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Magnus Melander

Co-founder & Evangelist at THINGS, Deeptech Advisor at Deep Tech Alliance

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Magnus Melander has 39 year’s experience from International IT and Telecom business including IBM and executive positions in Apple and 3Com as well as co-founder of BrainHeart Capital.

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He pioneered WiFi and IoT and his most recent focus has been on IoT, Digital transformation, ecosystems, circular innovation and collaboration between smaller and larger companies in sectors like industry, infrastructure, utilities and mobility. He is a co-founder of the deeptech hub THINGS and founder of the alliance for Swedish IoT companies SMSE, Deeptech advisor at Deep Tech Alliance, evangelist in Stream Analyze, advisor to MTEK Industry and a GLOMO awards jury member since 2016.

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Avneesh Prakash

Vice President Mobility and MOVE at Tata Communications

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Avneesh Prakash is Vice President of Mobility at Tata Communications. In this role, he is responsible to drive strategic innovation to further advance and develop the company’s global mobility platform – Tata Communications MOVE™.

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With 27 years of rich global experience in technology and digital innovations, Avneesh has established and scaled global businesses in areas such as connectivity, digital identity & biometrics and financial inclusion, leading the development of digital SaaS platforms in the process. As a digital evangelist & enabler, Avneesh has helped enterprises and governments identify, connect and transact through digital identity, connectivity and payments interventions, including within India's Aadhaar programme - the world's largest biometric ID system.

Avneesh holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India and a Master of Science degree from University of Regina, Canada.

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Björn Hansen

Head of Commercial of Division X at Telia Company

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Björn Hansen leads the commercial unit within Division X, the growth & innovation arm of Telia Company, where he is spearheading the commercial and solution design efforts in areas such as IoT, Data Insights.

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Prior to joining Telia in August 2018, Björn spent eleven years at Ericsson, and five of them was in Switzerland. Furthermore, he has worked for Telenor, Samsung, DigitalRoute and Nokas primarily in sales and commercial product management.

Originally from Sweden, Björn received a Master of Business Administration, leading innovation from the Stockholm School of Economics and has since spent time studying leadership, marketing, and sales in various settings.

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Ken Figueredo

Founder at More-with-Mobile

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Dr. Ken Figueredo works with organizations that are developing new markets at the intersection of business strategy and technology innovation. Mobile communications and standardization are central to Ken's work.

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He advised the GSMA to develop and launch its Connected Living market-development program and propel the mobile industry into the IoT and adjacent-industry sectors. Later projects range from market-testing mobile communications to distribute Central Bank Digital Currencies and, research into the market dynamics that are shaping 6G opportunities. In the context of cross-silo IoT systems, Ken has also worked on the use of open-standard data-exchanges to enable multi-party collaboration in smart city (UK) and multi-modal transportation networks (USA).

Ken regularly publishes and speaks at industry events in Asia, Europe and North America. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a PhD in Self-learning Control Systems from the University of Bath (UK).

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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.

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

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Paul Wilson

Chief business officer, Connected Places Catapult

Paul is Chief Business Officer, Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership. He’s also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.

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Paul has more than 25 years’ international leadership, sales and marketing experience in the B2B Technology Media Telecom sector, including being CMO of $3Bn SunGard Financial Systems and of the global digital transformation association TM Forum. Paul was a founder of the multi-award-winning Bristol Is Open smart city project in 2014 and co-created the widely endorsed City as a Platform Manifesto a couple of years later. He went on to advise the UK Government on the design of its £200m 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme, and on how the Programme should evolve.

Paul has lived in London, Hong Kong and Geneva, and worked extensively in America. These days he enjoys living with his family in rebel-city Bristol, England.

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Helena Lisachuk

IoT Global Lead, Management Consulting at Deloitte

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Helena Lisachuk is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting. She leads the IoT practice globally and is focused on value creation for her clients by leveraging digital technologies (IOT, AI, 5G, Edge, etc). She is co-leading Vodafone Centre for Health with Deloitte and is a member of advisory board of IOTSWC.

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She has 20 years of experience in strategy definition / roadmap development, due diligence, target operating model development, post-merger synergy realisation, customer journey mapping, organisation redesign, technology delivery, change management, and program / portfolio management.

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Barbara Pareglio

Executive Director Advance Air Mobility & IoT Technical Director, GSMA

Since 2014, she has been the technical lead for the Internet of Things within GSMA, working on several aspects of IoT for different industries, like utilities, automotive, industrial, aviation, etc. Looking at a variety of IoT aspects and applications, from the massive IoT to the more critical applications that requires low latency.

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Also currently exploring the upcoming work in 5G-Advanced and how the different IoT applications will benefits from the evolution of 5G.
Barbara is also leading several activities and communities with the GSMA members, like the activities related to smart mobility and advanced air mobility. The latter by leading the GSMA Drone Interest Group, to investigate and help the mobile industry to create a trusted solution for commercial unmanned aircraft. Exploring features and capabilities of 4G and 5G needed for the aviation.

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications. She also participates and actively contributed to, several standards, particularly related to IoT. Web site: https://www.gsma.com/iot/

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Matt Hatton

Founding Partner, Transforma Insights

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Matt is a well respected commentator and technology industry expert with over 20 years experience at the cutting edge of technology research and consulting. He is a thought-leader in Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things. He is widely quoted in trade publications and frequent speaker at conferences.

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His podcast, The Wireless Noodle is a weekly guide to the impact of disruptive technologies on business. In 2020 Matt co-wrote a book 'The Internet of Things Myth'.

Matt was formerly a Founder and the CEO of Machina Research, the world's leading IoT and Big Data analyst firm, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016. Prior to founding Machina Research Matt was a technology industry analyst, working at firms including Analysys Mason and Yankee Group.
Matt holds an MSc in Telecoms from University College London.

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Damion Rose

Senior Product Manager, BICS

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Damion has been active in the telecommunications world for almost 20 years, spanning the US, Caribbean and Europe. He believes in the power of data science to create opportunities for innovation, drive growth and to push the boundaries of the potential of communications in the digital era.

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In his role at the global communications platform company BICS, Damion established the company’s data-as-a-service product portfolio, and spearheads the organization’s artificial intelligence and advanced analytics solutions.

Damion is passionate about unlocking the potential of data and is a seasoned contributor to industry discussions on topics of Industry 4.0, IoT and 5G nextgen services.

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Ali Nicholl

Founding Team & Engagement, IOTICS

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A founding team member at IOTICS, Ali has been working across transport, logistics, utilities, the built environment, and defence, focusing on interoperability of IT & OT and digital cooperation across enterprise boundaries. Deploying decentralised, federated approaches that leverage semantics, selective sharing of data and connected digital twins.

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Ali is actively working on projects supporting the co-creation of co-creation of transformative services and solutions at the intersection of market sectors and industries - with an interest in ESG, sustainability, and essential sharing networks.

Ali has acted as a mentor and facilitator of IoT innovation programmes in health, smart spaces, and connected transport. Passionate about the role of data for the public good, Ali is co-chair of the UK’s Digital Twin Hub Community Council and a member of the Advisory board and serves on Industry Advisory Boards to academia and industry working groups.

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