A One-Day Virtual Event Focused On Smart Cities,
Smart Buildings & Mobility
We’re thrilled to announce that we’re opening the call for speakers for IIoT World’s Smart Cities Day 2021, that will take place on June 16, 2021. This one-day virtual event will focus on the changing infrastructure landscape in 2021 and beyond. The main themes of the event are: smart cities, smart buildings and mobility.
Event Format: 45-60 minute live sessions on topics focused on Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Mobility. All tracks will be live (no pre-recorded sessions).
Sample Key Topics Covered
- The Role of AI/ML and Seamless Integration in City Operations: Lighting, Water & Wastewater, Waste Management
- How Cities Can Achieve Their Sustainable Goals Faster
- ROI for Smart Infrastructure Projects: A Subject Highly Avoided. Why?
- IIoT Technologies Implemented by Cities Around the World
- Analytics System for Energy Data in Smart Buildings
- Smart Buildings Operations
- Urban Mobility: Trends, Players & Sustainable Solutions for Cities
Also, you have a chance to propose your topic and 4-5 bullet points you want to discuss during your panel. IIoT World’s Smart Cities Day will feature end-user case studies focused on smart infrastructure, smart cities and smart buildings.
- Use cases of smart cities/smart buildings and mobility projects
- Interactive Roundtable sessions
- Virtual Networking with all the participants
We will also provide the opportunity for sponsors to schedule 1-on-1 meetings during the event. Reach out for more details at email@example.com
Please Note: Because there is considerable competition for the limited number of presentation opportunities, vendor presentations will be assigned as part of the sponsorship packages.
March 2021 – Call for speakers opens
May 23, 2021 – Call for speakers closes
May 31, 2021 – Speakers notified of acceptance
June 2021 – Final agenda published
June 16, 2021 – IIoT World’s Smart Cities Day
First Confirmed Speakers
Director Solutions Engineering
Jaap joined Wejo, the leader in connected vehicle data, in 2019 to educate stakeholders on the potential of connected vehicle data. Now, as the Director of Solutions Engineering, Jaap oversees the business development team and the sales teams in both the UK and the US. He has previously spoken at the Frost & Sullivan awards and the Financial Times event. Prior to joining Wejo, Jaap was the business development manager at INRIX, where he was responsible for public sector sales in the Benelux and Middle East regions.
Founder of Trend Smart Cities, a consulting agency on smart cities for companies, the public sector and multilateral organizations.
Director of the Diploma Program in Smart Cities of the School of Government, Politics and International Affairs at Universidad Austral (Argentina).
Coordinator at the Laboratory of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence of Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA).
Founder / Analyst
Chris DePuy, founder of the 650 Group, is an experienced technology analyst covering communications, wireless technology, IoT and the Internet. He has demonstrated operating experience at board and management levels. His research specialties include the tech industry, equity research, financial modeling, private and public equity valuation, venture capital, market research, and deal sourcing.
In 1995, Chris, along with fellow lead analyst Mary Meeker for Morgan Stanley, wrote Wall Street’s first book covering the opportunity of the Internet, a ground breaking analysis of companies and trends impacting telecom investment. Today 650 Group research covers ~$400B worth of network products and related capital spending, over $100B of which is exclusively Service Provider-focused.
Achim von Neefe is a former software executive in the IoT area who now studies Smart Cities and the role they can play for our future energy landscape.
He currently works at TransnetNW, a german Transmission System Operator, and researches how a Smart District can be integrated into the TSO ecosystem.
Geoff Mulligan is a consultant, developer and speaker on the IoT, Privacy and Security, as well as a co-founder of Skylight. He has served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and as US representative to the UN ISO Smart and Sustainable Cities Project. While serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Cyber-Physical Systems and IoT for the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he co-created and launched the SmartAmerica Challenge. Mr. Mulligan was the founding Chairman of both the LoRa Alliance, growing it to over 500 members, and the IPSO Alliance, making it the global voice for open standards for the IoT. Skylight is a digital consultancy focused on the confluence of Micro-Services, open API design, Internet of Things and lean/agile innovation.
Phil Beecher is the President of the Wi-SUN Alliance, an industry organization which promotes standards-based interoperable wireless communications products for Smart Ubiquitous Networks, Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and implements a rigorous testing and certification program to achieve its aims.
Since 1997, Phil has played a key role in the development of communications standards including Bluetooth, WiFi, IETF, IEEE and cellular and the specification of test plans for a number of Smart Utilities Network standards, including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Home Energy Management Systems.
He was chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4g (a wireless standard for Smart Utility Networks), chairman of IEEE802.15 TG4u and TG4v (defining RF spectrum for IoT networks globally), vice chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4m (TV Whitespace), vice chairman of the WiFi Alliance Smart Grid Task Group, chairman of OpenSG Edge Conformity Task Group, Contributing Editor to IEEE802.15.4-2006 and has held positions in the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Test and Certification Committee, Telecom Industry Association and Bluetooth SIG.
He is a graduate of the University of Sussex with a degree in Electronic Engineering and holds patents in communications and networking technology.
Lucian serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Building Cyber Security, a non-profit organization established in 2020 to enhance global safety by developing frameworks with stakeholders across multiple sectors to promote cyber protections in operational technologies, controls, and devices for enhanced human security and safety in an increasingly smart world. In this role, he applies his expertise and experience in the convergence of facilities, real estate, and technology to counter emerging global threats.
Prior to this appointment, Lucian served in the White House as the Deputy Program Associate Director in the Office of Management and Budget providing budgetary, policy, and management oversight for all U.S. national security programs of the Department of Defense, the National Nuclear Security Agency, and National Intelligence Programs.
In August 2017, he was appointed by the President as an Assistant Secretary of Defense to lead and manage the budgeting, development, and operations of the Department of Defense’s real property portfolio, which encompasses 28 million acres on 500 installations with over 500,000 buildings valued at a trillion dollars. Lucian was responsible for identifying and mitigating risk to national security programs, as well as improving energy and environmental resilience, in the construction, sustainment, and modernization of facilities and related infrastructure. He also represented the Department in all major real estate acquisitions, transfers, protections, and divestitures, working with communities around the world to promote compatible economic development. Lucian also served the Secretary of Defense as a strategic advisor for critical mission assurance and cybersecurity programs, and as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
Lucian also founded in 2014 and currently directs The Niemeyer Group, LLC providing public and private sector clients strategic advisory services for economic and business development. From 2003 to 2014 he served on the professional staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services responsible for legislative and budget oversight over a wide portfolio of national security programs.
Lucian is an Air Force veteran with 21 years of active and Virginia Air National Guard service. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He was also appointed a Fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers.
VP, Business Development
As Vice President – Business Development, E.J. is responsible for fostering relationships with new and existing clients and developing an ecosystem of partners able to fulfill client needs. He strives to positively impact Digitalware customers by helping to increase net operating income (NOI), drive efficiencies to reduce cost, and mitigate risk from both a cyber and physical security perspective.
E.J. is a visionary leader and pioneer in the wireless LAN market with nearly three decades of producing positive results for clients in the telecommunications, enterprise and digital advertising industries. He is a skilled strategist who creates value by developing executive relationships and crafting effective client deals and partner programs. He is a strong tactical leader with proven experience in sales, marketing, software product development, operations, distribution, strategic planning, business development, and finance.
Even though he is a life-long technologist, E.J. does not believe in creating technology for technology’s sake. Instead, he is focused on creating technology that solves real business problems and concerns. He is committed to implementing technology appropriately which is at the core of the Digitalware offering. Focused on the commercial real estate market and integrating technology into buildings, E.J. presents owners and occupiers with a holistic solution, aggregating all technology point solutions and making them work seamlessly while ensuring they are secure and safe from cyber-attack.
Before joining Digitalware, E.J. co-founded his own wireless design business which was acquired by a publicly traded industry leader. At LCC International, an industry leader in wireless design services, he led business development for small cell and in building wireless services. He spend 12 years with AT&T/Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs where he gained strong international business experience as CFO of an AT&T/Lucent wholly-owned subsidiary in the Netherlands. E.J. is a founding member of the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), the body that created the term, “Wi-Fi.”
With a background in finance, E.J. was the controller on the team that eventually brought the first generation of wireless to market in the 1990’s. Most impactful to his career growth from that experience was learning to understand the ramifications that technology can have on people and organizations. Many people were telling them that what they were trying to accomplish was impossible, but the team had a “get it done” attitude and made it happen. Over the years, E.J. has brought that same attitude to all his positions as he continually looks for gaps in the marketplace and figures out ways in which to fill them.
E.J. earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from St. Bonaventure University and his MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
CEO and Founder
Stephanie Atkinson, founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence, leads the organizational direction of the company, including strategic initiatives, client engagements activities, financial planning, and consulting services with vendors and companies across the globe. Ms. Atkinson has worked in the telecommunications and high-tech market research and consulting industry for two decades. Under her direction, Compass Intelligence made the Aggie 100 list for one of the fastest growing Aggie-owned businesses in 2010.
Ms. Atkinson has also been listed on the Top B2B Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow in 2020, Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts 2014 by Today’s Wireless World, as well as Top M2M Influencer (#8) by Onalytica, and the 50 Most Influential Women in IoT by IoTi. She is also a board advisor for Silverwood Partners, nGage Events, TechWeek Dallas, and serves on the CTA Startup Working Group and TIA Advisory Group. She is an author and contributor to CIO.com with Inside the Transforming Enterprise, CIO Review, and a member of the IDG Influencer Network. She is the chair for both the IoT Smart Cities Summit and Enterprise Exchange Summit (The 5G and Edge Summit), produced by nGage Events, and also an Executive Advisor to Texas A&M’s Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution department. She serves as a mentor to Texas A&M University’s Society of Women in Industrial Distribution program.
Ms. Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Principal, EY Strategy & Transactions, Real Estate Planning, Execution and Operations
Genevieve has over 13 years overseeing real estate transactions and assets valued at over $6 Billion, including activities such as planning, entitlements, strategy, operations re-engineering, developing business cases, and design construction and disposition. In addition, Genevieve has more than 10 years’ experience as a strategy and operations consultant performing process re-engineering, developing business cases, creating financial models and managing organizational change.
Education and Industry Memberships:
• MBA, Economics, Finance and Strategy, University of Chicago
• BA, International Relations, William and Mary
• Federal Real Property Association, Board Member
• Commercial Real Estate for Women, Board Member
• Urban Land Institute, Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee
• African American Real Estate Professionals of DC, former Vice President
President & CEO
Michael Lake is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Leading Cities’ mission is to achieve a sustainable planet by leading with Smart Cities. As President and CEO, Michael establishes and develops relationships with municipal governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and universities around the world, creating a global network of partner cities dedicated to implementing Smart City solutions. Leading Cities provides tools and programming for Smart City leaders and facilitates the sharing of best practices within the industry. Michael’s career in public service spans from serving three United States Presidents as Special Assistant for White House Operations and Presidential Advance to serving the former Prime Minister of Ireland as a policy research analyst.
Chief Sales Officer
“We want to positively impact the environment for our children and believe that GreenStruxure, Huck Capital and Schneider Electric are positioned and motivated to do this better than anyone.”
Clark has been in the energy business for over 22 years working in market segments including Commercial/Industrial, Higher Ed, Healthcare, Utilities and the Federal Government. His passion is to be a leader in the clean tech space and drive onsite generation spearheaded by renewable energy to help organizations reduce their GhG emissions and increase reliability. Clark is on the board of the Georgia Tech Energy and Environmental Management Committee and has a BSME from Georgia Institute of Technology.
GreenStruxure, a joint venture bringing together Schneider Electric’s industry leading expertise in renewable energy microgrids and Huck Capital’s sustainability-focused investments, launched in September 2020 to deliver modular, standardized Energy as a Service solutions to commercial, industrial and governmental medium-sized buildings in the U.S.
GreenStruxure is simplifying and accelerating the market adoption of renewable energy microgrids, offering an innovative outcome-based alternative for building owners and operators who want sustainable, cost-effective, resilient, onsite energy delivered to them hassle-free as a service with no upfront capital expenses or operational risks.
Principal and Chief Strategist
Executive with hands on consulting experience to take customers who are starting with the thoughts of what connected devices can do to change their business models with the end goal of creating better customer experiences. Tearing down the competitive landscape by being able to look at markets, innovation, and customer trends to build disruptive solutions is what I do each day. Relish the challenges to continually advice on the most advanced, resilient and performing data center infrastructures using 'data science' techniques as a foundation.
Enable digital transformation and new service development by aligning disruptive market influences with current business workflows. Identify opportunities to converge IT and OT (operations technology), edge computing, and as-a-servicebusiness models. Incorporate emerging technology functionality from 5G, blockchain, artificial intelligence(AI), digital twin, machine learning,and augmented reality (AR) into smart buildings, healthcare, smart city, autonomous driving, connected industry, and energy.
Senior product marketing manager specializing in IoT product & partner management, portfolio management, and positioning. Successful 20-year caree rincludes extensive ICT industry experience and recognition as a global IoT leader. Accomplished revenue driver; translate market knowledge into value propositions and ownend-to-end product marketing plans, including go-to-market. Cross-functional thought leader and subject matter expert on customer and market needs. Orchestrate alignment across engineering, marketing, and sales. Build multi-functional global teams and break down silos.
• Infrastructure Services
• Data Center Management
• CIO and IT executive consulting
• Strategic IT planning for business and technology
• IT Futurist
• Mult-national Corporation (MNC) consulting
• Building high impact organizations
• Disruptive Innovation
• Internet of Things (IoT), Converged Infrastructure of Servers, Storage and Networks
• Edge Computing
• Artificial Intelligence
• Robotics / Drones
• Machine/Deep Learning
• Digital Twins
• Enterprise software
• Product Management
• Strategic planning
Dr. Derek Sutherland is the Co-Founder and CEO of CTFusion, a fusion energy company founded in 2015 in Seattle, WA. Dr. Sutherland is the Principal Investigator of an ongoing ARPA-E project to begin the commercialization process of a novel fusion energy concept called the Dynomak.
Dr. Sutherland received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Aeronautics and Astronautics and his B.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering and in Physics from MIT. He has experience working on various public and private fusion energy projects during his career, and was a Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy in 2015.
CISO Operational Technology North America
Rick brings the Fortinet OT-CI team more than 37 years of cybersecurity and global partnering experience working across foreign, domestic, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA). As Fortinet’s Operational Technology North American CISO, he delivers cybersecurity defense solutions and insights for the OT/ICS/SCADA critical infrastructure environments.
Prior to Fortinet, Rick led development of cyber capability across Endpoint, Infrastructure, and Industrial Control System technologies at the agency. Previously, Rick also served as an executive leader supporting the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA. Earlier in his career, he served in a broad range of leadership and Engineering roles including Chief of Staff for the NSA Cyber Task Force and a 5-year forward liaison charged with directing integration of cyber and cryptologic solutions for U.S. Air Force Europe, Ramstein AFB, Germany.
Chief Cybersecurity Officer
Eduardo E. Cabrera is a trusted advisor and a proven cybersecurity leader. He is responsible for analyzing emerging cybersecurity threats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran of the United States Secret Service with experience leading information security, cyber investigative, and protective programs in support of the Secret Service integrated mission of protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure and its leaders.
Recently, he served as the Secret Service CISO where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining a global information security and data privacy program to protect Secret Service data information assets and systems. He led a team of Information System Security Officers and Compliance Specialists to develop and deploy continuous risk assessment and mitigation programs and policies critical to protecting the Secret Service enterprise.
Mr. Cabrera started his career in the Secret Service in Miami, Florida where he worked on and led major cyber crime investigations against criminal groups that targeted financial and retail sectors. He moved on to Washington D.C. to proudly serve on the Presidential Protective Division for President George W. Bush and then transitioned to the Secret Service Criminal Investigative Division. There he led cyber forensic operations in support of Secret Service large-scale data breach investigations and served as the Secret Service Advisor to the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). At the NCCIC, he was responsible for identifying, analyzing, and sharing malicious data breach indicators derived from active Secret Service investigations and worked closely with Department of Treasury, the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) to create public/private threat intelligence sharing strategies and programs to combat data breaches targeting the financial sector.
He is a guest lecturer at New York University Polytechnic Institute, Computer Science and Engineering Department and was a contributing subject matter expert on law enforcement; cyber security strategy and policy; and computer forensics and network intrusion incident response for the 2014 Risk and Responsibility in a Hyperconnected World; 2012 Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Cyber Skills Report; and 2012 Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Ben is an Associate Director in Metlife Investment Management’s Equity Strategies Group leading Asset Management Innovation. Ben serves as Chairperson of the firm’s Technology Advisory Committee (RETAC), which is responsible for reviewing emerging real estate technologies and engaging with the senior leadership team to develop platform-wide innovation strategies. Ben also leads the analytics function for the Equity Strategies Group overseeing platforms like Microsoft Power BI, VTS, MRI & Procore. Before joining MetLife Real Estate, Ben served as the Head of MetLife Investment Management’s Quantitative Analytic & Strategy team for 5 years and was responsible for modeling $550B of fixed income market risk through a proprietary asset & liability management framework.
Ben has experience across all major asset types including derivatives, fixed income, equity and real estate in his 17 year career in Investments. Ben graduated from Rutgers Business School with an MBA in Finance, Management & Global Business and an MBA in Real Estate. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University with a BS in Economics. Ben also serves as Assistant Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Rutgers Business School Alumni Association (RBSAA).
Vice President, Innovation
As vice president of innovation, Mark Zikra is at the forefront of the most exciting time for technological advancement in real estate. He oversees CA’s approach to developing cutting edge solutions that can have a transformative impact on property operations, resident experience, and asset investment. Through the technology and innovation team he leads, Mark is working hard to make the future a reality in CA’s world class assets.
In 2021, Mark was recognized as one of GlobeSt.‘s 2021 CRE Tech Influencers. An integral part in shifting the industry from segmented property technology to cohesive, integrated smart buildings, he explores new and emerging products and services and aligns the firm with technology companies to improve operations and position properties for the future.
Beginning as a leasing manager at one of CA’s very first assets, Mark was constantly looking for ways to streamline operations and use technology to solve inefficiencies. Over the years he has worked extensively in over 30 different markets across the U.S. and Europe, in many different professions ranging from leasing and operations to maintenance and marketing, and eventually, systems and technology. Today, Marks thought leadership is recognized from the Pentagon to Silicon Valley.
Mark earned a BS in Marketing from Iowa State University.
Senior Director, InsurTech & Channel Partnerships
With a passion for delivering exceptional value and education to property owners, Shkya Ghanbarian has spent more than 15 years in commercial and residential building services. She is currently the head of ecosystem partnerships for Eddy Solutions, a leading North American manufacturer of residential and commercial water technologies, committed to developing products and solutions that protect properties against their biggest risk - water damage. Shkya has been with Eddy Solutions since its inception in 2015, working with insurance companies and real estate brokers in Canada and the US. An avid speaker, she is a recognized expert in IoT-enabled leak detection and risk mitigation for real estate and insurance professionals.
Executive Director & Head of Strategic Planning
Bryan leads solution development and the go-to-market strategy for Smart Buildings at MachineQ, where the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies makes it simple for enterprises to build, connect and deploy IoT solutions at scale. He has extensive leadership experience throughout Comcast, including the Corporate Strategy team, and as part of the team that developed and incubated the Xfinity X1 service and IP video platform.
Bryan has built partnerships and completed several strategic business deals, as well as incubated gaming and interactive services. He is passionate about Smart Building solutions and innovations that MachineQ delivers to accelerate innovation for both its customers and growing ecosystem of partners. He holds a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.
Water & Wastewater Segment President
Alain Dedieu is President of the Water and Wastewater segment within the Industrial Automation business. He leads the strategic growth vision of the water segment for increased sustainability, efficiency and resilience based on the deployment of EcoStruxure platform for Smart Water.
Alain has been with Schneider Electric for over 30 years and has gained a rich experience in automation and digitization integration in the manufacturing industry, driving business and technology adoption globally. For the last 3 years, he led the strategy of the Industrial Automation business.
Alain graduated from Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics de Paris – France, with a Master degree in electronics and electric engineering.
Smart Cities Product Director
Caroline Goodbody has over a decade of experience in energy and technology strategy and communications. In her current role at Comcast, she focuses on discovering new ways to use technology and connected digital infrastructure to make businesses, municipalities, and communities safer, smarter, and more sustainable. Previously, she was part of Comcast’s Strategic Development group focusing on opportunities in energy and smart buildings. Prior to Comcast, Caroline held a number of business development roles at renewable energy companies and was a staffer to US Senator Ben Cardin. Caroline received a Bachelor of Arts in political economy and environmental studies from Williams College and has an MBA and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.
Assistant City Manager / CTO
Brandon Branham, chief technology officer (CTO) and assistant city manager, leads the City of Peachtree Corners’ groundbreaking smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) programs. Overseeing one of the first real-world smart city ecosystems deployed in the United States, he is bringing the region to the forefront in the development of next generation IoT technologies that will change the face of business and society in the near future – both within the country and across the world.
Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is the country’s first true smart city technology proving ground – featuring real connected city infrastructure and thousands of interacting residents/vehicles that can’t be replicated by closed or controlled testing environments. The 500-acre technology park and 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test street creates conditions that enable robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous services/vehicles and countless more emerging applications to be trialed, developed and ultimately deployed globally.
Serving as the model for how government entities and the free market must collaborate to build out smart cities and regions in the United States, Curiosity Lab showcases how buildings and other city fixtures are enabling, and connecting with, devices and solutions. When it comes to autonomous technologies, for example, Curiosity Lab’s mobile 5G network, combined with direct short-range communications (DSRC) roadside units, enable disruptive technology developers to test vehicle-toeverything (V2X) communications in an unprecedented manner. Intelligent traffic cameras and traffic signals, along with smart street lights and data sensors, push video and invaluable data to a central operations center for analysis and action. All reflective of how city infrastructure will soon communicate with machines and humans on a scale never seen before.
Branham serves on various boards in the community, and recently received his certification in cybersecurity leadership from the Professional Development Academy, in conjunction with the International City Managers Association.
Vice President of Engineering
Experienced Vice President of Engineering with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in executive leadership, product development, technical leadership, and wireless systems. Degrees held in electrical engineering focused on wireless communication systems and networks.
EY Global Advisory Cybersecurity Leader
World-renowned in cybersecurity, risk, compliance and governance, Kris leads EY Global Consulting Cybersecurity services. She regularly keynotes at RSA, InfoSec and Security World conferences as well as appearing in publications such as Forbes, Fortune, SC Magazine, InfoWorld and USA Today.
Prior to joining EY, Kris was CEO of an AI-driven network security company. Previously, she was also the general manager of a multinational information technology company’s security services division, charged with building end-to-end cybersecurity programs for clients worldwide. In this role, she participated internally as a member of the growth and transformation team. Externally, she has served as advisor and sat on the boards of a number of public and private organizations.
Kris earned a BA in English from Lafayette College, US.
How Kris is building a better working world
Kris works with organizations in every sector to help them protect their enterprises and grow their businesses through strong cybersecurity.
In addition, she is passionate about promoting diversity in the cybersecurity industry and more broadly in the workplace. While at her previous company, Kris acted as co-chair of the women’s diversity committee.
Chief Technology Officer
Before NCA, Mr. Cahoon was a Senior Director at RSA (the Security Division of EMC). While there, he built the most substantial security PCI/DSS framework in the world. The system was architected to handle upwards of 3 billion transactions/day (equivalent to a record-breaking Black Friday). The system is still being run today.
He is proud to have worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center in one of the most demanding and educational roles available in U.S. government service. He also founded and led a local ISP from concept to success in the early days of the consumer Internet and served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Cahoon is a seasoned professional and sought after thought leader in the Security Solutions and IoT spaces. Throughout his career, Mr. Cahoon has been recognized as a thought leader in delivering successful technology architecture solutions and services to internal and external customers. He leads with a philosophy of placing technology at the forefront of business…while driving customer satisfaction and obsessive service as the key tenets. His passion and focus areas are on customer satisfaction, superior deliverables, and agile methodologies.
Mr. Cahoon is married and the proud father of four daughters. He and his family live in Bellevue, WA. He is a Bay Area native; however, he vastly prefers Western Washington. When he is not working, Mr. Cahoon is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys boating whenever the weather permits.
Smart Cities & Urban Mobility Consultant
Mark Zannoni is a global thought leader on digital transformation, smart cities, and urban transportation and brings 25+ years of experience to his advisory, research, and work, with perspectives and insight gained from both the public and advisory sectors from projects and clients in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and across the United States. He covers a broad range of modes and topics from the perspective of emerging technologies and innovation to include: urban air mobility, smart airports, airlines, mobility-as-a-service, smart intersections, smart parking, ride hailing, autonomous and connected vehicles, V2X connectivity, and smart transit, and how these are transforming transportation through increased efficiency, profitability/savings, improved service quality or expanded service areas, insightful operating data, and/or enhanced customer/passenger experience, though at times can create new challenges, such as on privacy, safety, and other social or market impacts.
Mark holds a BA in History from Boston University and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and is also a certified urban planner.
Sr. Analyst & Chief Innovation Officer
Greg previously served as the CEO of Tangent Company, inventor of the Watercycle™, the only commercial residential direct potable reuse system in the country. Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Business Administration in International Business from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and is a graduate of the Ivey Business School’s Executive Leadership Program at Western University.
Rahul has been on both sides of the table having founded and exited a VC-backed business. Before joining 2150, Rahul co-founded EatFirst, which he ran as CEO for several years before the company was acquired in 2020. He was also a managing director in Rocket Internet’s investment team, focussed primarily on urban mobile on-demand businesses. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he spent eight years as an executive director in equity derivatives trading.
Rahul graduated from the University of Cambridge with an M.A. in economics. He became passionate about sustainability after studying the impact of mass-urbanisation on living standards in developing countries and then witnessing this first-hand during a trip to India in 2007.
Graeme Bennett is a tech journalist with radio, TV, and live panel moderation experience.
A former Microsoft employee and senior editor of Canada’s largest computer magazine, Graeme was also a consultant for the Centre for Building Performance.
Managing Director, Information Technology Solutions
Tim leads the team responsible for information technology enabling Smart Building construction, retrofits and operation, particularly:
- Overall IT solutions strategy
- IT environment/security design, validation & standardization (for OT)
- Partnership programs
- OT Cybersecurity R&D
- Solution Architecture
- Field Education programs
Tim is a graduate of Penn State’s Information Science and Technology program.