The conference agenda will facilitate executive-caliber, business-oriented conversations that focus on the real facts, the real implications and the real starting point of 5G implementation. These discussions will be led by diverse groups of speakers from a wide range of industries. Be prepared to walk away with clear actions you can take to build, adopt and/or enable 5G.
Welcome to DC5G 2019! The process of creating your 5G Action Plan begins here. We start with an overview of how 5G both differs from and serves as a continuation of 4G with 5G Americas President Chris Pearson. We will then speak with Verizon Vice President of Public Policy David Young about the expansion of consumer access to 5G services. David will provide an overview of how Verizon is rolling out new 5G networks. Finally, we will talk to former Obama Administration Business Advisor Matt Weinberg about whether or not 5G can meet the expectations of the market. During this opening session, attendees will participate in a live survey, answering questions about what they hope to accomplish at DC5G, and what they hope to accomplish by acquiring or investing in 5G services and infrastructure.
Moderator — Jeffrey Hill, Executive Chairman, SATELLITE 2024 Speaker — Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas Speaker — Matthew Weinberg, Former U.S. Small Business Obama Administration Official & Associate, Max Ventures Speaker — David Young, Vice President of Public Policy, Verizon
You’ve heard a lot of talk about 5G will automate and revolutionize the world. But, what can 5G do specifically for you and your organization? This session is designed to help attendees identify their 5G needs, and then take the first steps in building the business case for a 5G investment. For providers, the session will provide tips on how to better illustrate 5G capabilities and work with customers to meet their specific needs.
- Learn the types of environments, organizations, and people who represent ideal 5G first adopters
- Learn about 5G short- and long-term benefits (How does 5G create new economic growth?)
- Learn how to set realistic goals in your 5G action plan
How will innovative healthcare systems use 5G networks to deliver better, faster care to patients and save lives? How will cities use 5G to promote public health and enhance public services, while simultaneously protecting personal privacy? Hear directly from organizations that have completed case studies aimed at answering these questions.
- Learn about health-promoting and life-saving 5G technologies
- Learn about how DHS and law enforcement are utilizing these technologies
- Learn about the privacy issues related to these applications.
Moderator — Adam Zuckerman, Founder, Fosterly & Fellow, Eisenhower Fellowships Speaker — Jose Arrieta, Chief Information Officer (CIO), US Department of Health & Human Services Speaker — Sridhar Kowdley, Program Manager, Science & Technology (S&T), U.S. Department of Homeland Security Speaker — Josie Leyman Elias, Program Manager, Digital Health Innovation Group, Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc Speaker — Daniele Loffreda, State/Local Government, Education & Healthcare Industry Advisor, Ciena
Who's paying to build the 5G network? That's the million-dollar question for our community. During this session, we're not going to convince the world about how much taxpayers, businesses, and government should invest in 5G infrastructure. Rather, we're going to identify the available range of financing options and alternative mechanisms - for those with limited budgets, in search of partners, as well as for those determined to take the DYI approach.
- Learn how to find the right funding model for your city or organization - shared cost, or DYI?
- Learn about government and grant funding, as well as public/private partnerships
- Walk away with a better understanding of the total costs of the network, and who is expected to pay
Moderator — Dr. Rikin Thakker, VP of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) Speaker — Jason Nelson, Vice President of Partnerships and Development, Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) Speaker — Mark Reudink, Board Member, Small Cell Forum Speaker — Daryl Sullivan, Senior Director of Ecosystems, Alliances & Business Development, Hitachi America Speaker — Lisa Youngers, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
How can 5G “smart building” networks create happier, healthier, and more accommodating work environments? How can they help building owners attract and retain lessees, and most importantly, save on operational costs? This discussion will start with the hard facts – the results of several “small building” case studies gauging benefits and address how quickly and effectively those benefits offset the cost of retrofitting and network implementation.
- Learn how smart, automated systems save on energy and cut down on waste.
- Learn how smart building environments cultivate new revenue generating businesses
- Learn about how smart buildings increase productivity and create happier, healthier workforces.
Moderator — Rich Berliner, Founder and Publisher, Connected Real Estate Speaker — Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University Speaker — Mike Dorranian, EVP of Business Development and RF Engineering, Telnet, Inc. Speaker — Harry Smeenk, Senior Vice President, Technology Programs, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Speaker — James Wu, CEO & Founder, InnerSpace
With the use-case, financing, and smart building sessions behind us, there's plenty of information to digest! Your action plan should be coming along, so take this opportunity to meet with fellow guests who can provide guidance and perhaps, drive new business for your organization!
5G services have already been launched in several test bed cities around the world. Hear testimonials from those who have managed those networks. How did the public interact with those services? What were the main challenges and lessons learned? What advice do these network managers have for those thinking about taking the big step to 5G? This session also gives attendees a chance to ask for guidance on their 5G action plans.
- Hear from speakers who have managed 5G networks in “testbed cities”
- Hear from speakers who operate 5G test networks for their businesses
- Hear from systems integrators who have produced case studies based on “Smart Building” networks
Moderator — Chelsea Collier, Founder, Digi.City Speaker — Jon Corner, Chief Digital Officer, City of Salford, Manchester, UK Speaker — Edward Emmanuel, Dublin Smart Docklands Project Management and Governance Lead, City of Dublin, Ireland Speaker — Derek Johnston, Head of Marketing & 5G Business Development, Samsung Speaker — Mark Reudink, Vice President of Product Development and Strategy, Crown Castle
Impress your lawyer with a 5G action plan that works within the reality of your federal, state, and local regulatory framework. We'll review the action plan you’ve been creating throughout the event, and address any legal/regulatory issues that may encounter. Learn how to create a plan B, C, and D, and to expect the unexpected risks.
Sara Neff took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 publicly traded real estate company on sustainability in North America. She comes to DC5G to talk about what 5G can do to combat climate change and improve human health, while recognizing that it also has the potential to create new challenges for society. It will be the role of this audience to decide if the world will look at the advent of 5G as the beginning of when we meaningfully began to solve our problems, or when we passed the point of no return.
Speaker — Sara Neff, U.S. Green Building Council & Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
DC5G 2019 is going to take a slightly different approach to the network security discussion. Instead of focusing exclusively on hostile threats, we’re going to start with vulnerabilities created naturally by everyday activity on a functional network. First, you’ll learn about the types of devices that will be operating on 5G networks, and how they can be prioritized and managed. Then, we’ll explore how both network users and proactive managers can complement hardware/software in protecting continuously connected 5G networks.
- Learn about the sheer number and range of “devices” that could be operating on a single 5G network
- Learn how those devices will be prioritized, in terms of bandwidth/resource requirements
- Learn how those devices should be protected, as well as how to protect those networks from hostile or vulnerable devices.
Moderator — Jonathan Ward, Founder & CEO, Atlas Organization Speaker — Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, Esq., J.D., LL.M., Former U.S. Treasury Senior Policy Advisor, Government & Public Services Strategy Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLC Speaker — Michael Geller, Chief Engineer, Cisco Speaker — Christopher Magnan, Senior Manager, Network Consolidation, Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Unified Capabilities, General Dynamics Information Technology Speaker — Drew Morin, Director of Federal Cyber Security Technology and Engineering Programs, T-Mobile Speaker — Dr. Rob Spalding, Brig. Gen. (Ret), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
Join us for a fireside chat to learn how government leaders are addressing future 5G mission innovations and cyber supply-chain security challenges for the U.S. Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies. Federal leaders behind the National Spectrum Consortium, R&D in Security and Resilience of Mobile Network Infrastructure, along with the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's 5G Rural Engagement Initiatives will provide an insider's look into how the federal government is addressing 5G innovation and security for America's interests.
Moderator — Vincent Sritapan, Program Manager, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Speaker — Scott Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Speaker — Mr Joshua Weaver, Associate Director, Next Generation ICT & 5G Working Group, U.S. Department of Defense
It’s a proven fact that traffic congestion impacts the economy, produces waste, drives up physical infrastructure costs, and harms the environment. The same is true for both government and private industry utilizing vehicle fleets for transportation and delivery. This session will reveal the results of case studies that produced fascinating results on how 5G capabilities dramatically improve the ability to manage congested networks and solve problems.
- Learn how 5G networks can manage traffic networks and alleviate congestion for Smart Cities.
- Learn how new capabilities can create efficiencies for businesses with operational fleets.
- Learn how 5G optimized transit networks attract new and young talent to local industries.
Moderator — Jeffrey Hill, Executive Chairman, SATELLITE 2024 Speaker — Bob Garbacz, Division Chief of Transportation, City of Alexandria Virginia Speaker — John Kwant, Global Director, Government Relations, Mobility and Advanced Technologies, Ford Motor Company Speaker — Prof. Stephen Smith, Research Professor, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Today's world is almost unrecognizable from just a decade or two ago: in just a few short years, the internet has already transformed how we access information, purchase goods, get from place to place and do our jobs. And even greater changes are on the horizon. 5G is poised to dramatically disrupt industries once again - from telecom to health care. For more than three decades, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® President and CEO Gary Shapiro has had a front row seat as the waves of technology innovation transformed our world. He'll discuss how business and city leaders can harness the revolutionary technologies enabled by 5G and what innovations are on the horizon.
Speaker — Mr. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Our final session is a two-part activity that will explain how to reach out to your initial partners or customers.
Part 1 (1:30 - 2:30): Now that you’ve identified your 5G needs and potential benefits, explored financing options, and learned about ways to mitigate security and legal risks, it is time to connect users with their builders. Who should potential 5G users call first? How can providers engage and assist from the very beginning of the process? How can people on both sides of the table set realistic project timelines and manage expectations? This session will provide valuable guidance on how to shop for partners, important questions to ask during initial meetings, and how to avoid costly mistakes as you begin to execute your 5G plan.
- Learn how to approach and engage with potential 5G infrastructure and service providers (Who do you call first?)
- Learn about your options for implementation – there’s no “one size fits all!”
- Learn how to set realistic timelines and to manage expectations
Part 2: 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - The panel will then dedicate this time to answer your unanswered questions in a rapid-fire format! Survey results from the beginning of the event will also be revealed and the panel will attempt to answer those questions, as well. Finally, our panelists will describe some of the more exciting 5G opportunities and applications coming down the pipe, and leave us with a list of top takeaways for 5G in 2020.
Moderator — Alan Tilles, Chairman, Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker P.A. Speaker — Betsy Covell, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Nokia Speaker — Edward Emmanuel, Dublin Smart Docklands Project Management and Governance Lead, City of Dublin, Ireland Speaker — Eugene Grant, Mayor, City of Seat Pleasant Speaker — Karl Horne, VP, Cloud and Digital Solutions, SES Astra S.A. Speaker — Sanjeet Pandit, Global Head for Smart Cities, Qualcomm Inc
Executive Chairman SATELLITE 2024
Jeff serves as the executive chairman of the annual SATELLITE conference and exhibition in Washington D.C., overseeing the creation of the conference program and emceeing the event. He is also the creator and producer of Via Satellite's On Orbit podcast and the host of Via Satellite's Future Space Economy and Technology Webcast Series. Over the course of his 15-year career, Jeff has become one of the most connected people in the space and satellite industry. He has interviewed prominent space and technology leaders such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Bea Perez, Emily Calandrelli, and Charles Bolden, as well as hundreds of policy makers, investors, influencers and executives from all over the world.
President 5G Americas
Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. As President of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents the organization's Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.
Mr. Pearson led the organization from its inception in 2001 as the 3GPP family of technologies market share grew from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 90 percent in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to the organization from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic executive management of the global TDMA wireless technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.
With more than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA.
Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.
Former U.S. Small Business Obama Administration Official & Associate Max Ventures
Seed venture capital expert, former Obama Administration appointee and New York City Economic Development Corp. PM focused on investment, innovation policy, and economic development, Matt is currently a Principal at Max Ventures, an early stage venue capital firm in New York. Matt has an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a frequent op-ed contributor, writing on the intersection of technology and public policy, for Forbes, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, and other publications.
Vice President of Public Policy Verizon
Vice President, Strategic Industry Programs CTIA
Managing Director Wells Fargo
Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities, where she was promoted to senior analyst after serving two years as an associate analyst on the telecom research team. In 2000, she tied for second in the "Best Up and Comers" category in Institutional Investor's annual vote. In 2006, Forbes magazine recognized Jennifer as one of the top ten stock pickers from a universe of 4,500 sell-side analysts across all industry sectors. In May 2011, Jennifer was recognized as the No. 1 earnings estimator for wireless telecommunication services by Financial Times/StarMine, a leading provider of objective ratings of equity securities analysts. Jennifer was recognized by StarMine and received the 2014 No. 3 stock picker ranking for the diversified telecom services sector. In June 2017 Jennifer was again ranked the No. 3 stock picker in the diversified telecommunication services sector in the Thomson Reuters' StarMine analyst awards. Jennifer makes numerous media appearances and has often been a guest on Bloomberg and CNBC. She also speaks at many of the industry and trade conferences and often is asked to participate in many Washington, D.C. regulatory telecom seminars and events. Jennifer earned a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated summa cum laude.
Brian L. Johnson
City Manager City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Brian L. Johnson became the City Manager of Peachtree Corners, Georgia on November 21, 2016. As City Manager, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and is responsible to the Mayor and City Council for the management of all city departments and of all city affairs.
Mr. Johnson previously served as the City Manager of Garden City, Georgia and most recently of Anniston, Alabama. He is currently one of only 1,280 local government management professionals worldwide and one of only 57 in Georgia to have earned the prestigious Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.
Mr. Johnson's professional career actually began in the military as a Cryptologist in the U.S. Navy where he served in various positions within the Naval Intelligence community. Following his acceptance into the U.S. Army's commissioning program, Mr. Johnson was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation as the Distinguished Military Honor Graduate from the University of Georgia. He served in various leadership positions within mechanized and light infantry units as well as a number of key staff assignments to include Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield. As a member of the Third Infantry Division, Mr. Johnson commanded an infantry unit in the fight to Baghdad and subsequent stability operations that were conducted during the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was during this time that his interest and experience in local government management began. As the Officer-in-Charge of a civil-military operation in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, he successfully planned and organized the formation of a municipal government, assisted in the recruitment and training of its personnel, and supervised the rebuilding of its supporting civil infrastructure.
Vice President, IoT Business Development Sprint
Over 25 years of multi‐party benefiting, entrepreneurial spirited, persistent and innovative Sales and Business Development excellence to catalyze and advance the campaigns of innovative entities seeking to grow further, faster in value and excellence. This has been accomplished both via regional and global scale entities seeking either new market opportunities and/or expansion of existing goals.
President CBRS Alliance
Dave played an instrumental role in the formation of the CBRS Alliance, collaborating with other founding members to create a robust multi-stakeholder organization focused on the optimization of LTE and 5G services in the CBRS band. He served as the Alliance's first Secretary from its launch in August 2016 and was elected as the President of the Alliance in February 2018.
For his "day job", Dave leads CommScope's policy and standards initiatives, ensuring the intersection of CommScope's technology and product innovations with suitable regulatory environments and technical specifications. Dave is a spectrum champion, advocating for unlicensed, licensed, and dynamic sharing frameworks - recognizing the vital role that all spectrum management regimes play in our increasingly wireless world.
Dave began his odyssey in networking/telecom/mobile/wireless in the early '90s while serving in the US Marine Corps. He then transitioned to the commercial sector as a systems engineer. In the intervening years he has spent much of his time in Technical Marketing, Standards Development, and Policy Advocacy. Dave is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) Emeritus (#2062) as well as a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA).
Founder, Fosterly & Fellow Eisenhower Fellowships
Adam Zuckerman, an entrepreneur, attorney, and MBA, Adam is the founder of Fosterly, an organization which connects innovators and entrepreneurs as they start and scale their endeavors. In January 2015, Fosterly held the Collaborate Conference, the region's largest innovation and entrepreneurship event of the year. More than the 1,000 attendees included leading innovators from both the private and public sectors including Google X, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, NASA, the White House, the GSA, and more. In addition to being an active member of the Washington, DC metro region's community (e.g, being a member on Mayor Bowser's transition committee) he serves on the advisory boards of other organizations, and mentors entrepreneurs and startups. Just a few of the brands he's collaborated with include Anheuser-Busch, Box.com, Discovery Communications, DocuSign, Facebook, Box.com, Microsoft, NASA, Twitter, and Verizon.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) US Department of Health & Human Services
In May 2018 José Arrieta was appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department.
As the CIO, José provides leadership and oversight of the Department's $6.3B IT portfolio in support of the Department's expansive mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in science underlying medicine, public health, and social services. He is responsible for providing assistance and guidance on the use of technology-supported business process reengineering; investment analysis; performance measurement; strategic development and application of information systems and infrastructure; policies to provide improved management of information resources and technology; and better, more efficient service to our HHS clients and employees. José leads the development of HHS-wide IT strategy with an immediate focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technology. In addition, José provides advice and counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on how to advance the Department's mission through the use of transformative information technology approaches.
José brings over 15 years expertise in policy, procurement and technology solutions to HHS. He has deep experience in all phases of the acquisition life cycle and has served in a broad range of roles including contracting officer, budget manager, financial manager, small business executive, ombudsman, and program manager. He is a respected leader in applying emerging technologies, especially blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotic process automation, to the Federal acquisition process and mission critical program challenges.
He is actively engaged in the academic community, and currently serves at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University as an Adjunct Professor focused on Blockchain, Business Management, and Public Procurement. He also serves as an advisor to the Dean of the Kogod Business School at American University and provides guidance on the creation of a data science lab that is exploring the use of blockchain.
Prior to becoming the CIO, from January 2018 to May 2018, Jose served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, the Senior Procurement Official and the Small Business Executive. José successfully built and began to implement the first fully functioning blockchain coupled with artificial intelligence and machine learning for public procurement, in the world. The core of the acquisition program, HHS Accelerate, was built in 7 weeks and achieved Authority to Operate in December 2018.
Program Manager, Science & Technology (S&T) U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Sridhar Kowdley is an OIC Program Manager leading a number of initiatives, including the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP), where he is responsible for ensuring communications equipment declared by the supplier actually is P25 CAP compliant and tested against the standards with publicly published results. He also leads the DHS First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise initiative, which works to assess, evaluate and mitigate impacts of electronic jamming on first responder communications. He has 30 years of experience in program management, engineering and analysis of civilian, commercial and defense telecommunications and wireless systems and networks.
Josie Leyman Elias
Program Manager, Digital Health Innovation Group Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc
Josie Elias' focus on technology design and usability arose from many years in small business and disaster response. As Program Manager for Digital Health Innovation, within the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, she has the pleasure of working with innovators across Brigham Health to build and implement digital innovations from research apps, to indoor positioning, and to startup collaborations.
Elias believes that technology should be a tool for clinicians to simplify their work, And not the work itself. She brings over 20+ years of experience in business development, product design and manufacturing, as well as disaster response at both small and large organizations. Josie received her MBA from Cornell University and MPH from George Washington University. In her spare time, she is COML/ITSL for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue system.
State/Local Government, Education & Healthcare Industry Advisor Ciena
Daniele Loffreda is a Market Development and Consulting Advisor for State/Local Government, Education & Healthcare at Ciena. In this role, Daniele is responsible for helping Ciena gain an in-depth understanding of the differentiating business and technology trends within the government, education and healthcare industries, and linking them to evolutions in network technology. He also works with cross functional organizations within Ciena to create hardware, software and services solutions that help the industries transform their operations through digitalization, "smart" initiatives and the "Internet of Everything"
Daniele has spent 25 years working within the ICT industry, holding multiple functional roles in a variety global organizations. Prior to joining Ciena, Daniele held positions at Fujitsu, PE Associates, Singapore Telecom, Sprint and AT&T.
Daniele holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State University as well as a MBA from the University of Dallas. He is also an active member of many industry associations acting as a certified HIPAA Security Consultant and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.
Dr. Rikin Thakker
VP of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
Dr. Rikin Thakker is the Vice President of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), where he evaluates MMTC's policy positions and the impact of telecom policies on minorities and women. He also serves as the lead content developer for MMTC's joint Department of Labor (DOL) contract with the National Urban League and the Wireless Infrastructure Association under the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative.
Dr. Thakker is also a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He has designed several graduate level courses related to Cellular Network Infrastructure, Wi-Fi Technologies, and DAS/Small Cells for the Master's in Telecommunication program at UMD. He received Instructor of the Year award for the program in 2014. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at George Washington University's (GWU) Ph.D. program for the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) department.
Dr. Thakker is a co-founder of RF Academics - an initiative started by a group of elite professors to cater to the industry's need of quality education and consulting services at corporate speed. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications. He has helped design, deploy, and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States. He also advises operators, regulators, OEMs, and vendors around the world on 5G strategies.
Dr. Thakker chairs the Education and Training Working Group at the Innovation and Technology Council of WIA (Wireless Infrastructure Association, formerly PCIA). He also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA). Dr. Thakker earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Mobile Communications and Spectrum Management from GWU, and his M.S. in Telecommunications from UMD.
Vice President of Partnerships and Development Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)
Jason leads the development of business generating opportunities for WIA's members and partners as Vice President, Partnerships and Development. As a proven business-builder, Jason has taken a start-up from zero in revenue through acquisition, doubled association membership, and launched multiple new media, event, and association business models.
Board Member Small Cell Forum
Mark Reudink has worked in the wireless industry for more than 20 years in positions with major service providers (AT&T, T-mobile) and infrastructure companies (Qualcomm, Metawave, Vectrad, Polaris Wireless). As Director of Product Management and Development at Crown Castle, he is responsible for developing new business opportunities by leveraging Crown Castle's assets, creating strategic relationships and evaluating new technologies. He previously served as Director of Engineering and Operations at Crown Castle and was responsible for RF design and integration and monitoring of the DAS networks.
Senior Director of Ecosystems, Alliances & Business Development Hitachi America
Leading #IoT, #Analytics & #DigitalTransformation, business development Hitachi Social Innovation Business, responsible for Ecosystem, Partnerships, and Alliances in the Americas.
25+ year track record driving high impact sales to Fortune 100 companies. Managed large and small sales organizations and implemented strategies at the intersection of product, distribution, technology, sales and finance. Identify and develop targeted, profitable market verticals and new distribution ecosystems that achieve dominant market share. Proven strengths in business development, planning and execution in the IT space.
Recent strategic leadership roles have included Internet of Things (IoT/M2M), Analytics, Cloud Services across multiple ecosystems and targeted vertical industries.
Principal Strengths: Leadership, Communication, Product, Ecosystem Strategy & Business Development.
President and CEO Fiber Broadband Association
Lisa R. Youngers is the Executive Director of the Fiber Broadband the Association -- the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband. Youngers, who brings two decades of communications experience to the Association, was most recently the CEO of Nextlink Wireless. Prior to leading Nextlink, Youngers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Federal Advocacy and Strategy at XO Communications. Before that, she served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. Youngers also served as the Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota, and is a member of the Minnesota, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a JD from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Founder and Publisher Connected Real Estate
Rich is the Publisher of Connected Real Estate Magazine. He formed a new firm, Fifth Gen Media in 2016 after a 30 year career building and developing wireless networks for the major carriers and turf vendors. Connected Real Estate Magazine is a print and digital publication about Wireless that goes to Commercial Real Estate professionals to educate and promote the industry. Rich ran a public company, Berliner Communications (BCI) for nearly 15 years and has consulted and contributed to many other firms over his career. Rich is a graduate of Rutgers University and resides in New Jersey.
Dr. Joseph G. Allen
Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Harvard University
Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings in several hundred buildings across a diverse range of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology, education, commercial office real estate and manufacturing. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created 'The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building'. He is also the faculty advisor to the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy. He works with Fortune 100 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fortune and The New York Times. Dr. Allen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and an Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air. He earned his Doctor of Science (DSc) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from
Boston College. More information on his research can be found at: www.ForHealth.org.
EVP of Business Development and RF Engineering Telnet, Inc.
Mike Dorranian is a wireless industry executive who has played an integral role in the management and deployment of wireless networks within telecommunication sector from 1G to 5G. Mike plays key role within executive management team on all matters of strategic growth planning, operational analysis, and acquisitions. He began his career in 1990 as part of the team deploying the first GSM Network in Germany, and later the first CDMA network in South Korea. He has also been involved in launching numerous networks in the U.S. with all major wireless carriers.
Senior Vice President, Technology Programs Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
CEO & Founder InnerSpace
James Wu has dedicated the last 20 years to building award-winning products for notable technology startups including Platform Computing, Rypple and Kobo. Playing a pivotal role at each company, James built and led product development while honing his understanding of what it takes to develop a team, product and company from early days to global success.
At Kobo, the primary competitor to Amazon Kindle, James was the conceptual visionary for the company's unique and award winning tablet user experience and primary inventor on more than 30 patents related to user experience design. He was responsible for setting the strategic direction for Kobo's complete portfolio of products, including websites, mobile apps and award winning eReading devices. Managing large teams of exceptionally talented experience designers, interaction architects, industrial and mechanical designers, researchers and prototypers, James stewarded their abilities to deliver the world-class Kobo eReading experience across all platforms and with a localized experience in 22 countries.
Prior to beginning his professional career, James earned a Ph.D in Computer Science at Queen's University.
Chelsea connects the tech, government and social impact sectors to create smarter cities and more connected communities. She shares information, consults and convenes sectors though her platform Digi.City. She also serves as the Editor-At-Large for Smart Cities Connect and is Managing Director for Digital Communities for Start Co, a venture development company in Memphis that is focused on entrepreneurship and smart technology to create more equitable, economically-empowered communities.
She is currently engaged as a 2019 Simon Industrial Fellow with the University of Manchester. Chelsea completed a 2018 Marshall Memorial Fellowship and a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship. Her research focuses on smart city policy and global best practices. Her work has also been featured in Inc.com, Venture Beat, the Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas where she is active in the local tech and social impact community and serves on the boards of Austin CityUP. In 2014 she co-founded Impact Hub Austin, a local+global network for social good. Her masters and bachelor degrees are from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Digital Officer City of Salford, Manchester, UK
Jon Corner leads the digital transformation and ongoing growth of one of the world's most attractive cities for digital enterprise, Salford, UK. As its first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Jon plays a leading role in the realization of Salford's ambition to design and deliver a digital strategy that will make it a leading digital city. Delivering a 19% job growth rate from 2010-15 (87% of which is digital) and holding enviable digital assets, Salford has few equivalents. In 2017, it surpassed London as the UK's leading city for percentage increase in start-up growth and much of this has been attributed to the growth of digital media, healthcare and enterprise in the region.
Jon brings more than 16 years of experience in technology and digital transformation in both the public and private sector. In his role as CEO of The Landing, he set up and shaped one of the most successful regional and national tech clusters which, in the last three years has grown over 120 new companies and contributed over £89m GVA to the UK digital economy in 2017.
Dublin Smart Docklands Project Management and Governance Lead City of Dublin, Ireland
Edward looks after project management and governance in Smart Docklands, a unique world-class smart city testbed in the heart of Dublin's Docklands area. Smart Docklands is the first of its kind in Ireland and globally, where the municipality and academia have funded a Project Management Office (PMO) to play an 'honest broker' role amongst government, the tech and startup community, business owners, universities, research centers, and citizens of Dublin. This innovative 'triple helix model' has secured strategic global partnerships with Google, IBM, AT&T, Accenture, Dense Air, Microsoft, Vodafone, Autodesk, Mastercard, Intel, and Softbank. Smart Docklands successfully facilitates and enables the testing and trialling of smart city solutions by identifying real local challenges and working with diverse stakeholders to come up with lasting solutions. This includes pioneering the world's first 'Neutral Host Model' for 5G connectivity. Edward helps to drive key projects, ensuring progress, deliverables, and milestones are achieved. He also helps to shape the processes and structures around project engagement, otherwise known as project governance, for the wider Smart Dublin initiative. His background is in Information Technology and Information Management, taking a keen interest in innovative companies and their ability to commercialise novel products and services.
Head of Marketing & 5G Business Development Samsung
Derek Johnston is head of networks marketing for Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and directs marketing and assists in new business development for Samsung's North American Networks division. Derek has responsibility for marketing, including messaging, product commercialization, and new business support, for Samsung's U.S. mobile division.
Derek joined Samsung in 2015, and has nearly 24 years of marketing, product management and channel management experience in the wireless industry. Prior to joining Samsung, Derek led global marketing for Corning's Wireless Division, where he was responsible for developing and executing the marketing strategy, and creating and managing the channel partner program, competitive intelligence and product go-to-market strategy. Derek previously worked in product management and channel management roles at Aptela (purchased by Vonage) as well as held field marketing, channel management and pricing leadership roles at Sprint and Nextel Communications.
Derek holds Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management at Clark University.
Vice President of Product Development and Strategy Crown Castle
Mark Reudink has worked in the wireless industry for more than 20 years in positions with major service providers (AT&T, T-mobile) and infrastructure companies (Qualcomm, Metawave, Vectrad, Polaris Wireless). As Director of Product Management and Development at Crown Castle, he is responsible for developing new business opportunities by leveraging Crown Castle's assets, creating strategic relationships and evaluating new technologies. He previously served as Director of Engineering and Operations at Crown Castle and was responsible for RF design and integration and monitoring of the DAS networks.
Vice President, Federal Regulatory AT&T
Hank joined AT&T in 2004. He represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission on a number of issues including spectrum and wireless policy, Internet and broadband policy, interconnection, and intercarrier compensation. Hank serves on the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier Association. Prior to joining AT&T, he was with MCI for eight years. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.
CEO Geeks Without Frontiers (GWF)
David Hartshorn has more than 35 years of experience in the satellite communications industry. He serves as CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, a non-profit technology-neutral organization that applies financially sustainable innovation to solve connectivity challenges worldwide. Mr. Hartshorn leads the organization as it catalyzes public and private sector initiatives to bridge the "Digital Divide" and reach the UN "Sustainable Goals".
Timothy L. Bransford
Partner Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Timothy ("Tim") Bransford advises clients on telecommunications-related regulatory issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and foreign regulators. He counsels clients on domestic and international regulations regarding the launch and operation of geostationary and non-geostationary communications satellite networks, and he assists clients seeking approval to operate complex Mobile Satellite Service (MSS), Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), and Earth Station on board Vessel (ESV) networks.
Tim has successfully obtained licenses to operate ground station facilities in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and in excess of a dozen African nations. He regularly meets with the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) and Wireless Bureau to seek approval for clients to test and operate cutting edge terrestrial wireless network infrastructure using advanced modulation schemes and applications. He additionally represents clients seeking OET approval to market and distribute next generation wireless devices in the US market. Tim advises domestic and international clients on state and federal data security obligations, and also electronic surveillance and wiretap regulations.
Previously, Tim served as a law clerk in the FCC's Satellite Division. Before attending law school, he held management positions at several prominent international carriers based in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
With over 30 years of wireless experience, Alan Tilles is viewed as one of the "go-to" attorneys in the industry regarding spectrum utilization. From radio manufacturers, to frequency coordinators, radio engineers, public safety agencies, railroads and utilities, he is frequently called upon to create innovative answers to complex technological problems. A client recently noted, "Alan and his staff provided unparalleled legal representation for Mobile County. We would have been taken advantage of had it not been for the persistence, experience and knowledge base that the firm brought to the table." Other clients note that they always want Alan on the phone during negotiations because he understands the technology.
Alan's work in wireless goes well beyond simply reviewing contracts and writing FCC comments. Using his extensive background owning and running radio stations, Alan has been at the forefront of conceiving and proposing rules at the FCC to address problems faced by the wireless industry. Major projects include: authoring rules for land mobile radio narrowbanding; representing hundreds of public safety entities in 800 MHz rebanding; working with the Telecommunications Industry Association on its Smart Building Initiative, authoring rules defining interference; writing and evaluating Requests for Proposal to implement public safety radio systems; and helping railroads acquire spectrum for Positive Train Control. He is a co-founder of the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association.
Considering this background, both technically and legally, data privacy work was a natural outgrowth of Alan's expertise. As a member of the Shulman Rogers Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice, he helps companies implement data privacy policies, provides important assistance when breaches occur, and partners with the Firm's litigation and government contracting teams on cyber litigation issues. Alan's service on the Board of Trustees of Capitol Technology University further aids his insight into the world of data privacy.
However, there's another side to Alan's legal work. As a musician since childhood, Alan represents numerous bands and entertainers. The breadth of his work includes working on recording contracts, television and live performance agreements, as well as copyright and trademark issues. As a result, he has received appreciative mentions in a number of albums by several musicians and in 2018 appeared on the East Bay Soul CD "Conversation."
As one of the most sought-after public speakers in the country, Alan can be seen at seminars and webinars nationwide on a regular basis, including the International Wireless Communications Expo and the Global Transport Forum. His writing can be seen on websites such as Urgent Communications, and he is a regular contributor on Federal News Radio.
U.S. Green Building Council & Senior Vice President, Sustainability Kilroy Realty Corporation
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. Sara took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 publicly traded real estate company on sustainability in North America by GRESB, and under her leadership the company recently committed to becoming the first carbon neutral real estate company in North America by the end of 2020.
At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives such as solar and battery dealmaking, the implementation of energy and water efficiency initiatives throughout the existing and development portfolios, the integration of sustainability standards into annual financial reports, the launch of the Kilroy Innovation Lab, and the award-winning green leasing program. She holds a BS from Stanford and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Founder & CEO Atlas Organization
Dr. Jonathan Ward is the Founder of Atlas Organization, a consultancy focused on the rise of India and China, US-China competition, and the new geopolitics of Asia. Dr. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and India-China relations. He completed his PhD at Oxford, specializing in China-India relations, and has traveled widely in China, India, and across the Indo-Pacific, a region spanning two of the world's major oceans, the Indian Ocean and the West Pacific, from the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea. Dr. Ward has consulted for the Pentagon on Chinese long-term strategy and began consulting on China and India and the changing geopolitics of Asia in 2013 for Oxford Analytica, the UK's leading political risk consultancy, where his reports were dispatched to clients around the world. He speaks Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic, and spent ten years overseas before returning to the United States to found Atlas Organization. He has lived in Russia, China, India, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Ward is a frequent invited speaker on China and India for international audiences. He has presented to military and government audiences (incl. U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Navy Asia-Pacific Advisory Group, U.S. Army War College, U.K. Ministry of Defense), leading think tanks (incl. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies, East and West Center, Economic Research Council, RAND Corporation), Fortune 500 companies, and for public, private, and university audiences.
He has presented on Chinese military space and nuclear policy at US STRATCOM, the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, among other venues. His work on Chinese space and nuclear strategy was selected for the Center for Strategic and International Studied PONI Capstone Conference in 2018. He is a member of the 2018 Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington DC, and a former Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford China Centre. He is currently at work on a book about Chinese global strategy and its consequences for the United States.
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Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, Esq., J.D., LL.M.
Former U.S. Treasury Senior Policy Advisor, Government & Public Services Strategy Leader Deloitte Consulting LLC
Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, banking and financial services, public policy and strategic regulatory expert, and until recently, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Project Manager at the United States Department of the Treasury. In this role, he developed and coordinated financial regulatory reform and policy development and analysis in several areas including new and emerging technologies (FinTech), identity, innovation, financial inclusion, de-risking, risk management, big data, privacy, and payments. Combiz is a recognized authority in the policies, laws, and regulations of FinTech, RegTech, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He currently serves as Deputy Chair of the ACT-IAC Blockchain Forum, which is one of the largest public-private outreach and collaboration-building events with the blockchain community. He co-authored the blockchain primer on how blockchain can enable innovation in the U.S. Federal Government, the FinTech primer on how new and emerging technologies can improve transparency and accountability, and has held leadership roles on various White House inter-agency working groups on FinTech/RegTech, regulatory reform, government modernization, and policy development. He currently serves as the Special Advisor to the Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for the Federal Identity Forum & Expo (FedID), having previously served as Treasury's first Representative to FedID. In this role, he is responsible for bringing a unified voice to key identity issues important to Treasury - and national - priorities.
Combiz has served continuously in the U.S. Federal Government for eleven years since he was 19 years old; and he has worked on public policy, domestic and international financial regulatory, legislative, government relations, and political matters as well as global engagement. He joined Treasury after serving in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for PSI. Prior to joining Congress, Mr. Abdolrahimi worked in The White House Office of Political Affairs, and spent four years as a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of State, interfacing with senior foreign government officials from over 90 countries and receiving commendations from Republican and Democratic leadership.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of immigrants, Mr. Abdolrahimi's first job was working the cash register for his family's small business--at the age of 12. He is a graduate of UCLA; American University of Beirut in Lebanon; and Georgetown University Law Center, receiving his B.A., J.D. and LL.M. in national security law with a focus on IHRL, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering. Mr. Abdolrahimi speaks several languages critical to U.S. interests, such as Turkish, Persian, Arabic and Spanish. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of an American hero and his mentor, Ambassador Col. Charles W. Hostler, USAF (ret.), and serve as a United States Ambassador to the MENA region.
Chief Engineer Cisco
Expertise in SDN and NfV Security services, focusing on infrastructure security and security services. Development of DDoS infrastructure and services with innovation from SDN and NfV. I lead the ATIS Cybersecurity committee and guide standards groups in both the ONF (Security Expert group) and the ETSI NfV (Security Expert Group). Development, orchestration of and lifecycle management of security infrastructure and services on Cloud, Data Center, Service Provider security for network and applications.
Other areas of focus include: Managed Services Architect focusing on Unified Communications and Collaboration, Security, Insertion of Managed Services into SP Operations, NMS/OSS, Mobility IP Next Generation Network Architectures, Data Center and Cloud Computing.
Senior Manager, Network Consolidation, Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Unified Capabilities General Dynamics Information Technology
Transformative innovator leading teams to digitize services and processes. Progressive career growth from design engineering to senior management. Visionary driving societal change through technology.
Director of Federal Cyber Security Technology and Engineering Programs T-Mobile
Drew Morin 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, etc.) and Federal (FCC, DHS, etc.) 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.
Dr. Rob Spalding, Brig. Gen. (Ret)
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff U.S. Air Force
Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spalding III assumed the duties of Special Assistant to the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in February 2018.
General Spalding received his commission through Fresno State University's ROTC program in 1991. He earned his doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2007. The general attended undergraduate pilot training in 1993, and was subsequently assigned as a B-52 Stratofortress co-pilot in the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. He subsequently transitioned to the B-2 Spirit at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. In 2001, he was selected as one of three Air Force Olmsted Scholars, and was a distinguished graduate of Mandarin Chinese language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Afterward, the general attended Tongji University in Shanghai as a graduate research student. He then returned to Whiteman AFB as a B-2 evaluator pilot and assistant director of operations for the 393rd Bomb Squadron. The general was then assigned to the Office of Secretary of Defense's Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office as the military assistant for the deputy assistant secretary of defense. During the Iraq surge in 2007, General Spalding deployed to Baghdad and directed the Personal Security Coordination Center. After a stint at the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, he was reassigned to the B-2 at Whiteman AFB.
While at Whiteman AFB, he was the chief of safety, operations group commander and vice wing commander. He was then selected as a Military Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. General Spalding then served as the chief China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. His next assignment led him back to China as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attache to China in Bejing, China. Prior to his current assignment he served at the White House as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council, Washington D.C.
Program Manager, Science and Technology Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Vincent Sritapan is the Mobile Security R&D Program Manager at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Science & Technology Directorate (S&T). Mr. Sritapan oversees Mobile Security and Emergency Communications R&D supporting the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In his role he manages mobile device security and mobile applications security programs aimed at accelerating the adoption of secure mobile technologies for the Department, government and global community to ensure the homeland security mission.
Mr. Sritapan currently serves as the Co-Chair with GSA and NIST for the Federal CIO Council's Federal Mobility Group helping drive the federal strategy in mobility and share information across Departments and Agencies. Additionally, Mr. Sritapan serves as the Co-Chair with DoD for the Committee for National Security Systems' Mobile & Wireless Security (CNSS) Working group to address policy and directives for mobility as it pertains to national security systems.
Prior to joining S&T, Vincent spent multiple years with the DHS' Office of the Chief Information Security Officer as the Technical Lead and Security Architect in the Information Security Architecture and Engineering Division. He holds a BS in Information Systems from California State University Northridge, an MA in National Security Studies and an MBA in Information Assurance and Security Management from California State University San Bernardino. Mr. Sritapan is a direct commissioned Information Warfare Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, a National Science Foundation CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Alumnus and an Office of the Director of National Intelligence - Intelligence Community Scholar Alumnus.
Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
CISA is responsible for protecting the Nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats. This mission requires effective coordination and collaboration among a broad spectrum of government and private sector organizations.
Mr Joshua Weaver
Associate Director, Next Generation ICT & 5G Working Group U.S. Department of Defense
Division Chief of Transportation City of Alexandria Virginia
Global Director, Government Relations, Mobility and Advanced Technologies Ford Motor Company
John F. Kwant is Ford's Global Director of Government Relations for Mobility and Advanced Technologies. In this Washington D.C, based role, he is responsible for advocating Ford's Federal positions on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle regulatory matters as well as Urban Mobility issues.
Prior to this role, Mr. Kwant was as Vice President, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. where he led Ford's global efforts to partner with municipalities to identify key urban mobility needs that inform its development of new mobility services while also working to create, pilot and implement new mobility solutions in cities worldwide. He also served as Director of Global Strategy, focusing on Smart Mobility initiatives.
Mr. Kwant spent over 10 years in Ford's Asia Pacific Group in a variety of roles including Director of Asia-Pacific Integration, Director of International Government Affairs for Asia-Pacific Matters in Washington, D.C., Regional Vice President for Government Affairs for Ford's Asia-Pacific Operations based in Shanghai, and Director of Strategy & Business Development and Planning Group for Asia-Pacific which was based in Dearborn.
Mr. Kwant joined Ford in August of 1999 to assist in business development, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances surrounding Internet distribution channel partners. He was the founder and Managing Director of Ford Motor Company's Venture Capital Group which managed numerous corporate investments. He has served on the Boards of several of the Group's holdings. The Group was recognized in 2001 by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as a recipient of a Michigan Investment and Commercialization Success Award. Mr. Kwant then moved on to serve as the Director of Business Intelligence and Corporate Initiatives within Automotive Strategy at Ford.
Before joining Ford, Mr. Kwant spent four years at Pitney Bowes, Inc, where he was responsible for Internet Business Development, Strategic Planning, and M&A. Prior to this, he worked as a Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and also held various management positions with General Motors in manufacturing and operations.
Prof. Stephen Smith
Research Professor, The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University
Stephen Smith is a research professor in robotics. His interests are in artificial intelligence, primarily in the areas of constraint-based search and optimization, automated planning and scheduling, configurable and adaptive problem-solving systems, multi-agent and multi-robot coordination, mixed-initiative decision-making, and naturally inspired search procedures. One integrating focus has been the development of core technologies for coordination and control of large-scale, multi-actor systems, and their application to domains spanning transportation, manufacturing, logistics, mission planning, and energy systems.
Smith's research is focused on tackling fundamental technological challenges relating to problem complexity and solution/system scalability, decision-making under diverse and complex constraints, time-stressed decision-making in dynamic domains, human-computer collaboration, multi-agent and distributed decision-making, and solution/system reconfigurability, reuse and self-improvement.
Mr. Gary Shapiro
President and CEO Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® - The Global Stage for Innovation.
Shapiro directs a staff of more than 160 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization's promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for skilled immigration, free trade and eliminating regulatory and tax burdens on innovators that delay, restrict or ban products and services. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.
Shapiro has testified before Congress on technology and business issues dozens of times and led the industry through its successful transition to HDTV. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers' battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair-use rights and was an early opponent in the fight to defeat SOPA and PIPA in Congress - legislation that would silence free speech online. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station, served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) and is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, receiving its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. Most recently, Shapiro testified on a Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee hearing on the risks to innovation caused by over-regulation.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Hill named Shapiro one of the top lobbyists in Washington, DC. Shapiro has also been repeatedly named one of the 100 most influential people in Washington by Washington Life magazine and a Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine. He has also held many exhibition industry leadership posts and received the exhibition industry's highest honor, the IAEE Pinnacle Award. Under Shapiro's leadership, CTA regularly wins awards for its success as a family friendly employer, the healthiest workplace of its size in Washington, and as a "green" tradeshow producer. In 2016, CTA earned its third consecutive selection as a Washington Post Top Workplace.
Shapiro authored CTA's New York Times best-sellers, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses (Harper Collins, 2013) and The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 800 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an "influencer" on LinkedIn and has more than 250,000 followers.
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Nokia
Betsy Covell is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Nokia with over 30 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. Over her career, she has driven the evolution of wireless standards development from 2G to 5G. As an industry leader in wireless standards, she has been both technical contributor to and Chair of numerous standards groups in 3GPP, 3GPP2, ATIS, OMA, ITU-T, and TIA.
In her current role in 3GPP SA1, Betsy has been instrumental in developing 5G standards. She works closely with the Operational Technology companies in 5G-ACIA to translate the needs of Industry 4.0 into 5G system requirements, ensuring 5G meets the needs of both industrial automation and traditional telecommunication service providers.
When not in a standards meeting, Betsy enjoys biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Mayor City of Seat Pleasant
Mayor Eugene W. Grant has been leading the City of Seat Pleasant, MD through successful innovative methods and providing executive municipal leadership since 2004.
In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center in the City of Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence. This multi-year endeavor will elevate Seat Pleasant to become the FIRST authentic small Smart City in the world.
In addition to this significant accomplishment, Mayor Grant successfully petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to designate Seat Pleasant as a "Rural Community," potentially giving the city access to millions of dollars of federal grants and funding. Because of the Mayor's continual efforts, he is currently using $4.1 million in Rural Development financing to remodel City Hall and the Maintenance Building into Smart Buildings.
Mayor Grant has automated the city's Finance Department, increasing accountability and transparency to the citizens. Seat Pleasant is also the first small city in the state of Maryland to utilize Budgeting for Outcomes, which has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the Finance Department. His leadership created the opportunity for Seat Pleasant to become the first city in the country to obtain security clearance to fly police drones in the No Fly Zone over the nation's capital, optimizing the city's ability to provide better safety to the region during times of uncertainty.
As the principle promoter for Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence, Mayor Grant has presented his vision for a center of innovation, information, and investment in front of some of the world's leading tech companies, emerging tech companies specializing in the Internet of Things and potential impact and social impact investors and angel investors.
In 2017, Mayor Grant has promoted the city as a model for other small cities, towns, and villages at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; spoken at panels at Smart Cities Week in California and Washington, D.C. and with the American Association of Blacks in Energy; presented the FIRST ever TEDx Talk presentation in the history of the Maryland Municipal Summer Conference; and, presented potential strategic partnerships with Harrisburg University and Oklahoma University to continue to build upon the foundation establishing Seat Pleasant as a Smart City of Excellence.
VP, Cloud and Digital Solutions SES Astra S.A.
As VP of Cloud & Digital Solutions for SES Networks, Karl Horne is responsible for technology and business strategies for satellite connected cloud and Digital Transformation solutions aimed at the Enterprise, Public Sector, and Telco/MNO markets. In this capacity, Mr. Horne works across the ecosystem of cloud and network service providers, technology vendors, and solutions integrators to establish SES' solutions in support of the industry shift towards 5G, IoT, and Cloud Powered Digital Transformations.
Global Head for Smart Cities Qualcomm Inc
Mr. Sanjeet Pandit is the Global Head for Smart Cities practice at Qualcomm, Inc USA and responsible for Carrier and Ecosystem relationships in this domain. His expertise in the telecom industry spans over 20 plus years. He specializes in the areas of Smart City design, creation of Smart verticals, digital transformation and go to market strategies creating an experience that would benefit public private domains and citizen engagements. Sanjeet has worked and created relationships with the Smart city ecosystem partners, resulting in multiple Smart City projects Globally.
He joined Qualcomm in late 1995 and moved to Ericsson in 1999 following the sale of the infrastructure division of Qualcomm, moving back to Qualcomm in 2007. He has held various senior positions at Qualcomm and was responsible for APAC and India business development prior to leading the Smart city vertical.