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Karl Hightower

SVP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Novant Health

Karl is a transformative leader at the helm of Novant Health’s Information Management, Cognitive Computing, and Analytics departments. With over 25 years of extensive experience, he is a recognized innovator and problem solver, driving the strategic use of Big Data, AI, and Digital Products. His teams are the force behind the remarkable care delivered to the patients and communities, equipping Novant Health to stay ahead of the curve in embracing next-generation technologies like Blockchain, Web 3.0, and Quantum Computing.

Throughout his career, Karl has navigated diverse industries from retail, finance, energy trading, telecommunications, to manufacturing and supply chain. His strategic leadership and visionary initiatives have resulted in new teams, operating models, and game-changing strategies across these industries. Each sector has expanded his knowledge and broadened his skillset, making him a versatile asset capable of driving enterprise-wide changes.

Karl’s expertise lies in harnessing the power of data and AI to amplify business processes. He is renowned for designing cross-enterprise information management programs, architecting real-time decision support systems, and leading the enterprise-wide adoption of Master Data Management. His ability to leverage both industry-specific and non-industry technology generates notable business advantages, positioning him as a leader in the field. Karl’s proficiencies also extend to public speaking and thought leadership, application research and positioning, and the creation of governance boards to ensure regulatory compliance.

Nick Coussoule

Senior Vice President
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Nicholas Coussoule joined BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in February 2008 as senior vice president and chief information officer.  In this role, Nick is responsible for a broad range of strategic initiatives, technical and operational support functions. He leads more than 800 employees and oversees a $190 million budget for the company’s information services and business engineering divisions. He reports directly to BlueCross’ chief operating officer and serves on the company’s corporate leadership council.

Nick has more than 30 years of extensive experience in operations and technology consulting and IT management in the U.S. and internationally.  He began his career in consulting with Keane Inc. serving as a project manager and account manager in the US and the Netherlands, before moving into senior management.

He has held senior IT leadership positions at Alumax Inc. as well as the chief information officer position at Pameco Corporation and Teltek Inc. Nick most recently served as the senior vice president and chief information officer at Crawford & Company, the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions.

At BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee he has been instrumental in helping the company successfully implement the requirements of the Affordable Care Act allowing BlueCross to obtain dominant market share while meeting our customer obligations. His team developed a Member 360 dashboard providing significantly improved customer service efficiency and effectiveness. His team also partnered with BCBST strategic marketing team to implement significant digital capabilities including an award winning member portal and award winning mobile applications.

Prior key accomplishments for Nick include being part of a leadership team that developed and implemented a global order management and inventory system for a Fortune 500 chemical company. Nick also led the executive committee IT research, due diligence, synergy plan, acquisition and integration of a $200 million third-party administrator of custom claims and medical management solutions.

Nick is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he obtained a degree with honors in economics and mathematics. He is a graduate of the 2015 Nashville Healthcare Council Fellows program. Nick is also a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics – the statutory public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health information policy.

Chris Hughes

CISO & Co-Founder
Aquia, Inc

Proven Cloud/Cybersecurity leader with nearly 20 years of experience in both the Federal and commercial industries.

Dynamic skill set, with a blend of IT, Cyber/Cloud Security and DevSecOps experience. I enjoy working across interdisciplinary teams to solve complex organizational and industry-wide problems to achieve technological transformation securely.

Passionate about Cybersecurity, Cloud and DevSecOps and helping to educate individuals looking to further their career.

Andrew Flynn

Executive Editor
CSO Online

Andrew Flynn is based in Ottawa, Canada and is regional executive editor for CSO Online. Before joining Foundry, he worked as a senior news editor at Business News Network, associate editor of the Financial Post, and business editor of The Canadian Press. As a reporter and editor, he has 30 years of journalism experience, working a diverse range of beats from sports and entertainment to politics and world events to finance and economics. He owns many guitars.


Bianca Lochner

City of Scottsdale, AZ

Bianca Lochner, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience in information technology and local government. Throughout her career, she led multiple digital transformations and innovations in education and the public sector, modernizing legacy technology and positively impacting how citizens and businesses interact with the city government. As the Chief Information Officer for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, she combines her passion for public service and technology’s power to transform how government delivers to the community it serves. She previously served as the Assistant CIO for the City of Phoenix and as the CIO for two school districts, leading a broad portfolio of technology infrastructure and digital projects, developing Smart City strategies, creating a more transparent and open government, and fostering innovation and partnerships to improve efficiency and service delivery and enhance the citizen experience and well-being.

Bianca is the co-founder and co-chair of the Cybersecurity Council of Arizona, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding Arizona’s cybersecurity workforce. She is also a board member and advisor for the ArizonaCIO, Girls in Tech, the Arizona Technology Council, the Regional Wireless Consortium, Evanta, the Greater Phoenix Smart Region Consortium Connective, and the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology. She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, a Master’s Degree in American Studies, a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, a Postdoctorate in Management of Information Systems, and an Executive MBA from ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bianca is the recipient of the 2022 GoldenGov City Executive of the Year award and was recognized as Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2023.

Torsten George

Cybersecurity Evangelist
Absolute Software

Torsten is Absolute’s in-house cybersecurity evangelist with over 28 years of global experience. He is an internationally recognized IT security expert, author, and speaker, regularly providing commentary and publishing articles on data breaches, insider threats, compliance frameworks, and IT security best practices.

Paul Prudhomme

Head of Threat Intelligence Advisory

Paul Prudhomme is the Head of Threat Intelligence Advisory at Rapid7. He previously served as a leader of the cyber threat intelligence subscription service at Deloitte and as an individual contributor to that of iDefense. Paul previously covered cyber issues as a contractor in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Paul specializes in the coverage of state-sponsored cyber threats, particularly those from Iran. Paul originally served as a linguist and cultural advisor and speaks multiple languages, including Arabic. He has a master’s degree in history from Georgetown University. Paul is also a certified scuba diver and an award-winning amateur underwater photographer.

Ron Culler, Jr

Vice President
Cyber Development Programs, CompTIA

Ron Culler is the Vice President, of Cyber Development Programs at CompTIA focused on Cybersecurity, be it the current or future threat landscape, certification, learning, or workforce development. His role is to be the voice of Cybersecurity for CompTIA across the organization.

Prior to Joining CompTIA Ron was the founder of Secure Designs Inc., and served as the CTO, technology architect, MSS visionary, and security evangelist for the company. Ron and his team built a successful MSSP managing over 10,000 firewalls globally until they were acquired in 2018. In addition, Ron is a US Navy veteran and was part of the Naval Security Group which he served for 10 years.

Ron is an out-of-the-box thinker actively engaged in expanding the understanding of Cybersecurity and technology for organizations of all sizes. Ron’s expertise as a Cybersecurity visionary and industry thought leader is in high demand, as a regular speaker and writer on Cybersecurity, technology legislation, cloud, and IoT/OT security. He has also been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, and even Billboard Magazine where he has shared his insights on the latest cybersecurity trends and best practices.

He has been involved in multiple industry advisory councils and boards and has served as the Chair of CompTIA’s IT Security Community, a Member of CompTIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Council, and CompTIA ISAO SME Champions Council prior to joining CompTIA.  In addition to the many industry councils and boards, he also provides mentorship to several entrepreneurial organizations.

Ron has won multiple industry awards and honors including the MSPmentor 250, ChannelPro 20/20 Visionaries, and the 2017 CompTIA Tech Champion award for leadership in the technology sector.

Orion Hindawi

Founder and Executive Chairman

Orion Hindawi co-founded Tanium in 2007 and serves as its executive chairman. Orion drives the strategic vision and technical innovation at Tanium, as well as engagement with its strategic partners and customers.

A technology visionary and accomplished inventor, Orion has led the development of enterprise-scale endpoint security and management platforms for the past 18 years at BigFix, Inc. (acquired by IBM in 2010) and Tanium, in addition to holding multiple software patents in network communications and systems management.

Orion works closely every day with Tanium customers in pursuit of inventing new approaches for solving the significant challenges IT departments face securing and managing large, global enterprise environments. Orion also serves on the Tanium board of directors.

Keri Pearlson

Executive Director of Cybersecurity
MIT Sloan

Dr. Keri E. Pearlson is an expert in the area of managing and using information, specializing in cybersecurity leadership.  She’s serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations and has worked with CIOs and executives from some of the largest corporations in the world.  Dr. Pearlson is a thought leader in cybersecurity culture, resilience, strategic advantage, supply chain, and board leadership. She specializes in helping IT executives prepare to participate in the strategy formulation processes with their executive peers. She’s a skilled relationship manager, an accomplished meeting facilitator, an entertaining public speaker, an often-sought-after information resource, a published author and a proven leader.

Her most recent work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Wall Street Journal, and many academic and practitioner outlets. She has also published many books on aspects of managing and using information systems. She has a doctorate in business administration (in MIS, management information systems) from the Harvard Business School and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University. She’s the Executive Director of a research group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS), and the President of KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm.


Shelia Anderson


Shelia Anderson joined Aflac in July 2022 as senior vice president, chief information officer (CIO), where she is responsible for overseeing Aflac’s digital services division and driving the technology strategy in support of the company’s U.S. business. Anderson has a rich history as an executive leading the IT functions of major U.S. insurance companies.

Previously, Anderson was CIO for Liberty Mutual’s corporate functions, responsible for applications and technologies that drive the global company’s financial, Human Resources, legal, and data and analytics operations. Her team was responsible for building, implementing and maintaining innovative technology solutions that scaled to meet Liberty’s growing global business needs across the more than 45,000 employee base operating in more than 29 countries.

Anderson also served as Vice President and CIO of Property and Casualty Insurance at USAA. She previously held executive roles with several Fortune 500 global technology organizations, including HP and Electric Data Systems.

Anderson received the 2021 Boston CIO of the Year Super Global ORBIE Award and was recognized as a 2022 National CIO of the Year Super Global finalist for her outstanding leadership, management effectiveness and business value created through technology innovation while at Liberty Mutual. She was recognized by Insurance Business America as a 2018 Elite Woman.

Originally from Louisiana, Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University and her Master of Science in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.

Rob Carter

EVP, Information Services & CIO
FedEx Corporation

Robert B. (Rob) Carter is Executive Vice President, FedEx Information Services and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporation. He is a member of the six-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. Carter also serves as Co-President & Co-CEO of FedEx Services, the shared service entity responsible for Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Service.

Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has more than 40 years of systems development and implementation experience. Carter is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure and networks that provide around the clock and around the globe support for FedEx product offerings.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of South Florida.

Carter has been awarded many industry accolades, including, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine’s Executive Dream Team, Forbes Magazine CIO Innovation Award, Information Week’s Chief of the Year Award, and is a charter inductee of CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

Carter serves on the Board of Directors of New York Life.

Andrew Braunberg

Principal Analyst

Andrew supports Omdia’s cybersecurity operations intelligence service research practice, guiding vendor, service provider, and enterprise clients. He provides thought-leading analysis on technologies, trends, and innovations in enterprise security operations centers, and specifically on the proactive technologies used to avoid breach such as vulnerability management and attack surface management.

Devon Valencia


Devon Valencia leads all aspects of information technology within CareSource and is responsible for setting the strategy for the company’s systems and technical infrastructure, systems development and information technology operations.  CareSource administers one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans and serves more than two million members.

She has extensive experience in healthcare technology and is focused on improving accessibility, driving innovation and digital transformation across the healthcare industry.

Devon serves on the board of directors for Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and Dayton Boys & Girls Club.  She was named Top 25 Women Leaders, Women to Watch by Modern Healthcare and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech by the National Diversity Council.

Shaina Varia

Global Privacy Officer

Shaina is a transformational senior attorney, leader, and strategist with extensive in-house and law firm experience with a consistent history of developing and delivering complex business and client solutions across retail, finance, and technology. She has advised and guided the Board, senior officers and executive business partners across public, private and technology start-up companies on a range of corporate law and business matters as both an attorney and management consultant. She has developed and delivered legal solutions in the areas of privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity at state, federal, and international levels.

Michelle Abraham

Research Director
Security & Trust Group, IDC

Michelle Abraham is Research Director in IDC’s Security and Trust Group responsible for the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) & Vulnerability Management practice. Ms. Abraham’s core research coverage includes SIEM platforms, attack surface management, breach and attack simulation, cybersecurity asset management, device, and application vulnerability management alongside related topics.

Ann Marie Sastry

President & CEO

Dr. Sastry is President and CEO of Amesite. Dr. Sastry was previously President, CEO, Board Director and co-Founder of Sakti3, recognized as one of MIT’s 50 Smartest Companies (2015), and as a Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work winner (2017). Backed by a global team of venture capitalists, the company was acquired by Dyson in 2015 for $90M. Sastry was invited to the White House in 2015 to be recognized for her technology entrepreneurship and meet with President Barack Obama. Her technology and business work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, the Economist, USA Today, the New York Times and on the cover of Inc.

Prior to starting her companies, she was Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, which is ranked among the top 5 public universities in the nation. She was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (UM’s highest teaching honor) in 2008. Tenured and promoted early, Sastry was recognized with some of the highest honors in her scientific fields over her 17-year academic career, including the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award (2011) and NSF’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1997). She founded two academic research centers in intracellular signaling (Keck Foundation) and advanced automotive batteries (GM / Department of Energy), and a global graduate program in Energy Systems Engineering. She has co-authored over 100 publications and 100 patents and filings and has delivered over 100 invited lectures and seminars globally on a range of scientific and technology topics, spanning mathematics, physics, bioscience and battery technology.

Sastry is active in philanthropy and business mentorship, with a focus on education and poverty alleviation. She holds PhD and MS degrees from Cornell University, and a BS from the University of Delaware, all in mechanical engineering.

Ed Ventham


Ed has spent a decade working with businesses around the globe to achieve insurance coverage, specializing in cyber and fintech risks. He is an advocate for the young professional organization ‘Next Generation Insurance Network’ and industry 100 representative for the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Lena Smart


Lena joined MongoDB in March 2019, with more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Before joining MongoDB, she was the Global CISO for the international fintech company, Tradeweb, where she was responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity. She also served as CIO and CSO for the New York Power Authority, the largest state power organization in the country.

Monique Azzopardi

Special Counsel
Clayton UTZ

Monique Azzopardi is an experienced commercial and privacy lawyer with a focus on ICT transactions and projects. She acts for clients in the private and public sectors across the full spectrum of commercial and technology matters, including as a key adviser to the NSW and Commonwealth governments on several major ICT projects of State and national significance. Her expertise includes privacy law, cyber-security and data protection, ICT procurement, licensing and contracting, major systems integration projects, cloud solutions, PropTech, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. 

Jay Harish Hira

Director of Cyber Transformation

Jay Hira is a leading voice in cyber security, advocating fresh approaches, greater diversity and inclusion, and a Zero Trust mindset across the industry. 

Jay has spent 16+ years of experience at the forefront of the international cyber security industry, helping financial services businesses strengthen their cyber resilience capabilities, fostering customer trust and enabling growth. 

One of his biggest passions is to leverage storytelling to explain cyber security to audiences at all levels, and he is on a mission to make cyber security simple and accessible for all. 

Jed Yueh

Founder and CEO

Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management. First, as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M) which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $5B in cumulative sales.

After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which provides an API-first data platform to accelerate digital transformation for over 25% of the Global 100, surpassing $100 million in ARR. In 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year.

Jed is the bestselling author of Disrupt or Die, a book that refutes conventional ideas on innovation with proven frameworks from Silicon Valley. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard, all while working three jobs, including teaching at a local high school.

Jim Swanson

Johnson & Johnson

Jim Swanson is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and member of the Executive Committee for Johnson & Johnson. Based at Johnson & Johnson’s USA headquarters, Jim is responsible for accelerating Johnson & Johnson’s business outcomes and advancing human health with technology and digital innovation.

In his current role, Jim leads the Johnson & Johnson Technology organization, a team of more than 4,000 professionals across 50 countries who are passionate about combining deep scientific expertise with the latest digital solutions to confront some of the most complex healthcare challenges of our time. In addition, Jim and his team are responsible for powering the 144,000 colleagues across Johnson & Johnson and the digital ecosystem that connects the Company to patients and customers.

Jim has an overriding commitment to attracting and growing digital talent across the enterprise and forging external connections across industries and disciplines. He has been known to say he has “the best job in the world” because of his ability to drive positive impact in the world using “tech for good”. Jim, and the organizations he has led, have received industry accolades for their contributions in leadership, application of technology to drive outcomes and deliver business value, best places to work in IT, and support of STEM for emerging talent.

Jim rejoined Johnson & Johnson in 2019 from Bayer Crop Science, where he served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chief Information Officer, and Head of Digital Transformation. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer at Monsanto for five years, before the company was acquired by Bayer. Prior to that role, Jim spent nine years working as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical, where he advanced technology throughout the company’s Research & Development organization.

Earlier in his career, Jim led the Research & Development and Commercial IT organizations at Merck. Jim began as a bench scientist at SmithKline Beecham before transitioning to IT. Throughout his professional life, he has had extensive international experience, including living in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a master’s degree in
Computer Science, both from Drexel University.

Jim is married and is the proud father of three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, skiing, scuba diving, and boating, as well as volunteering with United Way Ready by 21 and the American Heart Association.

Daniel Saroff

Group Vice President of Consulting and Research

Daniel Saroff is Group Vice President of Consulting and Research at IDC, where he is a senior practitioner in the end-user consulting practice. This practice provides support to boards, business leaders, and technology executives in their efforts to architect, benchmark, and optimize their organization’s information technology. IDC’s end-user consulting practice utilizes our extensive international IT data library, robust research base, and tailored consulting solutions to deliver unique business value through IT acceleration, performance management, cost optimization, and contextualized benchmarking capabilities.

Mr. Saroff also leads the CIO/End-User Research Practice at IDC. This practice provides guidance to business and technology executives on how to leverage technology to achieve innovative and disruptive business outcomes. IDC’s research enables clients to create grounded business and technology strategies and empowers IT leaders to deliver services and innovation that drive business growth and success.

Mr. Saroff has over twenty years of experience in senior-level positions in both consulting organizations and delivering technology. Prior to joining IDC, he served as the CIO for a major Massachusetts state agency, where he led the agency through cloud migrations, digital transformation, technology modernization, enterprise platform reengineering, security in-depth and zero trust, and defense and response to a major cyber-attack. He also held consulting positions at both Forrester and Gartner and was a IT Director at a major aerospace and defense company. Before joining IDC, he owned a private IT management consultancy.

In addition to his work in technology and consulting, Mr. Saroff co-founded and managed a neuroscience research laboratory focused on Alzheimer’s Disease and published multiple peer-reviewed research articles.

Naren Gangavarapu

Chief Information Officer
Northern Beaches Council

Naren is a digital transformation executive with expertise in customer experience, information technology, and strategy. He has held leadership roles in high-profile companies across private and public sectors globally. Naren is passionate about driving change and helping organisations strengthen their digital mindset, cyber resilience, and innovative culture. He has a proven track record of delivering customer experience and digital transformation programs across all levels of the New South Wales public sector, including Service NSW, Transport for NSW, Dept of Planning Infrastructure & Environment, and Northern Beaches Council. 

Naren holds a master’s in computing and has held adjunct fellow and research associate positions and is a sought-after speaker at conferences on digital transformation, citizen engagement, and the management of complex digital projects. With his keen interests in sustainable technologies, digital trust, and the application of blockchain and AI, Naren is well-positioned to help organisations navigate the digital landscape and deliver even better value for customers by making the right investments into the future. 

Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama

The Centre for Sustainable AI

Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama (GAICD, MBA, SMIEEE, ACS(CP)) is the ACS ICT Professional of the Year 2022. He is a highly accomplished leader and entrepreneur having an impressive track record of driving visions, technological innovations and transformation towards humanity, social justice, and sustainability. He is a Director of The Centre for Sustainable AI. He leads the Australian AI and data-science strategy while building capabilities for social justice and sustainability with diversity, equity and inclusion in AI and data science by mobilising the power of humanity. He has contributed to innovations in ESG, AI ethics and governance, climate and disaster resilience, customer experience and sustainability. He is an Advisory Council Member of Harvard Business Review (HBR), an Expert in AI ethics and governance at Global AI Ethics Institute (GAIEI), an industry Mentor in the UNSW business school, a senior member of IEEE (SMIEEE), an honorary visiting scholar at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  

Clive Bortz

Principal and Region CIO of Australasia and East Asia

Clive is a Principal and Region CIO of Australasia and East Asia at Arup, a global company of designers, engineers, advisors and experts dedicated to sustainable development. Clive has a background in leading large technology teams and implementing infrastructure and systems, as well as running regional operations. He has been part of number of Global Digital Technology project boards where the focus was on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. These have included Next Generation offices, Data Centre reduction and migration to Cloud. Last year Clive was named in Australia’s CIO top 50 list for 2022. 


Chirag Joshi

NSW Department of Customer Service

Chirag is a seasoned cyber security executive with extensive experience leading cyber security, risk management, and compliance programs in multiple countries across various industries.     

He is the author of the two bestselling books – “7 Rules to Become Exceptional at Cyber Security” and “7 Rules to Influence Behaviour and Win at Cyber Security Awareness.” Chirag is featured in the prestigious CSO30 2022 list of top 30 cyber security executives in Australia. He was also recognised as a finalist for the Australian Cyber Security Professional of the Year Award in 2022 and 2020. 

Chirag is a well-known keynote speaker and has presented at numerous leading international and regional conferences and forums on topics such as cyber threat landscape, effective cyber security strategies, cyber regulations, security culture, and the importance of human factor.   

He is currently a Director at ISACA Sydney and has conducted several successful cyber security education sessions for executives and non-technical audiences in industries such as financial services, energy, healthcare, government, and higher education. He has led teams and multi-million-dollar cyber transformation initiatives. He has experience in both IT and OT environments and has managed cyber security through demergers and divestments.     

Chirag’s academic qualifications include Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. He holds multiple certifications including CISA, CISM, CRISC and CDPSE. 

Simona Dimovski

Head of Security and Technology

Simona is a strategic leader with extensive knowledge of how technology enables the customer experience and facilitates growth of business value. Simona brings a wealth of expertise across the Information Management and Technology sector, and has a diverse background in both corporate and government settings across the Banking, Aviation, Energy and Local Government sectors.

Simona has 20 years of expertise of enabling strategic delivery across technology and business functions. She has a proven track record of driving the successful delivery of large scale transformation programs.

As the CIO at Sutherland Shire Council, enabling $2.7B of assets, Simona achieved a 2 year digital transformation program in a few weeks, as published in the media:
ICT Digital Transformation Program: Story in Technology Magazine

With specialties building and delivering Technology Strategies, Cyber Security, Portfolio Management Offices, Service Management, Portfolio Delivery, Digital Operating Models and bringing Agility to practice, Simona has lead the evolution of IT across top tier brands within the Finance, Aviation, Energy and Government industries.

A strategic thinker with a passion for what she does, leading from the front, engaging and energising strategic partners and stakeholders as well as the wider business in supporting high impact, dynamic solutions to deliver business value. Integral in aligning portfolios to the strategic objectives of the organisation, she has a passion for continuous improvement and empowering businesses to reach their full potential, encouraging innovative thinking enabling best practice through the use of technology.

A people leader, driving cultural change with a growth mindset, priding herself in providing a coaching approach to ensure the team and the individual achieve their full potential.

Adam Cohen

Partner Advocated

Adam has many years of experience working with partners to develop messaging and strategy that yields stronger relationships and new business.  He’s been a marketer, teacher, salesperson, and Broadway producer.

Santanu Lodh

Chief Information Security Officer

Santanu has over 28 years of experience in management of Cyber Security, Risk, and IT. He has proven expertise and skills in Project Management, IT Service Management, Vendor Governance, IT Application Build & Production Support Setup, Identity & Access Management and Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Management. At OFX, as CISO, Santanu is responsible for Cyber Strategy and Cyber Security controls. 

Marco Figueroa

Senior Manager, Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance
Australian Institute of Company Directors

A recognised industry practitioner with extensive senior leadership, cyber security, technology risk and engineering experience in government, ASX fast-moving consumer goods with international operations in Asia Pacific region, private and educational organisations managing cyber security and technology risk. As a senior executive I operate with an agile and high performing mindset set to achieving strategic and tactical outcomes by inspiring, empowering and supporting people whilst encouraging collaboration and information sharing.

My career objective is to add value to organisations pursuing opportunities in digital transformation programs by developing, implementing, and accelerating the speed of secure, resilient and reliable systems through innovation, best practice, leadership and end state vision. 

My professional goal is to provide strategic and tactical cyber security and technology risk direction by engineering sustainable risk and security services that deliver defined levels of risk at defined cost. This aim is accomplished through a meticulous risk-oriented approach towards investment prioritisation and the associated selective use of cyber defence technologies, architectures, policies, and advanced technology risk governance frameworks designed to protect digital assets, corporate and personal identifiable information in a structured and documented manner.  

Before joining the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I was the Group CISO for NSW Department of Customer Service.

Kris Peterson

Senior Consultant

Senior Consultant for Total Economic Impact at Forrester and author of Total Economic Impact of IBM Cloud for SAP

Bradley Knapp

Product Leader

Bradley is the offering leader for IBM Cloud for SAP. A long-time cloud evangelist, Bradley focuses on designing, implementing, and certifying the best possible combinations of hardware and software necessary for all companies, from the smallest startup to the largest established enterprise, to succeed in their adoption of cloud infrastructure for their SAP landscapes. Bradley is a seasoned cloud professional, with experience in cloud sales, marketing, enablement, architecture, and design, as well as back-end experience with both operations and go to market for both public cloud and private cloud infrastructure.

Mark Leadbetter

Chief Information Security Officer
Scentre Group

Vrijesh Pandey

Director - Cyber Security Engineering

With over 20+ years of experience in information and technology, Vrijesh is a cyber security executive professional driving cyber security solutions for critical infrastructure for Telecom and enterprise customers including – global banking and finance, fast moving consumer goods, and government sectors.  

With his global experience of working across the United Kingdom, Singapore, India and Australia with system integrators and telecom service providers, he had led various customer engagements driving data, voice and security solutions across enterprise and telecom customers. 

In his current role, with Asia’s largest Telecom providers, he is leading cyber security engineering function security critical infrastructure. 

Shannon Jurkovic

Chief Information Security Officer
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Shannon Jurkovic is Chief Information Security Officer and Practice Lead for the Information Security Practice of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Shannon joined the Bank in 2019 after 15 years in senior technology risk, cyber security and business resilience management consulting roles. She is a strong advocate for taking a holistic approach to cyber-resilience, one that encompasses culture, people, process, governance and culture, as well as technology. 

Prof. Helge Janicke

Deputy CEO and Research Director
Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre

Professor Helge Janicke is the Deputy CEO and Research Director of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. He is affiliated with Edith Cowan University where he leads ECU’s Security Research Institute.  Helge holds a visiting Professorship in Cyber Security at De Montfort University (DMU), UK. His research interests are in the area of cyber security, in particular with applications in critical infrastructures using cyber-physical systems, SCADA and Industrial Control Systems.  His current research investigates the application of Agile Techniques and Human-AI Teaming for Cyber Incident Response in Critical Infrastructure, the use of Digital Twins for Cybersecurity applications, Managing Human Errors that lead to Cyber Incidents, and research on Cyber warfare and Cyber peacekeeping. Prof. Janicke established DMU’s Cyber Technology Institute and its Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA Cyber Security and Forensics Research.  He was the Head of School of Computer Science at DMU before taking up his current position. He founded the International Symposium on Industrial Control System Cyber Security Research (ICS-CSR) and has contributed more than 150 peer reviewed articles and conference papers to the field from his collaborative research with a wide range of industry partners across the UK and Australia.

Eshan Dissanayake

Chief Security Information Officer

Eshan is an accomplished CISO with over 15 years of experience in thought leadership and management of all aspects of Information Security. He has a proven track record of enabling organisations to achieve their vision, while effectively managing their data security. 

Eshan is a “Certified Information Security Manager” (CISM),  is “Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control” (CRISC), and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is a Fellow of the Australian Information Security Association (FAISA), which acknowledges is dedication to Information Security. 

In addition to his credentials, Eshan also holds the position of Industry Professor and is a member of number of Advisory Boards.  

Sunil Saale

Chief Information Security Officer

Sunil is a transformative leader who specialises in building comprehensive and resilient cybersecurity programs with a sharp focus on providing competitive advantage to the organisation and establishing strategic partnerships across the cybersecurity ecosystem. Sunil also has extensive consulting experience gained through working with a diverse range of clients across multiple countries and industry verticals.

Currently Sunil is the Chief Information Security Officer at MinterEllison, Australia’s largest law firm.

Raghu Gandhy

Chief Information Security Officer
Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Raghu Gandhy is CISO at Veolia ANZ, part of Veolia’s Global Security council spread across 48 countries. Raghu has over 20 years of combined IT experience; he has worked in various industry verticals, including Retail, Technology, Media and Utilities. 

The experience gained from working in technical and management roles helps him have meaningful security-related conversations with technical/non-technical executives and boards to improve the organisational cybersecurity culture. 

A proponent of technology best practices and building robust security foundations, Raghu has developed a sound security architecture practice in multiple roles to support the organisation’s digital transformation journey.  

In his current role, Raghu has developed a security strategy to support continuous improvement of security posture supported by a team that strives to deliver critical services across the Water, Waste and Energy divisions. 

Raghu is an active member of various security communities and speaks at industry events at a national level to promote cyber security maturity.

Paul Savenije 

Chief Information Security Officer

Global Technology Leader, with a focus on the Management, Operations, End User Experience and Cyber Security with iconic brands with national and global scope.  Paul has covered transformational change from strategy through to delivery, adding value to business groups, ensuring IT solutions and experiences add value and enhance the working lives of all, whilst building a positive people focused culture in engaged and effective teams who deliver to their highest potential.  He is recognised as a trusted business partner linking business and technology underpinned by a well-honed technical and non-technical stakeholder engagement throughout any organisation.  

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulsavenije/  

Maryam Bechtel

Chief Information Security Officer
AGL Energy

With over 17 years of vast experience in information security, Maryam Bechtel is a recognised leader in the Cyber industry, driving transformation and turning organisations into cyber savvy powerhouses of protection. She has experience across multiple continents, spanning advisory and consulting and in-house, corporate expertise. 

As the Chief Information Security Officer at AGL Energy, Maryam is responsible for the Cyber protection of one of Australia’s most critical infrastructures, essential for the nation’s energy supply and ensuring over 4 million customers energy and telco needs are met. 

Kevin Tham


Kevin is a CISO leader in the Australian Digital Banking sector and a seasoned information security veteran in the financial services industry. Kevin’s practical approach to Cyber Security is often seen as pushing the boundaries and balance between user centric design and effective controls. 

David Cullen

Chief Information Security Officer
Victorian Government

David Cullen, Chief Information Security Officer, Victorian Government 

Ivan Oprencak

Senior Director of Product & Technical Marketing, Cloud Services

Ivan Oprencak is the Senior Director of Product & Technical Marketing for VMware Cloud services.  He has over 25 years of experience in cloud services, security, storage, networking, virtualization, and data center infrastructure including 6 at VMware.  Ivan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science from Cornell University, and MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Brad Meltzer

Best-Selling Author & “America’s Historian”

History. Legacy. Character. Great leadership. Brad Meltzer draws upon the themes of his best-selling books and popular television shows, challenging audiences to look at their lives, work and mission through the lens of legacy. Brad’s highly inspiring keynotes showcase the motivational stories of both everyday heroes and history-making leaders. His moving message: Every life makes history. Ordinary people can change the world. If you can impact just one person, you won’t just live a good life. You will live forever.

Named as both “America’s Historian” and one of “Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors,” Brad is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lightning Rod and twelve other bestselling thrillers. He also writes non-fiction books like The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy, and the Ordinary People Change the World kids book series, which inspired the Emmy-nominated TV show on PBS KIDS, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.

In addition to fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list in non-fiction children’s books and even comic books, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, which he used to find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. He later unveiled it for display at the 9/11 Museum in New York. Brad was selected to join America250 to help commemorate America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 and will be serving on the Arts & Culture Advisory Council along with Debbie Allen, Cal Ripken and other leaders and luminaries.

An inspirational voice, Brad has earned a reputation for working closely with clients, speaking authentically from the heart, and receiving both high praise and standing ovations from Fortune 500 companies. Infusing humor and insights into engaging, highly moving narratives, his thought-provoking talks truly connect with audiences. Brad inspires us to examine our lives, shape our legacies and discover the potential within all of us to change the world. As he says, “Stories aren’t the beauty of what did happen. They’re the beauty of what could happen.”

Ken Jennings

Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time
Jeopardy! Co-Host & Best-Selling Author

When it comes to quiz shows, no one has done it better than Ken Jennings. The former Utah software engineer rose to fame in 2004 when he spent six months as a contestant on Jeopardy! His 75-game streak and $2.52 million in winnings are still Jeopardy! records today. In 2020, he was named the show’s “Greatest of All Time” after winning a prime-time tournament against legendary champs James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter and earned an additional $1 million. In 2022, he signed on as permanent co-host for the show with Mayim Bialik.

Jennings’ success should come as no surprise. A native of Seattle, he spent 15 years in South Korea and Singapore. His father worked as an attorney there. The only lifeline to American pop culture at the time was the Armed Forces Network, where he watched Jeopardy! after school every afternoon. He dreamed of being on the show. But as life got busy, the fantasy faded away.

Jennings returned to the U.S. and while at Brigham Young University, he captained the university’s successful quiz bowl team and began writing and editing questions for National Academic Quiz Tournaments. He noticed a lot of his friends and acquaintances from the world of quiz bowl appearing on games shows — allowing them to pay off student loans or buy cars with their winnings. His long-ago dream of competing on Jeopardy! was revived. And in 2004 that fantasy became a reality.

In the wake of Jennings’ life-changing Jeopardy! reign, he appeared on TV shows from The Tonight Show to The Simpsons to Sesame Street. Barbara Walters named him one of the 10 most interesting people of the year. Jennings is the author of 12 books, including New York Times bestsellers like Maphead, about geography obsessives, and Because I Said So, debunking parenting myths. He currently stars on ABC’s hit game show The Chase, as well as Master Minds on GSN, and co-hosts the twice-weekly podcast Omnibus.

Steve Bohac

Senior Director, Product Marketing

Steve leads Airkit’s Product Marketing team as its Senior Director. Prior to joining Airkit, Steve led Product Marketing for JFrog, Zadara and Red Hat. He received his BSME from Villanova University and MBA from Purdue University Daniels School of Business.

Tim Brantner

Product Management Leader, IBM Cloud Security & Platform

Nicole Peck

VP & GM, Events, North America
Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

Mike Tornincasa

Chief Business Officer

Mike Tornincasa has 20 years of experience in business development and technology sales. As Chief Business Officer, he is focused on Rubrik’s growth and go-to-market strategy. An early employee and first VP of Sales for Rubrik, Mike successfully led the company’s go-to-market innovation and was a key leader in Rubrik’s data security evolution. Prior to joining Rubrik, Mike held sales roles at companies including EMC and Medallia, Inc.

Marschal Babin

Americas Public Cloud Security & Compliance Technical Sales Leader

Marschal Babin, CISA, is an Information Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance leader at IBM with extensive experience directing programs and teams in large enterprise, multi-vendor environments. He has designed, deployed and directed critical cybersecurity monitoring and risk assessment solutions to meet company policies and regulatory requirements in financial and healthcare services. As an IT Auditor for IBM Corporate Headquarters, he audited and reported on the security and risk management posture of over 20 global data center locations in areas including but not limited to information security policies, programs, technologies, and management practices over data protection, privacy, service operations, risk management, outsourcing, cloud computing, and regulatory compliance.

Ben Nicholson

Global Practice Lead, Prisma Cloud
Palo Alto Networks

Ben Nicholson has been with Palo Alto Networks for the past 7 years. In that time, he has worked as a Professional Services Engineer, Global Solutions Architect, and is now a Global Practice Leader for Prisma Cloud. He has deployed Prisma Cloud for a multitude of customers and has in-depth working knowledge of many security platforms.

Bob West

Chief Security Officer, Prisma Cloud
Palo Alto Networks

Bob joined Palo Alto Networks after more than 20 years in leadership roles with banks, product companies and professional services organizations. He is responsible for evangelizing how Prisma Cloud facilitates the transition to the cloud. Bob provides counsel to Palo Alto Networks’ customers, prospects, governments, regulators and partner ecosystem.

Robert Ford

VP of Enterprise Strategy

Former CEO, CIO, and Engineering Lead who has personally driven large enterprise digital transformations. Works alongside customer executives and technical teams to share experiences and strategies to drive confidence in the cloud, unleash innovation, and enable customers to go faster and further to realize their cloud ambition.

Phil Perkins

The Day Before Digital Transformation

Phil is a serial entrepreneur and digital transformation consultant across multiple industries. He specializes in building businesses that leverage emerging technology including successful ventures in web, mobile, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and 3D Printing. He and his teams have helped countless brands redefine their industries using today’s emerging technologies. He brings a multi-disciplinary background to his work including business strategy, leading change, experience design, software engineering, and data science.

Phil has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Accounting from North Central College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Fabio Luzzi

VP, Data Science and Engineering

Fabio Luzzi is a Technology Executive at Tapestry based out of NYC. He has extensive experience in building and leading teams to execute end-to-end Digital and Data transformation strategies by leveraging Data, ML & AI. Fabio has proven track record of driving profitable growth for enterprises across different industries such as Technology, Payment Services, Entertainment, Advertising and Retail. He has a Master of Science degree in Statistics and Economics from “La Sapienza” University in Rome, Italy and has global experience working in Italy, UK and the United States. Fabio believes in the quote ‘labor omnia vincit’.


Narayan Bharadwaj

VP Cloud Solutions

Narayan Bharadwaj is Vice President, VMware Cloud Solutions team in the Cloud Infrastructure Business Group. He leads the Cloud Solutions product management, engineering, and program management functions for Public Cloud, Local Cloud and Hybrid Cloud areas. These include public cloud services such as VMware Cloud on AWS, and our partner SDDC based services with Azure, Google, Oracle, and Alibaba Cloud. Narayan also leads our Local Cloud areas with VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, and partner SDDC based services with Dell Apex Cloud. Prior to VMware, Narayan led technology product management at Salesforce.com, ClearStory Data, and Oracle. Narayan is an alumni of IIT Kharagpur, University of Maryland, and the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Stewart Bond

VP, Data Integration and Intelligence Software

Stewart Bond is Vice President of IDC’s Data Integration and Intelligence Software service. Mr. Bond’s core research coverage includes watching emerging trends that are shaping and changing data movement, ingestion, transformation, mastering, cleansing and consumption in the era of digital transformation. Having worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, from early experience in database and application development, through solution design and deployment, to strategic architectural consulting, Stewart has worked through some significant changes in the IT industry. His depth of field experience coupled with market insight gives him a unique perspective, valued by his customers and peers.

Mr. Bond has led numerous research projects and publications, and is recognized as a valued industry analyst by leading software vendors, consumers, and peers in the areas of enterprise and data integration, business-to-business integration, Big Data, and cloud. Prior to becoming a market and industry analyst in 2011, Stewart spent 10 years with IBM as a master certified IT architect, consulting on information management and middleware strategies, and delivering integration solutions to customers around the globe.

Sarah Betadam

Novanta, Inc.

Dr. Betadam was appointed Novanta’s Chief Information Officer in January 2021 and is responsible for strategic direction, leadership, and implementation of enterprise-wide Digital Transformation and Information Technology (“IT”). She joined Novanta [Nasdaq: NOVT] in 2019 as Vice President of Business Applications and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global IT in March 2020. Dr. Betadam brings 20 years of experience in global transformation initiatives, strategic business planning, mergers and acquisition, and change management. Prior to Novanta, Dr. Betadam held the position of Director and Head of IT, Portfolio and Program Management at Splunk, Inc. [Nasdaq: SPLK]. She also held IT management positions within a variety of industries and multi-billion dollar organizations.

Dr. Betadam holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Arts from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering (specialization in Information Assurance) from Santa Clara University, and holds a Doctor of Engineering, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Tom Koulopoulos

Futurist; Chairman and Founder, Delphi Group

Tom Koulopoulos is Chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a 30-year-old Boston-based think tank named one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine, and the founding partner of Acrovantage Ventures, which invests in early-stage technology startups. He is also the author of 13 books, an inventor with several patents, an Inc.com columnist, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, the past director of the Dell Innovation Lab, and a professor at Boston University.

His insights have received wide praise from luminaries such as the late Peter Drucker, the father of modern management; Dee Hock, founder of Visa International; and Tom Peters, who called his writing, “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” His Inc. column is read by over one million people yearly.

Mr. Koulopoulos’ thirteen books include his most recent, Reimagining Healthcare, The Bottomless Cloud, Revealing the Invisible, The Gen Z Effect, and Cloud Surfing. His upcoming book, Gigatrends, looks at the seven tech trends that are shaping the future of how we live, work, and play.

Tom’s keynotes blend humor, insight, and a cutting-edge view of the future in a way that’s customized to each audience. According to Tom’s mentor, Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”


David Linthicum

Chief Cloud Strategy Officer
Deloitte Consulting; Contributor, InfoWorld

David Linthicum is on most top 10 lists of technology innovators and influencers, including cloud computing, edge computing, and security concepts. David is a best-selling author of over 15 books and over 7,000 published articles. He is also the originator of many business-related technology concepts, including Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). He’s an innovator within Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and now cloud computing and the use of cloud computing for digital transformations.


With his remarkable ability to design, explain, and implement technology solutions to solve existing business problems and create new opportunities, David rose rapidly through the corporate ranks from programmer to CEO, with stops in between that helped inform his holistic view of enterprises. Based in Washington, D.C., David currently serves Global 2,000 clients as Deloitte’s Chief Cloud Strategy Officer, where he drives new innovations and market offerings, as well as leads people and projects, as well as thought leadership outreach. This includes on the “Deloitte On Cloud Podcast,” as well as several Forbes and WSJ articles.

Matt Evans

Principal Employee Experience (EX) Product Scientist

Senior employee experience professional with comprehensive skill set including culture, engagement, performance management, manager and leadership development, and workforce planning. Known as a creative, innovative leader with a passion for improving employee experience and a strong sales, program management and analytical acumen.

Eric Jost

Digital Workplace Head

Erik is often described as an action-oriented visionary or futurist in the arena of workplace technology. He believes strongly in employee empathy and placing yourself in the shoes of those who consume technology or services. This belief, along with a strong belief that technology can better the world as we know it converges to give Erik a unique perspective on the digital workplace. This focus on servant leadership started through example while Erik served in the United States Marine Corps. Since then, Erik has held various roles of increasing responsibility, including delivering Modern Workplace Environments, Device as a Service (DaaS), Unified Communications Strategy and Architecture, and many other user-centric innovations at world-renowned companies such as Amgen. Most recently, Erik was the Chief Strategy Officer at 1E, a Digital Employee Experience software provider. Before the software world, Erik led global strategy for NTT Data’s Dynamic Workplace Services as Vice President of Dynamic Workplace. Erik is married and has four children. Erik’s hobbies include Real Estate, 3D Printing, Cooking, and Gardening. He also enjoys listening to audiobooks on long drives. In the afternoon’s you can find him rink-side watching his children playing ice hockey while escaping the Texas heat.

Ian Peacock

Group Product Marketing Manager

Janett Haas

SVP, Head of Forbes Insight

Tyler Lessard

Chief Video Strategist

Tyler is a truly engaging, dynamic and entertaining thought leader in the areas of B2B marketing, content marketing, video marketing and video selling. As Chief Video Strategist at Vidyard, he’s spent more nearly 10 years immersed in the world of B2B video, helping to define and share the latest best practices and industry trends for creating remarkable customer experiences with video across all aspects of marketing and sales.

Author of The Visual Sale, Tyler is a frequent speaker on a diverse range of topics including video marketing, video production, video selling, personalization, account-based marketing, modern demand generation practices and how to blend art and science to create stand-out experiences at scale.

André Allen

Vice President Information Technology, Chief Privacy Officer & Chief Information Security Officer
MaRS Discovery District

André Allen is Vice President of IT at MaRS, where he is responsible for all internal systems, networks and applications used by MaRS staff. He is also responsible for cybersecurity and privacy, and serves as Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer. He is an experienced technology leader with over 20 years leading diverse technology teams. Andre also has experience as an entrepreneur in the IT managed services industry.

Before joining MaRS, Andre worked in a number of businesses and not-for-profits leading IT functions, including Unilever, CIBC, Brookfield Real Estate Services, Sirius Satellite Radio, Hyundai Auto Canada and CIFAR.

Phil Bowermaster

Director of Product Marketing

Phil Bowermaster is Director of the EXM (Employee Experience Management) team for Ivanti Solutions Marketing, responsible for Ivanti Neurons for ITSM, Ivanti Neurons for ITAM, Ivanti Neurons for Spend Intelligence, our Line of Business solutions (Including HR, Facilities, PPM, and GRC) and User Workspace Manager.

Prior to Ivanti, Phil has worked at Cherwell, SAP and Sybase.

Daren Goeson

Vice President of Product Management

Daren Goeson is Vice President of Product Management at Ivanti with a focus on Intelligent Hyperautomation and Digital Experience Management.  He has over 15 years of experience delivering engaging, intuitive, and impactful software solutions and focuses on applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enterprise solutions.

Bryan Green


Bryan is a distinguished cybersecurity leader with 24 years of experience securing critical national infrastructure and Fortune 100 enterprises. With a foundation in engineering and architecture, Bryan has depth and breadth proficiency across all cybersecurity domains combined with the business acumen to translate security risk into business outcomes for executive audiences. Prior to joining Zscaler, Bryan was a Business Information Security Officer (BISO) at Salesforce. In this capacity, Bryan led the global IT Security program in partnership with the CISO and CIO. Bryan developed the Enterprise cybersecurity vision and led the strategic planning and execution of the portfolio.

Chris Haas

Director of Product, App Engine

Chris is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience building and scaling innovative products. As an engineer turned product manager, he has an insatiable appetite for using technology to improve people’s lives. At ServiceNow, Chris leads the product team for the company’s market-leading low-code business, App Engine – one of the fastest-growing businesses at ServiceNow.

Prakash Mana


Yassine Zaied

Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Yassine is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nexthink, where he is responsible for developing new partnerships and alliances with strategic technology and hardware vendors. Yassine also plays a pivotal role in driving the company’s product innovation and go-to-market strategies.

He previously served as EVP of Strategic Alliances & MSPs, where he developed Nexthink’s technology alliance ecosystem and was responsible for solidifying partnerships with several leading service providers. Before joining Nexthink, Yassine held senior business development positions at Setcore Group in Egypt. Previously, he held various management and consulting roles at CSC Peat Marwick and Henkel Tunisia. Yassine graduated from the HEC Tunis Carthage and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.

Deepen Desai

CISO and VP of Security Research

As Chief Information Security Officer & VP of Security Research, Deepen Desai is responsible for global security research operations and working with product teams to ensure that the Zscaler platform and services are secure. Deepen has been a cybersecurity leader for 15 years, with seven of those years at Dell SonicWALL.

Nick Marchand

VP, Digital & Technology Operations and Cyber Security
Cineplex Entertainment

Nick Marchand is the VP, Digital & Technology Operations and Cyber Security at Cineplex Entertainment.  With over 15 years at Cineplex, his role oversees the Infrastructure, Cyber Security, End User Support, and IT Helpdesks teams at Cineplex supporting over 175 cinema, entertainment centres, and corporate offices throughout Canada and the United States.

Anthony Onesto

Chief People Officer, Founder, Creator, Author

Anthony Onesto is a human resources expert and published author who has worked at various technology and innovation companies to scale and improve culture, talent, and human resources.

He has experience building and establishing operations in the US and has helped several companies win workplace awards. He founded a company that produces a comic book series to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM and entrepreneurship and co-founded an artificially intelligent HR agent. He is a board advisor for several well-funded tech startups and has published a book called “The Employee Contract – How To Find, Keep and Elevate Gen Z Talent.”

Amanda Edelman

COO, Gen Z Lab & Associate Director

Amanda Edelman is Chief Operating Officer of Edelman’s Gen Z Lab, a dedicated offering that lends expertise to and counsels clients looking to effectively engage Gen Z. Within Edelman, the world’s largest independent communications agency, the Gen Z Lab draws upon a hub of data-driven insights and a roster of internal and external advisers to harness the generation’s perspective and ambitions to solve issues such as diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and climate change, and align with brands to become catalysts for change.

She also serves as Associate Director of the Brand practice and contributes to strategic initiatives inside of Edelman, such as Edelman’s climate working group. She has worked with organizations across corporate affairs; brand; purpose; and environmental, social, and governance sectors in London, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Her prior work includes Pursuit, a social enterprise focused on increasing inclusion within the tech sector; Grameen America, a microfinance nonprofit that provides small business loans to underserved women in the United States; and the Boston Consulting Group.

Amanda sits on Rockefeller Capital Management’s Next Generation Advisory Council, advising the organization on next generation cultural and financial trends, and serves as a member of Leadership Now, a community of business professionals dedicated to preserving the future of democracy in the United States. She is a 2022 Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Fellow and graduated from Stanford University, where she was President of her class and Vice President of the student body, and Harvard Business School.

In her spare time, Amanda can be found exploring new cities, neighborhoods, and cultural venues and reading any book she can get her hands on.


Reshma Saujani

Founder & CEO, Moms First
Founder, Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and founder and CEO of Moms First.  She is also the founder and former CEO of Girls Who Code. She has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Reshma’s newest book Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (and Why It’s Different Than You Think) presents a bold plan to address the burnout and inequity harming America’s working women today.  She is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views globally.

Reshma began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. She also served as New York City’s Deputy Public Advocate, where she created innovative partnerships to support DREAMers and promote campaign finance reform, among other initiatives.

In her nine-year tenure as the CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma grew the organization to one of the largest and most prestigious non-profits in the country. Today, Girls Who Code has taught 300,000 girls through direct in-person computer science education programming, and reached 500 million people worldwide through its New York Times-bestselling book series and award-winning campaigns. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.

In response to the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s moms, Reshma launched the Marshall Plan for Moms to advocate for policies that value women’s labor in and out of the home. Reshma has successfully worked with House and Senate leaders to introduce “Marshall Plan for Moms” legislation at the federal level and is continuing to act as an outside agitator to change culture through creative awareness campaigns. In 2023, Marshall Plan for Moms became Moms First, a reflection of the progress made in the last two years and a rallying cry to expand the movement we’re building together.

Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. Her innovative approach to movement building has earned her broad recognition on lists including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

Reshma serves on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University and on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and those impacted by humanitarian crises. In addition, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Club of New York, and as an ex-officio Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons, Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.

Lee Rennick

Canadian Editor

Lee Rennick is the Canadian Editor for CIO.com; conducting interviews, building content and community with CIOs and senior technology leaders in Canada.  Lee has over 28 years of experience in delivering strategic marketing and digital transformation campaigns for both corporate and non-profit organizations. She was previously the Executive Director of the CIO Association of Canada, Global Marketing Officer, Proudfoot Consulting, and Global Marketing Officer of Six Trends a digital agency.  Lee is passionate about DEI&A, women in leadership and supports Hackergal a charitable organization whose vision is to pave the way for a technology industry that is diverse and inclusive of girls and underrepresented groups across Canada.

Guatam Roy


Gautam Roy is a technology executive with decades of experience in financial services, insurance, logistics, utilities, manufacturing, and services industries. He is currently the SVP, and CTO at Unum, a global insurance company that helps millions of people gain affordable access to disability, life, accident, critical
illness, dental, and vision benefits through the workplace.

As an innovative leader, he collaborated on the go-to-market strategy, implemented operating models, created business partnerships, build products and services, and aligned digital technology to business strategy to maximize profitability. He partnered with businesses to optimize business processes, data hygiene, systems integration, and risk and compliance.

Before joining Unum, Mr. Roy was the CIO at WASH. He worked with the CEO and the board to disrupt the industry. He created a business plan enabled by digital technology to transform the company. Build a market-leading app that improved win rate, revenue, and profitability At Waste Management (WM) he worked on creating a frictionless Customer Experience that drove the transformation of the Customer Care Organization. WM restructured its Call Center technology, operational metrics, and customer care business processes. He focused on fleet optimization to rational spend within the fleet supply chain. He led the next generation fleet technology program to innovate operational services.

Mr. Roy held several positions of increasing responsibility with the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Under his leadership, CBOE marketed the fastest, low latency, highly available, and secure financial trading systems.

Carolyn Levy

Randstad Technologies Group

Carolyn Levy is the President of Randstad Technologies Group for Randstad Canada, leading the strategic direction of the division, with a deep commitment to matching exceptional tech talent with leading organizations across the country. For over 12 years, she has held a series of positions within Randstad Canada, starting as a staffing consultant and quickly progressing to a leadership role within the organization.

An innovative leader with a passion for excellent execution, Carolyn has a proven track record for developing strong sales teams and leaders. With an eye for detail, she’s focused on creative problem solving that allows for efficient and consistent service delivery and turns company objectives into real-world results.

Throughout her career, Carolyn has been a passionate advocate for creating inclusive and collaborative workplaces. She takes an active role in Randstad Canada’s efforts to develop productive attitudes towards diversity and inclusion across all industries, working with key stakeholders to break down barriers and create pathways for people from all backgrounds to build meaningful careers. In her own team, promoting women is a key mandate. Since 2010, Randstad Technologies’ leadership team has increased from 26% women to 46%.

In 2019, Carolyn was named the Executive Ambassador of Diversity & Inclusion at Randstad Canada. To support that role, she regularly takes part in panels and conferences about D&I and is an Individual Practitioner with CCDI (Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion). She’s also the Executive Ambassador of Randstad Canada’s Women Transforming The Workplace program.

Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Calgary. She’s continuously expanding her leadership skills through international programs, including INSEAD graduate business school in France and the London Business School in the United Kingdom. Carolyn also sits on the board of the NACCB, the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses, an association that represents Professional Staffing firms on Canadian public policy issues that impact the IT Services industry. She’s also currently attending courses at the University of British Columbia to further expand her knowledge in the D&I space. Carolyn lives in Calgary with her husband and their two daughters.

Tom Graham

Partner, Global Head of Technology & Head of New York

Tom is Head of the Global Technology Practice at Stonehaven and has completed numerous searches at the senior management (CIO, CISO, CTO) level for clients globally. Joining Stonehaven in London in 2008, he moved to New York in 2016 to continue to focus on the Technology practice alongside building Stonehaven’s New York presence.

Tom has a deep knowledge of the Technology market across all functions and on a front to back basis. As part of this work he has developed strong insight into relevant thought leaders at West Coast technology organisations who are at the leading edge of innovation. He has delivered market mapping and analysis on an annual basis to core clients across IT and operations. These documents have given invaluable insights to clients around industry initiatives, budgets, headcount, offshoring and compensation trends across global corporations and leading edge technology start-ups.

Dr. Deanna Caputo

Chief Scientist for Insider Threat Capabilities and Senior Principal Behavioral Psychologist
MITRE Corporation

Dr. Deanna D. Caputo is the Chief Scientist for Insider Threat Capabilities and a Senior Principal Behavioral Psychologist at the MITRE Corporation, applying her deep expertise in the behavioral sciences to insider threat efforts across a very broad work program. Deanna is an internationally recognized expert in insider threat, and at the intersection of cybersecurity and behavioral science. She has over 25 years of experience designing, conducting, and analyzing research with human participants using experimental, quantitative, and qualitative analyses. During her 15-year career at MITRE, she has built and led MITRE’s Human Behavior and Cybersecurity capability area and dedicated team focused on operational research and consultation on human behavior and cybersecurity, particularly usable security and technology adoption, cyber risk perceptions and awareness, and cybersecurity teams and exercise assessment.

Dr. Caputo has also built and leads MITRE’s Insider Threat Research and Solutions Capability and multi-disciplinary team. She created and pioneered the development of Insider Threat solutions as repeatable offerings for all sponsors with 18 IP disclosures, and stood up an air-gapped, secure MITRE Insider Threat Lab. She uses behavioral methodologies and analytics to reduce insider threats by analyzing how human behavior manifests in cyber and non-cyber sensors, and developing solutions to identify and change employee attitudes, intentions, and/or behaviors. Deanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology with a specialization in Judgment and Decision-Making and Psychology and Law from Cornell University.

Dr. Caputo has multiple research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, authored two book chapters including in 2020 Insider Threats: Leveraging the Benefits of Behavioral Science Research in the International Handbook of Threat Assessments, Oxford Press (2021). Other highlighted publications include: Spear Phishing in a Barrel, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 2018; Barriers to Usable Security? Three Organizational Case Studies, IEEE Security and Privacy, 2016; Going Spear Phishing: Exploring Embedded Training and Awareness, IEEE Security and Privacy, 2014; Leveraging Behavioral Science to Mitigate Cyber Security Risk, Computers and Security, 2012; and Detecting the Theft of Trade Secrets by Insiders: A Summary of MITRE Insider Thre

Rick Patterson

Chief Information Security Officer

Rick Patterson has served as our Chief Information Security Officer since December 2020. Prior to joining CLEAR, Mr. Patterson was the Head of Security Operations, Head of Risk at Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm, from 2014 to 2020. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Information Security, Compliance and Privacy at PetSmart, a pet superstore, from 2011 to 2014 and Director of Security for Sidley Austin, a law firm, from 2006 to 2011. He also previously served as a special agent for the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters in Computer, Network and Information Security from DePaul University.

Amir Arooni

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Discover Financial Services

Amir Arooni is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Discover Financial Services. He serves on the Executive Committee and oversees the Business Technology organization, using innovative technology solutions to create a superior customer experience.

Mr. Arooni joined Discover in 2020 with more than 30 years of IT experience in the financial services industry, including his most recent role at NN Group, a spinoff of ING, as Global CIO of their insurance, asset management and banking business units. Prior to that, he spent over 15 years with ING in different roles of increasing scope, culminating as CIO and Head of Global Digital Channels and Payments Services for ING Global Commercial Banking. Mr. Arooni led diverse teams in multiple countries, driving change and introducing new ways of working at ING, and later at NN group. He also spent several years consulting with Cap Gemini.

In addition to his technology and engineering background, Mr. Arooni has an M.B.A. from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the University of North Carolina; a master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC School of Management, Paris and Oxford University, England; and a master’s degree in Positive Leadership and Strategy from IE University in Madrid, Spain.

Ron Guerrier

Global Chief Information Officer
HP Inc

Ron Guerrier serves as the Global Chief Information Officer for HP Inc.

Guerrier has more than 25 years of experience managing technology in the both the public and private sector across various industries. Most recently, he served as the CIO and Secretary of Innovation & Technology for the State of Illinois, held the position of CIO at Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, and functioned in the same role at Farmers Insurance Group from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, Guerrier spent 19 years at Toyota North America, rising to vice president and chief information officer for the Financial Services division. Guerrier earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in operations management and supervision from North Park University.

Guerrier serves as a Board Director at Equinix, a Fortune500 digital infrastructure company which operates in over 100 countries. Guerrier also is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board for Innovate @UCLA and is the Executive Adviser for STEM Advantage, a non-profit organization that opens doors for young women and underserved communities to pursue their dreams of a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Guerrier sits on the Board of Directors of SBP (SBPUSA.org), an organization which assists with the rebuilding of homes and restoring lives after natural disasters.

Throughout his career, Guerrier has earned numerous honors and awards, including the 2019 & 2020 Crane’s Top50 Award, 2019 & 2020 Top Technology Executive to Watch from HMG Strategy, Gartner’s 2018 CIO Breakaway Leader of the Year, 2018 CIO Digital Edge50 Award, LA Business Journal’s CIO Lifetime Achievement Award, 4x CIO100 Award recipient, 2020 Orbie Chicago CIO of the Year, 2020 StateScoop State Executive of the Year, the 2022 ITSMF Global Technology Executive of the Year, was included in the Black Enterprise Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America List in 2018. He has also written numerous articles for publications such as GovCIO, Entrepreneur, CIO Review, and Fortune Magazines. Guerrier was inducted in Foundry’s CIO Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Lisa Duerre

CEO & Co-Founder
RLD Group

Lisa Duerre is the co-founder and CEO of RLD Group, a collective of leadership development coaching and consulting experts helping tech companies take culture transformation out of the clouds, banish burnout, and drive bottom-line results. RLD Group is a certified WBENC with expertise on HR strategy and organizational design, developing leadership pipelines, talent retention, burnout prevention, and team performance in the complex hybrid work world.

Lisa spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley as a rising executive inside Fortune 500 tech companies. Now, she speaks to audiences of leaders in tech around the world. Lisa’s message has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, WomLead Magazine, FeedSpot, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Romper, The Mercury News, and more.

Lisa is the host of the Ctrl+Alt+Delete with Lisa Duerre podcast, a top-10-rated podcast on technical leadership. Lisa is also actively raising awareness for women who are living with lipedema, a disease with no known cure affecting the quality of life for approximately one out of nine women worldwide.

Stephen Sorensen

Senior Vice President
Johnson & Johnson Technology Services, Supply Chain, Data & Intelligent Automation

Steve leads the strategy, delivery and operations for J&J Technology Services Supply Chain, Data Technology, and Intelligent Automation globally. He is responsible for setting the strategy, emerging new technologies and delivering business solutions in these areas. Steve also represents J&J Technology on the Intelligent Automation and Data Science Councils with responsibilities to lead and enable Data Science and automation capabilities in preparation of future state business needs.

He brings over 25 years of professional experience in the development and deployment of complex IT strategies in the Life Sciences Industry. In his 15 years at IBM, Steve played the role of program manager, risk manager, SME and relationship partner for many clients in the Life Sciences Industry including Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Dade Behring, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Genentech and BioRad.

Steve has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Drexel University and received his MBA from Widener University. He is PMP certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

He  lives in Westmont, NJ, with his wife and two kids.


Ajay Anand

Vice President
Johnson & Johnson, Global Services Strategy & Transformation

Ajay Anand is currently Vice President, Strategy & Transformation within Johnson & Johnson Global Services. In this role, he is responsible for Strategic Planning, Transformation Office, Global Business Engagement, Value Marketing, New business Development, and Change Management and Communications.

As a leader in Global Services, Ajay lead the Enterprise Spend Optimization program, which has made us more diligent about making mindful choices on our discretionary spend, to save almost $1Bn across J&J. Currently, his team is leading the Operational Agility efforts to improve J&J’s ability to respond to business changes and disruptions, through a focus on employee experience, functional excellence and efficiency across Global Functions.

Ajay has been with Johnson & Johnson for 19+ years and started as a Consultant at McNeil Consumer. He has cross-functional experience in diverse industries including Consumer Packaged Goods, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Authorized Generics, Telecommunications and Financial Research.  Ajay holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from LeBow College of Business (Drexel University), Philadelphia and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Gujarat University, India.

Ajay lives in Ambler, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.


Jennifer Abruzzo

General Counsel
National Labor Relations Board

The General Counsel, appointed by the President to a four-year term, is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases.

On July 22, 2021, Jennifer A. Abruzzo began serving as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board.  Ms. Abruzzo had previously worked for the NLRB for over two decades, including as Field Attorney, Supervisory Field Attorney, Deputy Regional Attorney, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and Acting General Counsel.  Immediately prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Abruzzo served as Special Counsel for Strategic Initiatives for the Communications Workers of America.

Daniel Poor

Strategy & Value Practice Leader

Daniel is a leader of UiPath’s Strategy & Value practice.  He has 20+ years of experience driving business digital transformations that deliver board-relevant outcomes. His areas of expertise include business operations and supporting technologies, across sales, customer service, finance, supply chain, HR, recruiting, shared services, and IT-as-a-business.  He has held leadership roles at Scient, Siebel, Oracle Business Consulting, Accenture Strategy, and Bridgewater Associates – always focused on product and service strategy, scale, excellence, and measurable value.  He has led enterprise-wide digital transformations at Fortune 50 companies and top-15 healthcare systems.  His Ph.D. is in the field of Organizational Performance.

Mike Loncar

Vice-President Services, SW and Consumption
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canada

As Vice-President of HPE Canada, Mike Loncar brings over 20 years of diverse experience in Infrastructure and Software Development and Solutions, Private Cloud Computing, Services and Consulting. The HPE Canada team consists of a dynamic group of sales, services and marketing professionals with solutions across on-premise, private cloud and public cloud involving storage, compute, networking, systems management, and services. As the leader in edge-to-cloud platform as a service; HPE Canada is always focused on helping customers and partners see the business value and impact of working with HPE.
Mike has a long-established career in the technology sector with a track record of success in driving growth strategies and building strong team-oriented business cultures. He began his career in sales, has built high performing teams serving enterprise and commercial segments across Canada. In short, he is the ideal person to build and lead the transformation of HPE Canada.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from York University. He is active in many local charitable organizations and is an advocate and mentor for inclusion and diversity within HPE and in the broader technology sector helping early career employees along their journey in the industry.

Chantal Rivard

Senior Director, S/4HANA Center of Excellence

Chantal Rivard has over 25 years of SAP expertise and is known for her thought leadership in innovation to help customers select the best technology solution to meet their needs. As an SAP Canada Center of Excellence Lead for S/4HANA, she helps her clients understand the value of S/4HANA, and how to become a best run intelligent enterprise.
Chantal focuses on customer challenges and imperatives, to support organizations to gain agility, adopt new business models, gain efficiencies and transform mission-critical systems to drive growth.
She has a passion for cloud solutions, business simplification, and innovation through automation to secure her customers’ success.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and has worked with hundreds of customers across several industries over the years, in software selection, implementation and change management strategies.

Christopher Frank

Vice President of Global Marketplace Insights
American Express; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

Christopher Frank is Vice President of Global Marketplace Insights at American Express where he leads the communications and brand research and analytics group. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. His ability to connect insight to strategy in a coherent and actionable way has won him global recognition as a leader in his field, as well as a plethora of industry awards.

Oded Netzer

Vice Dean of Research and the Arthur J. Samberg Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Oded Netzer is the Vice Dean of Research and the Arthur J. Samberg Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, an affiliate of the Columbia Data Science Institute, and an Amazon Scholar. He is a world-renowned expert in data-driven decision-making and extracting meaningful insights from data. His award-winning research is broadly read and high-cited. He holds a PhD in Business and MSc in Statistics from Stanford University.

Aruna Ravichandran

SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
Webex by Cisco

Aruna Ravichandran is SVP and CMO for Webex by Cisco. She brings unique parallel expertise in technology and marketing, blending her computer engineering background with a deep customer focus and a business philosophy that delivers results.
She is a change agent and recognized authority on Hybrid Work, with a track record of guiding customers, partners, and global teams through workforce and technology transformations.
Aruna’s experience spans more than two decades – building SaaS and digital routes-to-market and expanding addressable markets – for companies including HP, Juniper, CA Technologies, and Cisco. Aruna has authored two pioneering books on DevOps, is a contributor for Forbes.com, and is a multi-award honoree, including Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley 2016, and the National Diversity Council’s 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman.
Aruna holds an MBA and an MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a BS in Computer Science from Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT). She was also a graduate of the esteemed CMO Leadership program at Kellogg Business School in 2019

Eric Brown

VP Americas Technology
Align Technology

Eric Brown is Vice President, Americas technology at Align Technology. In this role, he is responsible for Align’s enterprise customer relationship management platform (Salesforce CRM) and the commercial technology strategy in the Americas region.

His focus is defining the technology strategy, design, and delivery of exceptional consumer and customer experiences.

Brown joined Align in 2016 as director of Cloud Platform Engineering, responsible for the strategy, design and delivery of Align’s global clinical cloud infrastructure.

Prior to Align, he held various technical leadership positions at Progress Software, Certara, and Gerber Scientific.

Brown serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Hartford Computer Science Department and the Board of Directors for the Triangle Technology Executives Council.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University.

Ivelisse Torres

Senior Director, Cyber Security
ABM Industries

Ivelisse Torres is a leader in the information security sector with more than 15 years of experience. She is dedicated to ensuring risk is properly mitigated in order to create the most appropriate security posture for ABM Industries. Ivelisse has proven to be skilled in managing inevitable organizational change and has the ability communicate effectively at all levels within the organization. Her expertise in managing multiple projects simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines has been a key skill in her career advancement.
Currently, Ivelisse is a Director of Information Security at ABM, a leading provider of integrated facility services with annualized revenue exceeding $7 billion and more than 100,000 team members in 350+ offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and other international locations. As part of the Cyber and Information Security Office Ivelisse is working to actively improve the overall security posture at ABM by establishing foundational security programs in multiple security verticals.
Ivelisse attended the University of Houston-Downtown and received both her Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Security Management. Additionally, she is seeking her Doctoral Degree in Digital and Cyber Forensic Science.
She is also enthusiastic about mentorship opportunities both in and out of the workplace. She seeks to help in the career development and advancement of others. Ivelisse is also an avid believer in creating a diverse working environment where team members can openly contribute and celebrate the value they bring to the organization because of their different cultural backgrounds.

Melanie Gilbert

Partner Federal Government Practice
IBM Canada

Melanie is a Partner focused on the Canadian Federal Public Sector since August 2019. She is responsible for the delivery and growth of some of IBM Canada’s largest services engagements.
She is known for her thought leadership with respect to disruptive technologies. As the IBM Canada Public Sector Blockchain leader, she helps her clients understand what makes a good Blockchain use case and how to deploy projects that deliver real business results.
Melanie is passionate about how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain can improve citizen centric experiences and change the way governments engage with private industry, other governments, and its citizens. As such, she is a frequent public speaker on these topics.
Melanie is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Emlyon, France where she teaches “AI and Disruptive Technologies Applied to Commerce” within the Masters of Science (MSc) in Digital Marketing and Data Science department.

Chris Barry

Microsoft Canada

Chris Barry is the President of Microsoft Canada responsible for leading a world-class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians. Through Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Chris’s objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more.
A veteran of the technology sector and proven transformational leader, Chris has over 20 years of experience at Microsoft and has held many leadership roles in sales and marketing for both Enterprise and Partner Groups in US, Canada and Globally. In his most recent role, Chris has been the Chief Operating Officer for Microsoft’s Industry Solutions business where he was responsible for defining strategies to maximize impact for top industry accounts and scaling solutions through partner ecosystems and worldwide sales teams.
Chris is passionate about driving meaningful and lasting relationships, building diverse and inclusive teams, and driving positive organizational outcomes. Chris believes culture is a powerful differentiator and delivering outstanding customer service requires leadership that emphasizes achievement, impeccable service, and problem solving through autonomy and inventiveness.
Chris is a member of the TECHNATION Board of Directors and resides in Oakville with his wife and teenage daughter.

Mike Hilton

HPE Canada

As President of HPE Canada, Mike Hilton brings over 30 years of diverse experience in Software Development and Solutions, Cloud Computing, Telecommunications, CCTV and Access Control, Data Communications, Industrial Automation, Robotics and Business Consulting. The HPE Canada team consists of a dynamic group of sales, services and marketing professionals with solutions across on-premise, private cloud and public cloud involving storage, compute, networking, systems management, and services. As the leader in edge-to-cloud platform as a service, HPE Canada is always focused on helping customers and partners see the business value and impact of working with HPE.
Prior to HPE, Mike has extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and senior leader, working with teams in Business Operations, Sales, Marketing and Technical Services. Mike has co-founded or led numerous tech start-ups, all with successful exits, including the 2018 sale of Genesis Robotics to Koch Industries. Most recently, Mike spent 12 years with Microsoft, over two tours, leading Enterprise Sales, Partner Sales, Dynamics Business Applications and SMB in various roles.

Pamela Pelletier

Country Leader & Managing Director
Dell Technologies Canada

Pamela Pelletier is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and performance of the Dell Technologies Canada, inclusive of Canada Commercial, Enterprise, and Federal segments effective May 2021. She leads several groups aimed at Women in IT reaching their full potential. She coaches and mentors’ colleagues at Dell Technologies and in the IT industry.
Pamela has a proven leadership track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth and career development in the technology industry. Her greatest passion is bringing people together and helping them to reach their full potential. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.
Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree from Trent University. Pamela is married with 2 boys.

Patrick Antoine

Senior Managing Director

Patrick Antoine is a Senior Managing Director who leads the Globant Canada team.  Patrick works with clients to define their digital agenda to fortify their position for today and for tomorrow.  Patrick’s team is composed of talented individuals who are ‘bi-lingual’ in Business and IT, with the objective of innovating with clients to show them real value, from ‘concept to code’. 

Key outcomes Patrick focuses on for clients include digitally reinventing themselves, enhancing enterprise agility, leading with user experience, driving business insight, increasing revenue, and optimizing their operations.  His team applies exponential technologies to transform clients’ businesses at scale. Areas of focus include experience and design, software engineering, digital platform development and implementation.

Patrick has over 25 years of experience in businessand technology transformation.  He has sold and delivered strategy and transformation engagements in a variety of industries (both private and public).  Prior to his current role, Patrick worked at IBM for many years, in various leadership roles in Canada and the U.S., including Customer Transformation, Enterprise Strategy, Business Analytics and Cognitive Process Services. Patrick also played a role as the Chief Strategy Officer for IBM’s BPO business.  

Originally from New York City and has a B.S. degree from Manhattan College in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A from Pace University.  He has also completed Advanced Business Strategy and Advanced Operations Strategy executive courses at Harvard Business School and IMD.  Patrick is married with three children and currently lives in Oakville,Ontario.  His interests include world music, word games, running, and island hopping.

Ema Patki

VP, Software Engineering
Align Technology

Sabina Schneider

Chief Solutions Officer - North America

Coming from a hard-skill career background in big data and backend scalable platforms, Sabina joined Globant when it was a startup of 20 people. In the studios, she worked with the diverse team to develop smart corporate products incorporating machine learning, artificial intelligence and image processing to provide long-term value. The company has since grown to a 12 thousand-mind team working in 16 countries for the world’s top brands. She credits Globant’s culture of resilience as the driver for its growth and cohesion along the way.

Sabina focuses on delivering transformation programs by breaking down big business challenges into actionable elements to achieve a shorter time to market with continuous delivery. She bridges the gap between technical skill and business acumen, and helps companies become more competitive through data-driven, rapid, and dynamic technology solutions.

Kyla Lougheed

Digital Transformation Lead and Director of Operations, Analytics & PMO
United Way Greater Toronto

Kyla Lougheed is Digital Transformation Lead and Director of Operations, Analytics & PMO at United Way Greater Toronto. She has spent over 20 years driving business and digital transformation initiatives at some of Canada’s largest and most impactful charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Disruption is the name of her game, whether leading organizations to unleash the power of data and analytics, implementing powerful software tools to support growth and long term resiliency or re-engineering business processes to improve service delivery. Kyla holds a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto.

Brad Christian

Product Marketing

Chad Wright

Boston Dynamics

Chad is the Chief Information Officer at Boston Dynamics, a Boston area robotics company that specializes in mobility, perception and navigation. The winner of BostonCIO’s CIO of the Year in 2022, Chad’s career in Information Technology has spanned 30 years, including roles in a variety of industries, such as marketing, software, healthcare, retail and robotics. He’s worked at some of Boston’s most innovative companies, including Avid, Endeca Technologies, athenahealth and Amazon Robotics. In addition to his leadership roles, Chad’s background includes business systems analysis, data analytics and project management with direct experience in ERP implementations, Cybersecurity, IT Service Management and IT Strategy. Chad graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Mathematics

Prateeksha Oza

Director, Global Digital Supply Chain
McCain Foods Limited

Prateeksha Oza joined McCain in January 2022 as part of the Global Supply Chain team to accelerate the adoption of digital transformation within the organization.
For the past six years, Prateeksha has had the opportunity to progress through various roles at Nestle and WalMart while transforming Supply Chain and Commercial processes supported by the application of digital solutions. Within her current role at McCain, Prateeksha is responsible for leading the implementation of digital initiatives to bring transparency and visibility within the supply chain function. She works closely with the regional and global Supply Chain teams along with the IT teams to design and deploy value-added solutions and improve existing systems while supporting the vision of a customer-centric value chain.
Prateeksha is a graduate from the University of Waterloo and a certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) from the Supply Chain Management Association. She lives in Brampton with her husband, Harsh and recently got promoted to the role of “mom” to a one month old girl.

Sandra Castaneda

Director, Integrated Supply Chain Technology Portfolio
McCain Foods Limited

Sandra joined McCain Foods as a Software Engineer, in 2000. During her career at McCain, she has held multiple roles, leading technical teams through the completion of initiatives in the Data Warehousing and Analytic areas, and later on, managing numerous projects and programs with the Technology PMO.
In her current role, Sandra is responsible for overseeing the technology solutions that are part of the Integrated Supply Chain business areas. Her team owns the portfolio of technology products, leads the design, build and deployment of applications, and ensures the value realization of the investments in this space.
In 2017, Sandra was awarded the McCain prestigious award of “Best in Class Execution – Best in Class Employee of the Year”. Sandra is a Computer Science Engineer, and holds a Master degree from University of Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She also obtained a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the PMI Institute. She lives in Florenceville, NB with her husband, Carlos, and their two boys, David and Daniel.

Carlos Valencia

Director, Global Data Services and Platforms
McCain Foods Limited

Carlos Valencia was appointed Director of Global Data Platforms in July 2021.
Carlos started at McCain in October 2000 as a Software Engineer and has taken a multitude of roles during his 22-year career in the company. In his initial years he led software development teams building, implementing, and supporting global solutions for the finance, commercial, and manufacturing business units.
In 2010, Carlos moved to Argentina with his family to assume accountability for the LATAM IS/IT department, as well as being part of the Global IS and the Latin America business leadership teams. While in this role, he also led the regional deployment of the last phase of a major multi-year global technology transformation that ended in 2014.
Since his return to Canada in 2015, Carlos has been in the Data and Analytics space. He is now driving the modernization of the data platforms to enable new capabilities and technologies in support of the company’s digital transformation to become a data-led organization. Carlos is originally from Colombia where he studied Computing Science Engineering at Francisco De Paula Santander University and a Master in Computer Science at Los Andes university. He lives in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick with his wife Sandra Castaneda and two boys David and Daniel.


Sandra Parker

Provincial Nurse Manager
Solicitor General – Office of the Chief Coroner

Sandra is an experienced and dedicated healthcare professional and nursing educator who possesses a wealth of knowledge, holding many senior leadership roles managing projects, operations, and education. Her current role is with the Office of the Chief Coroner as a Provincial Nurse Manager, supporting a team of nurses (Coroner Investigators) and administrators (Regional Death Investigation Administrators).

Sandra has worked with multidisciplinary subject matter experts and stakeholders across the province as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Sandra was instrumental in the development and implementation of large-scale organizational projects including QuinC: the electronic case management system at the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ambulatory Referral Management System and was instrumental in the organization and delivery of the first National Paediatric Conference in Ontario. In addition, she has presented and produced publications that have been circulated nationally and internationally.

She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University in the US, a Project Management Certificate from Humber College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University, and a Diploma in Nursing from St. Clair College, in Ontario Canada.

She is active in her community, having served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Vaughan Community Heath Centre.

Gina Skagos

Executive Officer
Solicitor General – Office of the Chief Coroner

Gina is a senior leader with over 18 years of progressive leadership experience in strategic leadership, finance, accounting, business transformation, operations, and business improvement.

Her role at the Office of the Chief Coroner as an Executive Officer cultivated her passion for business improvement and modernization. Being no stranger to modernization, Gina also played a key role in the modernization of the tax administration process on Ontario with the implementation of a province wide electronic case management system known as OntTax. Both transformational projects are recognized nationwide as the benchmark in their respective areas.

Earlier in her career, Gina held several executive and senior management roles specifically spearheading the development of Beer and Wine tax audit in Ontario; led the audit for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games; Managing Land Transfer Tax, Gas and Fuel Tax, Beer and Wine Tax audit in Ontario.

Gina holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics from Sir Wilfrid Laurier and a Certified Professional Accounting designation from CPA Canada.

Gina is the Executive Director of the Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade (HCBT) where she co-led a trade mission to Athens, Greece with Eurobank and Food Expo. She is an active member of the International Society of Female Professionals. She has also held leadership roles with the European Union Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity (New Orleans Re-Build Mission), the OPS United Way Campaign and the Greek Community of Durham Region as the Executive Board Secretary. She is committed to serving and giving back to her community. She is married and loves traveling and exploring the wonders of the world.

Kelley Irwin

Chief Information Officer
Electrical Safety Authority

Kelley is a CIO by experience, a martial arts black belt by training, and an optimist by nature. She is currently Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) focused on evolving the digital and cyber mandates for business value. She is value-driven, leading with a strong sense of responsibility to create positive change. Her career includes CIO experience at ESA, TD Bank, Sun Life Financial, and Economical & Sonnet Insurance.
Kelley is an award winning author of the book “Please Stay, How Women in Tech Survive and Thrive”, and a frequent keynote speaker.

Caroline Morissette

Vice-President of Digital & Data
McCain Foods Limited

Caroline Morissette is Vice-President of Digital & Data at McCain as part of McCain’s IT Leadership team. She joined McCain in 2019. She has worked in digital transformation for nearly 10 years, across Commercial, Agriculture and Manufacturing functions. She has significant experience in both business lead roles and more than 5 years in technology development leadership roles.
Prior to McCain, Caroline was working at Syngenta AG, a global Agriculture company, as well as in strategy consulting.
At McCain, Caroline is responsible for shaping McCain’s strategy for digitizing McCain’s business processes as well as translating data to value. This is a multi-year transformation to bring new digital tools to all McCain employees and transform how data is consumed to create business value. Caroline’s key passion is how to transform data platforms in support of a more open architecture to collaborate with third parties and drive a more connected, data-enabled supply chain across growers, manufacturers, supply chain partners and customers.
Caroline is based in Toronto, ON, with her husband Bruno and her two children Livia and Isabel.

Lars Goransson

Managing Director, IDC Canada & LATAM
IDC Canada

Lars Goransson is responsible for IDC’s Canadian operation as Managing Director. IDC Canada’s product and services offerings provide the Canadian IT community with market intelligence and market based research across the value continuum of budgeting & planning, marketing awareness and lead generation, and measurement and performance management. He also recently started managing IDC’s Latin America Region.

Ashley Skyrme

Global Strategy & Consulting Lead

Ashley Skyrme is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture leading the Global Cloud First Strategy and Consulting business. She is a senior strategist advising global Fortune 500 clients on cloud first technology strategies to increase profitable growth customer experience, and innovation. She has worked across a variety of industries including life sciences, travel, consumer products, government, and high tech and telecommunications. Prior to joining Accenture, she held executive leadership roles with large, global consultancies including Capgemini and Booz Allen Hamilton where she built and led digital, innovation and technology advisory businesses, and led ventures and acquisition to drive inorganic growth.

Eila Shargh

Director, Solutions Product Marketing, Workforce

Eila Shargh is the Director of Solutions Product Marketing at Okta for our Workforce Identity Cloud. Eila spent 2 years in the web-application security space at WhiteHat Security doing Content and Product Marketing, later joining Palo Alto Networks for 6 years to build out their Content Marketing team, own Zero Trust and Portfolio Product Marketing, and most recently drive their Go-to-Market strategy for several of their Cloud-delivered Security Services products. In her free time, Eila loves to spend time with her two dogs. When the dogs aren’t running the show, she enjoys doing anything active, traveling, reading, and doing DIY projects.

Shaifa Kanji

Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Digital Officer of DTSS
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Shaifa Kanji assumed her role as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Digital Officer of the Digital Transformation and Services Sector (DTSS) of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) on Aug 9, 2021.
She began her career in public service in 2011 and has led the digital transformation of Municipal Government (Region of Peel) and not-for-profit (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority) including establishing the vision and strategic technology direction for these organizations within a highly complex, political and multi-stakeholder environment.
Before joining the public sector, Shaifa spent her career across multiple sectors – telecommunications, (Bell Canada), financial (Royal Bank) and consulting (Accenture). Those experiences gave her a broad perspective on the critical elements required to drive change and transformation in complex organizational structures.
Shaifa holds an Executive MBA from The Western Ivey School of Business and a Computer Science degree from York University.

Lee-Anne McAlear

Program Director, The Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management
York University

Lee-Anne McAlear is an award-winning facilitator, speaker, writer, and consultant. She is a program director and sought-after lecturer at the Schulich ExecEd, Schulich School of Business at York University, speaking at conferences on leading innovation, enhancing employee engagement, establishing creative cultures and thriving in change.
Lee-Anne has worked extensively in the leadership and innovation space in more than 33 countries in both the public (federal, provincial, and municipal levels) and private sectors.
She has piloted several global innovation initiatives that have delivered new approaches to brand revitalization, new methods for delivering patient care and new ways to address customer growth and retention. For more than 25 years, Lee-Anne has worked across industries and sectors including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical, health care, telecommunication, transportation, professional services and consumer packaged goods.
Lee-Anne has many certifications including Emotional Intelligence, Team Management Systems and Situational Leadership, and is a Certified Innovation Professional. She sat on the first board of the Canadian Chapter of IAOIP (International Association of Innovation Professionals) – the only association offering globally recognized innovation certifications.

Katy O’Donohue

Cloud Field Marketing

Katy O’Donohue is a field marketing professional at IBM with experience in Cloud Computing. As a field marketer, she works with IBM’s client and partners to understand their challenges and how IBM can partner to deliver business outcomes.

Nataraj Nagaratnam

Ph.D., IBM Fellow, CTO for Cloud Security

Dr. Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam is a technology and business executive focused on designing and delivering innovative security solutions, that help enterprises in their digital transformation journey, and to adopt Cloud with confidence. As CTO for Cloud Security, he drives strategy, technology & offerings around security for IBM Cloud. Recognized as an IBM Fellow, he has led innovative security products and capabilities across cloud, mobile, and middleware systems that are helping businesses around the world effectively manage their security.

Jillian Moffatt

Chief Technology Officer
McCain Foods Limited

Jillian first joined McCain in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer of McCain Foods Canada and progressed her career with the company in increasingly senior roles in Canada, US and Europe including VP One McCain where she lead a large enterprise technology implementation, VP Financial Planning & Analysis, VP & Group Treasurer, Interim Chief Financial officer and Global Leader, Sustainable Competitive Advantage Strategy.
In her role as Chief Technology Officer, she is accountable for the strategy and execution of the Information Technology, Digital and Data teams. Here she works to progress McCain’s transformation journey by using data and technology to become an innovative, customer centric and data led business.
Prior to joining McCain, Jillian began her career at Deloitte, followed by Unilever and Campbell Soup in progressive finance roles. Jillian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Saskatchewan and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation (Canada). She lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul and two children Kristina and Aleksander.

Stan Gibson

Stan Gibson Communications

Stan Gibson is an award-winning technology editor, writer, and speaker, with 36 years of experience covering information technology. Formerly executive editor at eWeek and PC Week, he is currently principal at Stan Gibson Communications, where he continues to write and speak about all aspects of IT.

Kumar Iyer

Business Technology Senior Leader

Kumar Iyer is a technology leader at KeyBank leading the delivery organization that is part of Key’s Salesforce COE

Prior to this role he was an Enterprise Architect at KeyBank. and represented the organization’s initiatives on architecture review boards, COEs, and governance committees. He provided leadership on architecture engagements including RFPs, partner and solution assessments, ownership cost assessments, business value analysis, solution design, and management consulting.

He has a broad knowledge of technology including Cloud Computing, Mobile, DevOps, Data Initiatives, Business Intelligence, Digital as well as legacy systems and processes. He has extensive knowledge of Wholesale Banking products and processes, including Treasury, Payments, Channels, Credit, and CRM (Salesforce.com)

Before joining KeyBank, he worked at JP Morgan Chase and managed a geographically dispersed technology team of employees and consultants supporting payment applications.
He holds a MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

Nadia Ballard

Research Manager

Nadia Ballard is a Research Manager in IDC’s SaaS and Cloud Research group, responsible for leading IDC’s research service on Industry Clouds, Solutions and Verticalization Strategies. Ms. Ballard’s core research coverage includes the emergence and growth of industry cloud platforms across all major vertical markets, their impact on value chains and market dynamics, and the opportunities they present for industries, technology companies, and professional services firms.  Nadia’s research also covers the life-cycle around technology verticalization and related vendor verticalization strategies. Nadia also helps run three of IDC’s premier global data products, including SaaSPath, Industry CloudPath and Industry AI Path surveys.

Matthew Kull

Cleveland Clinic

Matthew Kull is the Chief Information Officer at Cleveland Clinic. In this role, he leads Cleveland Clinic’s information technology (IT) strategy, working with clinical partners and caregivers across the health system to enhance patient care through innovative technologies.

Previously, Matthew was the Associate Chief Information Officer of the Information Technology Division. Prior to coming to Cleveland Clinic, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas.

Matthew earned his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Matthew is a Certified Healthcare Information Officer and maintains professional affiliations with College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Andi Karaboutis

Group Chief Information and Digital Officer
National Grid plc

As Chief Information and Digital Officer, Adriana (Andi) is responsible for delivering innovation through frontier technologies, to enable National Grid to be at the heart of the energy future.

Previously, as EVP Technology, Business Solutions and Corporate Affairs at Biogen, Andi introduced leading digital and data capabilities that unlocked value across the drug discovery, development and delivery processes.

Prior to Biogen, Andi was instrumental in driving value through efficiencies, innovation and disciplined change management at Dell, Inc. as Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer (CIO). She brings extensive experience in technology and manufacturing & supply chain management, having held cross-functional international senior leadership roles at General Motors and Ford Motor Company. For more than 25 years, Andi has focused on innovating to drive business value.

Vagesh Dave

Global VP & CIO

Vagesh Dave is the Global Vice President & Chief Information Officer for McDermott. He is an IT executive focused on driving technology-based innovation over 25 years. He is a visionary, results oriented with extensive experience in transforming IT organizations. Mr. Dave has built and lead high performing global teams to lead digital & business transformation at McDermott and other leading organizations. Vagesh has previously worked for General Electric, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte PricewaterhouseCoopers, and RadioShack in various roles. He is an active supporter of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. He is the 2022 winner of the Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award and is actively engaged in local community.

Mr. Dave has a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Wesleyan University, M.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Deborah Wheeler

Delta Air Lines

Deborah is a passionate Information Technology Executive whose career focus has been on the protection and privacy of information and information assets, as well as on technology innovation, education and awareness.

As the current Global Chief Information Security Officer for Delta Air Lines, Deborah  brings more than 25 years of cyber security expertise, information technology risk management and data privacy experiences to the aviation sector.  Deborah is a Board Director for the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center and sits on A4A’s Cyber Security Council.

Deborah has applied her experience and skills in information technology risk management and cybersecurity in building security programs for PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan-Chase, Ally Financial, and Freddie Mac in addition to her work at Delta.

Deborah also serves as an independent Board Member for SERC Reliability Corporation;  as a Board Trustee for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and serves on the Customer Advisory Boards for Proofpoint, Sailpoint, Crowdstrike, and ForcePoint Software companies.  Deborah was inducted into the 2022 CISO Hall of Fame, and has been recognized on the 2021 and 2022 Top 100 CISOs list by CISOs Connect, the 2020 Cyber Defense CISO 100 list, and was also recognized as the 2007 ISE CISO People’s Choice Award winner for CISO of the year.

Deborah holds a CISSP certification and is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management.

Deborah resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two of her four children. She enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid gardener and quilter in her spare time.

Kalyan Chakravarthy

Chief Information Officer
The Regional Municipality of Durham

As Chief Information Officer, Kalyan Chakravarthy (KC) is responsible for the Regional Municipality of Durham’s information and digital technology needs. A visionary leader with focus on quality and strategic execution. Over 20 years of experience in IT Leadership, project management and consulting.
Six Sigma green belt with an excellent understanding of enterprise architecture. Skilled in developing strong relationships with customer executives and using technology to enhance their ability to manage change.

Bradley Fedosoff

Senior Vice-President – Architecture, Data & Analytics

CIBC’s Architecture, Data, and Analytics (ADA) team is led by Brad Fedosoff. The ADA team provides services to the Enterprise that include Business Architecture, Technology Architecture, Data and Technology Governance, Data Engineering and Enablement, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Brad and his team help enable CIBC business unit strategies by architecting the bank of the future, leveraging well managed high quality data and advanced tools and techniques to better understanding our clients and help make their ambitions a reality. The team also ensures that Data & Technology Risk are being managed in a balanced fashion ensuring our bank and customers are protected.
Brad has been with CIBC since 2007 and has held various roles within CIBC Technology including Global Systems Engineering and the Head of Technology Architecture. Prior to CIBC, Brad worked for Hewlett-Packard where he was a Chief Technologist across a number of Global accounts where he had both delivery oversight and Architecture teams reporting to him Globally. Brad has worked in the technology field for 20+ years and brings a unique multi-industry Global perspective to our people, processes, and technology. Brad is a Ryerson Polytechnic University graduate and a member of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT. Children’s mental health is a very personal passion for Brad and his family, he’s currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the George Hull Centre for Children and Families, a leading children’s mental health research and treatment centre in Canada.

Richard Jardim

Executive Vice-President & CIO

Richard leads a global team responsible for delivering high-quality, innovative, and operationally resilient technology solutions that contribute to building a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world. His team is focused on driving technology agility, speed and simplicity across CIBC technology platforms, as well as implementing many of the investments they are making to transform CIBC.
Prior to joining CIBC in 2011, Richard was Managing Director & Head of Technology Solutions for the Wholesale Bank at TD Bank Financial Group.

Scott Hebner

Vice President, Marketing, Digital Infrastructure Solutions

Scott Hebner,  VP for Digital Infrastructure Marketing, has twenty-two years of executive management in the enterprise technology sector, spanning marketing, product management, business development and strategy/transformation positions.

Scott is currently responsible for leading IBM’s product marketing strategy across its hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure offerings designed to help clients speed digital transformation outcomes by scaling innovation-driven growth less inhibited by infrastructural complexity, risk and cost. Solutions uniquely integrate data resiliency, cyber-protection, regulatory compliance controls, Green IT and digital services capabilities within a unified business-IT architecture.

Stu Kippleman

Parsons Corporation

Stuart Kippelman is CIO of Parsons Corporation.

Prior to Parsons, Kippelman was the SVP and CIO for Platform Specialty Products, a global, diversified producer of high-tech specialty chemicals and provider of technical services. The business involves the formulation of a broad range of solutions-oriented specialty chemicals, which are sold into multiple industries, including agrochemical, animal health, electronics, graphic arts, plating, and offshore oil production and drilling.

Kippelman previously served as SVP and CIO for Covanta. He led all aspects of global IT, leveraging innovative technologies to transform the way the business runs and generates revenue. For his transformational work at Covanta, Stuart received numerous prestigious industry recognitions including Top 100 CIO’s in STEM 2015, Computerworld’s 2014 Premier IT Leader Award and the CIO.com Top 100 Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Prior to joining Covanta, Kippelman held many leadership and technical roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson. He was Corporate Director of Technology M&A and Emerging Market Growth, CIO/CTO of Health & Wellness, VP of Global Infrastructure Technology Engineering, and Development, as well as other roles in engineering, architecture, research, portfolio management, deployment, and operations.

Kippelman is a monthly guest columnist on WSJ, and is a featured blogger on Computerworld.com. He holds multiple patents in data mining, and Business Intelligence. As an accomplished speaker, he is a frequent presenter at many major industry conferences, delivering keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics ranging from Leadership, Innovation, Mobile Computing, Consumerization of IT, Cloud, and Cybersecurity.

He is actively engaged in helping guide and develop the next generation of IT leaders

Tony Alam

Senior Offer Manager

Tony comes to Kyndryl from NTT and Verizon Cloud, launching global cloud managed services offerings at both companies. Prior to those companies, Tony worked in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and his own consulting company, filling every role from coder to manager to principal to executive.

Matthew Cunningham

Director of Design & User Research, Kyndryl Platform

Matthew has two decades building digital experiences for Fortune 100 companies, SMB, and start-ups. By merging user experience (UX) best practices with human centered methodologies, Matthew identifies problems, addresses business needs, and positions organizations for next-level innovation.

Dave Kliemann

Cloud Risk & Controls Leader

Dave Kliemann is the Risk and Controls Leader for the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. Dave is responsible for providing support helping clients take a risk-centric approach to their digital transformation. He helps clients & internal IBM partners to understand key cloud related security issues, regulatory requirements, and risks.

Prior to joining IBM, Dave held several cybersecurity roles at Fiserv, a Fortune 500 Fintech, leading Cyber Risk, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Security Monitoring/Hunting, and IT Audit Programs.  Dave was also a 20-year U.S. Naval Officer, which included leading Information Operations and Cybersecurity teams.

Richard Evers

Global Director of Network Services

Richard is the Global Director of Network Services at WSP. He has approximately 20 years of IT experience spanning large enterprise IT, and service provider environments. After spending close to a decade with Verizon as a technical engineer, he joined WSP in 2013 helping to standardise its network architecture globally, and lead a network transformation. Richard is currently responsible for network solution architecture, engineering, and operations covering LAN, WAN, Remote Access, Cloud Networking, and Network Security. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Sheffield Hallam University. Outside of work his passions are CrossFit and international travel.

Dan Harmuth

Chief Operations Officer
State of Utah, Division of Technology Services

Dan Harmuth has been with the State of Utah for 8 months as the Chief Operations Officer in the Division of Technology Services.  As COO he oversees a group of over 300 staff that supports the Network, Voice, Server and Data Hosting, Enterprise Cloud Services, Enterprise DevOps, IAM, Desktop Support, and Enterprise Product Support for 25 State agencies.  Previous to the State of Utah he was with Utah Transit Agency as the IT Director and has over 28 years IT experience in fortune 500 companies, local government, and healthcare organizations. Dan has a MBA & Masters in IT from the University of Maryland, and is also PMP, CDPSE, and Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt certified.  Dan is also a retired Colonel who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army both active and reserves and was deployed 4 times to theaters of war.  He enjoys Digital Transformation, Agile/Scrum/DevSecOps, Cyber-Security, and being in a field that consistently changes as that brings daily challenges.  In his spare time, Dan is an Adjunct Faculty at Utah Valley University instructing Information Management & Project Management in the MBA program.

Jeremy Meller

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Jeremy Meller serves as Chief Information Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In this role, Jeremy provides executive oversight, vision and support for patient, clinical and business applications; business intelligence and integration; cybersecurity; and technology architecture and innovation.

A native of northern Wisconsin, Jeremy joined Children’s in 2012 as Senior Director of IT Operations, and served as Vice President of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) between 2014 and 2020. Prior to joining the Children’s team, Jeremy was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, where he led logistics and information technology for two military hospitals. He earned a commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was awarded the international Information Management Officer of the Year award during his service. Previous roles include Division CIO for the Marshfield Clinic, CIO for the Iowa Heart Center, Chief of Information Management for the Munson Army Health Center and Enterprise Director of Technology Operations for Spectrum Health.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), a fellow with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Terry Jones

Travelocity.com; Founding Chairman, Kayak.com

Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous, customizable speaking engagements, both live and virtual, and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.

Terry Jones is a Digital Disruptor, an author and a venture capitalist with General Catalyst and Sierra Angels. A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones, began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.
In his new book, Disruption OFF, Jones shares his thoughts on the new technologies and business models that startups and competitors are deploying to disrupt your company. More importantly he outlines the tools and techniques you must use to avoid disruption in this post COVID-19 world.

He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.

Today he is the managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.

He serves on the boards of Boingo, Sonicwall, Kenzie Academy and Camping and Education Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Smart Destinations, Cognite, Entrust, Overture, La Quinta Hotels, Luxury Link and EarthLink.

His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation and disruption in our increasingly digital world. Terry has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he’s developed to keep up with this rapidly post COVID-19, changing world. His programs on innovation, disruption, marketing and AI are always thought provoking, entertaining and customized. Attendees walk away with inspired ideas and concrete action items to implement in their companies.

Mekala Krishnan

McKinsey Global Institute

Dr. Mekala Krishnan is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Boston, MA.

Her research focuses on various topics related to inclusive growth and economic development, including climate risk, globalization, and gender economics. Her most recent research focuses on the near-term impact of the climate transition and of physical climate risk across sectors and geographies, including its implications for companies and countries. She is an author of the recent McKinsey Global Institute research Climate Risk and Response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts. Her past research has focused on the risks facing global value chains and the future of globalization. Mekala is a frequent speaker on these topics at global conferences as well as with executives at Fortune 500 companies. She has authored numerous articles and her work has been cited in leading business publications, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review.

Mekala is a member of a task force at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings focused on improving productivity measurement, serves on an advisory board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, serves on an advisory board for the Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality.

Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011. Prior to Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Claus T. Jensen

Chief Innovation Officer
Teladoc Health

Claus is the Chief Innovation Officer for Teladoc Health. He oversees all technology, IT, product design and management, product engineering, data science and analytics plus clinical program design.

Claus also leads the healthcare innovation that will deliver a new category of care, providing health consumers with guided choice and the ability to interact with healthcare resources where, when and how they want it. He works closely with leaders across Teladoc Health to design, create and optimize solutions that benefit patients, clinicians and administrators.

Claus is a transformational change agent with a track record of driving multi-year transitional agendas in large organizations, bringing together ideas, people and technology.

His background before Teladoc Health spans 20 years of transformational leadership roles at Danske Bank, IBM, CVS Health/Aetna and the latest as Chief Digital Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is active in the community and has been a trusted advisor on business and IT transformation journeys for many Fortune 1000 organizations.

Claus enjoys learning about world history and spends his vacations exploring different parts of the United States with his wife and two daughters.
Claus has a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University, Denmark. He is a thought leader in business and IT integration, holds 17 patents and is a published author of six books and numerous articles.

Ryan Currier

SVP, Engineering & Products

Ryan Currier is SVP, Engineering & Products for the Pac-12.  In this role, Ryan drives the strategy and delivery for technology across the Conference and wholly-owned Networks.  This includes an array of internal and external efforts, all of which are ultimately centered around serving the conference’s student-athletes and member universities.  Ryan lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.

MJ Petroni

CEO & Cyborg Anthropologist
Causeit, Inc

MJ Petroni is a translator of trends, provocateur of new ways of thinking and guardian of values. He draws from his experience with startups and digital businesses, global travel, and research to create compelling narratives of our future which catalyze innovation for top teams at global companies, organizations and governments.  MJ studies large shifts and finds the stories that validate them. Through curation of discoveries from around the world and his own publishing, he catalyzes conversation about the future and builds innovations needed today. MJ combines the passion of an entrepreneur, the informed optimism of a futurist and the can-do generalism of a digital native to produce results at the intersection of humans and technology.

A world traveler, MJ combines the rigor of traditional education with organic discovery, extensive practice and self-taught, just-in-time learning. Formally educated in Cyborg Anthropology (the study of humans and technology) at Lewis & Clark College, MJ went on to become a business innovator, producing results in the midst of recessionary forces pulling towards normalcy.

An experiential learner, MJ combines scrappy entrepreneurism and a respect for the power of institutions for an unusual blend of corporate scale and startup agility across continents. His focus on the technology, financial, social impact and diversity practices of world-class organizations made for several major leaps in reach, giving MJ access to learning from cutting-edge research and dialogues with top thought leaders to develop a grounded view of our possible futures.

The author of Causeit’s digitalfluency.guide, MJ’s work focuses on raising the lowest common denominator of Digital Fluency for individuals, teams, and entire organizations. Since founding Causeit, Inc. in 2006, MJ has shifted thinking for hundreds of global enterprises, including NTT, Accenture, Volkswagen, the Gates Foundation, SWIFT, and several major financial and media companies, raising Digital Fluency among hundreds of thousands of professionals.

MJ sits on the Accenture Tech Vision Advisory Board and is a faculty member at Singularity University.


Arthur Hu

SVP & Global CIO

Arthur Hu is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lenovo as well as the Chief Technology Officer of the Solutions & Services Group (SSG). As Lenovo’s Global CIO, Mr. Hu leads the enterprise-wide IT organization that is driving the technology-enabled transformation of Lenovo. Under his strategic direction, Lenovo’s IT team has emerged as a strategic partner to the business groups, focusing on innovation, business value, and customer experience.

Earlier this year, Mr. Hu was appointed to the additional position of Chief Technology Officer for the Solutions and Services Group (SSG). In this role, he leads the Research and Development organization within SSG, tapped to develop innovative solutions to bring to the market.

Since joining Lenovo in 2009, Mr. Hu has held several executive and operational leadership roles in the company and is a member of the Lenovo Executive Committee.

Angela Mondou

President & CEO

Angela joined TECHNATION in 2019 with over 25+ years of exceptional global and Canadian experience in the Technology sector, driving transformational programs in global supply chain, technology product introduction and technology business integration. As founder of the public-private sector “Strategic Knowledge Exchange” leadership forums, Angela seeks to drive change on a national scale and has extensive experience in developing strategic partnerships across industry sectors and around the world.
Angela is a board member of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), acting as the Regional Vice Chairman for North America and Chair of WITSA’s Global Policy Action Committee (GPAC), responsible for government policies affecting the global use of ICT. Angela also sits on the Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) Board of Directors, an industry-led, non-profit organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster that supports the development of world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada.
Author of the leadership best-seller Hit the Ground Leading!, and award-winning founder of her own consulting firm, Angela has delivered business growth programs and keynotes to companies and teams around the world. She has held positions as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ivey School of Business, as EVP of Leadership with the International Women’s Forum, as an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace, Technology and Engineering and holds a Professional Logistics designation.

Nancy Gohring

Research Director, Future of Digital Innovation

Nancy Gohring is Research Director for IDC’s Future of Digital Innovation market research service. She focuses on software innovation programs in the enterprise and their potential to drive efficiencies into corporate processes, generate new revenue streams, respond to customer demand, and improve competitiveness. Her research examines ways that enterprises can best execute on the four pillars of software innovation — plan, source, develop and distribute – and highlights leading enterprises that have developed successful new approaches to these competencies.

Ms. Gohring has spent her career working in the technology industry. Most recently she held the role of senior analyst at analyst firm 451 Research, covering application and infrastructure monitoring tools and the evolving practice of observability. Previously, she was editor-in-chief at Fierce Markets where she oversaw seven websites and newsletters serving 40,000 enterprise IT subscribers. Ms. Gohring also spent seven years at IDC parent company IDG as a news service correspondent writing about enterprise IT news for leading technology publications. As a freelance technology journalist, her work appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, Wired magazine, and MIT Technology Review.

Aamir Habib

Sales Specialist
Google Chrome

Aamir Habib has over 15 years of IT and managed services industry experience. He joined Google earlier this year to support the ChromeOS division in the SouthEast US region, managing the key and large accounts. Primarily an experienced Sales and Customer Success professional within the Big Data and Fintech vertical, over the past 5 years he has gradually shifted his focus to cloud, endpoint and cybersecurity solutions for commercial customers as well as the Civilian Public Sector.

Bret Arsenault


Seasoned executive with 25+ years of security experience in multiple technology disciplines. Bret has designed, implemented and led the information security organization for a multinational, Fortune 50 technology company for over a decade. He is a respected security leader across the industry and is recognized for his ability to navigate risk through innovative leadership and vision.

As the Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft Corp., Bret is responsible for enterprise-wide information security, compliance and business continuity efforts. Leads a global team of security professionals with a strategic focus on information protection, assessment, awareness, governance and enterprise business continuity.

Bret currently serves as the Chairman of Microsoft’s Information Risk Management Council, convening teams from across the company that focus on data protection. He also hosts Microsoft’s Security Council a forum with enterprise customers that drives product direction and operational best practices.

Bret has the proven ability to build robust and successful security programs, leveraging his deep technical background and strong business acumen to align engineering with executive vision. He is a strong advocate for security across all corporate functions and knows how to build executive and board-level support in order to achieve success.

Brad Stone

Booz Allen Hamilton

Brad Stone is a technology leader in Booz Allen’s cyber practice. With more than 21 years of experience in strategy and information technology (IT) consulting, he specializes in addressing a range of cybersecurity challenges for large-scale IT enterprises in the Department of Defense, federal agencies, and commercial organizations.

Brad leads the firm’s advanced cyber defense investment portfolio and drives the development of next-generation service offerings that integrate Booz Allen’s intelligence-grade tradecraft with best-in-class commercial solutions to combat the most advanced adversaries.

Currently, Brad is focused on delivering dynamic defense solutions and adaptive security services in the following areas:

  • Continuous risk management solutions that provide real-time situational awareness of enterprise risks based on automated integration of threat, vulnerability, compliance, and incident management data
  • Cyber architecture, engineering, and integration services that optimize tool investments to efficiently protect and defend an expanding attack surface including IT and operational technologies
  • Cyber operations modernization services and solutions that leverage leading-edge technologies to detect and respond to evolving threats at machine speed

Brad has a B.S. in physics from James Madison University.

John Sander

VP, Chief Information Security Officer

A highly respected leader possessing 25+ years of experience of transforming organizations on a global scale to resolve significant business challenges. Proven experience developing global technology strategy and governance, evaluating emerging technologies, transforming organizations, managing large scale global programs, negotiating large contracts, fostering strategic relationships with external partners, and providing budget management and oversight. Consistently recognized for excellence in managing global teams to continuously improve results, exceed customer expectations, manage costs, and improve quality.

Bill Hill

Chief Information Security Official

As MITRE’s Chief Information Security Official, Bill Hill works to keep networks secure while enhancing creativity needed to power technical advances. During his 25-year career with MITRE, he has been instrumental in the development of MITRE’s cyber community resources for an effective threat-informed defense strategy.

Nirmal Krishnamoorthy

Senior Manager, Product Marketing

Nirmal Krishnamoorthy is a product marketer at Freshworks. He joined Freshworks in June 2020 and is passionate about bringing service management solutions to enterprises, and helping organizations grow and transform. Prior to Freshworks, he was a management consultant at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers advising clients on business and technology transformation-related initiatives. He earned his MBA from Duke University in the US and an engineering degree from India.

Sharda Shetty

CIO India
Accenture's ATCi

Sharda Shetty is CIO India for Accenture’s ATCi. Shetty became hooked on technology and computer programming from the day she wrote code for “Hello World” in COBOL, only now she’s working on application security and augmented analytics in today’s age of hyperautomation. Shetty is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E). She has published several white papers on topics such as tech debt and presented the same in ISACA conferences. She is a core member of the CIO Application Security Strategy team at Accenture and has driven the Shift Left program via DevSecOps.

Tony Soules

Executive Director, Information Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
Amgen, Inc

Anthony Soules is currently Executive Director, Information Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer within Global Information Protection at Amgen.  His responsibilities include oversight of Global Cybersecurity Operations, Security Awareness and Education, Security Metrics and Analytics, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, Attack Surface Reduction, and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Prior to joining Amgen at the end of 2016, Anthony served in both leadership and operational positions within the United States Intelligence Community.  In this capacity, he developed and conducted computer network exploitation operations for intelligence collection purposes.  Anthony was a recipient of the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation award for significant contributions to foreign national intelligence collection.

Prior to his time in the Intelligence Community, Anthony was a cybersecurity consultant delivering a wide range of cybersecurity services to various US government departments and agencies.  Anthony led penetration tests, security architecture and design efforts, conducted systems analysis for certification and accreditation, and led global strategy and policy development for both garrison and forward deployed environments.

Tony is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).  He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Longwood University and an MS in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University.

Gary Katz

Chief Architect for Threat Content

Gary Katz has over ten years of experience as a cyber security architect.  He is currently the IBM’s CTO of Security Content and the Chief Architect for IBM’s XDR Connect platform.  In these roles he works with analysts to continuously improve internal processes in creating new threat intelligence, detection, correlation, and response content.  He has also worked extensively on designing and implementing IBM’s new XDR offerings.  Prior to joining IBM, Gary was a Principal Engineering Architect for FireEye.  He was one of Lockheed Martin’s four chief engineers for cyber solutions and the Contractor Chief Architect for the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) where he led the collaboration with its threat intelligence and forensics teams to develop new analytical tools and systems.

Haley Pereira

SAST, SCA and Threat Modeling Delivery Lead
Accenture CIO DevSecOps Engagement

Haley Pereira is a senior consultant at Accenture who reports to leadership within the Accenture North American Security Consulting Practice. Currently, she is the Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Software Composition Analysis (SCA) and Threat Modeling Delivery Lead for the Accenture CIO DevSecOps Engagement. The engagement secures a large portfolio of applications and automates security at scale.  Prior to this role, she worked in enterprise application security specializing in large scale transformation projects for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from Boston University.

Joshua Aaron

Aiden Technologies

An enterprise IT expert and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience as a CEO, CIO, and CTO at reputable businesses, including Hellman & Friedman and Business Technology Partners (BTP). As the founder of BTP, a premier IT consulting firm, Aaron garnered clients across some of the world’s largest financial, legal, and healthcare organizations.

Maggie MacAlpine

Cyber Engagement Lead
MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat Informed Defense

Maggie MacAlpine is the Cyber Engagement Lead for MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat Informed Defense. Prior to this appointment she served as a security strategist for Cybereason and, during her decade-long career focused on cybersecurity, Ms. MacAlpine also co-founded the DEF CON Voting Village, served as a contributing researcher on the “Security Analysis of the Estonian Internet Voting System” (in partnership with the University of Michigan), co-authored the DEF CON Voting Village annual reports, and appeared in the HBO documentary, “Kill Chain”. She has discussed cybersecurity threats at numerous conferences including DEF CON, the Diana Initiative, ShmooCon Hacker Conference, PacSec Tokyo, as well as in presentations to Capitol Hill and the US Naval War College.

Amy Robertson

Group Lead, Cyber Threat Intel & Adversary Emulation

Amy Robertson is a Cyber Operations Lead at the MITRE Corporation, where she focuses on cyber threat intelligence (CTI) for a number of mission spaces, including weapons systems and space assets. She leads the ATT&CK® Evaluations CTI team and is the ATT&CK content lead. Amy also provides international cyber capacity building expertise in threat assessments and incident response to the Department of State​. Prior to MITRE, Amy managed international cyber collaboration and capacity building programs across Europe and Central Asia at the Department of Homeland Security and executed cyber risk assessments and OSINT investigations for critical infrastructure operators and international, state and local governments. She is a Strategy and Statecraft Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was named to SC Media’s 2021“Women in IT Security” for positively advancing cybersecurity.

Michael Daniel

President & CEO
Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA)

Michael Daniel serves as the President & CEO of the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), a not-for-profit that enables high-quality cyber threat information sharing among cybersecurity organizations.  Prior to CTA, Michael served for four years as US Cybersecurity Coordinator, leading US cybersecurity policy development, facilitating US government partnerships with the private sector and other nations, and coordinating significant incident response activities.  From 1995 to 2012, Michael worked for the Office of Management and Budget, overseeing funding for the U.S. Intelligence Community.  Michael also works with the Aspen Cybersecurity Group, the World Economic Forum’s Partnership Against Cybercrime, and other organizations improving cybersecurity in the digital ecosystem.  In his spare time, he enjoys running and martial arts.

Charlie Donat

Intelligence Officer
Americas, FS-ISAC

Charlie Donat is a Cyber Intelligence Professional with over 10 years of experience in cybersecurity. Currently, he is the Intelligence Officer for the Americas at FS-ISAC, which advances the cybersecurity and resiliency of the global financial system through its real-time information sharing network. At FS-ISAC, he is responsible for the team that provides strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence to member organizations with presence in North, Central, and South America. Prior to this, he was a security engineer for a government contractor and a Threat Evangelist at Proofpoint. Previously, he was a senior threat intelligence analyst at Citigroup and Synchrony Financial.

Daniel Garlick

Vice President  & Chief Information Security Officer

Dan Garlick currently is Vice President  & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Gates since July of 2021. Dan is responsible for Gates’ global information security and IT risk management programs.

Most recently, Dan was an client executive and CISO at NTT Security, working as the CISO for a large global Medical Equipment Manufacture customer of NTT’s. There he led the development and deployment of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, including security operations center enablement, end point protection capabilities, threat management and risk mitigation planning. Dan developed the company’s first security charter, built an organization of subject matter experts and was recognized by the company’s leadership in averting a serious cyber intrusion attack.

Previous roles included Director of Information Security and Risk Management at Hitachi Vantara and CISO at REIT AIMCO, where Dan built information security organizations from scratch and developed IT security processes, controls and governance programs to ensure robust cyber risk protection capabilities. Dan has also held information security positions with Deloitte Consulting and Samsung Electronics, the latter based in Seoul, South Korea, following his retirement from active duty in the United States Air Force, where Dan served as a decorated Combat Weapons Officer onboard B-52/B1B aircraft during Desert Storm before transitioning to Cyber security, achieving the rank of Captain.

Dan holds a MSc. in Executive Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, a MSc., Information Security from Nova SE University, and a BS in Criminal from Clark University. He holds numerous security certifications including: C-CISO, CISM, and CISSP.


Nicole Raimundo Coughlin

Town of Cary, NC

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin is an award-winning technology executive who serves as the Chief Information Officer for Cary, North Carolina. She is the principal strategist and architect for information technology and digital marketing across the organization. Coughlin is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. Coughlin’s dedication to innovative thinking and partner-building has helped create blueprints for municipalities around the world to deploy and deliver technological advancements to help solve unique challenges.

A self-described government rebel, Coughlin participates in numerous conferences and summits as a keynote speaker and panelist, and her work has been profiled in case studies as she continuously pursues new models of digital transformation for collaborative citizen-facing projects. Prior to her work in government, years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally.

Andrea Little Limbago

VP of Research and Analytics

Dr. Andrea Little Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of emerging technology, national security, and information security. As the Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos, Andrea leads the company’s computational modeling and methodology regarding global supply chain risk. Andrea is also a Co-Program Director for the Emerging Tech and Cybersecurity Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason, an industry advisory board member for the data science program at George Washington University, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, and a board member for the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She has presented extensively at a range of academic, government, and industry conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, SXSW, SOCOM’s Global Synch, BSidesLV, and Enigma. Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes. Prior to Interos, Andrea was the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru, Endgame, and Berico Technologies. She also taught in academia and was a technical lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, where she earned the Command’s top award for technical excellence. Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Bowdoin College. 

Daniel Christopher

Chrome Enterprise Customer Engineer
Google Chrome

Daniel Christopher is a Customer Engineer at Google specializing in Chrome Enterprise. He has over a decade of experience in end-user computing technologies. His role focuses on driving ChromeOS adoption across various organizations while helping customers understand deployment and security strategies for ChromeOS.

Imran Akhtar

Cybersecurity Manager
Cox Automotive Enterprise

Greg Barnes

Highmark Healthcare

Greg Barnes is Chief Information Security Officer of Highmark Healthcare, which operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Barnes has more than 30 years of experience in the security industry. He joined Highmark after serving as CISO of the biopharmaceutical company Amgen from 2016 to 2022. He worked within the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (“BCBS”) system of plans in multiple roles, the latest of which were CISO for Horizon BCBS of New Jersey, and a principal advisor to the national BCBS Association Board of Directors on cybersecurity matters.

Barnes worked for Lucent Technologies as a Managing Principal, leading multiple highly skilled teams in the design of advanced technology networks for large telecommunications companies such as MCI/Worldcom, as well as conducting security design, test, and program management engagements for Exxon, Washington Mutual, Cisco, State Farm, Williams Communications, Walmart, and others.

Barnes began his career in the United States Air Force, where he managed classified intelligence and cyber operations systems. He is Vice Chair to the Board of the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC) and chairs the HHS (Healthcare Human Services) Cyber Working Group on Intellectual Property Protection.

Barnes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from University of Phoenix and his Master of Science degree in Information Assurance from the National Security Agency-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Advanced Cyber Operations at Northeastern University.

Carrie Rasmussen

Chief Information Officer

Carrie leads all aspects of global Information technology at Ceridian with the objective of creating an optimized infrastructure and data strategy across all operations. Carrie joined Ceridian in 2021. Carrie is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise organizations.
Previously, she was Chief Information Officer at The Save Mart Companies, and has also held senior leadership roles at Safeway Inc. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in agriculture business management from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Vamshi Krishna Reddy Mowgili

Solution Architect - Logistics, Global Operations
Western Digital Digital Poster Representative

Vamshi is a Senior Architect of Logistics COE at Western Digital Corporation. He has more than 16
years of experience in the designing of various logistics-based solutions. He is responsible for
focusing on the emerging technologies in Logistics and designing the solutions for enabling the digital transformation of WDC’s Global Logistics organization. Vamshi joined Western Digital in 2017 and the active member of Logistics COE since inception.

Jeanine Charlton

Chris Ritchie

Vice President, North America
Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

As the Vice President, North America for Foundry, an IDG Inc. company, Chris oversees business operations, strategy and growth focusing on the intersection of People and Technology through digital and in-person events, executive functions, and engagements.

For the last 12+ years, Chris has served in various senior leadership roles at technology, market research, and event organizations. Chris started his career in the legal profession, where he credits his ability to objectively analyze complex situations and then present viable options for desired business outcomes – or – Objectives as a Service.

Fun fact: after residing in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for 10+ years, Chris has recently relocated his family to Paradise Valley, Arizona.



Shane McDaniel

Director of IT
City of Seguin

Shane “El Jefe” McDaniel is the Director of IT for the City of Seguin with 26 years of experience across a litany of IT disciplines. His technology career began in 1996 through an enlistment in the Air Force supporting military intelligence and reconnaissance. He spent the first 15 years of his career in federal IT operations before transitioning to the private industry global cybersecurity community. For the past 6 years Shane has been working in Texas municipal government, as a native Texan he takes great pride in serving fellow Texans through local government technology advancement.

Shane is a published author with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Information Technology. He holds CGCIO, PMP, CISM, ITIL Intermediate, and CompTIA Security+ certifications. Shane is a champion of Country IT, which he defines as a results driven approach to delivering enterprise technology solutions attained via the power of an individual’s spirit and often through nontraditional means. His teams have received numerous awards for their approach to delivering Information Technology services and solutions in municipal government.

Tim McKnight

Chief Security Officer

Tim McKnight heads SAP’s Global Security unit in the Office of the CEO board area, reporting directly to Christian Klein, CEO and member of the executive board of SAP SE. He is responsible for SAP’s overall security strategy, ensuring that SAP and our customers have a consistent and convenient security experience, establishing SAP as a recognized and trusted leader in the industry.

In his role, Tim develops, implements, and manages SAP’s overall security policies, standards and guidelines in accordance with ongoing security initiatives and worldwide IT, physical and personnel security, cybersecurity activities, data protection and privacy laws. Before joining SAP in December 2018, Tim was chief information security officer for Thomson Reuters, responsible for all aspects of the company’s global information security risk management program.

Prior to that, he served as Chief Information & Product Security Officer for General Electric, executing its information security and IT risk strategy. Previously, Tim was executive vice president of Fidelity Investments’ Information Security and Technology Risk. He also served in various IT Security leadership roles at Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Cisco Systems. Tim began his career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as lead investigator of National Infrastructure Protection Center matters, including high-tech crimes, corporate espionage, foreign counterintelligence and telecommunications fraud.

In addition to these roles, Tim has held the roles of chairman of the Internet Security Alliance
and taught undergraduate courses in digital forensics as an adjunct professor at Georgetown
University. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Google Cloud, Amazon Web
Services (AWS), ClearSky Security Fund and Tenable.

Diane Ma

Global Life Sciences Finance Transformation Leader
Deloitte Consulting

Diane is a principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Life Science practice where she serves as the Life Sciences and Healthcare Finance practice leader.  She has spent the last 15 years specializing in the strategy, design, and execution of large-scale Finance Transformation programs.  Diane has a wide variety of client service experiences, ranging from Digital Finance and  Finance Operating Model to Global Shared Services and Financial Process Redesign.  Her focus is on the design of Finance functions to realize the benefits enabled by large scale technology transformations. Diane is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA.  

Sampath Kunta

Senior Manager, Business Applications, Global Operations
Western Digital Digital Poster Representative

Sampath Kunta is Senior Manager, Business Applications, Global Operations. He is an experienced Oracle Applications (ERP) Implementation Lead, Business Process Transformation Consultant.

Sampath has more than fifteen years of Oracle ERP experience in high-tech manufacturing and business process re-engineering.

He is known for being a specialists for High Tech manufacturing and operations and has built global manufacturing process integration solutions for many leading high-tech companies.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Production from BA Marathwada University, India.

Moe Beydoun

Director, Business Products
T-Mobile for Business

Jeanine Charlton

Chief Technology and Digital Officer
Merchants Fleet

Catherine Chick

Chief Technology Officer
Canada Goose

Catherine Chick is Chief Technology Officer at Canada Goose where she sets the strategic roadmap for technology and manages the delivery of services to support business growth and global operations. Prior to Canada Goose, she held senior leadership roles in the manufacturing, professional services, research/higher education and technology industries in Canada and the United States.
Her strategic vision is centered on using technology innovatively and effectively to differentiate a business and foster transformative change. She understands that technology success relies as much on organizational change management as it does on delivery and operations. Catherine is an active member of the CIO community and was previously a National Board Member for the CIO Association of Canada.

Vince Marin

Global Chief Information Officer
Sidley Austin LLP

Vincent A. Marin is the Global Chief Information Officer at Sidley Austin LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world assisting clients in over 40 practice areas.  In his role, Vince provides firmwide leadership for all technology services, business/digital transformation, and has had broad impact throughout his tenure. Vince has a very distinguished leadership background, including three years as CIO of Huron, a public company, 16 years at McKinsey & Company in five different roles with increasing responsibilities leading teams on five continents, each responsible for firmwide and client facing services.

Vince’s deep understanding of technology trends led him to transform IT services at McKinsey to fully support the evolving needs of the world’s leading strategy consulting firm to create new strategic capabilities and leverage the best in global services. He was also a key player in technology enabling the growth of the firm during this period, and established several IT enabled services for the benefit of the global firm and its clients.  He has delivered similar impacts at Huron and Sidley.

Throughout his career, Vince has been recognized for his vision and strategy skills. His execution and service excellence coupled with his superb competency as a problem solver has positioned him as a change agent who delivers results and lasting impact for organizations.  Vince’s core capabilities include identifying areas for change and opportunities to capitalize on with stakeholder engagement, consensus building, leading business transformation at multiple levels, enabling greater value realization from investments in technology, and inspirational people leadership that brings out the best in colleagues. He has leveraged these competencies extremely well for the benefit of the firms and their clients at McKinsey, Huron and Sidley. Vince is leading the technological transformation of the firm in multiple ways, including introducing many new capabilities such as enabling artificial intelligence tools in the practice of law.

A much sought-after people leader and developer, Vince was the recipient of McKinsey’s prestigious Marvin Bower Values award, which recognizes distinctive client service, fostering an inclusive, non-hierarchical work environment, and striving to improve the overall quality of the firm.  Vince has a Master’s in Management Information Systems, a M.B.A. and bachelor’s in Finance.  He is a passionate mentor to many and is very actively involved in several philanthropic causes in the U.S. and abroad.

Vince is a Chicago CIO of the Year, for achievement in leadership and management effectiveness, business value created by technology innovation, engagement in industry and community endeavors.

A member of the Wall Street Journal CIO Network – an invitation only membership exclusively for CIOs from the world’s largest and most influential companies, to identify key challenges in technology and new opportunities for innovation to unlock value to their organizations, and a member of CNBC Technology Executive Council – an invitation only membership for leaders transforming organizations by leveraging technological innovations and disruption. Vince has also been recognized as a Business Leader of Color for being a most influential, diverse, and inclusive leader in the Chicago community for providing shareholder value in the changing value of business and for inspiring others while continuing to build on success as a leader. Additionally, Vince is a Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE).



Adam Mattina

Managing Director & Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

Adam Mattina is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Technology and Innovations group and is the firm’s Deputy Chief Information Security Officer. He oversees Blackstone’s Portfolio Cybersecurity program, which conducts cybersecurity diligence on, assesses and seeks to improve cybersecurity practices across Blackstone’s global portfolio of operating companies. Prior to his current role, Mr. Mattina led major projects within the Security team and built multiple functional areas within the firm’s cybersecurity program. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mattina managed operations, training and recruitment of a global team of information security experts within the United States Department of Defense.

Mr. Mattina received an MBA from George Washington University and graduated with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He serves on the Program Advisory Board of the Masters in Cybersecurity program at New York University and has held adjunct professor roles in the Masters of Cybersecurity programs at New York University and Stevenson University.

Heather Haugen

PhD, Vice President Healthcare Advisory & Innovation
NTT, ltd

Dr. Heather Haugen has deep expertise in strategies to improve the adoption of technology. Her book, titled, Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adoption of Healthcare Technology, is a business bestseller.

Haugen leads the Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Security Practices at NTT, ltd. Her previous roles include the Chief Science Officer at Atos in the Digital Health Solutions division and the CEO of The Breakaway Group, A Xerox Company.

Dr. Haugen holds a faculty position at University of Colorado Denver- Anschutz Medical Center as the Director of Health Information Technology, where she mentors doctoral students and teaches. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for DU in the Daniels College of Business Management.

She earned her doctorate in health information technology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Danielle Beringer

Managing Director

Danielle leads the KPMG US Modern Data Platform & Data Engineering community within the KPMG Lighthouse practice, positioning data & analytics services with clients and expanding data-related technology alliances. Prior to KPMG, Danielle served as the Regional Data Officer for Nissan Americas, leading Data & Analytics, Enterprise Architecture, DevOps & Cloud Delivery. Danielle also led technical partnerships at privacy engineering startup Gretel.ai, focused on privacy enhancing technologies and synthetic data. Danielle’s background in software engineering, data engineering & technical leadership has focused on holistic data management, next-generation analytics, data literacy, AI/ML and cloud modernization.

Sachin Satija

Partner CIO Advisory

Sachin is a Principal based out of KPMG’s Charlotte office and is a global business transformation leader known for developing diverse, high-performing organizations across Banking, Insurance, Telcos, Media, Healthcare, Pharma  and Utilities clients. Sachin has developed cross-industry innovative solutions and  managed large-scale, transformation programs that have helped clients achieve new levels of success built on the foundation of  exponential IT. Sachin is a technologist and holds an approved patent on API Assessment using ML Algorithms and has a patent pending on Living Systems Navigator. Prior to being a partner in KPMG, Sachin was a Managing Director in Accenture’s cloud first group leading Cloud, APIs, Microservices, modern architecture and modern engineering teams.

Stephanie Perrone Goldstein

Deloitte Consulting LLC

Stephanie Perrone Goldstein has a unique blend of 15+ years of Travel & Hospitality industry and consulting experience that enables her to support organizations in achieving their AI visions. Her specialty is in Customer and Marketing AI & Machine Learning, specifically conceptualizing, leading the development of and integrating advanced analytics into customer and marketing business operations. Stephanie has worked with travel and hospitality clients to re-think their analytics organizations, develop and deploy rapid-cycle machine learning POCs, establish and operate AI COEs, and develop and deploy in-market marketing/customer tests to improve models and realize value.

Rohit Tandon

Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting LLC

Rohit Tandon leads Deloitte’s AI & Data practice for the Technology Sector. He is also the founder and General Manager of Deloitte’s ReadyAITM  business, helping clients accelerate their AI Journey. Rohit has been a leader in High-Tech and Financial Services sectors and consulted for a wide number of industries. Prior to Deloitte Rohit was the Vice President – Strategy and Chief Analytics Officer for HP. He also served SVP and Business Leader and was one of the founding leaders of Genpact Analytics.

Brian Kirkland

Choice Hotels

Brian Kirkland is Chief Information Officer for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies. In this role, he oversees the company’s Information Technology organization, and is responsible for leading overall IT strategy, infrastructure, development, all aligning with Choice’s business objectives.

Mr. Kirkland joined Choice Hotels in 2015, where he led engineering development and operations at the company’s Phoenix-based technology headquarters. Mr. Kirkland notably guided Choice’s efforts to successfully design and launch the industry’s first new global reservation system in 30 years, choiceEDGE.  Subsequently, he kicked off a multi-year cloud transformation and migration strategy for which Choice Hotels is the first major hotel company to commit to going all-in on the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS).  Recently, leveraging cloud capabilities Mr. Kirkland is leading Choice’s innovation and modernization in technology.

Prior to joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Kirkland held key leadership positions at leading technology companies, GoDaddy and Media Temple (acquired by Go Daddy in 2013), most recently serving as vice president of engineering. There, Mr. Kirkland helped integrate the company’s IT structure as well as directed engineering. Earlier in his career, he held various software development positions at Hewlett-Packard and Intel.

Mr. Kirkland earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. He is currently a member of Arizona’s Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC) and Arizona State University’s Executive Council for the Department of Information Systems. He also serves on the Board of Governors for Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG).

Jed Yueh

CEO & Founder

Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management, first as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $5B in cumulative sales. After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which provides an API-first data platform to accelerate digital transformation for over 25% of the Global 100 and has surpassed $100 million in ARR. In 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year. Jed is the bestselling author of Disrupt or Die, a book that refutes conventional ideas on innovation with proven frameworks from Silicon Valley. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard, while working three jobs, including teaching at a local high school.

Kathy Kay

Principal Financial Group

Kathy Kay is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Principal Financial Group®. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s global technology and digital strategies, its IT and digital operations, and innovation that supports current and future business needs.

Kay joined Principal in May 2020. She brings nearly 25 years of cross-industry experience in IT leadership. She most recently led the information technology business at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), including the company’s mission-critical systems and the development of the company’s technology strategy, infrastructure, and architecture. She also held leadership positions with General Motors, Comerica, and SunTrust.

Kay earned a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University. Kathy is on the board of Mechdyne, a private company in Iowa, and also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Des Moines.

Lisa Davis

Blue Shield of California

Lisa Davis is Senior Vice President and CIO at Blue Shield of California, a $22.9 billion nonprofit health plan serving 4.7 million members in California. She’s driving Blue Shield toward a future state of health care, transforming the IT business model and leveraging digital technology, data, and analytics to accelerate the delivery of capabilities to improve the member and provider experience.

An innovative business executive, Davis’ future-forward vision has improved business outcomes and customer experiences for organizations in high-tech, academia, and the federal government. She led a global P&L at Intel prior to being the CIO at Georgetown University. She was also CIO of both the U.S. Marshals Service and Counterintelligence Field Activity.

Lisa holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. She serves on the board of Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Dr. David Reis

University of Miami Health System

David serves as Chief Information Officer at University of Miami Health System, Miami FL, where he is driving the value of IT through innovation, user experience, cost optimization and risk management. David is a leading health IT expert in the digitization of health care, platform technologies and tele-medicine. He is particularly focused on the intersection of EHRs, true interoperability and the consumerization of health care.

Prior to joining the University of Miami Health System, David was the CIO at Hackensack Meridian Health, a 17 hospital system in North New Jersey, and prior to that, CIO at Lahey Health, a 5 hospital system with more than 300 ambulatory locations.  David started his healthcare IT career at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals where he held several IT leadership positions during his tenure.  He has also held IT leadership positions in retail banking, public accounting and higher education.

David served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Infantry with a subspecialty in Arctic and Mountain Warfare.  David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Business Administration (e-Commerce) from Rosemont College, a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University (National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence) and is a Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University Executive Scholar in Innovation.  David also holds a variety of IT security certifications and is an active member in a number of associations including the Kellogg Alumni, American Legion, ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard (FBI Background Check Required). David is a frequent speaker and interviewee on health IT related topics and in the past has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Rosemont College, Drexel University and Northeastern University.

Bob McCowan

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Bob McCowan is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals with over 30 years global experience. Bob provides leadership to the IT organization and is responsible for global IT Strategy supporting Research, Commercial, Cyber Security, and Enterprise operations. He and his team are delivering transformational technology solutions to support Regeneron’s mission of using the power of science to bring new medicines to patients.

Bob is a well-respected leader with a diverse international background, and has previously worked at global organizations including Amgen, Artemis International, and Computer Science Corporation.

George Rosello

Director, Digital Transformation, Information Technology
Jackson Health System Digital Poster Program Representative

George Rosello is a solution architect and strategic leader who has worked for large health care organizations to design and launch innovative enterprise solutions.  With a background in integration, data warehousing and business intelligence, Rosello believes that the untapped innovative space in healthcare begins with merging real-time data with intelligent automation to produce creative data platform solutions.  By partnering with physicians, clinical staff and executives, Rosello bridges business and IT to develop effective strategies and adoption.  He has successfully launched several initiatives impacting population health, patient experience and clinical operations.  He is currently working on incorporating process automation to improve clinical workflows and the employee experience.

Kian Gohar

Founder & CEO

Kian is Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership training firm. He is a master facilitator and has coached the CEO and leadership teams of over 50 companies in the Fortune 500 on innovation, disruptive technologies, moonshot thinking, leadership and the future of work.

He’s co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Competing in the New World of Work, published by Harvard Business Review and with #1 NY Times bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi. This bestselling book explores the most important leadership behaviors and team skills necessary to succeed in the post-pandemic era, and outlines how to build successful hybrid workplaces and workforces.

Previously, Kian was an executive director at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he founded the world’s leading corporate innovation ecosystem, and was also an executive director of Singularity University in Silicon Valley. His 20-year innovation career spans venture capital, academia and startups around the world. Early in his career, he was a Luce Scholar in China.

A sought-after public speaker, Kian’s been featured in global media like CNBC, Fortune, Fast Company, HBR, Axios, and NPR, and headlined marquee events like SXSW and the World Economic Forum. He speaks 5 languages, is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, and Northwestern.

Jahidul Khandaker

SVP of Information Technology
Western Digital

Katie Webb

Director of U.S. Innovation

Katie Webb is Director of U.S. Innovation at Aflac. She oversees the company’s Digital Accelerator and Incubator, Hatch, which delivers experience-driven technology solutions focused on solving large-scale problems for businesses and customers.

She joined Aflac in 2013 and leads the U.S. value creation strategy to identify key initiatives that will transform the company while delivering on its five-year financial targets. She is a results-driven strategic innovator who has crafted a successful career in problem finding, creating charter and purpose, and being a disruptor. Her diverse career background spans sales, marketing, business strategy, customer experience and technology.

Katie is passionate about bringing people together who believe there is a better way and giving them the freedom, support and leadership to drive meaningful change. She is a big believer in building systems and relationships to achieve success.

Katie has received industry recognitions including CIO 100 Award for 2022.

Katie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from Troy University.

Diego Souza

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Cummins, Inc

Diego Souza, is currently the Cummins Inc. Global Chief Information Security Officer, he is strategic thought leader adept at safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity, and
availability of company data, information systems, and operational technology (OT). He also has a proven aptitude for aligning Cyber Security hardware, software, and policies with corporate strategy. Skilled at planning, delivering, and managing global information security initiatives designed to thwart internal and external threats, Diego is Collaborative team mentor with the ability to build the best talent and inspire people through his leadership.

Diego also served as United Airline’s Managing Director, responsible for United’s global core security technologies where he focused on developing world-class security strategies and standards across the technology and digital organization. Before that, he served as a Senior Director for GE Oil & Gas, where he was responsible for leading the global IT security team in charge of driving efforts to maintain security controls around global GE Oil & Gas sites while also looking to new technologies and opportunities to enhance the business’s security aspects.

While in Brazil Diego has served as the Brazilian IT manager for Dresser business, leading the IT department in South America, joining GE through an acquisition in 2011 and has subsequently held several strategic roles, including participation in the honored GE leadership and career acceleration program called Corporate Audit Staff (CAS). Diego started his career at Hitechno, a family-based company in Brazil as the network administrator; subsequently, in 2003, he joined INPE (Brazilian government department) working on network security and as an administrator, providing incident response and security management to that organization.

Diego is married with his wife Flavia and they have an adorable daughter, Lara, they are located in Houston, Texas.

Matt Jackson

Senior Director of Security Operations

Matt is the Senior Director of Security Operations at Code42, the Insider Risk Management leader. He leads the Detection and Response (“blue”) and Penetration Test (“red”) teams. Prior to joining Code42 in April 2022, Matt led the Cyber Incident Response Team at Splunk, and built the Security Operations team at Amazon Web Services. Matt is a graduate of the Master of Science in Managing Information Technology (MSMIT) program at the University of Virginia.

Bob Schuetter

Global Chief Information Security Officer

Robert Schuetter is Global Chief Information Security Officer for Ashland, a global specialty material and chemical company. A veteran in creating advanced, world class security teams for highly targeted organizations, Mr. Schuetter has a decade of experience as a CISO, CSO and Risk leader. He has been recognized as a top 25 Global CISO by Gartner and a top 100 CISO by Cyber Defense Magazine.

Mr. Schuetter got his start in the early days of modern cyber security at General Electric running advanced threat for 650,000 employees and contractors in one of the most highly targeted companies in the world. Mr. Schuetter had a hand in inventing, designing, and maturing many of today’s best practices in security operations, insider threat, risk frameworks, and threat intelligence. He ended his time at GE as the Global CISO for the Aviation and Military business.

Mr. Schuetter joined the Ashland family of companies in 2013 as their first Global Chief Security Officer, later adding enterprise architecture under his direction. Ashland Global Holdings was a Fortune 280 conglomerate. In 2016, he founded Integral Defense, LLC, a cyber security services group that provided cyber services to each business entity as they filed for their own IPOs as stand-alone companies.

Mr. Schuetter is an active advisor to cyber security startups and investors, and a keynote speaker in cyber maturity, risk frameworks, and advanced threat intelligence.

Vidya Srinivasan

Senior Vice President of Risk and Infrastructure

Vidya Srinivasan serves as Senior Vice President of Risk and Infrastructure at Genpact. Her role is critical to ensuring that Genpact’s risk posture is maintained both on delivery side as well as corporate posture on emerging risks. Even more important, she is overseeing the company’s information security efforts to drive the utmost compliance and industry standards given Genpact’ s large employee and client base around the world.

Her current role focusses on InfoSec risk, investment as well as Board level engagement on InfoSec and emerging risks. Her role in infrastructure looks at location strategy, emerging work models and  future of work aspects with the business teams. Vidya has 29+ years of corporate leadership experience and has held several key roles within Genpact, including that of Senior Legal Counsel. She has seen the company evolve since its inception and has played a leading role in building strong processes based on the company’s commitment to integrity, compliance, controllership, data security and information technology.

Vidya worked with American Express and Ballarpur Industries prior to joining Genpact. She received her J.D. degree from the Campus Law Center, Delhi University. She has been a speaker and participant at conferences of Gartner, Oracle (APAC) and Cisco and also elected as a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council.

Nick Percoco

Chief Security Officer

Nick Percoco, Chief Security Officer at Kraken, has been an active member of the security industry for over two decades, working as both a security practitioner and advisor. He’s presented research on targeted malware, iOS and Android vulnerabilities, and IoT security at events such as DEF CON, Black Hat, RSA Conference and SXSW. He’s also designed, led and advised in the development of security products and services used by millions of people and businesses while working for Internet Security Systems, VeriSign, Trustwave and Rapid7. Nick founded SpiderLabs and led global teams of hackers that discovered real-world 0-day vulnerabilities to help secure the most targeted businesses such as Las Vegas casinos, global financial institutions, major retail brands and video game companies to ensure their facilities, products, employees and clients were kept safe and secure.

Maretta Morovitz

Group Leader of Cyber Operations

Maretta Morovitz graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University School of Engineering with a degree in Computer Science. She is the MITRE Engage Lead at the MITRE Corporation where she works in the areas of adversary engagement, malware analysis, and reverse engineering. She is a founding member of MITRE’s Cyber Deterrence and Adversary Management (CDAM) team and has helped shape MITRE’s adversary engagement work for the last two years. She was recently named as one of the AFCEA 40 Under 40 Awardees for 2021. Outside of work she can be found nerding out about the latest Brandon Sanderson novel, still anxiously awaiting her letter from Hogwarts, or snuggling with her dog and hedgehog.

Marene Allison

Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Johnson & Johnson

Marene Allison is responsible for protecting the company’s Information Technology systems and data worldwide through elimination and mitigation of cybersecurity risk. This includes ensuring that the J&J information security posture protects patient and consumer safety, supports business growth objectives, upholds public trust in the J&J brand, and meets legal/regulatory requirements. With 265 companies in 60+ countries, J&J is a leader in consumer health, medical devices and pharmaceutical products worldwide.

Prior to 2010, Marene was CSO for Medco, Avaya and The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, where she oversaw all aspects of security and regulatory compliance. Before that, Marene was an FBI Special Agent working on undercover drug operations and terrorism. Marene has a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point in the first class to include women. She has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the Overseas Security Advisory Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for West Point Women, H-ISAC (Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center) and ASIS International.

James Hartley

Associate Vice President of Cyber Security
Zurich North America

Jim Hartley as an Associate Vice President of Cyber Security for Zurich North America who specializes in Application Security, Data Protection,  Endpoint Security and Cyber Security Metrics.   Jim has spent the last 20 years in the Cyber Security space with past roles including the Chief Information Security Officer of Aon Hewitt.

Dr. Donna Cuomo

Director of the Knowledge Driven Enterprise
MITRE Corporation Digital Poster Program Representative

Dr. Donna Cuomo is MITRE’s Director of the Knowledge Driven Enterprise. Their mission is to provide user-facing information systems, collaboration, and knowledge services and systems for the corporation.  By working closely with MITRE’s business leadership, Donna is responsible for strategy development and the enterprise-wide advancement of MITRE’s systems in these areas.

Donna is a recognized leader in the external knowledge community, has won numerous awards for her team’s work including being a multi-year recipient of the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise award, Step 2 Innovation awards, and APQC’s Excellence in Knowledge Management.  She has presented broadly and holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, with a concentration in user experience design.

Rahat Sethi

Director, Technology Governance, Risk and Compliance

Rahat Sethi is a director with Adobe’s technology GRC group and one of the co-authors of the Common Controls Framework (CCF). He has been instrumental in architecting the Common Controls Framework (CCF) across various business units. He has an extensive information security background and is adept at leading and carrying out red team exercises. Additional areas of focus include CCF automation and building an automated controls platform for Adobe. He has over ten years of experience in the field of information security, cyber forensics, auditing and technology compliance.

Mark Connelly

Chief Information Security Officer
Boston Consulting Group

Mark Connelly is the Chief Information Security Officer for Boston Consulting Group where he brings more than 30 years of Risk and Security, IT and Business Management experience. Previously, Mark was the first CISO with Thomson Reuters (TR) and ITT, both global multi-industry enterprises. In addition to his time as CISO at TR and ITT Mark was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse responsible for Infrastructure Risk and Security. And prior to Credit Suisse Mark spent 20 years at Sun Microsystems Incorporated as CISO, VP IT and Director of Systems Engineering. Experience and Education Mark holds an M.S.E.E. and B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. from University of Missouri. He holds certifications in Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Governance in Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk & Information Security Controls (CRISC). He is a member of ISACA NY Chapter. He was recognized by the Technical Exchange Network with the CISO of the Year Award for the Northeast Region in 2011 and in 2013 was named a Top 10 Global CISO Breakaway Leader

Steve Gallucci

Global & US National Managing Partner, CFO Program
Deloitte LLP

Steve Gallucci is the Global and US National Managing Partner of the CFO Program. The CFO Program harnesses the broad capabilities of the firm to deliver forward thinking insights for every stage of a CFO’s career. Steve helps CFOs manage the complexities of their roles, tackle compelling challenges, and adapt to strategic shifts in the market.

In addition to his CFO Program leadership responsibilities, Steve’s experience at Deloitte includes advising some of our largest and most complex clients in multiple sectors, including consumer products; retail; and technology, media, and telecommunications. Steve has significant experience leading large, multi-office external audit teams as well as internal control assessments, due diligence, and M&A projects. 

Active in the community, Steve currently serves on the boards of the Americares, The Madison Square Boys and Girls Club and the Posse Foundation and is the chair of Providence College School of Business Advisory Council.  He is also a member of the Partnership for NYC Innovation Council. Steve previously served as the chairman of board of trustees of the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation. 

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. 

He lives with his wife Maura and their four children in Westchester County, New York.

Tim Smith

US Leader, Technology Strategy & Business Transformation Practice
Deloitte LLP

Tim Smith is the US leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Technology Strategy & Business Transformation practice. He has 20 years of cross-sector technology advisory and implementation experience in the US and abroad. Tim focuses on the overarching technology strategies, full-stack operating models, horizon architectures, domain platforms, and the ultimate value unlocked via the promise of technology. Tim earned a BSc in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the London Business School.

Carolyn Welshhans

Associate Director
US Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement

Carolyn Welshhans is an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.  Previously, she was an Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit and Market Abuse Unit.  Ms. Welshhans has supervised numerous significant enforcement actions involving insider trading, market structure, hacking, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and public company accounting and financial disclosure violations.  Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Welshhans was in private practice.  She received her J.D. from the Boston College Law School, and she received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Talal Butt

VP, IT Enterprise Transformation and Architecture
Rockwell Automation Digital Poster Program Representative

Talal Butt is vice president, Information Technology (IT) Enterprise Transformation and Architecture. In this role Talal is accountable for three key areas. First, he is responsible for our IT transformation and the execution of our IT strategy, while working across our business units and functions. This includes the alignment of processes and technology efforts related to our enterprise digital transformation journey in support of our broader business strategy. Second, he drives our process and project service excellence across our IT organization and the governance of IT portfolio management, investment planning and prioritization. Third, he leads the structured process for aligning business strategy to systems architecture that leads to speed, agility and better decision making in support of our organization’s strategic goals. Talal joined Rockwell Automation in 2018 as director, IT business operations and IT chief of staff. He brings to the role more than 20 years of diverse IT experience. Prior to Rockwell Automation, Talal was a vice president and IT project services manager at Robert W. Baird & Co. Earlier in his career, Talal served as associate director of global systems development and architecture for Covance, Inc. and held multiple leadership positions at GE Healthcare.

Talal holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Anne McCrory

Group Vice President, Customer Experience & Operations, Events
Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

A longtime IT journalist, Anne is passionate about how technology can change the world for the better, and how conferences can incubate the insights needed for organizations to innovate for the future. At Foundry, Anne leads the content, operations and client services teams in product development and event execution for virtual and in person events ranging from intimate executive conversations to multi-day conferences and awards programs. She holds an MBA with honor from Boston University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Bill Archer

Executive Vice President, President
Spectrum Enterprise

Bill Archer joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, President of Spectrum Enterprise in 2019. An industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications, Mr. Archer oversees product, marketing, sales, operations and strategy for Spectrum Enterprise, which provides enterprise-grade internet, networking, voice, video and managed services to Charter’s largest business customers.

Jagjit Dhaliwal

VP, Global CIO Industry Leader

Jagjit Dhaliwal is Vice President, Global CIO Industry Leader at UiPath, where he partners with client CIOs on their automation journeys. As a global digital transformation leader, his diverse expertise ranges from global IT delivery to strategic leadership roles including IT sales, consulting, strategic planning, P&L, program management, operations, and innovation.  

Jagjit is a seasoned technology executive with more than 20 years in the software industry. Previously, he worked as Deputy Chief Information Officer at the County of Los Angeles—the largest county in the U.S.—where he developed data strategies, implemented new technologies, and managed 11 public safety and health departments. He also worked as a Director at Cognizant, where he focused on professional services related to application development/maintenance, infrastructure, and quality assurance. Jagjit earned an executive MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.  

Eshwar Pastapur

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company (HMIC)

Eshwar Pastapur is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Hastings Mutual Insurance Company (HMIC). He is responsible for developing vision, strategies, goals, operating plans, and policies to deliver on business goals and drive competitive advantages in the ever-changing insurance marketplace.

At Hastings Mutual Insurance Company, he was instrumental in turning around in-crisis business transformation initiatives which impacted all aspects of functional areas. He transformed IT to be the most innovative division by introducing many newer technologies such as RPA, telematics, IoT and by making significant strides in use of data and digital technologies. Eshwar is also a co-sponsor for diversity and inclusion initiative at HMIC.

Eshwar has more than 30 years of experience in leading many global multi-year transformational initiatives. His journey in the insurance industry started when he worked at GE Insurance Solutions (now Swiss Re) in 2001. He is a certified six sigma black belt.

Eshwar holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from India’s Motilal Nehru National Institute of technology. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and two daughters.

Lookman Fazal

Chief Information & Digital Officer
NJ Transit

Lookman Fazal is a senior IT executive who specializes in building high-performance teams that work together to drive and implement the vision and strategic goals of the business.
He has been responsible for delivering large-scale information technology initiatives with a focus on increasing investments and creating fiscal solvency. Lookman has implemented digital transformations that include onboarding top-tier talent and utilizing innovative IT processes across multiple platforms to rebuild the customer experience for a modern age.
With over 25 years of executive management experience, Lookman has consistently driven change by teaming with his business partners to rapidly deploy cutting-edge technology strategies.

As a visionary in his field, Lookman follows the management philosophy of servant leadership, which puts service to his team and the humans who rely on the technology services he provides, at the forefront of every executive decision. He aims to influence the next generation of IT leaders by actively coaching, mentoring, and encouraging his staff to continually grow, learn, and expand their skills beyond their comfort zones. Lookman firmly believes in technology’s ability to create a positive influence on the world and change lives for the better; and continues to build forward-thinking IT strategies with this goal in mind.

John McClurg

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

John McClurg serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer.  He comes to Blackberry from Cylance where he served as Vice President and Ambassador-At-Large. He engages the industry around the globe on today’s risk challenges and how BlackBerry uniquely mitigates them with the application of AI & machine learning. McClurg champions a move from a historically reactive security posture to one focused on proactively predicting and preventing future risks.

He came to Cylance from Dell where he served as its CSO, advancing responsibilities that included the strategic focus and tactical operations of Dell’s internal global security services, both physical and cyber.  He was also charged with the advocacy of business resilience and security prowess generally, the seamless integration of Dell’s various security offerings, and with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of security initiatives, including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Before joining Dell, McClurg served as the Vice President of Global Security at Honeywell International; Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories; and in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as a twice-decorated member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  As a Supervisory Special Agent, he assisted in the establishment of the FBI’s new Computer Investigations and Infrastructure Threat Assessment Center. McClurg also served, for a time, on assignment as a Deputy Branch Chief with the Central Intelligence Agency, helping to establish the new Counterespionage Group and was responsible for the management of complex counterespionage investigations

McClurg was voted one of America’s 25 most influential security professionals; holds a J.D. Degree from Brigham Young University; Co-chaired the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the U.S. Department of State; was a Special Advisor to the FBI’s Office of the Private Sector; and served as the founding Chairman of the International Security Foundation. Today he also serves as a Fellow at Utah Valley University’s Center for National Security Studies.

Romanus Prabhu Raymond

Global Head of Technical support, Unified Endpoint Management & Security

With over 20 years of experience as the global head of technical support, Romanus is responsible for ensuring that ManageEngine’s UEM customers across the globe are happy, and oversees the seamless onboarding, product training and implementation, and support experience for all customers. He also heads the product evangelists, professional services, partner certification, and customer success teams to nurture long-term relationships with each client, and in turn nurtures community champions for ManageEngine.

Sharon Stufflebeme

Managing Director – Technology Consulting

Sharon leads Protiviti’s Technology Strategy and Architecture practice.  A former CIO at 7/11, RadioShack and FTS International, she has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of industries providing transformational services and assisting companies with technology enabled business strategies – improving processes and leveraging technology to achieve business goals.

Mehul Patel

Technical Director, Infrastructure & Security
Amyris, Inc

Mehul Patel is an experienced technology, security and thought leader. Motivated by solving complex problems, he utilizes a multi-disciplinary methodology to apply solutions.

As a security leader, his goals include cultivating a security centric mindset and evangelizing core principles of InfoSec. In addition to his primary job functions, Mehul currently works with the USMC Cyber Aux and is passionate about philosophy, the outdoors and motorsports.

Julie Moog

Managing Director of Cybersecurity

Julie Moog joined TIAA in 2013 and is currently head of the Business Information Security Office and Chief of Staff for the Cybersecurity organization. The Business Information Security Office is responsible for Cybersecurity’s overall strategy, along with program management, business metrics, reporting, financial analysis and cybersecurity awareness. The team also acts as a conduit between Cybersecurity and other business areas to ensure the business perspective is considered
for security initiatives.

Previously, Moog led the IT Risk Management team at TIAA. In that role, she was responsible for IT policies and standards, IT risk frameworks and IT risk assessment services, including assessments across applications, infrastructure and suppliers. She also led Cybersecurity’s regulatory and audit function, where she was responsible for all regulatory and audit engagement. She previously established and led the Business Information Security Office (BISO) for TIAA and held the title of Information Security Officer for TIAA-FSB.

Moog has over 15 years of experience in IT risk and information security within the financial services industry. Before TIAA, she was an information risk manager at JPMorgan Chase, supporting emerging markets for the Americas and EMEA and the risk technology business within the investment bank. She began her career at Ernst & Young in the IT Risk & Assurance group. Since then, she has worked in a variety of IT risk and security roles, including risk consulting, regulatory compliance, IT audit and IT risk and vendor management.

Outside of work, Moog enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and summers at the Jersey shore.

Frank Supovitz

President and Chief Experience Officer
Fast Traffic Events

For more than 30 years, award-winning event producer Frank Supovitz has been at the helm of some of the world’s most prestigious, widely-viewed and well-attended sports and entertainment events.  He founded Fast Traffic in 2014, an event management and consulting company based in New York.  Current and recent clients include Indianapolis Motor Speedway, New York City’s South Street Seaport, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Major League Soccer, the Big East Conference, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Australia’s National Rugby League, among others.  Supovitz served as Senior Vice President, Events for the National Football League for a decade, overseeing the meteoric growth of Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft.

Prior to joining the NFL, he led the National Hockey League’s Events & Entertainment department from 1992 to 2005, managing and producing the NHL All-Star Weekend, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL Awards Television Special, and international competitions across the globe in Canada, Europe and Japan.  Together with the Edmonton Oilers, Supovitz developed the NHL Heritage Classic in 2003, the first stadium-based outdoor pro hockey game and forerunner of the spectacularly successful NHL Winter Classic. Supovitz previously served as director of special events for Radio City Music Hall Productions. It can honestly be said that Frank Supovitz wrote the book on managing and marketing live events.

He is the co-author of The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook, the second edition recently published by John Wiley & Sons.  His newest book, “What to Do When Things Go Wrong,” was published by McGraw-Hill in May 2019. Frank received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2003 and was inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2014, he was honored as New York University’s Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer. He was featured on NFL Full Contact, a six-episode documentary on NFL events that aired on truTV (2010) and in 60 Minutes Sports’ behind-the-scenes episode on Super Bowl XLVII on Showtime (2013). Frank also appeared in a cameo role in the Ivan Reitman-directed film, Draft Day (2014).

Lisa Plaggemier

Executive Director
National Cybersecurity Alliance

Lisa Plaggemier is Executive Director at the National Cybersecurity Alliance.  She is a recognized thought leader in security awareness and education with a proven track record of engaging and empowering people to protect themselves, their families, and their organizations.  Lisa has held leadership roles with the Ford Motor Company, CDK, InfoSec and MediaPRO, and is a frequent speaker at major events including RSA, Gartner and SANS.  She is a University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!) and while she wasn’t born in Austin, Texas, she got there as fast as she could.

Marykay Wells

Chief Information Officer

Marykay Wells, Pearson’s CIO, has successfully demonstrated over a 30-year executive-level career in IT that CIOs can have a far-reaching positive impact beyond a technology domain. Following previous highly successful CIO roles at Nortel, Tekelec (acquired by Oracle) and Extreme Networks, she currently serves as a key member of Pearson’s leadership team, leading the execution of its corporate digital transformation strategy that is driving the company’s shift from print to digital products. She leads a team of around 2000 IT professionals worldwide, building state of the art global platforms and solutions to drive a step change in efficiency, simplicity and consistently great user and customer experiences. She employs a multi-faceted approach to leadership; simplifying the technology, speeding up delivery to market and providing a work environment that highlights both diversity and innovation. 

Marykay challenges and insists on looking for new ways to move the business forward – leveraging both recent technologies and embracing strong partnerships. This approach has enabled teams to adopt and learn from each other while innovating and accelerating new ways to generate revenue and improve customer experiences. Marykay actively strives to build a strong network both internally and externally. She has devised approaches to introduce new company executives to the technology team by utilizing leadership conversations so the technology employees can get to know the new executives in an informal setting. 

Marykay is also active in tackling issues around diversity in the IT industry. She has established strong partnerships with many universities supporting intern programs and sponsoring practicum projects for graduate students. This keen focus on skills development and learning has resulted in a proven ability to insource innovative technology initiatives with a substantially diverse and innovative workforce. In 2018 Marykay launched a Women in Technology initiative at Pearson focused on attracting, retaining and developing talent worldwide across all Pearson Technology. Under her executive sponsorship there has been an almost double-digit growth in women in technology fields at Pearson rising from 21% to 30%, with active plans to improve this further and increase male allyship. 

Marykay also devotes time in forging strong relationships externally. Marykay was an early member of the T200 in which she organized the summit in 2019 along with strong participation as member of the organizing committee for the Accenture Women’s Summit, Salesforce Advisory Board, Google Leadership Advisory, and a member of the Gartner Research Board.    

Marykay and her teams have received numerous internal and external awards recognizing her contributions. Most recent awards include the 2021 and 2022 Google Cloud customer of the year, Stevie award for CRM excellence, Women in Tech excellence award as CIO of the year in 2020; Women in IT awards – IT team of the year led by a Woman in 2020, Pearson 2019 Chairman’s Changemaker Award for her leadership in driving meaningful digital business optimization and transformation at Pearson.   

Zac Rule

Vice President of Enterprise Sales

Zac leads the effort to help corporations of all sizes upskill and reskill their employees in North and Latin America. He is responsible for go to market strategies, sales execution and adoption of the Coursera platform within the Enterprise. Prior to joining Coursera, Zac spent many years helping global corporations drive digital transformation in their business via cloud and data infrastructure. He was most recently Vice President of World-Wide Field Operations at MemSQL where he oversaw significant growth and customer adoption. Prior to MemSQL, Zac was Area Vice President at DataStax, an open source based big data platform where he oversaw sales and customer success. Zac also spent 10 years at Oracle leading sales teams where he worked with IT and Finance organizations to deliver improved operational capabilities.

Azadeh Moghtaderi

Vice President of Data

Azadeh’s team is responsible for developing analytical, statistical and machine learning solutions to support Coursera’s business across all of its product offerings. Azadeh was born in Isfahan, Iran. She finished her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in Iran before moving to Canada for graduate studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Azadeh holds a Ph.D. in Statistics; her academic research was focused on developing estimation and prediction algorithms for non-stationary time series data. After completing her Ph.D, Azadeh held postdoctoral research positions at ENS de Lyon in France and Queen’s University in Canada. Prior to joining Coursera, Azadeh worked at eBay and then Ancestry. During her time at eBay and Ancestry, Azadeh worked on and led a large number of Data Science and Analytics projects involving statistical and machine learning techniques. These projects covered the domains of recommendation, personalization, computer vision, NLP, anomaly detection, fraud detection, optimization, business ML, and much more.

Deborah Wheeler

Delta Airlines

Deborah is a passionate Information Technology Executive whose career focus has been on the protection and privacy of information and information assets, as well as on technology innovation, education and awareness.

As the current Global Chief Information Security Officer for Delta Air Lines, Deborah  brings more than 25 years of cyber security expertise, information technology risk management and data privacy experiences to the aviation sector.  Deborah is a Board Director for the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center and sits on A4A’s Cyber Security Council.

Deborah has applied her experience and skills in information technology risk management and cybersecurity in building security programs for PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan-Chase, Ally Financial, and Freddie Mac in addition to her work at Delta.

Deborah also serves as an independent Board Member for SERC Reliability Corporation;  as a Board Trustee for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and serves on the Customer Advisory Boards for Proofpoint, Sailpoint, Crowdstrike, and ForcePoint Software companies.  Deborah was inducted into the 2022 CISO Hall of Fame, and has been recognized on the 2021 and 2022 Top 100 CISOs list by CISOs Connect, the 2020 Cyber Defense CISO 100 list, and was also recognized as the 2007 ISE CISO People’s Choice Award winner for CISO of the year.

Deborah holds a CISSP certification and is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management.

Deborah resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two of her four children. She enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid gardener and quilter in her spare time.

Rita N. Soni

Principal Analyst, Impact Sourcing and Sustainability Research
Everest Group

Rita N. Soni is Everest Group’s Principal Analyst for Impact Sourcing and Sustainability. Her focus delivers a triple bottom-line lens of people, planet, and profits to global services market research, beginning with an in-depth examination into impact sourcing.

Before joining Everest Group, she was CEO of NASSCOM Foundation when the term impact sourcing was coined and continued to evolve the field as an advisor to B2R Technologies. Rita also held the role of Country Head of Responsible Banking at YES Bank, where she led an award-winning business approach to CSR and Sustainability. She grasped these economic development issues on the ground in earlier positions at the Ford Foundation and American India Foundation after beginning her professional journey with General Electric and NBC. Her initial start as an engineer instilled in her a strong passion for the catalytic role of technology to solve social and environmental challenges within the private sector.

Rita serves on the Board of Sapna NYC and is an active mentor at the New York Academy of Sciences. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Jimit Arora

Everest Group

Jimit Arora leads Everest Group’s practice focused on serving enterprise customers. This responsibility spans Everest Group’s research offerings focused on executives in IT, sourcing & vendor management, and shared services.

Jimit manages a team of analysts dedicated to serving clients (primarily Fortune 500 companies) on a variety of issues related to their technology and sourcing estates through a combination of published research and custom decision-support engagements. Jimit has significant expertise working with financial services, healthcare and hi-tech enterprises on issues such as sourcing strategy, service provider selection, digital transformation, portfolio optimization, global delivery locations, and risk management.

Most recently, Jimit led Everest Group’s IT Services research practice where he helped launch and scale vertical-specific research practices that are focused on banking & financial services, insurance, healthcare and life sciences.

David Brumley

CEO & Co-Founder

Dr. David Brumley is CEO and co-founder of ForAllSecure and a full professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  His accomplishments include winning the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge, a United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama, a Sloan Foundation award, a Carnegie Science Award, several patents, numerous academic papers, a DEFCON black badge, creating picoctf.com, and helping create and mentor PPP, one of the most competitive hacking teams in the world

Pete Lindstrom

Vice President of Research
Spire Security

Pete Lindstrom is Research Director for Spire Security, an industry analyst firm providing analysis and research in the information security field. He has held similar industry analyst positions at Burton Group and Hurwitz Group.

In his previous position as a security architect, Pete operated as the deputy to the Chief Information Security Officer for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. In that role, he oversaw all security policy and compliance activities and participated on project teams for designing security controls for significant IT projects. In addition, he provided design and support to the identity management functions.

As both an external and internal auditor (for Coopers and Lybrand and GMAC Mortgage), Pete provided breadth and depth to roles that linked technical security requirements of organizations with business risk for companies in health care, financial services, manufacturing, and higher education.

Pete honed his finance and technology skills in the United States Marine Corps where he was one of two disbursing officers in theater during the First Gulf War. In addition, he was IT Manager for Marine Corps Service Support Schools – at the time the largest training facility in the USMC.

Currently, Pete conducts research in developing areas of information security. He is well-known for his work in practical enterprise security metrics, where he has advised and taught many security professionals. On the technical front, his most recent accomplishments include research findings in the areas of Web 2.0, virtualization, and cloud computing security. This research ties traditional security principles and practices to these burgeoning new IT arenas.

Pete is a frequent speaker and author on information security topics. He was recently elected Chief Operating Officer of the International Systems Security Association (ISSA). He has been a columnist in both the ISSA Journal and Information Security Magazine. He has a finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jen Easterly

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm.

Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Bhupesh Arora

CIO & VP of IT
Magellan Midstream Partners LP Digital Poster Program Representative

Bhupesh Arora is Vice President/CIO, Information technology at Magellan Midstream Partners LP.  In this role, he leads the company’s vision, strategy and execution for information technology.  Bhupesh previously held senior leadership IT positions at Fortune 500 multinational corporations such as Avery Dennison, Nissan, Hyundai and Ernst & Young LLP.  He was instrumental in driving technology strategy and digital transformation at these companies.  Bhupesh also serves as Vice Chair and Board Member for the UCLA Innovate Executive Forum.  He has been recognized as the ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT leader.  Bhupesh earned his MBA from Eller Business School of Management, University of Arizona, and his bachelor in Production Engineering (B.E).from Fr. CRCE, Mumbai, India.

Dennis Legori

Associate Director, Security Awareness & Digital Communications

Dennis has been involved in Security Awareness since 2013, and has built and led global security awareness programs at Total System Services (Fintech) and Carrier (Manufacturing & Technology). Dennis’ areas of specialization include phishing simulations, gamification, digital transformation, and user engagement. Carrier’s Security Awareness program was built in early 2020 during the pandemic, following Carrier’s spinoff from United Technologies.  Responsible for protecting over 70,000 users worldwide, the program has received numerous industry awards including the CSO50 award for Best Security Awareness program in 2021, two KnowBe4 Awards (for Best User Story, and Best Landing Page), and the CSO50 Award for the Enterprise Defender’s Program in 2022.

Dennis holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kerala University.

Sven Gerjets

Mattel, Inc. Digital Poster Program Representative

Sven Gerjets is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel. He joined Mattel in 2017. In his role, Mr. Gerjets oversees all aspects of technology innovation and implementation, including shared technology platforms, software and hardware development, and connected product design. He also leads Mattel’s online security and privacy.

Mr. Gerjets has three decades of technology leadership experience. Prior to Mattel, he was Chief Information Officer at Time Warner Cable, where he was responsible for consolidating the IT and cybersecurity groups and led the team through the company’s acquisition by Charter Communications. 

Prior to Time Warner, Mr. Gerjets spent seven years at DirecTV in various leadership roles, including as Senior Vice President of Information Technology. While at DirecTV, Mr. Gerjets led the organization responsible for delivering all IT applications and systems used to run the company’s U.S. television business. Prior to DirecTV, Mr. Gerjets served as Chief Technology Officer at Pearson Education, where he developed the technology product strategy for Pearson’s $2.5 billion global higher-education business. Earlier in his career he held leadership positions at Symantec and AT&T Wireless. 

Mr. Gerjets has contributed articles to notable industry publications including Wired, InfoWorld and Shoreview and has been recognized as a top 100 technology leader by Computerworld. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Online Safety Institute.

Shawn Bowen

Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
World Fuel Services

Shawn M Bowen is the Vice President, Information Security (CISO) for World Fuel Services Corporation; a Fortune 150 global energy management company. He has 11001 years of experience in information technology, primarily in cybersecurity. Shawn is regarded as a highly passionate, transformative, thought leader in IT Security, with a record of leading successful business and mission first strategies in various environments. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and approach to digital empathy-based cybersecurity with all levels of users.

Prior to World Fuel Services, Shawn laid the groundwork for the successful security program as the first CISO at Restaurant Brands International (parent company of Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons). He also served as Special Advisor for Cybersecurity Integration at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and was the first CISO for the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. Shawn also retired after 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with his final assignment as the senior enlisted Reservist at AFCYBER.

Shawn (for some reason) still pays the fees to keep his CISSP, C|CISO, and C|CISO instructor certifications current, and several other industry related certifications that have either expired or don’t expire. He is a alumnus of Community College of the Air Force because he showed up to work for enough years; and an proud alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford executive cybersecurity courses. Shawn is also a graduate of the esteemed FBI CISO Academy.

Outside of work Shawn enjoys partnering with his wife to defend against their two tiny threat actors and practicing risk management via high altitude plane departures.

Dave Ruedger

Chief Information Security Officer

He is currently serving as CISO at Sunrun. Formerly CISO at Invitae, a leading and publicly traded medical genetics company, Dave was also previously CISO at RMS (Risk Management Solutions), a premier provider of catastrophe risk models forecasting losses for the insurance industry. With over 25 years of experience developing and managing security programs, Dave holds CISSP and CRISC certifications and has guided pre-IPO startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to RMS, Dave was Director of Cybersecurity Operations & Chief Security Architect for Maxim Integrated. As CTO & Co-Founder of DataLode, Dave provided marketing data analytics for brands such as HP, Toshiba, and Orbitz.

Bob Bruns

Chief Information Security Officer

As Avanade Chief Information Security Officer, Bob Bruns is responsible for Avanade information security, client data protection, incident management, asset protection, and business continuity programs. Reflecting Avanade’s commitment to information security, Bob and his teams work with clients to ensure we meet their information security obligations.

Gary Warzala

Executive Partner

Gary Warzala has been the Chief Information Security Officer at top global brands spanning financial, insurance, and manufacturing verticals (i.e. Visa Inc., PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Aon Corporation, and GE Aircraft). He is currently an Executive Partner at Gartner using his 20 years’ experience as a CISO to advise and mentor approximately 25-30 CISO clients in enhancing their security organizations, assisting them in developing security strategies, developing meaningful Board reports, and planning for implementation of key security initiatives.

Warzala is a Board Director at First Financial Bank, Cincinnati OH, and the Economic Crime & Cybersecurity Institute (ECCI) of Utica College. He has well over a dozen former leadership team members running top CISO positions across the Country.

Chandra McMahon

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
CVS Health

Chandra McMahon currently serves as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer for CVS Health. In this role, McMahon leads the information security team responsible for the cyber security strategy, policy, risk management, architecture, solutions development, and operations that protect member, customer and company information. Previously she served as the Chief Information Security Officer at Verizon with overall responsibility for their cyber security program. Prior to joining Verizon, McMahon held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Lockheed Martin, where she was responsible for developing and delivering a portfolio of cybersecurity solutions and services for Fortune 500 companies in critical infrastructure industries. She also served as Lockheed Martin’s Chief Information Security Officer.

McMahon currently serves on the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity Group, the nation’s leading cross-sector, public-private cybersecurity forum that works to translate pressing cybersecurity conversations into action. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University.

Christopher Painter

Coordinator for Cyber Issues
US Department of State

Mr. Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for over twenty five years. In his current role as the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Mr. Painter coordinates and leads the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure. He works closely with components across the Department, other agencies, the White House, the private sector and civil society to implement the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace and ensures that U.S. foreign policy positions on cross-cutting cyber issues are fully synchronized. These issues include promoting norms of responsible state behavior and cyber stability, advancing cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime, promoting multi-stakeholder Internet governance and advancing Internet freedom.

Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator in the National Security Council. During his two years at the White House, Mr. Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review and coordinated the development of the U.S. 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace.

Mr. Painter began his federal career in 1991 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles where he led some of the most high profile and significant cybercrime prosecutions in the country, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. From 2001-2008 he helped lead the case and policy efforts of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the U.S. Department of Justice and served, for a short time, as Deputy Assistant Director of the F.B.I.’s Cyber Division. During that period, he helped write the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003) and was a key member of the National Cyber Study Group that produced the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative in 2007.

Mr. Painter is a recognized leader in international cyber issues. He has represented the United States in numerous international fora, including chairing the cutting edge G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup from 2002-2012. He has worked with dozens of foreign governments in bilateral meetings and has been a frequent spokesperson and presenter on cyber issues around the globe. He is a recipient of the prestigious RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy (2016), the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (2002), the Intelligence Community Legal Award (2008) and has been named to the “Federal 100” list, among other honors. Mr. Painter is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University.

Ronald Banks

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Texas Capital Bank

Ronald Banks has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Texas Capital Bank since July 2021. Before joining Texas Capital Bank, Banks was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America’s cyber team serving as the Global Security Operations Center leader and Business Information Security Officer for three and half years. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy CISO for Abbott Labs in Chicago.

Before moving to corporate America, Banks served 29 years in the US Air Force, primarily flying F-15s. During his military career, he most recently served as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Cyber College and Vice Commandant of the Air War College where he taught cyber strategy, warfare, leadership, and national decision-making. Colonel Banks is a highly experienced, combat proven leader and command fighter pilot with over 2400 hours in the F-15C, which included four combat deployments. He also has contributed to the Congressional Solarium Commission on Cybersecurity providing recommendations for national cyber security of U.S. critical infrastructure.

Banks holds three master’s degrees, the last of which is in strategy from the School of Advance Airpower Studies and is published author of the book, Confronting the Cyber Storm – A Coercive Cyber Strategy to Defend the Nation.

Ezhil Nanjappan

Otis Elevator Co.

Ezhil Nanjappan is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Otis. He is responsible for applying innovative technologies to transform existing business models, products, and services to support business growth.

He played a critical role in introducing the Otis ONE IoT service platform, helped develop the suite of custom smartphone mobile apps that collect and share performance data, and supported the deployment of more than 30,000 smart phones to get digital technology in the hands of Otis mechanics around the world.

Ezhil joined Otis in 2001, and focused his career on advancing global IT operations, mobile application development and service transformation. He is experienced in all things digital – from sales force automation and cloud transition to agile development and global program management.

Ezhil holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology from India’s Madurai Kamaraj University. He has received 22 global patents.

Mark Chatoor

Director, Product Management

Mark Chatoor leads product management for Cysiv and is responsible for shaping and driving the roadmap for Cysiv’s cloud-native SOC platform. He works closely with customers and partners, R&D, data science, SOC and sales and marketing teams to define, prioritize, and evangelize platform features. Previously, he was head of Trend Micro professional services in the U.S. Prior to that, he worked as a product/program manager delivering strategic IT initiatives for 10 years in the financial services industry. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

Brian Behlendorf

General Manager
Open Source Security Foundation

Brian Behlendorf is the General Manager for the Open Source Security Foundation, an initiative of the Linux Foundation, focused on securing the open source ecosystem. Brian has founded and led open source software communities and initiatives for more than 30 years, first as a co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation and then later as a founding board member of both the Open Source Initiative and the Mozilla Foundation. In parallel, Brian co-founded or was CTO for a series of startups (Wired Magazine, Organic Online, CollabNet) before pivoting towards public service serving the White House CTO office in the Obama Administration and then serving as CTO for the World Economic Forum. Brian joined the Linux Foundation in 2016 to lead Hyperledger, the distributed ledger initiative now core to supply chain traceability and central bank digital currency efforts worldwide, and has led the OpenSSF since September 2021.


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Adam Fletcher

Chief Security Officer

Adam Fletcher is a Senior Managing Director in the Technology and Innovations group and Blackstone’s Chief Security Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of cyber and physical security across Blackstone as well as managing a small portfolio of investments in leading early-stage cybersecurity companies.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Fletcher was Blackstone’s Deputy CISO and helped lead an engaged community of cybersecurity professionals across Blackstone’s portfolio of companies. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Fletcher led the International Security organization for Equifax, coordinating a global security program across 14 countries, each with different business, regulatory, and privacy requirements.

Mr. Fletcher received a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He currently serves as a director on the board of Pentera, is an observer on the boards of ShiftLeft, CyberGRX and Mitiga, and has been a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) since 2011.

Jill Roberts

Program Manager
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution Digital Poster Program Representative

Jill Roberts is the program manager for the Searchable Museum Project at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.  Jill has led this groundbreaking project since its inception in 2019 managing all aspects of the project from A to Z!   Jill started her career working at cultural institutions and museums but eventually transitioned to the tech world in 2010 where she worked in project management for several software development companies before returning to the Museum world in 2017.  Jill has a BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Neal Sample

Former EVP & CIO
Northwestern Mutual

Neal Sample was most recently EVP & Chief Information Officer responsible for leading the Technology function at Northwestern Mutual. His key areas of accountability included technology strategy (architecture, infrastructure and cloud services, engineering and customer success); data and analytics; enterprise information risk and cybersecurity; digital workplace solutions; and the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

Prior to acquisition by Cigna, Sample was executive vice president, chief operating officer at Express Scripts where he was responsible for operations, technology, and enterprise transformation.   He aligned overall information technology strategy and performance with pharmacy processing and fulfillment in order to create synergies that drove improvements to the member and client experiences.

Sample previously served in key executive leadership roles at American Express, including President, Enterprise Growth, where he leveraged emerging technologies to reach new customers and geographies, expand mobile and online payment services, and foster inclusion for clients poorly served by traditional financial systems. Earlier at American Express, he held the CIO position for that business where he managed end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations, and the suite of American Express prepaid products, including the delivery and implementation of the Bluebird, SoftCard, and retail distribution partnerships. Prior to American Express, Sample served in a variety of senior leadership positions at companies such as eBay/PayPal, Yahoo!, and RightOrder.

Sample received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also received a BA and MS in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the CIA Office of Research and Development.

Sample is currently on the Business Advisory Committee of the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, serves on the Board of Wellfield Technologies, is the Vice Chair on the Board of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy, and is an advisor to several startups.

Maryann Byrdak

Feeding America

As Chief Information Officer, Maryann serves as senior technology strategist and is responsible for guiding the organization’s vision for the emerging technologies, digital trends and infrastructure advances that will help Feeding America fulfill its mission. Her passion to serve and experience leading technology transformations influence the optimization efforts for a more connected Feeding America network.

Prior to joining Feeding America, Maryann was Senior Vice President/CIO at Potbelly Sandwich Works, Inc., where she led Potbelly’s entire technology footprint including corporate headquarters and 500+ restaurants nationwide. During her time there, she defined and executed a three-year technology refresh and digital presence roadmap by migrating their systems to a standardized, modernized and innovative environment.

Prior to Potbelly, Maryann spent nine years with the Office Depot/Office Max organization in various roles, with the last being the Senior Director, Information Technology Merger Integration, where she was responsible for system integration strategy, synergy valuation, outsourcing services implementation and end-to-end conversions.  Her passion for distributed environments was influenced by her tenure at Sears, during those 8 years she led many cross-functional technology initiatives focused on POS customer experience transformations.

Maryann earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Elmhurst College, Illinois, an M.B.A. Information Management and Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business in Chicago, and executive training at Booth Chicago.

Melanie Kalmar

Corporate VP, CDO & CIO

Passionate leader about reimagining business through IT for over 30 years.
As an IT and digital leader, I understand the importance of keywords. So what better way to introduce myself and describe my work and passions than with a few strategic keywords.

Original. I think back to the many times in my career, including college, when I was the only woman in the room, so I know what it’s like to be one of the first, original woman leaders in the IT space. I’ve always known what I’m good at, and with hard work and perseverance, I thought I could make a difference.

Authentic. I’ve always tried to stay grounded by being my authentic self and staying true to my values and dreams.

Advocate. Today, I’m a passionate advocate for STEM careers, mentorship and women in technology. I serve as an advisory board member of the Michigan Council for Women in Technology, and I’m a member of the Dean’s Council for Central Michigan University School of Business.

Inclusive. I’m also focused on driving my company’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy as a member of the President’s Inclusion Council and executive sponsor for PRIME, the employee resource group focused on engaging our 50+ population.
Animal Lover. I’m an unapologetic animal lover, a supporter of the Humane Society and a strong advocate for animal rescue.

Grateful. I’ve spent my entire career with Dow, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to grow, learn, explore and lead in the exciting fields of information technology and digitalization.

Chester Lui

Head of Chrome Enterprise Customer Engineering - Americas

Chester is the Head of Americas Chrome Customer Engineers at Google and is based in Mountain View, CA.  Chester has had over 15yrs+ of experience in Enterprise Engineering with the largest names in IT, in roles that bridge the divide between the client and engineering function.  At Google, his mission is to lead his team in providing enterprise customers with a secure entry point to the cloud.  He is a graduate of DePaul University.  Outside of work Chester enjoys spending time with his twin boys and exploring much of what California has to offer on a road bike.

Justin Sherenco

Director, Cybersecurity Operations and Engineering
United Airlines

Justin has been with United Airlines as the Director of Cybersecurity Operations and Engineering for over a year. His responsibilities include enterprise visibility, threat detection, and the operation of preventive tooling. Before coming to United, he worked for General Electric for ten years in various positions focusing on incident response and detection.

James Beeson

SVP, Global Chief Information Security Officer

James has over 30 years of experience in cyber security and technology.  He has 21 years of direct experience as an information security leader and is currently the Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Security Officer for Cigna, a global health services company.  James previously worked 20 years for General Electric in various security and technology leadership positions.

James was recognized as a Top 100 CISO’s by CISO Connect in 2021 and was an Evanta 2016 Breakaway Leadership Award finalist and a T.E.N. ISE North America Executive Award finalist in 2011.

He has Co-Chaired the CISO Executive Summits in Dallas and New York for several years and participates as a keynote speaker at various events across the globe.

James also works closely with SINET, the Security Innovation Network, to promote public and private sector collaboration and increase the awareness of innovative emerging companies.

James is actively involved in the Financial Services and Health Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (FS-ISAC and H-ISAC) and the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), which work to drive standards, improvements, and networking in cyber security and risk management globally.

He has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Management and Leadership from Amberton University.

He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Six Sigma Quality certified.

Dan Lemont

Executive Director, Technology Strategy and Office of the CIO
Ally Financial Digital Poster Program Representative

Dan Lemont is the Executive Director of Technology Strategy & Office of the CIO at Ally where he collaborates across Ally’s ecosystem to advance strategy, innovation, and operating model. During his 15 years at Ally, he has held a number of leadership positions across strategic programs, platforms, data, and infrastructure.  Dan is a champion for talent and culture, sponsoring efforts to progress diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst Ally employees and communities. Before joining Ally, Dan started his career at Pfizer within their technology organization. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and executive education at Stanford University.

Tony Parrillo

Enterprise IT Global Head of Security
Schneider Electric Digital Poster Program Representative

Tony Parrillo is the Schneider Electric Enterprise IT Global Head of Security.

Schneider Electric is a leader in digital connectable products, controls, and software for energy management and process automation. He is responsible for the security of an infrastructure that includes over 140,00 employees, 250,000+ endpoints, and 220 major factories in over 100 countries worldwide. His purview includes cyber incident response (CSIRT), vulnerability management, digital certification of infrastructure and applications, and IT/OT industrial/manufacturing cybersecurity of plants and critical infrastructure products. He is also responsible for privacy implementation including GDPR, China Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), and other regulations.

He brings 25+ years of technology leadership experience with a strong background in cyber security, both in the federal and commercial sectors. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, he was a security partner in Fortium Partners, LP, where he performed as a fractional CISO for an insurance company and a construction company, he supported cutting edge start-ups, and other accomplishments. Previously, Parrillo spent about 10 years managing a consulting practice focused on cyber security, IT risk management, and compliance where he implemented federal IT security programs for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the General Services Administration. Prior to that he was on active duty with the U.S. Navy in senior cyber roles. Additionally, Parrillo’s expertise has been crucial in developing cyber security and risk management programs from the ground up with several commercial entities and not-for-profit organizations utilizing NIST, ISO, and other frameworks.

Parrillo holds an MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Tim Callahan

Senior Vice President, Global Security, Chief Security Officer

Tim Callahan joined Aflac in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in information and physical security, business resiliency and risk management. He was promoted to his current role in January 2016, where he is responsible for directing Aflac’s global security strategy and leading the information security, business continuity and disaster recovery functions across the company to prioritize security initiatives and allocate resources based on appropriate risk assessments.

Prior to joining Aflac, he served as senior vice president of business continuity and information assurance for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He also held leadership positions at People’s United Bank.

Tim served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and earned an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York, Albany.

Max Graupner

Senior Director of Security and Audit

As the Sr. Director of Security and Audit at Run Buggy, Max Graupner leads the cybersecurity and IT teams responsible for securing the RunBuggy technology infrastructure. With over 15 years of experience in positions across Cybersecurity, and IT Consulting, Max has developed and implemented information security programs for various companies across the financial, retail, technology, and transportation industries. Max is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) and received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
ABM Industries

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of ABM Industries, a leading provider of facilities solutions with revenues of over $6B and over 100,000 employees in 350+ offices deployed throughout the United States, United Kingdom and other international locations. As ABM’s first CISO, Stephanie is credited with driving security strategy and transformation with a specific emphasis on the development of a risk based fit-for-purpose program.

Stephanie is a senior information technology executive with more than 24 years of experience assisting public and privately held companies in a variety of industries to transform and protect their businesses worldwide. Stephanie’s career reflects a demonstrated track record in leading successful large-scale technology focused transformation initiatives, optimizing technology enablement to support business initiatives in complex, global business environments, and executing M&A transactions across the deal lifecycle in domestic and global markets. She also brings deep corporate governance experience through her work with corporate boards, including audit, risk and compliance committees and is qualified to serve on audit committees as a regulatory compliance expert.

Chris Nardecchia

SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer
Rockwell Automation

Chris Nardecchia is Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for strategic vision, operational excellence and change leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives and architecture across our company. Chris drives our corporate information technology strategy and internal transformation, creating digital solutions that enhance our Rockwell Automation capabilities internally and externally.

Previously, Chris was Vice President and CIO, Global Operations and Supply Chain, at Amgen, Inc. With over 30 years of professional experience, he also held leadership roles at Pfizer and Warner Lambert, which was acquired by Pfizer. At these companies he led IT-enabled business and digital strategy and accelerated growth through technology and data analytics. He drove business innovations that improved profitability, globalization, restructuring and mergers. He has an extensive background with portfolio management, engineering, operations, mergers and acquisitions, IT risk management, analytics and using technology to drive business insights. He was also the Rockwell Automation executive sponsor at Amgen. Earlier in his career, Chris also held process, and production engineering roles in the pharmaceutical, chemical and nuclear industries.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from Michigan State.

Maunil Mehta

Deloitte Consulting LLP Digital Poster Program Representative

Maunil Mehta is the leader of Deloitte’s SAP technology west coast practice and has over fourteen years of experience in technology transformation.

Maunil’s team started with a bold, ambitious and passionate vision of bringing business transformation to life in a conscious, thoughtful and comprehensive way.

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Andy Bonillo

Global Head of Threat Management & Incident Response
Tiktok Digital Poster Program Representative

As Global Head of Threat Management & Incident Response at TikTok, Andy Bonillo is responsible for ensuring TikTok can detect, respond, and recover from converged threats and incidents. His team of dedicated and diverse practitioners oversee an all-hazards threat led defense, incident response, intelligence, crisis management, and business resiliency capability focused on minimizing disruptions to business operations.

Before TikTok, Andy was appointed as the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Ciena Corporation, a telecommunications networking equipment and software services provider. He joined Ciena after serving as the Global Head of Information Security at AIG, where he built and led AIG’s Global Cyber Risk Defense Center to protect the integrity of the Financial Insurance market. Previously, Andy was the Director of Cyber Security and Public Safety for Verizon Communications, where he led the company’s next-generation incident response platform initiatives, invented, and commercialized a managed security service threat detection product, served as an advisor to the General Counsel on public policy and cyber security matters.

Before joining the private sector, Andy served as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he led the largest cybercrime investigation in US history and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the US Attorney General. He has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his support in the fight against Terrorism. He has provided physical protection to the President of the United States, former Presidents, and world leaders at various threat levels. He applies his physical security mindset to IT and data security.

Anna Yankova

Project Management Specialist, CIO Support
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

Anna Yankova is the Project Management Specialist and CIO Support  at Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, a state health insurance marketplace. Anna has a Bachelor’ Degree in Languages and Translation from Odessa State University, Ukraine and a Master’s Degree from American University, School of International Service. Anna has 15 years of professional experience working for the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore, the Office of the Secretary of State, and the private sector. As the Immigrant Program Coordinator at the Mayor’s Office, Anna managed various city-wide programs assisting immigrant and refugee population with vocational training, employment, and language assistance. As the Director of International Affairs at the Office of the Secretary of State, Anna managed state -wide Sister States Program that promoted public diplomacy and global business collaboration. In this capacity, Anna also served as the diplomatic protocol officer for the state. She also has private sector experience, managing business development and health IT projects.  Anna holds Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate from Project Management Institute (PMI). She is currently working on earning her Executive MBA at Robert Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (expected June 2022). She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and French. In her free time, Anna enjoys watching documentaries, reading international relations and foreign policy magazines, working out, kickboxing and travelling.

Doug Fisher


Doug Fisher is the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Lenovo, assuming the role in 2020. As Chief Security Officer, he has worldwide responsibility and oversight for the integrity of Lenovo’s supply chain, products, services and solutions, and data protection.

Fisher is a proven leader with deep relationships across the technology industry with recognized enterprise software expertise. Before assuming his current role, he was Chief Operating Officer for Lenovo’s Data Center Group. He had responsibility for all DCG business segments and driving greater alignment across product management, operations, solutions, and product marketing.

Before joining Lenovo, he worked at Intel for 24 years where he was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Software and Services Group (SSG). He had responsibility for platform software development worldwide with resources in more than 20 countries, driving key SW efforts end-to-end for all of Intel’s IoT, PC and Data Center businesses.

He is currently chairman of the board of the Joint Development Foundation and is a member of the Oregon State University Dean’s Leadership Council in the College of Engineering. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Linux Foundation, Board of BlueData, and was a board member for Wind River Systems.

He began his career at age 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in Management from Stanford University.

Andrew Shikiar

Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer
FIDO Alliance

Andrew Shikiar is the Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer at FIDO Alliance, a global consortium working to create and drive adoption of open standards for simpler, stronger user authentication. Shikiar has been involved in the identity industry for 20+ years and also serves as an industry advisor to identity strategy firm Liminal as well as 1414 Ventures, which is focused on early-stage investments in digital identity.

Andrew has deep experience in multi-stakeholder organizations, having previously led market development efforts for Tizen Association, LiMo Foundation, and the Liberty Alliance Project – and additionally has held executive and managerial roles driving a variety of emerging initiatives at leading technology companies. Managerial roles at Sun Microsystems included PR and marketing leadership for the company’s Java and identity management initiatives. Shikiar was also a founding executive at Radical Communication, an early entrant in the interactive email & analytics market. Most recently, he served as VP of Marketing & Business Development for machine learning pioneer BigML.

Shikiar is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted extensively in leading news, broadcast and online media outlets.

Victor Shadare

Head of Cyber Security
Condé Nast

After a number of years in systems admin, application support, and network management, working for various organizations in different sectors, in 2007 whilst leading a network refresh project for an NHS organization, Victor identified a number of areas requiring security improvements and was asked to create a plan to execute the improvements. Various training courses followed culminating in an MSc in IT Security. Victor has held various security positions leading teams in Information Security and Risk Management, Security Engineering, and Security Operations.

Victor joined Condé Nast in 2020 right at the start of the Pandemic and UK lockdown with the challenge of creating a global Cyber Security team that includes a 24/7/365 SOC based out of Chennai, India, and providing services to 32 offices in 12 countries, as well as numerous remote staff, journalists, contributors, and sundry freelancers. In the last 24 months, Victor has taken Condé Nast on a journey that has seen a marked improvement in the security profile of Conde Nast across all markets in which we operate.

Miguel Bracchini

Chief Solution Architect

Miguel has over 20 years of experience in product and commercial leadership roles from start-up to large multi-national-sized companies. Prior to Aurea, Miguel served as VP of Product for Keller Williams International, where he helped digitally transform the largest real estate franchise company in the world to an AI-driven real estate technology company.

Troy Baldwin

Product Management Director

Troy is a Product Management Director at Compucom, focusing on defining the strategy for Compucom’s Experience Management and Digital Support offerings and services.  He works closely with the teams that build and deploy those offerings to ensure that we’re exceeding the outcomes that our customers strive to achieve.  With 25 years tenure at Compucom, Troy has a strong ITIL and Six Sigma background, and as involved in achieving Compucom’s ISO 20000 registration and helped help define Compucom’s Persona practice.  Troy majored in Computer Science and began his career with NCR Corporation performing remote support for their UNIX systems.

Matthew Rice


Matt Rice is Director and Marketing Lead for PwC’s Workforce Experience product portfolio.  Matt has over 30 years of experience in software marketing, product management, consulting, and sales with companies including ADP, Computer Sciences Corporation, Oracle, Deloitte Consulting, and several early-stage technology startups.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech.

Sean D. Mack

Wiley Digital Poster Program Representative

Sean D. Mack is CIO & CISO at Wiley, an education and research company. Sean is a visionary and innovative technology leader with a history of driving global business strategy and transformation. He has extensive background leading DevOps, infrastructure, enterprise applications, security, and desktop services in educational technology and publishing industry.

Sean has led global teams across a wide range of companies from global financial companies like Experian to innovative technology companies like Etsy. He has also worked extensively in the education technology and publishing industry with companies such as Pearson, Scholastic, and Braven (a non-profit technology education start-up). Throughout his career he has held a variety of technology leadership ranging from Vice President of Operations and Applications for Pearson Education to CIO for a start-up in the streaming media space.

Sean has his Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of California and a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University.

Sean was born and raised in New York City and has lived in various places around the world including Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and the UK. He currently lives in New York with his wife and eight year old daughter. He likes fitness including martial arts, boxing, and skiing. He rides a Triumph Thruxton and plays upright bass (although, admittedly, not well).

Richard Latayan

Chief Information Security Officer
AAA National

Rich Latayan serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at AAA, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s cybersecurity compliance, security architecture and operations center, vendor risk and incident management. Prior to this current role, Rich held global Information Security and IT leadership positions at Hollister, Walgreens, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Crowe and TransUnion. Rich served as a college adjunction instructor in the field of security and digital forensics for local colleges and is an advisory board member.

Rich earned his Master of Science degree from DePaul University and holds professional designations in the areas of information security management, IT compliance and project management including CISSP, CISA, CRISC, ISSAMP, ITIL and Sig Sigma Lean Professional.

Randi Levin

CEO, RSL Technology Associates

Randi Levin is an innovative and transformational business and technology executive with proven experience in government, the private sector domestically and internationally, consulting and many other industries.   She is a flexible and highly experienced leader with emphasis in strategic planning, transformation, transparency and efficiency initiatives and leading-edge thinking, cybersecurity and as well as implementation.  She is a results-oriented business manager with outstanding interpersonal skills.  Randi was most recently the CIO at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Randi has spent 30+ years in Information Technology including the CIO/CTO for the City of Los Angeles, the CIO for Cast & Crew, Forest Lawn, and VP of Worldwide Corporate Systems for NBC Universal and the Walt Disney Company, as well as numerous other organizations, primarily in Southern California.

Randi’s latest major achievement was leading JPL’s Information Technology Division and support a successful rover and helicopter landing on Mars while working from home during Covid.  Randi was responsible for ensuring the Voyager continued to operate while moving all the ground data systems and retrofitting them for the future.   Randi also led and matured the cyber program for JPL.

Randi was the first Public and Private sector CTO or CIO to implement cloud-based email – Google Applications – Gmail for the enterprise in 2008.  Her extensive partnership with Google provided the City of Los Angeles many benefits beyond just a new email system and began the city’s digital transformation.   It also disrupted an entire industry and enabled much more cloud adoption.

Randi has been passionate about helping women in technology either stay and advance in the field and helping middle school girls get interested in STEM.  She has spoken on this topic and is writing a book about women in technology.  She received the Orbie award in 2021 for outstanding work in the Large Corporate organizations in Southern California.

Randi has lived in the Los Angeles area for approximately 30 years and has two grown children. Randi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Management Information Systems degree from the University of Arizona.

Matthew Trushinski

Senior Director of Product Marketing
Arctic Wolf

Matthew Trushinski is a Senior Director of Product Marketing at Arctic Wolf where he specializes in Managed Detection and Response. Matthew has a diverse technology background, including security, IoT, AI, and carrier networks. He is passionate about the application of new technologies to solve persistent problems and the important role people play in applying them.

Andre Champagne

Security Product Manager

Andre Champagne brings 15+ years of experience in the field of Information Technology with a specialization on IT Security and has a diverse background as Product Manager, developing and delivering IT Products from within the defense, telecommunications, financial services, and manufacturing security verticals. Andre has been responsible for developing security product solutions for cloud and mobile applications, combining security technologies strategically focused at aligning business needs of the enterprise and architecting, implementing and supporting network infrastructure security needs of many industries.

Dana Shalev

Head of Product Marketing

Dana is a veteran marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in product marketing and content creation. Dana brings vast experience working for leading global companies in diverse industries. Her forte is turning technology into a story focused on value to customers, and her passion is building close relationships with customers. Today, Dana is the Head of Product Marketing for the NICE WEM line of business, specializing in recording, compliance, performance optimization and workforce management.

Katie Norton

Senior Research Analyst

Katie Norton is a Senior Research Analyst within IDC’s DevOps Solutions research practice. In this role, she is responsible for researching, writing, and advising clients on the fast-evolving DevOps market. Katie’s core research includes topics such as rapid enterprise application development, modern microservice based packaging, application security, and automated deployment and lifecycle/management strategies as applied to a DevOps practice. In addition, she examines how the move to DevOps methodologies impacts enterprise use of open source and preferences for using on-premises computing and development platforms vs public cloud services.

After receiving her master’s degree in Research Administration, Katie has worked as an analyst in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IDC, she was a senior data analyst at RiverCap Holdings where she sourced, vetted, and planned the extraction of data for the startup company’s two data-as-a-service platforms in the Emergency Management and Energy industries. Katie also worked as an academic program analyst at Central Michigan University (CMU). There, she had end-to-end ownership of the academic program market intelligence process, which utilized quantitative methodologies to model the competitive landscape, economic outlook, and student demand for all levels of degree programs proposed at CMU.

Joe Atkinson

Vice Chair - US Chief Products & Technology Officer

Joe Atkinson is Vice Chair – Chief Products & Technology Officer at PwC US, enabling teams to develop products and drive strategies that have an impact on the way people work — to change how work is done at scale.

Joe helps the firm and its clients navigate today’s rapid pace of tech transformation and sets the strategic agenda that guides PwC’s Products and Technology team, with the goal of providing tools and technologies that help companies move faster, reduce complexities and fuel growth.

A proud dad, husband and Penn State alum, Joe is driven to give back to his community, supporting nonprofits focused on health, social betterment and digital literacy.

Steve Chan

Group Product Marketing Manager

Steve is a Group Product Marketing Manager focused on product marketing and strategy. Before joining Okta, Steve was at Proofpoint, responsible for their information protection, cloud security, and threat products. And prior to Proofpoint, Steve co-founded and held executive roles at security, information governance, and gaming firms around the valley.

Eva Selhub

Resiliency Expert & Coach

An internationally recognized expert on resiliency and stress reduction, Dr. Eva Selhub specializes in helping individuals and organizations improve health, wellbeing, productivity and
outcomes by creating a culture of resilience. Her inspiring and energizing presentations merge science with spirit and mind with body, providing actionable takeaways tailored to any group’s wellness and performance goals.

A board certified physician, Dr. Selhub taught for 20 years as an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She also served as the Medical Director for the prestigious Benson
Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of multiple books including The Love Response, Your Brain on Nature, Your Health Destiny, The Stress Management Handbook, and her latest, Resilience for Dummies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Marimed, Inc., is a Scientific Advisor for Sensie, is an Adjunct Scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging at Tufts University, and advises with a variety of fitness and nutrition companies. Dr. Selhub has been published in medical journals and featured in national publications including The New York Times, Self, Shape, USA Today, Fitness, and Journal of Woman’s Health, and has appeared on radio and television in connection with her work, including The Dr. Oz Show.

Believing that resilience doesn’t arise from change in a single factor, Dr. Selhub takes a holistic approach, providing the tools we need for transformative change in both our personal
and professional lives. As a speaker, she combines humor and compassion with her gift of translating complex information into practical and usable knowledge that any individual can
access. Drawing upon many years as a corporate coach and consultant and as a healthcare professional and teacher, she helps any organization create a resilient culture where wellness, innovation, productivity, engagement and teamwork truly thrive.

Christopher Burgess

CSO contributor, book author, ex-CIA

Christopher Burgess is a writer, speaker, and commentator on security issues. He is a former senior security advisor to Cisco, and has also been a CEO/COO with various startups in the data and security spaces. He served 30+ years within the CIA which awarded him the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal upon his retirement. Cisco gave him a stetson and a bottle of single-barrel Jack upon his retirement. Christopher co-authored the book, “Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century”. He also founded the non-profit, Senior Online Safety and the travel advisory site Securely Travel.

Mishu Rahman

Head of Cyber Strategy
BNP Paribas

Mishu believes Cyber Security is a global imperative and dependent on conducive private and public sector partnership, receptive legislation, investment in R&D (e.g., AI, Quantum), and commitment to STEM such as “Scholarship For Service” to nurture the next generation of leaders.

Mishu is the Head of Cyber Strategy, Business Risk, Board Governance, and Regulation at BNP Paribas, a global financial juggernaut. As a transformational executive, he is shaping business growth through harmonized IT and IS operations, tactful AI, cloud, and digital infusion, organizational agility, adaptive threat management, and crucial talent development.

Prior to that, Mishu had the privilege of leading $100M+ digital transformations and securing the world’s biggest and most sensitive data treasure chest as nonpolitical staffer under two US Presidents at The White House. Mishu co-managed $90B/year IT investment (e.g., FinTech, HealthTech) including $9B/year for Cyber shaping ROI for 330M Americans as shareholders and delivering world class digital experience as customers. He understands what’s at stake and cross sector challenges, having managed the data, investment, and policy flow between government and industry. A distinct perspective drawn from national AI, Cyber, and Digital strategy driving CX-driven innovative G2B, G2C products and services for 330 million customers, across diverse LoBs weaving the fabric of society (U.S. Small Business, Commerce, Treasury, Healthcare), powered by 3.4M global talent-force and $575B supply chain, with operations in 180 countries.

Mishu appreciates that necessary capacity building must sync and follow innovation strategy. He steered the $50B, shared service initiative, underpinning worldwide modernization (mix of cloud, cybersecurity, network, managed services solutions) resulting $20M/month in savings and enhanced business agility, guiding dozens of Group CIOs and CISOs to align, design, and transition each unique LoB to a secure, future ready tech-stack. Doing so by balancing risk and opportunity, threading business strategy, bridging the risk-value proposition gap, and influencing LOB C-Suites and Board.

Before that, Mishu held broad roles through management consulting, technical, and IT leadership across global organizations, delivering business edge by infusing emerging technology and security. His ability to champion uniquely scaled and complex business innovation isn’t newfound. He began his career engineering next-generation secure multi-billion dollars technologies (e.g., space and ground systems) deployed worldwide, partnering with multiple nations.

Mishu has a strong sense of mission, business acumen with outcome accountability. His understanding of geopolitical forces at play behind cyber-attacks across sectors, tactical tradecraft from national security, and technical rooting helps navigate policy, business strategy and technology immersion tradeoffs. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Alex Attumalil

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Under Armour

Alex Attumalil is the Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Under Armour, the Baltimore based Global Apparel brand. A passionate security practitioner, he manages the strategic risk-based deployment of global security controls, while enabling frictionless business operations. A transformational leader, Alex has over 20+ years of experience in developing, managing and maintaining information security programs in both the public and private sectors. In his professional career, Alex has taught as an Adjunct Professor, presented at various cyber conferences and continues to serve as a technical consultant on various Customer Advisory Boards. A thought leader and security evangelist, Alex seeks out opportunity to share and learn from his peers on topics related to cyber security, team development and novel ideas on business enablement.

Scott Renda

Sr Manager, Product Management

Scott leads AWS Wavelength Product Management at Amazon Web Services. He has 15+ years of technology experience across the public and private sectors. In the past, he has worked on strategy development, commercializing emerging products, leading global partnerships, coalition building, product management, and go-to-market approaches.

Noah Smith

Cybersecurity Account Manager and Sales Team Leader

Noah Smith is a Cybersecurity Account Manager and Sales Team Leader at Darktrace, a leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Noah works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Noah’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 6800 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including being named Fast Company’s one of 10 Most Innovative Companies in Artificial Intelligence in 2022. Noah holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto and is based in Darktrace’s Toronto office.

Sathish Muthukrishnan

Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer
Ally Financial Digital Poster Program Representative

Sathish Muthukrishnan was named Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer for Ally Financial Inc. in December, 2019. In this role, Muthukrishnan is responsible for advancing Ally’s technical and digital capabilities, including cyber security and infrastructure, and accelerating the company’s growth and evolution as a leader in the digital financial services sector. He is based in Ally’s Charlotte corporate center and reports to Ally CEO Jeffrey J. Brown.

Muthukrishnan has held a number of senior technology leadership roles with substantial scale and global reach, and previously served as the chief digital and information officer for Honeywell Aerospace, a nearly $14 billion revenue business within Honeywell International. He brings to Ally more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in complex businesses with high availability and reliability requirements on their technology, ten of which were spent in financial services with American Express prior to joining Honeywell.

Muthukrishnan graduated from University of Madras with a degree in engineering specializing in computer science. He is a member of the Advisory Board of WIT International and was recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Innovation for several years at American Express. Muthukrishnan has over 25 filed patents in the manufacturing, payments and the digital technology space.

Ingrid Parker

Manager of Intelligence
Red Canary

Ingrid has worked in cybersecurity roles spanning from operational hands-on analysis through engaging with CISO’s of large federal departments and agencies. Currently she is the Manager of Intelligence at Red Canary. Previously she was the Chief Engineer for the Homeland Security Enterprise Division at MITRE where she provides expertise across a range of cybersecurity topics and integrates new ideas, capabilities, solutions into the work programs. Prior to joining MITRE Ingrid worked as a malware, forensic, and cyber threat intelligence analyst for Northrop Grumman and served in the U.S. Army as a systems administrator and network engineer. Ingrid has a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a M.A. in Information Management.

Kathryn Knerler

Department Manager and Senior Principal Cybersecurity Architect

Kathryn has decades of experience in cybersecurity, including cyber analysis, incident response, and network security architecture. She is a Department Manager and
Senior Principal Cybersecurity Architect in MITRE Labs’ Cyber Solutions Innovation Center. She specializes in cyber threat intelligence and advising executives in operationalizing threat
defense strategies. Prior to MITRE, she advanced from incident responder to Program Director of Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Kathryn has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. in Cybersecurity, and an M.B.A.

Renee Thomas

Director, Customer Success

As the Director of Customer Success at Wrike, Renee Thomas leads a global team of talented CSMs. She has a passion for helping both employees and customers unlock their potential through personal and organizational development. Renee brings expertise in change management, global team leadership, marketing operations, and project management. Her experiences as a Retail Operations Manager, Head of Business Development, and now the Head of Customer Success help her partner with clients to solve and achieve organizational goals of increasing efficiency, visibility, and collaboration.

Simon Fawell

Signature Litigation

Simon has more than 20 years’ experience across a wide range of commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on complex banking and structured finance matters. He also specializes in advising on issues related to cyber-breach recovery and related litigation as well as insurance/reinsurance disputes.

Simon has litigated before the English High Court, English Court of Appeal, UK Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as well as in international arbitration matters under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS), and ad hoc arbitration under the English Arbitration Act. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and expert determination.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Simon was a Partner at Dechert LLP. He has a wide-ranging practice across a broad spectrum of industries and subject areas including banking, structured finance, derivatives (in particular under the ISDA form), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), asset financing, leasing, insurance and reinsurance, infrastructure, energy, private equity and funds.

Simon is recognized as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 UK for his litigation and arbitration expertise and is commended as “a strong strategic thinker”, “a real team player” and “very good to work with”.

Simon is a member of the LCIA, London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA), British Insurance Law Association (BILA), and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Arbitration and Dispute Resolution committee.

Aravind Swaminathan

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

As a strategic cybersecurity advisor, Aravind partners with clients to proactively plan for a crisis and develop strategies to improve resiliency, respond efficiently and effectively, protect their business and brand, and defend them in the onslaught of litigation and enforcement actions that follow. He guides organizations from large public company financial institutions to start-up technology companies to critical infrastructure providers through incidents, and develops business- and brand-centric strategies to mitigate and manage risk. He has directed more than 200 cybersecurity incident and data breach investigations, including enterprise-wide network intrusions to cyberattacks with national security implications.

With extensive trial, litigation and appellate experience, he defends his clients in cyber, privacy, and payments related class actions and other civil litigation (particularly Computer Fraud and Abuse Act matters), and in when these issues lead to regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, FTC, and State Attorneys General.

Aravind’s background as an assistant United States attorney and Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorney gives him first-hand understanding of federal agencies that allows him to swiftly navigate the system, partner with investigators and find creative solutions for his clients. As a federal cybercrime prosecutor, Aravind investigated and prosecuted a broad array of cybercrime cases, including hacking, phishing, trade secrets theft, click fraud, cyber threats, and identity theft. Aravind also led the cybercrime outreach program, where he worked with members of the Department of Justice, state and federal regulators, law enforcement and other organizations on cybersecurity and related privacy issues. During his time as federal prosecutor in the Complex Crimes Unit, he also investigated and prosecuted a wide array of white-collar crimes, including investment schemes, corporate fraud and embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion and the nation’s largest bank failure.

Jack O’Meara

Director and Cyber Litigation Support Lead

Jack O’Meara is a Director in the Guidehouse Advanced Solutions Cybersecurity practice and leads the Cyber Incident Prevention and Response, and Cyber Litigation Support service offerings. Jack advises and collaborates with clients to effectively prepare for and respond to cyber incidents, restore operations and develop and deliver cyber resilient solutions, as well as provides litigation support related to cyber intrusions and data breaches.

Jack brings over 30 years of cybersecurity risk management and operational experience working with various commercial companies and public sector agencies. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Jack spent 13 years as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for SAIC, Leidos, CSC and DXC Technology, where he was responsible for day-to-day operational direction for all aspects of cybersecurity, regulatory compliance and IT risk management and the leadership and coordination of IT security staff and activities. These responsibilities included cybersecurity strategy, policies, plans and procedures development; information system security risk management; cybersecurity training and awareness campaigns; cybersecurity incident management and response; and disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

Jack holds a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Capitol Technology University and a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University.

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Rob Stevens

Chief Revenue Officer

Rob is the Chief Revenue Officer at Carbon60 and former global head of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Disaster Recovery, Management Tools and DevOps Specialist, teams. After his six-year tenure at AWS and formally 13 years at Microsoft, Rob brings his industry insights to ensure organizations make the best technology decisions to drive the most successful outcome.

David Masson

Director of Enterprise Security

David Masson is Darktrace’s Director of Enterprise Security, and has over two decades of experience working in fast moving security and intelligence environments in the UK, Canada and worldwide. With skills developed in the civilian, military and diplomatic worlds, he has been influential in the efficient and effective resolution of various unique national security issues. David is an operational solutions expert and has a solid reputation across the UK and Canada for delivery tailored to customer needs. At Darktrace, David advises strategic customers across North America and is also a regular contributor to major international and national media outlets in Canada where he is based. He holds a master’s degree from Edinburgh University.

Avinash Shetty

VP, Product Management
Nutanix Inc.

Avinash Shetty has been with Nutanix since 2013 and started out as one of the early Product Managers driving product direction, specifically the NX portfolio roadmap, pricing and licensing, serviceability and the pivot to software selling. He then moved over to a sales role helping field sales understand the new software sales motion before eventually focusing on large enterprise deals and ELAs. From there he worked in a cross-functional role focused on corporate strategy. Moving back to his roots, he currently leads the PM role, focused on the broader Nutanix portfolio strategy, cross product roadmap as well as dissecting the broader competitive landscape.

Prior to Nutanix, Avinash spend 5 years at Riverbed working in various roles, most notably Product Manager for Steelhead and early days of SteelFusion. He also spend 8 years in Cisco with a background in security working on the PIX/ASA product line. Avinash has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a BS in Computer Science from PICT, Pune, India. In his spare time, Avinash likes to tinker with various technologies, build stuff, play sports and spend time with his two kids.

Scott Brighton


Scott is leading Aurea’s reinvention of the software business as the “Netflix of Business Software,” embracing the public cloud early to build a library of SAAS solutions powering the future of work, commerce, and IT.

Barbara Cooper-Jones

SVP & CIO, Enterprise Data and Technology Solutions
Ginnie Mae

Barbara Cooper-Jones is the Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data and Technology Solutions at Ginnie Mae. In her role as Chief Information Officer, Ms. Cooper-Jones is responsible for defining and implementing cloud, IT, cybersecurity, and information management strategies that support the enterprise’s mortgage-backed securities (MBS) operations. Ms. Cooper Jones is also responsible for enabling IT project governance and related risk management, and ensuring infrastructure, cloud and technology directives and solutions align with the federal Ginnie Mae’s cybersecurity and compliance mandates.

Prior to joining Ginnie Mae, Ms. Cooper-Jones was the Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Program Management in National IT at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where she led large scale program management infrastructure modernization efforts. Ms. Cooper-Jones served as Vice President of Enterprise Data Technology at Fannie Mae from 2004 to 2007.

Ms. Cooper-Jones has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia State University. She has completed a host of Leadership Development Programs and served as both a formal and informal mentor throughout her professional career.

Ms. Cooper-Jones is a recipient of the 2019 CIO 100 Award for IT Innovation and Business Value and the 2020 Women Who Mean Business award.

Mark Albro

Director, Mobility Sales

Mark has been Director of Mobility Sales at Motus for the last year +, but with over 25 year’s experience in telecommunications, OEM, and MDM/UEM industries. He leads the go-to-market and sales strategies for Motus’ Device offerings and BYOD/MMS.

Dan Dietz

Enterprise Sales Executive

Dan is responsible for helping bring on and introduce new customers to Motus. He has experience working with Fortune 500 companies, helping them solve their unique challenges and business goals.

Robert Locklear

Wireless Solutions Engineer

Robert brings 20 years of technical experience to his role as a Solutions Engineer with Motus Device. He serves as a technical guide in the sales process showing organizations how Motus solutions can help manage the most complex of mobility environments.

Bartosz Zieleznik

Head of Online Learning

I am passionate about personal and organisational growth. I’ve been teaching, educating and providing learning solutions for as long as I remember. Curiosity is my primary motivator and helps me navigate multi-disciplinary projects with ease. From the world of solo entrepreneurship, I followed a self-created career path into the fascinating world of corporate Learning & Development. I enjoy building large-scale solutions for the ever-changing needs of global organisations. I believe in a world where everyone can reinvent themselves given the right tools.

Jennie Drimmer

Senior Regional Director, EMEA

As Senior Regional Director Jennie leads growth within EMEA for Coursera for Business. She brings over 20 years experience in the industry and has worked in multiple areas of HR solution provision spanning across both technology and professional services, with a significant focus on Learning & Development and business transformation. She has an extensive career advising senior executives across EMEA on critical business projects linking to the people agenda. Prior to Coursera Jennie led the EMEA team for Humanforce (PE-backed workforce management technology) and spent a large portion of her career at CEB (now Gartner) where she led growth across EMEA supporting HR and Finance functional leaders. Jennie has a BA from Smith College.

Peter Near

National Director of Technology
VMware Canada

Peter Near is VMware Canada’s National Director of Technology, and a thought leader in Canada on topics including hybrid cloud strategies, datacenter modernization, and infrastructure security. As part of the Canadian Enterprise technology landscape for nearly twenty years, Peter has held a number of leadership positions including delivery of large enterprise transformation projects and leading global product management teams. Peter studied Computer Science and Business at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and IMD Business School in Switzerland and is passionate about leveraging the intersection of technology to drive business impact.

Moty Fania

Principal Engineer, CTO and Senior Director of Machine Language Engineering
Intel Digital Poster Program Representative

Moty Fania is a principal engineer and the CTO of Intel’s IT Artificial Intelligence group which is a large-scale AI organization that works across Intel to deliver high-value, transformational AI solutions.  He is a senior director and strong technical leader who owns and drives all aspects of development, architecture, and productization of AI solutions and their related technologies in his group.  In the past 10 years, Moty has been a very dominant, key player in the AI domain at Intel, with strong focus on AI platforms and AI productization at scale.  He is recognized as the leading IT authority for ML engineering at scale with extensive experience in predictive, big data systems that sets technical direction for AI engineering work in different business domains from design, manufacturing to sales.

Doug McHugh

Vice President, Digital Client Partner PGS and Enabling Functions
Pfizer Digital Poster Program Representative

Doug is the Digital Client Partner for the Pfizer Global Supply division and the Enabling Functions including Finance, People Experience, Legal, Compliance and Global Business Services divisions.  In this role, he and his team are responsible to provide Digital thought leadership and client partnership, to define the digital strategy, digital transformation, and to manage the digital portfolio.  The global role is accountable for all of the Digital investments in the various divisions from infrastructure and Cyber threat remediation to Predictive analytics that drive operational improvements.

Before that, Doug was the Manufacturing BT leader for the Network Solutions BT group. In this role, he was the business partner responsible for delivering the full range of Business Technology capabilities to the PGS Global Supply Chain and Global External Supply organizations. In addition, he and his team are responsible for the on-going deployment and support of the Supply Chain Business Intelligence program, the Enterprise One program for small site and market ERP solution, the Network Orchestration BT activities, and supporting the Continuous Improvement efforts related to the network.

Prior to that role, Doug was the BioTech BT business partner responsible for the full range of BT solutions in the plant network. As with every leader that has been a part of the network, Doug lives the culture of BioTech for Life. Prior to this role, Doug was the Program director for the Global Manufacturing Execution System program and Global Quality and Laboratory programs where he was responsible for the deployment, support, and on-going improvements of the MES and Quality and Laboratory systems worldwide.

He began his career as a systems analyst involved in the startup of a world headquarters of a Pharma company where he was responsible for security, building automation, warehousing, and space management systems. He then moved onto leadership positions in the global deployments of SAP, LIMS, and Change Control processes. Doug holds a BS in Computer Science from W&L University.

Marcelo Cavalcante

VP, Digital Business and Technology
Banco do Brasil S.A. Digital Poster Program Representative

Marcelo Cavalcante is Vice President of Digital Business Development and Technology at Banco do Brasil. He graduated in Electronic Engineering, with emphasis in Computing and postgraduate in Object Oriented Systems and in Strategic Management of Information Systems and Advanced Business Management. He is a career employee at BB since 1988, having served as an executive manager in many positions in the technology area; technology manager abroad for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in London from 2009 to 2015; and as IT Director of BB Tecnologia e Serviços.

Bob Minford

VP, Airline Technology
FedEx Services

Bob Minford serves as the Vice President of Airline Technology at FedEx Services. Bob is a graduate of Penn State, where he currently sits on the Advisory Board supporting the Beaver campus as a leading innovator in technology. During his 32 years with FedEx, Bob has occupied many influential roles in the field of Information Technology, including his present position as VP, which he has held since 2017. Along with his wide breadth of technical knowledge in the logistics industry, Bob has employed passionate leadership to guide his team through monumental milestones in this five-year span. Always quick to remind his team the importance of putting family first, Bob’s pride and joy are his wife, Amy, and his four children.

Joseph Cevetello

Chief Information Officer
City of Santa Monica Digital Poster Program Representative

As Santa Monica’s Chief Information Officer, Joseph Cevetello is responsible for the City’s information technology strategy, infrastructure, services, and ensuring an exceptional digital experience for Santa Monica’s citizens, visitors, and businesses. He directs operations in support of 1900 staff, 93,000 residents, and $58 million in technology operations and projects.

Prior to joining the City of Santa Monica, Dr. Cevetello spent over twenty years in higher education. He has worked as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Geoff Cronin

CIO & Sr Vice President Information Technology

Geoff is the Sr Vice President Information Technology and CIO for LCBO. Geoff came to LCBO with a wealth of IT experience, previously as Managing Partner of the Advisory practice at Grant Thornton Canada, and through progressively senior roles including as President & CEO at Capgemini Canada, a global leader in consulting, technology services, and digital transformation. Geoff has a breadth of experience in working with clients to transform their business leverage enabling technologies as well as leading the internal market facing strategies for both Capgemini Canada and Grant Thornton Canada’s Advisory practice. He has worked closely with many of the leading technology companies throughout his career.

Geoff has a proven track record in strategy development, disciplined execution, and aligning teams in complex environments. He is a trusted advisor who leads with integrity, seeks mutual benefits, fosters collaboration, and is a strong motivator, culture-driver, and mentor. Geoff’s executive experience, down-to-earth approach, calm confidence and driven, competitive spirit will serve LCBO well, as they continue to transform into a strong, strategic partner to all Divisions across the LCBO. At the LCBO, Geoff is modernizing enabling technology platforms to ensure an efficient and delightful client experience, while in parallel creating a culture within the IT Division that is a high-performance team where their business colleagues trust to deliver solutions to support the LCBO market transformation.

Jared Petersen

Sr. Director, Strategy & Business Development
Oshkosh Corporation Digital Poster Program Representative

Jared Petersen, Senior Director of Digital Technology Strategy and Business Development, leads the technology portfolio, vendor and asset management capabilities as well as oversees the enterprise digital strategy. Jared has been with Oshkosh for 12 years, with much of his career on the Corporate Development and Strategy team.

Oshkosh Corporation was founded in 1917, driven by a breakthrough four-wheel drive system that gave people the courage and confidence to go places they never thought they would. Today, Oshkosh Corporation is a Fortune 350 innovation company that designs and manufactures some of the world’s toughest specialty vehicles and access equipment. The company has over 14,000 talented team members operating out of 150 facilities around the globe that are putting over 800 active patented technologies to work serving, developing and connecting communities around the world.


Eric Holt

Engagement Manager
Akido Labs Digital Poster Program Representative

Eric Holt is a Los Angeles native and an Engagement Manager with Akido Labs’ technology solutions group. Eric is an expert in the domain of homeless services as it relates to business strategy, end to end technology innovation and management.

With over six years of experience working with cutting edge technology, coupled with his work directing policy within the County of Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors, he brings a unique policy perspective and client-centered approach to each and every project he leads at Akido Labs.

Don Galzarano

Managing Director, Global IT, Intelligent Cloud and Networks
Accenture Digital Poster Program Representative

 Don Galzarano is the managing director of intelligent cloud and network for Accenture’s global IT organization. In this capacity, he is responsible for Accenture’s cloud environment, cloud strategy, infrastructure operations and the Accenture network. Don and his team are focused on maintaining a cloud forward position—with seamless operations, continuous optimization and transformation to achieve ongoing business value. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for Accenture’s infrastructure services, focusing on messaging and collaboration, video delivery, broadcast Infrastructure, information security and endpoint management. Before joining global IT, Don led SAP implementations for clients as part of Accenture’s consulting organization.   

Chris Mattmann

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Poster Program Representative

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his work has helped NASA explore space, and helped journalists and governments track international financial crime amongst the world’s elite across the globe.

He is best known for a 20-year career inventing the most downloaded software on the planet creating technology that powers all the data systems in the industry. Tika, the “digital babel fish” is the key technology that solved the Panama Papers and won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 2017.

Rickard Wieselfors

VP and Head of Automation & AI

Rickard Wieselfors is VP and Head of Automation & AI at Ericsson. He is founder and leading the Global Automation & AI team at Ericsson with the purpose to drive transformation through Intelligent Automation & AI across Ericsson. Results include significant business value from freed up hours, lead time reductions and quality improvements in hundreds of business processes, as well as a new digital foundation in the Intelligent Automation & AI space, consisting of 10+ new technology platforms and capabilities onboarded into the company like AI/ML, Blockchain, Low Code and RPA. Prior to this role, Wieselfors has more than 20 years of professional experience as an executive in the technology industry. Rickard holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Dean Clark

National Director & Practice Lead – Cloud

Dean is accountable for overall P&L, strategy, product roadmaps, capital investment, and partnerships for the Cloud Practice at Bell Business Markets. Previously he led the Collaboration & Contact Centre Practice and Professional Services teams. He has been with Bell for 20 years and held a variety of leadership roles across product, marketing, professional services, and pricing. Dean is based in Toronto, where he lives with his wife, eleven-year-old daughter and two dogs.

Charlie Wade

Vice President, Wireless Products
Bell Canada

Charlie Wade is a senior telecommunications and technology leader with over 30 years of experience at executive levels in Canada and throughout Europe. He is presently Vice President, Wireless Products at Bell Canada driving 5G strategy and product innovation for Bell’s millions of consumer and business customers. Prior to that he served as President and Founder of Digital Transformation Strategies Inc and was focused on providing executive consulting services to a variety of Canadian and UK based organizations. Charlie previously held positions of Senior Vice President, Products and Solutions at Rogers Communications, Head of Products at Vodafone UK and a variety of senior positions for Nortel Networks Europe.

Kin Lee-Yow

CAA Club Group

Kin Lee-Yow has over 27 years of experience in the technology field. He started his career at Royal Bank of Canada where he was part of the team that launched the Bank’s online system. He led the technology team that built the retail internet presence at Sears Canada. At Moneris Solutions, he was the head of Infrastructure and support services and the General Manager for their white label ATM Gateway services. In March 2012, he joined CAA South Central Ontario as the VP of IT.
Currently, Kin is the CIO of the CAA Club Group which consists of CAA South Central Ontario, CAA Manitoba, Orion Travel Insurance, CAA Insurance and Echelon Insurance. During this period, Kin has successfully lead his team through a complete secure technology transformation with several large implementations such as SAP, Avaya telephony system, Guidewire property & casualty system, and the replacement of the Emergency Roadside system.
Kin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Computer Science and Information Systems. He completed his Master in Business Administration at Kellogg (Northwestern University) and Schulich (York University).

Warren Shiau

Research Vice President, AI & Analytics
IDC Canada

Warren has more than 25 years of industry analysis and market research experience consulting and executing research programs for global B2B and consumer-oriented tech and non-tech firms. He is currently focusing on AI/machine learning implementation with research priorities focusing on process and workflow change as well as the use of these technologies in digital transformation initiatives.

A Data Driven Operating Model

Rockwell Automation

This initiative was created to build our data-driven operating model that accelerates our move towards a customer-centric, data-driven, agile organization, reimagining our products and effectively responding to changing needs of our key stakeholders.

Matthew Eastwood

SVP, Enterprise Infrastructure, Cloud and Enabling Technology

Matt Eastwood is Senior Vice President of IDC’s enterprise infrastructure, cloud, telecom, security, developers, channels and enabling technology research groups. Mr. Eastwood and his team research people, process and technology trends affecting the enterprise technology marketplace worldwide. Mr. Eastwood first joined IDC in 2000 as part of the server team and his responsibilities have evolved and expanded during his tenure. In his current role, he leads a team of more than 100 analysts providing insights and analysis to IT suppliers, buyers, investors, and distributors through more than 75 syndicated research programs. Mr. Eastwood also leads IDC’s BuyerView primary research programs which are focused on defining emerging trends in cloud, developers, service providers, edge, AI and security.

Eric Boles

CEO and Founder
The Game Changers, Inc.; Former Wide Receiver, National Football League

Eric Boles is the CEO and Founder of The Game Changers, Inc., a noted global expert in talent development, business strategy, change management, cultural transformation, and peak performance.

Boles impacts an organization’s most valuable resource, its people, through high-energy and powerful storytelling aimed at unleashing individual potential, navigating change and leading with purpose.

Recent clients include IBM, FedEx, Motorola, Astra Zeneca, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern Mutual, Medtronic, Motion Industries, Bridgestone Tires, Southeastern Grocers, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

With his vast experience in corporate boardrooms as an executive coach and business consultant, Boles brings razor-sharp insights and leadership strategies that have impacted the marketplace. His perspectives on managing and leading change, transforming culture and overcoming complacency are laced with practical tools and principles that can be applied both professionally and personally.

Prior to becoming a sought-after Speaker and consultant, Boles learned many of his principles of peak performance, team dynamics, and leadership from his experience as a wide receiver with the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.
Eric is the author of Moving to Great: Unleashing Your Best in Life and Work.

Bob Parker

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Applications, Data Intelligence, Services, and Industry Research

Bob Parker is a Senior Vice President responsible for several areas of research at IDC.  Bob leads the global industry research teams which includes coverage of healthcare, government, retail, energy, manufacturing, and financial services as well as a cross industry group looking at emerging topics such as blockchain and robotics.  Additionally, Bob leads our teams in the enterprise applications space, services, and the IDC coverage of data intelligence which includes coverage of artificial intelligence.

Bob has been conducting industry research for over twenty years including five years at AMR Research before joining IDC.  Prior to entering the research field, Bob spent over fifteen years in various Information Technology and Operational management roles in the manufacturing industry including serving as the Chief Information Officer at Eastern Technologies, a defense contractor.

Phillip Silitschanu

Research Director, Worldwide Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, NFT, & Web3 Strategies

Phillip Silitschanu is the Research Director for IDC Financial Insights responsible for Worldwide Blockchain, Crypto and NFT Strategies. Mr. Silitschanu’s core research coverage includes Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and NFT across all industries, globally. Notably in financial services, government, supply chain, institutional, art, collectibles, and intellectual property; in addition to related regulatory topics.

Mr. Silitschanu is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Due Diligence Organization. He been involved in Blockchain and Crypto since 2013, writing his first white paper on the subject in 2014, and has spoken at many Blockchain and Crypto conferences, including developing a Blockchain / DeFi conference in NYC. He has also produced numerous further white papers on the use of Blockchain in financial services, as well as numerous consulting engagements for research firms and financial services firms. He joined a Blockchain / STO start-up, which was acquired by a VC firm, prior to joining IDC.

Amelia Rose Earhart

Inspiring Around-The-World Pilot & TV Personality

In 1937, Amelia Mary Earhart attempted to fly around the globe. Unfortunately, she disappeared over the South Pacific Ocean, never to be seen again.

In 2014, Amelia Rose Earhart recreated her around the world flight, to symbolically complete the journey of the inspirational American hero she was named after. The world watched as Amelia flew a single-engine aircraft 28,000 miles around the globe, successfully closing her flight plan, despite the technical, physical and emotional challenges of this great feat.

Amelia’s story isn’t all smooth sailing, in fact, it’s filled with turbulence that would have sent most pilots back to the hanger, as months before she was set to launch on her journey with over $2 Million raised, twenty-eight corporate sponsors, and a $4.5 Million aircraft she’d drilled a hole through the side of to hold a 200-gallon fuel tank, the whole trip nearly came to a crash landing on national television, even before it began.

Amelia did complete her flight, turbulence and all and today, she speaks to teams all over the world about how to learn to love the turbulence.

Capital One, Lockheed Martin, Walmart and United Healthcare are just a few of the organizations who’ve given rave reviews on Amelia’s enthusiastic and pointed message. From the art of navigating the holding pattern, to developing vision beyond sight, to what it takes to build a high functioning flight crew, her aviation analogies ring true, resonating with audiences in a meaningful way.

As a commercial pilot and international keynote speaker with a TV broadcast career of twelve years, Amelia is as comfortable on stage as she is in the cockpit, reminding us all that the only airplane that never experiences turbulence is the one that stays locked up in a hangar— but that’s not what planes, or you and I were built for. We were built to take flight.

Smart Savings – Bucket Goals

Ally Financial

By enabling a bucket goal, customers can take further control of their financial future by setting a funding and timeframe target and monitoring their progress. The human-centered design and digital enablement has resulted in exceptional adoption.

Open Skills Management Toolkit (OSMT)

Western Governors University

Organizations using OSMT may create, access and share dynamic skills demand data, accelerating the development of skills-based education and more work-relevant credentials leading to equitable hiring practices.

Connected Supply Chain and AI-Driven Digital Logistics Planning

Western Digital

An intelligent, end-to-end supply chain, shipment planning, scheduling and tracking system. Combines AI, robotics, automation, connected systems, and internal/external data sources to create an adaptive, continuously learning and executing model, lowering logistics costs while improving on-time performance.



Built three simultaneous converged All Hazards Fusion Centers around the world (branded as FUSE). Using a “follow the sun” approach to security, monitoring, response and investigative Fusion Centers to detect and respond to critical incidents in real-time, are opening in Singapore, Dublin, and in Washington D.C.

Searchable Museum

Smithsonian, National Museum of African American History and Culture

This immersive, online experience expands access to digital resources to tell the story of African American history beyond the physical space of the museum. Designed for a diverse group of museum visitors using human-centered design, the new Searchable Museum is an authentic and accessible experience for all.

Cybersecurity Connected Service Hub

Schneider Electric

Developed and executed a cybersecurity operating model to guarantee the optimal cybersecurity performance in all Schneider Industrial Sites by detecting and remediating security alerts. Leads the continuous improvement of the cybersecurity posture in OT devices and processes.

Pfizer Global Supply COVID Vaccine Digital Enablement


As the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine candidate passed each hurdle on its way to approval, Pfizer Global Supply (PGS) were in parallel developing capabilities to make, test and distribute the vaccine at scale. Pfizer Digital had to develop and deploy innovative digital solutions that enabled this unique supply chain in a compressed timeframe with the highest quality.

Enhanced Supply Chain Efficiency

Oshkosh Corporation

A suite of digital solutions, including an advanced technology platform and a series of advanced analytics solutions to create a more connected and optimized supply chain.

Mattel Creations


The Mattel Creations brand targets ardent fans and artists by offering limited-edition, high-demand products to passionate collectors using a resilient and engaging eCommerce technology solution that is drop-based & highly scalable.

Automated Verification of Consumer Documents using AI, RPA and OCR Technologies

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

A cutting-edge technology solution using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Optical Character Recognition and Robotic Process Automation was built to intelligently scan, read, classify, and automatically verify thousands of critical consumer documents, resulting in automated income verification and quicker enrollment of consumers into affordable medical coverage.

Digital Transformation Strategy & Execution

Magellan Midstream Partners

Modern, cloud, data-driven platforms that transformed the enterprise and shifted mindsets for value creation with technology. Provided accelerated abilities to become an agile and innovative enterprise.


John Wiley & Sons

A Kubernetes Platform-as-a-Service solution that is scalable, cost-effective and developer friendly. Through integrated services for monitoring, continuous integration, and deployment (CI/CD), security, and load testing Mozart empowers its users to collaborate and rapidly develop, test and deploy new features frequently into production environments.

Welcome to Our MetaVerse

Jet Propulsion Lab/NASA

Exploring the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to improve collaboration and efficiency for an increasingly remote workforce. A virtual environment facilitates different types of meetings and works either physically in AR or remotely in VR.

Push Button Productization of AI Models

Intel Corporation

“Microraptor” (an AI productization platform) and “DSraptor” (a custom-built platform component) that, together, help deploy AI models to production in minutes. Based on DevOps, these open source MLOps capabilities help deploy and maintain hundreds of ML models.

Electronic Maintenance Release (eMR)


A dynamic, real-time capability for digital documentation allowing access to the current maintenance and regulatory flight status of any aircraft in the FedEx fleet. Places more power in the hands of pilots and mechanics with the use of innovative and intuitive mobile technology.

Enterprise Consciousness


Built to capture, organize, and visually show all aspects of business operations within an infinitely scalable map. ECON enables process transformation by facilitating smarter, more efficient operational data gathering, reporting, and presentation.

Project Connect

City of Santa Monica

App/data sharing platform enabling comprehensive awareness, coordination of care, and improved outcomes for those experiencing homelessness. It prioritizes and protects privacy while facilitating a coordinated City response.

Mappiá – Remote Crop Monitoring

Banco Do Brasil

Use of AI to leverage results with innovative and convenient solutions for customers, as well as increase operational efficiency by implementing a remote crop monitoring system using artificial intelligence for satellite imaging.

Accenture Sustainable Cloud Optimization Program


Sustainable Cloud Optimization Program to determine ways to consume energy smarter. The CO2 Calculator is helping drive better business and environmental decisions for positive environmental impact.

Garry Coldwells

Solutions Architect
Palo Alto Networks

Garry Coldwells has over 25 years of cyber security experience. He has worked on projects of global significance and has spoken of these experiences at several conferences and on many panels.

Meg Madison

Senior VP, HR

Meg Madison is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Shure Incorporated, the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics.

Since joining in Shure in 2005, Meg has held positions of increasing responsibility in the organization.  She currently oversees the day-to-day operation of the Company’s global Human Resources function, including HR Business Partners, Benefits, Compensation, Training & Development, Talent Acquisition, HR Systems and Associate Relations.  She reports to the CEO and serves as a member of the Shure’s Executive Staff which sets the Company’s strategic direction and monitors overall company performance.

With Shure’s increasing focus on global growth, Meg led the effort to establish an agile and responsive HR team worldwide, supporting Associates in 30 different locations.  Under her leadership, the Company implemented its first global system of record system (HRIS), first automated Performance Management system and enhanced Learning and Applicant Tracking systems to improve operational efficiency and support Digital Transformation.  She’s an Executive Sponsor of the Company’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Council and in that capacity, helped stand-up Shure’s first Employee Resource Groups.  Meg co-leads the “WorkPlaceNow” initiative, bringing solutions to the table that balance employee and business needs as we navigate the new world of work.    She’s also served as a member of various cross-functional teams with a focus on facilitating business results, including the inaugural Balanced Scorecard initiative, Corporate Management Committee (strategy execution) and the Crisis Management Team.

Before her career at Shure, Meg worked in HR leadership positions in the airline and hospitality fields. She holds a Bachelors’ degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Eileen Lowry

Vice President, Product Management
IBM Integration

Eileen Lowry is the Vice President of Product Management for IBM Integration. She leads a team of product managers that focus on providing enterprise integration software which helps businesses connect systems and move information quickly and securely so businesses can automate work and humans can derive insights.

Before joining the Integration team, Eileen led the enterprise content services business, which includes technology to intelligently capture data from content to automate business processes, as well access, manage and govern enterprise content at each step of the lifecycle. Prior to that, Eileen built and led the IBM Blockchain Expert Labs team that designed, built and deployed blockchain applications.

During her 16+ years at IBM, she has held various business and technical roles, including product management, professional services, M&A strategy and business development, and finance. She currently lives in Los Angeles and graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Union College in New York and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in New York.

Anat Baron

CEO, Stashwall Inc., Futurist & Brand Builder

Anat Baron is the CEO of Stashwall, Inc., an early-stage, game changing technology startup, and is best known as the wunderkind behind Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Within three years, she grew Mike’s into a $200 million juggernaut—establishing a new product category in the ultra-competitive beer industry. She did this despite her allergy to alcohol. Baron’s eclectic and highly successful career has included working with well-known hotel brands including Four Seasons, Holiday Inn and Radisson and as a Hollywood executive and producer. After leaving Mike’s, she combined her entertainment and business know-how to write, produce, and direct Beer Wars, an award-winning documentary film that tells the David and Goliath story of the US beer industry and predicted the exponential growth of craft beer.

As a solution-oriented keynote speaker who offers fresh perspectives on the big ideas and important questions shaping our future, Anat inspires audience to think bigger and take action. She builds each of her dynamic and informative talks by investing time with key members of organization and understanding audience and the most important issues they face. The result is an insightful and engaging presentation that sparks conversation, creates meaningful change, and has lasting impact. Her compelling, no-nonsense, audience centric approach makes her the perfect speaker for today’s increasingly fast changing world

Mindy Simon

CIO, Global Business & Information Services
Conagra Brands

Mindy Simon is Chief Information Officer for Conagra Brands. In this role, Mindy has enterprise responsibility for global business services, information technology, cyber security and leadership in modernizing the enterprise across business processes and technology including digital transformation leveraging capabilities such as advanced analytics, robotics, low/no code automation and modern infrastructure.

Since joining Conagra in 2000, Mindy has held a variety of roles in business transformation, finance, and information technology. Her responsibilities have included analyzing economic indicators and tracking major commodity markets and auditing in finance, and leading business and technology transformation across the organization in support of multiple businesses including consumer brands, private brands, foodservice, flour milling, potato processing, commodity trading, and meat processing.  Mindy led global business services, including shared services across sales, supply chain, marketing, ecommerce, finance and R&D prior to becoming CIO.  Mindy most recently led the integration of Pinnacle Foods, a $11 billion acquisition including over 40 iconic brands such as Birdseye, Duncan Hines, Wishbone and Gardein, and 15 manufacturing plants.

Mindy holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a M.B.A. from Creighton University. She serves on the HackerOne Advisory Board, Board of Governors of Chicago CIO Community, Omaha Chamber of Commerce board of directors Executive Committee including  past Chair of Economic Development, Aksarben Foundation, Nebraska Tech Collaborative:  Executive Committee, CIO Committee Chair and Tech Start-Up Committee, United Way of the Midlands, Creighton College of Business board of advisors, and has served on the Girls Inc. of Omaha board of directors.  Mindy is a member of Harvard Business School Cash Catalyst Forum, Gartner Research Board, and T200 Women CXO’s in Tech.  Mindy and her husband Jon enjoy raising their four children and a menagerie of animals outside of Omaha.

Stephen Kohler

Founder & CEO
Audira Labs LLC

Stephen Kohler, Audira’s intuitive founder and CEO isn’t your ordinary executive coach or strategic thinker. He is a University of Chicago MBA-trained executive with P&L experience who led global marketing and strategy departments for several blue chip and industry-leading brands such as Weber, Kraft, and Shure. Seeking to focus his career more on the people side of business, where the true power of every organization resides, Stephen founded Audira to help people find clarity, direction and purpose in their work.

On top of an accomplished business background and an immense network of functional and industry professionals, Kohler holds a BA in philosophy from Northwestern and is a passionate musician. The common thread here, which is woven into the fabric of Audira, is a desire to see people work authentically and in concert to achieve a meaningful goal. Stephen knows what magic can happen when people are all listening to each other and contributing.

Zeeshan Tariq

Zimmer Biomet

Zeeshan Tariq was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Zimmer Biomet in July 2016 and is a member of the executive leadership team. He is responsible for all aspects of the global digital strategy and business transformation through technology.

Prior to joining Zimmer Biomet, Mr. Tariq spent 18 years at Medtronic, where he served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Medtronic, he worked in the management consulting, systems consulting and banking industries.

Mr. Tariq’s academic qualifications include postgraduate education from Harvard Business School, an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska.

Suzanne Ryan

Director, Product Marketing

Revenue-focused marketing exec with experience developing and executing go-to-market strategies and building and developing marketing teams from the ground up.

Jim Shook

Director of Cybersecurity and Compliance Practice
Dell Technologies

Jim helps Dell Technologies customers understand and efficiently meet the legal and regulatory obligations for their data, focusing on cybersecurity, privacy, retention and electronic discovery. Along with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, he is an experienced commercial litigator and a former general counsel to technology companies. Jim publishes and speaks frequently about meeting challenges created by the intersection of law and technology, and has been an active member of The Sedona Conference’s working groups on electronic information (WG1) since 2004 and data security and privacy (WG11) since 2015.

Jason Proctor

Advisory Systems, Cyber Recovery & Compliance, Global Technology Office
Dell Technologies

With over 20 years of experience leveraging his business, financial and technical acumen, Jason Proctor is a member of Dell Technologies’ Data Protection Solutions Global Technology Office as an Advisory Systems Engineer for Cyber Recovery and Compliance. Jason joined Dell in early 2020 from IBM where he was a Solution Specialist inside the Global Technology Solutions (GTS) Resiliency Services organization. During his time there, he specialized in Resiliency Orchestration and Cyber Resilience and was part of the team that worked to develop a managed service offering for, and integration of the Resiliency Orchestration software with the Dell Technologies Cyber Recovery solution.
Jason has led conversations with and has advised hundreds of clients on data protection and cyber recovery across many verticals around the globe as well as has presented at several major conferences such as Dell Technologies World, VMworld, IBM Think and others.
Jason attended Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN) as well as Northwestern University where his focus was Finance and Economics. He resides in Chicago, IL.

Michael Castro

Risk Executive Advisor & Founder
RiskAware Inc.

As an IT leader with over two decades of experience building and leading information security, cyber risk and compliance programs at the enterprise level, Michael is a veteran vanguard for protecting sensitive data. Michael’s multi-faceted portfolio includes a rich mosaic of work ranging from security strategy to architectural development to cybersecurity training. Michael’s previous work includes serving as Head of Information Security and Risk Management at Loblaw Companies Limited and numerous Senior Info and Cybersecurity roles in the areas of Oil & Gas, Finance, Health Care and Retail.
Today, Michael provides controls guidance and consulting to numerous companies, and acts as a Risk Executive Advisor to various Boards.

Lucas Mearian

Senior Writer, Computerworld
Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

Award winning journalist and editor in the daily newspaper and business-to-business magazine publishing industry for more than 25 years. Lucas has covered a wide variety of information technology topics, from data storage systems, blockchain and enterprise mobility to a number of vertical industries. Lucas currently covers Windows, Future of Work issues, mobile in the enterprise, Apple in the enterprise, Fintech and healthcare IT.

Deepa Soni

The Hartford

Deepa Soni is the Chief Information Officer for The Hartford.

Soni joined the company in 2019.

In her role, she is responsible for leading technology strategy, vision and execution for all businesses. She leads teams across business delivery, infrastructure, architecture, data analytics, data science and information security.

She is also the Executive sponsor for Women in Technology and Young Professionals Enterprise Resource Group. She brings 20+ years of extensive experience in Digital transformations, Agile Product delivery, Cyber security, Data Analytics and Process Re-engineering.

Prior to joining The Hartford, Soni served as U.S. Chief Information Officer for BMO Financial Group in Chicago.  Prior to that, she was the SVP & Head of Application Development at M&T, leading technology strategy and delivery for all Lines of Businesses across the bank.  Previously, she served as Head of Enterprise Architecture Group at KeyCorp where she was responsible for enterprise-wide technology standards and governance, strategic technology planning and solution architecture.

Soni holds a BS degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India and a MS from University of Science and Technology, at Missouri-Rolla.  She has done executive management programs at University of Michigan and Wharton.  Soni also holds a Patent for systems driven process innovation.

Bob Johansen

Distinguished Fellow
Institute for the Future

Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, Bob has helped organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future, including corporations such as Nestle and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a range of major universities and nonprofits.

The author or co-author of twelve books, including the best-selling Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present, Leaders Make the Future, and The New Leadership Literacies: Thriving in a Future of Extreme Disruption and Distributed Everything. Bob’s books are used widely in corporations, universities, nonprofits, and at the Army War College.

Bob holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, which he attended on a basketball scholarship, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University—as well as a master’s degree that focused on world religions.

Kevin Magee

Chief Security Officer
Microsoft Canada

As the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Canada, Kevin Magee leads the technical teams who are Microsoft’s architects, practitioners and stewards of trust. He is one of Canada’s leading authorities on cybersecurity and cyber risk governance and often writes, lectures and contributes to curriculum development for Canadian colleges and universities on topics related to cybersecurity, governance, entrepreneurship and criminology. Kevin also holds an ICD.D certification with the Institute of Corporate Directors and has extensive experience advising, educating and serving on boards including the Brant Community Healthcare System.
Deeply committed to the development and creation of cybersecurity leadership and technical educational opportunities for aspiring security professionals, he currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Rogers Cybersecurity Catalyst at Ryerson University, as a Member of the University of Guelph’s Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence Advisory Board, as a Member of George Brown College’s Cyber Security Program Advisory Council and as a Member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He has also previously served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Laurier University and advisor for Communitech and MaRS.

Joni Brennan

Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada

Joni Brennan is President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC). Building on 15+ years of experience in Identity Access Management innovation, adoption, and industry standards development, Joni helps the DIACC to fulfill its vision delivering the resources needed to establish a digital identity ecosystem that accelerates the digital economy, grows Canada’s GDP and benefits all Canadians.
Before joining DIACC Joni was Kantara Initiative’s Executive Director driving programs for business, legal, and technology interoperability to connect entities and individuals in a more trustworthy environment.
Joni Brennan previously served as the first-ever IEEE-SA Technology Evangelist for Internet Identity and Trust focusing on issues of governance, policy, and technology development that touch digital Identity, personally identifiable information, and trust services.

Nathan Rogers


Nathan G. Rogers is Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Enablement and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for SAIC. In this role, Rogers manages information technology (IT), CRE & Facilities, Security, Cybersecurity, and Data.   He focuses on advancing technical and digital innovation, shaping the future of work, and keeping SAIC secure.  As CIO, he is leading the company’s digital transformation of IT and providing best-in-class customer service that enables SAIC to serve and protect our world.

Rogers has served in various diversified IT, financial, and operational management roles for 20 years across Engility, which was acquired by SAIC in 2019, as well as its legacy companies. Most recently, he was the Engility CIO, and previously the senior director of enterprise shared services and senior director of financial operations at TASC, which was acquired by Engility in 2015. He also served as director of contract accounting at Northrop Grumman.  He has extensive experience with mergers, divisestures and acquisitions.

Rogers is the executive sponsor of SAIC’s Connect and Grow business resource group which is focused on professional and leadership growth among all generational segments.  Rogers is also on the Board of Directors for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy where he is on the Finance committee and serves as the Chair of the Strategic Directions Committee.

Rogers is a co-chair Boston Evanta and on the Governing Board of the BostonCIO.

Rogers was the winner of the 2020 Boston CIO of the Year Large Enterprise ORBIE award and has been named to Washington Executives CIOs to Watch.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Rogers enjoys volunteering time to the ATC, volunteering with the boy scouts and enjoying the great outdoors with his wife and two children.

Randy Purse

Senior Cybersecurity Advisor Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst Toronto Metropolitan University

Randy Purse is a Senior Cybersecurity Advisor Corporate Training & Cyber Range for the Catalyst specializing in cybersecurity training, education and workforce development. After three decades of work in the military and in national security roles, Randy brought his expertise and enthusiasm to the non-profit sector.

Prior to assuming his role with the Catalyst, Randy was the Vice President of Future Workforce Development at TECHNATION where he led the AI and Cybersecurity Skills Initiative and the Municipal Cybersecurity Best Practices initiative in addition to other tech workforce development efforts.

He is a Certified Training Development Professional. His Master of Education is in Information Technology and his PhD is in Education with research focused on workplace and collective learning in technical contexts. He also continues to do research and writing on cybersecurity, learning and workforce development issues.

Alok Pareek

Founder and EVP of Product

Alok Pareek is Founder and head of engineering at Striim, a Palo Alto based software infrastructure startup. Alok started his career as a developer in the Oracle kernel development team where he contributed on core redo generation, point in time recovery, and high-speed data movement algorithms for ten years.

Subsequently, Alok served as CTO and software architect at GoldenGate software, the industry leader in logical database replication. GoldenGate was acquired by Oracle in 2009. Post-acquisition, Alok led the product strategy for Oracle’s data integration software product portfolio including GoldenGate. Alok also led the engineering and performance teams that collaborated with strategic customers on architecture, and real-world implementations.

He holds multiple patents in data management and has presented at numerous academic and industry conferences. Alok holds a graduate degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Josh Good

Vice President, Product Marketing Data Analytics

In his role as Vice President, Product Marketing Data Analytics at Qlik, Josh is responsible to drive product marketing, messaging, go-to-market strategies and thought leadership for Qlik’s Data Analytics business. Josh has spent over a decade in the BI and analytics space, as a customer, seller and marketer. In all his roles, he has been a leader in business transformation and innovation, most recently focusing on Qlik’s transformation from a on-premise software company to a cloud based software as a service provider. He is well known for his engaging personal presentation style and rich demos.

Prior to Qlik, Josh led business intelligence and analytics projects at a premium outdoor clothing company. He also has experience in government acquisitions and biomechanical research. He holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and a Master’s of Science from Queen’s University. Josh resides in Canada.

Bratin Saha

Vice President of Machine Learning

Dr. Bratin Saha is the Vice President of Machine Learning Services in Amazon AI. He is responsible for the ML and AI services (e.g., Amazon SageMaker, ML Engines, Personalize, Forecast, Health AI, Panorama, Edge Manager, CodeGuru and others) that power AWS Machine Learning, and built one of the fastest growing services in AWS history. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (General Management Program), Yale University (PhD Computer Science), and Indian Institute of Technology (BS Computer Science). He has more than 70 patents granted (with another 50+ pending) and more than 30 papers in conferences/journals. Prior to Amazon he worked at Nvidia and Intel leading different product groups spanning imaging, analytics, media processing, high performance computing, machine learning, and software infrastructure.

Antje Barth

Principal Developer Advocate, AI/ML

Antje Barth is a Principal Developer Advocate for AI and Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services (AWS) based in Palo Alto, California. She is co-author of the O’Reilly Book “Data Science on AWS” and instructor of the DeepLearning.AI specialization “Practical Data Science” on Coursera. Antje frequently speaks at AI/ML conferences, events, and meetups around the world. She also co-founded the Düsseldorf (Germany) chapter of Women in Big Data. Prior to joining AWS, Antje worked in technical evangelism and solutions engineering roles at MapR and Cisco.

Jake Dorio

Cybersecurity Account Executive & Team Lead

Jake Dorio is a Cybersecurity Account Executive and Team Lead at Darktrace. Based out of Toronto, Jake works with leading organizations across Central and Eastern Canada in a range of industries to deploy Darktrace’s Self-Learning AI. During Jake’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 6,800 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including ‘Security Trailblazer’ at the annual Microsoft Security 20/20 Awards and being named one of TIME Magazine’s ‘Most Influential Companies’ 2021. Jake holds an HBA from Ivey Business School at Western University.

Brianna Leddy

Director of Analysis

Based in San Francisco, Brianna is Director of Analysis at Darktrace. She joined the analyst team in 2016 and has since advised a wide range of enterprise customers on advanced threat hunting and leveraging Self-Learning AI for detection and response. Brianna works closely with the Darktrace SOC team to proactively alert customers to emerging threats and investigate unusual behavior in enterprise environments. Brianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Antoine Normand


Antoine Normand has been CEO of Bluebear LES since 2007, a software company specializing in forensic recognition of digital media. Bluebear’s forensic software is distributed in Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Antoine Normand is also recognized as an expert in forensic technology and cybercrime. In 2018 Antoine Normand was elected chairman and president of IN-SEC-M, the Canadian cybersecurity industrial cluster.

Matt MacNeil

Director, Standards & Technology
CIO Strategy Council Canada

Matt MacNeil is the Director of Standards and Technology at the CIO Strategy Council and has over 20 years’ experience in the standards and certifications industry. The bulk of his career has been with the British Standards Institution (BSI) where his focus was Information Security, IT and Risk standards.

Neil Desai

VP Corporate Affairs
Magnet Forensics

Neil Desai is a senior executive with Magnet Forensics (TSX:MAGT), a Canadian cybersecurity company that develops digital investigation solutions used by more than 4,000 police, national security and other public and private organizations in over 90 countries. He is also a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a faculty member at Singularity University.
Neil serves on the Board of Directors of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Public Policy Forum and the Innovation Asset Collective. He previously served on the board of directors of YMCA Canada. Prior to his current role, Neil served in the Government of Canada in senior roles at Global Affairs Canada and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Don Cuthbertson

CTO of Converge Technology Solutions
CEO of Portage CyberTech Inc.

Don Cuthbertson is the CTO of Converge Technology Solutions and the CEO of Portage CyberTech Inc. Before joining Converge, Don served as the Chief Data Officer at Pivot Technology Solutions, where he led the organization’s diligence team on acquisitions and implementation of the business integration plans.
Don was additionally responsible for outlining urgent value-creation opportunities, identifying key value drivers, and creating roadmaps to improvements. Don earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.

Ken Finnerty

UPS Information Technology

Ken is responsible for the development and integration of application software for UPS supporting global package operations, transportation planning, airline operations, human resources, finance & accounting, supply chain management, and data & advanced analytics.

During his 30+ years with UPS Ken has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility across all areas of Information Technology including systems programming, application development, telecommunications, and architecture and design.

Ken has a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University and has received a number of technology industry awards including “Computerworld Premier 100” among others.  Ken is a member of the Stevens Institute of Technology Electrical & Computer Engineering Board of Advisors, and he also serves on the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Northern NJ.

Sheila Jordan

Chief Digital Technology Officer

Sheila Jordan is Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Technology Officer for Honeywell. In this role, she is responsible for driving digital technology transformation across the company. She has broad oversight and responsibility for IT infrastructure, end user support, the more than 100 services delivered through applications, and the expansion of software development to support Honeywell’s digital initiatives and go-to-market offerings.

Before Honeywell, Sheila was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Symantec, where she was responsible for Symantec’s IT strategy and operations. Prior to that, Sheila served as Senior Vice President of Communication & Collaboration IT at Cisco Systems. She also worked for Walt Disney World, where she held the position of Senior Vice President of Destination Disney.

Sheila is the recipient of multiple industry awards and recognitions, including being recognized on the Forbes 2023 CIO Next List and as one of the 2022 Top 100 Women in Technology by Technology Magazine. She was also named a 2019 Woman of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal and was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity in 2019 by The Software Report.

Sheila earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is on the Board of Directors for Slack Technologies Inc., the CMS Foundation (the official nonprofit partner for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, and FactSet. Sheila is the author of a book called You are NOT Ruining Your Kids: A Positive Perspective on the Working Mom.

Karen Mattimore

SVP & and Chief Human Resources Officer

Karen Mattimore is Honeywell’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Karen is responsible for leading global human resources strategy and programs for approximately 100,000 employees in more than 70 countries and for helping drive Honeywell’s transformation to become the world’s premier software-industrial company.

Prior to this position, Karen served as Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, for Honeywell’s Aerospace business group. Before that, she served as Vice President, Human Resources Services, a global shared services and compensation and benefits administration organization. Karen also served as Vice President, Human Resources, for Aerospace’s Defense and Space unit before becoming Vice President, Human Resources, for Aerospace Engineering and Technology.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 2004, Karen held Human Resources leadership positions at Motorola and Nationwide Insurance Company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo, a master’s degree in management from the Sloan Program at Stanford University and a master’s degree and a doctorate in industrial psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Shail Khiyara

Operating Advisor, Peakspan Capital and Founder

Shail is recognized as a thought leader, board member and operating executive in RPA & Intelligent Automation. He writes extensively about digital transformation & automation and has served as a CMO & Chief Customer Officer of three leading automation firms, helping shape the industry. Shail founded & runs VOCAL (Voice of the Customer in the Automation Landscape) a peer-powered global customer council of decision makers in the world of Automation, from over 60 global companies.  Follow Shail on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Trish Dyl

Director of Corporate Training & Cyber Range
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst Ryerson University

As the Director of Corporate Training and Cyber Range, Trish works to explore synergies and drive collaborations between the private and public sectors that help organizations to capitalize on opportunities and tackle challenges in cybersecurity. Trish leads the Catalyst Cyber Range, which brings experiential learning to companies, organizations and students, honing cybersecurity skills and increasing performance in the workplace. She also fosters strategic partnerships within the Canadian cybersecurity sector and the broader community to advance the Catalyst’s goal of bringing cybersecurity awareness to people and organizations alike. Trish is a strategic and analytical thinker who has spent her career building compelling and long-lasting relationships with diverse stakeholders.

Prior to joining the Catalyst, Trish spent over 20 years as a public affairs leader with the Government of Ontario. Trish served as the Director of Investor Services with the Ontario Investment Office where she drove the growth of high-value foreign direct investment into Ontario by fostering investor relationships with all levels of governments and across supply chains. Prior to that, Trish served as the Director of Operations and Policy to several Deputies in the Ministry of Economic Development.

Chandana Gopal

Research Director
IDC's Future of Intelligence Market Research and Advisory Practice

Chandana Gopal is Research Director for IDC’s Future of Intelligence market research and advisory practice. Her core research coverage includes factors that influence enterprise intelligence such as technologies such as artificial intelligence, business intelligence, and data intelligence and cultural elements such as data literacy and knowledge sharing. Based on her background in integration and analytics, her research includes a particular emphasis on how organizations can build enterprise intelligence and use it as a competitive differentiator and growth accelerator.

Michelle McKenna

Former CIO
National Football League and CEO The McKenna Collaborative

Michelle spent over two decades as a senior leader within Disney, Universal Studios, and the NFL leveraging technology to improve the human experience. Michelle brings her technical expertise and leadership acumen to C-Suite executives as they consider how to tackle their toughest challenges with the team they have, the technology available, and the leadership they possess. Her goal is to empower leaders to achieve the optimal outcome of any endeavor.

When she joined Disney in a strategic planning role, she fell in love with technology, data analytics, and their implications on the guest experience, eventually becoming vice president of information technology. In this role, she led the Destination Disney Project and was part of the launch of Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Wide World of Sports, and New Hotels and Resorts. She later joined Universal studios as CIO and implemented the technology for Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

In 2012, Michelle joined the NFL as senior vice president and the league’s first CIO.  Over 10 Seasons with the league she led a major digital transformation for the league and brought new technologies for players, coaches, and fans.

Michelle is an experienced Public Board Director, her strong technology, operations, marketing, and financial background make her both a strategic and operationally insightful member of the boards on which she serves. She is also an active investor and advisor to private companies through private equity and venture capital. She has been a guest on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Morning Joe, Good Day New York, Cheddar and is a sought-after speaker on topics of technology, operational change, and women in leadership.

In 2022 she founded her latest venture, The Michelle McKenna Collaborative – a platform and firm that encompasses all she brings as an advisor, investor, writer, and speaker. At the intersection of technology, sports, media, entertainment, and inclusivity, Michelle continues to do what she does best-collaborating to win. She is dedicated to advising organizations and executives about how to maximize their people and technology to deliver the best customer experiences and transformational growth.

Michelle has numerous awards and honors including: 2022 CIO Hall of Fame Inductee, 2020 Outlier Awards Honoree, 2019 Most Notable Women in Tech award, and 2014 Sports Business Journal Game-Changer Award.

Michelle lives in New York and Florida.

Karla Viglasky

Global CIO
W.L. Gore & Associates

Karla J. Viglasky serves as the Global CIO for W.L. Gore & Associates, leading the Global IT team and Gore’s Digital Transformation, a position she began with Gore in October of 2018.

Karla has a hybrid skillset, with experience in both business and IT positions, and her sweet spot is at the intersection of technology and business. Her background is a blend of both, which creates a unique perspective on developing and implementing digital strategies.

Karla has held leadership positions in both business and IT at The Dow Chemical Company, Honeywell International and ITT Corporation where she served as the Global CIO. After ITT, she spent two years in the startup world to help emerging companies scale and grow. She rejoined the corporate world with Axalta in 2015 as the Americas CIO to build and lead global IT teams, strategies and platforms for digital, data, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), human resources, and research and development technology. She has led large system (SAP) deployments at Dow Chemical, Honeywell, ITT and Axalta.

Her areas of expertise are in large Digital, ERP and SAP S4 HANA transformations, business driven IT strategy, customer facing applications and big data analytics. She has worked for large corporations, carve outs, startups and new IPOs, giving her experience that enables a balanced and tailored approach to speed, stability and scalability in IT strategies.

Karla earned a bachelor’s of science in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master’s of business administration with an area of specialty in eCommerce from the University of Michigan

Karla is a native of Hawaii and currently resides in Kennett Square, PA with her husband Rich, her son Trey and their two Great Danes. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, Dungeons & Dragons, Mahjong, and travelling, mostly back home to Hawaii.

Joe Park

Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Pizza Hut Global
Yum! Brands

Joe Park is the Chief Digital and Technology Officer for Pizza Hut Global and is responsible for leading omnichannel customer experiences, e-commerce, and restaurant technologies across 100+ markets and 11,000 restaurants along with full P&L responsibility for Pizza Hut Digital Ventures a SaaS company. He recently served as the Chief Innovation Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. and led the development of disruptive innovations such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles to test and scale across the brands to provide world-class customer experiences, uplifting team member experiences, and winning unit economics. Joe has a career track record of driving sustainable change and developing world class teams across the energy, healthcare, retail, financial services, and restaurant industry. Prior to Yum! Brands, he was Vice President of Associate Digital Experience and Enterprise Architecture at Walmart where he was responsible for infrastructure, digital workplace and retail platforms and products. He also held various leadership positions at GE. He currently serves on the board of directors of Cottingham & Butler and advisory boards of Social Mobile and Compass Experience Labs. Joe is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science.

Homa Bahrami

Senior Lecturer & Faculty Director
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, CA

Dr. Homa Bahrami is an international educator, advisor, board member and author, specializing in organizational flexibility, organizing in the digital age, team alignment and dynamic leadership in global, knowledge-based companies. She is a Senior Lecturer and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, a Faculty Director at the Haas Center for Executive Education, and has served on the Board of the Haas Center for Teaching Excellence.

She is the co-author of a major textbook (with Harold Leavitt, Stanford University)” Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations”, published by the University of Chicago Press, and translated into many languages. Her latest book “Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises”, (second edition published by Springer & co-authored with Stuart Evans, Carnegie Mellon) focuses on practical approaches for strategizing, organizing and leading knowledge workers based on their collective experience and field research in Silicon Valley during the past 30 years.

Homa’s current research focuses on the impact of digital technologies on the future of work and organizational systems, with a focus on creating seamless agility & flexibility.  She has served on the Boards of Directors of three public technology companies. A member of National Association of Corporate Directors, Homa has been a member of all 3 Board committees, Audit, Compensation and Governance, she is active in executive education and leadership development in the US, Europe, and Asia. She works with Boards, CEOs and executive teams on complex re-organizations, strategic alignment, growth & scaling challenges, leadership development, & acquisition integration, and with HR and OD professionals on executive development and learning interventions.


Cheryl Cran

Founder of NextMapping - Future of Work Expert

Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping/NextMapping.com and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc. Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica and GoCatalant placed her in the top ten future of work influencers, she is the author of 10 books including NextMapping™ — How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Create the Future of Work.

Other book titles include The Art of Change Leadership — Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced-World (Wiley 2015), 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work (2010) and other books on the ultimate leadership skills needed to be future of work ready. Her new book, called Super Crucial Human – The Next Needs You!, is focused on why the future requires MORE people not less and that the continued worker shortage means we will need more people to be skilled and ready to take on fast pace change. The book is also focused on how we all need to be ‘better humans’ in order to create the next renaissance we are about to enter.

Cheryl’s future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and more.

For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value to clients that include Amazon, Upwork, State Farm, Astra Zeneca, TD Bank, Bank of America, Manulife, Nationwide, Freelancer, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries that include technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance and more.

NextMappingwas developed as a proprietary business solution brand that encompasses all of Cheryl’s work and research on the future of work and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. It’s time to not just hear about the future but to use NextMappingto get there! Her new podcast is titled, “NextNow” and is a weekly podcast on future of being human, future of work and future of ‘all’ things including social change, leadership change and more.

Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people.

The common theme of all of Cheryl’s life’s work is a ‘people first’ and digital second approach to create a more human future, helping companies to build the leadership capacity needed to ‘change the world through business.’

Hassan Khan

Co-Founder & CEO

Hassan Khan is co-founder and CEO of TODAQ, a deep tech cryptography company, and has been working and leading organizations over 25 years at intersection of crypto, cyber, business and finance. In his current role he has been focused on how to push disruptive technology and needed governance changes at scale to address the growing challenges of cyber-attacks, ransomware and financial inclusion. This requires a mindset and technology shift in how we think about and implement authentication and self-sovereign identity, authorization, and peer-to-peer payments between computational systems using digital bearer cash.

Previously, Hassan founded and led Quantius Inc. a fintech IP based commercial lender, whose team and platform now run the BDC National IP Innovation Fund. He spent years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he served F500 clients across finance and the knowledge based sectors, typically around growth in emerging markets. Hassan is also a veteran and retired major with 14 years of Canadian Army experience and is a computer engineering graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada.

Barry Fisher

Director of Zero Trust Product Marketing

Barry Fisher is Director of Zero Trust Product (Marketing) at Cloudflare, the security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet. Prior to Cloudflare, he has worked at Cisco, OpenDNS, and Forcepoint over the past 16 years. His key areas of focus have been Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX), and Extended Detection and Response (XDR) platforms.

He has regular inquiries with industry analysts from Gartner and Forrester and participates in customer roundtable events and advisory boards to stay informed of the challenges that organizations face trying to stitch together their existing technologies that are not designed for the way we work today. And he has hosted webinars and written papers to help organizations understand the modern cloud security approaches available to overcome such challenges.

Susan Ford

Graham Allen Partners

Susan Ford is a Partner at Graham Allen Partners (GAP), a local private equity firm focused on the digital transformation and growth of midmarket business in the Midwest.  She leads the firm’s value creation efforts for the portfolio companies and serves in both Board and Operating roles. Currently, she is serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Michiana Hematology Oncology, a GAP partner.

Sumit Bhatia

Director of Innovation and Policy
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst Toronto Metropolitan University

As Director of Innovation and Policy at the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Sumit heads the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator, Canada’s first Cybersecurity specific business accelerator for start-ups and scale ups, as well the Catalysts SMB initiatives including the creation and launch of Simply Secure, a cyber awareness and readiness program specifically designed for small and medium businesses across Canada.

Sumit also leads the Catalysts work with the Cybersecure Policy Exchange, a national policy and research enterprise dedicated to advancing effective and innovative public policy in cybersecurity and digital privacy. Sumit brings over 20 years of experience as a business strategist and a digital transformation change agent. As an entrepreneur, Sumit led two technology start ups and a design agency through the lifecycle of research to commercialization. He has helped develop applied research and knowledge mobilization frameworks at large academic institutions including, leading the development of multiple emerging technology diploma and degree programs.

Sumit sits on Toronto Metropolitan University’s Research Ethics Board and holds a Bachelor of Honors in Economics and Finance from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Digital Media from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Anthony Seraphim

Vice President of Data Governance
Texas Mutual Insurance

Anthony Seraphim is the Vice President of Data Governance at Texas Mutual Insurance. He defines strategy to increase organizational knowledge, enable fact-based decision making, generate revenue, reduce costs, and achieve business goals. Anthony enables his teams to respond to changing business drivers, strategic direction, and stakeholder expectations.

Andrea Benito

Contributing Editor
CIO Foundry (formerly IDG Communications)

As Middle East editor based in Dubai, Andrea Benito complements the global CIO.com brand and audience by proving localised content and insights. She profiles CIOs and business technology leaders across Middle East, offering insights into business strategy, innovation and leadership.

Prior to CIO, Andrea spent 3 years at IDG Spain, as editor for ComputerWorld and hosting webinars at IDGtv.

Laura-Lea Berna

Vice President, IT & CIO
BC Transit

Laura-Lea Berna is the Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer at BC Transit. Laura-Lea was previously the Director of Information Services & Technology and Chief Information Officer. Laura-Lea joined BC Transit after working as the Chief Information Officer for Camosun College. Prior to joining Camosun, Laura-Lea was the VP of Operations and VP of Product Management at AbeBooks, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

By combining business acumen with technology, Laura-Lea self-identifies as an example of “the new breed of CIO”, promoting information technology as the trusted partner and advisor to the organization.

Laura-Lea holds a Commerce Degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Laura-Lea has spent the last 20 years leading technology teams and projects.

Peter Sokolowski

Editor at Large

Peter Sokolowski joined Merriam-Webster in 1994 as the company’s first French-language editor, and has since written definitions for many of the company’s dictionaries. He also contributes blog articles, podcasts, and videos for the online dictionary, and his writing has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and was named among TIME’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013. He leads workshops on dictionaries and the English language for the U.S. State Department, and serves as pronouncer for spelling bees worldwide. He is the co-host of Word Matters, a podcast about words by dictionary editors. Peter attended the University of Paris and earned his M.A. in French Literature at the University of Massachusetts. He is also a freelance musician and a music host at New England Public Radio.

Vaughn Hazen

Assistant Vice-President & CISO

Vaughn Hazen has served as Chief Information Security Officer at CN since 2019. Prior to joining CN, Vaughn served seven years as CISO at Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and held several management positions at Solvay S.A. and Dart Container Corp. where he directed Security Operations, Telecommunications Project Management, and Telecommunications Operations. Vaughn received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University and holds several Security Certifications, including CISSP and CISM. Vaughn is a U.S. Army veteran and a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve officer.

George Villarreal

Deputy Director, TxDOT Traffic Safety Division
Texas Department of Transportation

A native of Bovina, Texas, George Villarreal graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering licensed as a professional engineer in 2008.

George began his career in 2003 in the TxDOT Lubbock District and in 2010, he was named the Lubbock District Traffic Engineer, he was responsible for district projects in signals, speed zones, signing, ITS, and safety engineering projects. In 2012, he began working as an adjunct professor at the Texas Tech Whitacre College of Engineering, where he taught Highway and Transportation Engineering.

George then relocated to Austin and named the Deputy Director of the TxDOT Traffic Safety Division in October 2017. In his new role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Traffic Safety Division, including the state’s Traffic Management System, Speed Zoning, Crash Records and Data Analysis, and the Traffic Safety Program.

Ryan Swann

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Ryan Swann is an investor, strategist, entrepreneur, and data science expert focused on developing strategic uses of data in order to improve decision-making in a variety of industries. He has built data science, data management, and data governance capabilities in a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors.

Ryan is also a combat veteran that embraces teamwork and lifelong learning. His specialties include: Data Life Cycle, AI/ML, Data Governance, Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Six Sigma, Leadership, Governance.

Dwayne Natwick

CISSP, MVP, Senior Product Manager

Dwayne Natwick is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Senior Product Manager at Cloudreach, where he owns the migration and security service lines. He has been in the IT industry for over 30 years and is certified in multiple Azure and M365 roles, including Microsoft 365 Fundamentals, Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate, Azure Solution Architect Expert, Azure Administrator Associate, Azure Data Engineer Associate, Azure AI Engineer Associate, and Azure Security Engineer Associate, and ISC2 CISSP.

In addition to creating curriculum, training, and blog writing, he is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Regional Lead.

Dwayne has also authored a Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator Exam Guide and a Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Exam Guide, both available on Amazon.com.

Robert Pope

Canada Jetlines

Robert is currently leading the IT function for a new start-up airline in Canada – Canada Jetlines (www.jetlines.com ). Robert has over 30 years experience as a business and IT professional with a focus on IT strategy, cloud solutions and cybersecurity. Recent work includes building digital platforms with cloud-based best-of-breed solutions that provide cost efficiencies, process automation and seamless platform integration. Robert’s background includes 18 years with Air Canada in IT leadership and airline operational roles. Most recently, Robert provided leadership for IT at U.S. based Eastern Airlines. Previous roles include VP, IT and Operations at United Way Greater Toronto, CIO at Technical Standards and Safety Authority of Ontario, Director, IT at Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, and various roles implementing digital solutions at Canada Post and Purolator.

Robert earned an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Robert has served on the board of the CIO Association of Canada (Toronto Chapter) and Advisory Committee member, Council of IT Executives at the Conference Board of Canada. He currently is a member of the IDC Canada CIO Research Review Board. Robert also holds a Canadian Commercial Pilot license.

Ram Vaidyanathan

Cybersecurity Specialist

Ram Vaidyanathan is an IT security and technology evangelist at ManageEngine, the IT management division of Zoho Corporation. He keeps himself updated about the latest techniques attackers use to compromise organizations and how we can defend ourselves. His responsibility includes informing product roadmap decisions and helping customers deploy and get the most value from ManageEngine’s cybersecurity solutions.

Sherif Sheta


Sherif Sheta is a turnaround CIO and transformational IT leader who believes that technology has become the competitive advantage, not merely an enabler of business objectives. He specializes in understanding the business imperatives and designing IT strategies in alignment with the business objectives. Sherif believes that technology cannot be looked at in isolation of the other aspects of the business and he insists that it needs to be fit for purpose. It is only successful when it works in tandem with business processes, people and culture. He also believes that cloud computing can be leveraged by CIOs to enable the success and security of their businesses and their own.

Sherif has been the CIO for the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) since 2016. He has achieved a near-zero on-premise IT infrastructure by leveraging a Cloud-first IT strategy. This enabled CCRM to focus its IT investments in initiatives that directly increase the company’s agility and competitiveness in its core business of developing Cell & Gene Therapies (CGT). Because of the mostly cloud landscape, CCRM has been able to limit its internal staffing to roles that focus on business applications and not build up internal infrastructure expertise.

Berkeley Vogelheim

Product Marketing Manager

Berkeley Vogelheim has been working in the ITSM space for a number of years as a product consultant and PMM. He is a tech enthusiast who is always an advocate for new trends that make IT more efficient and delightful.

Arun Kannan

Product Manager - Applications Manager

Arun Kannan is a highly experienced product manager at ManageEngine. Arun joined ManageEngine in 2013 as a technical engineer. Since acquiring his MBA from the prestigious Bayes Business School(formerly known as Cass), London, Arun has been rigorously involved in the Application and Networking domains helping organizations across the globe with their implementation strategies. Today he serves as an important member of ManageEngine’s IT Operations Management team overseeing product features and roadmap after working in customer support and implementation training activities for 5 years.

Megha Kumar

Research Vice President, Software and Cloud Services
IDC Canada

Megha Kumar heads software and cloud services research at IDC Canada. As a research vice president, Megha is responsible for managing and delivering projects across technology areas such as cloud services, enterprise applications, software and digital transformation for the Canadian market. She manages both the Canadian Software as a Service (SaaS) and Canadian Cloud Platforms (PaaS and IaaS) research programs in Canada

In addition to research, Megha has aided vendors with go-to-market engagements to improve market awareness and provide end users with essential guidance on technology adoption. She regularly interacts with CIOs and IT decision makers regarding their technology preferences, priorities, and concerns.

She originally joined IDC in 2007 covering the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, based out of Dubai, U.A.E. In her previous role at IDC, she regularly provided insights on market dynamics, vendor strategies, and end-user trends across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey for both global and regional ICT firms as well as public sector organizations.

Megha presents at various industry and vendor conferences. She is often quoted in the media, providing opinions on technologies and market dynamics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Marketing from York University, Canada.

Jason Bremner

Research Vice President, Industry and Business Solutions
IDC Canada

Jason Bremner is Research Vice President of the Industry and Business Solutions analyst team at IDC Canada. His team researches the application software and business services markets in Canada, with specific focus on how different industries are investing in cloud, analytics, mobility and social technologies to accelerate digital transformation.

The analyst team that Mr. Bremner leads helps technology vendors, IT professionals and business executives make insight-driven, strategic decisions on technology marketing, sales and deployments. He has worked with many leading technology vendors as a consultant and employee.

Mr. Bremner is also the lead analyst for the Managed Cloud Service program, providing research insights and thought leadership on the key issues and trends affecting the outsourcing markets. Primary focus areas include outsourcing contract analysis, vendor positioning in the areas of infrastructure outsourcing.

Based in Canada, Jason and his team are responsible for IDC’s agriculture sector research globally. The research looks at how the agriculture industry is adopting digital technologies in their business operations.

John McClurg

Senior Vice President & CISO

John McClurg serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer. He engages the industry around the globe on today’s risk challenges and how BlackBerry uniquely mitigates them with the application of AI & machine learning.

Before joining Blackberry, McClurg served as Vice President and Ambassador-At-Large at Cylance; CSO at Dell; Vice President of Global Security at Honeywell International; Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories; and in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as a twice-decorated member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he held an assignment with the US Department of Energy (DOE) as a Branch Chief charged with establishing a Cyber-Counterintelligence program within the DOE’s newly created Office of Counterintelligence.

McClurg was voted one of America’s 25 most influential security professionals; holds a J.D. Degree from Brigham Young University; is a member of the Utah Bar Association; Co-chaired the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the U.S. Department of State; is a Special Advisor to the FBI’s Office of the Private Sector; and served as the founding Chairman of the International Security Foundation. He also holds an MA in Organizational Behavior, BS and BA degrees in University Studies and Philosophy from Brigham Young, and advanced doctoral studies in Philosophical Hermeneutics at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCLA. McClurg also currently serves as a Fellow at Utah Valley University’s Center for National Security Studies.

Matt Minetola

Chief Information Officer

Matt has been a CIO across multiple industries over the past 25+ years in well known large scale global companies. Most recently he was CIO at E*Trade and prior to that was CIO at Travelport which is one of the largest Hospitality and Travel transaction processors in the world. Matt spent 14 years at HP in various CIO roles and before that he held executive IT and Business Operations positions at Chase Card Services and Dun and Bradstreet. Matt recently joined Elastic as their CIO and is onboard to enable a seamless large scale cloud capability to Elastics global customer base.

Chuck Tsocanos

Managing Partner and Head of US Consulting

Chuck Tsocanos leads Kyndryl’s US Advisory that cover strategy, cloud, applications, data, security, resiliency, and networking. Chuck started his career at IBM in the mid-1990s and went on to build and manage successful consulting organizations at major firms. At France Telecom he built and ran a large consulting organization that reached $249m in annual revenue. At Accenture he ran the cloud go to market for North American CMT sectors, selling $30-$250m complex bids consisting of multi-cloud platform and managed services. At Slalom Consulting he co-developed the firmwide J2C strategy and NY cloud enablement practice focused on AWS, Azure and GCP. His education includes an BS EE from Rutgers, MS CS from Pace, MBA from NYU as well as 6-sigma, AWS and scrum master certifications.

Jennifer Hays

SVP Head of Engineering Efficiency & Assurance, Investments FinOps Foundation Governance Board Chairperson
Fidelity Investments

Darren Rovell

Senior Executive Producer, & Former ESPN and CNN Journalist
Action Network

Darren focuses on all the stories happening in the business of betting from public companies to where the public is siding on each game. Darren started betting in 2000, the same year he started at ESPN at the age of 22. That’s also the year he started covering the beat as part of his sports business reporting. Rovell worked for ESPN for 12 years in two stints and CNBC for six years before coming to The Action Network in 2018.

Darren is a sports business reporter who loves covering the betting beat, but also loves covering any business. His book, “First in Thirst” on the history of Gatorade, was named among the Best 30 Business Books of 2005 by Soundview Summaries. His CNBC documentary, “Swoosh: Inside Nike,” was nominated for an Emmy. He won an Emmy for his coverage of Barack Obama winning the presidency on an NBC News show that night in 2008.

Darren went to Northwestern and graduated with a degree in Communications. He was sports editor of the weekly paper, The Northwestern Chronicle and sports director of the radio station, WNUR

Jon Iwata

Executive Director
The Data & Trust Alliance

Jon Iwata is Founding Executive Director of the Data & Trust Alliance, a not-for-profit lab which brings together leading businesses to learn, develop and adopt responsible data and AI practices. Members include American Express, Comcast NBCUniversal, CVS Health, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Mastercard, Meta, Nike, Pfizer, Starbucks, UPS and Walmart.

He is an Executive Fellow at Yale School of Management, an appointment he received upon his retirement from IBM as SVP and Chief Brand Officer in 2018, capping a 35-year career with the company. At Yale, his work is focused on stakeholder capitalism’s impact on business leadership.

Jon reported to three IBM CEOs during two decades of significant transformation of the technology industry and global business. As IBM Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, he led the company’s global marketing, communications and corporate citizenship organization for a decade. According to Interbrand, IBM became the second most valuable brand in the world during Jon’s tenure as CMO. He was chairman of IBM’s corporate strategy committee and established the company’s values and policy committee.

Jon is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; a director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and chair of its nominating and governance committee; a trustee of the Stevenson School, and a member of the advisory board of Responsible Innovation Labs.

He is an inductee of the B2B Hall of Fame, the Marketing Hall of Fame, the CMO Club Hall of Fame and the Page Society Hall of Fame. He was named a Brand Genius by AdWeek. He holds a B.A. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University.

Jon is co-inventor of U.S. patent US5049461A for a nanotechnology and process for atomic-scale semiconductors.

Rod Parker

VP, Sales

Rod Parker is Vice President Sales with AppViewX. He has been in the IT industry for his career holding technical, sales, and management positions with HP, Symantec, Venafi, RiskIQ, and AppViewX. He has worked in the cyber security space for 14+ years.

Salman Ladha

Product Marketing Manager

As a Product Marketing Manager, Salman is responsible for communicating the value of identity for SaaS application builders and Auth0’s public sector vertical. Salman is particularly passionate about the role identity plays in accelerating business growth, promoting product adoption, and establishing trust. Outside of work, you can find Salman reading.

Mallory Sword Glenn

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Mallory Sword Glenn is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Okta’s Customer Identity products. Her key focus is showcasing how organizations can create secure and seamless digital experiences for their end users using Okta’s identity products. Prior to joining the Product Marketing team, Mallory led the pricing strategy for Customer Identity products on Okta’s Pricing team. Mallory has a breadth of SaaS experience spanning go-to-market, pricing, deal strategy, and operations at companies like Adobe and HPE.

Samantha Cartwright

VP of Alliances

Robert Duffy

VP, Development and Runtime Platform

Rob has spent the last 20 years working on industry leading developer platforms. Building the culture around them, driving adoption across 100-1000 team organizations with 10s of thousands of developers, and delivering on the promise of business agility. Along the way he has torn apart monoliths, consolidated repetitive systems, fully automated developer workflows, and migrated many things to many clouds. Prior to joining Expedia Group, Rob led the engineering teams building industry leading platforms at Amazon, Salesforce, and Time Inc. He has co-founded and was CEO at a company focused on helping teams build developer platforms. At Expedia he runs the developer platform teams consolidating 100s of tools into one tool for one job and delivering 10x the business agility. Originally from London, Rob, his wife and two young children now call Seattle home.

Michael Hainsworth

Contributing Editor
IDC & CIO, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications Inc.

Michael Hainsworth is a professional moderator for IDC and CIO events. He is also the Executive Producer and Editor at Large of Futurithmic, a documentary series and publication about the impact of technology on society. In addition, Michael is a co-host of one of Canada’s most popular podcasts, Geeks & Beats. He has hosted multiple fireside chats, moderated panels, and acted as an MC for several Canadian tech events in recent years.

Michael spent 18 years at Canada’s Business News Network. As Senior Anchor, he interviewed more than 16,000 guests and shared the day’s most important financial and technology stories for the CTV Evening News nationwide. He also spent 11 years in radio for 680 News and co-created the world’s first weekly television show dedicated to mobile technology and its impact on society, App Central.

Roger Grimes

 Data-Driven Defense Evangelist
KnowBe4, Inc

Data-Driven Defense Evangelist for KnowBe4, Inc., is a 30-year computer security consultant, instructor, holder of dozens of computer certifications and author of 11 books and over 1,000 magazine articles on computer security. He has spoken at many of the world’s biggest computer security conferences, been in Newsweek™ magazine, appeared on television, been interviewed for NPR’s All Things Considered™, the Wall Street Journal, and been a guest on dozens of radio shows and podcasts. He has worked at some of the world’s largest computer security companies, including Foundstone, McAfee and Microsoft. He has consulted for hundreds of companies, from the largest to the smallest, around the world. He specializes in host and network security, identity management, anti-malware, hackers, honeypots, Public Key Infrastructure, cloud security, cryptography, policy and technical writing. His certifications have included CPA, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CEH, MSCE: Security, Security+ and  others, and he has been an instructor for many of them. His writings and presentations are often known for their real-world, contrarian views. He was the weekly security columnist for InfoWorld and CSO magazines from 2005 – 2019.

Ian Heritage

Offering Architect, Multicloud Management Platform

Ian Heritage is the offering architect for the Kyndryl ModernOps portfolio. Ian has over 20 years experience in the IT industry across a broad range of disciplines including software development, customer support, technical sales and consulting. Ian’s passion is working with customers to understand their existing pain points and processes to help them transform their business, including people, processes and systems to accelerate their digital transformation journey. Ian is an AWS certified solutions architect and has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Computer Science.

Hana Jeddy

Director, Product Marketing

Hana is Product Marketing Director for Public Cloud solutions at Cloudera where she enables customer adoption of Hybrid Data Cloud to accelerate insights from data. Previously, Hana spent over a decade launching and marketing cloud services at organizations ranging from startups to large enterprises, such as Iron Mountain.  Hana holds a degree in Political Science from New York University.

Manesh Patel

CIO & Senior Vice President

Manesh Patel is the CIO and Senior Vice President at Sanmina, a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market. Manesh is responsible for the global information technology team that supports all aspects of Sanmina’s operations. He joined Sanmina in 1997 and was instrumental in providing leadership in the development and implementation of the IT strategy that enabled international expansion, customer-focused services, and the successful integration of more than 60 mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Sanmina, he was with the European operations of Ford Motor Company moving to Silicon Valley in 1989.

Mano Mannoochahr

SVP and Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Mano Mannoochahr is Senior Vice President, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, for Travelers. He also leads the company’s Enterprise Business Intelligence and Analytics team, working closely with Technology and other strategic partners.

Mannoochahr is responsible for leading the development and delivery of Travelers’ data and analytics strategy, with a focus on risk analytics, customer experience and overall efficiency and effectiveness. He also chairs the Enterprise Analytics Management Committee comprised of senior leaders from across the business, technology and finance functions to drive and execute Travelers data and analytics strategy. A member of the Travelers Operating Committee, Mannoochahr provides thought leadership and drives the execution of an integrated business and technology strategy for data and analytics across Travelers.

Mannoochahr joined Travelers in 2019 from General Electric, where he was CIO for GE Transportation, following roles as the company’s Chief Data & Innovation Officer and CIO for GE Energy Connections. Before that, he worked for John Deere as Global Director of Data, Analytics and Strategy.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Darryl Maraj

SVP and Chief Technology Officer of the Digital Innovation Group
GA Telesis

Darryl Maraj is a Senior Technology Executive recognized for leading global organizations through their digital transformation process. He is recognized for leveraging technology to create competitive advantages, de-commoditizing technology, and driving high ROI on new business and technology investments.

As a skilled leader, Darryl leverages over twenty years of business process improvement, automation, business intelligence, and hybrid cloud technologies to deliver competitive business advantages. He excels at building high-performance teams, clearly articulating and translating business goals, eliminating communication barriers, and unifying globally diverse groups; creating a culture of high integrity and continuous improvement. He is an excellent company ambassador and is considered a true innovator with multiple patent-pending applications.

Darryl believes in high sustainability and fostering innovative communities. He serves on the board for several organizations with the intent of fostering tomorrow’s leaders and volunteers his time to help address community challenges.

Speciality areas include – Digital and Technology Transformation, Building Strategy and Business Technology Roadmaps, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Datacenters and Operational Agility, Business Process Engineering, Product Leadership, IT Governance, IT Workforce Transformation, Thought Leadership, Data and Analytics, ERP and Migrations, Integrations, CRM, Risk Management, Cyber Security and Blockchain.

Tom Davenport

President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management
Babson College

Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Visiting Professor at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, a Fellow of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte’s AI practice. He pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article (and his 2007 book by the same name). In 2022 he will publish three books on AI, including Working with AI (MIT Press) and All In on AI (Harvard Business Review Press). He has published over twenty books and over 300 articles for Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and many other publications. He writes columns for Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been named one of the world’s “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting magazine, one of the top 3 business/technology analysts in the world by Optimize magazine, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis magazines, and one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine. He’s also been a LinkedIn Top Voice for both the education and tech sectors.

Josh King

Ridgeway Partners

Josh King is a Partner at Ridgeway Partners, a boutique executive and board search firm in New York, Boston and San Francisco. He leads Ridgeway’s technology recruiting practice with a successful track record in senior-level executive and board recruiting for both Fortune 100 and privately held companies. Josh recruits across the technology infrastructure, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and security functions.

Josh advises companies on how to attract and retain digitally transformative talent at the board and executive level. He has assembled digital advisory boards in addition to appointing digital advisory directors.

Josh has served on the Advisory Boards of IADSS (the Initiative for Analytics & Data Science Standards), Cmind, an AI financial technology firm, B/Spoke, Harvard Club of Boston, Handel & Haydn Society and MassChallenge, a global startup accelerator. He has co-authored work for Harvard Business Review and Financial Times.

Randy Bean

Founder & CEO
NewVantage Partners

Randy Bean is the author of Fail Fast, Learn Faster: Lessons in Data-Drive Leadership in an Age of Disruption, Big Data, and AI, a business bestseller released in September 2021.  He is a widely recognized industry thought leader, author, and speaker in the field of data-driven business leadership and known for his frequent columns in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.  He is the Founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, a strategic advisory firm to Fortune 1000 clients that he founded in 2001, and which was acquired in December 2021 by Wavestone, a Paris-based global consultancy.  He can be followed on Linked In and Twitter.

Dana McGraw

Vice President, Audience Modeling & Data Science
Disney Advertising

Dana McGraw is Vice President, Audience Modeling & Data Science, Disney Advertising. In this role, McGraw oversees groups responsible for data science, analytics, search and App store optimization. She leads data science and advanced analytics for advertising sales, covering Disney’s portfolio of linear, streaming, digital and social properties across ABC, ABC News, Disney Channels Worldwide, Disney Digital, ESPN Networks, ESPN+, Freeform, FX, Hulu and National Geographic. She is also responsible for data science tied to ESPN and ABC affiliate sales and marketing.

Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, McGraw held several posts within Yahoo!’s Media Group, most recently as Head of Global Product Strategy, Yahoo! Sports. She was directly responsible for strategy for Yahoo! Sports Americas in the United States, Canada and Latin America, while coordinating product strategy efforts in other global markets, in addition to overseeing analytics across multiple Yahoo! properties.

Previously, McGraw held analytics roles at leading interactive agencies and coached college basketball for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Baylor University.

Erik Singleton

North Highland Worldwide Consulting

Erik is a Manager at North Highland and a member of the firm’s Supply Chain practice. He has led multiple supply chain and performance improvement initiatives for clients across industries, with a focus on programs that drive operational efficiency and cost reduction.

John Abel

Extreme Networks

John Abel has 25 years of experience in the IT industry working in global Fortune 500 companies managing teams of over 300 people and budgets of over $200M. Currently, John is SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Veritas. In this role, he is responsible for leading and transforming the Information Technology function for Veritas, including its infrastructure, systems, processes, and security.

Throughout his career, Abel has led a number of transformations of the IT business function, with an excellent record of achieving business results by developing strong business relationships, building high quality teams, and providing best-in-class services. Prior to Veritas, Abel served as SVP and CIO for Ellie Mae. In this role, Abel carried out a transformation of the IT function, with a focus on strong business partnership and a strategy around Automate, Scale, and Secure the enterprise, backed by cloud first strategy to keep pace with the hyper growth of the business. Before joining Ellie Mae, Abel was Sr. Vice President of IT at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) where he developed a strategic vision for the transformation of IT and executed multiple global initiatives to enable growth in revenues while improving IT through effective governance processes.

Abel also served as Vice President, Information Technology at Symantec Corporation where he led the integration and consolidation of applications following the merger with Veritas Software in 2005. Prior to Symantec Abel also worked at JDS Uniphase and started his career at KPMG Consulting.

John is a citizen of both the US and European Union, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom, and has spoken at several conferences on global IT best practices.

Rakesh Srinivasan

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Rakesh is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Petco. He oversees the vision, leadership and strategy of data, analytics, automation and ML/AI initiatives at Petco.  Rakesh has extensive experience working in various areas of analytics and data science in start ups such as Jet.com and Moda Operandi as well as large organizations such as Walmart and Facebook. Over the last few years, he has been spearheading data driven digital transformations for retailers. He’s an alumni of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park.

Gundeep Singh

Executive Director, Digital & Analytics
Carrier Residential and Light Commercial

Gundeep is Executive Director, Digital & Analytics for Carrier Global Corporation. Gundeep’s focus is on using digital tech to establish a foundation of healthy, sustainable and intelligent homes. He is responsible for defining and executing on digital strategies to build a strong digital foundation, improving customer experience and establishing digital revenue opportunities for Carrier’s North America HVAC business. In addition, Gundeep oversees Carrier’s global analytics and automation functions. As part of this role, he is responsible for setting and executing on the virtual worker and data and analytics agenda.

Gundeep has over 17 years of experience in digital and information technology field. He joined Carrier from Ernst & Young in 2019, where he was leading large global digital programs for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Prior to that, Gundeep held digital roles with increasing leadership responsibility at Accenture. Gundeep has also been very active in the nonprofit circle with senior leadership roles in Sikh Chamber of Commerce and United Sikhs.

Gundeep has been nominated and awarded several recognitions in the business and digital leadership circle – including the CIO100 award and 40 under 40 recognition.

Gundeep holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and production engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India and a Master of Science in tech management and leadership from Columbia University in New York.

Kevin L. Jackson

CEO GlobalNet;
Host of Digital Transformers

With over 300,000 followers on social media, Kevin L. Jackson Is the host of the “Digital Transformers” podcast and provides consulting and digital media services to leading technology companies. His client list includes Microsoft, AT&T Business, Intel, Ericsson and IBM. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University. As an Associate Consultant with A.T. Kearney, he provided cloud computing and cybersecurity management consulting services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which served as the basis for the Kingdom’s national cybersecurity regulations. Executive experience includes VP J.P. Morgan Chase, IBM Worldwide Sales Executive and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. Education includes a MS Computer Engineering, MA Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Kevin is also a USA Today and WSJ-bestselling author whose books include “Click to Transform” (2020) and “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (2018).

JR Storment

Executive Director
FinOps Foundation

J.R. is executive director of the FinOps Foundation (a program of the Linux Foundation), co-author of O’Reilly’s book on cloud financial management called “Cloud FinOps, Collaborative, Real-Time Cloud Financial Management”, and was formerly the co-founder of Cloudability which was acquired by Apptio, where he served as the GM of Cloud & VP of Product. He has spent the last 25 years building web platforms and the last 10 working with hundreds of the largest cloud spenders in the world—from GE to Nike to BP to Atlassian to Uber to Spotify— to design strategies to optimize and analyze their cloud financial management discipline.

Dion Hinchcliffe

VP and Principal Analyst
Constellation Research

Dion Hinchcliffe is widely regarded as one of the top IT and cloud experts in the world. He is a bestselling technology book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and strategy expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research as well as an Executive Fellow at the Tuck School of Business Center for Digital Strategies. Leadtail has recently ranked him the #2 global influencer of CIOs. He currently works closely with CIO and CDOs on their IT and digital transformation efforts. You can find Dion on Twitter at @dhinchcliffe.

Taylor Smith

Head of Product
Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks

Taylor Smith is the Head of Product for Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks. He helps customers integrate security into DevOps practices to secure the entire cloud native stack. Previously, he held product and strategy positions at Gremlin, Cisco and NetApp.

Carolyn Duby

Field CTO

Carolyn Duby is a cybersecurity and data expert who drives some of today’s most important tech topics, including hybrid data cloud, big data, privacy, becoming a data-driven organization, and careers in tech. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, she currently serves as Field CTO and Cyber Security Lead at Cloudera. A trusted advisor to dozens of customers, from SMBs to the Fortune 100, she guides companies in banking, insurance, healthcare and more through complex transformations that help them use data as a strategic asset to impact their bottom line.

She regularly contributes blog posts, articles and commentary, including to VentureBeat, eWEEK, and Bank Info Security.

Hilary Mason

Data Scientist in Residence
Accel Partners

Hilary Mason is Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Part­ners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Chief Scientist for bitly, the popular link-shortening service, where she continues to work as Scientist Emeritus, advising a team that studies attention on the internet in real-time. A genuinely charming speaker who resonates with both tech and nonspecialist audiences, Hilary speaks about the challenges and the rewards of working with big data, with a special focus on machine learning.

Hilary Mason was General Manager of machine learning at Cloudera, Inc. for two years after it acquired Fast Forward Labs in 2017. As CEO and Founder of Fast Forward Labs, Hilary’s work, which synthesized the latest breakthroughs in big data from a wide range of fields, gave her a uniquely broad understanding of the field.

Hilary is the co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City; co-host of DataGotham, an annual event for professionals involved in data science; and member of NYCResistor. She advises a number of companies, including Mortar, knod.es, collective[i], DataKind, Betaspring, and TechStars New York. She also served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

Hilary is on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Busi­ness 2013 and 1000 Most Creative People in Business 2014. Other honors include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and the Crain’s New York Business 40 under Forty.

Chris Aniszczyk

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Chris brings more than 15 years experience as The Linux Foundation’s vice president of Developer Programs. His work is focused on working with developer community to advance open source projects at scale. Previously Chris served as Twitter’s head of open source, where he led a team of developer advocates and was responsible for Twitter’s open source engineering, strategy and culture. He has also contributed to Gentoo Linux and served on the Eclipse Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Java Community Process Executive Committee. An engineer by trade, Chris brings a passion for both open source and community development to the organization.

Christopher Marsh-Bourdon

Head of Hybrid Environments
Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Christopher Marsh-Bourdon is the Head of Hybrid Environments in Technology Infrastructure (TI) for Wells Fargo Technology, one of the world’s largest and most innovative information technology groups with more than 23,000 talented team members who help keep Wells Fargo at the forefront of America’s diversified financial services companies.

As the Head of Hybrid Environments, Christopher is responsible for delivering and operating both the Public and Private Cloud, including Virtualization and Infrastructure-as-Code. He was responsible for the Cloud partnership deals between Wells Fargo and Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Christopher joined Wells Fargo in November 2019, from Amazon Web Services, where he was a Principal Solutions Architect. Prior to that, he was the Chief Development Officer at JP Morgan Chase for more than 10 years. Christopher also has worked at various technology companies in Singapore, Europe and London over his 32-year career.

Away from the office, Christopher and his family are avid sailors and cricket fans. Christopher is based in London, UK as of July 2021.

Ward Holloway

Director of Technology Alliances

Highly driven, performance oriented leader with 19 years experience building sales, engineering and alliance teams that close high value deals in extremely competitive enterprise and service provider accounts. Effective at building mutually beneficial relationships with alliance partners, championing key technology and driving significant incremental revenue with the partner sales force. Excel at partnering with all core business operations to significantly increase the company’s footprint, expand market share, and generate highly satisfied and referenced customers. A team builder with extraordinary recruiting ability and general management skills. Experienced and engaging presenter with substantial speaking and international sales experience.

James Young

Security Strategist

Experienced and passionate technical sales professional with an extensive background working in large enterprise, government, defense, specialist system integrators and technology vendor organizations as a senior and trusted security advisor.

Acknowledge the challenges of delivering security solutions that not only address the technical requirements but enable the business to achieve objectives and outcomes securely. Constantly researching and looking for new ways to do security better and improve on our past experiences.

Ghada Ijam

System CIO
Federal Reserve System

As System CIO for the Federal Reserve, Ghada leads the Fed’s technology and cybersecurity professionals to move at the speed of business, driving collaboration and innovation to shape the Fed’s digital future.  Overseeing IT within a federated organization, she partners with leaders across the Reserve Banks and centralized service providers to work as one team for fast and flexible IT delivery, improved digital ways of working, and better insights and decision making for Fed business lines.

Ghada has more than 20 years of experience delivering results through leading complex initiatives and running IT like a business. She excels in building strategic alliances with customers, focusing on mission goals, aligning people and managing technology portfolios. Before joining the Fed, Ghada was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). As Amtrak’s executive IT leader, she drove the company’s customer experience, digital and data analytics strategies, and IT centralization efforts. Prior to Amtrak, Ghada worked for 12 years at Intel, managing and directing global teams. She also previously served in a variety of roles with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and U.S. Bancorp.

Ghada serves on the Board of Directors of Goodwill of Greater Washington, D.C., is a member of Women in Technology, and is ardent supporter of the American Diabetes Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kuwait University, an MBA in Financial Management from Virginia Tech, and earned her executive education certificate from The Wharton School.

Charlie Billings

Professional Case Management / PCM Trials

Charlie Billings joined Professional Case Management / PCM Trials as Chief Information Officer in 2019.  He has over 25 years of information technology management experience.  At PCM, Mr. Billings built an award-winning team and transformed the IT platform to an integrated cloud-based digital architecture.  These systems have enabled PCM to scale efficiently and to expand internationally while achieving compliance with an array of healthcare and international regulations.

Before joining PCM, he was Chief Technology Officer at LT Trust Company.  There, he created a technology platform which allowed the company to scale to 10 times its original size through automation while building an IT department that achieved top compliance ratings from regulators.

Prior to LT Trust, Mr. Billings held IT Director positions at Fiserv, First Data, and Qwest Communications.  There, he led software development, software quality, program management, security and compliance teams.  He also played a leading IT role in several large mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Billings started his IT career with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, implementing large information systems.

Mr. Billings received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Eric Goldstein

Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity

Eric Goldstein serves as the Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of February 19, 2021. In this role, Goldstein leads CISA’s mission to protect and strengthen federal civilian agencies and the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats.

Previously, Goldstein was the Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and Regulation at Goldman Sachs, where he led a global team to improve and mature the firm’s cybersecurity risk management program. He served at CISA’s precursor agency, the National Protection and Programs Directorate,from 2013 to 2017 in various roles including Policy Advisor for Federal Network Resilience, Branch Chief for Cybersecurity Partnerships and Engagement, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, and Senior Counselor to the Under Secretary.

At other points in his career, Goldstein practiced cybersecurity law at an international law firm, led cybersecurity research and analysis projects at a federally-funded research and development center, and served as a Fellow in Advanced Cyber Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, among other roles.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgetown University School of Public Policy, and Georgetown University Law Center.


Stephen Held

Chief Information Officer
Leo A Daly

As chief information officer for LEO A DALY, Stephen Held directs a team of Information and Design Technology professionals in the continual maintenance, updating and adoption of technology in 30 offices and five countries. In more than fifteen years with the firm, he has championed an aggressive strategy of innovation for the sake of competitive advantage. Major initiatives have included a complete overhaul of the support organization across the LEO A DALY and LAN brands, the replacement of every piece of technology and infrastructure worldwide, the navigation into a hybrid cloud environment and the launch of a strategic program of Innovation Initiatives pursuing the early adoption of disruptive technology.

Joan Zerkovich

Senior Vice President of Operations

In her role as Senior Vice President – Operations at AAIS, Joan is responsible for Product Development and Delivery, Government Affairs, Legal & Compliance, Data Solutions, Actuarial Services, and Members Engagement. Before coming to AAIS in 2012, Joan worked for several organizations in information technology positions, including more than eight years as CIO of ICAT Holdings LLC, a catastrophe insurance intermediary. Her work at ICAT earned Joan recognition in 2006 as one of the insurance industry’s “Elite 8” technology professionals by Insurance & Technology magazine.

Prior to her years at ICAT, Joan spent more than 13 years in information technology positions with the University of California system. Her work there included projects that contributed to the initial public access to the Internet and to the digitalization of the university’s library system.

Joan is the executive sponsor for openIDL at AAIS and a member of the board of directors for the openIDL Project under The Linux Foundation.

Joan has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California-Davis, and an MBA with an emphasis in business information systems from CSU-Sacramento.

Stephen Sikes


As COO of Public.com, Stephen leads the broker dealer and is responsible for investing, operations, customer, support, legal, compliance and risk. He also co-leads a fintech community and early stage investing fund called Socially Financed, where he focuses on supporting early stage consumer fintech businesses. Prior to joining Public.com, Stephen was on the founding team and Business Lead of SoFi Invest, SoFi’s core investing product. Previously, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Simon Aldama

Sr. Director of RiskOps Solutions

Simon has been working in the tech industry for over 20 years and in that span, he’s consulted with over two hundred organizations helping them gain a competitive advantage. He’s also helped organizations with identifying opportunities related to virtual cloud computing and using experience and judgment to oversee, question, and provide input on technology budgets for executives. Here at Netenrich, Simon provides solution expertise to our customers by recommending key decisions in the area of security and digital services.

Tom Wentworth

Chief Marketing Officer
Recorded Future

Tom Wentworth is the Chief Marketing Officer at Recorded Future. Previously Tom’s been the CMO at Acquia, RapidMiner, and Episerver (now Optimizely). You can learn more about Tom at https://tomwentworth.com.

Jake Munroe

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Threat Intelligence & Geopolitical Intelligence
Recorded Future

Jake Munroe is a senior product marketing manager at Recorded Future and has held various roles across the security space in consulting, marketing, and sales. Prior to joining the private sector, he served as a Navy Intelligence Analyst with an extensive background in counterterrorism, cyber threat intelligence, and open-source intelligence investigations.

Paula Rooney

Senior Writer, CIO
Foundry, an IDG Inc. Company

Paula Rooney has been a senior writer at CIO since October 2021. Prior to this position, Rooney wrote technology news for TechTarget, ZDNet, TheRegister, CRN, PCWeek and EDN. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1997 and has lived in New York, London, Boston and St Peterburg, Fl. Her hobbies include skiing, swimming, traveling, sailing, diving, reading, watching Boston sports, napping, and hanging out with her teenage daughter and partner in Scituate, Mass.

Josh Galper

Co-Founder & Partner
Trident DMG

Joshua P. Galper is co-founder and partner of the public relations firm Trident DMG and the law firm Davis Goldberg & Galper. Josh has more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of communications, public policy, law, and business, including at premier global law firms and as general counsel for a high-profile tech company.

Julia Landauer

Champion Racecar Driver

Julia Landauer is a NASCAR racer and 2-time champion from New York City. With dozens of wins across different series, Julia has set records since she was 10 years old, including becoming the highest finishing female in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ 64-year history.

Away from the track, Julia is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. During college Julia was a contestant on season 26 of CBS’ reality TV show Survivor. It was also in college that Julia started her motivational speaking career with a TEDx talk and she is now a sought-after speaker for corporations, conferences, and universities. Julia also serves as an external advisor to Hyundai Motor Corporation’s Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experience.

For almost a decade, Julia has developed her brand and business and collaborated with companies such as Spotify, Disney/Pixar, and the One Love Foundation and has been written about by The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, and espnW, to name a few. Julia is also an honoree of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for sports and has spoken at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Conference.

As Julia continues to develop her career and brand on and off the track, she uses her platform to advocate for STEM education and women’s empowerment.

Renee Guttmann

VC Advisor, Advisory Board Member and former CISO

Renee started her career in Information Security at GlaxoSmithKline before the Internet was accessible for commercial use. She implemented firewalls and encryption products to support the protection of the GSK’s crown jewels, including patient information.

She was recruited to Capital One to build the first global information security program and enable customers to retrieve their credit card statements online. She then spent 11 years at Time Warner, where she built the information security program for Time Inc. as well as leading the Incident Response Program for AOL Time Warner from 2000 – 2007. In 2008, Renee became the first Chief Privacy Officer for Time Warner and established the privacy program for the Company’s Shared Service Systems. Consumer products came next as Renee built the first global Information Security program for Coca-Cola from 2011 – 2014.

Prior to joining Campbell, Renee established the Information Security Program at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, where she built that industry’s very first Maritime Cybersecurity program to protect ships and passengers at sea. As an information security practitioner, Renee was one of the first women in the field. She is considered a thought leader as well as an early adopter of the technologies and best practices that are considered standard in the industry today. She has mentored dozens of employees who are now leading global information security programs at other companies across many industries.

Jessica Groopman

Founding Partner
Kaleido Insights

Jessica Groopman is an industry analyst and founding partner of Kaleido Insights, San Francisco-based technology research firm. Trained in anthropology, Jessica specializes in human, business, and societal impacts of emerging technologies. Her recent coverage areas include regenerative business and sustainability in digital transformation, digital inclusion and DEI, Web3 and blockchain, and AI/machine learning. Jessica works with organizations internationally, supporting strategic advisory, digital transformation, and research across several industry verticals. She has advised numerous companies including Coca-Cola, AARP, Technicolor, Pandora, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, among many others.
Jessica is a recognized speaker at emerging technology industry events, and co-host of the Hype Hazard podcast. She advises several start-ups, and is a frequent media contributor. She has also served as contributing member of the International IoT Council, the IEEE’s Internet of Things Group, IoT Guru Network and other industry advisory boards. Jessica was also included in Onalytica’s list of the 100 Most Influential Thought Leaders in IoT.
Jessica has authored over 40 reports and contributed to several books. She has been principal analyst with Tractica where she contributed to its automation and robotics practice, served as research director and principal analyst with Harbor Research, and as an industry analyst with Altimeter Group. Earlier, she led research at Focus Research. Before she worked in business and technology research, Jessica’s research experience was based mostly in academic anthropological fieldwork, specifically in ethnographic, linguistic, and archaeological research both in the United States and abroad.

Charles Henderson

Global Head, X-Force

Charles Henderson is the Global Head of IBM’s X-Force. Throughout his career, Charles and the teams he has managed have specialized in incident response, penetration testing, adversary simulation, vulnerability management, and vulnerability research. X-Force’s clients range from the largest on the Fortune lists to small and midsized companies interested in improving their security posture or in need of assistance handling a security incident. Charles is also an enthusiastic member of the information security community and an advocate of vulnerability research. He has been a featured speaker at various conferences (including Black Hat, DEFCON, RSA, SOURCE, OWASP AppSec USA and Europe, and SXSW) around the world on various subjects relating to security testing and incident response. He has also appeared on or in CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Register, SC Magazine, Engadget, eWeek, Reuters, Car & Driver, and various other media outlets.In the end, he runs a team of hackers and responders.

Christopher Bontempo

IBM Americas

Chris Bontempo is the Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas, where he leads all aspects of Marketing for IBM with direct responsibility for marketing sourced revenue, demand generation and geography marketing professionals across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Chris works with IBM sellers, marketers and ecosystem partners to help clients find the right innovative IBM solutions to solve their digital transformation challenges.

Prior to leading geography marketing, Chris was responsible for IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software Marketing in the Americas, focusing on field and channel marketing and demand generation. He supported multiple business units including IBM Public Cloud, Data & AI, Automation, AI Apps and IBM Security.

He joined IBM in 2005 and has led marketing teams in Market Intelligence, Cloud, and also led Marketing and Offerings for the IBM Security business unit in North America for the past 6 years.

Chris is based in New York City with his family and dog, where he runs, plays and coaches soccer, and occasionally plays guitar and bass in some truly forgettable bands.


Jason Mical

Field Chief Technology Officer - Americas

Jason has more than 30 years’ experience in telecommunications fraud prevention, physical security management and cyber security investigations. During his career, he developed and implemented overall cyber security, physical security, forensic investigation and fraud control programs for several global organizations and managed lawful interception operations to support federal agencies. He has developed security and fraud awareness training seminars for employees in private industry, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement. He assists customers in such areas as electronic intercepts, intrusion analysis, malware eradication, forensic investigations, incident response, security standards and guidelines.

Jason has been a member of the FBI Infragard, United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, ISSA, HTCIA, ASIS, ANSIR and CTIA Fraud Task Forces.

Teju Shyamsundar

Group Product Marketing Manager

Teju Shyamsundar is a Group Product Marketing Manager at Okta, leading our Adaptive Authentication products. Prior to Okta, she worked at Microsoft and implemented enterprise mobility technologies across a large set of enterprise customers in various industries. Teju now works on driving the value of Okta’s adaptive MFA and adaptive SSO capabilities across customers and partners. Teju holds a BS degree in Computer & Information Technology from Purdue University.

Alon Nachmany

Field CISO

Alon is a cybersecurity expert currently working with Fortune 500 enterprises in helping them achieve their security goals at AppViewX. His experience in leadership roles across industries from small start-ups to established enterprises has enabled him to secure some of the most cutting-edge innovations in the world of technology. In the past Alon has served as the Director of IT and Information Security for WeWork and the CISO for National Securities Corporation, uniquely positioning him to understand and address the mounting security challenges of the modern-day enterprise. His feet are firmly planted on the ground, his eyes are turned to the skies, but he spends most of his days in cyberspace.

Chris Wysopal

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Chris Wysopal is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Veracode, which pioneered the concept of using automated static binary analysis to discover vulnerabilities in software. He is a member of the executive team. Prior to Veracode, Chris was vice president of research and development at security consultancy @stake, which was acquired by Symantec.

In the 1990’s, Chris was one of the original vulnerability researchers at The L0pht, a hacker think tank, where he was one of the first to publicize the risks of insecure software. He has testified to the US Congress on the subjects of government security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software.

Chris started his career as software engineer that first built commercial software and then migrated to the specialty of testing software for vulnerabilities. He researched software security for the first vulnerability research think tank, L0pht Heavy Industries, from 1994-1999. He is one of the authors of L0phtCrack, the Windows password auditing program. He is the author of Netcat for Windows an open source security tool.

Chris has led highly productive and innovative software development teams. He has performed product strategy and product management roles.

Chris is a much sought after expert on cybersecurity. He has been interviewed for most major technology and business publications and many TV networks. He has keynoted cybersecurity and technical conferences on 4 continents.

Matthew Glitzer

Vice President, Security Sales
IBM Americas

Matthew Glitzer is currently the Vice President of Security Sales, IBM Americas where he has responsibility for all Security related products and services.

In his previous role, he was Vice President, IBM’s Integrated Security Business Unit – Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for Security Software sales and Services and was a member of IBM’s regional Senior Leadership Team.  In Matt’s previous roles in Greater China for IBM, he was a member of the Global Technology Services leadership team holding the positions of General Manager, Global Technology Services, Hong Kong and Head of Client Management and Offerings. In these roles he had country and regional P&L responsibility for all managed service clients, as well as technology solutioning, consulting and go-to-market offerings.

Prior to joining the Greater China Group, Mr. Glitzer was the IBM Sr. Project Executive for BHP Billiton.  In this capacity he was responsible for the global P&L and service delivery teams in Australia, America, Philippines, Singapore and India, that manage the client’s core ERP and information management systems.  Before moving to Singapore, he was the Director of Sales for the Industrial Sector within IBM’s US Infrastructure Services organization.   Reporting to the Industry General Manager, he and his teams were responsible for signings and incremental revenue driven through existing clients across multiple industries including: Automotive, A&D, Oil & Gas, Hi Tech/Electronics and Chemicals.

Prior to this, Matthew was the Global Client Executive for the DuPont account where he was responsible for client engagement with IT through the C-Suite across all of IBM’s lines of business.  During his tenure at DuPont, Glitzer helped transform the IBM/DuPont relationship, leading to a major Strategic Outsourcing win (2012), as well as key engagements in Disaster Recovery, Middleware, Infrastructure and Financing.  His previous roles at IBM include Business Development Executive in IBM’s SAP Consulting Practice where he was responsible for sales of SAP implementations services to IBM’s Industrial Sector clients.

Before joining IBM, Glitzer was the North American Vice President of Field Sales Alliances at SAP for 4 years.  In this role, he was responsible for strategy, pipeline development and software sales with and through SAP’s key Systems Integrator and Technology Partners, e.g., IBM, Accenture, PwC, CapGemini, EY, Deloitte, Microsoft, and Sun.

Mr. Glitzer holds a B.S. in Political Science from Rutgers College and a Masters in Business Administration from the George Washington University.  He holds a certification from IBM’s Harvard Business School Certification Program and is a graduate of IBM’s Master Deal Making program through the Wharton School of Business.

Cynthia Brumfield

Contributing Writer

Cynthia Brumfield is a veteran communications and technology analyst who is currently focused on cybersecurity. She writes regular columns for CSO Online, runs a cybersecurity news destination site, Metacurity.com, consults with companies through her firm DCT-Associates, and is the author of a book book published by Wiley in December 2021, Cybersecurity Risk Management: Mastering the Fundamentals Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Michael Daniel

President & CEO
Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA)

Michael Daniel serves as the President & CEO of the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), a not-for-profit that enables high-quality cyber threat information sharing among cybersecurity organizations.  Prior to CTA, Michael served for four years as US Cybersecurity Coordinator, leading US cybersecurity policy development, facilitating US government partnerships with the private sector and other nations, and coordinating significant incident response activities.  From 1995 to 2012, Michael worked for the Office of Management and Budget, overseeing funding for the U.S. Intelligence Community.  Michael also works with the Aspen Cybersecurity Group, the World Economic Forum’s Partnership Against Cybercrime, and other organizations improving cybersecurity in the digital ecosystem.  In his spare time, he enjoys running and martial arts.

Joseph Sieczkowski

CIO, Architecture & Engineering
BNY Mellon

Joseph Sieczkowski heads architecture and engineering for BNY Mellon. Joe is responsible for evolving a holistic technology strategy by bringing together architecture, data, development, and infrastructure to meet the firm’s overall business objectives. He develops end-to-end technology solutions aligned with business-level technology roadmaps that ensure the integrated use of existing capabilities and development of new ones for more efficient and effective delivery of services. Joe is particularly focused on the technology enablement of data to derive insights that lead to actionable strategies to drive commercial outcomes. He is an accomplished Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Architect with a track-record of leading financial services organizations through disruptive technical and cultural transformation.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Joe was the Senior Managing Director and Chief Architect for TIAA, where he built a world-class analytics platform and led a multi-year data transformation program that focused on turning data into a strategic asset. Prior to TIAA, Joseph held senior leadership roles at Bear Stearns, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and a master’s in quantitative finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU. He graduated in the top 10% of his class at both institutions. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he taught a graduate level course in Financial Systems Technology.

Yogesh Shivhare

Research Mgr., Security & Infrastructure
IDC Canada

Yogesh Shivhare is a research manager at IDC Canada within the Infrastructure Solutions and Security research team. He manages the Cybersecurity research and provides insight and analysis into industry and technology trends as they shape the Canadian Security market. He is also responsible for market sizing and forecasting the Security Appliance hardware market. His research focus enables him to support Canadian technology providers by identifying key market trends in the Cybersecurity space where end user demand and preferences are changing rapidly.

Prior to leading Security research in IDC Canada, Yogesh has led market research in IDC for various enterprise infrastructure technology markets in Canada and Asia Pacific.

Yogesh holds an MBA degree from SCMHRD, Pune, India and a bachelors in technology from NITK, Surathkal, India.

Michael Hill

CSO Online

Michael Hill is the UK editor of CSO Online. He has spent the past five-plus years covering various aspects of the cybersecurity industry, with particular interest in the ever-evolving role of the human-related elements of information security. A keen storyteller with a passion for the publishing process, he enjoys working creatively to produce media that has the biggest possible impact on the audience.

Trent Cooksley

Cowbell Cyber

Trent Cooksley is the co-founder and chief operating officer at Cowbell Cyber. Previously, he was the managing director and head of open innovation at Markel, a market leader for specialty insurance, reinsurance, and investment operations around the world. Cooksley holds a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University.

Lori Bailey

Chief Insurance Officer
Corvus Insurance

Lori Bailey is Chief Insurance Officer of Corvus Insurance. Bailey’s experience stems from over 20 years of working on both the carrier and broker sides of the insurance industry. Prior to Corvus Insurance, Bailey was the global head of cyber risk for Zurich Insurance where she developed and implemented global underwriting strategies, governance, and product offerings for all cyber risk exposures. She has previously served on committees for the World Economic Forum, Pan-European Insurance Forum, and Institute for International Finance.

Paul McKay

Security and Risk Analyst

Paul is a principal analyst on Forrester’s Security and Risk team. He works with organizations to help them shape and deliver their cybersecurity strategies to support the delivery of their core business vision. Paul’s research coverage includes cybersecurity risk ratings solutions and cyber risk quantification; CISO and security leadership research in the European market; and European security service providers, focusing on managed security service providers and security consultancies.

Stephen Jensen

Senior Director of Operations
Center for Internet Security

Results oriented Cyber Security professional with experience managing and operating various IT systems. Extremely adaptable and versatile team player/leader; versed in balancing the protection of critical information and needs of the end user. Demonstrated ability to translate an organizations strategy and vision to better collaborate with, lead, and motivate multi-functional teams.

Rey Bouknight

Strategy Director

Described by others as a dynamic and forward-thinking leader, Rey has a 15-year track record of helping major business, government and nonprofit agencies redefine how they communicate with key audiences.

Before joining Firstup in 2020, he held senior leadership roles for large organizations, including MGM Resorts International, a global entertainment brand with 55,000 employees, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Michigan’s largest agency. At both organizations, he led teams responsible for several communications functions, including media and public relations, crisis management, marketing, social media, internal communications, and internal brand strategy.

With experience that spans across multiple industries, Rey has done everything from leading Michigan’s integrated communications response against COVID-19 to launching the workforce communications platform powering MGM’s digital employee experience.

As a Firstup Strategic Advisor, he helps major brands yield stronger business results by enabling them to reach 100% of their workforce through cutting edge technology, communications strategy and data insights.

Beth Bush

Compliance Manager

Driven by the desire to educate and empower non-security folks about all things security and compliance, Beth has made it her mission to spread the good word about security. With a decade worth of security, compliance and project management experience, Beth loves helping people understand the ‘why’ behind security controls.

Prior to joining Firstup in November 2019, Beth worked in large tech organizations fulfilling roles in the security, compliance and project management spaces. With this combined experience, Beth has successfully led large complex projects, training initiatives and internal security communications.

As the Firstup compliance manager, she helps employees, contractors and customers understand the ever-important ‘why’ behind the security controls Firstup has in place. Possibly even more importantly, Beth has been able to help people understand what they can do to protect themselves as an individual, whether at work or at home.

Stuart Phillips

Product Marketing Director
Cyber, Interos

Stuart Phillips is the product marketing director for cyber at Interos, the leader in operational resilience. He is responsible for working with the CISO community focused on supply chain security. Stuart has over 25 years of experience in cybersecurity, networking, and unified communications. He has worked with end-users worldwide in the military, government, and financial markets, covering all security aspects. Stuart previously held leadership positions with prominent security vendors. He was the owner of a U.S. Air Force sub-contractor for Lockheed Martin developing software to optimize highly degraded military satellite data networks. Stuart completed his B.S. in Computer Science in California and MBA in Singapore and now lives in Seattle, WA

Richard Stiennon

Chief Research Analyst

Richard Stiennon is a renown industry analyst. He has held executive roles with Gartner, Webroot Software, Fortinet, and Blancco Technology Group. As Chief Strategy Officer for Blancco he worked with standards bodies to modernize data erasure requirements for enterprise and IT asset disposition facilities. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Responsible Recycling standard. Stiennon has written six books including Surviving Cyberwar (Rowman&Littlefield), UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence, There Will be Cyberwar, Security Yearbook 2020: A Complete History and Directory of the IT Security Industry, and Curmudgeon: How to Succeed as an Industry Analyst. He has a BS in Aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and an MA in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London.

Amita Potnis

Former Research Director
Future of Trust, IDC

Amita Potnis is the global lead IDC’s Future of Trust research practice. In this role, Amita is responsible for leading the development of IDC’s global thought leadership research around the growing influence of security, privacy, GRC, social responsibility and ethics that contribute to organizational Trust. Her research focuses on global  trends that can measure, enhance, and amplify Trust.

In her research, she focuses on how C-level and senior leaders of any organization strive to build organizational Trust and use it as a competitive differentiator and growth accelerator. She continues to dispel the notion and common myth that cybersecurity alone defines organizational Trust. Her research therefore is multi-faceted and therefore looks at various topics such as customer success, environment sustainability, the complexity of regulatory compliance and increased need for privacy, etc. She also looks at how businesses vet their partners and providers ecosystem on Trust metrics.

Amita is a frequent speaker at events domestically and internationally and is often sought out for the expertise and insight she delivers on Trust. Amita has been quoted by various news agencies including the Wall Street Journal.

Chuck Gose

Head of Community & Industry Insights

I’ve always said the best part of my day is when I spend time talking and creating with internal communicators. And now that’s what I do for Firstup as the Head of Community & Industry Insights. In my nearly 25 years of communication experience, I’ve found internal communicators to be the most passionate. . . present company included.

Jeremy Ball

Vice President Internal Communications, Philanthropy, Events
Big Lots Stores

Jeremy Ball is Vice President of Internal Communications, Philanthropy, and Events for Big Lots and Director of the Big Lots Foundation. Big Lots is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenues exceeding $6 billion. Big Lots is a unique, non-traditional discount retailer operating more than 1,400 stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, and Electronics, Toys, Apparel, and Accessories.

Ball joined Big Lots in June 2007. He is responsible for the company’s internal and executive communications, national philanthropic initiatives, including charitable giving, associate volunteerism, cause marketing, community relations, and corporate events. During his tenure, he established a comprehensive philanthropic and associate engagement program and a public face for the company’s philanthropic initiatives.

In partnership with the Executive Leadership Team, Ball launched the Big Lots Foundation in 2014 to position the organization’s philanthropic goals for long-term sustainability and impact. In 2017, this team committed $50 million to construct the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, the only pediatric program of its kind in the country. Since inception, Big Lots Foundation has invested more than $45 million in nonprofit community organizations nationally.

His work includes directing the company’s annual fundraising event, which has raised more than $30 million over the last 10 years. In addition, he’s responsible for the company’s quarterly Town Hall events and national leadership conferences.

Prior to Big Lots, Ball was the Development Manager and Capital Campaign Director for The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio where more than $1.2 million was raised to establish a permanent home base for the organization.

Ball serves on the Board of Directors for Furniture Bank of Central Ohio and the Board of Trustees for Defiance College. He was honored by Columbus Business First in 2021 with a C-Suite award for being voted by his peers as one of Central Ohio’s most admired executives and in 2014 with a Forty Under 40 Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Defiance College and was honored with the college’s Harold A. McMaster Life Is Action Award in 2016, and the Young Alumni Service Award in 2009.

Lynn Haaland

Chief Compliance, Ethics & Privacy Officer

Lynn Haaland is the Chief Compliance, Ethics & Privacy Officer at Zoom. She is an expert in governance and compliance for multinationals, privacy law, and U.S. cybersecurity law. Previously, Lynn was SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Global Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer and Chief Counsel, Cybersecurity at PepsiCo.

From 2003 through 2015, Lynn was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) and Washington, D.C. At EDVA, she served as Deputy Chief of the National Security and International Crime Unit, where she supervised and prosecuted terrorism, international drug trafficking, export and sanctions, cybersecurity, and various other national security cases.

Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Lynn worked at the United Nations in New York, the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Zurich, Switzerland, and large law firms in Paris, New York and Washington, D.C.

Bill Aerts

Senior Fellow and Managing Director
The Center of Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) at the University of Minnesota

Bill Aerts is Senior Fellow and Managing Director of The Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) at the University of Minnesota.   Bill is one of the foremost experts in the area of medical device cybersecurity.   In his role as the CMDC Managing Director, Bill oversees operations, works with industry members, develops and supports research and educational programs, as well as recruiting new members to further build the center’s industry-academia collaboration.

Bill started at the Archimedes Center for Healthcare and Device Security at the University of Michigan in 2017 and served as its full-time Executive Director until joining the CMDC in October of 2021. As Archimedes Executive Director, he developed service offerings, offered member support, and was an active member of the medical device security community. Prior to that, he served as the Global Director of Product Security within Medtronic’s Global Security Office. He helped to build Medtronic’s original Information Security Program and has created and championed information and product security programs in the insurance, transportation, retail and healthcare industries.

Juliette Kayyem

CNN National Security Analyst & Faculty Director
Homeland Security Project and Security and Global Health Project, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

In academia, the private sector, government and media, Professor Juliette Kayyem is an international leader in crisis management, disaster response and homeland security. Kayyem serves as the faculty chair of the Homeland Security and Security and Global Health Projects at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and before that as MA Governor Deval Patrick’s Homeland Security Advisor managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises.

A CNN national security analyst, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and contributor for The Atlantic and Boston’s local NPR station, GBH, Kayyem also advises governors, mayors, and corporations on crisis management, especially throughout the COVID-19 response. Juliette is the author or editor of six books, including the best-selling book Security Mom. “The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters” will be published in March 2022 by Public Affairs. Juliette lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Judge David Barron of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and has three children.

Dinesh Nirmal

General Manager
IBM Automation

Dinesh Nirmal is a C-level executive and thought-leader steering a transformation strategy to build an AI- powered automation business to drive billions in annual revenue. As General Manager he has global responsibility for business strategy, technology development, operations, sales, marketing, and overall financial performance. Dinesh brings over 20 years’ leadership in industry-defining technologies from database to machine learning and edge analytics.

Recognizing a powerful opportunity to unlock enterprise value with automation, Dinesh drove the shift from a set of siloed products into a cloud-native hyperautomation business by building a single AI-infused platform on an API- and event-driven architecture. The platform is factored on three personas: Line of Business, IT, and App Integration and Development.

For Line of Business, understanding that no single technology like RPA can truly automate the enterprise, Dinesh led development of IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation — a unified low-code platform comprised of process mining to discover automation opportunities, RPA, workflow, and event-driven architectures to orchestrate and automate.

To help IT teams proactively detect and remediate application issues before they occur, IBM Cloud Pak for AIOps employs advanced IBM Research change risk management techniques to predict from all sources of data including code changes, ticketing systems, logs, and a variety of other factors. This proactively prevents problematic deployments from going into production.

To give App Integration Developers time to innovate, IBM Cloud Pak for Integration automates tasks by providing a sophisticated set of API management, Kafka, and application connectivity technology to connect people, data, and business systems. It uses a low code suite of multi-style integration tools, and AI is infused throughout to make creation of integration flows, API test automation, and data mapping exceedingly easy.

Together, this platform is powered by a common automation fabric with a common set of tooling. To enrich this fabric and further cement our aggressive posture as the world’s leader in automation, Dinesh led acquisitions and partnerships including Instana, WDG Automation, MyInvenio, Confluent, GitLab, Turbononic, Sysdig, and Humio.

Prior to his role as GM for IBM Automation, Dinesh held concurrent positions as Chief Product Officer for Cloud Paks, leading IBM’s hybrid cloud platform strategy, and Vice President of Development for IBM Cloud Integration.

From 2017 to 2019, Dinesh was Vice President of Development for IBM Data and AI. In this role he created a new business with a market-defining data and AI platform built on open source, which went from incubation to a production enterprise-ready offering in months, generating significant revenue increasing by double and triple digits YOY over three consecutive years and gaining favorable analyst recognition. Dinesh led the transformation to factor AI into every part of the software and hardware portfolio and drove new customer engagements with some of the largest enterprises in the world in telecom, manufacturing, and other industries by inspiring a vision of data modernization and AI-driven strategy and providing a practical blueprint to achieve it.

Dinesh speaks and writes internationally about cloud technology, automation, and AI, Keynote at THINK 2019 with David Bernert, Chief Architect of Boeing Corporation, publishing a guest column in VentureBeat, and cited by Forbes in 5 Artificial Intelligence Business Lessons from the Masters. He serves on the Board of R Consortium to help guide the open source R language and is an advisor for Accel.AI.

Jon Lester

Vice President, HR Technology

Jon Lester is the VP of HR Technology and a thought leader for HR automation and is transforming the way work gets done in IBM’s global HR service delivery centres. Jon is able to deliver upon this transformation using a proven methodology of technology-enabled process innovation, underpinned by a skills evolution and a shift to a digital operating model. He uses his expertise across cloud, AI, chat, and RPA to re-imagine employee and manager experiences and bring automation to HR.

Kaitlyn Debelak

Head of Customer Success

Have you ever experienced a situation at work where a product isn’t usable or doesn’t make sense? Suddenly, you’re frustrated because the product that is supposed to help you, actually creates more work. At Aware, Kaitlyn’s#1 priority is to ensure our customers never experience this frustration. Prior to joining Aware, Kaitlyn spent more than five years at Nationwide Insurance across a variety of roles. Kaitlyn’s unique makeup and breadth of experience allows her to better understand our customers’ problems and to develop a product strategy to maximize their return on investment. With an extensive user experience design background and 10 years working in IT, coupled with a deep understanding of Organizational Change Management, Kaitlyn works seamlessly alongside all facets of the company, from Engineering to Sales, and everything in between. Kaitlyn is passionate about an effortless experience, learning from both her colleagues and clients, and building strong relationships along the way. In her mind, this is the recipe for success. Kaitlyn lives with her husband in Clintonville, Ohio, where she spends time decorating her 1925 Craftsman-style home and enjoying all that Columbus has to offer.

Amy McWhirter

CIO's Future of Cloud Summit

Professional emcee, host and presenter Amy McWhirter brings soul and a deeply human connection to events and screen. With warm, energetic authenticity, Amy connects audiences to the heart of messaging and inspiration on-camera and at virtual, hybrid, and live in-person events.

Amy understands communication from the inside out, with years of experience as a video producer, scriptwriter, live MC, virtual emcee, corporate presenter, hybrid event host and on-camera & TV host. She invites audiences and speakers alike to engage and be seen, heard and appreciated, facilitating with passion and compassion, listening and reacting in real-time to every detail of their collaborative experience. Industry specialties include technology, healthcare, manufacturing, finance and defense, and her years of experience as a corporate presenter representing major companies is an asset to event planners. Amy makes complex or technical material relatable and conversational, and improvises with humor and grace.

She’s a super quick study with a Bachelor of Science pre-med with Honors from University of Michigan.

Her energetic, joyful presence, natural style, laser in-the-moment focus, quick thinking, interview skills, and cohesive summaries create continuity, drive deeper engagement
and amplify messaging so that audiences come away with rich value and are inspired, energized and ready to connect and act.

Javier Aldrete

SVP of Product

Javier Aldrete is SVP of Product at ActivTrak and has 24+ years of experience leading the development and delivery of award-winning SaaS and Enterprise software products that apply Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics and Business Intelligence to solve problems across various B2B and B2C industries (CPG, Health & Beauty, Manufacturing, Distribution, etc.). He is responsible for ActivTrak’s product strategy and roadmap.

Shwetabh Mittal

Senior Director of Product Management

Shwetabh Mittal is Senior Director of Product Management at Coursera, where he is responsible for changing the way Businesses, Governments and Universities utilize Coursera to develop talent and the skills required for constantly changing skills landscape and economy. Before joining Coursera, Shwetabh worked at LinkedIn where he led Product and Sales organizations for the company’s fast growth marketing business. Prior to LinkedIn, Shwetabh was a Senior Manager in the Corporate Strategy team at EMC/VMware working with the executive team to lead global corporate strategy, corporate development, and operational transformation initiatives. Shwetabh holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree from Delhi College of Engineering.

Adler Chan

Director, Wrike Customer Engagement, CSO Enablement
Wrike, a Citrix company

Currently, as Wrike’s Head of Customer Success Enablement, Adler empowers customer-facing teams and provides guidance on how to optimize Wrike usage to unlock the most valueFormerly a Wrike customer himself at PlayStation, Adler has a recognized track record of leading and optimizing high performing global teams and projects. He brings extensive marketing, creative, project management, and technological experience to the role.

Morgan Timpson

Program Director, GTM Product Management

Morgan Timpson is a product manager at IBM Automation, helping CIOs and IT teams better meet and manage their  IT needs. Prior to his role in Product Management, Morgan worked extensively with IBM’s AI technologies across multiple industries, including Banking, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Retail, and Public Services, and led in roles across M&A and Business Development.

Stephen Walters

Field CTO for Digital Critical Event Management

Stephen works as a Director of Business Solutions in Center of Excellence at Everbridge, providing a Service Reliability Platform for integrating and orchestrating better, faster Incident & Defect Management for Critical Event Management in enterprise scale corporationsHe has extensive expertise with Business and IT Strategy alignment, design and implementation of Software Development Lifecycle Frameworks, including CMMI, ITIL, TOGAF, SCRUM, SAFe & DevOps.

Nathan Talbot

Senior Solution Architect
xMatters, an Everbridge company

With nearly 10 years’ experience in software Pre-Sales, and over 10 years in software roles across business functions, Nathan works as a senior trusted advisor for prospective clients as part of the sales cycle.

As a Senior Solution Architect, his responsibilities include pre-Sales demonstrations and consultation, solution design and best practices recommendation, and RFP/RFQ/RFI responses.

Prashant Darisi

VP, Global Business Solutions

Prashant is a technology leader with proven management experience in strategic planning, roadmap execution, high-performance teams, and best-practice methodologies. Prior to his role as VP of CEM Business Solutions, he was Vice President of Product Management responsible for IT Alerting, IoT, Visual Command Center products, and Risk Intelligence products; that includes Everbridge solutions helping the United States Army Intelligence monitor risks around the world. Prashant has extensive experience in leading large engineering and product management teams and also has 2 patents in his name.

Jed Brown

Chief Product Officer

Jed is the Chief Product Officer leading the Product Management and Product Design teams driving customer and market fit. He joined SocialChorus with extensive experience building uniquely differentiated products and user experiences for large wall-to-wall enterprises at both Microsoft and Fuze.  He comes with a track record of championing for the customer by driving the experience, vision, and strategy from a balanced set of data analytics, industry analysis, and most importantly – by listening to customers.

He has been awarded 13 patents and an additional 3 patents pending for software design innovation in the areas of communication interfaces and collaborative experiences.

Joe Clukey

VP of Sales

Joe is the VP of Sales at Taqtile and is passionate about educating people about the vast possibilities of Digital instructions in the Augmented Reality space. Although Joe received his degree in Biology at Washington State University in 1998, he has actually spent the majority of his career in the enterprise software industry, gaining experiences in areas such as Field Service, Analytics, and Big Data. While VP of sales is his primary job function by day, Joe also enjoys spending his time outdoors with his two boys Jakoby(9), Madsen(7) and his wife Mary Grace.

Chris Casey

Head of FinTech, Professional Services, and Defense Industry Solutions

Chris Casey is a creative and innovative executive with insatiable curiosity and abilities to make a bold vision a reality. High EQ, Big-Picture thinker, and proven problem solver for the largest companies and governments in the world. Master dot-connector with unique abilities to translate, build, and actualize strategic visions across all business units. He’s at home brainstorming with teams in whiteboarding sessions or leading discussion in the boardroom.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Chris spent seven years leading Strategic Initiatives in J.P. Morgan’s Commercial, Consumer, and Investment Banks. As COO of J.P. Morgan’s Multinational Corporations Industry Group, he advised senior stakeholders across multiple businesses through massive advanced-analytics and technology transformation projects. He was responsible for global process design, turning around stagnant businesses, and improving organizational effectiveness.

As a Corporate Banker, he developed strategies for identifying and capitalizing on high-growth partner opportunities, advised Fortune 500 clients on appropriate balance sheet strategies, due diligence requirements, and technology solutions across investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, lending, foreign exchange, risk management, asset management, and all forms of global treasury services.

He graduated from Fordham University and is a US Air Force veteran. During his time in the military Chris led highly specialized units in various global, large-scale, multinational strategic projects with groups such as SOCOM, all three-letter organizations, NASA, FEMA, and allied country forces. Chris continues to stay heavily engaged in veteran communities – he is currently a board member of The Force Multiplier Foundation and has run several national campaigns and initiatives that support veterans transitioning from service. He is a voracious reader, photographer, and traveler, and enjoys all things exploring outdoors. He produces multiple podcasts and has had his work—a short film—displayed in the world-famous Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Fernando Santos

Senior Manager Industry and Solution Strategy - Workplace Innovation

Fernando is a Tech Product Marketer with diverse 7+ years of experience in IT spanning from ERP vendors and IT Consulting companies to fast-paced, hyper-growth stage SaaS. His expertise spans across a broad set of Marketing functions, including award-winning product launch programs, marketing automation frameworks, and Demand Generation strategies. At OutSystems, Fernando’s mission is to help businesses harness the full potential of tailor-made software in boosting Employee Engagement and Workplace Innovation.

Bob Leek

Deputy Chief Information Officer
Clark County, Nevada

Bob Leek is Deputy Chief Information Officer for Clark County, Nevada. He has over twenty-five years of leadership experience, including almost twenty years in information technology disciplines. 

His servant leadership at Clark County supports public services including health, human services, justice and public safety systems, and administrative programs, achieving positive outcomes in diverse communities. He is accountable for internal service teams providing application technology solutions at the County. 

Before joining Clark County, Bob worked in county government for seven years and human and pet health care for the previous thirteen years. His experience includes leadership roles in retail operations, corporate financial reporting and decision support system development, sales, international operations, logistics management, and bringing inclusion and equity to nurture the individual growth of his diverse staff in recruiting, supervision, and retention activities. His previous teams include Multnomah County (Oregon), Kaiser Permanente, Banfield Pet Hospital, and Egghead.com. 

Bob is proudest of his work planning and executing large-scale, transformational change in complex organizations. His personal tag line is: Leveraging technology, supporting people, and optimizing processes and change management to improve outcomes in the communities we serve. 

Bob is a native of the Netherlands and received his BA degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. 

Steven Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Director of Digital Transformation

Steven is currently the Director of Digital Transformation at Entegris, a specialty chemicals and materials company supporting the semiconductor & life science industries. Prior to this role, he spent about 7 years leading the  Innovation Management process as part of the CTO office. Before joining Entegris, Steven spent 15 years at IBM in a variety of roles within the semiconductor processing fab – from R&D to lean manufacturing to applying lean six sigma principles to R&D. Before joining the industry, Steven received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Washington and his BA in Chemistry at the University of Rochester.

Yelena Pevzner

CIO, Corporate Technology

Yelena is a change maker and a collaborator.  She is passionate about building and cultivating high-performance and cohesive teams and firmly believes that the whole is stronger than the sum of its parts, where the team plays to each other’s strengths.

Yelena joined Ally in 2020 to head up technology for all the Corporate Functions of internal-facing customers such as Finance, Treasury, Compliance, Risk, HR, Legal, Audit.  Since joining Ally, Yelena has collaborated with business leaders across Ally to initiate and lead the modernization and digital transformation of all corporate functions to enable automation, drive efficiencies and empower employees to drive business outcomes.

Prior to joining Ally, Yelena, held several technology leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies including EY, KPMG, Bank of America and S&P Global where she was responsible for driving large scale digital transformations and delivering software solutions.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Mathematics with high honors from Purdue University, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, specializing in distributed systems.

Jian Zhen

Product Manager, Google Cloud

Jian Zhen is a Product Manager for Google Cloud Security’s BeyondCorp Enterprise solution. He has 20 years of experience in the security industry and has worked in various areas including cloud security, EDR, and SIEM. Most recently, Jian was a co-founder of TrustPath that delivered a real-time threat prevention solution. Prior to that, Jian was the SVP of Products at Endgame, an endpoint detection and response company. Jian was also the Director of Cloud Solutions at VMware that delivered vCloud solutions for telcos and data center operators

Kiran Nair

Chrome Browser Security Product Manager

Kiran C Nair is the Product Manager for Chrome Browser Enterprise Security. He focuses on creating purpose-built enterprise security solutions for the modern web to help organizations keep their employees secure and productive. Kiran has over 12 years of experience in software and security engineering, including working closely with customers, engineering, operations, and threat research teams to own and drive Chrome’s Enterprise Security roadmap and strategy.

Jeff Weber

Executive Director
Robert Half

Jeff Weber is Executive Director at Robert Half and manages operations for more than 100 locations worldwide. The firm places IT professionals for initiatives ranging from software development, system and application life cycle, systems integration and project management to cloud, infrastructure, security and technical support.

Prior to this role, Weber was with Protiviti, a Robert Half subsidiary, since its inception in 2002 and was most recently a Managing Director for the technology consulting practice. With over three decades of IT experience, Weber’s areas of expertise include information security, software design and development, data management, enterprise architecture, IT process improvement, and IT strategy and governance.

DJ Goldsworthy

Vice President & Global Practice Lead

Presently partnering with IT and business counterparts to drive our rapidly evolving Cloud and DevSecOps initiatives. DJ has spent the past 5 years at Aflac building highly specialized teams and helping them recognize their potential while executing our strategy to advance the Security Operations, Incident Response, Threat Management, Vulnerability Management, Security Administration, Application Security and Red Team programs, with a focus on global security practices covering the US and APAC.

More recently at Aflac DJ had the exciting new opportunity to also help lead their Security Engineering efforts, driving new lifecycle management practices and focusing on enhanced capability delivery.

Fifteen years of experience in Information Security with specialization in the Insurance and Financial Services vertical markets and managed security services. Career began in operations as a security engineer identifying and responding to security incidents and providing support for critical security infrastructure of over 1,000 US financial institutions. Advanced to Security Operations Manager leading team of 18 engineers in Security Operations Center (SOC) monitoring, Incident Response, security research and client support for 5 years and then 3 years in a Director role over Research and Development.

Presently directing 7 teams consisting of 40+ security professionals and a $10M operating budget at Aflac.

Irwin Lazar

President and Principal Analyst

Irwin Lazar develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises enterprise and vendor clients on technology strategy, adoption and business metrics, Irwin is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in the digital workplace, covering enterprise communications and collaboration as an industry analyst for over 20 years.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Irwin is a blogger for NoJitter.com and contributor for SearchUnifiedCommunications.com writing on topics including team collaboration, UC, cloud, adoption, SD-WAN, CPaaS, WebRTC, and more.  He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is a regular speaker at events such as Enterprise Connect, InfoComm, and FutureIT. In 2017 he was recognized as an Emerging Technologies Fellow by the IMCCA and InfoComm.

Irwin’s earlier background was in IP network and security architecture, design, and operations where he advised global organizations and held direct operational responsibility for worldwide voice and data networks.

Irwin holds an MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Radford University where he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, Ordnance Corps. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Outside of Metrigy, Irwin has been active in Scouting for over ten years as a Scouting leader with Troop 1882 in Haymarket VA.

Rick Grinnell

Founder & Managing Partner
Glasswing Ventures

Rick Grinnell is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, focusing on investments in AI-enabled security and enterprise infrastructure. Rick has led investments and serves on the Board of Directors of Allure Security, Armored Things, Black Kite, and Terbium Labs (acquired by Deloitte).

As an experienced venture capitalist and operator, Rick has invested in some of the most dynamic companies in security, storage, analytics and SaaS applications during his 20 years in the venture capital industry. In his previous role as Managing Director at Fairhaven Capital, Rick led investments and served on the Board of Directors of Digital Guardian, EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert (acquired by Elastic), Pwnie Express (acquired by Outpost24), Resilient Systems (acquired by IBM), TrackVia (acquired by Primus Capital), and VeloBit (acquired by Western Digital). He also has deep operating experience having held senior marketing and engineering roles at Adero (acquired by Inktomi), ClearOne Communications (acquired by Gentner Communications, later renamed as ClearOne), and PictureTel (acquired by Polycom).

Rick is a member of the Educational Council at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is active with the entrepreneurial programs at Harvard and Tufts Universities, and is a frequent judge at MassChallenge. Rick’s contributions to the broader community include serving as a member of the Board of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, New England’s public/private security collaboration, and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisers at the Museum of Science in Boston. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

Rick has been recognized by New England Venture Network with the Community Leadership Award for his philanthropic work and contribution to the community. Rick holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from HBS.

Jay Leek

Managing Partner & Co-Founder
SYN Ventures

Jay A. Leek is a Founder of SYN Ventures Management LLC, Jay A. Leek holds the position of Managing Director at ClearSky Power & Technology Partners LLC and Managing Partner at SYN Ventures Management LLC. Mr. Leek is also on the board of 13 other companies.

Khalilah Scott


She is the founder of a tech group called TechSecChix.com that is geared towards helping women in tech fellowship among each other and find or provide resources. This is her third year as an InfoSec student and her first year as a Security Compliance Analyst.

Tim Byrd

Executive Vice President & CISO

Tim Byrd joined TIAA in 2019 as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In this role, Tim is responsible for the information security strategy and governance, technologies, security engineering, and cyber defense and monitoring.

Recognized as an industry leader, Tim currently serves as the Banking Policy Institute’s BITS (Business Information Technology Security) Security Steering Committee Chair, focusing on various sector-wide initiatives such as cloud security and identity and access management. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC).

Prior to joining TIAA, Tim served as Executive Vice President, Head of Strategic Assessments and Engagement at Wells Fargo, and was responsible for front-line information security and risk assessment. His responsibilities included designing a risk-based approach and building a world-class team to execute cyber-risk initiatives globally. Additionally, Tim oversaw third-party risk programs, security awareness and training, and all external cybersecurity public-private partnership engagement. He was also selected to serve as the executive sponsor for all cloud security efforts. In this role, Tim established strong governance and security criteria and led a cloud strategy transformation at Wells Fargo.

Martin Bally

Campbell Soup Company

Martin Bally is a highly accomplished senior global information security officer with more than 20 years of experience in multiple industries. Currently, he is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Campbell Soup Company where he is responsible for information, cyber, industrial, and product security.  Prior, Mr. Bally was the Chief Information Security Officer for three other fortune 500 companies: American Axle & Manufacturing, DieboldNixdorf, and TRW Automotive. In all positions, he was responsible for information security strategy, architecture, and security risk management globally and was a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership.

Deneen DeFiore

Vice President & CISO
United Airlines

Deneen is an accomplished technology & risk management executive with experience across multiple critical infrastructure sectors. She has developed expertise in advising global companies & their most senior executives on technology, cybersecurity, compliance and digital risk related decisions related to products, services, significant initiatives, & ongoing operations.
Deneen currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at United Airlines.

She is responsible for the leading the cybersecurity organization to ensure the company is prepared to prevent, detect, & respond to evolving cyber threats; as well as commercial aviation cyber safety risk initiatives & improving cyber resilience across the aviation ecosystem.

She is passionate about diversity in tech & promoting STEM education.

Caroline Beckmann

Senior Director
Trident DMG

Caroline Beckmann is a Senior Director who helps develop and execute public relations campaigns spanning a broad range of industries and media. Caroline has worked with early-stage and prominent tech companies, large private companies, public companies, and high-profile individuals. She regularly works with reporters at leading national, regional, and trade outlets, ranging from The New York TimesBloomberg, and CNN  to Business InsiderWired, and The Verge. Caroline specializes in reputation building, media relations, and the written word.

Before joining Trident, Caroline worked at a prominent DC public relations firm representing pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organizations, law firms, cybersecurity companies, non-profits, and others. Before starting her career in PR, Caroline interned with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, focusing on health, energy, and technology policy.

Caroline earned a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Williams College, where she played on the field hockey team. During college she worked as a research assistant for the Center for Environmental Studies and served as a board member for an organization empowering refugee women and girls in Jordan.

In 2016, Caroline lived in Rome where she spent a spring semester studying international relations. That summer she stayed in Italy to intern with the United Nations World Food Programme, working with representatives from over 50 nations around the world.

Caroline has lived in eight different states in her life and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Bob Lewis

IT Catalysts, Inc.

Since the 1996 launch of his “IS Survival Guide” column in InfoWorld, Bob Lewis has been an iconoclast in the echo chamber of same-old same-old commentary about business and IT strategy, tactics, operations, and leadership. His unique blend of vision, pragmatism and sardonic humor have made him one of the most trusted and independent voices in the field.

The award-winning author of 12 books, most recently “There’s no such thing as an IT project,” plus more than 1,700 columns, Mr. Lewis held a wide variety of executive, management and staff positions before becoming a consultant – he did the work before advising about the work.

Mr. Lewis posts a weekly column – Keep the Joint Running (he refuses to call it a blog) –at www.issurvivor.com, along with frequent guest columns on CIO.com.

Tsedal Neeley

Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration | Sr. Assoc. Dean for Faculty Development and Research
Harvard Business School

Tsedal Neeley (@tsedal) is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Recognized as one of the 100 people transforming business who are innovating, sparking trends, and tackling global challenges by Business Insider, her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.

Her book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere (2021, Harper Collins Business), provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations. Her award-winning book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years. She has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review, and her work has been widely covered in media outlets such as BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Her HBS case, Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work.

Tsedal co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as the Harvard Business Analytics Program. She has previously been the course head for the first-year required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively; the curriculum addresses group behavior and performance, organization design, change and how to align people behind a common vision.

Prior to her academic career, Tsedal spent ten years working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various roles, including strategies for global customer experience, 360-degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures. A sought-after speaker with extensive international experience, she is fluent in four languages. She holds a patent for her software simulation on global collaboration and is a member of Rakuten People & Culture Lab Advisory Board.

Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School (two-time recipient). She serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Brown Capital Management, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc.

Tsedal received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, specializing in Work, Technology and Organizations. Tsedal was named as the Top Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50 for making lasting contributions to management, honored as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar and was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research.

Kanu Gulati

Khosla Ventures

Kanu Gulati is a Partner at Khosla Ventures, and focuses on investments in Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure (that leverage advances in ML, Deep Learning, NLP, Language Models, etc), Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Hardware Acceleration. She has led and helps manage Khosla Ventures’ investments in companies including PolyAIZordiMimicaLexionZendarNoMagicWaveOneKorbitAnalog InferenceRosebud, and more.

She has over 10 years of operating experience as a research scientist at Intel and Cadence, and was founding / early engineer at startups including OmniSci (hardware-accelerated data analytics), Nascentric (fast-circuit simulation tool, acquired by Cadence), and Atrenta (predictive analytics for design, acquired by Synopsys).

Kanu has co-authored 3 books, has authored 35+ peer-reviewed publications with 650+ citations, and holds a US patent. She has PhD & Master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from University of Delhi. Kanu completed her MBA at Harvard Business School, where she was President of the annual Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference. Her Erdős number is 3.


Anna Asberg


Anna was appointed Vice President, R&D IT in 2019, based in Gaithersburg. Her role includes optimizing scientists’ daily lives through technology, making lab spaces more digital and improving global connectivity. Anna is also committed to transforming R&D through data science, AI and digital.

Her global team is building core AI capabilities such as Deep Learning, Imaging, Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Graph and self-service tools. They also deliver technology solutions to help the Digital Health function to better plan and execute clinical trials as well as deploy digital patient solutions.

Anna began her AstraZeneca career in 2004 in Sodertalje, working with Finance and Enabling, leading the transformative outsourcing for Finance systems to Infosys. In 2010, Anna moved to a role in the US focused on Commercial IT. In 2014, Anna moved back to Sodertalje as VP for Operations IT, where she initiated the digital journey with Smart Factory, laying the groundwork for future Growth Through Innovation opportunities.

Prior to AstraZeneca, Anna held diverse roles in IT, Strategy and Management in various European countries, including launching and growing an IT consultancy company in Germany. Anna holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from KTH, Royal Institute of Stockholm.

Brian Abrahamson

Chief Information Officer
Pacific Northwest National Lab

Brian Abrahamson is an Associate Laboratory Director & the Chief Information Officer for PNNL, leading a talented team of professionals that span Communications & Public Affairs, Information Technology, Research Computing and Cyber Security.

He is responsible for setting and implementing a cohesive strategy to amplify the visibility of PNNL’s research – ensuring that all audiences, internal and external, understand the Lab’s mission and how our science transforms the world. The convergence of Communications and Information Technology at PNNL recognizes that as the world moves online, the laboratory must be increasingly savvy in how we engage our stakeholders and manage our brand through digital channels.

Brian also has the privilege of leading a diverse team of computing and technology professionals.  This team has a clear mandate to leverage human-centered design to re-imagine how digital technologies can improve the research experience, enable data-driven insights for decision makers, enhance the efficiency of getting work done at the laboratory, and accelerate PNNL’s scientific discovery with advanced computational testbeds and resources.

Having previously served as the CIO for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, Brian returned to his home state of Washington in 2011 to join PNNL.  Prior to PG&E he spent over 10 years with Accenture, a management consulting organization, where he worked with technology and business leaders at over a dozen Fortune 250 companies to transform business operating models and lead digital transformation efforts.

Sabina Ewing


Sabina Ewing is Abbott’s Vice President of Business and Technology Services. She was appointed to this role in November 2020. In her role, Sabina provides executive leadership on technology strategy, policy, and capabilities across the Abbott enterprise.

Prior to joining Abbott, Sabina served as the Global Head, Business Technology for Pfizer Upjohn, headquartered in Shanghai, China. Before that, she held several IT-leadership roles at Pfizer, including Vice President for Corporate Functions & Business Services Business Technology (BT) and VP of Specialty Care, Vaccines, & Oncology BT.

Sabina is a recipient of the 2016 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Luminary Award and was recognized by Pharmaceutical Executive magazine the same year as an Emerging Pharma Leader. In 2019, she was announced as a Superstar by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine and a Technology All Star by Women of Color magazine. She is a 2018 recipient of the PharmaVoice Top 100 Most Inspiring Leaders in Life Sciences Award, a 2020 Women Economic Forum Iconic Leader Creating a Better World for All Award winner, and a 2020 PhillyCIO ORBIE winner for CIO of the Year in the Global CIO category.

Sabina earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Finance from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; and her Master of Science in Management and Systems from New York University, New York, New York.

Michelle Greene

SVP & CIO - Pharmaceutical Segment
Cardinal Health

Michelle is currently the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer – Pharmaceutical Segment at Cardinal Health.  In this role, Michelle is responsible for leading the IT function for the Pharmaceutical segment, including IT strategy, execution, and operations.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Michelle was the Vice President, Information Technology for Masco Corporation based in Livonia, Michigan.  In this role, she was responsible for aligning the IT strategies and initiatives supporting Masco’s corporate functions and overall business objectives. In addition to providing leadership for the Corporate IT organization, she directed the planning and implementation of corporate IT solutions.  She developed and led Masco’s enterprise-wide IT strategy for shared services, information security, “Cloud First/Cloud Right” and Data Analytics initiatives.  This role supported both organic and M&A activities.

Previously, Michelle was the Vice President, IT Business Partner – Global Functions at Johnson Controls, Inc (JCI).  Michelle provided technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of JCI Enterprise Council technology programs.  Michelle worked directly with the organizations in planning and implementing information technology to achieve strategic imperatives through effective and cost beneficial IT solutions.  She also provided active thought leadership to the organization resulting in advances in innovation and competitive advantage for the internal and external customers.

During her time at JCI, Michelle held the positions of Executive Director IT, for Automotive Interiors and Director, IT for Building Efficiency both divisions at Johnson Controls, Inc.  She was responsible for collaboratively creating the vision, developing the strategy, and implementing the plans to grow and transform the information technology landscape of JCI’s global business.  This role supported both organic and M&A activities.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Inc, she was the Director of Business Infrastructure for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.  In this role, she managed the Business Infrastructure organization within Corporate IT.  During January 2004-March 2008, Michelle was on expatriate assignment in Lund, Sweden.

Dan Roberts

Tech Whisperers Podcast; CEO, Ouellette & Associates

Considered one of the best-connected thought leaders in the CIO space, Dan Roberts has a passion for bringing CIOs together to learn and benefit from one another’s experiences. Each year, he works and meets with more than 1,000 CIOs and IT leaders across the globe.

As the CEO and President of Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc. (O&A), Dan leads the firm that has been known since 1984 for “Developing the Human Side of Technology.” His team has helped more than 3,500 IT organizations build a world class culture, a high-performing workforce, and a differentiated talent brand.

Dan is the host of the CIO Whisperers Podcast and writes The CIO Whisperer blog for CIO.com. These platforms feature the leadership philosophies and teachings of the best CXO leaders of our time. Through his Podcast, Dan is demonstrating his Tech4Good commitments by donating more than $100,000 in scholarships to develop future ready IT leaders in non-profits.

A keynote speaker and panel moderator at numerous industry conferences and corporate events, Dan is an author and contributing author of numerous books. His two latestUnleashing the Power of IT and Confessions of a Successful CIO, were on Amazon’s list of top-rated books for months and are being leveraged by IT leadership teams as a model for moving IT up the maturity curve.

Dan has been married to Denise for 36 years and is the proud Dad of Kristina, a doctor on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Kelly, a retired Army Ranger who is now pursuing his passions as a real estate investor. Dan and Denise are enjoying their latest roles as “Pa” and “Mimi” to their two beautiful granddaughters.

Stacey Goodman

Prudential Financial

Stacey Goodman is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Prudential Financial. In this role, she oversees information technology, including cybersecurity, across Prudential’s locations worldwide to deliver added value for customers, employees and shareholders through the optimal use of data, information, and digital and technology platforms.

Goodman joined Prudential in July 2019 with over 25 years of experience leveraging technology to create competitive advantage and business success for leading financial institutions.

Previously, Goodman served as the CIO at Freddie Mac, responsible for the technology division, and served on the Senior Operating Committee. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer for CIT, where she was a member of the Executive Management Committee and led technology and operations globally. During her time at CIT, Goodman revitalized and modernized core platforms to support business growth, productivity, mobility and regulatory goals. CIT was recognized by CIO Magazine with a Top 100 award in 2016 for the technology transformation under her leadership.

Prior to CIT, Goodman was the Divisional Chief Information Officer of Global Technology and Operations at Bank of America, where she built and led the enterprise development and operations team. She also held global leadership positions at UBS and PaineWebber and started her career at Salomon Brothers.

She received her B.A. from Syracuse University and earned her Six Sigma certification in 2007. She has served on the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research’s advisory committee.

Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large
Fortune Magazine & Best Selling Author

The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help them do just that. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing. As a result, Geoff can provide audiences with a clearer path for an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights on the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change. Geoff’s columns and cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans, many of whom also hear him on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff Colvin is author of four books including the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. His latest book is The New York Times bestseller Humans are Underrated which looks at the future of work and how humans will fit into a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.

As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the InfoTech revolution, human performance and related issues.

In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments, Geoff has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS.

In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee and interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and many others.

Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book is Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates, and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.

A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
• Recalibrate: How to Succeed in This Business Climate
• Humans: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage
• Rebuilding the Economy: An Update
• Confronting Reality: Leading Ahead of Disruption
• The Future of Work: How Will Humans Fit In?
• Where is the Economy Headed?
• Confronting Technology: Are You Ready?
• Talent Is Overrated: How Great Performers Really Got Great
• Panel Moderator, Discussion Leader, Emcee/Host

Irwin Lazar

President and Principal Analyst

Irwin Lazar is President and Principal Analyst at Metrigy where he conducts buyer-side research on communications and collaboration technologies including unified communications, video conferencing, messaging, and team collaboration. In this role he advises enterprise and vendor clients on technology strategy, adoption and business metrics, Irwin has covered enterprise communications and collaboration as an industry analyst for over 20 years. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Nancy King

SVP, Product Engineering
Target Corporation

Nancy King is Senior Vice President of Product Engineering at Target, where she drives the overall technology vision, strategy, and talent development for product engineering. Nancy and her team help bring Target’s purpose to life through world-class technologies and software capabilities across all aspects of Target’s business including digital, merchandising, marketing, finance, human resources, stores and supply chain.

Nancy has been with Target for 16+ years and played a leading role through the retailer’s technology transformation and growth. She has been a long-term champion for diversity and inclusivity in tech at Target and the local community.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and 20+ years of hands-on IT leadership experience in Fortune 100 organizations. She lives in Eden Prairie, MN with her husband and two young sons that keep her very busy outside of work.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at over 1,900 stores and online at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week.

Beth Kormanik

Manager, Content Development
Foundry, an IDG Inc. company

A journalist and event strategist for more than 20 years, Beth Kormanik is Manager of Content Development at Foundry, an IDG Inc. company. She served as Editor In Chief of BizBash, a leading media resource event and meeting organizers, following roles as senior editor and news editor. Kormanik also served as co-host of the GatherGeeks podcast and regularly spoke to industry groups on meeting and event trends. Kormanik was a contributed editor Event Marketer and was part of the editorial content team at the Event Leadership Institute. She has written for the New York Times and was a reporter for the Florida Times-Union and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspapers and managing editor of the B2B publication Hotel Interactive. Kormanik is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Bev Kaye

CEO and Founder
Bev Kaye & Company

Dr. Beverly Kaye is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development, employee engagement and retention.

Her contributions to the field of engagement and retention include the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, now in its 6th edition.  Her recent books in the career development field include Up is Not the Only Way and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, which provided overwhelmed managers with a way to blend career conversations into their everyday routine.

In 2018, The Association for Talent Development (ATD) honored her with their Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing her advanced knowledge, extensive practice across the talent development field, thought leadership and contributions to the profession.  The Association of Learning Professionals (ISA) also recognized her with their 2018 Thought Leadership Award for her body of work in support of work-related learning and performance.

Lorraine Hariton

President & CEO

Lorraine Hariton is President & CEO of Catalyst, a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Catalyst’s vision and mission have long been a passion for Lorraine, and she is honored to lead the organization at this crucial time and to help write the next chapter in its 59-year legacy of accelerating positive change for women.

Lorraine’s extensive career includes senior-level positions in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and executive. She began her career at IBM, has served in the Obama administration at the Department of State, and developed the Global STEM Alliance at the NY Academy of Sciences. She has been involved in women’s leadership initiatives throughout her career, serving on the boards of UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change, the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Forum for Entrepreneurs and Executives. She also serves on the board of Quotient Technology.

Lorraine is the proud mother of Glen and Laura and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren as much as possible. Lorraine holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mohamad Ali

IDG, Inc.

Mohamad Ali is Chief Executive Officer at IDG, the world’s leading technology media and research company.

Prior to this, Mohamad was CEO of Carbonite, a publicly traded data-protection and cybersecurity company where he grew revenues four-fold to over a half billion dollars in in four years. Before that, Mohamad served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett Packard where he played a pivotal role in the company’s turnaround and led the decision process to split HP into two companies. At IBM, Mohamad acquired and integrated various companies to create the firm’s eight-billion-dollar analytics software unit. At Avaya, he oversaw the two-billion-dollar services group, and served as the head of the company’s research labs.

Mohamad holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a B.A. in History, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, each from Stanford University. He currently serves as lead director of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) and director of Henry Schein (NASDAQ: HSIC), and previously director of Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) and City National Bank (NYSE: CYN). Mohamad also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was named 2018 CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, member of 2018 Public Board of the Year by National Association of Corporate Directors New England, 2021, 2020 & 2018 100 Most Influential People in Boston by Boston Magazine, 2011 All-Star by Massachusetts High Tech magazine, 2008 40-Under-40 by Boston Business Journal, and was a finalist in America’s prestigious 1988 National Science Talent Search.

Ben Tizer

Head of Software Sales & Success

Ben Tizer currently leads sales for software and cloud adoption at Cloudreach.  In his two and a half years at Cloudreach, he has integrated the go to market motions between the software and services business units at Cloudreach and established strategic program partnerships with Amazon Web Services.  The combination of these efforts has led to the creation of a set of fully funded, software enabled service offerings designed to simplify and de-risk the cloud migration process.

Uri Haramati

Founder & CEO

Uri Haramati is a seasoned product manager with over a decade of business knowledge and experience in diverse capacities. A serial entrepreneur, Uri founded Life on Air (Meerkat, Houseparty), which is used by millions of users worldwide, holding the position of Head of Product and managing company operations. Previously, Uri founded Skedook, an event discovery app, and served as a senior consultant at Deloitte.

Michael Fisher

Director of Product Management

Michael is a Director of Product Management at OpsRamp. He is currently focusing on solving problems around Observability, and enabling efficient ITOps and DevOps workflows. He has a passion for building products that delight customers in a way that moves the business forward.

Vivin Sathyan

Senior Technology Evangelist

Vivin Sathyan is a senior technology evangelist at ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corp. He presents POCs, and takes care of implementation as well as product training in the domains of ADSolutions and IT security. He is also a regular speaker on the latest trends and best practices in Windows infrastructure management, in international seminars and user conferences conducted by ManageEngine.

Sathish Sagayaraj Joseph

Senior Manager, Strategic Account Management

Sathish is backed by 14 years of expertise in enterprise IT management and has engaged with clients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to define their IT needs. His vast experience comes from more than 100 enterprise implementations centered on help desk, monitoring, endpoint management, and ITsecurity solutions. He currently serves as the manager for the strategic account management team (North America) at ManageEngine,  offering consulting services to enterprises in many industries. Sathish focuses on clearly identifying an organizations’ IT needs and helping his clients achieve their organization’s unique IT management goals.

Brandon Evans

Certified Instructor
SANS Institute

Brandon works for Zoom Video Communications, in which he leads their internal Application Security training. As an application developer for most of his professional career, he moved into security full-time largely because of his many formal trainings through SANS. He’s a contributor to the OWASP Serverless Top 10 Project and a co-leader for the Nashville OWASP chapter. Brandon is lead author for SEC510: Public Cloud Security: AWS, Azure, and GCP and a contributor and instructor for SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation.

Eric Carter

Director of Product Marketing

Eric is Director of Product Marketing focused on Sysdig’s partner ecosystem. Eric has worked with enterprise technology solutions across several domains for more than two decades. Prior to Sysdig, Eric led product management and marketing for software-defined storage startup, Hedvig. He has also worked for well-known tech firms including Riverbed and EMC. Eric holds a BA in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.

Patrick McFadin

VP Developer Relations

Patrick McFadin is the VP of Developer Relations at DataStax, where he leads a team devoted to making users of Apache Cassandra successful. He has also worked as Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, where he helped build some of the largest and most exciting deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons and an Oracle DBA/Developer for over 15 years.

Patrick McFadin works at DataStax in Developer Relations and as a contributor to the Apache Cassandra project. He has worked as Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and as a consultant for DataStax, where he had a great time building some of the largest deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he held positions as Chief Architect, Engineering Lead and Database DBA/Developer.

Patrick McFadin is the co-author of the upcoming O’Reilly book “Managing Cloud-Native Data on Kubernetes” He currently works at DataStax in Developer Relations and as a contributor to the Apache Cassandra project. Patrick has worked as Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and as a consultant for DataStax, where he had a great time building some of the largest deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he held positions as Chief Architect, Engineering Lead and Database DBA/Developer.

Mark Woods

Chief Technical Advisor

Mark is a passionate technologist who’s spent too much time owning a P&L to really call himself an engineer. Innovative technology (in all its various flavors) has been the common backbone for Mark’s career, from mission-critical delivery to innovation acceleration, global portfolio optimization to fundraising, and acquisition selection to ground-up organization building.

At Splunk, he helps executive teams and international policy makers understand the seismic effect that data-driven approaches can achieve and get the right blend of enabling technology, expertise, empowering guidance and practical governance to deliver