Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project. He is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.
Patricia Florissi is VP, Global CTO for Sales at Dell EMC. She defines mid and long term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader Dell EMC ecosystem in strategic initiatives. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, an MBA from Stern Business School in NY University, and a Master’s & Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil.
Brian Galovich heads Digital Technology at UTC Aerospace Systems. In this role, his focus is on the development and execution of a meaningful digital strategy. This strategy will unlock greater value for customers and the business by enabling connected, software-based and intelligent solutions.
Brian brings more than 23 years of UTC experience to this role, having held a number of senior technology leadership positions across program management, sales and service, infrastructure and platforms, operations and engineering technology. He has previously lead technology teams at Hamilton Sundstrand, and served as vice president and CIO for both Pratt & Whitney and Global Business Systems at UTC.
Brian is committed to implementing technology driven solutions to deliver value to our customers, create operational efficiencies and enhance the employee experience. At UTC, Brian was responsible for the strategic oversight and management of corporate enterprise applications and partnered with senior functional leaders to accelerate simplification of the systems landscape. He has dedicated more than two decades to leveraging technology for the benefit of the Aerospace industry.
At UTC Aerospace Systems, Brian brings a digital-first approach that delivers an enhanced customer experience through the integration of technologies, people, information and processes. He works to create a real-time digital thread connecting engineering to customers and the supply chain, to better meet customer expectations, expand market share and reduce costs.
Brian currently serves on multiple Aerospace & Defense industry executive committees and is active in charitable giving, spending time as chairperson for United Way. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in e-commerce & business technology from Carnegie Mellon University.
Yusuf Jamal was appointed Senior Vice President of the Industrial, Healthcare, Consumer, and IoT Solutions and Security Group in 2017. Prior to this role, Mr. Jamal served as vice president of the Consumer and Healthcare business units responsible for building a differentiated, sustainable high-growth business for ADI.
Mr. Jamal has been in the semiconductor industry for 17 years; 15 of those at Analog Devices in several engineering and management roles. He joined ADI as a Field Applications Engineer in 2002 and since that time has held several technology, business and leadership positions at the company. Prior to joining ADI, Mr. Jamal was at a startup in Stockholm, Sweden focused on a flexible design methodology for scalable DSP architectures.
Mr. Jamal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering (with Honors) from AMU, India; a Masters in Digital Signal Processing from Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), India and has attended executive education and leadership programs in finance, strategy, marketing and general management at London Business School, Stanford University and MIT.
Didier Nkurikiyimfura is the Director of Technology and Innovation at the Smart Africa Secretariat. In his current position, Didier is in charge of developing a sustainable Technology and Innovation ecosystem in Smart Africa Member States collaboration with Governments, private sector, academia and a wide range of stakeholders and partners. He currently oversees the implementation of strategic initiatives such as the free roaming initiative (also known as the “One Africa Network” project), increasing affordability and accessibility of Internet in Africa and the Smart Africa scholarship fund.
Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is the Deputy Division Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. He previously served as a Program Director at the NSF in the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program, where he managed mobile systems and wireless networking research across multiple funding programs with an annual budget of over $50M. At NSF, he is also leading the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100M effort announced in July 2016. He also serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. He is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Mechthild Rohen, Head of Unit for ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), DG CONNECT.
The unit is the centre of competence for IoT, responsible for policy, research, take up of IoT and new business models, ensuring the competitiveness of the European industry to lead. Aim is to advance strategic and policy issues around IoT in the context of the DSM, including IoT liability, a Trusted IoT label, IoT platforms, IoT standardisation. The unit fosters the development of IoT innovation ecosystems and promotes global cooperation; is also responsible for the industrial strategy on IoT, steering, exploiting and reinforcing the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI).
M. Rohen received her scientific education in Germany (masters degree in computer science, a PHD in software and knowledge engineering). She worked as a researcher/ lecturer at the universities of Dortmund and Bonn and has a long experience in management of European projects in the fields of software technologies, micro-electronics, telecommunications and networking, ambient intelligence, embedded systems and digital public services (eGovernment).
Before she joined the Commission in 1993 she was the managing director of a Research Association of about 12 universities / research institutes in North-Rhine Westfalia focusing on interdisciplinary research in the area of artificial intelligence.