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Alain Louchez

Managing Director,

Alain Louchez is the Managing Director of the Centre for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT pronounced sedate), at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States.


CDAIT’s purpose is to expand and promote the Internet of Things (IoT)’s huge potential and transformational capabilities through research, education and industry outreach. The Centre is sponsored by global companies headquartered in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and has developed partnerships around the world with nonprofit institutions also interested in advancing the Internet of Things. Alain is a member of the Advisory Council of the Georgia Tech Centre for Business Education and Research (GT CIBER). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Alain held various executive positions including member of the board of directors of leading companies in the high tech industry, in Europe and the United States.


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William Webb

Weightless SIG

William is CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing a new M2M technology and Head of Consulting at Webb Search. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei.


Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015.

William has published 16 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Southampton and Lancaster Universities, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded three honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities and a number of top industry medals and prizes.


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Usman Javaid

Head of IoT and Emerging Technologies, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Dr. Usman Javaid is head of IoT and Emerging Technologies at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Helping the largest enterprises and their trusted IT providers realise big business outcomes using the AWS global cloud computing platform and emerging technologies IoT, Blockchain, AR/VR, conversational AI.


With a career in the mobile industry spanning across 16 years, Usman led R&D and strategy functions, global field operations and delivered world’s first 4G network in Europe for Vodafone. Previously, he served as Research Scientist with France Telecom leading R&D efforts in collaboration with industry partners in pioneering European and French research programs. Dr. Javaid is a named inventor on ten worldwide patents and authored over 25 international publications. Dr. Javaid holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in computer science from renowned universities in France.


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Svetlana Grant

Programme Director, Internet of Things, Internet of Things Program, GSMA

Svetlana has over 20 years of experience in mobile industry. She has been a part of the GSMA’s IoT / Connected Living Program since 2009, working on the development of the Embedded Mobile Guidelines and managing the Smart Energy and Smart Cities market development projects.


Thereafter, Svetlana led the IoT Networks project and the Mobile IoT Initiative, working with the industry to identify emerging IoT service requirements, with a focus on low power wide area technologies. She is currently the Director of the IoT Program.
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Jeremy Cowan

Editorial Director & Publisher, IoT Now & VanillaPlus

Jeremy Cowan is the Editorial Director & Publisher of IoT Now magazine and The IoT Global Network, and chair of The IoT Global Awards. The widely experienced journalist and editor has been covering voice and data communications, worldwide since 1994.


In 1998 he founded Prestige Media Ltd. (PML) publishers of the leading worldwide telecoms business portal . In 2010 he co-founded WeKnow Media Ltd, organisers of the IoT Global Awards. and


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Fahad Aijaz

Global Head of IoT Digital Services Product Management, Vodafone Group

Dr. Fahad Aijaz is the Global Head of IoT Digital Services Product Management at Vodafone Group. In his role at Vodafone, Dr. Aijaz takes leadership in defining what is next for Vodafone IoT beyond the connectivity business. He is responsible for Vodafone’s global IoT strategic products & digital services strategy.


Under his leadership, Vodafone has developed key transformational capabilities and solutions, such as, Vodafone Business Invent, IoT Device Management, IoT Mobile Asset Tracking, IoT Smart City solutions, IoT Remote Monitoring solutions for Industry 4.0+, cloud native Digital Buildings services & IoT Automotive services.

Dr. Aijaz is a thought leader and regular speaker at international industry events and holds a PhD in IoT from Germany. He is an adviser and business mentor to startups and his experience spans end to end in research, engineering, operations, product management and strategic consulting & advisory. He has authored over 20 international research publications along with a book.
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Sonja Sulzmaier

Managing Partner,
Navispace AG

Sonja is a passionate innovation and technology veteran. She currently leads the innovation company Navispace AG operating the biggest open innovation programs in the Internet of Things.