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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, and has developed partnerships around the world with nonprofit institutions also interested in advancing the Internet of Things. 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

Webb Search

William is CEO at Webb Search, an independent consultancy. 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 and became CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing IoT technology.


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 17 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities and in 2018 was awarded the IET’s prestigious Mountbatten Medal for technology entrepreneurship.


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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

Head of IoT Strategic Technology Partnerships, Vodafone

Highly skilled partnerships and programme manager, with 10 years experience in m2m and IoT markets, leading development of roadmaps, trials and demos, technical white papers, industry guidelines, and business models. Regularly chair and speak at conferences and industry events.


My areas of expertise: IoT, M2M, AI, Smart Cities, Smart home, Low Power Wide Area technologies, technology programme management, market development, business development.
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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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Paul Wilson

Senior Advisor, UK5G

Paul recently authored ‘Where next for 5G Testbeds & Trials’ for the UK Government’s DCMS. Previously he was Chief Marketing Officer at TM Forum, contributing to a turnaround in the organization, and established Bristol Is Open as #1 UK smart city.


Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in the TMT sector. He helped establish a fintech start-up in the 90’s before joining US SunGard, eventually becoming Chief Marketing Officer of its Financial Systems business, as revenue doubled from $2.5bn to $5bn within a decade, and the organization globalized.

Exposure to the capital markets technology arms race prior to the 2008 Great Recession, caused Paul to reflect on how technology might be used more usefully in a rapidly urbanizing world. He founded Bristol Is Open as the world’s first open programmable city, deploying a software defined network, IoT mesh, and early 5G radio. The project went on to win numerous national and international smart city accolades.


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Helena Lisachuk

Partner at Deloitte Consulting

Helena Lisachuk is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting. She leads the IoT practice globally and represents Deloitte in the Industrial Internet Consortium focused on development and adoption of (industrial) IoT.


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

Director Connected Skies, GSMA Internet of Things

Barbara has been leading the GSMA Drones Interest Group for the last four years, to investigate and help the mobile industry to create a trusted solution for commercial unmanned aircraft. Since 2014, she has been the technical lead for the GSMA Internet of Things, working on several aspects of IoT.


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, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She has also participated in and actively contributed to several standards.
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George Malim

Freelance technology journalist

George is a freelance technology journalist. He has covered the telecoms market since 1999 and edits the quarterly IoT Now Magazine. He also contributes to The Mobile Network, VanillaPlus and Wireless magazines in addition to producing content on behalf of operators, vendors and creative agencies.