribution and Management Systems, IPTV and iTV applications, various Ad Management Systems and now WebRTC. Prior to Rheem, Bill was LMTS/Director and Lead Architect for AT&T Digital Life Services & Innovation where his greatest contribution was the U-verse-enabled platform. This API enables developers to build second screen applications for the U-verse platform.


Ankur Chakraborty

Security Engineer, Google

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Ankur is a seasoned Information Security professional with experience ranging from penetration testing, source code reviews and tools development, to security program and team management. He is a data and metrics-driven individual who builds security programs that reduce risk and partners with businesses to drive innovative risk management solutions.


Michael Dow

Senior Marketer, NXP

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Michael Dow has worked for Motorola, Freescale, and now NXP for 23 years. Michael spent 10 years in the Fab as a Controls Engineer/Manager before transitioning to Corporate Standards where he drove efforts for the industrial standards WirelessHART and ISA100. After four years in Corporate Standards, Michael transitioned to the Microcontroller Division as Business Development/Marketer where he has spent the last nine years specializing in Industrial IoT, Smart Energy, and Security.

Michael has a Professional Engineering License in the state of Texas in Controls Engineering.


Jeff Garcia

Field Applications Engineer, Silicon Labs

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Jeff is a Staff Field Applications Engineer at Silicon Labs, a leading IoT semiconductor company. Jeff has helped customers design IoT products including BLE, Zigbee, proprietary sub-GHz, and most recently Z-Wave for the past 8 years.

Jeff holds multiple patents in irrigation, lighting, and medical products. Before becoming a Field ApplicationsEngineer Jeff was an engineer for The Toro Company and designed multiple irrigation controllers.

He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from UC Riverside and is highly versed in many IoT protocols and their associated security models.


Asad Haque

Director, Security Architecture, Comcast

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Asad Haque has over twenty-five (25) years of progressive responsibilities in Information Security specializing in scale security for APIʼs, IoT devices and embedded systems. He has designed blockchain-based decentralized and autonomous authentication and authorization for constrained devices.

Prior to joining Comcast, Asad pioneered Managed Security Services for Netrex Secure Solutions, including Firewall in the Cloud architecture and managed Intrusion Prevention Service. He possesses extensive hands-on experience as a Chief Application and Network Architect, including experience in systems management, information security, software development, large secure network (TCP/IP) design and deployment, departmental oversight and management.


David Hoelscher

Marketing Director for IoT Solutions, Huawei

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David is Director for IoT solutions for the Huawei Carrier Business Group. He is based at Huawei HQ in Shenzhen, China. Prior to joining Huawei, in 20+ years of experience, David held senior R&D positions with Lockheed-Martin, Qualcomm, Ericsson, and OnRamp Wireless, working on wireless network products and solutions development such as CDMA2000, LTE, eMBMS, LPWAN (802.15.4k).

David has led product development for smart metering, smart grid, and smart city, particularly with focus on distributed, low power sensor networks. In 2015, David joined Huawei as CMO for IoT, Cloud Core Network product line with global responsibility for IoT platform and ecosystem. In 2017, David joined the CTO office with responsibilities in IoT, Cloud, and 5G areas.

David holds bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Chinese Language and a master's degree in Computer Communications from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from San Diego State University, and serves as Co-Chairman of the Zigbee Alliance.


Clete Johnson

Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

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Clete provides advice and advocacy to clients navigating the complex terrain at the intersection of technology and security. Having served in a wide variety of national security and cybersecurity leadership roles on Capitol Hill, in the national security and intelligence communities, in the regulatory arena, and in the Executive Branch, Clete focuses on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of government and industry collaboration.


David Kauffman

Director of Business Development, resideo

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David Kaufman is a Director of Business Development for Resideo Technologies Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in automation holding various executive sales, marketing, and general management roles consistently achieving organic business growth totally over $500M.

David is currently the primary Resideo representative for any IoT-related standard or alliance. David has held key positions in the Wireless Industrial Network Alliance, the HART Communications Foundation, and the Open Connectivity Foundation. He was a charter board member of the Wireless Compliance Institute, the Energy Information Standards Alliance, and the OpenADR Alliance, and recognized with numerous awards for his industry contributions including two awards from the US National Institute of Technology (NIST).

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Honeywell. David also holds multiple US patents and is a published author on wireless technologies.


Darren Kress

Senior Director, Telecom Security, t-mobile

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Darren is a veteran of information security with 27 years leading efforts to secure critical infrastructure for Fortune 100 companies and the US Department of Defense. Darren has led nearly every aspect of cybersecurity while at T-Mobile over the past 10 years and currently leads Telecommunications Infrastructure Security.

As a recently retired U.S. Air Force Cyber Warfare Officer, Darren commanded numerous cyberspace missions and was a key contributor to the development of the DoDʼs future concept of cyber operations protecting the nationʼs critical infrastructure.


Gonda Lamberink

Senior Business Development Manager, UL

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Gonda is a Senior Business Development Manager responsible for IoT security in ULʼs Identity Management & Security division. Gondaʼs focus is on smart home and building IoT ecosystems. Prior to joining UL, Gonda worked as an M&A strategy consultant with PwC Transaction Services in Amsterdam and as an economist with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.


Llyod Linder

Technical Solutions, Mobilitie

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Lloyd has worked with Mobilitie and its portfolio companies since 2010. He has participated in the creation and protection of all the intellectual property associated with these entities. Mobilitie has been granted 30 domestic patents and has several dozen domestic and international patents pending. He has also been involved with trademark and copyright protection for these companies. Lloyd has also participated in the development efforts to prototype and productize many of the intellectual property concepts.


Daniel Moneta

CMO & Vice President of Corporate Development

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Daniel is a board member and Marketing Work Group Chair of the Zigbee Alliance, and an active member of the Thread Group. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, and over twenty years of experience enabling (not to mention installing, using, fighting with, enjoying, recommending, showing off, and being an avid consumer of) connected products.


Drew Morin

Director, Federal Cybersecurity Technology and Engineering Programs, T-Mobile

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Drew currently serves as the Director, Federal Cyber Security Technology and Engineering Programs for T-Mobile. He is responsible for identifying emerging cyber security trends and regulatory policies to improve information security programs. He serves on several industry associations (e.g., CTIA Cyber Security Working Group, Comm ISAC, CSCC) and Federal (FCC, DHS) workgroups and councils focused on resilience, cybersecurity, and risk mitigation.

Drew has over 35 years of experience in information technology and cyber security. Prior to T-Mobile, he co-founded TeleCommunication Systems, serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.


Sujata Neidig

Director of Product Marketing, NXP

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Sujata Neidig has 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. She is currently the Director of Product Marketing for NXP’s Kinetis 32-bit ARM®, Cortex®-M, and wireless connectivity microcontrollers (MCUs). Sujata also represents NXP as the Vice President of Marketing of the Thread Group, an industry alliance that provides an IP-based wireless mesh networking protocol designed for homes and buildings.

Sujata earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Jean-Michel Orsat

Managing Director, Systems & Connectivity Solutions Department, Somfy

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Jean-Michel Orsat has over 30 years of experience in the home automation industry, within industry alliances and EU regulation bodies. He is Director of the Systems & Solutions of Connectivity Department at Somfy, overseeing technology partnerships, connectivity and wireless networking technologies, and overall system architectures.

With a strong focus on Interoperability, he has been deeply involved in the development of protocols with otherleading home equipment manufacturers. The department he heads deals with wireless protocol developments, focusing io-homecontrol, Thread, Zigbee and other open standard solutions for the Somfy Group. He is also a member of the Thread Group Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Board within the Zigbee Alliance.

Jean-Michel Orsat graduated with an engineering degree from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.


Genie Peshkova

COO/Vice President of Operations, DSR

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Genie comes from a strong background of enterprise project and project portfolio management. As a Management Consultant, she has designed comprehensive project governance and portfolio management solutions for many clients in the commercial and government sectors.

At DSR, Genie is responsible for the operations and management of the Company’s project portfolio. Genie is involved in top-level strategy, business planning, recruitment, business development and marketing, negotiation and execution of deals, as well as management of relationships with clients.

Genie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines.


Petr Peterka

CTO, Verimatrix

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Petr has served as CTO of Verimatrix since 2010. In this role, he is responsible for the companyʼs overall revenue security strategy and anti-piracy efforts as well as its advanced technology research and intellectual property development. Petr has more than 25 years of experience in the multimedia industry, and has extensive familiarity with content protection techniques for IPTV, DVB and OTT streaming, as well as forensic watermarking technology.

Petr joined Verimatrix from Motorolaʼs Home and Networks Mobility Team. In this role, he led teams working on digital rights management (DRM) for multimedia streaming over IP networks, content sharing within home networks, and other related products. Petr also played a role as lead software architect in the development of satellite, cable and IPTV conditional access systems (CAS) for pay TV.

Petr earned an MSEE degree from Czech Technical University in Prague and a MSCS degree from University of California in San Diego. Petr holds 26 US patents and numerous patent applications.


Joaquin Prado

Director of Technical Programs

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Joaquin Prado is the Director of Technical Programs at Open Mobile Alliance, OMA. Prior to joining OMA, Joaquin worked for Vodafone UK where he held a variety of technical roles including systems engineer in which he designed, defined, developed and implemented new products and services; and protocol expert in Device Management and Messaging protocols.

As Director of Technical Programs at OMA, Joaquin is responsible for a wide range of projects and strategies–from adoption of OMA technical specifications by the developerʼs community, creation of test environments for testing OMA specifications, introduction of new tools and systems to facilitate the production and publication of OMA specifications--to technical support for working groups.


David J. Redl

Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information and Administrator, NTIA

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David J. Redl was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in November 2017. He serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.

Redl is a lawyer and communications policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. He was previously the chief counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In that role, he served as principal legal advisor to the chairman and members of the Energy and Commerce majority on communications and technology matters. Prior to his time with the committee, Redl was director of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a trade association that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry.

Redl earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America with a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies, and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in journalism and political science. Redl is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bars.


Tobin Richardson

CEO, Zigbee alliance

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Tobin serves as CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the Alliance’s efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. In this role, he works closely with worldwide brands and market-changing innovators to steer worldwide IoT agendas with industry leading consumer electronics, industrial and commercial companies.

Tobin has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership, strategy and development for technology firms and organizations. His experience spans large-scale technology implementations, new service and product roll-outs, and transformational change in Fortune 500 companies and world-leading firms.

Tobin currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB’s Energy Usage Information standard committee. He holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.


Avi Rosenthal

Partner, CE/IOT Partners

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With 20+ years’ experience in the Information Technology and Consumer Electronic fields, Avi’s passion for developing innovative connected devices is well known throughout the industry. His success in creating flourishing start-ups as well as building thriving organizations is due to his proven ability to identify strategic opportunities.

Avi's unique background of industry experience and knowledge can help start-ups as well as established companies leverage the IoT revolution. Through his deep connections with manufacturers, dealers, retailers, and users, our clients will have the insights and resources needed to develop, market and manufacture products and services for the IoT Industry.

Avi has worked for Nortek, Evolve, Superna, On-Q/Legrand, CompUSA and Tandy. He also established one of the largest Integration firms in the US, HomeWorks Automation, bringing technology to thousands of homes.


Andrew Roths

Senior Principle Security Engineer

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Andrew is Senior Principal Security Engineer for Amazon’s consumer devices division. Andrews’ responsibilities vary across many security roles–from creating new features and new designs, design and code reviews, and incident response--to training and education, internal policies, and standards and legislation covering both server side and client side.

Andrew is based in Seattle following a stint at Amazon’s Silicon Valley offices.


Sven Schrecker

Vice President & Chief Architect, Cybersecurity, LHP

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In his role as the Vice President and Chief Architect of Cyber Security, Sven Schrecker addresses Cyber Security within the greater transportation vertical. Previously, Sven was with Intel for nearly 15 years as the Chief Architect for IoT Security Solutions.

Sven is the Founding Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium Security Working Group and the Automotive Security Task Group. He is the primary author of the Industrial Internet Security Framework which lays the foundation for security, and trustworthiness, in the Industrial Internet of Things. He is an inventor on over four dozen security-related patents and was selected as at Top 50 Innovator of 2016 by Smart Industry magazine.


Peter Stephens

Head of Secure by Design, Cyber Security & Data Protection

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Peter leads the Secure by Design team in the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), based in London. Peter's team has worked closely with industry experts to design the Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, a set of thirteen outcome-led guidelines that device manufacturers, app developers and service providers need to embed into their products and services to make them secure by design. Peter's team fundamentally wishes to shift the burden off consumers having to secure their own products and work towards one day where all products have effective security built in by design.

Peter has been a UK Government employee for three years, also working in the Department for Education.


Richard “Rick” Tinker

Director of Technology, Z-Wave Alliance

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Richard “Rick” Tinker has been involved in home control since 1992 and adopted IoT devices before the phrase was created. Many of the automated parts of his house are automated “just because he can.”

In 2003, Rick started working for his first home automation company that used Z-Wave technology and has been working in the Z-Wave / wireless control industry ever since. Rick has been with the Z-Wave Alliance since 2015, working with the certification program and developing the Certified Installer Training Program as well as the Certified Installer Toolkit.

Rick currently resides in Maryland with his wife, where they raised two Eagle Scout sons, supports FIRST Robotics, and enjoys his 151 Z-Wave nodes.


Niels Thorwirth

Vice President of Advanced Technology, Verimatrix

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At Verimatrix, Niels is responsible for Innovation and Research in areas such as digital watermarking, IoT Security and Machine Learning. Since April 2005, he has been spearheading content security innovation efforts to meet and exceed requirements of TV and ecosystem operators, resulting in e.g. the Veriteem Compliance Blockchain and video content security.

Prior to Verimatrix, Niels' experience includes research activity at the Fraunhofer Society and guiding the technology development at MediaSec, Inc. in Providence, RI and Essen, Germany, from the company’s inception to its acquisition.

Niels has published several international papers and obtained various patents in the field of digital rights management and digital watermarking. He holds a Master's of Science degree in Computer Science and Business Management from the University of Mannheim, Germany and the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France.


RJ Winkler

Principal IoT Architect & ITx Innovation Engineer, P&G

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RJ is a Senior IT Manager, Innovation Engineer, and the Principal IoT Architect at Procter & Gamble. Responsible for helping develop and launch P&G’s first IoT product, his primary responsibilities include architecting end-to-end solutions across the product portfolio and development of the global consumer IoT platform. In partnership with the business units, R&D and IT teams, he formulates and executes the strategy to drive proper adoption and execution of IoT throughout the product portfolio while acting as a technical liaison between customers, product engineering teams and support.


George Yianni

Head of Technology, Signify

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George is Head of Technology for Philips Hue. He joined Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) in 2007 as a connected lighting systems architect. George was part of the team that founded Philips Hue in 2011 and continues to be responsible for technology, architecture, security and platform design for the smart home lighting system.


Henry Young

Senior Technology Policy Advisor in the Office of Secretary, U.s. Department of commerce

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Henry is a Senior Technology Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In his role, Henry collaborates with partners in the U.S. Federal Government as well as foreign governments and the private sector, to improve the security and privacy of information through law, policy, and the use of NIST’s standards, guidelines, and tools. Henry’s policy portfolio includes, among other issues, cybersecurity risk management (including IoT), artificial intelligence, lawful access to encrypted data, and cybersecurity workforce.

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary, Henry worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a bureau of the Department of Commerce. NIST’s responsibilities include the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and programs on nearly every cybersecurity topic ranging from cryptography to cybersecurity workforce.

Before NIST, Henry worked in the Department of Commerce’s Office of the General Counsel and at the Brookings Institution.

Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from Tulane University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law.


Shah Zeb

President, Mobilitie Advanced Technology Group

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Shah serves as President of Advanced Technology Group and leads RF Engineering and business development. His team focuses on driving results through services technology, business vision and execution strategy. Shah has spent the whole of his career in the wireless and telecommunications industry focusing on business development, network building, and supporting Fortune 500 clients like Verizon Wireless, Telefonica (O2), British Telecom and Vodafone.

Shah’s move to Mobilitie came on the heels of nine years at Ericsson, during which time he played a key part in the development of LTE/4G technology - from building the first commercial LTE/4G networks in the US and UK to becoming Ericsson’s worldwide LTE/4G expert.