Speaker Schedule

Robert Blumofe

Executive Vice President & CTO, Akamai


Dr. Robert Blumofe is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Akamai. As CTO, he guides Akamai’s technology strategy to assess new market opportunities and new platforms for innovation, explore adjacent segments for the business, influence the development of standards, work with Akamai’s largest customers, and convene technology leaders within the company to catalyze innovation and represent Akamai’s technology vision in the marketplace. Previously, he led Akamai’s Platform organization and Enterprise Division. In leading the Platform organization, he was responsible for developing and operating the distributed system underlying all Akamai products and services. As General Manager of the Enterprise Division, he was responsible for the creation and market adoption of products and services for major enterprises to secure and improve performance for their users and applications as they move to the cloud. Blumofe joined Akamai in 1999 to lead the companys first performance team. While serving as one of Akamai’s chief architects, he was instrumental in the early design and development of the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform, which now handles trillions of Internet requests daily. He led all of Akamai’s Networks and Operations groups from 2004 to 2021. Prior to Akamai, Blumofe was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He is widely published in the areas of algorithms and systems for highly distributed and parallel computing. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.


Eric Sineath

Chief Architect and Practice Director, AT&T


Eric is a visionary leader and trusted advisor to executive teams, having founded AT&T’s global voice, data, UC and IoT consulting practices which has delivered hundreds of consulting engagements around the world. Recognized as a strong communicator and influencer with the ability to drive organizations towards strategic vision, Eric combines deep functional knowledge and a collaborative approach to business challenges with steady focus and engaging personal style to deliver results in key performance areas. His expertise and experience provide him with the business and technical acumen to assist AT&T customers through complex transformational challenges. Eric was promoted to a Senior Director-level position of Chief Architect in 2011. In this role, he works with key AT&T clients in the creation and alignment of their technology strategies with critical business imperatives. Eric has worked with clients in both Public and Private sectors, across all vertical markets and global regions. Eric’s work in Business and Information Technology, coupled with his advanced technical certifications and broad industry experience, make him one of AT&T’s most senior business and technology transformation advisors. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Innovation Management and Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland. He is a frequent speaker at AT&T and various industry conferences and is based in Florida.


Romvadee Overbey

Sr. Director IoT, AT&T Business

AT&T Business

Romvadee has over 30 years of business experience in Strategy, Business Development, Project/Program Management and Customer Experience. Her experience spans across multiple industries with special expertise in Telecommunications and IoT. Romvadee is currently a Senior Director of Business Development supporting IoT for AT&T’s Integrated and Partner Solutions organization. She has worked across multiple industry verticals and across both consumer and industrial use cases. She has supported a variety of AT&Ts larger customers in the Connected Car and Reseller/Wholesale space. In this capacity, she has developed a strong knowledge base of emerging business models and the business desires of the Indirect channel. She is adept at helping companies develop innovative business models to support emerging business trends utilizing new technologies. She embraces new business models and technical and operational innovations to drive greater value for her customers and the business. She is an alumna of Pathbuilders, a program for top women leaders in Atlanta, and AT&T’s Women of Color program. She has recently been recognized by several industry organizations including CRN (2021 Women of the Channel List), WOC STEM Technology All Star, and Channel Futures Inaugural DE&I 101 List.


Arturo Maria

Director, Chief Architect, AT&T Consulting

AT&T Consulting

Art Maria (CISSP) is Director of Technology and Chief Architect for AT&T Consulting. He has been awarded 79 patents with several more pending. He is responsible for Enterprise Architecture, IoT and Specialized Networks consulting engagements. During his career, Art has been the leader of many teams focusing on Enterprise Architecture, Systems Engineering, Product Development, Mobility Network Engineering and Logical Security. As the Director responsible for AT&T’s mobility consulting support for global customers he has consulted for most of the Fortune 100 companies. He is a graduate of the Naval War College (College of Continuing Education), National Defense University National Security Management Program, Air Command and Staff College (Cyber Seminar) and Air War College. He completed the Wharton Certificate in Business Analytics and the Yale School of Management Accelerated Management Program. In 2021 he graduated from the Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP) at Southern Methodist University. He is a retired Naval senior officer and has been awarded graduate degrees from Eastern Washington University, The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and Colorado State University (Global Campus). In addition, he attended Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School, Cornell, Columbia University, Wharton, Yale School of Management and SMU.


Jeffrey DeCoux

Chairman, Autonomy Institute

Autonomy Institute

As Chairman of the Autonomy Institute, Jeffrey DeCoux is pioneering Autonomous Mobility Corridors and Infrastructure Labs to foster social and economic transformation in cities. Jeff also runs ATRIUS Industries, Autonomous Infrastructure enabling the Robotic Edge. Prior, Jeff was CEO and Co-founder of Hangar, the world’s first robotics-as-a-system data acquisition platform. Hangar was used by over 90,000 users in 195 countries and performed over 600,000 autonomously executed missions using the software.


Wilfred Justin

Head, AWS AI/ML Enablement and Partnerships, AWS



Walt Shaw

Director of Product, Boingo

Walt Shaw

Director of Product, Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless

Walt Shaw is Director of Product for Private Networks at Boingo Wireless, delivering a turnkey solution to design, build and manage private cellular networks for the enterprise. Walt’s experience spans a wide range of technologies including wireless, routing, security, IoT, mobile apps and cloud.?Prior to joining Boingo, Walt drove product management for the Aironet/Catalyst Wi-Fi access point portfolio at Cisco and spearheaded strategies for its emerging Private LTE/CBRS/5G business. He has held roles in engineering, product management, marketing and business development at Good, Netscreen and Juniper. Walt received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.?


Jeff Martin

Co-founder and President, Cocoflo Innovations

Cocoflo Innovations

Jeff’s passion for community building and transformative technology have found a worthy partner in the Smart City movement. Through his work with Cocoflo Innovations he aims to help cities facilitate their shift to Smart City solutions that are transformative for their citizens. In his role as President, Jeff oversees Cocoflos operations and finance functions and ensures the Company fulfills its strategic vision through robust planning and performance-based management. Jeff is a builder that intrinsically understands how to position companies for maximum scalability. His extensive background in Private Equity, Capital Markets (Debt and Equity), and Start-up spans various industries including SaaS, infrastructure, telecommunications and construction. Jeff is active in community service and serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Burlington.


Carl Ford

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.


Jerred Pauwels

VP of Excavators, Strategy & Business Development, Deere & Company

James Thomason

CTO and Co-founder, EDJX


James Thomason is the CTO and co-founder of EDJX, the intelligent edge computing platform that makes it easy to write edge and IoT applications using serverless computing, accelerate content delivery, increase the responsiveness of edge applications, and secure edge data at the source. His diverse technology expertise includes distributed systems, large-scale infrastructures, and IoT. Previously, James was the CTO of Dell Cloud Marketplace and Dell Active System Manager. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur for over 20 years, James has served in technical, product, and executive leadership roles at over a dozen startups.


Tadeh Hakopian

Program Manager, Energy Vault

Energy Vault

With a background in Architecture Tadeh has nearly a decade of experience in the Building Design and Construction field. Throughout the years a common interest was using data and coding to influence design and operations in his profession. Now with the accessibility of new technologies and frameworks the possibility of using code for design has never been better. Tadeh has always been interested in pushing the limits of data and coding in Architecture field and continues to be active part of the design community. He enjoys speaking at conferences and training others in the methods of using data and technology to make the most of the built environment.


Ryan Naylor

, Everynet

Mike Bowers

Chief Architect, FairCom


Mike Bowers is chief architect at FairCom. He oversees the company’s architecture and productroadmaps, which includes high-performance databases, IIoT platforms and legacy systemmodernization solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience in software development andarchitecture. He is the author of Pro CSS and HTML Design Patterns published by Apress, amember of the INCITS technical committee that develops standards for SQL (structured querylanguage) and GQL (graph query language), and is a frequent speaker at data managementconferences.


David Smith

VP IoT Solutions, GetWireless


Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.


David Smith

VP IoT Solutions, GetWireless


Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.


David Haight

VP of IoT, GlobalStar


David Haight Vice President, IoT As Vice President of IoT, David Haight will oversee the Company’s satellite based IoT business. Haight is a prominent telecom and IoT industry leader, with extensive experience driving network connectivity growth and developing impactful strategies to build partner channels and relationships in IoT. Prior to Globalstar, Haight developed the IoT business at AT&T as well as other companies. He served as Vice President of Business Development for AT&Ts Mobility Emerging Devices Organization, where he initiated and grew the organization into AT&Ts current IoT business. David’s focus at Globalstar is augmenting our customer base to include large-scale customers, in addition to building unique enterprise partnerships with large-scale VARs, system integrators, carriers and others looking to extend their business models with satellite connectivity, leveraging mid-frequency spectrum across borders.


Sukant Acharya

Senior Vice President & Global Business Head, HCL


Sukant Acharya heads the IoT WoRKSTM growth charter for HCL globally. IoT WoRKSTM helps global 2000 organizations on their digital transformation journey leveraging new age capabilities. It focuses on enabling clients maximize value from their IoT and Industry 4.0 led initiatives thorough scaled and accelerated transformation. Sukant has led and established the business as a dominant player in the market through industry leading growth, innovative IP enabled products and solutions, and a thriving ecosystems of partners. As a thought leader and speaker with 25+ years of experience in management consulting, outsourcing, and several core industry verticals, Sukant brings a 360-degree perspective to help global organizations navigate and lead the digital wave and transcend the Industry NeXT. HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. HCL’s technology products and services are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risktaking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships.


Justin Beltramo

Vice President & Global Leader IoT WoRKS Manufacturing, HCL


Justin leads both local and global transformations by shaping IoT strategy and solutions for IoT WoRKSTM. A strategist and an experienced leader with more than 28 years of experience, he has been creating value-based business solutions through vision, leadership, and technology for manufacturing customers.


Raj Jayaraman

Global Head, Product Management & GTM - IOTWoRKS, HCL


With 20+ years of industry experience, Raj is an experienced senior executive with proven success developing solutions, driving market strategy, market adoption of emerging lines of business, and leading cross-functional teams in complex matrix environments. At HCL IoTWoRKS, Raj is responsible for prioritizing IoT-led product investments based on market trends, voice of customer and competitive advantage across Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail and Transportation industries and executing go-to market strategy of the offerings globally. An eminent speaker at various industry conferences, Raj excels at articulating solutions to complex problems, in a coherent manner, to a diverse set of audiences and is also a part of standards organization and industry bodies to drive industry standards and its broader adoption.


Bhavani Shenoy

Senior Director, HCL


Bhavani Shenoy is a seasoned industry and IT professional in the engineering and manufacturingoperations management space, with about 29 years of experience. His decades of experience hasevolved alongside the technological advances across industries verticals including Manufacturing, O&G,Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace etc. wherein he has brought transformational changes inorganizations leading to operational efficiencies, business optimization and innovation. He leads theManufacturing and Aerospace industries under IoT WoRKSTM for HCL America.


Arun Vellingiri

Sales Director - IoT Works BU, HCL


Arun is business and technology leader in IT industry with over 28 years of industry experience acrossengineering, business development and sales focusing on Hi-Tech and Communication ServiceProviders (CSP). As an SME for Hi-Tech and CSPs, he focuses on IoT solutions using 4G, 5G and Wi-Fitechnologies and other access technologies, with an experience in solution engineering and sales toTelecom OEM’s and CSPs building wireline and wireless networks. At HCL his role is to drive solutionsales to Hi-Tech and CSPs and their end customers. HCL IoT WoRKSTM solutions enable CSPs to cater totheir connectivity and platform solution customers across industry verticals. Intelligent Secure Edge(ISE) for smart cities is a collaborative platform that brings together citizens, communities, andauthorities as a virtual network, powered by Artificial Intelligence, Edge, Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and other nextgen technologies – to drive proactive responses powered by real-time insights.


Sid Verma

GM / CPO - Industrial Solutions and IIoT Division, Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara

Sid Verma leads the IIoT and Industrial Solutions division for Hitachi Vantara. Specializing in digital transformation and Industry 4.0 operating models, supply chain control towers, asset performance management, manufacturing operations, and quality and predictive maintenance, Sid helps customers create smart, connected factories and intelligent products. He also manages the industry leading Lumada Manufacturing Insights portfolio of products on behalf of Hitachi Ltd. Previously, Sid led the practice for Siemens Advanta and Deloitte Digital IIoT with a focus on IoT-enabled growth and operation improvement in the Industrial and Energy sectors.


Amir Khoshniyati

General Manager and Vice President, Identiv


Amir Khoshniyati was appointed General Manager and Vice President of the Transponder Business at Identiv in October 2021. Mr. Khoshniyati has produced a track record of success and exceeding results in high-volume hardware manufacturing, deployment of advanced technology, and facilitating fast-paced growth. Prior to Identiv, he held senior level positions at multiple RFID Manufacturing Organizations driving global RFID Growth, SaaS adoption and trailblazing the acceptance of NFC/HF technologies. He is a leading stakeholder for NFC technology globally and sits on the NFC Forum Board defining standards, processes and leads the adoption of the technology in this IoT era. Mr. Khoshniyati was recognized for the design of four value-add solutions that are key modules within the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Product Stack. Mr. Khoshniyati has a strong passion in assisting the youth in the Southern California Community and frequently gives back through his organization; Gentlemen of Orange County.Mr. Khoshniyati holds an MBA from Cal State Fullerton, Degrees in Business Management, Operations, International Communications and Finance from the University of Arizona, Nanjing University and Harvard Business School.


Taylor Scott

CTO/Co-Founder, IKIN


Taylor Scott is founder and chief technology officer of IKIN, where he oversees the company’s initiatives for creating holographic solutions for consumer and industrial applications. His diverse background spans a broad range of disciplines that includes biochemical engineering, organic chemistry, holographic technology, electronics engineering, and artificial intelligence. He has worked in the field of holography for years and participated in iconic large stage events. Taylor resides in San Diego.


Joe Ward



Joe Ward serves as chief executive officer of IKIN, and oversees the company’s strategy, business development, sales, and marketing initiatives. Joe joined IKIN after spending much of his career as a highly respected executive in the telecommunications sector. In his three-decades-long career, he has held management positions with leading providers including Inter-Tel, Mitel, and other large channel providers.Joe is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and resides in Austin.


Samir Sherif

Chief Information Security Officer, Imperva


Samir is a transformational leader with over 20 years of development, risk, and IT security program leadership. Prior to joining Imperva, Samir led multiple information security programs at Citi, including fraud, IT risk and security architecture solutions, impacting over 50,000 technology staff globally.Samir holds an Executive MBA from Williams College of Business and a BA in Liberal Arts from Xavier University.


Frederick Akpoghene

CEO/Founder, JeGO Technologies Inc.

JeGO Technologies Inc.

Frederick Akpoghene is a 4X Founder, Serial Entrepreneur Technologist, Software Engineer,and a NASDAQ Milestone Maker (Fall 2020)Frederick commenced his tech career at the early age of 16 at the Microsoft IT Academy, wherehe learned Computer programming. He furthered his Computer Programming education inUniversity with a degree focused on Global Business and providing Software developmentsolutions to local businesses while attending College full-time. This led to him building a veryprofitable, Multi-million dollar Technology company, Abovav Technologies. Abovav is a trustedTechnology partner to 100s of businesses, NBA/NFL Champions and start-ups around theWorld. He is also the mastermind behind 2 other multi-million dollar companies, Scizzrs Inc, andOddio Tribe Holdings. As an immigrant, he believes in creating Community-centeredexperiences that connect communities, in order to create long-term impact.He is also the son of an Architect/Sculptor and Property Developer, Frederick got an early startin business by shadowing his Father every day at the Office, starting as early as 5. Learninghow to successfully Operate a National business with a large Furniture factory with hundreds ofEmployees. Frederick is also a seasoned Growth hacker, Author, Startup Advisor, and AngelInvestor.


Esteve Hassan

Canada Industrial Research Chair Holder, Mohawk College

Mohawk College

Dr. Esteve Hassan, Ph.D., PEng, is Professor and Industrial Applied Research Chair in Interoperability Sensor Systems for IIoT Applications at Mohawk College. He has over 10 years of applied research experience in the design, development, and implementation of wireless sensor devices and smart embedded real-time systems. Dr. Hassan’s work includes designing and developing new miniaturized low-power, multi-sensor devices with actuation and energy harvesting features. They are anticipated to include Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, LoRAWAN wireless connectivity, and conventional wired technologies. Working with industrial partners such as Stelco, CareGo, and IBM, Dr. Hassan’s research will focus on creating self-tuned low-power, versatile IoT devices for a large range of manufacturing, healthcare, and wearable applications and a wide spectrum of real-time processing capabilities. His significant areas of research include, the development of energy harvesting solutions to extend battery lifetimes, deploying IIoT sensor applications to support the management of large inventory, IIoT integration into connected trucks to ensure road safety, and, the creation of configurable industrial sensor platforms that can perform on a wide variety of wireless systems without hardware changes.


Gustavo Pares

CEO, NDS Cognitive Labs

NDS Cognitive Labs

Gustavo Parés is CEO of NDS Cognitive Labs, a leader in cognitive computing and AI business solutions.He’s partnered with Microsoft, IBM, and Google to deliver digital transformation and cognitivetechnology services to companies around the globe. As professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y deEstudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Gustavo acts as a mentor in the Enlace program, where headvises high-value entrepreneurs.


Mike McCamon

Executive Director, NFC Forum

NFC Forum

McCamon has over 30 years of experience leading technology initiatives and global teams focused on improving people’s lives. Demonstrating a wide range of skills and passions he has been both the inaugural executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and later on the executive team that launched Water.org. He also led high growth teams at Apple, Iomega, Intel and a number of startups. The NFC Forum is the global standards and advocacy association for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.


Mahesh Patel

Senior Principal Solution Consultant, Nokia

James Hymel

Senior Vice President, Orion Innovation

Orion Innovation


Michael Smola

Vice President, Sales and Strategic Mobility Team, Panasonic

Jonathan Schwartz

CEO, Pente Networks

Pente Networks

Jonathan Schwartz is founder and CEO of Pente Networks, a global developer of Enterprise 5G solutions, enabling superior enterprise business connectivity. Pente’s IT-friendly solutions feature guaranteed speed & latency, enhanced security, and aggressive TCO to deliver fully secure and economically efficient services to support enterprise digital transformation. Jonathan established Pente in 2015 as JpU, after serving as CTO of Modulo Communications Systems, which he joined in 2009. Deeply experienced in programming and enterprise network operations, he lead Xcitels telephony innovation across the transformation of SS7, ISDN, VoIP, VoiceXML, IVR and more. Jonathan served as a system engineer and software developer for the Israeli Air Force early in his career.


Michael Skurla

Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Radix IoT

As Chief Product Officer at Radix IoT, LLC – Michael Skurla consolidates global Marketing & Product Viability, focusing on forthcoming product strategy and intellectual property for markets including unique R&D initiatives, cloud/managed services, merger & acquisitions targets. Previously, as CTO, Skurla set product strategy. He has over two decades of experience in control automation and IoT product design with Fortune 500 companies, focusing on the intersection of software and hardware, emphasizing data aggregation and analytics for mission-critical industries. A wellrecognized thought leader and a contributor to such top industry publications as Field Technologies, Network World, Critical Facilities, Oilman Magazine, IoT Playbook, IoT News, Digitalisation World (UK), LD+A, among others, he is a frequent lecturer on outcome-based analytics and consolidated data methodologies for building & industrial applications driving efficiency and alternative business outcomes through data. Skurla is a contributing member of ASHRAE, USGBC, and IES Education.


Amber Cobb

Director of Partnership East, RIoT


Amber focuses on supporting sponsors, serving as co-architect of RIoT’s and partner events, expanding the RIoT community, and supporting RIoT’s mission of capturing and growing the IoT market sector. Prior to joining RIoT, Amber spent fifteen years in regulatory compliance where she helped both Fortune 100 companies and startups navigate the complex landscape of getting products into the global marketplace. Amber is a firm believer in technology being the great equalizer and is passionate about supporting women in all technology fields. When she is not supporting RIoT’s sponsors and community, she is chasing around her two children and geeking out with her husband. Whenever Amber has a moment to spare, you can find her honing her culinary skills, reading, and playing board games with her family.


Andreas Bitzarakis

Director of Broadband, Select Spectrum

Select Spectrum

Andreas Bitzarakis is the Director of Broadband at Select Spectrum. Prior to Select Spectrum, Andreas’experience consists of over 10 years in telecommunications and achieved significant success working fora nationwide carrier as well as managing an organization’s reselling of services of the four major U.Swireless operators. Andreas manages broadband sales efforts for licensed spectrum bands directed atserving 4G LTE and 5G applications – including but not limited to the 600 MHz, 1.9, 2.5, CBRS andmmWave “UMFUS” bands. Andreas is additionally responsible for managing the Spectrum Marketplacewhich brings together licensees, operators and investors to facilitate transactions, including leases, inthe 2.5 GHz band.


Robert Spalding

Brigadier General (Ret), Founder, CEO, SEMPRE



Derek Peterson

CEO, Soter

Akram Benmbarek

VP of Business Development, Strategic Initiatives AEye

Strategic Initiatives AEye

Benmbarek leads business development for strategic initiatives, where he works closely with system integrators in industrial and mobility markets to integrate AEye’s adaptive, high performance LiDAR for improved safety and efficiency. Prior to AEye, Benmbarek was Quanergy’s senior director of business development, where he was charged with growing the company’s application of LiDAR across non-automotive verticals, including robotics, IoT smart spaces and security. Prior to Quanergy, Akram spent 16 years in Silicon Valley as both an entrepreneur and investment banker. He has a B.A. in applied economics, and an MBA from USC.


Les Goldman

Sr. Product Manager, Syniverse


Les Goldman has held positions ranging from customer service, to product management, to marketing and sales. Over his 25-year-plus career, he has developed and marketed both tangible software products as well as intangible service and professional solutions. A free-thinking technology innovator, he enjoys turning problem-solving into targeted solutions to meet customer needs. As Senior Product Manager at Syniverse, Les is focused on driving innovation for customers around the world while helping to simplify business and technical complexities. Among his accomplishments, he has developed first-of-a-kind solutions for roaming, real-time intelligence, LTE and Wi-Fi. His current focus is Syniverse’s Secure Global Access, a worldwide private IP network permitting secure connectivity between IoT devices and enterprise cloud-based applications and services. Previously, Les served as a Global Product Manager with Verizon, where he leveraged his customer, market and MBA experience to successfully launch award-winning global communications solutions. His contribution was recognized when he received a patent for his work with integrated telephony services years before the advent of the term “unified communications.” Les also applies his skills outside of Syniverse. He was appointed by former Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the board of directors for Able Trust, an organization whose mission is to work with state agencies and private resources to help Floridians with disabilities. Les also founded the North Tampa Athletic Association Buddy Ball program, which enables children with disabilities to play baseball with their peers, and he also is a Buddy Ball coach.


Kathiravan Kandasamy

Senior Product Management Director, Syniverse



Kelly Malone

Chief Customer Officer, Taqtile


Kelly is responsible for technical pre-sales, project delivery & services, and customer support & account management. For more than 25 years, Kelly has worked in technology primarily focused on software operating systems, development platforms, and software application commercialization. He joined Taqtile in 2015 following his role as Director of Business Development at Microsoft supporting the Windows Platform team and specifically the HoloLens. Kelly spent more than 10 years in a variety of sales, business development and product management roles at Microsoft, and also held Sales Vice President roles at Accenture and Spring Wireless.


Peter Wilson

Director, IoT Partner Program, Telefonica Global Solutions USA, Inc.

Telefonica Global Solutions USA, Inc.

Telefónica, which provides telecom services across the globe, is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. In 2020 Telefónica had revenues of 43+ billion euros and more than 347 million total subscribers.As part of the Telefónica Executive Team for the past 7 years, Pete Wilson has directed the expansion of Telefónica USA’s Channel Partner Program. His USA based team provides global Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity services to US and Canadian based channel partners (VARS and MVNOs) who are re-selling bundled solutions internationally. Many of these partners have contributed to Telefónica’s leading position on the Gartner’s M2M Quadrant over the past 7 years.Pete has over 35 years of technical, business development, sales and marketing experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), satellite and terrestrial communications, focusing on M2M/IoT applications, database design, implementation, sales, support and customer success. Prior to joining Telefónica, Pete held positions at Rogers Communications, Aeris Communications, Loral Space and Communications and Environmental Systems Institute (ESRI). Pete earned a B.S. in Geography from the University of Nevada.


Ricardo Buranello

Head of Platforms Business Unit, Telit


Ricardo Buranello Head of Platforms Business Unit Ricardo Stefanato Buranello has over 16 years of experience in the Technology and IoT Industry. Before joining Telit in 2008, Ricardo worked for big technology companies such as Siemens and Totvs. With Telit, Ricardo held the position of head of Business in Latin America, and in 2017, assumed the role of Global VP for Telit Factory Solutions, driving a significant growth for the business unit. Currently, Ricardo is Head of Telit’s Platforms Business Unit and is engaged in the creation and implementation of Telit’s platforms strategy, which enables some of the biggest companies in the world to deploy IIoT with advanced Edge and Cloud software solutions. Ricardo graduated from São Paulo Catholic University with a degree in Business Administration. He also has an MBA in Business Economics by FGV-SP and business extension program from NYU – Stern.


Michael Sack

CEO, TeraCode


Michael is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in the areas of IoT, sensor development, analytics and AI/machine learning. During a career spanning 30 years, Michael has led the development of ground-breaking interactive games, enterprise business solutions, and pioneered SaaS-based technologies. Michael also holds 11 patents for online analytics tools and fraud detection algorithms that are widely used to uncover illicit online activity, including detecting global money laundering schemes. More recently, Michael has developed patent pending solutions for minting and managing NFT’s and smart contracts using Blockchain. Prior to founding TeraCode, Michael was the EVP and CTO of Inceptor, where he developed patented technology for automating online marketing campaigns that predicted and influenced human behaviour to drive higher conversion rates. Since Inceptor’s acquisition by Verizon in 2005, Michael has focused on growing TeraCode’s practice in the areas of IoT, Data Analytics, AI and Machine Learning and application development. He has designed innovative solutions for companies such as Panera Bread, Georgia-Pacific, Johnson & Johnson, Kadant Solutions, and many others. As an IOT architect, Michael has connected tens of thousands of devices to the Internet and created applications to interact and leverage the data collected by these devices. He has developed numerous data-driven decision platforms and has used AI and machine learning to automate and predict behaviour to prevent business interruption, predict outcomes and drive cost saving and revenue generating business solutions. Recently, Michael has led efforts to deliver AI-driven solutions for monitoring the quality of the water in the Ganges River and predicting future water conditions, detecting abandoned mines that emit climate-changing gases, identifying unstable ground to prevent/predict landslides, tools for optimizing coal-mining operations, and the ability to predict the failure of surgical devices. Michael graduated from Brandeis University, the University of Massachusetts, and multiple certificates from MIT in advanced studies related to machine learning, AI and IoT. When not working, Michael enjoys flying rescue dogs and cats to new homes in his Cirrus SR-22 (N3754M), getting beaten at golf by his son and testing the absolute range of his Tesla batteries.


Sharon Rogers

Director of Strategic Partnerships, TeraGo

Doug Wilson

IoT Specialist, Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

Doug Wilson is an Internet of Things Evangelist and Speaker and Moderator on the Internet of Things solutions and markets. He has successfully brought several new IoT solutions to market through the partnerships with Verizon. Doug works with many new and emerging IoT companies that are developing Internet of Things (IoT) products or cellular connected solutions in an advisory capacity to provide a completely connected IoT solution. Doug has had a successful career with Verizon as an IoT/M2M Technical Specialist, Verizon Partner Program Manager, Data Sales Account Manager and Data Sales Engineer and has won several awards for his efforts. Prior to that Doug worked for Verizon Business on the Sales Engineering Team as a Network Equipment Sales Specialist. Doug has had an extensive career in voice and data communications sales and engineering with numerous enterprise class organizations such as Belkin, Microsemi, Avaya, and NEC. Doug started off his technical career by serving our country in the US Air Force as a Communications Specialist where he achieved Management and Outstanding Team Chief awards.


Walter Cannon

VP, Business Development, ZenFi Networks

ZenFi Networks

As the Vice President of Business Development for ZenFi Networks, Walter leverages over 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience in the wireless, wholesale and enterprise markets to lead sales teams in efficient delivery of network solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses more effectively. Prior to ZenFi, Walter served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Metro|NS, where he effectively developed sales strategies that delivered results. Before Metro|NS, Walter was the Director of Enterprise Sales for Lexent Metro Connect, where he was responsible for growing Lexent’s core business. Walter has held senior management positions in Sales, Marketing and Business Development focused on start-ups and emerging technologies. He received a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in Engineering and Mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.


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Steve Brumer (Moderator)

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

Steve Brumer, Partner at BH IoT Group a consultancy firm providing companies across all industries with innovative IoT go-to-market strategy & execution services. With over 30 years+ M2M/IoT, Mobile and Wireless experience Brumer’s specialty is working with executives and entrepreneurs to define and execute their IoT solutions and accelerate their positioning within consumer or enterprise markets.Before BH IoT Group, Brumer was a Partner and IoT Practice Lead at 151 Advisors a consultancy firm providing technology companies with a combination of advisory and execution services. Brumer also co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build channel programs for B2B products, M2M products, and professional services. Prior to Wireless Rain, Brumer co-founded and served as President of Global Wireless Data, a national master dealer and value-added distributor of wireless products and services. Under his tenure, GWD grew from a self-funded start-up to 184 on the INC 500 as the largest Master Dealer for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier in his career, Brumer founded and served as CEO of Wireless Data Corp, and has held various executive management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data and BellSouth Wireless.


Allen Proithis (Moderator)

CEO, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis is the CEO of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients interested in Digital Transformation enabled by mobile, IoT, software and managed solutions. Capstone is the 5G application provider for one of the largest private 5G network deployments in the US. Prior to Capstone, Allen was the President of Sigfox, North America, where he created a high-performance team that built an Internet of Things business with top enterprise companies while providing US wireless coverage for over 70M people US. Prior to Sigfox, he created a $155M IoT joint venture (Convida Wireless) with Sony & InterDigital and served as Chairman. In 2014, Allen raised $15M to launch an Internet of Things spinout focused on accelerating value produced by the data generated by IoT. At InterDigital, Allen oversaw the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video content management solutions. Previously, Allen led Strategy & Business Development for HP’s global Smartphone & Tablet division. Here he drove all strategic initiatives for devices, software & services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.


James Brehm (Moderator)

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the over all value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis. Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.


Caroline Griffin (Moderator)

Director of Operations, RIoT


Caroline works at the heart of everything RIoT. As Director of Operations, she keeps the organization running smoothly and manages all the details of our world-class workshops and RIoTs. She manages corporate communications and is the primary architect of the popular Lunch and Learn series. Prior to RIoT, Caroline held several positions with event planning and sponsorship raising responsibilities. Caroline is a Raleigh native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. While Caroline is not at work, she enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors with her partner, Eddie, and their dog, Angus.


Tom Snyder (Moderator)

Executive Director, RIoT


Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. Under Tom’s leadership, RIoT has launched the RIoT Accelerator Program, RIoT Studios, which includes the RIoT Underground Podcast, and RIoT’s ED series. He has grown RIoT from a Research Triangle focused organization to one with international reach. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multidisciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State. Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation for multinational technology companies. He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, board games, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.


Jim Morrish (Moderator)

Founding Partner, Transforma insights

Transforma insights