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2017 World Judges
Mike Banic, Vice President of Marketing - Vectra (Los Altos, CA USA)
Mike Banic is the vice president of marketing at Vectra. Previously, he was vice president of global marketing for networking at Hewlett-Packard. Mike joined HP from Juniper Networks where he held the roles of VP of enterprise marketing and VP of marketing for Ethernet switching. Mike joined Juniper through the acquisition of Peribit Networks where he was VP of corporate marketing. Mike has held product marketing and product management roles at Trapeze Networks, Rhapsody Networks and Extreme Networks. He started his career as a system engineer at Artel Communications.

Mike is originally from Connecticut. He professes amnesia regarding the futility of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox during his youth and now takes great pride in the championships of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. Mike’s passions include architecture, impressionist art, music, history, and travel. His kids are famous for saying “please, no audio tour of the museum.”

Mike holds a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
 
Eveline Wan, Senior Director - Asia - Strategic Public Relations Group (Hong Kong)
Eveline Wan is a Senior Director of Strategic Public Relations Group, one of the largest public relations networks in Asia and the largest public relations consultancy firm in Hong Kong. She is the client service coordinator for the SPRG’s regional clients and also the global coordinator of the SPRG’s international affiliates.

Eveline has assisted in SPRG’s regional expansion in Asia including the establishment of regional offices which she now oversees. She has handled numerous IPO/IR communications programmes and has extensive experience in organising conferences, roadshows and PR activities in Asia for clients in various sectors including semi-government organisations, M.I.C.E., hotels, airlines, automobiles, property developers, banks and insurance companies.
 
Kevin Whalen, Sr. Director of Corporate & Marketing Communications - Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT (Burlington, MA USA)
Responsibilities include management and oversight of media and analyst relations, including a global PR agency network covering twelve countries.

Responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate advertising program, managing the production of collateral as well as oversight of corporate web properties and social media initiatives.
 
Elan Shou, MD and EVP, Ruder Finn Greater China (Shanghai, China)
16 years PR experience; specialized in Corporate Reputation Management, Brand Building, Issue and Crisis Management, Media and Crisis Training, Agency Operation and Team Building.
 
Guy-Murrel, Principal - Catapult PR (Boulder, CO USA)
Guy Murrel is principal of Catapult PR, a b-to-b tech PR and marketing agency based in Boulder, Colo. During 18 years at Catapult, Murrel has helped companies of all sizes lead and develop new categories as a strategy.

He is the author of "A Practical Guide to Strategic Narrative Marketing," and focuses on helping technology companies communicate compelling messages that stand out and create market leading positions. Areas of focus include telecom, IT security and software development -- specifically around Agile and DevOps methods.
 
Mohammad Raza Rizvi, IT Leader - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Plano, TX USA)
Mohammad Raza Rizvi is an IT professional with 15+ years of international experience with multinational firms - PwC US and Wipro. He has experience across US and Europe working with many Fortune 500 customers and helping them succeed in their Transformation programs and Implementations across Telecom, Finance, Automotive, and Printing industry segments.

He has helped customers with Solution Roadmap, Business/IT Alignment, Program Plan, IT & CRM Solution Consulting, System Integration, Solution Blueprint, Transition for on-premise and cloud products.
 
Doshia Stewart, Director, Corporate Brand & Marketing - Allegion (Carmel, IN USA)
Marketing and brand leader for global companies, specializing in strategic communications, brand management, marketing, advertising and digital and social media strategy. 

Broad span of experience from small organizations to multi-billion global companies; non-profits to publicly traded corporations; corporate strategy and communications to in-country strategic alliances, and B2C and B2B marketing. Also have led functions for public relations, market research and competitive intelligence.

Leadership roles in women's leadership initiatives, United Way and Habitat initiatives, and sit on several non-profit Boards and committees.
 
Ed Pascua, Sr Vice President - Simeio Solutions (Chamblee, GA USA)
Ed Pascua is senior vice president at Simieo Solutions. He drives collaborative engagement around Identity Access Management professional services, managed services, with a particular focus on providing cloud-based identity, access and governance offerings.

With over 17 years of technology and consulting experience, Ed has led global and North American consulting organizations, responsible for sales and professional services, across several industries including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and public sector. He holds the CISSP and Certified CISO certifications. In his spare time his spare time, he accompanies his wife on her “foodie” adventures and tries real hard to stay active and see as much of the globe as possible.
 
Ahmed Abukhater, Boeing Product Management Leadership - Boeing (Englewood, CO USA)
Dr. Ahmed Abukhater is an architect, environmentalist, and planner by trade. Throughout his career spanning over 20 years, he served in a variety of senior executive positions in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including Digital Aviation Leadership at Boeing, Senior Director of Mapping and GIS at Trimble, the Global Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes, Esri’s Global Industry Manager for Planning and Community Development and Director of PLACES (Planning, Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Sustainability), and GIS Manager and instructor at the University of Texas at Austin.

As a practitioner and thought leader, he strives to promote a holistic approach to addressing organizational needs through the creation of effective industry solutions that provide robust and compelling offers that add demonstrable value to its operation. His passion for data-driven and evidence-based decision making shaped his vision of geospatial intelligence as the new generation of planning and management around the globe. In this capacity, he is an advocate for full utilization of cutting-edge technological solutions and best practices in ways that maximize their contribution to the industry at large. Cognizant of the current global business climate, he is dedicated to delivering and advancing effective solutions to combat today’s marketplace challenges.
 
Felix Blank, Senior Product Manager - Secucloud (Hamburg, Germany)
Felix Blank started working at the computer center of the Technical University Hamburg in Harburg and the changed to a firewall manufacturer "gateprotect". After 12 years creating UTM and Enterprise Firewalls at "gateprotect" Felix Blank joined the spin-off "Secucloud" which creates Firewalls directly in the cloud.
 
Afsheen Zeeshan, CEO - TSC (Rawalpindi, Pakistan)
Caring Community is basically a community of young people who are working in Multi-Nationals, Banks and other well reputed organizations. We don’t believe in fund raising instead our motto is FRIEND RAISING that is why we don’t have any designations in the community and all of us friends are working as volunteers who instead of spending their free time in leisure activities work for the deprived stratum of the society. 
 
Ajit Gaddam, Chief Architect - VISA Inc. (Foster City, CA USA)
Ajit Gaddam is an Information and Cybersecurity leader with an established track record of developing risk-driven security programs and delivering solutions that support critical business initiatives.

Over the last decade, Ajit held senior roles at various financial, insurance, and technology firms driving information security programs, cyber security, security architecture, cloud security, and security operations. He also founded two startups and is an active participant in various open source and security architecture standards bodies.
 
Alysia Silberg, COO and Co-Founder - Acceleforce and Global FiresideChats (London, United Kingdom)

Alysia has been a self-driven serial entrepreneur, strategist, mentor, successful TEDx/ keynote speaker, mathematician and co-owner of multiple successful enterprise. Alysia is an expert in passionately leading and empowering teams and building data driven solutions for numerous multinational companies. 

In addition to her commercial activities, Alysia was voted one of the three most Inspirational women in Technology in the UK*, UN Women Empower Women Global Champion with a focus on Entrepreneurship, an IGD Jennifer Potter Emerging Global Leader Fellow and a Finalist in HSBC Forward Ladies BusinessWomen of the Year Awards for 2016.

Alysia reads 50 books a month.

 
Aman Bhangu, Owner - Trendy Beat Network Limited (Mohali, Punjab, India)
In 2009 started as a Freelance business consultant. He worked with more than 5 Companies as General Manager.

In 2014 he was working with Record Labels & Independent Artist and founded his own Digital Distribution company Trendy Beat Network Limited.

The last year company revenue was $ 2M plus.
 
Amanda Chavez, Director, Learning and Development - Cognosante, LLC (McLean, VA USA)
Amanda Chavez is an L&D strategist and management consultant who leverages design thinking methodology to champion training initiatives and create meaningful solutions that address some of the nation’s toughest problems - Veteran unemployment, active shooter prevention and response, suicide prevention, and more. Colleagues recognize her as a hands-on leader who fosters cultures of innovation and scales instructional systems design principles across organizations.

As the first Director of L&D at Cognosante, Amanda stood up the company’s L&D capability and oversee the company’s learning function as a design-led capability (i.e. a creative process based around innovation through empathy and technology). 
 
Ashraf Mohammad, Associate Director - Cognizant Technology Solutions (Plano, TX USA)
 A highly motivated and successful international Business Technocrat (BizTech leader) with 15+ years of IT Services, Management, consulting and have large scale technology-enabled change, coupled with client management and business development experience. 

Specialize in IT Strategy, Change & Program Management, Post M&A Integration, IT Governance, Operating models, process re-engineering & computer systems.

Successfully advised CxOs and key leaders of Fortune 100 companies across different industries like Banking & Financial Services, Communications, Technology, Research, Retail and Health Care.
 
Barbara Mason, Facilities Manager - Bold North America LLC (San Francisco, CA USA)
Experienced facilities and administrative professional who is well-versed in all areas of office operations and HR functions. Proven excellence in project management, office design + construction, as well as facilities operations. Sees corporate success in a 360 degree, collaborative manner from "bottom up".
 
Bernadette Coleman, CEO - Advice Interactive Group (McKinney, TX USA)
Bernadette Coleman is the CEO of Advice Interactive Group, an award winning local search technology and digital presence management company focused on improving visibility for local clients across the local digital universe. Bernadette is an industry expert and skilled in local search optimization and local search engine marketing.

Her digital technology company is one of the fastest growing digital presence management companies in the U.S. by Inc. 500 for 2012, 2013 and again in 2014. Her team at Advice Interactive has built strong relationships through successful partnerships with top brands. 

Bernadette Coleman excels with proprietary local search technologies and strategies for local businesses big and small. She leads a handpicked group of experienced digital professionals and programmers in the local space. Her strategies and solutions have pioneered the way for successful online brands to execute successful digital marketing nationally and locally.

Bernadette is the recipient of 2 silver Stevie awards for "Woman Executive of the Year 2013" and "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2013". 

She is also an active advocate for brain Injury awareness and serves on several non profit organization boards helping to promote the cause. http://www.trymunity.com She is available for speaking engagements.
 
Brittany Coletti, Social Media Communications Specialist - Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA USA)
Brittany Coletti is a highly motivated, young professional who works for Cisco Systems. On the Social Media Communications Team, she helps manage Cisco's corporate social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat and Google+). Brittany helps post daily content and keeps up on the new trends.
 
Kumar BN, Executive Director - Concept Public Relations India Limited (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
B N Kumar (BNK to his friends) has over 40 years of experience as a media professional. 

Writer, columnist and media trainer BNK has acquired varied skill sets like Strategy Planning, Media Relations, Event Handling, Corporate Events, Networking, Crisis Communications, Social Communication for vauses and Corporate Communications and developed wide contacts in corporate and media circles.

Presently he is the Executive Director at Concept PR, India’s largest Independent PR Company. 

BNK began his career with Free Press Journal, the then leading English daily published from Mumbai, and later moved over to United News of India and worked with Business India and The Week magazine and contributed content to The Times of India, The Economic Times, Indian Express, Mid-Day, Newstime and a host of other publications covering a wide range of topics like business, science, space science, crime, films and politics. 

BNK was part of the team that set up Ogilvy PR (then O&M PR) – the first PR arm of an advertising agency in India.

At PRCI he looks after the organizational development, expanding the Council’s footprint and knowledge forum activities, networking meets and skill development initiatives, apart from editing a unique e-mag PRapport and house journal CHANAKYA.
 
Christiane Mueller, HR-Marketing Expert - Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, NRW, Germany)
Deutsche Telekom Services Europe GmbH, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Since 2001 Christiane has worked for Deutsche Telekom in the field of HR-Marketing. In 2009 she became an Expert in HR-Marketing (working on topics like organization of recruiting fairs and events, publishing online and print advertisements, budget and reporting issues and conception & going live of career site "T-Mobile" in 2003). From 2006-2008 she was responsible for the organization of the CeBIT-fair in Hannover (recruiting sector). 2015-2016 conception and implementation of our Ambassador Programm (Relaunch). She is quite passionate in studying languages like Spanish, English and Dutch and love healthy cooking without following any trends.
 
Clay Whitehead, CEO - PresenceLearning (San Francisco, CA USA)
Clay is the Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and chief patient advocate at PresenceLearning. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Clay leads the company’s partnership efforts, driving its commitment to ensuring the best care possible for all patients. Clay was inspired to found PresenceLearning in part by his struggle to overcome learning disabilities as a young child. His background spans consulting, successful startups, and venture capital. Clay holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
 
Mohammad Kamran Rashid, Head of Training and Bancassurance - Alliance Insurance P.S.C (Dubai, UAE)
Kamran has a successful track record of developing and structuring sales teams and product and training models in life insurance, mutual funds and banks. Kamran holds a Master's Degree in business with specialization in Marketing. He has participated in many professional courses and conferences around the world as a key note speaker and master class leader. He is currently working in UAE with Alliance Insurance P.S.C to establish and structure Bancassurance and training.
 
Cheryl Ragland, VP of Corporate Marketing - BroadSoft (Gaithersburg, MD USA)
Senior Marketing Executive with extensive experience in the vendor and service provider markets. Adept at creating a dynamic work culture by utilizing strong team management and interpersonal skills.

Proven ability to develop and manage marketing campaigns to support aggressive revenue growth targets. Strong collaborator with an eye for detail who passionately brings teams together to realize major program success. Skilled in working with C-level management in a global setting with a deep understanding of the government sector.
 
Curt Tueffert, VP Sales Development - DXP Enterprises (Houston, TX USA)
Professor at the University of Houston, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate business schools. Author of (2) books.
 
Dan Knofler, Director of Marketing - COMTREND (Irvine, CA USA)
With over 20 years in Marketing and Sales in the high-tech industry, Dan Knofler has shown that broadband telecommunications is a field worthy of a lifelong career. From a Fortune 500 to start-up, he has shown a steadfast commitment to emerging technologies. Dan has translated a decade of Sales and Business Development into strategic, results-driven marketing behaviors. Recognizing that campaigns are over and relationships prevail, he now focuses on combining emerging products and technologies to the evolving mobile lifestyles of today's consumers.
 
Deidre Dillon, Vice President, Corporate Marketing - Navient (Newton, MA USA)
Deidre possesses more than 20 years of B2B and B2C marketing experience, primarily in the financial services industry. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, multi-channel direct marketing, brand management, result analysis, and research. Some of her most successful endeavors have been directing metrics-driven marketing programs, launching products and services, and developing compelling primary research in support of key business objectives. Ms. Dillon received her BA in Psychology and Statistics from Boston University. 
 
Duane Kuroda, Group Manager, Product Marketing - Proofpoint (Sunnyvale, CA USA)
Duane has a broad background that includes security, compliance, payments, and enterprise technology, including a stint as a senior analyst at Gartner Group. In addition, Duane has a BS from Harvey Mudd College and a MS from Stanford University. Duane holds 3 patents and has spoken at events including FS-ISAC, FBI Infragard, and Secure World.
 
Emily Scala, Communication and Marketing Director - Mobomo (Laytonsville, MD USA)
Emily has been working in the marketing and communication department at Mobomo for two years. While at Mobomo she has been promoted twice to become the lead director for the marketing and communication department for the company. Under her creative and analytical leadership she has been able to lead the company to grow their inbound and outbound marketing efforts, brand awareness, public relations and event partnerships. Even though she has not worked directly on client projects, she has a keen since of knowledge relating to industry standards as well as understanding and appreciating exceptional design and development on digital platforms (websites, web and mobile applications).
 
Gabrielle Boyd, Public Relations Executive - North America - Tourism New Zealand (Santa Monica, CA USA)
Gabrielle Boyd is a creative public relations professional with almost a decade of experience in the travel field in consumer public relations and over 10 years professional work experience. Travel may be her specialty, but she is skilled in many other areas especially with event management, media relations and writing.

In her current role with Tourism New Zealand in Los Angeles, she has been an integral part of several HSMAI award-winning public relations campaigns and has hosted and managed high profile projects like television shows The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser.
 
Gaurav Goyal, IT Architect , Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA USA)
Gaurav is a Senior IT Architect for Cisco, based out of San Jose, CA. In his role, Gaurav leads the entire e-Commerce ordering platform for Cisco, focusing on Java/J2EE, MongoDB, Elastic Search, Kafka and other related technologies. His areas of expertise include enterprise data design, systems integration, migrating native applications to the cloud.

Gaurav likes to take a pragmatic approach toward delivering software, with a focus on building highly scalable, fault-tolerant and highly supportable applications. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from NIT Bhopal (India).
 
Gary Bravard, Co-Founder & VP of Supply Chain and Business Development - Adore Me (New York, NY USA)
French-born Gary Bravard helped co-found Adore Me, an e-commerce lingerie startup disrupting the US industry with affordable, fast-fashion and inclusive lingerie. Adore Me, which recorded $83 million in sales in 2016, has raised about $11.5 million in funding and has 130 employees across the US and Europe. As VP of Supply Chain & Business Development, Gary oversees Adore Me's logistics and supply chain efforts.
 
Gary Southwell, CSO - Seceon (Westford, MA USA)
Senior executive leader with experience in corporate planning, product line planning and product line management, product design, business development, marketing, strategic planning, consulting, UX design, technology research, solutions engineering,

Specialties: Helping venture-backed companies establish themselves in new or existing markets and attract funding. Technology research and selection. Market strategy, product definition, product roadmap and solutions line management, business models, customer and partner development, strategic planning, executive leadership.
 
Glenn Sagon, Emotional Marketing & Branding Strategist - Sagon-Phior (Los Angeles, CA USA)
Glenn drives business strategy and marketing for Sagon-Phior’s clients. Brand successes include Microsoft, Agilent Pathology Solutions, Pininfarina, Graphisoft, GuidedChoice, Nevada State Bank, Sony, Cablevision, Cynvenio Biosystems, Nike and Fox Broadcasting just to name a few. 

Glenn began as an art director for Foote, Cone and Belding, and soon after became an award-winning Creative Director at Columbia Pictures. He continued his entertainment marketing career working with Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios creating over 300 global motion picture campaigns, including Ghostbusters, The Big Chill, The Karate Kid, Home Alone, Dances with Wolves, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Natural, Edward Scissorhands and Schindler’s List. His agency has launched numerous networks including IFC, WE, EPIX and FOX Broadcasting. 

Glenn has served on the Los Angeles Advertising Agencies Association Board of Directors and is a former corporate communications director for the Business Marketing Association. His marketing approach is published in university textbooks and is required reading at the graduate level. Currently, Glenn lectures at USC Annenberg, UCLA and Cal State University Northridge. He has received over 75 marketing, advertising, digital and creative awards, and his work is in the permanent collection of The United States Library of Congress.
 
Greg Marek, Chief Marketing Officer - Capsilon Corporation (San Francisco, CA USA)
Greg has more than 20 years of experience in marketing leadership roles with both venture-funded startups and global technology leaders.

Previous to joining Capsilon, Greg served as vice president of marketing at Confirmit, a global leader in SaaS solutions for customer experience, employee engagement, and market research. Prior to that, Greg was vice president of marketing at MarketTools, a provider of SaaS solutions for capturing and analyzing customer feedback. Greg also served as the senior director of worldwide marketing programs at Citrix, a global leader in virtualization, networking and cloud infrastructure.

Earlier in his career, Greg held senior marketing roles at Intuit, and was part of the original team at Oracle that launched the first generation of Oracle Applications.

Greg earned a BAS, with distinction, from Stanford University.
 
Greg Wixted, CEO - We Are Xpert (London, United Kingdom)
Greg Wixted is an dynamic and committed, award winning innovation and marketing professional with 20 years of experience. He has an entrepreneurial mindset, a deep interest in innovation, new technologies and award winning creative campaigns that drive behaviour and make lasting change. He founded Xpert back in 2010 a London based Innovation and creative business with offices in Belgrade, Kuwait and Spain. Before setting up the business he was an executive board director at international Advertising agency Madison Group in Jordan and he has also held executive board positions at Grey Group where he was a regional executive director in the Middle East. He also oversees the companies commercial innovation business, Global iLabs, which invents and brings its own products to market, its first product Tabs® is only 24 months old and valued at $20M, he is due to bring a new hotel concept to live in the summer of 2017. 

Over the years he has gained invaluable experience of devising innovation, business and creative strategies for over 50 blue chip service brands across many sectors, adapting them to the new consumer economy to drive greater customer profitability.
 
Howard Green, VP Marketing - Azul Systems (Sunnyvale, CA USA)
Bay-area-based marketing executive at enterprise software company. Founded two startups, one Consumer focused, one industrial software. Azul Systems was a previous Golden Bridge winner.
 
Jennifer Bonham, Director, Marketing & Strategy - NurseWise/Centene Corporation (House Springs, MO USA)
Creative, strategic-thinking and problem-solving communications and marketing professional with broad experience in all aspects of reputation management, communications and creative process. Graphic design knowledge adds to a well-roundedness that is often needed within an organization. Has worked for nonprofits, in agencies and for corporations, garnering positive results in each.

Specialties: reputation management, public relations, brand positioning, social media, internal communications, leadership/CEO communications, speech writing, creative development of integrated advertising and marketing campaigns.
 
John Christly, Global Chief Information Security Officer - Netsurion (Fort Lauderdale, FL USA)
John has many years of experience in technical and cybersecurity related operational, project, and program management. 

John is an MSI Senior Fellow™ and holds various certifications including the ISC2 CISSP, PMP, Certified Fraud Examiner, AccessData Certified Examiner, HIPAA Security Specialist, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Kaizen Facilitator, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and is a Licensed Private Investigator. His experience includes several industry regulations including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, FERPA, FCPA, FIPA, and PCI DSS.

John formerly served as the CISO and HIPAA Security Officer for Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He was also the co-founder and CEO for OMC Systems, a Florida-based cybersecurity advisory firm. He also served as the HIPAA Security Officer for Memorial Healthcare System, a multi-hospital public healthcare system. As Chief of Security, he also created and led the computer forensics division for eTERA Consulting, a firm located in Washington, D.C. that served AMLAW 100 clients.

As an accomplished author and blogger, his articles have appeared in publications such as Security Magazine, Executive Insight Magazine, 24/7 Magazine, and the ISSA Journal. He is frequently quoted in industry news sources, and is often a keynote and panel speaker at international, national, and regional events.
 
Jeff Kushner, Chief Marketing Officier - Allgress (Livermore, CA USA)
Accomplished, customer value oriented Marketing and Business Leader with progressive experience consistently increasing revenue and market penetration in highly competitive markets with leading high-tech Fortune 500 and start-up companies.

Proven ability to create measurable growth oriented demand strategies that result in market leadership, customer intimacy and operational excellence. Achievements leading and participating in innovating and launching market leading solutions from cradle to crave; developing brand positioning, messaging, customer collateral, sales enablement material, pricing, mass influence; and high impact industry analyst/public relations.
 
Jessica Sommerseth, Marketing Manager - Your Balance Sheet LLC (Mukilteo, WA USA)
Born and raised in Washington. Raised two children while creating websites out of my home before I came to work for Your Balance Sheet. Certified in Computer Business Management.
 
John Gunn, Chief Marketing Officer - VASCO (Oakbrook Terrace, IL USA)
A senior executive with a strong record of delivering exponential revenue growth through opportunity analysis, strategy development, disciplined execution, and innovative branding. A technology geek with 15+ years in B2B, B2C, large enterprise, and consumer channels. A passionate and results-focused innovator with start-up experience who has propelled multiple companies to segment leadership.
 
Ken Anderson, Vice President - Universal Synaptics (Roy, UT USA)
Ken Anderson is Universal Synaptics Vice President, Business Development. Ken is a frequent Key Note Speaker and featured presenter at Aerospace, Defense and Maintenance Conferences world-wide. 

Ken has authored and co-authored numerous news articles and technical white papers on the effects of intermittent faults and its connection to No Fault Found (NFF) that have been published in the American Society of Naval Engineers Journal, Military Logistics Magazine, AMD Magazine and many others.  

Ken served in the United States Army; he is a member of the Army Aviation Association of America, a member of the American Legion, a member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a Charter member of the Association of Airworthiness Professionals (AAP) and a member of the Salt Lake Chamber Military Advisory Committee (MAC). Ken is also on the Board of Directors for the Defense Industry Alliance (DIA) and the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. 

Ken has been honored twice as a “Sales and Marketer of the Year” in Utah (2014 & 2016), honored as a “Forty Under 40” Business Professional in 2014 and selected as a “Top 100 Industry Expert in America – Aerospace Category”.
 
Kevin Martin, Chief Research and Marketing Officer - Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) (Seattle, WA USA)
A highly sought-after speaker on all aspects of human resources (HR) and talent management, Kevin has overseen the production of hundreds of research assets pertaining to best- and next-practices in human capital management (HCM). He has been recognized as a “Top 100 HR Influencer to Follow on Twitter” by Witty Parrot and a “Top 100 HR Influencer” by HR Examiner. His and his team’s works are frequently cited in leading business and industry media, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Forbes Magazine.

Kevin has run research organizations in the HCM industry for the past 11 years and also has more than 20 years’ experience overseeing the sales and marketing functions of organizations in multiple industries, including HCM.

He currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration. A passionate mentor, Kevin was awarded Big Brother of the Year in 2006 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Also, for nearly a decade, Kevin served on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts, including a two-year term as Board chair.
 
Kevin Whalen, Sr. Director of Corporate & Marketing Communications - Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT (Burlington, MA USA)
Responsibilities include management and oversight of media and analyst relations, including a global PR agency network covering twelve countries. Responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate advertising program, managing the production of collateral as well as oversight of corporate web properties and social media initiatives.
 
Lalit Shinde, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships - Seceon (Westford, MA USA)
Lalit Shinde, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, Seceon Inc. Lalit currently leads strategic sales partnerships and business development for Seceon. He is an industry leader with over 24 years of expertise in strategy, product lifecycle management and business development.
 
Marie Jackson, Chief Marketing Officer - Kenandy (Redwood City, CA USA)
Accomplished Senior Marketing and Business Development Executive with extensive experience in companies that span the spectrum of Business-to-Business markets (SMB, Enterprise, Start-up, and Early Stage) and Business-to-Consumer. 

Experienced in all elements of the marketing lifecycle: business and brand strategy, corporate marketing, product marketing, portfolio, segment, industry, partner and field marketing. 
oHardware, software, SaaS, services and solutions marketing leadership.
oKnowledgeable in securing money through VC’s; partnerships; grant writing; M&A

Proven creativity in launching and expanding products and services to niche and mainstream audiences through innovative go-to-market programs that are targeted to span high touch sales as well as viral low touch outreach. Advocate of industry-leading social and digital marketing practices.

Transformational leader, who has managed globally, with an appreciation for diverse cultures, empowering local teams, and changing the face of marketing to deliver measureable results for the tasks at hand.

Thrives in fast paced entrepreneurial environments; collaborative executive focused on building, motivating and leading cross-functional teams while knowing and respecting each member for the expertise they bring to the table.
 
Michelle Berman, Marketing Communications Manager - ezCater (Boston, MA USA)
Michelle helps companies tell their story. At ezCater, a high-growth online marketplace for business catering, Michelle leads marketing communications, public relations, brand management, and social media. She’s a data-first marketer, using data to drive strategy and improve results. Michelle holds a B.S. in Business from the University of New Hampshire and is pursuing her M.S. in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University.
 
Marc Cowan, VP Operations & Logistics - Dolphin (Los Angeles, CA USA)

Marc is known as the “Logistical Entrepreneur" having created multiple breakthroughs across various sectors by utilizing logistics and the intricate operations throughout. These sectors include, the logistical placement of data and it’s security, the distribution of consumer goods featured on the popular ABC’s TV series - Shark Tank and finally the transportation of tropical fish across the globe.

Due to all of his substantial contributions, Marc has risen to the top of his field, where he has been widely acknowledged for his work across major publications such as the Huffington Post, World News and many other significant industry publications. Finally he has also been awarded multiple fellowships by prestigious institutes including CILT & IoSCM and accepted as an individual of extraordinary ability by the most challenging immigration system in the world (The USA Government), where he continues his successes and developments in California.

 
Matt Greener, VP of Marketing - Modus Engagement (Minneapolis, MN USA)
Matt Greener is VP of Marketing at Modus Engagement, the team behind the fast growing enterprise sales enablement & marketing asset performance platform, App Data Room. As a B2B marketing executive and consultant to businesses and entrepreneurs, Matt has spent more than 15 years applying a mix of strategic and tactical skills to grow companies.
 
Michael Sabo, VP of Marketing - DB Networks (San Diego, CA USA)
Michael Sabo has over 30 years of marketing and strategic planning experience. Prior to DB Networks, Michael was at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for strategic planning at several of their divisions. Previously, Michael held senior marketing, business development, and product engineering positions in the telecommunications and information security industries, including at AirFiber, Rhythms NetConnections, US West, and Contel. At US West in 1996 he developed and launched one of the earliest cloud-based Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) products.

Michael earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University and his Masters degree from the University of Denver.
 
Modafar Akhoirshieda, Manager - Business Excellence, Innovation and The Future - Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dubai, UAE)
With more than 14 years of experience in ICT and management, Modafar is equipped with strong technical background and academic qualifications, as he’s holding a MSc. degree in Wireless Communication Engineering and many professional accreditations like Cisco CCNP, CCNA and CISA, , that is combined with professional ICT projects management experience ranging from nation-wide video communication networks to satellite communication and not ending at Jordan’s first super computer. He has hands-on experience on cyber-security, information systems auditing, and ISO standards auditing.

Modafar’s aspirations to continuous improvement had led him to accept a challenging role as a Business excellence manager at DEWA where he oversees the development of processes and quality procedures related to IT, Innovation, and Knowledge Management in accordance to international good practices which he introduced based on structured benchmarking methodologies (Such as TRADE methodology). He helped in securing the accreditation of CEN/TS 16551 of Innovation Management systems in DEWA and the BS 13500 of organizational governance. Modafar is a certified excellence assessor where he was member of assessor teams at different high caliber regional and international awards such as judging at Stevie award in the IT committee, King Abdulla award of excellence in Jordan.
 
Muralidharan Palanisamy, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer - AppViewX (Seattle, WA USA)
As chief product officer, Murali is responsible for the overall product vision, development, and technical direction of AppViewX. Before joining the company, he served as senior vice president at Bank of America, where he led an architecture and engineering team of e-commerce application delivery.

Prior to that, Murali was vice president of architecture and product engineering at Merrill Lynch. He has designed and developed automation and integration solutions for servers, application delivery controllers, IP services, and networking.

Murali is an electronics and communication engineer from Bharathiyar University in India. Currently he is based out of New York.
 
Nadine Cino, CEO - TygaBox Systems Inc. (New York, NY USA)
Nadine Cino LEED AP, is co-Founder and co-Inventor of Tyga-Box Systems and Tyga Technologies, and serves as CEO for both companies. A successful entrepreneur with a track record for disruption, she holds patents for several inventions related to electronic item tracking, logistics and reusable packaging. Nadine focuses on creating sustainable outcomes coupled with process improvements through the efficiency of systems and product design, enabling users to enjoy reduced costs, reduced waste, improved organization and improved asset utilization.  

TygaBox has eliminated 500,000,000 lbs of cardboard from clogging landfills and 50,000,000 trees from being destroyed – powerful impacts from a simple box.  

TygaTech is currently being launched in stealth mode. Our practical goal is to help companies track, manage and secure mobile corporate assets and monitor their utilization, such that we become the “fitbit” of stuff. Our sustainability objective is to help companies reduce their unnecessary consumption of finished goods and planetary resources, supporting all parties in becoming better global citizens.
 
Niamh Bennett, Director of Marketing - Ostendio (Arlington, VA USA)
Niamh Bennett is the Director of Marketing at Ostendio, a cybersecurity and information management start-up. At Ostendio, Niamh develops go-to-market strategies for their SaaS platform, as well as being responsible for all aspects of digital marketing. 

Prior to working at Ostendio, Niamh was the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Handwriting Without Tears, a leading educational company for children ages K-5. At Handwriting Without Tears, Niamh was tasked with creating and running webinars, developing innovative campaigns for Back-to-School and all their social media. 

Niamh came to Handwriting Without Tears from Tate Access Floors, North America's leading access floor manufacturer. Niamh spent 5 years with Tate, including a year at their Australian location. 

Niamh has a B.Sc from Northeastern University in Boston, and a B.A. from Dublin City University, Ireland.
 
Poorvi Bhatt, Sr. Software Engineer - Leidos (Legacy IS&GS Lockheed Martin) (Atlanta, GA USA)
Poorvi Bhatt has over 16 years of experience in Information Technology and has over 7 years experience in leading role as Sr. Software Engineer role. She has been working in Emergency Operation Center for CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) from last 7 years. And has been part of major events like Zika, Ebola, Deep-water Horizon.
 
Richard Dolan, SVP Marketing - Datapipe (Jersey City, NJ USA)
Leading Datapipe’s Marketing team for 16 years I have grown the company from under 10m to over 300m in revenue and earned recognition in twelve Gartner Magic Quadrants with Leader Quadrant recognition in North America, Europe, and Asai. I’ve also gained leadership recognition from Forrester in the Hosted Private Cloud WAVE report.

I maintain a strong handling of the Adobe Creative Suite, Marketing Automation Platforms, and Marketing Analytics that allows me to dig into projects when needed and recognize the accomplishments of the team I work with to facilitate a highly productive and metric driven, professional marketing organization. Have led the team through five acquisitions which has provided me with a unique perspective on the analysis of successful programs, campaigns, and team members as well as experience in identifying redundancies for elimination. I enjoy data and analytics and use our reporting to drive decisions around our marketing investments.
 
Riju Narayanan, Product Manager - CENTRI Technology (Seattle, WA USA)
Passionate and dedicated Product Management and Marketing executive with over 8 years of experience in different industry verticals which includes software & high tech, IoT, banking, and insurance.

Passionate about solving customer pain points with creative approaches and by building technology products. Data driven person who relies on data to make informed decisions. 

Believes in life long learning and holds an MBA from Foster School of Business, UW and an undergraduate degree in Information Technology from CET, Bhubaneswar, India.
 
Roberta Kiphuth, President - Detati Digital Marketing (Sunnyvale, CA USA)
Provide marketing and communications support services to enterprise business and working strategically with small and mid-sized businesses who are in growth mode and want to improve and leverage their marketing efforts. This includes branding, messaging, online presence, social and implementing marketing automation tools and processes. I am also a licensed CA attorney.
 
Roy Goh, Executive Director & Head, Legal - G&L Chartered Business Consultants Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Roy Goh is an Entrepreneur by training with more than 10 years of commercial business experiences. Roy possesses extensive diversified qualifications in business and law. His diverse qualifications include, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Certificate in Contract Law (Harvard Law School) and LL.B (Hons) from the University of Essex respectively.
 
Katja Schroeder, Managing Director - RF Bloom, a Ruder Finn company (New York, NY USA)
Katja Schroeder is Managing Director of RF Bloom, a Ruder Finn company. She is counseling clients on integrated marketing communications across regions, with a focus on positioning companies around innovation. Katja has worked in China, France, and Germany, before moving to the United States. 


She teaches international marketing as an Adjunct at St. Francis College and sits on the board of the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Publications include:
E-Government Strategy, ICT and Innovation for Citizen Engagement, Springer: July 2015  

Global Corporate Communications, In: John Doorley/Helio Fred Garcia: Reputation Management: The Key for Successful Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Routledge. 2nd Edition. 2010 and 2012.
 
Sugata Sanyal, Founder & CEO - ZINFI Technologies, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA USA)
Leadership and professional experiences include: 

- Successful P&L/general management, new business creation, product management, marketing, development and manufacturing of high-tech and consumer products (hardware and software) & services in a global environment

- Multi-million dollar new business creation through organic growth as well as global M&A

- BS/MS in Engineering, Executive MBA & Six Sigma.
 
Taunia Kipp, Global SVP, Marketing & Business Development - Kaseya (Saratoga Springs, NY USA)
A member of the Kaseya family since 2011, Ms. Kipp has played a vital role in establishing the company’s corporate communications strategy, marketing, business development and channel management and has elevated the Kaseya brand worldwide.

Prior to joining Kaseya, Ms. Kipp served as executive vice president and chief technology publicist for Competitive Velocity Business Solutions, where she grew the company from its inception to 16 high-tech retainer clients serving global markets with public relations and competitive analysis focuses in US, EMEA, APAC and Latin America. As COO and chief compliance officer at Mountain Media, Ms. Kipp led a 10-year old digital marketing and ecommerce software company with stagnant growth through a significant restructuring to achieve newfound growth and success. Additionally, Ms. Kipp served as VP of business operations and marketing communication for ROO Media Group and as VP of marketing and communications for Wurld Media. Early in her career, Taunia played a number of roles at TAG Solutions, a large regional teleconnect and MSP in upstate NY where she spent 7 years developing her technology career as a Systems Analyst, Telecommunication Systems Engineer, Technical Trainer and as manager of the company’s College and University Services Division.
 
Walter Paley, Director of Marketing - SafeLogic (Palo Alto, CA USA)
Walt has led marketing at a series of startups over the last decade, including including Nukona (acquired by Symantec), Bitzer (acquired by Oracle), and TigerText in the mobility space, Zero Carbon Alliance in the green energy sector, Qubole in Big Data, and now SafeLogic in the security industry.
 
Wendi Damron, Marketing Manager - RIGID Industries (Gilbert, AZ USA)
High energy, high integrity sales & marketing professional that builds relationships easily and gains customer trust and loyalty. Self-motivated and has a very strong work ethic. Enjoys meeting new people, solving problems and exceeding personal and professional goals.

Currently working in off-road lighting industry (manufacturing)

Previously, packaging sales (distribution)

Sales experience, 12+ years. Marketing experience 5+ years.