Nabil Abdennadher
HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland)

Nabil Abdennadher received the Diploma in Engineering (Computer science) from Ecole Nationale des Sciences de l’Informatique (ENSI, Tunisia), and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of Valenciennes in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He was an assistant professor at the University of Tunis II from 1992 to 1998 and a research assistant at the Computer Science Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, he joined the Department of Computer Engineering at the HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland) as an assistant HES professor. He is currently a full professor at the same university and head of both the inIT Research Institute and the ‘Large Scale Distributed Systems research group. His major research interests include high performance computing, parallel algorithms, Internet of Things and urban computing. Nabil Abdennadher is currently leading several projects funded by the Swiss confederation (CTI andSNF). During the last years, he has participated in two FP7 European projects. He is also the founder of two companies in Tunisia and Switzerland.


Mr. Ulrich Ahle
Chief Executive Officer
FIWARE Foundation

Ulrich Ahle is CEO of the FIWARE Foundation. Ulrich is a reputed executive in the industrial sector, formerly Vice President and leader of Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation Consulting & Systems Integration and responsible for Industry 4.0 in Atos Germany. He is also member of the Board of the Industrial Data Space Association in Germany. After an apprenticeship as Toolmaker at Hella KG, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. In his career, Ahle held several positions as development engineer, project manager, sales manager and Director. He has been part of Nixdorf Computer AG, Siemens Business Services, Siemens IT Solutions & Services and Atos.

Since September 2016 Ulrich Ahle is Chief Executive Officer of the FIWARE Foundation.

FIWARE is an initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors.

The FIWARE Foundation is a legal independent body whose main purpose is to provide shared resources to help achieving the FIWARE Mission by Empowering, Promoting, Augmenting, Protecting, and Validating the FIWARE Technologies and supporting the whole Community around them.


Nasser Saleh Al Marzouqi
ITU-T Study Group 20 Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities and Communities (SC&C)

Mr. Nasser Al Marzouqi is the Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)” which provides a specialized IoT and smart city standardization platform. The work of the ITU-T Study Group 20 is focused on identifying and analyzing emerging applications and global solutions for IoT and smart cities, which will contribute to improving the interoperability of various IoT-based technologies, a key factor in ensuring end-user and market acceptance of IoT solutions. Mr. Al Marzouqi is also the Co-chairman of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative. The U4SSC is a global smart city initiative which primarily advocates for public policy to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities worldwide. Nasser Al Marzouqi is currently working for the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates in the International Affairs Division. He also functions as the UAE representative to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has been closely involved in the major ITU conferences and events. He received his Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Latrobe University in Australia. The TRA in the UAE has been at the forefront of pioneering developments in the field of ICT and in providing an optimal enabling environment in which the UAE’s ICT sector can flourish. Mr. Al Marzouqi is a firm proponent of converting existing systems to high-efficiency systems, helping to bridge the digital divide and increasing global communication and the transition to smart sustainable cities.


Reto Amstad
Consultant Plant Data Services Siemens Switzerland

Reto Amstad is responsible for Industrial IoT Projects at Siemens Switzerland with focus in discrete and process industries as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Already during his studies in Business Engineering and Business Development, he understood that in order to make paradigm shifting technologies such as Data Analytics work for businesses, we not only need to understand technology but also the resulting business and process implications for companies.

Statement: “Together with my passionate team from Siemens Plant Data Services we help our customers using IoT to enhance their process efficiency or launch their own new data driven services.”


Alexey Andrushevich
Senior Researcher
iHomeLab of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences

Alexey Andrushevich is a senior researcher at the iHomeLab of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. He has received his Master of Science in Embedded Systems Design from the University of Lugano in continuation to research in Radio-Frequency Identification.  Previously he completed the 5-year program at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Belarusian State University, with focus on Optimization Algorithms. He is performing research and managing research projects on adaptive user interfaces and building management systems as well as optimization aspects of embedded and networked systems. He has co-authored around 50 publications in scientific books, journals, and conference proceedings. He teaches courses on Intelligent Buildings and Internet of Things as well as coaches undergraduate students.


Pasquale Annicchino
Research Fellow
European University Institute

Dr. Pasquale Annicchino is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute. He is a member of the research team in two ERC funded projects: Grassrootmobilise and the Post-Secular conflicts project based at the University of Innsbruck . He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at BYU Law School and at St. John’s Law School (U.S.A.) and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). His main interests include the followings: National Security Law, International Cyber Conflicts, Surveillance Laws. He is the Scientific Director of Lex Digital-Data Economy & Law Institute.


Domenico Arpaia
OrbiWise SA

Domenico has worked in the wireless industry for 25 years and has a broad management experience including management positions in R&D, Business Management and Product Marketing.
Before starting OrbiWise, Domenico was responsible for the IP Licensing Business and for activities with wireless operators globally at ST-Ericsson.
Before moving to Switzerland in 2010, he worked in the USA with Ericsson for over 15 years and in Italy prior to that.
Domenico received his MSEE in 1989.




Dr. Davide Bacciu
Assistant Professor of Machine Learning at the Computer Science Department
University of Pisa

Davide Bacciu (http://pages.di.unipi.it/bacciu) is Assistant Professor of Machine Learning at the Computer Science Department, University di Pisa. His research interests concern the design of machine learning models for structured domains and the development of distributed learning systems for the processing of sensor-data time-series, with applications to IoT, ambient assisted living, smart transportation and healthy ageing. He has been leading researcher of the EU FP7 projects RUBICON and DOREMI and he is currently coordinator of the Italian national project LISTIT (MIUR-SIR program, 2016-2019) on the design of machine learning models generalizing supervised learning to tree structured domains. He has co-authored over 60 research papers published on international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters in the fields of machine learning and computational intelligence, and he has been member of several program committees of conferences and workshops. He has delivered invited presentations in highly reputed research centres, including University of Heidelberg, Royal Statistical Society and Kings College London. He is the recipient of the 2009 E. R. Caianiello Award for the best Italian Ph.D. thesis on Neural Networks. Since 2015, he is in the Steering Board of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence.



Ajith Balakumar
VP Operations
Forthcode Technologies

Ajith Balakumar is the VP Operations of Forthcode Technologies, A startup focusing on IoT-based IT Modernisation. Previously, Ajith worked as an IT Advisor in a Big 4 consulting company. He was also the member of the Technical Advisory Committee of one of the largest Govt Utility company in India. He graduated from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore/Stockholm School of Economics with a degree in Business Administration.

Currently, Forthcode is working with Eindhoven city council for Smart city Implementation.


Hamza Baqa
Researcher and PhD Candidate
Easy Global Market

Hamza Baqa is a researcher and PhD candidate at Easy Global Market in collaboration with Mines-Telecom, France.

He received Computer science engineering degree (2016) by the INPT and Telecom-Mines Saint Etienne.

He has been active in Fiesta H2020 EU project where his research interests include Internet of things (IoT), Semantic web and Big data and is now involved in the WISE-IoT project, contributing to Quality of Information evaluation.


Martin Bauer
Senior Researcher
NEC Laboratories Europe


Dr. Martin Bauer received his MSc in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon, USA, in 1998, and both his Dipl. Inf. and his doctorate degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2000 and 2007 respectively. In 2005 he joined the NEC Laboratories Europe (NLE).

He is now a Senior Researcher and is/has been working on the European projects MobiLife, SPICE, MAGNET Beyond, SENSEI, IoT-A, IoT-i, FIWARE, SMARTIE, FIESTA and Wise-IoT on topics related to context aware systems and IoT architecture and platforms.

He contributed to the definition of the NGSI context interfaces in OMA and he is currently active in oneM2M standardization and the newly created ETSI ISG CIM on Context Information Modelling, driving the work on semantics there. He has (co-) authored more than 40 technical papers andhas also been active as peer reviewer and program committee member for several journals, conferences and workshops.



George Beers
coordinator of the Large Scale Pilot on Internet of Farm & Food (IoF2020)
Wageningen Research (WR)

Dr. George Beers is a Horticultural Engineer. He holds a PhD in Management Science with a thesis on project management. He is a specialist in strategic information management in agribusiness. His core competence is connecting different worlds. Dr. Beers works for Wageningen since 1991 in several research and management positions in which he kept a balance between program management in research and innovation and organization development.  He was Scientific Director of the co-innovation program Agri Chain Competences (1998-2001), founder and CEO of the Green Knowledge Cooperation (innovation agricultural education system, 2004-2010). Between 1999 and 2004 Dr. Beers held a professorship as the Chair ICT in Agribusiness at Wageningen University. From 2011-2014 he resided in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia initiating and implementing the Saudi Agricultural Informations Centre. He is coordinating large scale EU projects on the field of Future Internet in AgriFood. Since January 2017 he is coordinator of the Large Scale Pilot on Internet of Farm & Food (IoF2020).



Marc-Elian Bégin
CEO and co-founder

Marc-Elian Bégin is CEO and co-founder of SixSq, a cloud computing company based in Geneva, Switzerland. Marc-Elian holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in Aerospace, from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and has been working in the software industry since 1994. During this time, he has worked with the Canadian and European Space Agencies, as well as CERN, on distributed software systems, grid and cloud computing development projects. In 2007, inspired by a drive to evangelise cloud computing, he realised one of his dreams and founded SixSq with 2 other partners. His current focus is SlipStream, a professional open source multi-cloud Platform as a Service, DevOps and hybrid cloud solution. With this software and an amazing team, he builds smart city solutions and open data access to deliver real and tangible benefits to society. He regularly talks at local, national and international events, such as CeBIT, Swiss Open Cloud Day and CloudStack Collaboration Conference. Marc-Elian enjoys living and working in Geneva, Switzerland, while trying to keep up with his two fast-growing sons.



Claude Béglé
SymbioSwiss SA, Pully

Claude Béglé Dynamic, entrepreneurial and result oriented line manager. Highly international profile. A strategic thinker with a global vision, able to translate the latter into action with a focus on delivering results. A leader and federator, structured with strong sense of priorities. A seasoned negotiator, at ease in complex business and regulatory situations. Successfully completed numerous acquisitions and their subsequent integration. Innovative and used to steering change management. At ease both in a corporate and SME environment. Excellent communication skills. multilingual and multicultural. Possesses an in-depth knowledge of the service and consumer goods industries. Also a politician with a strong sense of corporate social responsibility. Able to balance macro/political considerations and micro/business efficiency. Very familiar with public policy, regulatory aspects and PPPs. Strong engagement in favor of energy saving and environmental programs. Current Member of the Swiss Parliament, also member of the parliamentarian foreign affair commission.  



Helmi Ben Hmida
Senior Researcher and Project Manager
Smart Living Competence Center in the Fraunhofer Institute

Dr. Helmi Ben Hmida is an IoT Expert, a senior researcher and project manager in the Smart Living competence center in the Fraunhofer Institute Germany and member of several European consortium and alliances in relation with the Internet of Things, especially the European Alliance of IoT Innovation (AIOTI) and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA).

He has obtained his master from Rennes University-France in the field of artificial intelligence in 2009. Till end 2012, he has successfully achieved his PhD in cooperation between the Mainz university in Germany and the Burgundy university in France. Since then, he works for Fraunhofer institute as the largest applied research institute in Europe.

Digital Transformation & Internet of things (IoT) are his main filed of expertise. From a policy perspective, he has contributed to the creation of several roadmaps and studies to empower the use of ICT technologies in daily life and quantify the expected impact from a social and economic perspectives. From a technological perspective, he has also lead several European and German projects for the innovation and the digitalization of different sectors touching the society, especially Smart Building, City, Mobility, Assisted systems, and Energy economy. His contributions have led to the innovation & the deployment of several smart technologies for more than 6000 users in 9 European countries.



Prof. Emmanuel Benoist
Professor for Computer Science
Bern University of Applied Sciences

Emmanuel Benoist – Professor for Computer Science at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH in German). Teaching in Web Programming and Web Security. He is the coordinator for the group Privacy and Security of the Research Institute on Security for the Information Society (RISIS).
His research are dealing with Web Security, and also privacy protection on Web applications and eHealth applications.
He is also lecturer for the Forensic Sciences School of the University of Lausanne (ESC in French), where he teaches in the module “Introduction to Digital Forensics”.


Alexander Berlin
Founder & CEO
Berlin Thinking

Alexander Berlin is a professional startup developer, investment adviser and data business model expert on the European level. As CEO and Founder of Berlin Thinking Consulting, he provides acceleration service for tech startups in all IoT and ICT sectors growing internationally and scouts startups for synergetic funds of business and super angels.
Alex is currently in charge of the business support at the large scale IoT project IoF2020 and develops the next generation data business models for the agricultural sector. He is an experienced EU project manager and worked already on the development of a competitive European entrepreneurial infrastructure at projects like FIWARE and @diversity. He is part of advisory groups on the EU level and translates the needs of the IoT ecosystem, startups and investors in Europe into economically reasonable actions.
With Berlin Thinking Social, Alex is also actively supporting technological innovations for humanitarian aid organizations like UNHCR, WFP and UNOCHA. He organizes together with Techfugees, HackingAid (by HumanityX and PwC), FIWARE and other partners, hackathons for the development of concrete technical solutions to manage the refugee crisis or to coordinate humanitarian aid.


Stefano Bianchi
Research Team Leader
Softeco Sismat

Stefano Bianchi Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Genoa, currently Research Team Leader at Softeco Sismat S.r.l (www.softeco.it), he works since 2002 in the Research & Innovation Division (managing the www.research.softeco.it  website) with a focus on research ICT projects related to Content and Knowledge Management and ICT Solutions, mainly in the health, biomedical and bioinformatics context.
He has been involved on a wide variety of research projects, both at European (eContent-Worksafe, eContent-ERDDS, eTEN-EuOrphan, IST-K-Wf Grid, eTEN-EuroWorksafe, eContentPlus-AquaRing, IST-Accessibile, HEALTH-Hypergenes, ICT-TELL ME, DS-ANASTACIA) and at national level (CCSE RSE-SmartGen, FIMSER-GLIMS). He is particularly interested in knowledge formalization and modelling, UI design and usability assessment, Project Management and Team Building, user requirements elicitation and formalization. His experience ranges from user requirements analysis to system architecture design and technical software development (web application in particular), with emphasis on complementary activities such as market analysis and business model planning, dissemination and exploitation, and support to technical and administrative coordination. He is a passionate user of several web frameworks, such as ZK (www.zkoss.org) and Dojo (dojotoolkit.org), and a contributor to their developer communities.
He has also a sound expertise in the preparation of project proposals and in the composition of consortia.
He is currently coordinating the ANASTACIA project (Advanced Networked Agents for Security and Trust Assessment in CPS / IOT Architectures) which received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N° 731558 and from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.


Phillippa Biggs
Senior Policy Analyst , ITU

Phillippa Biggs is an economist and qualified accountant at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since 2005. She holds a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an accountancy qualification from the ICAEW and a Master’s degree in Economics for Development from Oxford University, where she won the Oxford University Prize for Best Overall Performance in her Masters degree, as well as two diplomas (in both Economics and Statistics) from the UK’s Open University. Prior to joining ITU, Phillippa worked for two other UN agencies, as an Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD and as a consultant with UNIDO in Tanzania and Egypt. She is now an economist, editor and chief author of the State of Broadband reports (www.broadbandcommission.org), World Information Society Report (www.itu.int/wisr), the Status of VoIP Worldwide report, and ITU’s Confronting the Crisis reports (www.itu.int/crisis2009). She analyses developments in broadband, VoIP and 3G markets around the world.


Patrick Blankers
Head of Sustainability & Corporate responsibility for the region Western & Central Europe

Patrick Blankers (born 1964) is Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, for the Region Western and Central Europe. In this role he drives sustainability initiatives across the region and works with external and internal stakeholders. He also has responsibilities in business intelligence and regulatory affairs. During his 20 years at Ericsson, Patrick has fulfilled various roles in strategy, management and technology. Prior to that, Patrick worked at Dutch operator KPN as a researcher. Patrick has a Master degree of the Technical University of Eindhoven, Electronic Engineering, 1988.

Yann Bocchi
Professor and Head of the Software Engineering Unit / Committee Member
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) Valais / Swiss Mobility Lab

Yann Bocchi studied business information systems at the University of Grenoble, France, then studied telecommunications at the University of Tours, France. From 1998-2002 he worked at ATOS Origin, a large European IT service company, as application manager & project manager.
Since 2002 Yann has been working as professor at the Business Information Systems Institute at HES-SO Valais and since 2011 he is responsible for the software engineering unit.
As a Certified Scrum Master, Yann puts the clients’ results and satisfaction first and take an agile approach to project management.
He is organized, pragmatic, creative and enterprising, with a keen team spirit and excellent interpersonal skills. Yann current research activities are focused on information systems for the IoT, Smart-Cities and mobility services.


Franck Boissiere
Policy Coordinator & Programme Officer
Internet of Things Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Franck Boissiere – Policy Coordinator &  Programme Officer, Internet of Things Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Franck Boissière is in charge of IoT policy developments, with particular interest in interoperability, standardisation, cybersecurity, trust and privacy. During his 25 years in the European Commission he has first been involved in a wide spectrum of research programmes (next generation internet, high performance computing, research infrastructures, cyber physical systems and control), and during the last 10 years in many of the Digital Agenda and Digital Single Market policy such as standardisation, e-Commerce, digital payments and cybersecurity.
Before joining the European Commission Franck Boissière was working research engineer at France Télécom in charge of multimedia equipment, protocols and services. He received his engineering degree from the French Ecole Polytechnique in 1983 and specialised as telecom engineer in Telecom Paris.



Luca Bolognini
President and CEO
IIP – Istituto Italiano per la Privacy e la Valorizzazione dei Dati

Luca Bolognini – President of the Italian Institute for Privacy and Data Valorization, the main national private research center dedicated to advanced data protection and partner of the EU H2020 Privacy Flag project. Luca is a lawyer, member of the Rome Bar Association, founding partner of ICT Legal Consulting law firm with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam and partner firms in 19 other countries. His work concerns privacy, ICT law and corporate administrative liability. Luca assists companies and is part of several corporate Surveillance Bodies and serves as an independent Ethics and Privacy Advisor for European projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020). Luca has written on issues concerning Big Data, cloud, IoT, web 2.0, legitimate interest, freedom of information, right to be forgotten, profiling and pseudonymization for scientific journals and both national and international newspapers (including Computer Law & Security Review, Diritto Economia e Tecnologie della Privacy, Corriere della Sera, Sole 24 Ore, Il Mondo, Affari Italiani, European Voice, The Wall Street Journal). Luca is member of the International Core Team of DataEthicsEU. He participates as speaker in national and international conferences (including ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai and 2015 in Budapest) and radio/TV broadcasts on innovation policies matters. Luca wrote the pamphlet “Generazione Selfie”, published by Corriere della Sera in 2014. He was co-author and editor of the first commentary on the Italian Privacy Code of Ethics for lawyers and private investigators (Giuffrè, 2009) and of the book “Next Privacy” (RCS Etas, 2010). He has lectured at Alma Graduate School of the University of Bologna, at Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione, at IED, at the IPSOA Privacy Officer master and for several other training and higher education programs. Since 2015 Luca is in charge of teaching business data law at LUISS Master in Big Data Management, in Rome and, since 2010, he is in charge of teaching privacy law at the Professional school of Legal Professions at the University of Teramo, Italy. Luca was author, with Enrico Pelino and Camilla Bistolfi, of the volume “Il Regolamento Privacy Europeo” (Giuffrè, 2016), the first italian commentary on the new General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016(UE). 


John Bothos
Associate Researcher
Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL)

John Bothos is an economist, with his main field of expertise being Applied Economic and Social Analysis with the use of mathematical econometric methods and econometric modeling. He has a ten year professional experience in conducting and composing relevant studies, in project designing, project programming and project management.


Mustapha Bouraoui
Vice-President Strategic Marketing Europe, Middle East and Africa

Mustapha Bouraoui is Vice President Strategic Marketing within STMicroelectronics’ Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Region and has held this position since 2015.

Mustapha Bouraoui joined STMicroelectronics in 1994 and held several positions in ST’s Telecom Division and the EMEA Sales & Marketing region. In 2012 he was appointed EMEA Vice President Digital Marketing & Applications.

Bouraoui is a co-founder and board member of the Alliance for Internet of Thing Innovation (AIOTI) and currently serves as Chairman of AIOTI’s Workgroup 5 (Smart Living Environment for Ageing Well).

Mustapha Bouraoui was born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1968. He graduated with a degree in Electronics Engineering from Grenoble Polytechnic Institute (France) in 1993 and holds a PhD degree in Signal, Image, and Speech Processing from the same university.



Jonas Breuer
Research Associate and Project Manager

Jonas Breuer, is a research associate and project manager at imec since August 2013. A bachelor degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht, and a Master of Science in Communication Studies (with Great Distinction) provides him with the right tools to tackle scientific issues. A cosmopolitan life and a passion for inter-cultural communication learned and cultivated while working and living in international environments provides the rest. In his master thesis, Jonas assessed the ‘Smart City’ from a political economy perspective. His research still revolves around Smart Cities and related concepts, such as the role that data assumes, corresponding business models and the role of the citizen as user in this context. Jonas currently works on the CITADEL II project, where he supports city authorities in involving citizens in public service innovation. In the U4IoT coordination and support action, he provides participatory sustainability models.


Raphael Briner
Chief Marketing Officer

Raphaël Briner is Chief Marketing Officer at Elium – www.elium.com  – and living between Geneva, London and Bruxelles, trying to change employees behaviors by providing new and existing platform, concepts, models and thinking related to knowledge sharing, collaboration & innovation.  In 2015, he designed the Knowledge Sharing Canvas, a toolkit to structure workshops around 11 building blocks, www.knowledgeplaza.net/ksc and the Double X, a reflective personal tool and open research using collaboration to map collaboration. www.knowledgeplaza.net/doublex Knowledge Plaza bought his company HyperWeek in 2013 (HyperWeek is a social platform that powers engagement and participatory culture with employees, consumers and citizens).  Prior to that, Raphaël was the founder and creative director of Electronlibre, a digital communication agency based in Lausanne, that grew from 3 people to 23 people in 5 years (2003-2008).  He observes himself being an engaged entrepreneur, balancing his life between designing, writing, talking and learning through practices.


Arne Bröring
Research Scientist

Arne Bröring is a Research Scientist at Siemens’ corporate research unit in Munich (Germany). Previously, he worked as a researcher for Esri (Switzerland), the 52°North open source initiative, as well as the University of Münster. He has a Masters degree in Geoinformatics from the University of Münster and received his PhD related to IoT and the Sensor Web from the University of Twente (Netherlands). He has been one of the key designers of the Sensor Web Enablement framework at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). As the chairperson of the Sensor Observation Service working group, he has co-authored multiple international standards. More recently, he has been involved in standardization at the W3C anTud the Web of Things group. Since 10 years, he is researching on IoT related topics, has contributed to over 70 publications, and has served on various programme committees for conferences and workshops. He has been involved in numerous research projects (FP-7, H2020) and is currently the Technical Coordinator of the BIG IoT project (http://big-iot.eu), which is part of the European Platforms Initiative (IoT-EPI).


Martin Brynskov
Chairman of the Global Open & Agile Smart Cities Initiative (OASC)

Martin Brynskov, is chair of the global Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC), which encompasses more than 100 cities from 22 countries. He is also associate professor, PhD, in Interaction Technologies at Aarhus University in Denmark, director of AU Smart Cities, founder and co-director of the Digital Living Research Commons, director of the Digital Design Lab, and fellow at the Center for Advanced Visualization and Interaction. Dr Brynskov is coordinator of the Horizon 2020 IoT Large Scale Pilot on Smart Cities “SynchroniCity”, and the IoT Smart City Experimentation-as-a-Service facility “OrganiCity”. Furthermore, he is founder and coordinator of the Danish Smart City Network, and a global expert and advisor on IoT and smart cities.


Cristina Bueti

Cristina Bueti is the Counsellor of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment, climate change and circular economy” and of ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)” at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is responsible for ITU-T’s activities on IoT and smart sustainable cities. She is the ITU focal point for environment and climate change including e-waste management. She also serves as TSB focal point for Latin America.

Cristina Bueti graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Law and International Cooperation and Development of the University of Florence, where she completed postgraduate studies in International Cooperation and Telecommunications Law in Europe. She also holds a specialization in Environmental Law with a special focus on Telecommunications.

In 2003, Ms. Bueti built on her academic credentials by completing a specialized course in peace keeping and international cooperation with special focus on telecommunications at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, before joining the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2004.

As part of the International Women’s Day 2016, she was named as one of the twenty Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment.

She has authored over 40 reports on telecommunication issues. A native Italian speaker, Cristina is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Martin Bürki
Country Manager
Ericsson Switzerland

Martin Bürki – After completing his studies in history and sports science at the University of Bern Martin Bürki (48) launched his professional career at the Swiss Cancer League, where he worked as head of marketing. Subsequently, he headed the business cooperations and sponsoring of the charity Terre des hommes in Lausanne. During this time he also completed an EMBA.

Another station in his career was the Impacta AG in Bern. As chairman of the company he was responsible of the company’s operational management in the advertising industry. From 2002 to 2007 Martin Bürki worked for Siemens Switzerland, with more than four years as Key Account Manager for the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahn).

Since January 2008 he is a member of the Board of Ericsson Switzerland AG and since January 2011 Martin Bürki acts as Country Manager of Ericsson Switzerland AG. In February 2016 Martin Bürki is appointed to the management of Ericsson in Western and Central Europe.

Martin Bürki living in Bern is married and has a daughter and a son. In his spare time he runs various sports and enjoys travelling to remote places.



Dr. Martin J. Burns
National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid & Cyber Physical Systems Program Office


Reinhard Bütikofer
Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) and the Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP) European Parlaiment

Reinhard Bütikofer is a Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) and the Co-Chair of the European Green Party (EGP). He sits on the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), is the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China, a member of the Delegation to the United States as well as a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). Since October 2016 he is a board member of the Green European Foundation (GEF).

Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr. Bütikofer was the co-chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN (from 2002 until 2008). He was the party’s Secretary General from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that he served as the Chair of the Greens in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. From 1988 until 1996 he served as a Member of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament. His engagement with the German Greens began when he was elected as a member of the city council in Heidelberg in 1984.

Besides his positions in the party and parliament Mr. Bütikofer is a member of the advisory board of the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Center in Berlin, the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the NABU Club, the Green European Foundation, the German-Israeli Society and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum.



Juan Cadavid
Responsible for European Affairs at the Software and Systems Engineering Department

Dr. Juan Caavid (male) works at CEA LIST, where he holds the position of responsible for European Affairs at the Software and Systems Engineering department. Prior to that, he worked as a research engineer at the Model-Driven Engineering Lab for Embedded Systems, where he was responsible for the Manufacturing domain of application. He worked to in approaches about how MDE could help to realize the Factory of the Future vision in manufacturing companies. He holds a PhD from University of Rennes, where he worked in one of the pioneering research teams of MDE. His doctoral thesis fell under the topic of “precise metamodeling”, where he developed approaches and tools to make MDE more accessible to stakeholders in different application domains. He is currently involved in the H2020 project BEinCPPS (Business Experiments in Cyber-Physical Production Systems), leading the work package “Rhône-Alpes Experimentation” where he conducts CPS experimentations with a regional SME, and works in establishing the digital-innovation hubs for CPS in the manufacturing domain all across France.


Dr. Monique Calisti Executive Director



Jan Camenish
Principal Research Staff Member
IBM Research

Jan Camenisch is a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich. He has received his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich in 1998. Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, from 1998-99. Since 1999, Jan has been a Research Staff Member at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory.  He published over 130 refereed papers in this area, was a chair of a few and a member of numerous scientific program committees, and currently holds about 120 patents.  Jan is an IEEE and an IACR Fellow and has received several awards for this work on privacy-enhancing technologies including the 2013 IEEE Computer Society Technical Award and the 2010 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award. His interests include cryptographic protocols, in particular those supporting privacy and anonymity, and practical secure distributed computation, and their applications.


Domenica Carriero
Associate Economic Affairs Officer

Domenica Carriero is Associate Economic Affairs Officer at UNECE and coordinates UNECE activities on smart sustainable urban development and energy efficiency in buildings at the Housing and Land Management Unit. In particular, she serves as secretary of the joint UNECE-ITU global initiative “United for Smart Sustainable Cities” and manages the program “United Smart Cities”.  She holds a MBA in Sustainable Business, a Masters’ Degree in Foreign Languages and joined a PhD in English Philology. She has several years of experience in teaching, capacity building, communication, coordinating inter-governmental meetings and has served as a consultant for private sector and start-ups.  Domenica is specialized in corporate social responsibility, sustainability strategy and sustainable performance assessment and monitoring. Her professional interests include sustainable development, energy efficiency in buildings, cities finance and disaster risk reduction.


Marco Carugi
Senior Consultant
NEC Corporation, ITU-T SG20 and AIOTI WG03

Marco Carugi works as consultant on advanced telecommunication technologies and associated standardization. He is currently a contractor for NEC Corporation and represents NEC in standards development activities. Internet of Things/M2M, IMT2020 and Future Networks, Big Data, SDN and Cloud Computing are technical areas in which he is involved at present.

During his professional career, he has worked as Telecommunication Engineer in the Solvay group, Research Engineer in Orange Labs, Senior Advisor in the Nortel Networks CTO division and Senior Expert in the Technology Strategy department of ZTE R&D. Marco is active in standardization since long time, and has held numerous leadership positions, including ITU-T SG13 Vice-Chair, ITU-T Rapporteur in four study periods, ITU-T FG M2M Service Layer Vice-Chair, ITU-T FG Cloud Computing WG Chair, OIF Board member, IETF Provider Provisioned VPN WG co-Chair.

Marco has been leading the development of numerous standards specifications, specifically those related to requirements, capabilities and services for NGN and IoT/M2M since the creation of the respective ITU-T NGN and IoT Global Standards Initiatives, and has published in technical journals and books.

In the 2017-2020 ITU-T study period he is serving as Rapporteur for Question 2 [“Requirements, capabilities and use cases across verticals”] in ITU-T SG20 (Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)) and SG20 Mentor, as well as Associate Rapporteur for Question 20 [“IMT-2020: Network requirements and functional architecture”] in ITU-T SG13 (Future networks, with focus on IMT-2020, cloud computing and trusted network infrastructures) and SG13 Mentor.

He also plays some ITU-T Liaison Officer roles, including SG13 Liaison Officer to SG20, SG20 Liaison Officer to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC41 (ex-WG10) and to the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI) (WG3 on IoT standardization), participating regularly in AIOTI and EC’s Internet of Things Research Cluster activities [he has co-authored the IERC book editions 2014 and 2013, and the AIOTI WG3 Rel.1/2 deliverables on IoT standards landscape, high level architecture and semantic interoperability (2015)].

Marco holds an Electronic Engineering degree in Telecommunications from University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy), a M.S. in Engineering and Management of Telecommunication Networks from National Institute of Telecommunications (Evry, France) and a Master in International Business Development from ESSEC Business School (Paris, France). He has also completed an Executive Program on Big Data Science at Ecole Centrale (Paris, France).



Gonzalo Casas
The Things Network, Zurich Community

Gonzalo Casas started coding software around his teenage years and hasn’t stopped ever since. He has worked on back-ends, front-ends, mobile and, ever increasingly, into hardware hacking big and small. Since 2015, he is an active contributor to the Internet of Things and The Things Network communities in Zürich, and organizes the Open Network Infrastructure initiative. In January 2017, he joined the ETH to work in the context of the NCCR Digital Fabrication.


Filippo Cavallo
Assistant Professor
BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, (Pisa, Italy)

Filippo Cavallo, MScEE, Phd in Bioengineering, is Assistant Professor at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, (Pisa, Italy), focusing on cloud and social robotics, wireless and wearable sensor systems, biomedical processing, acceptability and ICT roadmapping. He participated in various National and European projects and currently is principal investigator of the DAPHNE Project and Work Package responsible in TransSafe (AAL-JP) and Centauro (Tuscany Region). Recently he was also project manager of Robot-Era, AALIANCE2 and Parkinson Project. He was visiting researcher at the the EndoCAS Center of Excellence, Pisa, Italy working in Computer Assisted Surgery (2005-2007); at the Takanishi Lab, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan working on wireless sensor network (2007); at Tecnalia Recerch Center, Basque Country, Spain working on wearable sensor system for AAL. He was granted from the International Symposium of Robotics Research Committee as Fellowship Winner for best PhD thesis in Robotics (2007); from the Regional POR FSE 2007-2013 for a 3-years Research position at The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pontedera, Italy (2010-2013); from the ACCESS-IT 2009 for the Good Practise Label in Alzheimer Project (2009); from the Well-Tech Award for Quality of Life with the Robot-Era Project (2014); from the SMAU Award for Quality of Life with the Robot-Era Project (2014) and from iNEMO Challenge from STMicroelectronics (2015). In 2016 he was also chair of the Italian Forum of Ambient Assisted Living and related Summer School in Italy. He is author of various papers on conferences and ISI journals.

Research Interests

* Service and Assistive Robotics for “ageing well” and “Industry 4.0” applications, including integration of robotic systems in smart environments, navigation and localization techniques, and advanced natural human robot interfaces.

* Wireless sensor networks for Smart Environments and Ambient Assisted Living applications, including development of environmental and wearable sensors with low-power design, Ambient Intelligent algorithms, networking strategies, and localization.

* Wearable sensor network for musculoskeletal modeling of human body and their application to biomechanics, gesture analysis and human motion measurement.

* Acceptability and usability of Ambient Assisted Living and Robotic technologies for human centered and co-creative design approach.

* Roadmapping activities for definition of Strategic Research Agenda for EU Commission in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and ICT technologies.


Giovanna Centonze
Responsible of performing analysis of big data, TPG

Giovanna Centonze received her MSc in Management Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) and an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia (UK). She has worked in different sectors – business consultancy, healthcare, UN, ONG, management engineering – and currently working as optimisation analyst at Geneva public transport enterprise (TPG). Within TPG, Giovanna Centonze is in charge of performing analysis of big data, partly from systems embedded in our vehicles, in order to pilot decisions in terms of security, service performance and optimisation of internal processes.


Vinton Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google


Giorgio Cesana
Director of Technology Marketing, Front – End Manufacturing and Technology R&D Group/ Executive Co – Director STMicroelectronics/SOI Industry Consortium

Giorgio Cesana is currently Director of Technology Marketing at the Front End Manufacturing and Technology R&D Group of STMicroelectronics, where he oversees to the definition of CMOS based technology platforms, including the ST FD SOI technology, determining the demand for future technology and design platforms, overseeing dedicated technology developments, monitoring industry trends in new technologies and providing PPA benchmarks.

He is also Executive Co-director at the SOI Industry Consortium, an industrial consortium representing the complete SOI based microelectronics value chain, with the mission of promoting and supporting the ecosystem of SOI based technologies.

Giorgio has 20+ years of experience in semiconductor industry, having joined ST in 1994 and having covered several functions, from EDA development to managing the digital libraries team, then managing the collaborative processes and tools for the “Crolles2 Alliance” (a collaborative R&D program among ST, NXP and Freescale), then managing programs for key advanced CMOS products.


Andrew Charlesworth
Reader in Information Technology Law / Director
University of Bristol

Andrew Charlesworth is Reader in Information Technology Law, and Director of the Centre for IT & Law at the University of Bristol, UK. Working in a range of areas elating to information technology and e-commerce, including intellectual property law and cybercrime, he has considerable experience in the area of privacy and data rotection, having authoring the UK Data Protection Code of Practice for Higher Education; worked on the UK ICO’s methodology for the conduct of effective Privacy impact Assessments in the UK and the associated Handbook on PIAs; and collaborated with researchers at HP Labs on privacy in cloud computing. He is currently a partner of the EU H2020 Privacy Flag project with expertise in privacy and data protection in common law jurisdictions.


Karel Charvat
Representative of HSRS
OGC Agriculture DWG

Karel Charvat graduated in theoretical cybernetics. He is a member of ISPA, RDA, Club of Ossiach, CAGI, and CSITA, RDA. He was in period 2005 – 2007 President of European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture Food and Environment (EFITA). He is currently representative of HSRS in OGC Agriculture DWG. He has long time experience in ICT for Agriculture and Precision Farming. Now he is one from promotors of Open and Big Data in Agriculture in Europe. He has expertise in project management of research project, Evaluator of EC projects. Key qualification: strategic studies and management of projects in ICT and SDI.  Participation in projects as project manager and senior researcher: Wirelessinfo, Premathmod,  EMIRES, REGEO, Rural Wins, Armonia, a Bard, EPRI Start, Ami@netfood, AMI4For, Voice, Naturnet  Redime, Mobildat, SpravaDat, Navlog, c@r, Humboldt, WINSOC, Study for DG AGRI Broadband in  Rural Development, Plan4all, Habitats, Plan4business, SmartOpenData, FOODIE, SDI4Apps,  AgriXchange, FOODIE, SDI4Apps, OTN. Currently he is part of project management team of project Data Driven Bioeconomy – DataBio.



Parag Chatterjee
National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parag Chatterjee is a professor and researcher at the National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, UTN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also he is a visiting scientist at the University of the Republic (Universidad de la República) in Uruguay.
After completing his Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Calcutta, India, he is currently researching at the GIBIO Research Team (also pursuing PhD) at UTN Buenos Aires, primarily focused to applications of Internet of Things in cardiovascular diseases.

Chatterjee’s previous works have been published in reputed international journals of Springer and presented at international IEEE conferences and annual sessions of Indian Science Congress. Also he is the co-editor of the book, “Internet of Things: Foundation of eHealth, Smart City and Ubiquitous Computing”, featuring 21 chapters by authors from more than 15 countries of the world, to be published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis this year.

Chatterjee has delivered invited talks at several international conferences and globally reputed institutions like Indian Institute of Science (IISc Bangalore) and Favaloro University, Buenos Aires. He serves the editorial and reviewer boards of several international journals and conferences. His current research is aimed towards developing a comprehensive smart model for predictive analysis of cardiovascular diseases and decision support system for efficient treatment of the same.

Twitter: @ParagChat
Facebook: /ParagChat
Website: http://paragchatterjee.webs.com/



Hyojkeun Choi
Product Manager and Development Leader of IoT/BigData Platform “Insator”
SamsungSDS R&D Center

Hyokeun Choi is a product manager and development leader of IoT/BigData Platform “Insator” at SamsungSDS. He has designed and developed the largest common platform in history at Samsung SDS which allows intelligent applications to enable IoT/Data/Cloud capabilities based on ready-made cutting edge IoT/BigData/Cloud components. Working with various kinds of business units, he have tried to make the SW product strategy clear by analyzing not only market trends, competitive products but also technical standards. He is also in charge of developing Insator portal services as one of  development leaders.



Philippe Cina
International Markets, Head of Business Development
PostBus Switzerland

Philippe Cina – A graduate in management, economics and public administration, Philippe Cina has worked for more than 20 years in the public transport sector. At Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) he held key positions in the sales, production, key account management and the management of the group’s subsidiaries. In 2011 he joined PostBus Switzerland Ltd to take responsibility for the international development of the company, a position he still holds.

In 2014, Philippe Cina also set up the Mobility Lab Sion-Valais, a partnership between universities, public institutions and the Swiss Post. The aim of this laboratory is to imagine, test and develop the mobility solutions of tomorrow. The emblematic project is “SmartShuttle”, the autonomous shuttles launched in June 2016 in the city of Sion.



Jean Francòis Ciparisse
Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering
University of Rome Tor Vergata

Jean-François Ciparisse (born on 09/05/1977), has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master Degree in Astronautical Engineering, a Post-Graduate course that releases 60 ECDS in Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics and a Ph.D. in Environment and Energy Engineering. After having worked for several years as a process engineer in an EPC company which designs power plants, he is now a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering in the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is specialized in combustion, fluid dynamics and heat transfer.


Flavio Cirillo
Research Scientist of theCloud Services and Smart Things group
NEC Laboratories Europe

Flavio Cirillo (m) is a Research Scientist of the Cloud Services and Smart Things group at NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany. His research focus is in the Internet-of-Things Analytics and Platforms, especially scalability and federation aspects and semantics enablement, in the scenario of Smart Cities. He is currently one of the main developers and maintainers of the IoT Backend layer of the IoT Architecture of FIWARE. He has worked in IoT related European research project such as FIWARE, MOBiNET and FIESTA-IoT. He has obtained a Master degree in Computer Engineer at the University of Naples Federico II in 2014.



Jim Clarke
EU Strategic Liaison Manager at the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group
Waterford Institute of Technology

Mr. James Clarke is the EU Strategic Liaison manager at the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group of Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. Mr. Clarke has been involved in international cooperation between the EU and India for nearly the last ten years.
Since 2014, he has been coordinator of the EU-India FI-Media project, which is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to India, to facilitate the building of cluster to cluster (C2C) partnerships between the EU and India clusters of research and industry stakeholders related to Next Generation Internet, including IoT topics.
Since starting, FI-MEDIA has had very good results with the start and running of 2 Cluster to Cluster partnerships, one on the bringing of FIWARE to India and one on “smart villages” in conjunction with some activities in the EU and India’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) initiative, which is a large scale project as part of the Digital India program to improve the life within ‘smart villages’.
Therefore, the FI-MEDIA C2C partnership on smart villages including and smart agriculture utilising IoT systems is very much in synch with the session IoT for Smart agriculture during IoT week and we look forward to recruiting addition members for our C2C partnerships between EU and India at this event.



Louis Coetzee
Chief Engineer and Research Group Leader
CSIR Meraka Institute (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), South Africa

Dr. Coetzee is a Chief Engineer and Research Group Leader for the Internet of Things in the CSIR Meraka Institute, South Africa. His focus is on the creation of smarter solutions using Internet of Things fundamentals. His RD&I activities have to lead to the creation of frameworks and solutions that integrate the physical and digital worlds in a connected Future Internet paradigm. He has published on the possibilities of smarter worlds using Internet of Things as enabler. His background in image processing, pattern recognition, and distributed processing contributes to the creation of smarter systems.

Dr. Coetzee has participated in two EU FP7 projects. “Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine to Machine Communication” (TRESCIMO) aimed at improving Future Internet Research Experimentation testbed capabilities in Europe and in South Africa, while “Pursuing ROadmaps and BEnchmarks for the Internet of Things” (PROBE-IT) addressed benchmarking of IoT solutions, provided guidelines to stakeholders for IoT roll-out and testing roadmaps.



Marius-Iulian Corici
Senior Researcher
Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute

Dr. Eng. Marius-Iulian Corici (Male) is a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute. He has received his Diploma-Engineer degree at the ― Politehnica University of Bucharest on Nomadic Satellite-Based VoIP Infrastructure. He joined the Next Generation Network Infrastructures (NGNI) competence centre of Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute in 2005. His research work includes multiple patent applications submitted in the area of IP network architectures and multiple publications in the area of NGN and Mobile Broadband Networks in collaboration with various industry partners. He has received his Doctoral Degree in 2013 on Self-Adaptable IP Control in Carrier Grade Mobile Operator Networks. Currently, he is the deputy head of the Software Networks business direction of Fraunhofer, the team developing the Open5GCore, OpenBaton, Open5GMTC and OpenSDNCore toolkits acting as a research pathfinder for the evolution towards vertical sectors and customization of massive core networks as well as the design and specification of novel 5G features and technology readiness assessments.




Reinaldo de Bernardi
General Manager
CIAg – Center for Innovation in Agribusiness

Reinaldo de Bernardi holds a degree in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications and also in Civil Engineering, all by the Faculty of Engineering of Sorocaba.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering and PhD in Science (Robotics) both by Polithecnical School of São Paulo University. In addition he also holds an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

In the last 30 years he has been involved in R&D activities, in the development of hardware platforms, software and algorithms for various applications in control, data acquisition/transmission and radio frequency. Previously working in areas such as consumer electronics, robotics and microelectronics, he is currently general manager of the Center for Innovation in Agribusiness (CIAg): focused on IoT, Big Data and Analytics; Researching the use of these technologies in agricultural applications.



Bart De Lathouwer
Director, Interoperability Programs
Open Geospatial


Rosa Delgado
Chair/ International Consultant of Internet of Things (IoT), New Internet (IPv6) and Internet Top Level Domain Names
Peru IPv6 Council

Rosa Delgado – Highly experienced international consultant in Internet Technology, business and strategic development. Sound knowledge of the private, Government and international organization sectors and proven ability to lead multidisciplinary task forces. She has excellent communications, lobbying, consensus building, and high-level negotiation skills. She is also fluently in Spanish (mother-tongue), English and French.

Rosa Delgado received an Engineering Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería of Lima, Peru. She also holds a Masters degree in Digital Communications from Warwick University, UK and Communications and Business Strategies from the Université de Genève, Switzerland.

In 2017, Rosa received the IPv6 Forum Jim Bound Award, for supporting the IPv6 development, worldwide and in Peru (http://www.americasistemas.com.pe/peru-catalogado-como-pais-lider-en-trafico-ipv6-lizlas-fotos-del-desplegado-en-grande/#more-4626). In 2007, the University ‘Ricardo Palma’ of Lima awarded Rosa with the ‘Honorary Professor’ for a ‘brilliant and creative professional life’.

Emeritus Internet Society Trustee & Executive Committee member (www.isoc.org, 2000-2006) and Executive Committee member of the Council of registrars (CORE) (www.corenic.com, 2000-2006).

Rosa is currently Chair of the IPv6 Forum of Peru working with government agencies to ensure IPv6, IoT and Smart Cities are taken into consideration in government and private sector plans, by implementing a strategic mind-set, national roadmaps, capacity-building and awareness. She was also involved with the creation of the Peruvian, Swiss and Egyptian IPv6 Task Forces. Member of the European Union IPv6 Task Force since 2000.

Since 2016, Rosa is working for a France-based company, ITEMs as international Consultant, in a Review of the structure of the At-Large community of ICANN.

Unique portfolio related to the conception and planning of new Internet top-level domains (TLDs) for private sector, international organizations and non-for-profit organizations. In 2012, Rosa assisted the European Broadcasting Union (EBU, www.ebu.ch) with the conception and creation of two new TLDs, ‘.radio’ – addressed to the radio industry and ‘.eurovision’ and WHO, with the creation of the ‘.health’ TLD fundamentals (Business case, charter, etc). in 2004, led the creation and conception of the ‘.post’ TLD addressed to the postal industry on behalf of the Universal Postal Union (www.upu.int). In 2000, Rosa led the creation and conception of the new ‘.aero’ TLD addressed to the aviation industry (one of the first seven new TLDs approved in 2000) on behalf of SITA (www.sita.aero).

In 2010, Rosa assisted the World Health Organization (WHO, www.who.org) in the preparation of a Mobile Health (mHealth) study of the fundamentals, components and its added value for healthcare applications (benefits, processes, regulations and policies, costs and suitability).

In 2002, Rosa helped to develop a ‘Strategic Plan for the Implementation of National Internet Services in India’ for the Department of Telecommunications of India (DoT), Kerala. She also led the ‘Design & implementation of National Internet backbones in African countries, the National Telecoms of Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia on the set-up of national Internet services.

Rosa has worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) (www.who.org), WiseKey (www.wisekey.com), Société International de Télécommunications Aéronautique (SITA, www.sita.aero), International Telecommunication Union (ITU, www.itu.int), United Nations (Disaster Emergency Network), CERN (www.cern.ch) and GEC Telecom, UK.

Extensive professional network and long-standing reputation as contributor to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society (ISOC), Internet Council.



Mauro Dell’Ambrogio
State Secretary for Education and Research
Federal Department of Home Affairs – SERI State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, holder of a Doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich, held a number of public offices in the canton of Ticino from 1979 to 1999 after passing his bar exam: Judge, Chief of the Cantonal Police, Secretary-General for Education and Culture, Project Manager for the creation of the University of Lugano (USI) and Secretary-General of the USI.
After four years of heading a group of private clinics, he was made Director of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in 2003. He has been mayor of Giubiasco, a member of the Ticino cantonal parliament and Chairman of the Ticino electricity works.
From 2008 to 2012, he was State Secretary for Education and Research in the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
In January 2013, he was appointed State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation in the newly created Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.



Julian Dömer
Responsible for 5G development in the Mobile Business Solutions Department

Julian Dömer has a degree in business administration and gained initial professional and project experience in the pharmaceuticals industry both during and after his studies. After starting out as a plant engineer, Mr Dömer moved into consulting, where, as a Business Developer, he managed international clients with a focus on regulation and certification. He subsequently gained marketing experience at a software development company before joining Swisscom in 2011. After a year in the SME marketing division, Mr Dömer moved over to product management, where he worked on the development of IP-based broadband products for SMEs. Then, in 2014, he headed up the development of SDN/NFV-based network products in conjunction with Swisscom’s Innovation department, gaining extensive experience in agile software development and the related transformation in the field of telecommunications. Since moving to Swisscom’s corporate customer team at the start of 2017, Mr Dömer has been responsible for 5G development in the Mobile Business Solutions department.


Gert Döring

Gert Döring originally studied physics, but even while still in his study years he discovered his interest and passion for the Internet and made his hobby to be his profession. In May 1997 he discovered IPv6 and since then travels across Europe as an evangelist for IPv6 and fights against “legacy IP”



Mauro Dragone
Assistant Professor
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Mauro Dragone is an Assistant Professor with the Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems (ISSS), School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His research expertise includes robotics, internet of things and software engineering.

Between 2011 and 2014, Dr. Dragone led the FP7 project RUBICON (Robotic UBIquitous Cognitive Network, fp7rubicon.eu), which brought together experts in cognitive robotics, machine learning and wireless sensor networks, to build cognitive robotic ecologies, i.e. systems made up of sensors, actuators and robots that together learn to accomplish complex tasks. RUBICON has posed the foundations for modular systems that can adapt to new environments and to changing and evolving requirements with minimum supervision, leading to cheaper, smarter and more useful applications for IoT and Robotic technologies.



Rémi Druilhe
Research Engineer
Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA)

Rémi Druilhe has a PhD in computer science (2013) from the Orange company in collaboration with the INRIA Lille.

Rémi Druilhe is a research engineer at the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) in France since 2014. He works on the sensiNact IoT platform and more generally on the integration of various IoT devices from various environments, e.g., smart city, smart home.



Corentin Dupont

WAZIUP Initiative



Juergen Ehrensberger
Professor in Telecommunications
HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland)

Jürgen Ehrensberger is currently Professor in telecommunications at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Yverdon-les-Bain (HES-SO/HEIG-VD). He is the director of the research institute IICT (Institute for Information and Communication technologies) at HES-SO/HEIG-VD. Since 2013, he is program coordinator of iNUIT, a research program funded by HES-SO. His research interests include the Internet of Things and network traffic analysis.
Jürgen Ehrensberger received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1996 and his Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2002. He hold an EMBA from University of Lausanne, EPFL, and McCombs Business School, Austin, Texas, in Management of Technology.



Omar Elloumi
Leads M2M and IoT application standards

Omar Elloumi leads M2M and IoT application standards within Nokia. He is the recently elected chair of oneM2M Technical Plenary after having led the oneM2M Architecture group delivering the first release of specifications.
Omar joined Nokia in 1999 and held several positions including research, strategy and system architecture. He holds a Ph. D. degree in computer science. Omar Elloumi is coeditor of books on M2M communications and Internet of Things published in 2012. He is also involved in program committees of several international conferences on M2M and IoT.



Shirin Enshaeifar
Research Fellow
University of Surrey

Dr. Shirin Enshaeifar is a research fellow in healthcare informatics, and the deputy technical lead of Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) project in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K.
Shirin completed her Ph.D. degree in biomedical signal processing and her M.Sc. studies in medical imaging at the University of Surrey, Surrey, U.K., in 2016 and 2013, respectively. She received the B.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran, in 2010.
She has research expertise in biomedical signal processing, machine learning and data analysis with applications in brain-computer interface, personalised technology enabled health/care services, and the internet of things (IoT).



Jarmo Eskelinen




John Farserotu
Head of the Wireless Program and Wireless Systems Division/Chair
CSEM/ETSI Technical Committee (TC) SmartBAN

Dr. John Farserotu received the BSEE degree from the University of Maryland (1983), the MSEE from George Washington University (1985) and Doctorate from the Delft University of Technology (1998). He is the Head of the Wireless Program in the Integrated and Wireless Systems Division at CSEM in Switzerland. He is also the Chair of the ETSI Technical Committee (TC) SmartBAN and previously the Vice-Chair of ETSI eHealth. He was been the Coordinator (CO) and / or project manager (PM) of various EU projects including FP7 Go4Time (CO), FP7 TeraTOP (CO) and H2020 M3TERA (PM). He is also the Research Coordinator of the Hermes Partnership, a European Centre of Excellence in the domain of wireless communications and networks, author / co-author of over 100 publications, co-author of a book on Mobile Satellite over internet Protocol (IP)/Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Networks and he teaches a course on the subject at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL).



Ramy Fathy
Vice Chairman, Study Group 20 on IoT and its Applications including Smart Cities and Communities – Co-Rapporteur on Research and Emerging Technologies for the IoT and Smart Cities – Vice Chair of Working Party 2 on Smart Cities and Communities

Dr. Ramy Ahmed Fathy, PhD
Director, Crisis Management, Digital Services Policies & Planning, NTRA, Cairo, Egypt
Vice Chairman of ITU-T SG20 on IoT and its Applications including Smart Cities and Communities, Geneva, Switzerland
Chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Water Management, Geneva, Switzerland
Ramy Ahmed Fathy is the Director of Crisis Management, Digital Services Policies & Planning at the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA). As the Director of Crisis Management & Digital Services, he seeks the development and implementation of sustainable and effective digital services in the Egyptian market. His role at NTRA includes the development of guidelines, regulatory frameworks, viable business models, and effective specifications & technical operating parameters, which ensure efficient and effective services’ operation. He is leading the design, and specifications development of intelligent and digital services; addressing risk, regulatory impact assessment and services’ market adoption while employing a wide set of tools related to radio network planning, transport design, market modeling, and optimization.
Fathy has been actively involved at the different stages of development of various intelligent ICT systems and services, in addition to numerous ICT-for-development initiatives including national broadband network infrastructure and services, smart cities, smart utilities, intelligent transportation systems, eGov, water management, and next generation access planning. His 15 years of key expertise include projects in the fields of cryptography (PKI), automation, analog TV switch-off and DTV transformation, 4G business case development, market modeling, intelligent transportation systems (design – specifications – business case), and smart cities services ICT requirements and specifications.
Over the past 10 years, Fathy has served in key roles in the international standardization arena. In 2012, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the ITU-T Focus Group of Bridging the Gap between Innovations and Standardization (Focus Group Innovation). In 2013, he was also elected as the Chairman of the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Water Management for a period of two years. Currently he is serving as the Vice Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 20 (SG20) on IoT and its applications including smart cities and communities since late 2015 where he is leading activities related to the standardization of end-to-end architectures for IoT and smart cities, intelligence, mechanisms for the interoperability of IoT applications, security, and identification aspects of IoT systems.



Serge Fdida
UPMC Sorbonne Universités

Serge Fdida is a Professor with UPMC Sorbonne Universités since 1995. His research interests are related to innovative wireless networks, large-scale content distribution systems as well as the design of federated testbeds to support experimentally driven research. Serge Fdida has published numerous scientific papers, in addition to a few patents and one rfc. He is a Distinguished ACM Member and an IEEE Senior member. He initiated the ACM CONEXT conference with a few other colleagues and chaired its steering committee for the first 5 years.

He has been leading many research projects in High Performance Networking in France and Europe, notably pioneering the European activity on federated Internet testbeds and the associated projects ONELAB, ONELAB2, OPENLAB, F-INTEROP and ARMOUR. Currently, he is also leading the Equipex FIT, a large-scale testbed on the Future Internet of Things. Serge Fdida has also developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, – he was the Director of EURONETLAB, a joint laboratory established in 2001, together with Thales, – the co-founder of the Qosmos company, – one of the active contributor to the creation of the Cap Digital cluster in Paris, – the VP of the French public private partnership on telecommunications.

From 2000 to December 2005, he was appointed scientific adviser with CNRS-STIC. He was Vice-President in charge of European Affairs from 2012 to 2016 and currently VP Europe and International Partnership.

Giuseppe Fico
Health&Wellbeing Coordinator
Life Supporting Technologies, UPM

Giuseppe Fico – Health&Wellbeing Coordinator at Life Supporting Technologies, UPM.

BsC in Electronic Engineering at Universitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy) and PhD in Biomedical engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

His research interest include the use of engineering and ICT methods as catalyst for innovation and for positively impact on health care outcomes. He is author of more than 50 papers in international conference, journals and books in the field.

He has been involved in more than 15 European projects, and he is currently the technical manager of 2 Horizon 2020 projects in the area of Big Data applied to Head&Neck Cancer (the BD2Decide project) and the area of Internet of Things applied to Smart Living Environments for ageing well (the ACTIVAGE Large Scale Pilot). He is one of the coordinators of the Action Group A1 Prescription and Adherence to medical plans of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and an official collaborator of the Health Technology Assessment division of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering.



Kary Främling
Professor in Computer Science
Aalto University (former Helsinki University of Technology)

Kary Främling is a Professor in Computer Science at Aalto University (former Helsinki University of Technology).
He is also a Founder and CEO of the company ControlThings that develops commercial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Kary is the current Chair of the IoT Work Group of The Open Group, as well as the main contributor to the IoT standards Open Messaging Interface (O-MI) and Open Data Format (O-DF), published by The Open Group in October 2014.
Kary is an author of over 100 articles published in scientific journals and conferences, including the (presumably) first article that mentions the IoT in 2002. That article presented a middleware implementation that fulfilled most requirements for IoT architectures and was used in several industrial systems.
Since then, Kary has been the main architect of IoT systems in various domains, such as buildings, HVAC equipment, vehicles, supply chain management etc.



Samuel Fricker

Prof. Dr. Samuel Fricker is interested in small products that help to solve big challenges. With more than twenty years industry and research experience, he has worked with companies at any scale, from startups to Fortune500, and with the European Commission.



Detlef-Georg Fuehrer
Technical/Scientific support for the development of European Radio Spectrum Policies
European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC)

With more than 25 years of experience, Detlef Fuehrer is veteran of the electronics and ICT industry where he held various management positions in R&D, Marketing, and Application Engineering. Holding a diploma in Electronic Engineering from Dortmund University, he started his professional career at Hitachi Electronic Components in Germany and Japan.
In 1994 he moved to Texas Instruments Europe where he drove the introduction of DSP-based System-on-Chip solutions for wireless and wireline broadband communications, in particular DSL, into the European market. Between 1998 and 2008 he worked for the global leader in DSL chipsets at that time, Alcatel Microelectronics/ STMicroelectronics, in the domains of DSL, broadband home networking, and mobile communications.
In 2008 he joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) where he has been in charge of Technical/Scientific support for the development of European Radio Spectrum Policies. During his tenure the JRC’s Radio Spectrum Laboratory was established which studies opportunities, risks, and enablers of deploying emerging wireless technologies, with a specific focus on 5G and the IoT.
Mr Fuehrer published numerous studies on spectrum sharing and wireless coexistence and represented the European Commission as an expert at the Radio Spectrum Committee, the ITU, CEPT, and ETSI.




Peter Gallinelli
Researcher and teacher

Architect, naval designer and adventurer.
Researcher at the centre for the study of energy problems at the University of Geneva for 15 years.  Researcher and teacher at the HES-SO // hepia and collaborator at the Laboratory for Energy, Environment and Architecture since 2001. Specialized in building energy, he gradually widened his field of study to the street, neighborhood and the city, especially developing methods for measuring the interactions between buildings and urban climate.



Ana García Robles
Secretary General
Big Data Value Association (BDVA)

Ana Garcia Robles, currently Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and an International Executive MBA. Ana has a strong ICT industrial background in the Telecommunications sector, with over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and configuration of large-scale telecom networks and services, and, in the research and techno-economical assessment of new technologies and solutions for large-scale implementation. Ana has specialised in Innovation management and ecosystems, and she has an extensive experience at both local/regional and international level in Open innovation ecosystems, Living Labs, and socio-economic impacts of technology with over 5 years’ experience managing international associations and projects in this area.

Ana has participated in multiple research and innovation collaborative projects and programmes in the areas of Smart cities and urban innovation, Open and Big Data, IoT, Open Platforms, Digital social innovation, e-Health, Digital cultural Heritage, ICT for Education, ICT for food, and Intelligent mobility. She is speaker in conferences, inventor, and contributor to different research papers and publications in the field of Smart Cities and innovation ecosystems.



Dominique Genoud
Professor / CTO / Partner
HES-SO / Agrofly / Datastory

Dominique Genoud studied at the Federal institute of Technolgy in Lausanne Switzerland (EPFL), he then worked in different places in Switzerland as Software and hardware engineer (including nagra Kudelski). From 1995 to 1999 he was researcher at IDIAP Switzerland in voice recognition and biometrics systems where he obtained his PhD thesis in Information systems. In 1999 he made a postdoctoral at ICSI UC Berkeley.
From 1999 to 2002 he worked as senior research engineer at Nuance Communications in Menlo Park California. Dominique Genoud has several international publications (articles, books and patents) in the fields of biometrics and data analysis systems, etc. From 2002 to 2006 he worked as manager at Polyright, a Swiss company active in software products for RFID solutions.
Since 2006 he is CEO of Loutze-informatique.com, a software company that he founded. He joined the software engineering unit of the Institute of Information Systems at HES-SO Valais-Wallis in 2010. Dominique current research activities are focused on machine learning and data mining for energy (smart-grids/micro-grids) to predict consumption and renewable production. He also contribute to research in multi-source intelligent data analysis (machine learning) applied in domain such as the social media and advanced text mining, or temporal- spacial systems in biotechnology, energy and maps.
Since 2017 he is the CTO of Agrofly SA that is operating heavy lift drones used to spray on vineyards and cultures. He is sharing his knowledge on building and flying ultra-precise drones.



Panagiotis Georgopoulos
Senior Innovation Engineer and Team Lead
Innovations Department at Swisscom

Panagiotis (Panos) Georgopoulos is a Senior Innovation Engineer and Team Lead at the Innovations department at Swisscom. He has been part of a great team developing the Swisscom IoT Data Analytics Platform with focus on the industrial IoT sector.  Panos has lead academic and industrial European wide projects that applied cutting edge research in the real-world around the areas of IoT, Software Defined Networking, IPTV and innovative networking solutions. He had done two post-docs (ETH Zurich and Lancaster University) and holds a PhD in Computer Science and a MSc in Critical Software Engineering from Lancaster University.



Okan Geray
Strategic Planning Consultant
Smart Dubai Office

Dr. Okan Geray has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting in various industries. He has consulted for a number of organizations in Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, Turkey and Dubai. He has worked in A.T. Kearney global management consulting firm for 6 years and was a member of global Telecommunications and E-business core team before he joined Dubai Government in 2002. He has worked in Dubai eGovernment, Dubai Smart Government, and more recently in Smart Dubai Office after its establishment. His responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Strategic Performance and Impact Management, and Policy Making. He has Co-Chaired Enhancing Innovation and Participation Working Group in United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) joint global initiative by ITU and UNECE by addressing Smart Governance, Smart Economy and Smart People aspects in smart cities. He has been designated as the Leader for “Guidelines on strategies for circular cities” and also “City Science Application Framework” deliverables during the upcoming second phase of U4SSC initiative. He is also a Co-Rapporteur for ITU Study Group 20 Question 7 regarding “Evaluation and Assessment of Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

He holds double major B. S. degrees in Industrial and Computer Engineering, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph. D. degree in Systems and Control Engineering from University of Massachusetts in USA.



Nicola Giandomenico
Professor in electronics

Graduate in 1989 at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), he has worked for 21 years in the industry of the machine tool (design of generators for EDM machines). His last position has been the head of the Generator Competence Centre for a company member of the +GF+ group.

In 2010, Nicola has joined hepia where he teaches electronics and supervises Bachelor and Master thesis. He participates in various projects in collaboration with industries in the areas of analogue, digital and power electronics, embedded systems and implementation of sensors in the context of the Internet of Things.



Bernard Gindroz
Chairman of ISO TC 268 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
ISO – International Organization for Standarization

Dr. Bernard GINDROZ is, since 2014, an independent consultant on Energy, Climate Change, Smart Cities and Communities and Transport, with a special focus on innovation, policies and standardization.
Dr. Bernard GINDROZ is very active in standardization related work, as Chairman of the ISO TC 268 (Sustainable Development of Communities) since 2016, Chairman of the CEN/CENELEC Joint TC 6 (Hydrogen in Energy Systems), Chairman of the new CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities, Chairman of the CEN/CENELEC Sector Forum Energy Management (SFEM), the joint CEN and CENELEC Strategy and Advisory Body on Energy Management, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, since 2008, mapping research, pre-normative and standardization needs in support to EU commitments and strategic targets. He is an active board member of several major Standardization Coordination Groups (smart grids, smart metering, eco-design and energy-labelling).
Dr. Bernard GINDROZ has been involved in Energy and Climate Change related activities for more than 25 years. He has been working for the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) as Regional Director, Head of Industry and innovative technologies Department, Deputy Director Sustainable Cities and Territories and Director Energy, Air and Noise. He was the French National Representative of the European Energy Award (Smart cities related initiative). In 2005, Dr. Bernard GINDROZ joined the French Agency for Industrial Innovation, supporting large innovative technology cooperative projects – state aids -, as Director for Energy, Environment, Transport and Climate Change Programs, advanced manufacturing. He has been active for more than 25 years in International R&D and innovative programs.
Dr. Bernard GINDROZ has a master in Mechanical Engineering, with a back ground on energy and fluid engineering. He got a master in applied mathematics and a PhD in hydrodynamics and multiphase flows. Dr. Bernard GINDROZ has been teaching and leading research programs as Professor in several technology Institutes, engineering schools and at the French Naval Academy.
Dr. Bernard GINDROZ has been an active volunteer member of ASME (International Society of Mechanical Engineering) for more than 25 years, as Nominating Committee Member, New Technology Committee, then chairing District H (Europe, Russia, Israel and Turkey) and more recently chairing the Board on Students Programs. In 2012, he got the prestigious ASME Dedicated Service Award.
Bernard GINDROZ has been nominated in 2009 by the Prime Minister as a full-member of the French Académie de Marine.



Alexander Gluhak
Head of Technology
Digital Catapult

Dr Alex Gluhak is Head of Technology of the Digitial Catapult where he is responsible for connected and data-driven technologies. He has more than 15 years of research experience working for companies such as Ericsson and Intel Labs on the Internet of Things and how it can enable digital transformation in sectors such as smart cities, water and energy. His current work focuses on lowering barriers for innovation around Low Power Wide Area Networks and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous IoT platforms.



Dr. Robert Gomez-Reino

Scientist, software engineer and business entrepreneur. Dr. Gomez-Reino dedicated more than a decade to the design, development, integration and commissioning of control systems for one of the world largest scientific experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Grounded in his experience and knowledge gained at the very top of the scientific industry and inspired by an entrepreneurial spirit, he launched in 2014 an ambitious cross-industry venture serving a wide range of industries (oil & gas, energy, transportation, water & wastewater, building automation, research, etc.) by providing a set of industrial control system services. This includes conceptual design and prototyping, solution architecture, system integration and supervisory systems.
Dr. Gomez-Reino is also board member of Geneva Industry 4.0 think-tank.



José Gontijo
Director / Deputy Secretary
ICT Secretariat of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Inovation and Comunications

José Gontijo is the Director of the Department of Science, Technology and Digital Innovation and Deputy Secretary at the ICT Secretariat of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Inovation and Comunications.
He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Brasília (2002) with a specialization in Public Management in Science and Technology (2009).
Since 2009, he is a career server of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Analyst in Science and Technology). He has worked in the Anatel Spectrum Engineering Management (2003-2007), in the ICT Secretariat (2007-2009) and in the Technological Development and Innovation Secretariat (2009-2010) of the MCTI.
He was also advisor for the area of digital inclusion in the Presidency of the Republic (2010) and Director of the Department of Industry, Science and Technology at the Telecommunication Secretariat (2012-2016), of the Ministry of Communication. In the Ministry of Communications, before assuming this Department , he was project manager and Deputy Director at the Broadband Department since 2011.



Harin S. Grewal
Cluster Director
IMDA Singapore

Cluster Director for Resource and Interconnection Management at IMDA Singapore.
Co-Chairman, Working Party 2, ITU-T Study Group 20 (IoT and smart cities & communities)



Patrick Guillemin
ETSI Technical and Senior Research Officer, IoT Coordinator supporting SmartM2M, eHealth, PLT, ISG CIM and ETSI Board IoT Strategic group

Patrick Guillemin is working at ETSI since 1993 and is currently ETSI Technical and Senior Research Officer, IoT Coordinator supporting SmartM2M, eHealth, PLT, ISG CIM and ETSI Board IoT Strategic group. Currently AIOTI WG03 (IoT Standardisation) Chairman (so AIOTI Steering Board Member). Consortium partner (for ETSI) of H2020 UNIFY-IoT/IoT-EPI, ESPRESSO (Smart Cities and Communities)  and CREATE-IoT. Experience and specialties: new initiatives, EU funded research projects team leader, project manager with international collaboration on standards, innovation and research. http://fr.linkedin.com/in/patrickguillemin



Sergio Guillen Barrionuevo
Chief Innovation Officer

He is currently Chief Innovation Officer at MYSPHERA (www.mysphera.com). Graduate in Electronic Engineering (EE) and PhD on Telecommunications by the Polytechnic University in Valencia, UPV. He has worked for more than 10 years as Research Fellow of the National Scientific Council (CONICET) of Argentina and as Assistant Professor in the University of Tucumán (Argentina) in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Instrumentation. Since the beginning of his professional career he as combined both, academic and research activities and entrepreneurial undertakings. He has participated in more than 20 R&D projects funded by Framework Programme 5, 6 and 7 in the e-Health and e-Inclusion fields. He has been technical coordinator of the PERSONA (IST- VI FP project) and Technical Manager of universAAL (IP VII project). He has been member of the management board in HEART CYCLE, OASIS, METABO, VAALID (all FP6 projects), Heartways (Research for SMEs – FP7 Project) and MOSAIC (ICT – FP7 project). Nowadays he is Deputy coordinator and Bussiness Manager in ACTIVAGE project one of the largest IoT running project from EU H2020 program.

In the entrepreneurial filed, he created his first company On Campus Technology in 1996 in the field of ICT in traffic and transport control. In 2008 he co-founded Tecnologias para la Salud y el Bienestar (TSB), where he continues as Chief Executive Officer. In the same year he founded Wearable Information Technlogies (Weartech) in the field of smart textiles and wellbeing. In 2012 he founded the company MYSPHERA and two years later the company Connected Health Services, both spin-off of TSB. In 2015 he was appointed as CEO of BIOSEQUENCE, a company of precision oncology, till it was sold late in 2016. Currently he is CIO at MYSPHERA.

Main fields of interest are Digital Health, technologies and digital services for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) and IoT for Health care and AHA.



Dominique Guinard
CTO & Co-Founder

Dominique is the CTO and co-founder of EVRYTHNG, an IoT PaaS managing billions of connected products for big brands. Before that, Dom worked for SAP taking an active role in their IoT strategy. Dom was also researching the Web of Things at ETH Zurich and MIT where he worked on his Ph.D. He has more than a decade of IoT experience working on projects for Oracle, the Auto-ID Labs, Nokia and SAP. Dom authored two IoT books “Building the Web of Things” and “Using the Web to Build the IoT” (Manning) as well as many scientific articles and book chapters. In 2011 and 2016, Dom was listed in the top 10 IoT thinkers by Postscapes and early in 2012, his Ph.D. on the Web of Things was granted the ETH Medal.



Prof. M.P. Gupta
Dhananjaya Chair Professor & Head
Dept.of Management Studies, IIT Delhi

M.P.Gupta Dhananjaya Chair Professor-IIT Delhi Specialization: Information Systems, E-commerce, E-gov Professor & Head at Management Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India); area Chair of Information Systems & also Coordinator-Center for Excellence in E-gov at IIT Delhi.

Known for pioneering works in the area of e-governance, he has been spending significant amount of resources in developing cases, tools and frameworks to promote e-governance research in the country.

These included 24 Doctoral thesis, 17 sponsored projects worth >5 crores, co-authored book ‘Government Online’, two other edited books ‘Towards E-government’ & ‘Promise of E-governance’ and 200+ research papers appeared in National and International Journals/Conference Proceedings]. Founded the International Conference on E-governance (ICEG) in 2003 which is running into its 12th year with 14 edited volumes(largest collection of literature on e-gov) available freely at www.iceg.net.

He has been closely following Government of India (GoI) National Plan on E-gov which is now rechristened into an umbrella program of ‘Digital India’. His studies have suitably fed into these programs in general and ‘Cyber Security Policy of India’ in particular. His recent interest lies into exploring some the issues of smart cities. With ready expertise of e-governance, it is logical to design studies addressing challenges of ‘smart city governance’. In pursuits of the same, he is steering an European Union funded (Horzon-2020) project

‘EU-India Cooperation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media’, which deals with the setting up of cluster to cluster partnerships between India and EU into areas pertaining to the convergence and/or intersection of Future Internet and Digital MEDIA (FI-MEDIA). Some of the key areas of smart cities have been identified for cooperation and knowledge sharing. He has also developed a report on ‘Smart Campus@IITD’ setting the agenda for smart campus living at IIT Delhi. This was recently presented at Frankfurt Book Fair during 14-16 Oct 2015 at the NEM summit.

He is also a member of core team steering ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)’ where aim is to bring transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions (IITs, NITs, IIMs etc.). He is responsible for developing resources on ‘Smart Village’ which forms an important agenda under UBA. Interesting collaboration ideas on FIWARE from European Union (EU) and smart farming in particular from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Ireland, have garnered significant interest in UBA, especially in relation to monitoring of animals health and the impacts to/ from their feeding practices using ‘smart technologies’.

He is involved in several policy making committees on ICT in the Center and State Governments in India; also on jury of prestigious awards committees viz. National Awards on e-gov, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Computer Society of India (CSI) Egov Awards and Web Ratna Awards which is now renamed as ‘Digital India Awards’ since 2016’. A recipient of the prestigious Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship of Shastri Indo Canadian Institute, Calgary (Canada) 1996 and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manitoba. Conferred Best Professor award in 2012 at Singapore World Education Congress and CMO Asia.



Levent Gürgen
R&D Project Coordinator

Dr. Levent Gürgen is R&D project coordinator in CEA-LETI. He is currently coordinating 2 European – Japanese collaborative projects on Internet of Things and Smart Cities, namely FESTIVAL (www.festival-project.eu) and BigClouT (http://bigclout.eu), involving leader institutions in Europe and in Japan. In the past, he coordinated another EU-Japan project, ClouT, for which he has been awarded by the French Ministry of Research and Education as one of the 12 “Stars of Europe”. His projects aim at using cloud computing and big data as enablers for exploiting the potential of the Internet of Things in the context of smart cities.

Levent obtained his PhD degree in computer science from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in 2007. His main research interests include sensor data processing and service-oriented platforms for Internet of Things.



Sergio Gusmeroli
Research Coordinator – Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering

Sergio Gusmeroli Born in Sondrio (Italy) in 1961, he finalised his education at Politecnico di Milano in 1986. After several experiences in different branches of the ICT domain, in June 2000, he was appointed director and operating manager  of the International Research & Innovation Unit of TXT e-solutions, an IT company leader in EU for Supply Chain management solutions. In TXT he coordinated diverse FP7 EC funded projects in the ICT for Manufacturing domain: ELLIOT, COIN, MSEE, TELLME, FITMAN, OSMOSE. Since 2015, Sergio is a senior consultant for Politecnico di Milano and is in charge of the H2020 Factories of the Future PSYMBIOSYS, BEinCPPS and FAR EDGE projects about Product-Service innovation ecosystems, CPS/IOT adoption in Manufacturing production sites and edge-oriented architecture for factory automation. He’s been in the past 5 years contributing to the IERC Clusterbook and in particular for the chapter “IoT for Manufacturing Industry”. Sergio is an active participant of DEI WG1 and WG2 and is leading the Subgroup6 of task Force 7 Smart Manufacturing Industry in the BDVA PPP. He is author of more than 30 publications / papers in Italian and International magazines and conferences. His main areas of competence and experience include ICT for manufacturing, Internet of Things, Enterprise Interoperability, Future Internet technologies.






Silvia Hagen
Swiss IPv6 Council/Sunny Connection AG

Silvia Hagen always preferred a pragmatical approach. She chose a commercial education over University and after a short excursion in the marketing area she made her hobby to her profession and managed an international recording studio for six years. 1990 she made the change to IT, 1997 she wrote her first book on TCP/IP troubleshooting, in 2001 the reference book on IPv6 for O’Reilly, “IPv6 Essentials”. Since more than 15 years she successfully runs her consulting and education company Sunny Connection AG and consults medium sized and large enterprises for the introduction of IPv6 and offers network- and application performance analysis. She is also interested in philosophy, psychology and new science and loves people that think out of the box.



Thomas Hahn
Vice President

Thomas Hahn, born in 1960, has been Chief Software Expert at Siemens AG since 2011. After studying computer science at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen he joined the company in 1986 and worked as a product developer in the field of industrial networks in Erlangen. In 1993 he moved to Nuremberg, where he worked in product management for SIMATIC and as a project manager responsible for development of SIMATIC STEP 7. From 1997 he worked as Head of Development at Traffic Control Systems in Munich for two years. In 1999 he returned to Nuremberg, where he was Head of Software Development for Industrial Automation Systems. He held this post  until 2011. In addition to his function as Chief Software Expert, he was Head of the Business Analytics and Monitoring technology field from 2011 to August 2013. Beyond his activities at Siemens, Thoms Hahn is a member or board member of various bodies, including the OPC Foundation, Big Data Value Association, OpenlabCERN and Platform Industrie 4.0.



Edwin Hecker
Managing Partner
Schuttelaar & Partners

Edwin Hecker is Managing Partners at Schuttelaar & Partners. Next to that he is involved in the more strategic and complex projects within S&P. One of these projects is the Internet of Farm and Food 2020 (IoF2020), of which Edwin is Workpackage leader dissemination and communication. Edwin graduated in Industrial Engineering and Animal breeding from the University of Wageningen and completed NIMA B (Marketing). In 1987 he joined the Ministry of Agriculture and worked at several posts on animal welfare, hormone legislation and veterinary guarantee systems. In 1997 he was appointed Chairman of the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants till 2003. Edwin was appointed as Deputy Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Affairs in 2000 where one of his task was to manage several crises, like Foot and Mouth Disease, Swine Fever and Dioxine. In 2003 he was appointed as director of the Minister’s Office and built his contacts with members of the Dutch and European Parliament. Edwin is member of the Groupe de Bruges (www.groupedebruges.eu), an independent think tank on European agriculture and rural development.



Juergen Heiles
Corporate Standardization Manager
Siemens AG

Juergen Heiles has over 30 years of experience in Information and Communication Technologies from Satellite Communication to Optical Networking, IPTV, Smart Grid, IoT and Industrial Internet. He has been involved since the late 80s in standardization at ETSI, ITU, Open IPTV Forum, European Smart Grid Coordination Group and various other groups. Currently he oversees the Digitalization related standardization activities at Siemens Corporate Technologies. He is editor of IEEE P2413 Architecture Framework for Internet of Things and co-leader of the IoT Identifier task group in the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovations (AIOTI). He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences  Koblenz, Germany.



Didier Hélal
Senior Director of Strategic Accounts

Didier Hélal is Senior Director of Strategic Accounts at Orbiwise. He was previously Director of Operational Development for the Silicon System Development Group of ST-Ericsson. He has been in the wireless industry for 18 years occupying several senior positions from advanced research to product development management in STMicroelectronics and ST-Ericsson, in the fields of UWB, WLAN and cellular standards. Didier received his PhD in Radar-Meteorology.



Christopher Hemmens
Lead Researcher in end-user engagement
Mandat International

Christopher Hemmens is a behavioural economist with a PhD in Finance from the University of Geneva. He is lead researcher in end-user engagement at the research company Mandat International based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Originally from the UK, Christopher now lives and works in Switzerland where he works on influencing IoT projects to better serve the communities in which they’ll be deployed.”



Juanjo Hierro
Chief Technology Officer/Chairman
Fiware Foundation/Fiware Technical Steering Committee

Currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the FIWARE Foundation. Also chairman of the FIWARE Technical Steering Committee. FIWARE is an Open Source initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors. The FIWARE platform combines components enabling the connection to the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud. More info about FIWARE can be found at its website (http://fiware.org), YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/FIWARE) or following @FIWARE on Twitter.



Antonio Hodgers
Conseiller d’Etat chargé du département de l’aménagement, du logement et de l’énergie (DALE)

Mandats politiques

  • 2007-2013 : conseiller national (président de groupe 2010-2013)
  • 2006-2008 : président des Verts genevois
  • 1997-2008 : député au Grand Conseil

Expérience professionnelle

  • 2004 -2013 : associé gérant d’une société de conseil en Suisse et en France
  • 2002-2007 : fondateur et gérant d’une société de distribution de multimédias
  • 1994-2013 : fondateur et gérant des Noctambus


  • Diplôme d’études supérieures en développement (IUED)
  • Licence en relations internationales (IUHEI)



Marita Holst
Senior Project Manager at Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology and Botnia Living Lab
Lulea University of Technology (LTE)

Ph.D. Marita Holst, work as senior project manager at Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology and Botnia Living Lab at Luleå University of Technology. Since 2015 she is also General Manager of Botnia Living Lab Marita and a member of the ENoLL Council. Marita have 15 years’ experience in user-driven innovation processes including significant competence both as project manager and user-expert in real-life piloting of future internet and mobile service innovations involving users in early need-finding, concept development and evaluation as well as large-scale trials in various domains such as Smart cities and IoT, energy saving, sports and culture, e-democracy, privacy and security. Her research interests are methods and tools for creating collaborative working environments for innovative and boundary-crossing working groups. User centric and appreciative methods within the multi-perspective environment of Living Labs are also in focus.



Laurent Horvath
Smart City Delegate
City of Carouge

Smart City Delegate for the City of Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland for the Synchronocity H2020 program and part of the Smart Canton Geneva with the Office of the Industrial Promotion of Geneva.






Heini Ikävalko
Researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Heini Ikävalko, Doctor of Science (Tech.), is a researcher at Aalto University School of Business, Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR). She received her PhD at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, at Helsinki University of Technology. Before joining CKIR and the bIoTope project, she worked as post doc researcher at Aalto University Schools of Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. Her research interests are in the field of innovation management, strategic management and organizational studies. Currently she studies firm strategies, business models and value creation in IoT ecosystems.



Peggy Irelan
Telemetry, Data Architectures and IoT Solutions
Intel Fellow

Peggy is an Intel Fellow, a Solution and Data architect, in the Data Center Solutions Group (DSG). Peggy provides technical leadership to the strategic DSG growth projects as well as lead the definition of data architecture, data models and technical governance model for DSG. Previous, Peggy was in Internet of Things Group working as a technology strategist and delivering end-to-end IoT analytics products in Intel® Decision Suite. This including sensors, software, and algorithms. These products turned the customers’ data into trusted actionable intelligence to optimize their business. Previous to that, she was the chief architect in SSG, of Intel’s Architecture for Monitoring Initiative. She led the initiative to create an innovative, reliable, and easy to use IA software and hardware platform monitoring and telemetry technology across all Intel product lines. This included the software framework solution that enables monitoring and telemetry driven Software & Services. Peggy started her career at Motorola where she developed and integrated MEMS sensor control systems for everything from cell phones, to run-flat tires, to air bags. Peggy has a B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.







Bilel Jamoussi
Chief of the Study Groups Department

Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries.
Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service.
He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.
Email: bilel.jamoussi@itu.int



Marianne Janik
General Manager
Microsoft Switzerland

Marianne is the General Manager for Microsoft in Switzerland and has been with Microsoft since 2011, previously leading public sector business in Germany as a member to the German Management Team. She started her career in the Public Affairs Unit of Daimler Benz AG and went on assuming responsibility for the contract management department and then the sales business of a Bonn-based EADS subsidiary. Later on, Marianne, who holds a doctorate of law, acted as a member of management to the special system house ESG GmbH for seven years. In her last role prior to joining Microsoft, she was General Manager Western and Eastern Europe within the Electricity business unit at Ester GmbH.  Marianne holds both a German and French citizenship and is fluent in four languages.



Antonio Jara
Adjoint Scientifique
University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Antonio J. Jara is Adjoint Scientifique at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Founder at HOP Ubiquitous S.L. (www.hopu.eu) and vice-chair of the IEEE Communications Society Internet of Things Technical Committee. He did his PhD (Cum Laude) at the Intelligent Systems and Telematics Research Group of the University of Murcia (UMU) from Spain in 2013. He received two M.S. (Hons. – valedictorian) degrees. Since 2007, he has been working on several projects related to IPv6, Security and WSNs in automation and healthcare. He is especially focused on the design and development of new protocols for security and mobility for Future Internet of things, which was the topic of his Ph.D. He did the transfer of the results from his PhD around Security in the American Company United Technologies. Nowadays, he continues working on IPv6 technologies for the Internet of Things In areas such as security, heterogeneity integration and the application of IoT in sectors such as industry 4.0, energy, and smart cities. He has also carried out a Master in Business Administration (MBA). He has published over 100 international papers (~2000 citations, h: 24), As well he holds several patents in the IoT domain. Finally, he has participated in several European Projects about Internet of Things (networking, security and intelligence distribution – fog computing) and applied Internet of Things (energy, industry 4.0 and Smart Cities).







Robert Kahn
CEO and President
CNRI – Corporation for National Research Initiatives

Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded in 1986 after a thirteen year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CNRI was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide leadership and funding for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure.
After receiving a B.E.E. from the City College of New York in 1960, Dr. Kahn earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University in 1962 and 1964 respectively. He worked on the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and then became an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He took a leave of absence from MIT to join Bolt Beranek and Newman, where he was responsible for the system design of the Arpanet, the first packet-switched network. In 1972 he moved to DARPA and subsequently became Director of DARPA’s Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO). While Director of IPTO he initiated the United States government’s billion dollar Strategic Computing Program, the largest computer research and development program ever undertaken by the federal government. Dr. Kahn conceived the idea of open-architecture networking. He is a co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and was responsible for originating DARPA’s Internet Program. Dr. Kahn also coined the term National Information Infrastructure (NII) in the mid 1980s which later became more widely known as the Information Super Highway.
In his recent work, Dr. Kahn has been developing the concept of a digital object architecture as a key component of the NII. This notion is providing a framework for interoperability of heterogeneous information systems and is being used in many applications such as the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). He is a co-inventor of Knowbot programs, mobile software agents in the network environment.
Dr. Kahn is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of AAAI, a Fellow of ACM and a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. He is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.
He is a recipient of the AFIPS Harry Goode Memorial Award, the Marconi Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the President’s Award from ACM, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the ACM Software Systems Award, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award, the ASIS Special Award and the Public Service Award from the Computing Research Board. He has twice received the Secretary of Defense Civilian Service Award. He is a recipient of the 1997 National Medal of Technology, the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the 2002 Prince of Asturias Award, and the 2004 A. M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. Dr. Kahn received the 2003 Digital ID World award for the Digital Object Architecture as a significant contribution (technology, policy or social) to the digital identity industry. In 2005, he was awarded the Townsend Harris Medal from the Alumni Association of the City College of New York, the 2004 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the C & C Prize in Tokyo, Japan in 2005. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006, and awarded the Japan Prize for his work in “Information Communication Theory and Technology” in 2008. He received the Harold Pender Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2013.
Dr. Kahn has received honorary degrees from Princeton University, University of Pavia, ETH Zurich, University of Maryland, George Mason University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Pisa, and an honorary fellowship from University College, London.



Georgios Karagiannis
Principal Strategist in Standardization and Industry Development
Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH

Dr. Ir. Georgios Karagiannis holds a Ph.D. degree and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From 1994 to 1998 he was working as a Researcher at the University of Twente. In 1998 he joined the Wireless Multimedia Research unit of Ericsson Eurolab Netherlands in Enschede, Netherlands, where he stayed until April 2003. From April 2003 to August 2014 he worked as Assistant Professor at the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group of the University of Twente.
In September 2014 he joined Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH as Principal Strategist in Standardization and Industry Development. Currently he is participating in several SDOs and alliances, such as AIOTI, IETF, BBF, ETSI and OSGi Alliance. In particular, within (1) the AIOTI he is (i) the vice-chair of the AIOTI WG03 and (ii) leading the IoT landscape activities of the AIOTI WG03 and (2) the OSGi Alliance he holds a position as alternate member of the Board of Directors.




Alexandre Karlov
Professor, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland in School of Business and Engineering Vaud

Alexandre Karlov earned his Master degree in Communication Systems with specialization in information security from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2006. He followed with a PhD in cryptology from the same institution, which he successfully defended in 2010. He has worked for more than 9 years at Kudelski group first as a cryptography expert and then as cybersecurity program manager. Currently Dr. Karlov holds the position of professor at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland in School of Business and Engineering Vaud where he teaches various subjects related to information security. He participates in several applied research projects and regularly performs consulting engagements for industrial partners. His interests include risk analysis, penetration testing and complex security audits in areas such as SCADA and IoT.



Edward Kelley
Director for the Department of Service Delivery and Safety

Dr. Kelley is Director for the Department of Service Delivery and Safety at the World Health Organization. In this role, he leads WHO’s efforts at strengthening the safety, quality, resilience, integration and people centredness of health services globally toward Universal Health Coverage(UHC) and manages WHO’s work in a wide range of programs, including health services integration and regulation, eHealth/mHealth/Digital health, patient safety and quality, blood safety, injection safety, transplantation, traditional medicine, essential and safe surgery and special initiatives areas such as  palliative care, and genomics.  Prior to joining WHO, he served as Director of the U.S. National Healthcare Reports for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Dr. Kelley also directed the 28-country Health Care Quality Improvement (HCQI) Project of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Formerly, Dr. Kelley served as a Senior Researcher and Quality Assurance Advisor for the USAID-sponsored Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and Partnerships for Health Reform Project Plus (PHRPlus). In these capacities, he worked for ten years in West and North Africa and Latin America, directing research on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness in Niger. Prior to this, Dr. Kelley directed the international division of a large US-based hospital consulting firm, the Advisory Board Company.  His research focuses on patient safety, quality and organization of health services, metrics and measurement in health services and health systems improvement approaches and policies.  Dr. Kelley was also asked to lead the Infection Prevention and Safety and the Health System Recovery teams for WHO’s Ebola Response effort.



Christine Kendrick
Air Quality Lead/Smart Cities Project Manager
City of Portland | Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Christine Kendrick is the Air Quality Lead and a Smart Cities Project Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She also works closely with the Portland Bureau of Transportation developing use cases, research objectives and guidelines related to the deployment of sensors in the public right of way. Christine has a PhD in Environmental Science and Resources with a focus on urban air quality from Portland State University. Her work investigates how the roadside environment can be improved through the use of air quality and traffic-related data. Christine also has a background in toxicology research characterizing inhalation exposures to jet propulsion fuel and trichloroethylene air sampling in industrial and residential areas. She completed her BS in Environmental Health Science from the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia.




Yasir Khokhar
Founder and CEO

Yasir Khokhar is Founder and CEO of Connecterra, a company with a mission to create intelligent agents that help solve problems of planetary scale. IDA, connecterra’s first product is the worlds first digital assistant for dairy farmers helping them improve farming efficiency by over 20%.
Before founding Connecterra, Yasir has held various roles with Microsoft across technology and business management overseeing annual revenues in excess of 700M.
Starting in 1997, he co-founded his first company that provided e-commerce development consulting to international customers. His second venture, Interactive Software Ltd built content management systems for the broadcast industry. He later joined Microsoft in the Middle East overseeing the technology architecture of large regional technology projects.
Yasir is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and has a passion for mountaineering.



Jaeho Kim
Managerial Researcher, IoT Platform Research Center at the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI)

Jaeho Kim is a managerial researcher in IoT Platform Research Center at the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), South Korea from 2000. He is leading the research team for IoT and M2M Platform in KETI. His expertise covers wireless sensor networks, medium access protocols, and Internet of Things platforms. He is now serving as IoT Convergence Service Project Group chair of TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association) and Device Working Group chair of Korea IoT Association. He received a Ph.D in the electrical & electronic engineering from the Yonsei University, South Korea. His research interests are in the areas of Internet of Things and UAV communication and networks.



Eunah Kim
Manager of Research and Development Team
Device Gateway

Dr. Eunsook Eunah Kim is currently leading Research and Development team of Device Gateway SA, an SME in Switzerland focusing on diverse IoT interoperability solutions and services. She joined Device Gateway in 2015 and has been working on several EU Research projects related to IoT on FIRE facilities, 5G, security & privacy, smart city, etc. She also serves for European Commission as an independent expert since 2009 and has been involving in several EU projects. Before joining Device Gateway, she worked in Martel GmbH in Switzerland as a senior consultant working on a few EU projects and was a senior researcher at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea for about 12 years, where she researched in wide areas of information and communication technologies. She also gained one year of working experience in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in USA. She has been working on diverse topics of computer networking area such as multicast, VoIP, sensor networks, Internet of Things, Future Networks, etc. Beside her research career, she held a vice chair position from 2009 to 2012 at ITU-T SG5 WP3 where ICT & Climate change issues are handled. She also actively involved in ITU-T SG13, Joint Coordination Activities on Internet of Things (JCA-IoT) and IETF, where she produced a few international standards on sensor network technologies. She is the recipient of two Minister Awards from the Korean government: the Standards Winners Award from Ministry of Knowledge Economy in 2011 and the Outstanding Contributors Award from the Korean Communication Commission in 2009. She received her M.S in Computer Science in 1998 and her Ph.D in 2001 in the same field from Sookmyung Women´s University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.




Joe Klein
Founder and CTO
CISSP – Disrupt 6

Joe Klein is the founder and CTO of DISRUPT6 which is focused on building the Next Generation Security Products for the Next Generation Internet, IPv6 for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. He is also the Director, Infrastructure at the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Northern Virginia Chapter. Joe is a 30-year veteran of the IT and IA industry. He has extensive experience in DoD, US Government and commercial sectors, focusing on information assurance, network security and IPv6. As an active member of the IPv6 Forum and the North American IPv6 Task Force, he has provided support and feedback on IPv6 Attacks and Defenses, and serving as CyberSecurity SME. He has also spoken at BlackHat, DefCon, Phricknic, NSA ReBl, Toorcon, SECTOR, DISA FSO Security Days, SANS, Google IPv6 Conference, Advanced IPv6 Security Conference, HacKid and other. Over the last two years, Mr. Klein wrote and taught an “IPv6 Hacking and Defending” class to DARPA, Missile Defense, NSA, Cisco, NIST and AFIO. In addition, he worked with NSA, DISA, NIST and the IC community to write “best security practices” for IPv6 enabled networks.



Dimitri Konstantas
Full Professor / Director
Interfaculty Computer Science Centre / Information Science Institute (ISI) of the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva

Prof. Dimitri Konstantas, is full professor at the Interfaculty Computer Science Centre and director of the Information Science Institute (ISI) of the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva. He has been active since 1987 in research and education in the areas of mobile health systems, Object Oriented systems, agent technologies, multimedia applications and since 2005 in Services for seniors and IoT services and Applications, with more than 100 publications in international conferences and journals. He has a long participation in European research and industrial projects and is consultant and expert to several European companies and governments.




Nikolaos Kontinakis
Project Coordinator

Nikolaos Kontinakis works as a project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES, Brussels. He coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative (http://www.greendigitalcharter.eu/), EUROCITIES work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project (http://www.citykeys-project.eu/), the promotion of green ICT via the ICTfootprint.eu project (http://ictfootprint.eu/) and the EU-China innovation platform on sustainable urbanisation (URBAN-EU-CHINA project). He also represents EUROCITIES in the SSCC-CG of CEN/CENELEC and the WG1 of U4SSC.
For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT, energy policy and the smart and sustainable development of local authorities.




Georges Kotrotsios
Member of the Executive Board

George Kotrotsios is member of the Executive Board of CSEM, a major Swiss R&I facility in microelectronics, nanotechnology and photovoltaics. He is charge of commercialization of Research and to optimize the usefulness of the R&D for the industry.
In 2015 he has been elected individual member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.
He sits in the Executive Board EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisation) as well as in the Executive Board of EREA (the European Association of Aeronautics Research Centers). He is also member of the Board of Directors of CSEM do Brazil and Femto Engineering in France.
For 2016 he chairs the Alliance of Fraunhofer-Microelectronics, CEA-LETI, VTT and CSEM on Smart Systems (HTA).
His background is in optical fiber sensors, technology and lasers. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Optoelectronics, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (Fr), an Executive MBA in Management of Technology, HEC – Université de Lausanne/EPFL (CH) and an Electrical Engineering Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Gr).
Georges Kotrotsios holds a Ph.D. Degree in Optoelectronics, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (Fr), an Executive MBA in Management of Technology, HEC – Université de Lausanne/EPFL (CH) and an ElectricalEngineering Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Gr).
Within CSEM, a major Swiss Research Facility, he conducted several years applied R&D in the field of optical fiber communications, sensors and lasers between1985 and 1995. Between 1996 and 1999, he joined M3D SA, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and Battelle. He developed a new start-up on fiber optic sensors. He joined again CSEM at the end of 1999; He is in charge of the Marketing and Business Development of the company since April 2005. From January 1st, 2010 he is in member of the Executive Committee of CSEM and is one of the three members of the Bureau of CTO of CSEM.
Presently,G. Kotrotsios is also:
–       Membrer of the Board of the Heterogeneous Technology Alliance, an alliance federating the Fraunhofer (microelectronics), VTT, CEA-Tech and CSEM, active in Smart System Integration – Chairman of the Board for 2012
–       Member of the Board of Directors of CSEM do Brazil
–       Member of the Executive Board of EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology organisations
–       Member of the Executive Board of EREA (the European Association of Aeronautics Research Centers)
–       Member of the Advisory Board of the Samara Space and Aeronautics University (SGAU), Russian Federation
–       Member of the Board of Directors of Femto Engineering, Besancon, France, structure for technology transfer of Femto ST and University of Besançon.



Srdjan Krco
Co-Founder and CEO

Dr Srđan Krčo is a co-founder and CEO of DunavNET, a company designing turnkey IOT solutions for smart cities, agriculture and manufacturing. He has over 20 years of experience, working with large multinational companies and international collaborative research and innovation projects. Currently, he is coordinating H2020 TagItSmart research and innovation project creating enablers for IoT of mass-market goods. Srdjan is one of the founding members of the International IoT Forum and is actively participating in the IoT-EPI (IoT European Platforms Initiative) and AIOTI (Alliance for IoT Innovation) activities. In 2007, Srdjan won the Innovation Engineer of the Year award in Ireland. He has published over 10 patents and more than 70 papers at international conferences and journals and is a frequent speaker at international events addressing IoT and its applications. Srdjan is a Senior IEEE member




Bernard Kuiten
Head of External Relations
World Trade Organization

Since 2009, Bernard Kuiten heads External Relations at the World Trade Organization where he oversees the organization’s dealings with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and other intergovernmental organizations. Bernard is a former trade negotiator and a highly seasoned speaker on trade and WTO matters. Earlier in his career, worked for the Netherlands and the European Commission on a number of trade files, including shipbuilding, steel and services trade in general. He specialized in financial, telecommunication and audio-visual services when working in Brussels. He is a member and former president of the International Geneva Council of the Swiss Network of International Studies and an Advisory Board Member of the Model WTO at the University of St. Gallen.



Slawomir Kuklinski
Research expert focused on Future Networks and mobile and wireless systems with emphasis to self-managed solutions
Orange Polska

Dr. Sławomir Kukliński (male) received Ph.D. with honors from Warsaw University of Technology (94’) and since then he is Assistant Professor there. He is teaching about mobile and wireless systems. From 2003 he is also working for Orange Polska as research expert focused on Future Networks and mobile and wireless systems with emphasis to self-managed solutions. At present he is working in application of cognitive techniques to control, management and orchestration of SDN and 5G networks. He led many national research projects as principal investigator and was involved in many international projects, including FP6 MIDAS, FP7 EFIPSANS, FP7 4WARD, FP7 ProSense, Celtic COMMUNE, he coordinated Polish-Luxembourgish project on Cognitive SDN (CoSDN). Now he is involved EU-Japan project 5G!Pagoda. He is also working on SDN standardization in ITU-T (Study Group 13). Slawomir Kukliński has published more than 50 conference and journal papers, served as a member of TPC of many conferences and gave several invited keynotes.



Joanna Kulik
Software Engineer
Google, Inc

Joanna Kulik is a software engineer at Google, Inc. She currently works on the QUIC team leading the QUIC for Mobile effort.  During her 12 years at Google, she has worked on a variety of projects, including search quality, publish-subscribe, and the Google web-crawling infrastructure.  Prior to joining Google, she worked on the multicast and ad-hoc networking teams at BBN technologies.  She received her SB, SM, PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where her research focused on protocols for sensor and publish-subscribe networks.



Benjamin Kumpf
Leader of the Innovation Facility of the UN Development Programme

Benjamin Kumpf leads the Innovation Facility of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. He works on introducing new ways of working to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Benjamin manages UNDP’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle created to support and scale innovations that address challenges related to poverty, governance, climate change and gender equality across the globe. Benjamin advises internal and external clients on emerging approaches such as behavioral insights, user-centered design, and real-time information systems.
Prior to his work with UNDP’s Innovation Facility he worked for the German International Cooperation in Rwanda, Nepal, India and Germany.
Benjamin holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Heidelberg and a post-graduate certification from New York University.



Antonio Kung
CTO & General Manager
Trialog SA

Antonio Kung is the CTO of Trialog which he  co-founded in 1987. He is currently leading Trialog cybersecurity and privacy business unit, a transversal units to Trialog three other domains: energy, mobility, ageing. He holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University, USA and an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris, France
His interest in on privacy engineering. He has coordinated the PRIPARE support action on privacy-by-design. He is currently the editor of ISO/IEC 27550 Privacy engineering as well as rapporteur of two study periods on privacy for smart cities and privacy the IOT. He also chairs the EIP-smart cities and communities initiative on citizen approach to data: privacy-by-design
He will present an analysis on how privacy engineering guidelines can be adapted to specific IoT ecosystems.





Leif Laaksonen
CSC company

Leif Laaksonen is currently a Director at CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science located in Espoo, Finland, with responsibilities in international collaboration and project coordination/management. His education is in quantum chemistry with a flavour of bioinformatics, from the late 80-ties and early 90-ties through practice. He has a long tradition in European research collaboration through chairing the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) for the period 2007 – 2008 and 2009 – 2010 and serving as the e-IRG representative in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and as a e-IRG member in the ESFRI initiated Working Group on investment strategies in e-infrastructures.


Latif Ladid
Founder and President
IPv6 Forum

Latif Ladid is a Senior Researcher at SnT. He works on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects:
6INIT, www.6init.org  – First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT, Euro6IX, www.euro6ix.org ; Eurov6, www.eurov6.org ; NGNi, www.ngni.org ; Project initiator of SEINIT, www.seinit.org and SecurIST, www.securitytaskforce.org .

Latif initiated the new EU project u-2010 to research Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management, www.u-2010.eu, re-launched the Public Safety Communication Forum, www.publicsafetycommunication.eu ,
supported the new IPv6++ EU Research Project called EFIPSANS, www.efipsans.org and the new safety & Security Project using IPv6 called Secricom, www.secricom.eu
and co-initiated the new EU Coordination of the European Future Internet Forum for Member States called ceFIMS: www.ceFIMS.eu.

He holds the following positions: President, IPv6 FORUM www.ip6forum.org, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force www.ipv6.eu , Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society www.isoc.org , Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award www.wsis-award.org .

Latif is also a Member of 3GPP PCG (www.3gpp.org), 3GPP2 PCG (www.3gpp2.org), Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc EntNET (www.comsoc.org/~entnet/ ), Member of UN Strategy Council, member of IEC Executive Committee, Board member of AW2I, Board Member of Nii Quaynor Institute for Research in Africa, and member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States, representing Luxembourg: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/foi/lead/fif/index_en.htm .


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Iker Larizgoitia
Research Engineer

Iker is currently a researcher and program manager at EVRYTHNG, a London based IoT startup that focuses on its vision of making products smart. EVRYTHNG collects, manages and applies real-time data from smart products and smart packaging to drive IoT applications, which enables powerful new Web services and experiences using the live data flowing to and from physical things.

Currently he is leading EVRYTHNG’s participation in Horizon 2020 project TagItSmart, which explores the use of functional inks (inks that react to environmental conditions) to enhance consumer products and enable new applications throughout their lifecycle. The project focuses on applied use cases around supply chain, brand protection, recycling and home services.

He also holds a Computer Engineer degree with a MSc in Mathematical Modeling with extensive experience in R&D, gained from his work in different European projects, on topics related to Ambient Intelligence, Internet of Things and Semantic Technologies.



Mikel Larrañaga Negro
Senior Researcher
Electronics and Communications Unit in IK4-TEKNIKER Spanish research Centre

Mr Mikel Larrañaga holds a Msc in Telecommunications engineering. He works as a Senior Researcher in the Electronics and Communications Unit in IK4-TEKNIKER Spanish research Centre, and is experienced in RF test and design of antennas for sensor and actuator platforms.
He has actively participate in URB-Grade , and participating in  eVACUATE (FP7) and  INACHUS FP7 European projects.
In the farming domain, que is participating in IoF2020 where his main role is to coordinate one of its use cases, with the aim of enhancing poultry production and its meat quality.
He has 6 different research publications, and has participated in several workshops and conferences as speaker, such as Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.



Elise Latify
Independent Privacy and Data Protection Expert

Elise Latify graduated from the Paris Bar law school at the end of 2007. After working for 2 years as lawyer, she started working for the inspection department of the French data protection authority in Paris in 2010. There, she carried out numerous data protection inspections/audits both in public and private sector entities.

She was then seconded to the European Data Protection Supervisor, in Brussels, from October 2012 to October 2014 where she worked at the policy and consultation department. She advised the European institutions on the data protection requirements applying to diverse draft legislations relating to anti-money laundering, drones, new technologies, judicial proceedings and new EU level police files.

In 2014, the President of the French data protection authority was elected Chair of the Group of the European data protection authorities (Article 29 Working Party). At this occasion, Elise Latify joined the European and International department as a member of the Presidency team. There, she participated to the organisation of the group’s meetings, represented the French data protection authority at subgroups meetings, workshops and conferences and worked as a co-rapporteur/drafter of the group’s opinions, guidelines, statements advising the EU institutions and public and private sector entities on privacy and data protection.

In 2017, after working for 7 years for data protection authorities, Elise Latify decided to set up her own consultancy business (Privacy7).



Chaesub Lee
Director, ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Chaesub Lee is the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, following his election at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea. He took office on 1st January 2015.

Dr Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 27 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.

He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country’s Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years.
Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Koreans Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).

Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture and mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU IPTV Focus Group which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards.

He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 ‘Future Networks and Cloud’ from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. Study Group 13 works to develop standardization solutions for NGNs, future networks and cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment in the coming years.

Dr Lee holds a PhD in Multimedia Engineering.




Gyu Myoung Lee
Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
PhD, SMIEEE Liverpool John Moores University

Gyu Myoung Lee received his BS degree from Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea, in 1999 and his MS and PhD degrees from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, in 2000 and 2007.

He is with the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK, as a Senior Lecturer from 2014 and with KAIST Institute for IT convergence, Korea, as an adjunct professor from 2012. Prior to joining the LJMU, he has worked with the Institut Mines-Telecom, Telecom SudParis, France, from 2008. Until 2012, he had been invited to work with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea. He also worked as a research professor in KAIST, Korea and as a guest researcher in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA, in 2007.

His research interests include Internet of things, future networks, multimedia services, and energy saving technologies including smart grids. He has been actively working for standardization in ITU-T, IETF and oneM2M, etc., and currently serves as a WP chair in SG13, a Rapporteur of Q16/13 and Q4/20 as well as an Editor in ITU-T. Recently he has also appointed as the chair of newly established ITU-T Focus Group on data processing and management. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.




Franck Le Gall
Chief Operating Officer
Easy Global Market, COO

Franck Le Gall, is a PhD Eng. in Physics and Telecommunications. After 5 years in technical development (he authored several patents and scientific publications) in the field of optoelectronic components , he spent a further eight years in the set-up and management of large international and multi-cultural industrial R&D projects. He directed more than 10 large scale projects and studies related to the evaluation and monitoring of innovation and technical programs, most of them focused on the adoption of standardisation good practices (collaborations with ETSI and W3C) as well as research exploitation through standardisation. In October 2013, in joined the company Easy Global Marketas COO. Beside office development, his activities focus on increasing value of research projects outcomes through the implementation of standards conformance and interoperability validation schemes. He is now participating in several EU funded projects including technical management in PROTEUS (advanced sensors for water monitoring), FIESTA (IoT semantic interoperability), FESTIVAL (EU-JP cooperation on IoT), U-Test (including uncertainties in cyber physical system testing), PHANTOM (model based testing of heterogeneous distributed systems). He was also SME coach within the FIWARE program.
He recently co-found the Industry Specification Group on Context Information Management (ISG-CIM) at ETSI.




Jean-Luc Lemahieu
Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Mr. Lemahieu was appointed as Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on 1 December 2013. Before taking up this position in Vienna, he gained 20 years of field experience, serving in various countries challenged by political economies heavily dependent on drug cultivation, including Afghanistan and Myanmar, and in transit regions such as the Caribbean. His first appointment with the United Nations dates back to 1990, as a Junior Professional Officer with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) assigned to the Republic of Korea. Prior to joining UNODC (then the United Nations Drug Control Programme – UNDCP) in 1994, he also had a short tenure with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Lemahieu is a licensed jurist with a postgraduate degree in international law




Carmen López
Research Fellow Network Planning and Mobile Communications Laboratory, which belongs to the Communications Engineering Department University of Cantabria

Carmen López works as research fellow at the Network Planning and Mobile Communications Laboratory, which belongs to the Communications Engineering department at the University of Cantabria.She received Telecommunications Engineering degree (2011) and Information Technologies and Mobile Networks Communications master (2013) by the University of Cantabria. She has been active in different FP7 and H2020 EU projects where her research interests have been focused in wireless networks ptimization, IoT platforms and Smart Cities.



Fernando López de Aguilar
FIWARE Cloud and Platform Senior Expert
FIWARE Foundation

Fernando López de Aguilar (male) is FIWARE Cloud and Platform Senior Expert at the FIWARE Foundation. He obtained a Master Degree with honours in Computer Science from the E.T.S Ingeniería Informática – University of Málaga in 1998. Member of the FIWARE Technical Steering Committee, he is responsible of the coordination of daily activities of the FIWARE Lab environment, an OpenStack-based Cloud environment offered to developers who want to experiment with FIWARE technologies.  The FIWARE Lab environment is probably one of the largest OpenStack-based experimental Cloud infrastructure existing worldwide. Co-leader of FIWARE IoT chapter. Last but not least, he is involved in FIWARE technical coaching activities as well as the assessment of Powered by FIWARE solutions and FIWARE-ready technologies. He has participated in multiple R&D project lines covering advanced broadband communications, NGN, IPv4/IPv6 compatibility, Mobile IP, multimedia applications, new mobile services, M2M communication, semantic web sensors, NoSQL DB and definition of IoT reference architecture. He has participated in several European projects from different R&D programs at European level such as CELTIC (LOOP, ICARUS), ITEA (MARTES) and FP7 call (PEACE, SENSEI, IoT-A, FI-WARE and FI-Core).



Patrice Lyons
General Counsel
Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

Ms. Lyons is currently General Counsel to Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). Over many years she has been involved at CNRI in the analysis of a wide range of legal and regulatory issues relating to the development of the Internet, including work on the establishment of the Internet Society and the provision of legal support to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Secretariat. Ms. Lyons has participated in the development of CNRI’s Digital Object Architecture so that it may be made available to interested parties around the world. She has also provided advice and guidance to CNRI with respect to a variety of trademark, patent, copyright and other general legal matters.

Ms. Lyons’ interest in the application of copyright and related bodies of law to new technical developments began upon graduation from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.1969), when she attended Columbia University Law School (1969-70) as the Burton Memorial Fellow in copyright and communications studies. She served as a legal officer in the Copyright Division of UNESCO (Paris, France; 1971-76) and in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress (1976-87). Ms. Lyons was also a Partner in the communications law firm of Haley, Bader & Potts (1987-90).






Teresa Macchia
Experience Researcher
Digital Catapult Centre

Dr Teresa Macchia is an Experience Researcher at Digital Catapult Centre, London. She has 10 years multidisciplinary experience in applied research and information, inspiring alternative adoption of IoT technologies. Teresa is passionate about bringing a harmonious balance between people’s quality of life and emerging tech.



Pedro Maló
Senior Researcher
UNINOVA, Portugal




Gabriel Antonio Marão

Gabriel Antonio Marão
IoT Forum Brasil

Gabriel Antonio Marão is an Electronic Engineer graduated FEI – São Paulo Brasil

Working Experience from 1969 to 2005 in New Technologies and Innovation in companies like Engesa Engenheiros Especializados S.A. / IBM Brazil /  ITAU GROUP (Banco Itaú –  Itautec -Itaú Tecnologia S.A. – ItauCom – Itaú Componentes S.A.- ITAUTEC INFORMÁTICA).
From 2005 until now has been cooperating with R&D intstitutions like Facti www.facti.com.br that is the foundation that supports CTI a Brazilian Government R&D Lab, and  ITS http://www.its.org.br/  Software Technology Institute.

CEO of Perception – Consulting and Technology Development Company.

President of the Brazilian IoT Forum (being one of its founders)  having participated in the last years in the promotion and Developmentt of IoT in Brazil



Simona Marinescu
Development Impact Group Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)

Simona previously served as the first Director of the UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) from 2012-2014, a capacity in which she established the governance system, the strategic objectives and thematic priorities and the programmatic agenda, operationalizing the IICPSD as a center of excellence in market-born solutions to development challenges. Under her supervision, the IICPSD designed and launched the Global Alliance for Sustainable Employment, established broad academic and business networks, conducted applied research and produced a series of studies including the “Barriers and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid”, “The Role of the Private Sector in Skills Development”, “Local Content in Liberia”, “Increasing Competitiveness of Liberian SMEs”, “Inclusive Procurement in Mongolia”, “Geothermal Energy for Food Drying in Jordan”, and “Private Sector Development in Somalia”. Simona Marinescu is also a contributor to the UN SDSN Report titled “The Future of Our Children – Lifelong, Multigenerational Learning for Sustainable Development”.

Before joining the IICPSD, Simona served in Iraq as UNDP Programme Director for Private Sector in Development and Senior Economist, as UNAMI Head of Humanitarian, Reconstruction and Development (2008-2012) and as USAID Sector Lead for Social Safety Net and Pension Reforms. Prior to that, she was Social Protection Specialist in the World Bank Human Development Unit, MENA Region, covering Morocco, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

She also has served as Minister Secretary of State for Labor and Social Affairs in Romania and as Senator, President of the Labor and Social Protection Committee of the Senate.

Simona holds a BA and a Master’s in International Relations and a PhD in Development Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, ASE Bucharest with the thesis titled “The Social Model of the New Economy in the Context of Globalization”. She also holds a BA and MSc in Computer Science from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, a Diploma in Leadership and Communications from Harvard University and a Diploma in Labor Market Administration from Cyprus International Institute of Management. She completed actuarial studies at Harvard University in the preparation of a White Paper on Social Security Reforms.
Simona has authored several books and was editor in chief of two specialized newspapers – “Jobs” and “Working Abroad”.



Alexandre Martin

Director for Western Switzerland



Esmeralda Megally
CEO and Co-Founder

Esmeralda Megally is the CEO and Co-Founder of Xsensio, a Swiss nanotechnology company developing a breakthrough Lab-on-SkinTM sensing platform.  Esmeralda has an MBA from MIT in the US, and a master degree in Economics from Belgium. Prior to creating Xsensio, Esmeralda worked as manager at Boston-based investment firm Commons Capital where she was in charge of screening investment opportunities in a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her past innovations have been awarded the MIT IDEAS International Technology Award, the MIT IDEAS Graduate Student Award and the Harvard Catalyst Grant.



Dr. George Michalos
Project Manager
Labora-tory of Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS)

Dr. George Michalos is a Mechanical Engineer and holder of a PhD in Engineer-ing from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at Uni-versity of Patras. He is currently employed as a project manager at the Laboratory of Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) (www.lms.mech.upatras.gr) and has participated in several EU and national projects in the areas of: advanced industrial and collaborating robots, robotic perception and autonomy in decision making, human robot collaborative ap-plications, intuitive interfaces for safe hybrid production applications, and de-sign of flexible manufacturing systems.

He is the coordinator of the H2020 project “THOMAS – Mobile dual arm robotic workers with em-bedded cognition for hybrid and dynamically reconfigurable manufacturing systems” and in the re-cent past he has been actively involved in EU projects on human robot collaboration ROBO-PARTNER (www.robo-partner.eu) (project manager), X-act (www.xact-project.eu) and SYMBIO-TIC (http://www.symbio-tic.eu) as well as on autonomous and reconfigurable robotic systems AUTORE-CON (http://www.autorecon.eu)




Mark Miller
CEO /Vice Chairman / Member of the Board of Directors
CONCEPTIVITY /European Organisation for Security / European Cyber Security Organisation

Mark Miller is the Founder and CEO of CONCEPTIVITY, a Swiss Security Research and Advisory SME, based in Geneva. Mr. Miller is also the Vice Chairman of he European Organisation for Security, whose members represent more than 20% of the global security market and he is as well a Board Member of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the Chairman of ECSO sub-working group 1.4 on cybersecurity certification and standardisation. Mr. Miller is also a designated expert to the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and has served as an expert on the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) ENRCIP programme. Furthermore, Mr. Miller holds a bachelors degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) department of electrical engineering and computer science as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).



Monique Morrow
President and Co-Founder
Humanized Internet

Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on providing digital identity for those individuals most underserved, blockchain is certainly a potential mechanism for this billion people challenge, see: https: www.thehumanizedinternet.org.

Monique has already advanced Cisco’s technology footprint through the ideation and conception of disruptive technologies spanning Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality (AI/MR), Blockchain, IoT and M2M services, Semantic Web, Cloud Federation, and the Tactile Internet. Her greatest success has been in infusing a big-picture perspective that helps engineers and business leaders understand how existing and future technologies align with the needs of business, government, non-profits, and society-focused organizations. To this end, Monique was honored as Business Worldwide Magazine’s 2016 Visionary of the Year (Technology, Social Change and Ethics) and 2016 Social Media Champion of the Year.

Monique began her journey with Cisco in 2000 as an SP Solutions Engineer in Europe where she helped embed a service provider DNA into the company. In 2001, she became the CTO Consulting Engineer for the service provider segment in Europe and Asia. By 2005, Monique was building a technical leadership team in Hong Kong and directing strategic initiatives for technology globalization for the Office of the CTO. She became Cisco’s first Services CTO in 2012, effectively aligning the vision and architecture for services technology across the organization. In this role, Monique helped to prepare Cisco for the transition from hardware to services as the core business, growing the monetary impact of services for software, security, and analytics.

Prior to joining Cisco, Monique served as the IP Engineering Manager at Swisscom where she led the implementation of one of the first MPLS networks in the world. From 1994 to 1999, Monique served in Network Design and Sales Support Engineering roles for Unisource, a joint venture of Swisscom, KPN, and Telia. However, she began her illustrious career at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as a Network Engineer and Network Engineering Manager. In 1990, she was recruited by Ascom Hasler, based in Switzerland, where she served as a Network Engineer and Engineering Manager.

Recognized as one of the most influential technology leaders worldwide, Monique has earned honors that include Top 100 CIOs for 2016 (CIO.com), Top Women in Cloud Innovations Award 2016 (CloudNow), Social Media Presence of the Year 2016 (AI Magazine), 10 Women in Networking/Communications You Should Know, Top 10 Influential IT Women in Europe (Think Progress), 2015 Women of M2M/IoT (Connected World Magazine), and 2014 GEM-TECH Award (ITU and UN). She is a tireless advocate for women in technology and engineering, serving on multiple non-profit boards, publishing Internet of Women, Accelerating Culture Change in 2016 and facilitating the launch of the Women in Standardization Expert Group for ITU.

Monique holds an MBA from City University of Seattle (Zurich, Switzerland Program), an MS in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University, and a BA in French from San Jose State University. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems from the University of Southern California and a Diploma of Higher Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.



Elena Mugellini
University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Fribourg (HES-SO)

Elena Mugellini is currently Professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Fribourg (HES-SO). She holds a Diploma (Bsc and Msc) in

Telecommunications Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from University of Florence, Italy. Elena is the leader of HumanTech Institute (Technology for Human well-being, humantech.eia-fr.ch/).
Her research expertise lies in Human Computer Interaction (natural interaction, smart spaces, machine learning, serious game and gamification) and Intelligent Data Analysis (multimedia content and knowledge management, semantic technologies, information visualization).
She teaches at graduate and undergraduate level a range of topics, including: project management, human -computer interaction and user experience design, web engineering, software engineering and information systems. Her work is published in journals, conference proceedings and as book chapters and has also been presented in numerous scientific conferences. She is an active reviewer for several international conferences and journals.



Geoff Mulligan
Founder & Chair
LoRa Alliance

Geoff Mulligan is the chairman of the LoRa Alliance and was previously founder and Chairman of the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance and in 2013, was appointed a Presidential Innovation Fellow. He developed embedded internet technology and 6LoWPAN. He was one of the founding board members of the Zigbee Alliance and was co-chair of the 6LoWPAN Working Group in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He was instrumental in the design of the IPv6 protocol and created and named 6LoWPAN. In 2006, he started the firm Proto6, consulting for companies and the US Department of Defense. Mulligan worked with others to launch the IPSO Alliance in 2008. He was also the co-creator of the White House’s SmartAmerica Challenge. He is currently serving as the US representative to the ISO Strategic Advisory Group on Smart and Sustainable Cities and is also currently serving as the Chairman of the LoRa Alliance and on the Board of Directors for the IPSO Alliance. He holds over 15 patents in computer security, networking and electronic mail.



Dr. Catherine Mulligan
Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG CIM
Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering

Dr. Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering. Cathy has worked extensively with catalyzing IoT and blockchain solutions to market. She is an advisor to several governments and multinational corporations globally about the role of digitalisation on economic growth and prior to her academic career gained 15 years international experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. She has authored 5 books covering both the technology and economics of the mobile communications industries including SAE/EPC & M2M/IoT. Cathy is a member of the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Task Force, where she leads Standardisation Activities around ETSI, ISO, ITU, 5G and Open APIs.  She is the Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management.  Catherine received her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and her BSc. (Hons 1) from UNSW, Australia. Catherine is a Fellow and Expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council.



Mr. Luis Muñoz
Dept. of Communications Engineering
University of Cantabria

Professor Luis Muñoz received both the Telecommunications Engineering degree and Ph.D. from the Polytechnical University of Cataluña (UPC), Spain, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He also holds a Master in Mathematics, Statistic and Operation Research (Licenciado en Ciencias Matemáticas, UNED). He is head of the Network Planning and Mobile Communications Laboratory belonging to the Communications Engineering Department (DICOM) at the University of Cantabria, Spain. His research focuses on advanced data transmission techniques, heterogeneous wireless multihop networks, Internet o Things, technologies and services in the context of smart cities and applied mathematical methods for telecommunications. He has participated in several National and European research projects belonging to the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th and H2020 Framework Program in which he was technical manager of SmartSantander. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers. He serves as editor of several journals and he has been invited to participate in the Steering Committee and Technical Program Committee of the most relevant international conferences. In parallel to this activity, he serves as consultant for the Spanish Government as well as for different companies in Europe and USA. Last but not least, he has served as expert of the ETSI and European Commission.



Nelson Malaguti
Counsellor Radiocommunication Bureau (BR)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Nelson Malaguti is Counsellor at the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He is responsible since June 2006 for ITU-R Study Group 4 on Satellite services and the Coordination Committee for Vocabulary. Previous to taking up his current duties, he worked at EMBRATEL in Brazil, involved in the coordination, notification and registration process for the Brazilian satellite networks. He received the M.Sc degree in telecommunications engineering from PUC-RIO, Brazil. He then worked in the Space Services Department of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the ITU, having participated actively at World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) such as WRC-97, WRC-2000 and WRC-03.  He also participated actively at WRC-07, WRC-12 and WRC-15 and is currently actively involved in the preparations for WRC-19.






Paul Nemitz
Director responsible for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission

Paul F. NEMITZ is the Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate – General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. The free movement of people in Europe, data protection, fight against hate speech and racism and rights of the child are key responsibilities of his Directorate.
Before joining the Directorate-General for Justice, Nemitz held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for development Cooperation and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs.
Nemitz has extensive experience as litigator of the European Commission before the European Court of Justice and has published widely on EU law.
He is visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He passed the state examinations for the Judiciary and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University.
He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington,
D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law.



Selena Nemorin
Department of Media and Communications for the VIRT-EU research project: Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe

Dr Selena Nemorin is a research fellow at the Department of Media and Communications for the VIRT-EU research project: Values and Ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe. VIRT-EU is an interdisciplinary and cross-university European Commission Horizon 2020 project which runs from 2017-2020.

Selena’s research focuses on critical theories of technology; surveillance studies; data/IoT ethics, and youth and new media/technologies. Her past work includes research projects that have examined the uses of new technologies in digital schools, educational equity and inclusion, experiences of internationally educated female teachers and their integration into K-12 schools, as well as human rights policies and procedures in post-secondary institutions. Her dissertation (2015) explored the ethical implications that arise from the ways consumers are constructed discursively in neuro-cultural market research settings.

She has recently co-authored an ethnography of schooling in a digital society: Everyday Schooling in the Digital Age: High School, High Tech?  The book offers an analysis of findings from her recent work on a three year research project that addressed the long-standing question of why digital technologies have largely failed to have a consistent impact on the core processes of schools and schooling.



Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts
Program Director
Forum Virium’s new IoT projects mySMARTLife and SynchroniCity

Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts (MA in New Media) works as a Program Director leading teams working on Forum Virium’s new IoT projects mySMARTLife and SynchroniCity as well as teams boosting data-driven business through the Six City Strategy’s Open Data spearhead project.
During her years in Forum Virium Hanna has promoted and piloted open interoperable CitySDK APIs, pursuing new means to fuel and sustain third party engagement in city service development. Her list of presentations, hosted sessions and papers covers key international Smart City and Open Data related events. She has previously worked at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, digital agency Frantic and Aalto University, providing her with more than 10 years of experience on developing digital services for both public sector and businesses.



Alexander Ntoko
Chief of the Operations and Planning Department

Alexander NTOKO is the Chief of the Operations and Planning Department in ITU where he plays a critical role in crafting and executing the strategic movements of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). He coordinates ITU activities on the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) and represents ITU in ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Prior to taking up his current position, he was Head of ITU Corporate Strategy Division (CSD) where his responsibilities included ensuring organization-wide consensus and support for the development, implementation and evaluation of the ITU Strategic Plan. He assisted and advised the ITU Secretary-General in policies and strategies and was responsible for the coordination of ITU activities in many areas including Internet and cybersecurity.
From the early 1990s, he played key role in the introduction of Internet and Cybersecurity to ITU. Since 1998, he has managed the implementation of projects on Internet, ICT applications (e.g., e-health, e-government, e-agriculture, e-education, e-payment and e-business) and cyber security including the use of advanced security technologies (biometric authentication and Public Key Infrastructure) in developing countries from all regions of the world. He obtained Bachelors (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Computer Science from the State University of New York.






Alexis Oliverau
Ingénieur Chercheur
CEA – Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

Alexis OLIVEREAU graduated from École Nationale Supérieure de l’Électronique et ses Applications, Cergy, France in 2000. Between 2000 and 2008, he has been a research engineer in the Motorola Labs research center of Paris, France, where he worked on networking security, participated in various European research projects and earned Motorola “Gold Badge” distinction for his patents filing. He joined the Communicating Systems Lab (LSC) of CEA-LIST in January 2009 as a researcher and project manager, working on security and privacy aspects of communications in IoT networks. He has participated to the IoT-A and TWISNet European FP7 projects. In IoT-A, he led the security analysis & threat assessment activity. In TWISNet, he was both technical coordinator and leading the technical innovation WP. He is currently coordinating the French consortium of the BERCOM German-French project, which is focusing on security and resilience communication services for critical infrastructures protection. Besides, he is involved in industrial partnerships in the field of the development of secured IoT solutions.



Andrea Onetti
Vice President, General Manager MEMS Sensor Division

Andrea Onetti is Analog & MEMS Group Vice President and General Manager of STMicroelectronics’ MEMS Sensor Division. He has held this position since February, 2016. Andrea joined STMicroelectronics’ R&D Lab in Castelletto, Italy, in 1990 as a designer of mixed-signal audio IC’s and moved into Product Management five years later, in charge of Marketing for Consumer Audio. Under his leadership, his organization became a Product Division and his scope was enlarged to include management of planning, operation and quality of audio products. In 2011, ST created the Audio and Sound Business Unit, targeting the whole audio chain, from detectors (MEMS microphones) to transducers (MEMS speakers), under Andrea’s charge. Most recently, he added responsibility for all the MEMS Sensors in ST, across the different segments, from consumer to automotive, from medical to industrial.   Andrea Onetti was born in Pavia, Italy, in 1965, and graduated with a degree in Microelectronics from University of Pavia.



Nabil Ouerhani
Computer Science Professor
Computer ScUniversity of Applied Sciences (HES -SO)

Nabil Ouerhani is currently Computer Science Professor at the University of Applied Sciences (HES -SO) at the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie since 2013. He is leading a research group named “Interaction Technologies” dealing with Human Computer and Human Environment Interactions.
He obtained his engineering diploma from the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1998 and his PhD at the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 2003. Entitled “Visual Attention, from bio-inspired Modelling to real time implementation”, his PhD thesis was the result of multi-disciplinary projects conducted with computer scientists, embedded system engineers and neuroscientists.
After some years of industrial experience in the field of software quality assurance, namely usability, security and performance, Nabil Ouerhani joined the University of Applied Sciences in Western Switzerland in 2013 with the mandate to reinforce the capabilities of the university in technology transfer to the national industrial tissue, one of the main missions of the University of Applied Sciences. He is currently leading a research group active in the fields of human-computer and human-environment interactions. Nabil Ouerhani is author or co-author of over 40 publications.






Carlos Palau
Full Professor/Project Coordinator of H2020 INTER-IoT
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

Prof. Dr. Carlos E. Palau is a Telecommunication Engineer. He holds a PhD on Telecommunication Engineering, in the area of real-time systems and communications. He has been working in the area of real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, security and IoT for the last 25 years. His competence is devoted to interoperability, security and the use of IoT technologies in different application domains. From 1998 till 2010 was Associated Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Valencia and during this period was CIO of the organisation (2004-07).
Since 2010 he holds a Full Professorship at Universitat Politècnica de Valencia. He has been actively participating in real time National and European projects related with the application of his area of research technologies in different areas: defence, industry, health and transport and logistics. He has published more than 150 papers. Since January 2016 he is Project Coordinator of H2020 INTER-IoT (Interoperability of Heterogeneous IoT Platforms) and participating in the H2020 Large Scale Pilot on IoT applied the AHA (ACTIVAGE).



Alberto Paradisi
Chief Research and Development Officer

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Di Genova University (1990), Doctor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico Di Torino (1993), MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (2004). Has participated in several projects led by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) connected to the telecommunications area. At CPqD, headed several R&D projects in the telecommunications systems area, with a focus on optical communication systems. Led the GIGA Project as Director, and occupied the position of CPqD Innovation Management Director. Is also a member of the Já! and BrPhotonics Administrative Boards. Currently is the Chief Research and Development Officer at CPqD, and is a member of the Trópico Administrative Board.



Rémy Pawlak
Researcher of the NanoCar Race team
University of Basel

Dr. Rémy Pawlak is currently senior researcher at the University of Basel in the group of Prof. E. Meyer.  He studied and obtained his PhD in 2009 in Physics and Nanoscience from the University of Aix-Marseille (France) on the growth of thin molecular films at surfaces for solar cell applications. Specialist in scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy, his research interests now focus on the investigation of atomic and molecular structures down to the atomic scale and at low temperature with potential applications in molecular electronics and quantum computing. He authored and co-authored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals including several book chapters (https://nanolino.unibas.ch/pages/group/remy.htm). In April 2017, he was the manager and pilot of the Swiss team who ranked first during the first international Nanocar Race.



Nuria Pazos
Computer Science Professor
University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO)

Nuria Pazos is currently Computer Science Professor at the University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO) at the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie since 2013. She is the head of the “Embedded Computing Systems” group at the HE-Arc which aims at developing embedded IT systems built on three main pillars: Hardware design, embedded software programming and signal/image processing and communication.
Nuria Pazos holds a Bsc and Msc in Industrial Engineering from the Politechnical University of Madrid and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the TUM (Technical University of Munich). She has worked as a Post-Doc researcher in the EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), at the Microelectronic Systems Laboratory (LSM) and at the Processor Architecture Laboratory (LAP).
Nuria Pazos counts with over 18 years of experience in fundamental and applied research both at the university and industry. She has proven experience in the area of on-chip communication and memory management in multiprocessor systems as well as a large expertise in multiprocessor architectures for pervasive mobile devices and networking applications with operating system support.



Florent Pellarin




Pauline Perdaems
Project Engineer, Water and Wastewater Treatment Specialization
Industrial Services of Geneva (SIG)

In 2006, Pauline graduated Engineer ENSIL in Water and Environment and got a Master in water chemistry and microbiology (University of Limoges, France).
She is a Project Engineer in Water and Wastewater Treatment in Switzerland and in African countries from 2007, and has joined SIG in 2013. Pauline has the responsability of designing treatment processes, bidding, project management (on studies and works), supervision as well as providing SIG operation teams with technical assistance.



Pier Luigi Petrali

Pierluigi Petrali, in Whirlpool Europe since 1989, started his career in Information Technology, working at introduction in Whirlpool of CIM, MES and Fault Tolerant Networks. He then worked in innovation projects, contributing to the spread and growth of TRIZ methodology in Italy and Europe and to the development of product/process design support approaches. Currently coordinates manufacturing research and development activities for EMEA region. Directly involved as technical and main partner in more than 10 funded research projects under FP7 and H2020 program in the last five years, he’s currently working in definition and implementation of Whirlpool Industry 4.0 strategy.

He’s inventor of five patents and author several technical papers and public speech on TRIZ, Technology Forecasting, Manufacturing Quality, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.



Thomas Philbeck Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution World Economic Forum

Thomas D. Philbeck is a Global Leadership Fellow and the project lead for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum. Before joining the Forum, he served as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the New York Institute of Technology. He has earned a PhD in interdisciplinary humanities from Florida State University and an MBA from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) de Paris. His area of focus is the intersection between technology, society, business and philosophy. Ever the explorer, he has lived in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East and India working in various sectors.
Currently residing in Geneva, Switzerland, he is passionate about art, flying, science fiction, education and the cosmos.



Margot Pinault
Policy Officer in charge of Horizon 2020 funding for Energy Efficiency (Societal Challenge 3 – Energy Efficiency part)
European Commission European Commission, DG Energy, Energy Efficiency unit, Buildings and Finance team

European Commission, DG Energy, Energy Efficiency unit, Buildings and Finance team.
Policy Officer in charge of Horizon 2020 funding for Energy Efficiency (Societal Challenge 3 – Energy Efficiency part)
Nationality: Polish and French
Masters in Economics in Poland (Wroclaw) and Masters in European and International Business Law in France (Orleans).
7 years’ experience in the private sector in France- Key Accounts Manager in charge of industrial clients in the field of energy management systems for buildings, smart home systems, automation, heating and cooling regulation and control.
4 years’ experience at the Commission.



Martin Potts
Founder & Director / Coordinator
Martel Consulting/H2020 project EU-China Study on IoT and 5G (EXCITING)

Mr. Martin Potts is the Coordinator of the H2020 project EU-China Study on IoT and 5G (EXCITING). He is the founder and director of Martel GmbH. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering and has worked previously for British Telecom (UK) and Ascom (CH). He assisted the Italian NREN GARR to manage the FP7 project FEDERICA and was the Coordinator for the eInfrastructure FP7 project 6DEPLOY-2 (IPv6 deployment and support) and the FIRE Unit’s CSA projects FIRE STATION and ECIAO (EU-China collaboration). He has also participated actively recently in the FIRE CSA projects AmpliFIRE, CI-FIRE and FUSION.



Yanick Pouffary



Mirko Presser
Head of Research and Innovation
Aarhus Universitat

Mirko Presser holds and Assisstent Professorship in Business Model Innovation and Internet of Things at Aarhus University, AU Herning. Previously he was the Head of Research and Innovation for the Smart City Lab at the Alexandra Institute working on Open Data and the Internet of Things in the context of Smart Cities for Citizens. He is also the president and now vice president of the IoT International Forum since it was founded in June 2013. He has been studying and working on IoT and Smart City research since 2002, he has published over 25 scientific peer-reviewed papers on the topics and has served on numerous scientific committees and steering boards. He has a Masters degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a Masters degree in Telecommunications and Systems Engineering both from the University of Bristol and received his PhD on the Mobile IoT from the University of Surrey. He has also been strongly involved in the European FP6, FP7 and now H2020 ICT programmes and has been the Technical Manager of the FP6 IST e- SENSE and FP7 ICT SENSEI projects, both addressing the Internet of Things, amongst many other projects as well as he was the coordinator of the FP7 EeB PPP project called URB-Grade.



Steve Purser

Head of Core Operations Department


Steve Purser was born in the UK and attended the universities of Bristol and East Anglia where he obtained a BSc. in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics respectively. He started work in 1985 in the area of software development, subsequently progressing to project management and consultancy roles. From 1993 to 2008, he occupied the role of Chief Information Security Officer for a number of financial institutions. He joined ENISA in December 2008 and is currently responsible for all operational activities of the Agency.

Steve is currently a member of several Steering Boards and Advisory Committees, including notably the Steering Board of the CERT EU and the Programme Board of the EU Cyber Crime Centre. In the area of standards, he is the ENISA representative on the ISO SC 27 working group. As Head of Core Operations, he regularly represents ENISA in international conferences on information security.

He was a co-founder of the ‘Club de Securité des Systèmes Informatiques au Luxembourg’ (CLUSSIL) and has frequently published articles in the specialised press. He is also the author of  ’A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security’ (Artech House, 2004).






Philippe Quinio

After an initial career in R&D in Japan, Philippe worked for a major US consulting firm in Europe & South America. He joined ST in 1995 in a Strategic Planning role. He then led the strategic marketing activities of ST’s Consumer Group till 2002, when he became Marketing Director for ST’s Imaging Division. In 2007, he moved to Corporate Finance, where he led several M&A projects.

Since 2010, he heads the IP Sourcing & Strategy team, owns the IP/technology Make vs Buy process, performs technology intelligence and oversees all IP/technology in-licensing for ST’s businesses. Since 2016, he also covers EDA Strategy and Sourcing.

Philippe was born in Versailles, France, in 1965 and graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from Telecom ParisTech school in 1987. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD and is CLP™-certified.






Dave Raggett
Lead for the Web of Things Interest Group
W3C – World Wide Web Consortium

Dr. Raggett has helped to drive the core standards of the Web from the early nineties as part of the W3C team. He enjoys working on experimental software, e.g. an early web browser (Arena), a tool for tidying HTML, embedded software for the IoT, a server for the Web of things, and lightweight tools for Linked Data. He is the W3C Champion for the Web of Things, which seeks to enable open markets of services across a broad spectrum of IoT technologies and standards. His latest interest is the Cognitive Web – an extension of Linked Data involving a synthesis of AI, Cognitive Science and Computational Linguistics.



Tushar Raju
Project Manager
European Platforms Initiative (IoT-EPI)

Tushar Raju is a Project Manager for the European Platforms Initiative (IoT-EPI). The initiative is addressing the new EU-funded H2020 programs about IoT platform development. At the core of IoT-EPI are the seven research and innovation projects: Inter-IoTBIG IoTAGILEsymbIoTeTagItSmart!VICINITY and bIoTope.



Sureswaran Ramadass
IPv6 Forum Malaysia

Sureswaran Ramadass serves as the Head of Research & Development of Mlabs Systems Bhd.He is also the Head of APAN (Pacific Advance Networks: www.apan.net) for Malaysia. Prof.  Ramadass served as Chairman of Mlabs Systems Bhd, from April 1, 2005 to October 14, 2009. He served as Non-Independent & Non-Executive Director of MLabs Systems Bhd since April 1, 2005 until May 27, 2014. He has been a Non-Independent & Non-Executive Director of MLabs Systems Bhd since May 27, 2014. Over the years, he has published over sixty (60) national and international level research papers as well as written chapters and provided writing materials for a few books in the area of multimedia conferencing. Dr. Ramadass holds a Bachelor of computer Engineering and Master in electrical and computer Engineering from the University of Miami, USA in 1990 and holds a Doctorate from USM.



Shahid Raza
Director Security Lab
RISE SICS Stockholm

Dr. Shahid Raza is the Director of the Security Lab at RISE SICS Stockholm where he has been working since 2008. Shahid research interests include but are not limited to security and privacy in IPv6-connected IoT, interconnection of computing clouds and IoT, the smart grid, and Blockchain. Shahid is an Associate Editor of the premier IEEE IoT Journal and a TPC member of a number of targeted IoT conferences/workshops. His research work has been published in renowned international journals and conferences. In addition to participating in different EU and Swedish projects, Shahid has won a competitive research grant from the Swedish funding agency Vinnova under the Strategic Innovation Program for IoT , where he is the project leader. This Certificate Enrollment for Billion of Things (CEBOT) project is primarily aimed to equip IoT devices with digital identities. Recently, he has won a three-years grant for a Eurostars project, called SecureIoT, where he is the technical project leader. Shahid has completed his industrial PhD from the RISE SICS Stockholm. He also holds the Master of Science degree from KTH The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.



Yassin Rekik
Computer Sciences Professor University of Applied Sciences – Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Prof. Yassin Rekik is a Computer Sciences Professor at University of Applied Sciences – Western Switzerland (HES-SO) at Haute Ecole du Payasage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture (hepia), in Geneva. He received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Ecole Nationale des Sciences Informatiques, Tunisia (1996) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (2001). He is responsible of several courses at undergraduate level (OO Programming, Software Engineering, 3D HCI) and graduate level (Games Technologies, Advanced Software Architecture and Design). He is conducting applied research in the field of innovative interactions and interfaces. He has participated and/or coordinated many projects in the fields of mobile games, serious games, highly interactive systems, and immersive environments



Benoît Revaz
Swiss Federal Office for Energy

Depuis le 1er octobre 2016, Benoît Revaz est directeur de l’Office Fédéral de l’Énergie. Benoît Revaz dispose d’un master en droit de l’Université de Fribourg ainsi que d’un Executive Master of Science in Communications Management obtenu à l’issue d’études postgrades à l’Università della Svizzera Italiana. De 2005 à 2012, il a étendu ses compétences en management en complétant sa formation à l’IMD, à la London Business School ainsi qu’à Stanford. Benoît Revaz a été directeur associé d’E-

CUBE Strategy Consultants, entreprise de conseil spécialisée dans les questions d’énergie et d’environnement. Avant cela, il a assumé différentes fonctions au sein des Entreprises Électriques Fribourgeoises (actuellement Groupe E). Il a en outre été membre de la direction générale d’EOS Holding et d’Alpiq Holding SA.



Rolf Riemenschneider
Head of Sector, “Internet of Things” Unit, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Rolf Riemenschneider is involved in the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 where he manages research and innovation project and policies in the following areas: Advanced Computing, Cyber Physical Systems, Factories of the Future and Internet of Things. From 2009-2015, he managed the ICT activities of the Public-Private Partnership Factories of the Future (PPP FOF). Since 2015, he coordinate the Focus Area of Internet of Things as part of the cross-cutting activities in Horizon 2020 inside CONNECT and with DG MOVE, DG AGRI, DG RTD, and contributes to the future strategy of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).

Before joining the Commission in 2002 Dr Riemenschneider worked as an engineer for consulting and project management on behalf of the German government (Federal Ministry of Education and Science – BMBF) in the Microsystems programme.

Dr Rolf Riemenschneider received the Dipl.-Ing degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 1990 focusing on microwave technologies and optical communications.



Ricardo Rivera
Sectorial Manager

Ricardo Rivera is a Sectorial Manager for BNDES (the Brazilian Development Bank), coordinating a strategic IoT planning for Brazil. This study will deliver a five-year plan for the Brazilian Government with recommendations for horizontal issues (i.e. privacy, financing, interoperability etc.), as well as identify 3 to 5 segments where the country can become a worldwide reference in IoT.

Rivera was formerly an ICT advisor for the Cabinet of the President of BNDES, supporting Brazilian ICT Industrial and Technological Policy.




Andrei Robachevsky

Andrei Robachevsky joined the Internet Society’s Standards & Technology Department in March 2011.

Andrei’s primary area of interest is security and resilience of the Internet infrastructure. This work is based on active engagement with the operator, research and policy communities.

Prior to joining ISOC, Andrei was Chief Technical Officer of the RIPE NCC, leading the development of company’s IT strategy, external and internal IT services, and work of the engineering departments. He was responsible for the deployment of DNSSEC for the reverse DNS tree and deployment of anycast instances of the K-root DNS server.

Andrei brings to the Internet Society more than 10 years experience in the Internet technical community. For more than a decade he is actively following Regional Internet Registry (RIR) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) activities. He was Chair of the Number Resource Organization’s (NRO) Engineering Coordination Group (ECG), which is responsible for various technical inter-RIR activities and projects. In 2010-2012 Andrei was a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

Andrei is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




Jorge Rodrigues
Sales director for Industry & Society in Switzerland

Jorge joined Ericsson in 2014 as Account Manager and currently leads the Industry & Society, e.g. Enterprise Business Development, team in Switzerland.

Holding more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry cumulated in various roles from Software development, Project Management, Product Management, General Management and finally in various roles in Account Management and Business Development.

Jorge completed in 2010 the EMBA at the University of Lausanne and holds a Bachelor in Computer Science Engineering from ISPGaya Portugal.

Starting his professional career in Portugal in 1993 as freelance software developer and trainer until when in 2002 he joined Novabase as consultant and specialized in Content Management. In 2002 Jorge joined Cambridge Technology Partners in Switzerland where he held the technical lead role and later moved into Project Management. In 2005 he joined Orange Communications in the capacity of Project Manager and later as Product Manager in the television & and video domains. By 2008 Jorge joined Alcatel-Lucent to manage the delivery in West of Switzerland where he had the opportunity to lead the Orange telecom outsourcing team of 140 resources. With the completion of the EMBA the opportunity to join the business development came in 2011 where he joined Huawei as Senior Account Manager.

Jorge is married, has 2 daughters and lives near Yverdon-les-Bains.



Raphael Rollier
Responsable du programme Smart City

Raphael Rollier advises, develops and promotes digital innovation and transformation. In co-creation with several cities, he created a “Smart Data” tool, which turns billions of data generated by the mobile phone network into anonymized and aggregated traffic indicators. To accelerate the transformation, Raphael is developing and sharing a methodology to support the public sector to leverage digital technology, with a first study that identifies the key success factors. Member of the Venture Kick jury and Venture Associate at Swisscom, he has developed a mentoring program for start-ups at the EPFL, where he obtained a master in micro engineering.



Carsten Rossenhoevel
Managing Director and co-founder
EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center

Carsten Rossenhövel is Managing Director and co-founder of EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center, http://www.eantc.com). Based in Berlin, Germany, EANTC is a test lab specializing in telecommunication technologies and offers vendor-neutral network testing services for manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers.

In this role Carsten has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication networks testing and is responsible for EANTC’s business development and marketing. His technical areas of expertise include Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and transport network solutions (MPLS; SDN; Carrier Ethernet).

Before joining EANTC, he studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin and worked as a Software Engineer as well as Consultant in the financial services and media sector. In 1999 he founded EANTC together with Gabriele Schrenk and Herbert Almus.



Paolo Ruti
chief of the World Weather Research Division
World Meteorological Organization (UN)

Experienced scientist and science manager with strong leadership and relationship-building skills, currently working as chief of the World Weather Research Division at the World Meteorological Organization (UN). International R&D specialist has a strong focus on strategic research planning of weather and climate related topics. Extensive projects development experience on climate services and on regional climate change (Africa and Mediterranean), acquired in several European research frameworks and in international scientific committees. International research activities since 1996 (PhD in Geophysics), author and co-authors of more than 60 peer reviewed papers.







Dario Sabella
Secretary of ETSI MEC

After the degree in Electronic Engineering, Dario started his career in 2002 as System Specialist and embedded applications developer for TIM (Telecom Italia Group). In 2004 he got a post-degree specialization master in Telecommunications, and in 2006 he entered in Wireless Innovation department where he built a deep experience on communication systems (WiFi, WiMAX/WiBro, UMTS/HSPA, LTE, LTE-A), with special knowledge of wireless radio access technologies and system engineering for mobile networks toward 5G. Moreover, during last years Dario specialized his technical skills in the field of energy efficiency for mobile networks (also as delegate in ETSI TC EE) and recently also on Mobile Edge Computing (since July 2015 he served as vice chairman of ETSI MEC IEG). From 2009 he’s been also involved in European projects (FP7, EIT Digital, Horizon 2020), often also with leadership roles. During all these years, Dario collected a wide set of international patents (18+) and publications (40+), also by organizing international conferences and workshops (he’s co-founder and chairman of the CLEEN workshops series), and gained also deep experience on patents and IPR management as well as project management. More recently, in 2017 he joined Intel as Senior Standard and Research Engineer, and currently he’s serving ETSI MEC as ISG Secretary and Lead of Industry Group Relationships. He is also following the activities of 5GAA. Since 2012 he’s member of AEIT association.



Yasir Saleem
Research Engineer
Wireless Networks and Multimedia Services Department, Telecom SudParis

Yasir Saleem is currently a research engineer at Wireless Networks and Multimedia Services Department, Telecom SudParis, France. He received his MSc degrees in computer science by research from Sunway University, Malaysia and Lancaster University, UK (under dual degree program) in 2015. He received his BS degree in Information Technology from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan in 2012. He also worked as Software Developer in KNYSYS for about one year between 2012 to 2013. His research interests include Internet of things, social Internet of things, cognitive radio networks and wireless sensor networks. He has authored several scientific publications, including a patent, and several journal papers, conference papers and book chapters. He is involved in a European H2020 project, titled Wise-IoT (Worldwide Interoperability for Semantics IoT). He is also a reviewer of various journals and conferences, such as IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Communications Letter, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Ad Hoc Networks, Computer Networks, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Artificial Intelligence Review, IEEE Access, Wireless Networks and many more. For more details, please visit www.yasirsaleem.com



Luis Sánchez
Associate Professor at the Department of Communications Engineering
University of Cantabria

Dr. Luis Sanchez received both the Telecommunications Engineering and PhD degree from the University of Cantabria, Spain, in 2002 and 2009 respectively. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Communications Engineering at the University of Cantabria. He is active on IoT-enabled smart cities, meshed networking on heterogeneous wireless scenarios and optimization of network performance through cognitive networking techniques. He has a long research record working on projects belonging to the 5th, 6th, 7th and H2020 EU Framework Programs. He has authored more than 60 papers at international journals and conferences and co-authored several books. Currently he is the Technical Manager of the H2020 FIESTA-IoT project (H2020–ICT–2014–1- 643943 ) which is developing a federated IoT experimentation infrastructure from which experimenters and IoT infrastructures’ providers will be able to seamlessly interoperate with their datasets through the use of semantic technologies.



Dr Ziqin Sang
Vice Chairman
ITU-T Study Group on IoT and Smart Cities and Communities (SG20), Wuhan Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications

Mr. Ziqin SANG joined Wuhan Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (WRI) in 1998 after obtaining his Ph.D. in pattern recognition and intelligent system from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He heads a division of innovative research on smart city in the State Key Laboratory of Optical Communication Technologies and Networks since 2010. He has been active in standardization bodies such as ITU-T SG17, SG13, SG5 and SG20, CCSA TC8 and TC10. He served as a member of expert board of a Chinese 863 program of smart city, and a member of advisory board of EU-China Collaboration on IoT and 5G Research (program EXCITING). He was a vice chairman of ITU-T focus group on smart sustainable cities (FG-SSC) and a vice chairman of focus group on smart water management (FG-SWM). He is now a vice chairman of ITU-T SG20 and a vice chairman of CCSA TC10.



Ana Lizeth Santos Hernandez
Director of Finance and Administration Bureau and Human Resource Manager
National Commission of Telecommunications of Honduras

2015-2017 – Director of Finance and Administration Bureau and  Human Resource Manager at National Commission of Telecommunications of Honduras
2017 – Project Manager Comayaguela Digital City at National Commission of Telecommunications of Honduras

2014-2015 – Finantial and Admnistration Executive Assistant at National Commission of Telecommunications of Honduras
2013-2014 Credit and Collection Assistant at National Commission of Telecommunications of Honduras


Business Administration Degree – Catholic University of Honduras
Theology Degree – Theological Seminarium of Honduras SETEHO
Diploma in Management of Non-Governmental Organizations –
Catholic University of Honduras
Diploma in Social Economy – Social Economy School, Andalucía, Spain
Diploma in Public Policies, Development and National Plan –
Autonomous University of Honduras
Diploma in Total Quality Management – Catholic University of Honduras
Diploma in Digital Marketing – Web Congress, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Diploma in Purchasing and Contracting Policies –
Latin-American Association of Fraud and Financial Crimes; Dominican Republic
Diploma in Budget Management and Projection of States and Financial Flows –
Diploma in Human Resources Management – INFOP, Tegucigalpa, Honduras



Manuel Schweizer
Founder/Member of the Board
Cloudscale.ch AG/SwissIX Internet Exchange

He formerly worked for an ISP as the head of the data center and network engineering team where he was in charge of operating three data center locations and a multi 10 Gbps backbone.

As the CEO of cloudscale.ch AG he is currently establishing a Swiss-based cloud service provider with a strong focus on reliability and simplicity (awarded with the 2016 telecom award for “Best Self-Service Cloud Platform – Switzerland”).

Besides consulting large companies when it comes to future-proof IT strategies including SDN/NFV and pushing cloud adoption, he is also involved in upgrading the backbone of the SwissIX Internet Exchange to multiple 100 Gbps.



Lucio Scudiero
Privacy and Data Protection Officer
ECCP – AS – Mandat International

Lucio Scudiero is a qualified lawyer, specialized in Personal Data Protection Law and European Law, a subject on which he has an LL.M. completed at the University of Leiden (NL).

Lucio advises national and international clients from different industries on issues having a particular focus on the protection of personal data; amongst the many, he provides legal counselling within the IoT, robotics and smart cities domains, on cloud computing, marketing and profiling, e-health, data transfers outside the EU, whistleblowing, workers’ remote control. Furthermore, he works with Mandat International, Archimede Solutions and ECCP within several European research projects in the field of ICT, IoT, Cybersecurity and Smart Cities, funded under the Horizon2020 Framework Program.

He trained at the Policy and Consultation Unit of the European Data Protection Supervisor and is a Data Protection Officer certified by TÜV Italy.

Lucio also served within the legislative office of a parliamentary group during the XVI legislature (2008-2013) of the Italian Parliament, dealing with, among other issues, the reform of the rules governing telemarketing.

He combines a sound knowledge of the EU data protection legal framework with a research and policy oriented approach; he regularly intervenes in the policy debate regarding privacy and digital issues in Italy, and publishes articles on international law reviews and journals.



Martin Serrano
Principal Investigator & Data Scientist
Insight Centre for Data Analytics – NUI Galway, Ireland

Dr. Serrano is a recognized Research Data Scientist with more than 15 years experience in industry and applied research on Semantic Interoperability and Distributed Data Systems.  He is a continuous contributor to the Scientific, Research and Innovation agenda for Europe and with a wide range of successful (EUFP5-FP7/H2020) collaborative projects, Irish (HEA PRTLI, SFI) and also Enterprise Ireland (EI) innovation projects.
Dr. Serrano is the coordinator of the EU-H2020 FIESTA-IoT project (www.fiesta-iot.eu), the Data Management, IPR & Analytics Manager and leader on research activities in the EU-H2020 ActivAge Large Scale Pilot (www.activageproject.eu), He was involved in the HEA-futurecomms project (http://futurecomm.tssg.org) where he was investigating methodologies and algorithms for the optimal use of IT technology (i.e. cloud systems and analytic systems) for remote health monitoring.
Dr. Serrano is an active member of IEEE (Computer and Communication Societies) and ACM with more than 100 pair reviewed publications and He is the author of 4 academic books in related areas.



Uri Shani
Research Staff Member

Graduate of the Technion, Israel in Computer Science, have a PhD from the University of Rochester, NY, Computer Science in 1981, Worked in General Electric R&D until 1983 and than joined the IBM Scientific Center in Haifa Israel, now the IBM Haifa Research Lab. Leading research and development projects until now in various areas including storage, distributed computation, medical image and information management, massive BI data processing for Telco, and Model Based System Engineering (MBSE). Have been adjunct lecturer in the EE and CS department of the Technion and serving as the liaison for the Research Lab with the CS department. Served as IBM lead investigator in EU projects of the FP7 and H2020 programs, managing the IBM part in Model Based Systems Engineering, with a lead role in tools inter-operability and applying semantic web ontology and linked data technologies to solve that. I presently collaborate with the Enterprise System Modeling Laboratory headed by Prof. Dov Dori.



Mr. Abhishek Sharma
Founder and MD
Beyond Evolution TechSolutions Pvt. Ltd.

Abhishek Sharma is the founder and MD of Beyond Evolution Tech Solutions (P) Ltd (BETS), a company that is into developing innovative IOT Solutions, Mobile Apps, Mobile SI Solutions. Mr. Sharma has more than 40 years of global experience working on high end technologies in the ICT domain such as IOT systems, IT applications, Telecom Network, Radar & Satellite Systems. He has also contributed significantly in the cyber security domain. Prior to founding BETS, Mr. Sharma has worked for TATA Group of India at positions such as Telecom Head for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Director Tata Telecom etc. Mr Sharma is also a retired “Wing Commander” of the Indian Air Force where he worked for about 22 years he managing various high-end technologies and systems such as Radar, Communication, Missile, Avionics etc. His association with EU projects started with the EU FP7 BIC project (http://www.bic-trust.eu) as the member, International Advisory Group, and there he was chief architect for developing a Multi-lateral International Cooperation model for Trustworthy ICT. Presently he is working on FI-Media Project under H2020 programme of EU where his company BETS is partner to, along with IIT Delhi and TSSG, WIT, Ireland. Mr. Sharma is a B.E. in Electronics & Telecom Engg, M.E. in Automation & Computer Sc and Masters in Management studies.



Pieter Simoens
Ghent university, IMEC

Pieter Simoens is professor at Ghent University, Belgium and affiliated with imec. His main research interest is on systems with distributed intelligence using technologies and paradigms such as edge computing and deep learning. The research is applied to domains such as the internet of things and robotics.



Andrea Siviero
Research Manager / Leader
IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis Group / IDC European IoT Practice

Andrea Siviero is a Research Manager for IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis group and leader of the IDC European IoT practice, a group of more than 15 analysts developing both quantitative and qualitative research on IoT trends in Europe. He is based in Milan (Italy) and holds a joint PhD in Mathematics between the Université Bordeaux I (France) and the Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands), which he completed under the European ALGANT project framework.



Antonio Skarmeta
Dept. Ingeniería de la Información y las Comunicaciones Facultad de Informática

Dr. Antonio F. Skarmeta received the M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Granada and B.S. (Hons.) and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Murcia Spain. Since 2009 he is Full Professor at the same department and University. Antonio F. Skarmeta has worked on different research projects in the national and international area in the networking, security and IoT area, like Seinit, Deserec, Enable, Daidalos, SWIFT, IoT6, SMARTIE and SocIOtal. He is the  head of the research group ANTS since its creation on 1995 and member of TDL. Actually he is also advisor to the vice-rector of Research of the University of Murcia for International projects and head of the International Research Project Office and national representative for MSCA.

He has published over 90 international papers and being member of several program committees. He has also participated in several standardization activities being co-authors of some drafts at the IETF.



Adrian Slatcher


Jan Sliwa
Bern University of Applied Sciences

Affiliated to the Department of Engineering and Information Technology of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. For over 30 years he developed software in languages ranging from Assembler to Java, from industrial control to Web / Database applications. In recent years his activity field was related to management of medical data, especially its secure and privacy preserving reuse for research and quality assessment. In numerous papers he has treated the technical, social and ethical aspects of this process. He has organized a special session “Smart Medical Devices – from to clinical practice” at the BIOSTEC conference. Recently he wrote a chapter on medical data reuse for the book “Pervasive Computing: Next Generation Platforms for Intelligent Data Collection”, published at Elsevier. His non-IT specialty is languages and cultures.



Maria Sokhn
Professor / Head of the Data Semantics Lab / VP
HES-SO / eGov Innovation Center

Maria Sokhn is a professor at the HES-SO, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland Valais: https://www.hevs.ch/fr/

She is the head of the Data Semantics Lab (DS Lab) http://www.hevs.ch/datasemlab (1)

She is also VP of the eGov Innovation Center http://egovinnovation.ch/comite/ (2)

Maria Sokhn holds a PhD from Telecom Paris Tech in 2011 in multimedia knowledge management and visualization in collaboration with the CERN. She graduated from the Engineering Faculty of Saint Joseph University, with a Computer and Communication Engineering diploma, and holds a specialized master diploma from Telecom Paris Tech in Multimedia production and creation.

Her current research activities interests are the mobility and touristic citizen centric services. She especially focus her work on accessibility for people with disabilities and therefore to reduce inequalities among the population. Her field of research also includes Linked Open Data and she recently participated in an Open Data hackathon in the food field: https://hack.opendata.ch/project/59

She also successfully creates multiple private-public projects sustained by the CTI, the Commission for Technology and Innovation https://www.kti.admin.ch/kti/en/home.html?_organization=711 in order to accompany private companies on the path of innovation in their field: webcasting, pharmaceutical, knowledge management…

(1) The Data semantics lab focus on Semantic Computing, Linked Data, Information Extraction, Knowledge Management, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Data Visualisation, Business process modelling and Mobile technologies

(2) The eGov Innovation Center is an e-government competence center that promotes innovation in the public sector



John Soldatos,
Athens Information Technology, Greece




JaeSeung Song
assistant professor, leading the SESlab Computer and Information Security Department
Sejong University

JaeSeung Song is an assistant professor,leading the Software Engineering and Security group (SESlab) in the Computer and Information Security Department at Sejong University. He holds the position of IEEE IoT Architecture Research Group Chair, oneM2M Test Working Group Chair and TTA IoT/M2M Convergence Special Project Group Vicechair. Prior to his current position, he worked for NEC Europe Ltd. between 2012 and 2013 as a leading standard senior researcher. From 2002 to 2008, he worked for LG Electronics as a senior researcher leading a 3GPP SA standard team. He received a PhD at Imperial College London in the Department of Computing, United Kingdom. He holds BS and MS in Computer Science from Sogang University. His research interests
span the areas of software engineering, software testing, networked systems and security, with focus on the design and engineering of reliable IoT/M2M platforms, particularly in the context of semantic IoT data interoperability, secure software patch techniques and big data analytics.



Sergios Soursos
Master R&D Engineer
Intracom SA Telecom Solutions

Sergios Soursos is a Master R&D Engineer at Intracom S.A. Telecom Solutions, Greece. He is the coordinator of the H2020 symbIoTe project, working on IoT interoperability and IoT platform federations. His research interests also include big data analytics, Cloud and overlay traffic management, information-centric networking, smart grids and demand response systems. He has been a Research Associate at the Network Economics and Services Group of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece, working on network economics and pricing, game theory and modelling, overlay networks and grid computing. He holds the BSc (1999) in Informatics, the MSc (2001) in Information Systems and a PhD (2010) on pricing schemes for on-demand resources with focus on access networks and grid computing facilities, from AUEB, Greece. Dr. Soursos has co-chaired the EC DG INFSO’s Future Internet Socio-Economics Task Force. Sergios Soursos is also coordinating the symbIoTe project (https://www.symbiote-h2020.eu/).



James St-Pierre
Deputy Director Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

James A. St. Pierre is Deputy Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). ITL is one of six research Laboratories within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with an annual budget of $120 million, 367 employees, and about 160 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories.

Along with the ITL Director St.Pierre oversees a research program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems, including cybersecurity standards and guidelines for Federal agencies and U.S. industry, supporting these and measurement science at NIST through fundamental and applied research in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Through its efforts, ITL supports NIST’s mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

Within NIST’s traditional role as the overseer of the National Measurement System, ITL is conducting research addressing measurement challenges in information technology as well as issues of information and software quality, integrity, and usability. ITL is also charged with leading the nation in using existing and emerging IT to help meet national priorities, including developing cybersecurity standards, guidelines, and associated methods and techniques, cloud computing, electronic voting, smart grid, homeland security applications, and health information technology. St.Pierre also coordinates ITL’s research efforts related to the Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data.



Anna Stahlbröst
Associate Professor in Information Systems
Lulea University of Technology (LTE)

Ph.D. Anna Ståhlbröst, is associate professor in Information Systems at Luleå university of technology connected to Botnia Living Lab. Her research interest is focused on Living Labs and user driven innovation processes supporting the development of digital innovations based on citizen needs. Anna’s research has been published in several international journals, books and has been presented at many international conferences. She is active in innovation & research projects such as Privacy Flag, IoT Lab, and Smart Buy funded by the European Commission. Anna is also assistant scientific director of the research and innovation area Enabling ICT at LTU, focusing on supporting research and innovation contributing to the development of Smart regions.



Nathalie Stembert
Researcher, Designer and Teacher
Stembert Design

Nathalie Stembert – Stembert Design – Nathalie, received both the Industrial Design Engineering and Design for Interaction Degree at the Technical University of Delft (TUDelft), The Netherlands, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. She works as lecturer Creative Media and Game Technologies at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Interaction Designer at the Citizens Foundation and founded Stembert Design where she created the ‘Co-create the Internet of Things’ methodology. Currently with Stembert Design she is working on the U4IoT project, a CSA aiming to support LSPs in terms of end-user engagement. In her work she follows a human-centred research and design approach, with the aim to explore how complex issues can be addressed with the aid of technology.



Juergen Sturm
AIOTI – Texas Instruments

Jürgen Sturm is native from Regensburg in Bavaria and joined Texas Instruments as Director for Governmental Relations EMEA in September 2014. Prior to this Jürgen worked as Secretary General for ELC respectively LightingEurope and the Global Lighting Association for 5 years. His educational background is Law and he is a graduate from Passau University School of Law from 1992. He holds an LL.M. in International and European Law of the University of Aberdeen (2001), as well as a Diploma in Hispanic Studies of the University of Salamanca (1994). Jürgen was active in senior positions for two other European trade associations between 2001 and 2009. Since its foundation in 2015, Jürgen is a member of the management board of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).



Tanya Suarez
CEO BluSpecs and Co-founder IoT Tribe

A firm believer that there can be no strategy without innovation, I currently lead the BluSpecs team, a company with a passion for embracing disruption through market-driven innovation and co-creation.

We are partners in CREATE-IoT, a European initiative that seeks to support the co-ordinated delivery of the € 80M Large Scale Pilots. Our role is focused on User Acceptance in IoT and ensuring that SMEs, Startups and Developers can access the open calls and participate in IoT deployments.

More broadly, we work closely with global clients across multiple sectors, in areas as diverse as financial services, health or agrofood. Recent engagements have included exploring the potential impact of blockchain technologies, corporate venturing and defining Internet of Things business models.

We co-founded Startup Scaleup, the Startup Europe IoT accelerator, now IoT Tribe. We have a network of over 120 startups solving problems with smart home, ehealth and wellness, industrial and other IoT solutions. Founders from 49 countries are already part of our programme with hubs in Dublin, Madrid-Cartagena, Vilnius and Zoetermeer.

I really enjoy my work as a moderating innovation panels or speaking at industry events, including IoT World in Dublin last year. I am a member of several Advisory Boards on Start-up initiatives and am delighted to represent BluSpecs at the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation and a member of Tech London Advocates.



Marimuthu Swami Palaniswami
Professor Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Melbourne

Marimuthu Palaniswami is a Fellow of IEEE and a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He received his Ph.D from the University of Newcastle, Australia before joining the University of Melbourne, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director/Convener of a large ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) with about 100 researchers on various interdisciplinary projects. Previously, he was a Co-Director of Centre of Expertise on Networked Decision & Sensor Systems. He served in various international boards and advisory committees including a panel member for National Science Foundation (NSF). He has published more than 450 refereed journal and conference papers, including 3 books, 10 edited volumes.

He was given a Foreign Specialist Award by the Ministry of Education, Japan in recognition of his contributions to the field of Machine Learning and communications. He received University of Melbourne Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award and Commendation Awards. He served as associate editor for Journals/transactions including IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence for Finance. He is editor of Journal of Medical, Biological Engineering and Computing and the Subject Editor for International Journal on Distributed Sensor Networks. Through his research, he supported various start-ups, local and international companies.

As an international investigator, he is involved in FP6, FP7 and H2020 initiatives in the areas of smart city and Internet of Things (IoT). In order to enhance outreach research capacity, he founded the IEEE international conference series on sensors, sensor networks and information processing and served as General Chair for over 15 IEEE and IEEE sponsored Conferences. He has given several keynote/plenary talks in the areas of sensor networks, IoT and machine learning. His research interests include Smart Sensors and Sensor Networks, Machine Learning, IoT and Biomedical Engineering and Control.








Sergio Takeo Kofuji
Professor, Escola Politècnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo

Professor Dr. at the University of Sao Paulo. FIWARE LAB Coordinator at USP, Brazil, an innovation hub in the Future Internet technologies. Situated in EPUSP and federated with other Europe’s FIWARE LABs, FIWARE Lab is an open Platform whose goal is to disseminate Innovation through Startups in order to assess conceptual and application test uses. It promotes events such as lectures and workshops partnered with Universities, companies and Governmental Institutions aiming to promote the Platform within Smart Cities context. He is also the PAD Group (Pervasive Computing & HPC Group) Coordinator.  Professor Kofuji has experience in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with emphasis on Advanced Computer Architectures, acting on the following topics: Pervasive Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Grid and Cloud Computing, Parallel Processing, Processor Architecture (SMT, CMP, IMP), Reconfigurable Architecture, Cyber-Physical Embedded Systems, UWB radar applications, Advanced Imaging Systems. He was also the Coordinator at USP of the European FP7 EDOBRA Project. Currently, he is a member of the following groups: i) CITI, Multidisciplinary Centre for Interactive Technologies, of which he is a founding member; ii) InovaLab@Poli; iii) Institute of Brazil-European Studies, which is dedicated to cross-boundary innovation, especially in Information and Communication Technologies; iv) USP Disasters Studies and Research Centre; v) Member of ABNT task forces. His main interest areas are: Pervasive Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, 5G and Future Internet and Internet of Things with applications in smart cities. He is member of the Project 5GinFire.



Dr. Emilia Tantar
Chief Operating Officer
Black Swan LUX

Emilia currently leads as COO the operations of Black Swan LUX, University of Luxembourg’s spin-off from the SECAN-Lab team, she co-founded in 2015. Black Swan LUX provides AI enabled IoT personal security, through SafeLive.

With a PhD in Computer Science, obtained with honors from University of Lille 1, she actively pursues since years TechTransfer from academia, with a focus on AI, IoT and security.  Already while at the University of Luxembourg she founded and sustained together with CREOS the SCADA security lab, preparing for the security challenges of SDN. In the early years as representative for the PhD students in engineering from University of Lille 1, France, her efforts were directed towards industrial integration and transfer growth potential of PhDs, see EuroDocInfo (http://www.lifl.fr/eurodocinfo08/). She is actively involved in the AI role, especially Evolutionary Computation in Practice, as part of panels  at GECCO (http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2014/ecp.html) or as co-founder and editor for  the EVOLVE International conference series (http://www.evolve-conference.org) and Springer volumes. As awarded healthTech provider Dr. Tantar’s current research focus is on the future of IoT security for the personal safety, security and prevention, in order to serve the many and empower the (senior) users.



Alexandru-Adrian Tantar
co-founder and Vice-President Research & Innovation
Black Swan LUX

Dr. Tantar is co-founder and Vice-President Research & Innovation of Black Swan LUX, 2nd spin-off of University of Luxembourg’s SnT Research Center (Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust). He was also Head of Research & Innovation at ACTIMAGE, Luxembourg.

He joined Luxembourg in 2010 as an AFR-Marie Curie Fellow and successfully spinned-off with the award winning FNR Proof-of-Concept Black Swan (Luxembourg’s Healthcare Startup of the Year in 2016, and in the 10 semi-finalists out of 530 companies worldwide in the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge, London, UK). Under his lead, a focus is set on IoT AI for personal security and safety, with partnerships being setup with G4S, one of the worldwide biggest security companies.

He was awarded a Doctor in Computer Science Diploma, with honors, from the University of Lille 1, France. Dr. Tantar led also the Luxemburg’s initiative for the FuturICT FET EU Flagship. He authored and edited several Springer volumes, while also being the founder and co-chair of the EVOLVE International Conference Series (Bordeaux, Luxembourg, Mexico City, Leiden, Beijing, Iasi). He chaired the International ETSI Grid Challenges, was invited and delivered lectures in high standing research centers, as the Lorentz Centrum (Leiden), CINVESTAV- IPN (Mexico), or the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Amsterdam). Dr. Tantar also provided tutorials in genetic and evolutionary computation conferences and trainings for the doctoral students of the Universities of the Greater Region (Kaiserslautern, Saarbrucken, Nancy, Luxembourg, Liege) and beyond. He put the basis and presided the IEEE Students Branch North of France, founded and led several working groups and workshop initiatives. In the recent years, Dr. Tantar has been involved in several EU and national research initiatives around IoT for personal safety and assisted living.  He actively pursues building AI enabled IoT while keeping enhanced security standards on the Personal IoT world.



Tiago Teixeira
Leader of the design, specification and development of the open-source plug-&-sense platform H2020 WAZIUP

Tiago Teixeira (m) is an experienced research engineer holding an MSc in electrotechnical and computer engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT NOVA). He is an expert on building architectures for advanced data-driven solutions. Tiago presently participates in the H2020 WAZIUP as leader of the design, specification and development of the open-source plug-&-sense platform and at the H2020 FIESTA project leading the requirements training activities to foster direct and adequate uses of the Federated Interoperable Semantic IoT Testbeds. Tiago is well known for his skills in coordinating work of both co-localised and geographical dispersed work teams operating in multidisciplinary and multicultural environments.



Ad Ten Berg
Office Director
ARTEMIS Industry Association

Ad ten Berg is Office Director for ARTEMIS Industry Association since 2011. Before he managed an IC design software development group at Philips Research from 1995 onwards and became Research Group leader in 2001 in the area of digital circuit design and test. He joined NXP Semiconductors at its start out of Philips in 2006, leading a research group in Embedded Systems. As from 2009, he is seconded to ARTEMIS Industry Association, supporting the association and the ARTEMIS European Technology Platform in achieving its targets as defined in the ARTEMIS Strategic Research Agenda and High-Level Vision 2030.



Ye Tian
Executive Deputy Director
Internet of Things Information Technology and Application Laboratory of the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Dr.Tian is the executive deputy director of the Internet of Things Information Technology and Application Laboratory of the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also the senior member of the China Computer Federation (CCF) and the liaison of the CCF Task Force on Big Data. Dr.Tian is responsible for the national information projects are to ensure that every project could be carried out and accomplished on time. Those projects include the National IoT Industrialization project, the China’s Next Generation Internet project, The National Key Technology R&D Program, and so on. As the executive manager of the China National IoT Name Service Platform, he takes charge of the whole construction of the technology development and the nodes deployment.



Elias Z. Tragos
Project Manager of FIESTA-IoT
Insight Centre for Data Analytics National University of Ireland

Dr. Elias Z. Tragos (m) is currently a researcher at the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr Tragos has a PhD in wireless communications and a Master’s degree in Techno-Economics. He has been actively involved in the WINNER, WINNER II, WINNER+, EU-MESH, MESH-WISE, SOrBet, REDComm and RERUM projects, in the WWI Cross Issues workgroups of System Architecture, System Interfaces and Validation and in many national Greek projects. Dr. Tragos has acted as Project Manager for several of the projects he has participated and was until recently the technical coordinator of the EU-FP7-SMARTCITIES-RERUM and the Project Coordinator of the H2020-MSCA-ITN project WiVi-2020. Dr. Tragos has been very actively involved in the IERC, as the chair of Activity Chain 5 (Trusted IoT), as the co-chair of Activity Chain 3 for IoT Results Exploitation, to Activity Chain 1 (Architecture), as well as in the IERC Book. Dr. Tragos has published more than 60 peer reviewed conference and journal papers, receiving more than 1200 citations. The expertise and research interests of Dr. Tragos span in the areas of Internet of Things architecture, security, privacy and trust, wireless networking, Cognitive Radio networks, radio resource management and wireless mesh networking.



Vlad Mihai Trifa
Head of Digital Lab


Vlad currently leads the Swisscom’s Digital Lab, a B2B incubator for digital transformation where he helps organisations rapidly launch innovative products and solutions using the latest technologies (AI, IoT, Blockchain). As a pioneer of the Internet of Things and author of the book “Building the Web of Things” (Manning, 2016), he spent over a decade designing and building enterprise-grade IoT solutions for major corporations. Before that, he co-founded and was Chief Product Officer at EVRYTHNG, an award-winning IoT startup in London and Zurich. In previous lives, he was a researcher at MIT where he built smart cities platforms to collect and analyse massive amounts of real-time data; as a scientific collaborator at UCLA where he built distributed sensor systems to help biologists study animal communication in the forests of Mexico and California; and researcher at ATR in Japan where he designed neural models of sensory-motor coordination for humanoid robots. He graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich and a MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from EPFL.







Roland Uhlmann
Key account manager Swiss Market & IoT lead
Ericsson Switzerland

Roland Uhlmann started his professional career as electrician and evolved to the telecommunications branch after his secondary studies in computer science.

Since 1998, Mr. Uhlmann has been working at Ericsson, holding various positions within the company. Starting as a system engineer, supervising telecommunication systems, then as project and program manager, responsible for complex, multinational software development and integration projects. From 2009 on, he held various management positions in the areas of consulting and systems integration. At that time, he also completed his EMBA.

Since 2013, he is a member of Ericsson AG board and is currently responsible for business development for Transport and the IoT business unit for Switzerland.

Roland Uhlmann lives in Bern, Switzerland, is married and has two children. In his leisure time he likes to take challenging mountain biketours



Andrés Upegui
Profesor/Institut inIT HESSO

Andres Upegui is currently Professor in the InIT institute at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, in Geneva (HES-SO – hepia) . He obtained a diploma on Electronic Engineering in 2000 from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), Medellín, Colombia. He joined the UPB microelectronics research group from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002 he did the Graduate School on Computer Science at the EPFL, and then he joined the Logic Systems Laboratory (LSL) as PhD student. In 2006, he received the title of PhD. from the EPFL for his thesis entitled “Dynamically reconfigurable bio-inspired hardware”. Afterwards, he worked as senior researcher and half-time lecturer in the REDS institute at the HEIG-VD in Yverdon, Switzerland. His research interest include reconfigurable computing, bio-inspired systems, and distributed and adaptive embedded systems.



Christopher Uwaje Uwaje
Mobile Software Solutions Limited








Luciana Vaccaro
HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

Dr Luciana Vaccaro, 47, began her university studies in her hometown of Naples, Italy. She started her career at CERN, in Switzerland, before receiving her Ph.D. at EPFL, and being appointed senior lecturer at the Institute of Microengineering, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

In 2006, she became director of postgraduate programmes in Health Economics and Management at University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2009, she went back to EPFL in order to set up and manage the Grants office whose mission focused mainly on Swiss and European research funding.

Appointed Rector of HES-SO on October 1st, 2013, she leads the largest university of applied sciences and arts in Switzerland with more than 21’000 students and 28 schools active in six academic fields. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Foundation Council and Executive Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Luciana Vaccaro is married and a mother of two children.



Ines Vaittinen
International Project Manager and Developer ENoLL

Ines Vaittinen, (MSc), is an International Project Manager and Developer at ENoLL. She has completed her Master’s degree studies in International Design Business Management at Aalto University and also has a background in Architecture & Design (BSc from Politecnico di Milano). Her international background includes studying and working across 6 different countries. Professionally she has experience from Corporate Innovation (eg. Design Thinking, Strategic Innovation) and project work on user-centered design solutions for corporate clients in the field of service design, experience design and behavior design.  With a focus on user-centered design, Ines is currently specializing in co-creation techniques, tools and methodologies and aims for creative solutions in user engagement. Her main responsibilities at ENoLL include project management of EU-MACS and iScape projects as well as support on U4IOT project, while lending her design-focused expertise across the board of projects at ENoLL.



Kees van der Klauw
Head of the Research Program
Philips Lighting

Kees van der Klauw graduated from the department of Electronics Engineering of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and received a Ph.D. in the area of semiconductor devices (CCD’s) in 1987. He joined Philips Research where he worked several years on the design and characterization of CMOS devices and processes. In 1992 he moved to Philips’ Flat Panel Displays where he held positions in project management, engineering-, operations- and general management of Philips LCD activities and was involved in the establishment of Philips’ LCD joint ventures in Japan and Korea. In 1999, he joined Philips Consumer Electronics and became the development manager for High-End TV in Bruges, Belgium. From 2003 he was in charge of worldwide platform development for Philips Television and in 2005 became CTO of Philips Television, Monitors and Professional Display Business. Kees joined the Philips Lighting in 2009, where he was the Chief Architect and the R&D Manager for Professional Lighting Solutions. Since October 2013, he is head of the Research program for Philips Lighting.

Since 2015 Kees has been the chair of the working group on Innovation Eco-Systems of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and he is currently the overall chair driving the Alliance towards a formal Innovation Association.



Rob van Kranenburg
Founder of Council The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things

Rob van Kranenburg (1964) wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He worked as Community Manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and currently as Ecosystem Manager of the Horizon 2020 Project TagItSmart. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. Rob is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board. He chairs AC04 – IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things. He is a member of The IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP).



Frank Van Rompaey
Head UNIDO – Geneva

  Frank VAN ROMPAEY is Head of the UNIDO Office in Geneva. An economist by training, he has been with UNIDO for over 20 years –working in different capacities at both field and headquarters level. His main area of interest and expertise lies in industrial policy and in the strategies and policies for structural economic transformation and sustainable industrialization. He has published on the topic of environment and industry in developing countries. As a UNIDO representative in African countries, he has worked on technical cooperation programmes in the areas of industrial upgrading and trade capacity building. Prior to joining UNIDO, he worked in the private sector.
The mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to achieve shared prosperity and environmental sustainability around the world. The concept of ISID is included in the Sustainable Development Goals, namely Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Ovidiu Vermesan
Chief Scientist SINTEF DIGITAL

Dr. Ovidiu Vermesan holds a Ph.D. degree in microelectronics and a Master of International Business (MIB) degree. He is Chief Scientist at SINTEF DIGITAL, Oslo, Norway. His research interests are in the area of embedded electronics, communication systems, connectivity and IoT platforms. He is currently working with projects addressing nanoelectronics, integrated sensor/actuator autonomous systems, communication, cyber-physical systems, and IoT with applications in green mobility, energy, healthcare, oil and gas and buildings. He has authored or co-authored over 80 technical articles and conference papers. He is actively involved in the activities of the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) and coordinated large-scale projects focussing on developing electronics and communication solutions in various application area such as energy (ARTEMIS-Internet of Energy), electro mobility/electric vehicles architectures (ENIAC-E3Car, ARTEMIS-POLLUX). Dr. Vermesan is actively participating in national and international/H2020 EU initiatives and fora focusing on strategic work for the development of future ICT technologies and Digitising Industry processes. He is active partner and coordinator in  the IoT European Research Cluster (IERC), IoT-European Platforms Initiative (IoT-EPI), IoT-European Large-Scale Pilots Programme and the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).



César Viho
Professor in the Computer Sciences Departement (ISTIC)
INRIA/IRISA – Université de Rennes I

César Viho is Professor in the Computer Sciences departement (ISTIC) of the University de Rennes I in France, since 1992. Within the Dionysos team of the joint INRIA/IRISA research laboratory, he is responsible of the sub-group dedicated to “Conformance and Interoperability testing”, with a specific focus on distributed and formal approach for interoperability testing mainly applied IPv6 and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. He is the European representative in the technical committee of the IPv6 ready Logo Program. The second main field studied in his team is about QoE (Quality of Experience)-based resource management in heterogeneous mobile networks and multimedia streaming over new generation Internet. He has been involved in several European and International projects. In the context of the ongoing F-Interop European research project, he is co-leading the work-package WP2 dedicated to the development of remote online conformance and interoperability testing tools for emerging standards related to the IoT, such as 6LoWPAN, CoAP, and WoT (Web of Things). He has published several papers in main conferences and journals dealing with multimedia networking in wireless networks and interoperability testing.



Eric Vyncke
Distinguished Engineer Cisco Systems

Eric Vyncke is a Distinguished Engineer based in the Brussels office of Cisco Systems. Vyncke’s main current technical focus is the security of IPv6 and the Internet of Things. He has designed several secured large IPsec networks and other security related designs. In his work for the IETF, he co-authored RFC 3585 and 5514 and is active in V6OPS, 6MAN and OPSEC working groups. His recent works are related to IPv6 including co-authoring a book on IPv6 Security; he also authored a book on layer-2 security. He is the current co-chair of the Belgian IPv6 Council. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Mons. He is an adjunct professor at HEC-University of Liège, Belgium. He holds a CISSP certification, is member of ISSA and speaks frequently at international conferences.







Dr. Ralf Michael Wagner
COO, Data Services Siemens

Dr. Ralf Michael Wagner is Chief Operating Officer for Plant Data Services, a business division, Siemens. In this position he holds responsibility for the future development of the data based industrial service range of Siemens.

He began his career as a data processing specialist at Siemens in-house domain of IT. He continued his career working abroad. On his return he founded and incorporated an internet startup whose path led back to Siemens as a Senior Consultant with Siemens Management Consulting followed by various positions on the executive team of the Industrial Division of the Siemens Corporation as well as its affiliated companies.

»Plant Data Services increases the effectiveness and efficiency of machinery and equipment by means of intelligent data analytics thus sharing an essential contribution towards digitalization« says Wagner. But there is so much more to him. He is responsible for the development of the open ”Siemens Cloud for Industry“ platform by the name of MindShpere, which will expand Siemens range. According to Wagner this specialty lays in the formation of an open IT-Ecosystem, because OEMs and application developers can access the platform via open interface using it for their own services and analytics. To Wagner the focus is clearly on the service approach – he wants to offer a specific additional value to industrial customers by continuous acquisition, preprocessing and analysis. Intelligent pattern identifications avoid not only possible incidents well in advance but also assist in solving undetected energy-saving potentials. »And the security will remain enhanced throughout the application o



Nicolas Walder
Mayor of the City of Carouge and President of the United Cities of Geneva Carouge

Mayor of the city of Carouge in charge of the town and country planning, environnement, mobility, waste managment, economic promotion and finances.
President of the United Cities of Geneva ( UVG)
President of the Green party of Geneva
President of the Elderly medical and social establishments of Geneva (FEGEMS)
Vice-president of the Foundation of the Geneva Industrial Parks ( FTI)
Worked several years as manager of a social institution and within the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Master’s degree in Globalization and Social Regulation at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne
Bachelor in Sociology at the University of Geneva.
Hotel Management Diploma at the Hotelschool of Lausanne



Jean Phillipe Walter
Préposé suppléant Préposé fédéral à la protection des données et à la transparence


Jean Phillipe Walter
Dr. of Law, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Deputy Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (Switzerland)
First Vice-Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD)
Chairman of the French speaking Association of Data protection Authorities
Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD) (2000 – 2004 and 2010 – June 2016)
Chairman  of the Joint Supervisory Authority of Schengen (March 2012 – March 2013)



Thomas Watteyne
Researcher/Co-Chair INRIA / 6TISCH


Thomas Watteyne (http://www.thomaswatteyne.com/@thomaswatteyne) is an insatiable enthusiast of low-power wireless mesh technologies. He is a researcher at Inria in Paris, in the new EVA research team, where he designs, models and builds networking solutions based on a variety of Internet-of-Things (IoT) standards. He is Senior Networking Design Engineer at Linear Technology, in the Dust Networks product group, the undisputed leader in supplying low power wireless mesh networks for demanding industrial process automation applications. Since 2013, he co-chairs the IETF 6TiSCH working group, which standardizes how to use IEEE802.15.4e TSCH in IPv6-enabled mesh networks, and recently joined the IETF Internet-of-Things Directorate. Prior to that, Thomas was a postdoctoral research lead in Prof. Kristofer Pister’s team at the University of California, Berkeley. He founded and co-leads Berkeley’s OpenWSN project, an open-source initiative to promote the use of fully standards-based protocol stacks for the IoT. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a research engineer at France Telecom, Orange Labs. He holds a PhD in Computer Science (2008), an MSc in Networking (2005) and an MEng in Telecommunications (2005) from INSA Lyon, France. He is Senior member of IEEE. He is fluent in 4 languages.

Dr. Rolf H. Weber
Professor University of Zurich – Faculty of Law


Prof. Dr. em. Rolf H. Weber is Director at the European Law Institute and at the “Centre for Information Technology, Society, and Law” at the University of Zurich.

During his career he has held several positions as Member of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EroDIG) and from 2009 to 2015 he was Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

Since 2009 Dr. Weber is Member of the High Level Panel of Advisers of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) and from 2009 to 2011 he was also Member of the High Level Expert Group of the Council of Europe on Crossborder Internet Traffic.

On 2010 he became Member of the High Level Expert Group of the European Commission on the Internet of Things.

He has worked as Expert of UNESCAP on Trade Facilitation and Electronic Single Window Transactions Expert of the Government of Vietnam on Classifications of IT and Telecommunications and Audiovisual Services.

Since 2013 he has been Member of the Steering Committee of the “University Research Priority Program” (URPP) Financial Market Regulation and on 2015 he joined as an Expert of the UNESCO on “Internet Governance”.



Tobias Weigel
computer scientist WDCC


Tobias Weigel is a computer scientist working at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) particularly in the areas of data infrastructures and persistent identifier services. Activities he is involved in include EUDAT services as well as big data management and analytics services for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6 (CMIP6), which will generate the largest assembly of climate modelling data over the next years. Tobias holds a PhD in computer science from Hamburg University and is editorial board member of the CODATA Data Science Journal. Tobias was and is co-chair of multiple working groups of the Research Data Alliance focused on PIDs, typing and actionable collections, and is a member of its Technical Advisory Board.



Patrick Wetterwald
Engineering Manager Cisco


Patrick Wetterwald is a thought leader in Architecture and Standardization for the Smart Grid, Industrial Automation, and Internet of Things (IoT).
He held various Engineering Manager positions within Cisco where he successfully led advanced technology projects in the domain of wireless sensor networks, wireless communication, layer 3 mesh and IPv6 network mobility. He is now focusing on Deterministic Networking technologies (also called Time Sensitive Network).
Before joining Cisco, Patrick spent the last 25 years in the telecommunication industry working for Lucent Technologies, IBM and Airbus Industry.
He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne.
Patrick filed 140 patents and got (PMP) certification in 2001.
He is actively participating to several IEC standardization efforts in the domain of the IOT (Smart Grid, Industrial Automation and Specific task forces on telecommunications).

  • TC57 AHG8: Migration to IPv6 for TC57 standards
  • IEC SEG8: Strategic Evaluation Group on Communications technologies.
  • TC57 and TC65 Workings groups
  • French National Committee member

Co-Chair of the communication architecture group for the M490 mandate on smart Grids.

  • Chair of Communication architecture team for the EC IOT expert group.
  • M441 smart metering EC mandate, M468 Smart Charging
  • AIOTI Alliance: WG 3 member for the IOT standardization and interoperability.

Mr. Wetterwald is an initial founder of the IPSO Alliance, where he served for five years as the President of the Board of Directors. He has written several articles on behalf of the Alliance and delivered many keynotes at international events.
He is currently Vice-Chairman of the ETSI ISG IP6 dealing with the transition to IPv6 and the editor of the IOT IPv6 best practices guidelines.

  • Member of the ETSI Smart M2M working groups.

Active participant to different working groups related to deterministic networking (Wired and Wireless) and to IOT:

  • 6TiSCH, DetNet, 6lo / 6Lowpan, IPwave, LPWAN



Brian Witten
Senior Director of Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Worldwide Symantec


Brian Witten
As Senior Director of Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Worldwide, Brian Witten is responsible for leading all research and development by SRL. Brian joined Symantec Research Labs 12 years ago and created Symantec Research Labs Europe along with several new technologies now used in Symantec’s enterprise and Norton consumer offerings. Throughout his time at Symantec, Brian has led product engineering teams that helped build and deliver award winning mobile, cloud, and desktop products including Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP.cloud) and Norton Mobile Security. Brian’s work at Symantec directly contributed to embedding security into over one billion Internet of Things (IOT) devices. Over the past 20 years, Brian has helped build security into countless things ranging from spacecraft to consumer electronics, critical infrastructure, and other systems now used in banks, hospitals and manufacturing companies around the world. Prior to joining Symantec, Brian worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. military’s central research and development organization where he managed an R&D investment portfolio of more than $150 million in U.S. and international efforts. Prior to DARPA, Brian served as an officer in the US Air Force.



Peter Wittenburg
RDA Director Europe Max Planck Computing and Data Facility


Peter Wittenburg was for many years technical director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (http://www.mpi.nl) and his group was responsible for technology and methodology development to facilitate the understanding how human brains process and acquire languages. Due to the outstanding work of his group he was appointed to become a member of the IT advisory board of the Max Planck Society. From about 2000 his group had leading roles in infrastructure building at national, European and international level (DOBES, CLARIN, EUDAT, ISOCAT). Due to his experience with the huge fragmentation he was one of the founders of the Research Data Alliance (http://rd-alliance.org). Recently he was invited by the German minister for education and science to lead a working group in the realm of the German IT Summit (https://www.bildung-forschung.digital/de/plattform-digitalisierung-in-bildung-und-wissenschaft-1717.html) and established intensive interactions with German IT industry.



Konrad Wrona
Principal Scientist at the The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) NATO

Konrad Wrona currently holds a Principal Scientist position at the NCI Agency in The Hague, The Netherlands. Konrad Wrona has almost 20 years of work experience in an industrial (Ericsson Research and SAP Research) and in an academic (RWTH Aachen University, Media Lab Europe, and Rutgers University) research and development environment. He has received his M.Eng. in Telecommunications from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2005. He is an author and a co-author of over sixty publications, as well as a co-inventor of several patents. The areas of his professional interests include broad range of security issues – in communication networks, wireless and mobile applications, distributed systems, and Internet of Things. Konrad Wrona is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Senior Member of the ACM and a member of IACR.







Huang Xiaohong
Associate Professor
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications


Dr. Xiaohong Huang is currently an associate professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) and director of Network and Information Center of Institute of Network Technology, BUPT.

She received her BE degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, in 2000 and Ph.D degree from the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2005.

She is now an active research staff in BUPT, mainly working in the area of next generation Internet. She has involved in several research projects, including National 973 project, NSFC, CNGI projects, EU FP6-GO4IT, EU FP7-Probe-IT, EU H2020-EXCITING, and so on. She is also actively involving in the organization of International Plugtest event, for example 6LoWPAN and CoAP plugtest.

Dr. Huang has more than 100 papers to different conferences and journals dedicated to key technologies in next generation Internet, performance analysis and network management. She is the reviewer for various journals and the TPC member and reviewer for several international conferences.

She is currently one of the steering group members in ASIA FI, and member of CCF (China Computer Federation) and CAAI (Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence).








Sheng-Ann Yu
Director Cloud Group Function Technology Ericsson


Sheng-Ann has more than 20 years of ICT industry experience in technology strategy, system management, solution development, strategy marketing and industry partnership.

Sheng-Ann is leading global teams of experts dedicated to formulation of Ericsson’s technology strategy, involving standardization, open source, and emerging ICT technologies including virtualization, cloud, programmable networks, Software Defined Infrastructure, automation, and other solutions for IoT and Digitalization. She has been leading industry initiative for multi- vendor interoperability testing and is currently driving the Distributed Cloud Infrastructure initiative.

Sheng-Ann held prior positions as CTO and Trusted Advisor for Ericsson clients worldwide, with recent years in APAC region. She has been an assessor for Ericsson Principal Engineers. She is an Ericsson volunteer responsible for cloud deployment strategy for the non-profit program Connect to Learn (CTL) promoting technology for good and learning for all. She is passionate about encouraging young girls being interested in technology and innovation.



Ge Yuming
Senior engineer China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT)


Dr. Yuming GE is currently a senior engineer at China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), Beijing, China. He is the Chairman of External Cooperation and Exchange Working Group of AII, the Leader C-V2X Working Group of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Science (ICT/CAS) and his B.S. degree in Communication Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). During Oct. 2009 and Oct. 2010, he visited Fraunhofer-Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme (FOKUS) as a visiting scholar, Berlin, Deutschland. During Dec. 2016 and Mar. 2017, he visited University of Michigan as a visiting scholar, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Now, he focuses on standardization, innovation research and international cooperation in the area of Connected and Automated Vehicles, especially V2X communications, cybersecurity and data analysis.




Houlin Zhao


Houlin Zhao was elected ITU Secretary-General at the 19TH Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea, in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015. Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the UK.
From 2007 to 2014, he served as ITU’s Deputy Secretary-General, where he effectively assisted the ITU Secretary-General, in close cooperation with the other elected officials of the Union, to manage the implementation of the ITU Strategic Plan and the operations of the ITU Secretariat, in particular with a view to increasing the transparency and efficiency of the organization.
He was responsible for implementing important innovations including the promotion of a new category of membership open to the global academic community, internal efficiency measures such as the move to a near-paperless work environment, the increased use of remote participation systems, and measures to increase revenue from sales and cost-recovery services. In addition, he focused closely on membership-driven priorities including maintaining and extending ITU’s commitment to accessibility, to multilingualism, and to broad multistakeholder participation in the work of the Union.   Prior to this Mr Zhao served in the elected role of Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) from 1999 to 2006. During his two terms of office he spearheaded the introduction of new efficiency measures to improve ITU’s standards-making environment through fostering even closer cooperation with industry members, while strengthening the promotion of ITU’s leadership in global ICT standards development.
From 1986 to 1992, Mr Zhao was a senior staff member in the then CCITT, and from 1993-1998 in TSB. Among his responsibilities as Counsellor for ITU-T Study Groups, he was Coordinator for cooperation with other international technical bodies, including ISO and IEC.
Before joining ITU, Mr Zhao served as an engineer in the Designing Institute of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China, taking an active role in his country’s expert meetings on telecommunication standards and national plans, as well as participating in CCITT Study Group meetings as a Chinese delegate. He contributed important articles to a number of prestigious Chinese technical publications, and in 1985 was awarded a prize for his achievements in science and technology within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
As ITU’s 19th Secretary-General, Mr Zhao is committed to further extending ITU’s community by encouraging more industry members and academia from around the world to join the ITU family. He has also initiated a more open-door policy to welcome other stakeholders and partners, as well as promoting the greater involvement of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the work of the Union.
He is married with one son and two grandchildren, and is fluent in three official ITU languages: English, French and Chinese.



Sebastian Ziegler
President, IoT Forum & Director, Mandat International

Sébastien Ziegler is a founder and Director general of Mandat International. He serves as President of the IoT Forum, as Vice Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Subcommittee on the IoT, and as ITU Rapporteur on Emerging Technologies for the IoT and for smart cities.

Sébastien Ziegler initiated several international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on the Internet of Things, IPv6, and privacy. He is currently coordinating and associated to several ongoing European research projects and is co-directing the Master in Advanced Studies on the Internet of Things at the University of Geneva. With a multi-disciplinary academic profile, combining international law, science, and economics, he is a relentless promoter of research, innovation and international cooperation. He also supported the creation of several organizations, foundations and companies.



Marcello Zuffo
Full professor
Electronics Systems Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School at Univeridade de São Paulo.


Marcelo Knörich Zuffo (50), IEEE Member,  is a Full professor at the Electronics Systems Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School at Univeridade de São Paulo.  He is currently coordinator of Interactive Electronics Group  at the Laboratory for Integrated Systems where he leads research and developing projects  on Consumer Electronics including  virtual reality, digital image processing, Digital Health,  multimedia hardware, digital TV, embedded computing, Internet of Things and  interactive  and distributed systems. He coordinates a national facility for Public Key Infrastructure certification in Brazil.  He is also a member of national and international scientific and professional organizations such as  SBC (Brazilian Computer Society), ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics) and Union of Engineers of the State of São Paulo and Brazil. He was responsible for the implantation of the first CAVE Digital (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) of Latin America. He has intense activity in the definition of the Brazilian Digital TV System, that currently is adopted by almost all countries in Latin America. He is currently Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center on Interactive Technologies of USP. In 2016 he had organized the 20th IEEE ISCE – International Symposium in Consumer Electronics.



André Zwanziger
Enterprise Architect and member of the Lead IoT Architects Team at Digital Division
T-Systems International GmbH


André Zwanziger is Enterprise Architect and member of the Lead IoT Architects Team at Digital Division/T-Systems International GmbH (http://www.t-systems.com). T-Systems is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG with main focus on large enterprise customers. The Lead IoT Architects Team invented the award-winning Multi-IoT-Service-Platform in 2015/16 that is the fundamental base for IoT products of Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems (Experton I4.0/IoT Leader 2017 – http://bit.ly/2oLJfZM). Dr. André Zwanziger is author of articles in the topics of DC automation, performance measurement for service management and IoT as well as a contributor for oneM2M (http://www.onem2m.org/). He is also part of the IoT strategy team at Deutsche Telekom.



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