Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, 06/23/21, 10:00am

Brad Surak

President, Digital Solutions,
Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara

Brad Surak oversees Hitachi Vantaras Digital Solutions business unit, where he drives the global expansion of digital solutions, increases alignment with Hitachis vertical business units and expands the companys global delivery and co-creation capabilities. Surak was previously chief product and strategy officer for Hitachi Vantara, which, in 2020, was integrated with Hitachi Consulting and organized into two lines of business: Digital Infrastructure and Digital Solutions. In this position, he oversaw the development of Hitachi Vantaras edge and multicloud solutions portfolio that allow customers to store, enrich, activate and achieve maximum return on their data. Surak has more than 25 years of success as an intrapreneur and over this time, he has helped non-traditional companies through significant digital transformations. Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara, Surak led the formation of GE Digital, a General Electric business, where he served as the companys chief operating officer. Before this role, he served as GE Digitals first chief product officer, where he was responsible for the companys global IoT solutions and digital industrial product portfolio. Before joining GE, Surak served as the general manager of Mobile Analytic Applications and was the chief operating officer of the Business Analytics Solutions unit at SAP. He has also held executive positions with DayNine, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Ernst & Youngs technology practice. Surak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and was awarded the title of Distinguished Science Alumni in 2017.

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Thursday, 06/24/21, 10:00am

Eric Burger

Professor,
Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Dr. Burger is a Professor at Georgetown University. He was on detail to the White House as the Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and prior to that on detail to Federal Communications Commission as its CTO. Dr. Burger contributed to the Secure 5G and Beyond Act Implementation Plan, as well as ensured funding and support for the R&D and scaling of 5G IoT, smart city, and mobile applications. His research and teaching covers cybersecurity, distributed computing, DLT, systems economics and risk, policy, and network governance. He serves as an advisor to numerous companies and prior to his government service served on corporate boards. Prior to Georgetown he was CTO of several public and private network equipment and enterprise software companies. Dr. Burger holds over 20 patents and has published over 20 IETF, 3GPP, and W3C standards. He served on numerous industry association boards. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has a SBEE, MBA, and PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Steve Brumer (Moderator)

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

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