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Our 2018 Program Committee is responsible for developing the strategy for our congress, the overall content, and bringing together industry leaders to participate in our conference program. The committee will build the program covering multiple industries, technologies, standards and applications.

Enas Ashraf

Innovation Manager

Enas Ashraf is Innovation Manager at Advansys ESC. As Innovation Manager, Enas manages and directs the research and innovation programs to leverage the company’s industrial internet solutions to solve customer automation and optimization challenges in the fields of manufacturing, logistics and supply chain.

Enas has been in research and innovation for more than 12 years assisting companies assess their innovation management capabilities and explore new business opportunities by adopting the latest disruptive technology trends namely; IoT and Open Data. She served as consultant for corporate and public sector clients to help them create their Digital Transformation Roadmaps and align their business and market needs to their future technology investments.

Enas holds an M.Sc. in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She brings years of experience working with Internet of Things (IoT) related technologies including but not limited to semantic web, wireless sensor networks and embedded systems.

Akash Bhatia


Akash is a Principal in the technology (TMT) practice at BCG in its San Francisco office. His focus is on helping clients understand and leverage disruptive technologies (e.g. IoT, Blockchain). He has led cases on cloud risk, big data strategy, IoT GTM and digital operating models. He co-leads the IoT focus group at BCG and has authored a number of articles / thought leadership pieces on IoT. Prior to BCG, Akash spent time both in both consulting and in the tech industry. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading (mostly non-fiction) and blogging.

Stefania Boiocchi​

Business Development Manager

Stefania Boiocchi is the Business Development Manager at Infineon Technologies Americas for IoT security. In her role she is responsible for driving business development activities and strategies in the segments of IoT security and mobile platforms security. Prior to joining Infineon, Stefania has held several roles in business development in the semiconductors and mobile security space. Most recently, she was the VP of Business Development for the Americas at Sequent, where she drove business opportunities and strategic alliances in the mobile payments space. Stefania has a Degree in Electrical Engineering and Microelectronics from Universita’ degli Studi in Pavia, Italy.

Mark Crawford

Open Standards Strategist, SAP Strategic IP Initiatives

Mark Crawford is a standards strategist at SAP and is responsible for formulating and executing standards strategies, develop strategic and implementation plans, and work with product owners and others to infuse standards in support of SAPs Openness and Run Simple commitments. His current focus is on IoT and IIoT standards. Mark co-chairs the Architecture Task Group and the Standards & Interoperability Task Group in the IIC and is a member of the OMG Board. He has previously filled the role of Advisory Committee Representative to the W3C for SAP and LMI, Been Vice Chair of the OASIS UBL Committee, Chair of the OASIS UBL Naming and Design Rules Subcommittee, Chair of the UN/CEFACT Applied Technologies Group, Member of the UN/CEFACT Forum Management Committee, and editor for numerous standards including ISO 15000-5 and the UBL XML Naming and Design Rules.

Jesse DeMesa

Managing Partner, Boston

Connected Industry pioneer Jesse DeMesa has more than 20 years of experience that spans automation and controls, production and manufacturing systems, and enterprise applications. Jesse co-founded IndX, a pioneer in the manufacturing intelligence space and held senior positions as General Manager and COO for Siemens Oil & Gas and Software CTO for GE Oil & Gas. He also led development of Wonderware’s Industrial Automation operator interface. At Momenta Partners, Jesse combines his software know-how with his expertise in the Oil & Gas, manufacturing and process industries, cultivating Connected Industry companies and leaders and accelerating them on their digital transformation journey.

John Denning​


John has spent two decades working to improve performance and safety in healthcare. He leads teams that design, develop, and deploy software that is consistently ranked at the top across their categories. These systems are used by many millions of individual patients and their families, doctors, nurses, and administrators every day.

In addition to his work in healthcare, John is part of the small team that was first-ever to pass the iconic Turing Test.

Wael William Diab

Senior Director

Business and technology strategist with 875 patents. He architected strategies and led company technology road maps. Wael chairs ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 42 committee on artificial intelligence. Within IIC, he co-chairs liaison and technology groups and is a member of the steering committee. He is a published author

Leila Dillon​

Vice President, Global Marketing and North American Distribution

Leila Dillon leads Bigbelly’s North American Channel sales and global marketing organizations responsible for driving channel focus, growth, and accountability along with the brand’s global campaigns and communication. She brings over 20 years of experience tech startups focusing on marketing, business development, product strategy, and investor relations. She has lead initiatives at tech, mobile, and media companies that pioneered market innovation including OpenMobile, Bandwiz, ServiceSoft, SoftLock, and others.

Eric Harper​

Sr. Software Architect

Eric Harper is a lead principal scientist at ABB Corporate Research specializing in software architecture and sustainable technologies. Over the past eight years he has made significant contributions to process automation, substation automation, and power electronics. Eric graduated from Virginia Tech and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electric power engineering as part of the General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering (ABC), which provides training across the engineering disciplines for practical use of computer solutions and how to effectively communicate their results. Eric transferred to Westinghouse in their Power Generation division making substantial technical contributions for a service bureau dedicated to monitoring and diagnosing conditions in electric power plants. Since then Eric has had a variety of assignments over the past two decades as a hands-on project lead, development manager and software architect in factory automation, business applications, middleware tools, server management, IT security, healthcare IT, software performance and scalability. Eric’s current work is to lead ABB’s architecture for advanced data analytics. He serves on the Steering Committee for the IEEE/IFIP Working Conference on Software Architecture and represents ABB at the Industrial Internet Consortium as Technology Working Group co-chair.

Bill Hoffman​


Bill is the President and COO of the Object Management Group and also President of the Industrial Internet Consortium. He has over thirty five years of industry experience, focused on advanced technologies spanning from artificial intelligence to distributed enterprise applications to the industrial internet of things. Bill is responsible for Marketing, Business Development and the company’s General and Administrative operations. Bill has been with OMG for over twenty five years.

Sameer Joshi​

Sr. Director

Sameer Joshi is Sr. Director at L&T Infotech looking after PreSales, Go-to-market strategy, business development and building partner ecosystem. He is based out of Dallas, Texas

Sameer has over 22 years of experience in the industry. He started his career in development of Engineering applications and has led development of several software products in areas like CAD, CAE, FEM, PLM and SLM. For last 6 years, he has been responsible in various functions of IoT from strategy, sales, marketing, partner ecosystem, platform road-map development and innovations. He has been speaker and panelist on multiple IoT conferences.

Sameer holds an M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Mumbai (Bombay) and has done MBA from UCLA.

Edy Liongosari​

Global Managing Director Technology Labs

Edy Liongosari is Accenture’s Chief Research Scientist and Managing Director. In this capacity, he is responsible for the agenda and outcomes of Accenture Labs’ applied technology research across all seven Labs locations globally. The research defines the future for large enterprises, shapes the technology market and creates strong business results for our clients.
Edy has been with Accenture for over 25 years. Prior to his current role, he lead the Systems and Platforms Research Group, which covers key technology areas such as the Industrial Internet of Things, High Performance Computing, Model-driven DevOps, Data Engineering, Services and Analytics. He also was the head of Accenture R&D Labs in Bangalore, India for a number of years, where he led a global team of R&D personnel to industrialize Accenture’s system development process. Edy and his team have received numerous patents and awards for innovation. A copy of his research work has also been placed into the Smithsonian’s permanent research collection.
Edy has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Indiana University and is a member of IEEE, ACM and Microsoft’s Distinguished Engineering Council. He is also a board member at the Software and Information Industry Association.

Helena Lisachuk​

IoT Global Lead

Helena Lisachuk is a director at Deloitte Consulting, and leads Internet of Things (IoT) practice globally. She specializes in the delivery of large-scale digital transformation programs, triggered by disruptive technologies such as IoT. She focuses on clients in High Tech and Telco sectors, development of new joint value propositions in IoT with strategic clients of Deloitte and managing key alliance relationships.

Jeff Lund​

Director, Business Development

Jeff Lund is part of Cisco’s Industrial IoT business unit, responsible for industrial security and utility networking products. He is also co-chair of the IIC marketing working group. He has a MBA from Wharton and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California Davis.

Terry McElrath​

Program Director, Industrial Internet Consortium

Terry McElrath, Principal Owner, Charles River Consulting offering consulting services in content development, business development, marketing strategies, and event management. Terry brings years of experience in developing content driven advanced technology conferences and exhibitions. Terry has worked for IDG World Expo where she partnered with the Object Management Group to produce the Object World series of events, Infotainment World, producing E-3, Imark Communications, producing ATM Year, EH Publishing producing RoboBusiness and Putman Media where she launched the Smart Industry brand and event.

Tony Milne​

Business Development Manager

Tony Milne is Business Development Manager at Advantech for the Power & Energy and Transportation markets. Advantech is the world’s Number 1 manufacturer of industrial computers, and a leader in all forms of computing, control and communications for industrial and other markets that require robust, rugged products that have both a long product life and operational life.

The curiosity of the Power & Energy and the Transportation markets is that a large part of the global ecosystem is based in Europe, hence my role is based here rather than in our Headquarters in Taiwan or in the location of our largest market and factories, China.

Shyam Nath

Director IoT & Cloud

Shyam is author of the book Architecting the Industrial Internet. He works for Oracle with focus on IoT, Blockchain, AI and Cloud. Prior to Oracle, he has worked for GE Digital, IBM, Deloitte and Halliburton. He has B Tech (EE) IIT Kanpur India, MBA & MS – Computer Science from FAU, Boca Raton, FL.

Claudiu Pasa

Lead, IoT Competence Center EMEA

Claudiu is a senior professional with more than 20 years of experience in business and digital strategy and data-driven decision systems. He is currently the Head of IoT Competence Center of Amazon Web Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He has significant experience in several verticals, like Financial Services, Energy and Utilities and Manufacturing, where he worked as a strategy and technology consultant designing and implementing large-scale transformations programs. In recent years, he focused exclusively on the Internet of Things and digital transformation using could computing platforms, from digital customer experience and digital processes to entire new lean enterprise business models.

Claudiu has a degree in Finance and Banking, a Master in Computer Science with focus on artificial intelligence and an Executive MBA from University of Washington.

Daniela Previtali

Global Marketing Director

Daniela Previtali is a marketing veteran with a field experience in international sales who has invested her career in the service of the IT security industry. She currently works as Global Marketing Director at Wibu-Systems, an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market.

Tim Scannell

Director of Strategic Content

Tim Scannell is presently Director of Strategic Content for the CIO Executive Council (CEC), a global community of IT leaders and influencers whose mission is to advance the profession, provide direction and resources to current leaders, and guide and mentor future IT executives through a range of integrated products and services.

He has more than 35 years’ experience as a writer, editor and analyst in the computer industry and extensive experience in online publishing, marketing, branding and research. He is also a frequent speaker on technology topics. Scannell was the Editorial Director at the TechnologyGuide Media Group, a division of TechTarget, Inc., where he managed the activities of seven technology news and review Web sites and coordinated a worldwide editorial and freelance staff. He was also the founder of Shoreline Research, a consulting and market research and information services company; and a Managing Director at 2in10, Ltd., a Scotland-based strategic business services and venture management company specializing in product positioning and channel expertise. Prior to becoming an analyst, Scannell was also a member of the core start-up team of SOFTBANK Corp.’s U.S. division, and Editorial Director of its U.S. operations.

Earlier in his career he was also involved in a number of mobile media efforts, including the launch of a mobile media distribution company, the creation of a mobile content channel (mFlix), and co-production of several mobile media events and competitions worldwide.He has also authored a book focusing on the people who helped launch the PC industry, published by SOFTBANK in Japan.

Calvin Smith

Director & Head of IoT Partner Engineering

Calvin Smith and his team combine Wipro IP and services with Partner products and offerings to create differentiable E2E solutions designed to maximize customer ROI for specific use cases. Prior to this role, Calvin spent the better part of the last decade running IoT Strategy and Organic Innovation at Dell EMC.

Jamie Smith

Director of Business and Technology Data Acqusition and Control

As Director of Business and Technology for Data Acquisition and Control, Jamie is responsible for product strategy and global go-to-market efforts. He is currently focused on the mega-trends of the autonomous car and the Industrial IoT. He is an active member of the IIC, and leads several IIoT testbeds, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Since joining NI in 1996 as an applications engineer, Jamie has held key leadership positions in sales, engineering, product strategy, corporate development, and marketing. Smith has helped drive numerous strategic product and operational innovations during his time at NI. He has been recognized as Top Embedded Innovator by Embedded Computing Design received an R&D 100 Award, and was reconizewd by the IIC for his Industrial IoT contributions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in applied physics from Stanford University.

Richard Soley

Executive Director

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG ®, Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium. As Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world’s largest consortium of its type. Dr. Soley joined the nascent OMG as Technical Director in 1989, leading the development of OMG’s world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA® specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with healthcare, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language TM (UML®) and later the Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®).

He also led the effort to establish the SOA Consortium in January 2007, leading to the launch of the Business Ecology Initiative (BEI) in 2009. The Initiative focuses on the management imperative to make business more responsive, effective, sustainable and secure in a complex, networked world, through practice areas including Business Design, Business Process Excellence, Intelligent Business, Sustainable Business and Secure Business. In addition, Dr. Soley is the Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, helping end-users transition to cloud computing and direct requirements and priorities for cloud standards throughout the industry. In 2014, Dr. Soley helped found the Industrial Internet Consortium and (IIC) serves as Executive Director of the organization. The IIC was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. The members of the IIC catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.

Dr. Soley also serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks all over the world on issues relevant to standards, the adoption of new technology and creating successful companies. He is an active angel investor, and was involved in the creation of both the Eclipse Foundation and Open Health Tools.

Brad Surak

Chief Product and Strategy Officer

Brad Surak joins Hitachi Vantara with over 25 years of success in digital transformation, general management, product and solution development, software engineering and operations across multiple industries and geographies. He has demonstrated success in driving global digital transformations that deliver top-line growth and productivity. Prior to joining Hitachi, Surak led the formation of GE Digital, a General Electric business, and served as chief operating officer. An “intra-preneur,” Surak comes with a proven history in building successful businesses within large multinational companies such as SAP and Business Objects. He has also held executive positions with DayNine, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Ernst & Young’s 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.

Said Tabet

Senior Technology Strategist, Corporate CTO Office

Dr. Said Tabet, Technology Lead, IoT Strategy Senior Technologist, Corporate Office of the CTO, EMC Corporation Dr. Said Tabet is the Lead Technologist for IoT Strategy and Industry Standards in the Corporate Office of the CTO at EMC. Said is a member of the Object Management Group Board of Directors and the Principal EMC representative to the Industrial Internet Consortium, leading IoT technology strategy within the EMC Federation. Said is Chair of the INCITS Secure Cloud Computing Ad-Hoc Group, and ISO Editor of the Cloud Security SLA project.

Dr. Tabet is also a member of the Cloud Security Alliance International Standardization Council and co-Chair of the SME Council. With over two decades in the industry, Said contributes to technology innovation forums, guides startups through mentorship and coaching, is himself an entrepreneur (having formed, launched, and managed his own IT consultancy firm and contributed to a number of other startups), and is also a supporter of industry efforts encouraging new technology adoption in multi-disciplinary environments.

Said continues to work on challenges around Industrial IoT, Cloud Computing and SLAs, automation, model-based engineering, Big Data Analytics and Security, Risk management and Semantic Data Collaboration. Dr. Tabet is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences and international standards meetings, co-founder of RuleML, as well as an author and editor of several book series and articles.

Kathy Walsh

Director of Marketing

Kathy Walsh is the Director of Marketing for the Industrial Internet Consortium and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, messaging, strategy and is a co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Marketing Working Group. Kathy has developed extensive marketing experience and a broad array of business skills through roles in accounting, customer service, market research, product management, and social media management. Prior to joining the Industrial Internet Consortium, Kathy was a Product Marketing Manager at Dimensional Insight, Inc. and Oracle Corp. Kathy also worked in market research and client service at IRI, Inc. as a Project Manager.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing, from Babson College.

Ron Zahavi

Chief Strategist for IoT Standards

Ron Zahavi is a Senior Enterprise Strategist with Microsoft and leads Microsoft’s Worldwide IoT Architecture Community. Mr. Zahavi has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of technology management and solution delivery, 15 of those related to IoT solutions. Prior to joining Microsoft, he ran his own consulting company and held positions as Chief Business Architect at Unisys Corp. and CTO/CIO, managing technology across several companies and performing due diligence of potential acquisitions. His breadth of experience includes work with startups, large companies, government, and private equity firms. Mr. Zahavi has also worked in several business domains, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, intelligence, and defense. He is a member of the OMG Board of Directors, has served on the OMG Architecture Board, and is certified as an OMG Expert in BPM. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Business Modeling: A Practical Guide to Realizing Business Value. Mr. Zahavi holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland and an MS in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.