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Our 2019 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

Technology & Business Solutions 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.

Jennifer Bennett

Technical Director, Office of the CTO

Jen, Technical Director in the Office of the CTO, brings over 20+ years of experience in delivering digital solutions leveraging IOT, data, analytics and machine learning. With a passion to collaborate and inspire transformation, Jen fosters key customer advocacy in partnership with engineering.

Raullen Chai


Raullen Chai is the Founder & CEO of IoTeX, a privacy-centric blockchain platform for IoT. Raullen received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where his research focused on lightweight cryptography, IoT security, and privacy-preserving techniques for blockchain. Raullen began his professional career as a Technical Staff Member at Oracle. He then joined Google as a Tech Lead, and was the Founding Engineer of Google’s Cloud Load Balancer. Most recently, he served as Head of Cryptography R&D and Engineering Security at Uber. Raullen is a member of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR), International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), and IEEE Communications Society since 2010.

Mark Crawford

Director Standards Strategy

Director, Standards Strategy, SAP responsible for formulating and executing standards strategies and working with product owners and others to infuse standards in support of SAPs Intelligent Enterprise product portfolio. His current focus is IoT, AI, DL and other emerging technologies and standards.

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

Vice President - AI, IoT Standardization and Strategy

Business and technology strategist with 885 patents and published author. Architected strategies and led company technology road maps. Chairs ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 42 committee on artificial intelligence. In IIC Wael is the Secretary of the steering committee and chairs the liaison and technology groups

Leila Dillon​

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Leila Dillon 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.

Christine Ferrusi Ross


Christine Ferrusi Ross, founder of Decision Changers, is a market strategist and advisor working on complex issues of blockchain, IoT, identity, privacy, and security. She focuses understanding how blockchain changes markets, industries, and business operations. Christine has a background in product management, sourcing, risk management, and supply chain. She spent much of her career studying emerging markets and technologies. Christine is a popular speaker on blockchain and she has been widely quoted in business and IT press on emerging technologies. She’s currently researching best practices for ensuring privacy on blockchains and sourcing blockchain projects.

Bonnie Gordon

Program Director

Bonnie Gordon is the Conference Director at the Industrial Internet Consortium, where she manages and works directly with the IoTSWC Program Committee to develop the most compelling attendee-driven conference agenda focused on customer use cases and business outcomes. Bonnie brings years of experience on all sides of the event industry, and is highly invested in helping organizations succeed and build their presence via events. Bonnie has helped to launch, create and market engaging events at leading companies including Modo Labs, TechTarget, Aberdeen Group, Retail Systems Alert Group, Kronos Incorporated and The Interface Group.

Eric Harper​

Senior Principal Scientist

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.

Chris Jones


Chris (Jonesy) Jones brings to Dragonchain over 20 years of marketing experience and has previously held key executive roles with Adidas America, Mattel, and Boost Mobile. Chris is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Chris is a true evangelist for blockchain technology making him indispensable to Dragonchain.

Tilak Kasturi

Founder & CEO

Tilak stands at the forefront of one of the fastest moving trends in the automotive and industrial sectors, predictive big data. Tilak is an innovator, entrepreneur and an engineer with over 20 years of enterprise software, enterprise big data and applied artificial intelligence experience.

Brad Klenz

Principal IoT Analytics Architect

Brad Klenz is Principal IoT Analytics Architect at SAS. His responsibilities include the design and integration of analytics required by SAS’ IoT solutions. His recent projects include the use of machine learning for energy and operational efficiency in smart building environments, and real-time streaming analytics for event identification on the power grid.  He is a patent holder for streaming analytics methods for anomaly detection and event classification in IoT. He has contributed to research at NSF Engineering Research Centers at NC State University – the FREEDM center (power grid modernization) and the ASSIST center (nanotechnology healthcare wearables). 


Brad has presented at a number of industry conferences, including the IoT World Congress, IEEE Power & Engineering Society (PES), North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI), INFORMS Analytics, and Smart Cities Connect.  He is a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and active in the Industrial Artificial Intelligence task group and the Testbed work group.  He also participates in RIoT, a start-up oriented IoT group. 


Brad’s previous work includes analytics for digital marketing, such as marketing attribution, recommendation systems, and customer retention.  He has a degree in Computer Science, with emphasis on numerical processing and economics, from North Carolina State University.


Mark Kraeling

Product Architect

Mark serves as a Product Architect for GE Transportation. He is responsible for integration of networking and applications with worldwide customers’ locomotives and infrastructure. He is a regular speaker at embedded and industry conferences worldwide.

Mark started his first IoT-based project over 20 years ago utilizing a small battery-operated device to work within a wireless train network. He co-developed the wireless protocol that was used to communicate information throughout the train.

Mark received a BSEE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a MSE from Arizona State University.

Edy Liongosari​

Chief Research Scientist

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.

Peter Marx

Chief of Technology Officer

Pieter is an experienced engineer and technologist focused on helping asset-intensive organizations integrate IoT technology with existing business workflows and processes. He started his career as a plant engineer and has since accrued ten years of engineering experience and twenty years of IT experience. Pieter holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Information Technology. He chairs the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Digital Twin Interoperability, Industrial Digital Transformation, and Distributed Ledger Task Groups. In February 2019, Pieter received the IIC Technical Innovation Award 

Terry McElrath​

Vice President of Operations

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.

Shyam Nath

Director, Enterprise Cloud Architect

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.

Beverly Rider

SVP & Chief Commercial Officer

Beverly Rider serves as SVP & CCO within Hitachi Global Digital Holdings. Before Hitachi, Beverly held executive positions at GE and Ericsson. Beverly is passionate about enabling people and business to utilize technology for sustainable growth, efficiencies, productivity and resilience.

Jennifer Sanders

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Jennifer Sanders is Cofounder and Executive Director of the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a public-private partnership dedicated to supporting the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. She brings expertise across a broad array of industries including energy, technology, economic development, nonprofit and finance, serving in functions including communications, stakeholder and community relations, strategic counsel, change management and operations. DIA’s goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and provide opportunities for prosperity for its citizens.

While at the DIA, she has collated a network of three dozen member organizations, and works with over 20 departments within the City of Dallas to accomplish an aligned smart city strategy, which began with the implementation of the Smart Cities Living Lab [phase I], in the West End District in downtown Dallas. This Living Lab incorporates nine smart city projects into a compressed corridor, and the resulting platform will pull in startups, entrepreneurs and university researchers to develop and test additional products and solutions. The Living Lab is the fastest-to-market smart cities initiative in the country. The DIA is now focused on its Phase II projects in Southern Dallas focused on challenges to underserved residents around mobility, public safety and the digital divide.

She is actively involved with numerous civic organizations in Dallas, serving as Past President of the Mayor’s Star Council, President of the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, Board Member of Better Block, an Ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and the Advisory Board for Dallas-based retail and lifestyle startup, Edition Collective, among others. She has been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Top Women in Technology, State Scoop’s Top Women in Technology, the Tech Week 100, and the Dallas 500. She has been honored to speak to groups at conferences around the globe including South by Southwest, Smart Cities Week and the Smart City Global Congress and Expo in Barcelona. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.

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.

Pieter Van Schalkwyk

CEO and Founder

Pieter is an experienced engineer and technologist focused on helping asset-intensive organizations integrate IoT technology with existing business workflows and processes. He started his career as a plant engineer and has since accrued ten years of engineering experience and twenty years of IT experience. Pieter holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Information Technology. He chairs the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Digital Twin Interoperability, Industrial Digital Transformation, and Distributed Ledger Task Groups. In February 2019, Pieter received the IIC Technical Innovation Award.

Sven Schrecker

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Calvin Smith

Director & Global 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.

Richard Soley

Chairman and CEO

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.

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

Vice President 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.

Sumita Yadav

Vice President of Cardiovascular and Orthopedics Service Lines

Sumita Yadav, MBBS, MHA is currently the Vice President of Cardiovascular and Orthopedics Service Lines at Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) in Melville, NY.

Sumita completed her medical training in India and then came to the U.S. to earn her Master’s in Health Administration (Sloan) at Cornell University in 2007. At Sloan, Sumita gained greater insights into the complexities of healthcare delivery and was determined to make an impact by helping shape policies and decisions that were pro-clinicians and patients. Her hope was – and continues to be – that she would help bridge the clinical and administrative gap.

With this mission in mind, Sumita started her career at Northwell, eleven years ago where she had an expedited career path, starting as a Strategic Planning Analyst and then moving on to overseeing the Neurosurgery Department in less than 4 years. She spent 5 years leading the Neurosurgery team, building trust and helping department turn-around. She was nominated and selected into various leadership programs such as, High Potential Leadership Program, Harvard Project Management, Culture of Care Leader and Strategic Generational Advisory Committee. She envisions herself as a leader that believes in learning and adapting from other industries to find the most innovative approaches.

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.

Gloria Zaionz

Kaiser Permanente Innovation Team

As the Technology Guru of the Innovation Learning Network, Gloria is responsible for leading and advancing the emerging technology and startup programs.