Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, 2/12/20, 9:30am

Wael Diab

Secretary,
IIC Steering Committee

IIC Steering Committee

Wael is a business and technology strategist with over 885 patents to his name in the fields of networking and ICT. He is currently a Vice President at Futurewei Technologies, Inc. leading AI and IoT Standardization and Strategy. Prior to Futurewei, Wael held senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco and Broadcom.Wael has BS and MS degrees in EE and BA in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA with honors from Wharton. He is a published author, having authored the book Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone. In 2011, Wael was recognized by the David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Award for his leadership in Green Technology.Wael has been active in standardization and related activities for two decades. He chairs ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42, the international standardization committee on artificial Intelligence (AI). Wael is also chairing the AI track of the 22nd Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-22).

Session(s):
Wednesday, 2/12/20, 10:00am

Scott Schwalbe

CEO/Co-Founder,
NimbeLink

NimbeLink

As Co-Founder and CEO of NimbeLink, Scotthas a long history of building profitablebusinesses and successful teams. In his roleat NimbeLink, he is responsible for corporatevision, strategy, and the overall leadership ofthe company. Prior to founding NimbeLink inMay of 2013, Scott held leadership roles forseveral industry-leading companies,including Logic PD, HDM, and Celestica. Healso served and retired after 20 years in theU.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Linguist. Heearned his BS at New York University and hisMBA from Cardinal Stritch University.

Session(s):
Wednesday, 2/12/20, 10:30am

Cyril Perducat

EVP of IoT and Digital Offers ,
Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Cyril is a native of France with a background in engineering and international project management. Cyril joined Schneider Electric in 1994. Since then, he has held a number of roles – both in France and in China – across a broad area of the business, including marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, business development and acquisitions and alliances. A widely respected business leader, Cyril is also the current president of ODVA Inc., the international organization that supports the development of open network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™).

Session(s):
Thursday, 2/13/20, 9:00am

Vik Verma

CEO,
8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.

Session(s):
Thursday, 2/13/20, 10:00am

Austin Ashe

Head of Strategic OEM Partnerships, IoT,
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Austin Ashe is the Head of Strategic OEM Partnerships, IoT, at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he is responsible for building a global community that simplifies build-to-adoption solutions and accelerates both digital transformation and time-to-value for partners and their customers. Prior to joining AWS in 2019, Austin was the Co-Founder and General Manager of GE’s Smart Cities business unit, where he led the inception, development, deployment, and scale efforts of the CityIQ IoT platform. Austin’s near 15yr tenure at GE also afforded him multiple roles in sales, product management, and operations across several GE business units. Before joining GE, Austin held manufacturing and engineering roles at The Boeing Company, Haliburton Energy Services, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lynntech’s Fuel Cell division, and NASA. Austin has an MBA from Weatherhead Business school at Case Western Reserve University and a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. In his free time, Austin enjoys playing ice hockey and performing amateur level card tricks.

Session(s):
Thursday, 2/13/20, 10:30am

Scott Jenson

Product Strategy,
Google

Google

Scott Jenson has been doing user interface design and strategic planning for over 25 years. He worked at Apple on System 7, Newton, and the Apple Human Interface guidelines. He was UX director of Symbian, VP of product design for Cognima, managed mobile UX for Google and was a creative director at frog design in San Francisco. Scott returned to Google in November 2013 to lead the Physical Web project. He’s now working on future Android UX concepts.

Session(s):
Thursday, 2/13/20, 4:20pm

John Gilbert

COO/CTO,
Rudin Management

Thursday, 2/13/20, 4:20pm

Marc Ganzi

CEO,
Digital Colony

Thursday, 2/13/20, 4:45pm

Darlene Pope

VP, Global Head, Smart Buildings & Digital Workplace Experience,
WeWork

WeWork

Darlene Pope is Vice President and Global Lead for Smart Buildings and Digital Workplace at WeWork. Ms. Pope is a smart building industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology, and smart building consulting. Prior to WeWork, Ms. Pope served as EVP and Global Practice Lead for JLLs Smart Building Program. She expanded the program into a global service line, focusing on driving value to clients through the integration of intelligent building systems and smart workplace applications. Ms. Pope has developed and delivered smart building master plans for numerous global clients, and led groundbreaking smart building projects, including the McDonalds HQ project in Chicago, and MetLifes District Center in Washington, DC. Ms. Pope was the founder and CEO of CoR Advisors, a woman-owned smart building consulting business, which she sold to JLL in 2015. She has a long career history of executive level positions at leading CRE technology firms such as Broadband Office, OnSite Access, and Realcomm. Ms. Pope was awarded Visionary of the Year in DC for her work advancing smart building solutions, the Presidents Award for Excellence at JLL, the DaVinci Award for innovation at JLL, Bisnows Power Woman in CRE award, and is among the Top 10 Women to Watch in Connectivity and Technology for 2020.

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