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Jiri Laznicka

Chief Technology and Information officer for IoT, Orange Group

Jiri is the Chief Technology and Information officer for IoT at the Orange group. During over 20 years in the IT and telecoms industries he has developed the right mixture of corporate and operational experience in addressing innovative domains including his current focus on Home and B2B IoT. In his current role, he is responsible for the definition and implementation of an IoT technical strategy through the Orange group footprint covering all technical domains (terminals, networks, platforms, services and information systems) addressing both consumer and business markets.

John Davies

Chief Researcher, BT

Professor John Davies is Chief Researcher in BT’s Applied Research department, where he leads a team focussed on Internet of Things technologies. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Open University and University of Hull, UK. His current research interests include the application of IoT and semantic technologies to smart cities, smart energy grids, business intelligence and information integration.

John co-wrote the Hypercat IoT standard and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has authored over 100 scientific publications and is the inventor of several patents, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

Matt Hatton

Founding Partner, Transforma Insights

Matt Hatton is a 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 IoT, and widely quoted in trade publications and a frequent speaker at conferences.

He is a member of the Advisory Board for MWC, founded and was CEO of Machina Research, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016.

Prior to founding Machina Research, Matt was a technology industry analyst, who worked at firms including Analysys Mason and Yankee Group.

Matt holds an MSc in Telecoms from University College London

Adarsh Krishnan

Principal Analyst, ABI Research

Adarsh Krishnan is Principal Analyst at ABI Research and orchestrates research regarding the internet of everything (IoE), enterprise, and machine-to-machine communications (M2M). He has focused on key research and analysis of the IoE value chain to identify crucial trends in key vertical IoT markets.

He has carried out extensive research into smart buildings, smart grids, smart street lighting, asset tracking, and low-power wide area (LPWA) network connectivity technologies.

Kai Steuernagel

Head of IoT Architecture and Frontend Development – Consumer IoT, Deutsche Telekom

Kai Steuernagel is Head of IoT Architecture and Frontend Development – Consumer IoT, Deutsche Telekom. Since the beginning of his career, Kai has been deeply involved in exploring new technology, acting as a technology scout and started in the smart home market ten years ago.

He worked for Deutsche Telekom for most of this time on the QIVICON platform and Magenta Smart Home offering, being a specialist in architecture and radio protocols, as well as deeply involved in the business aspects and market requirements. Lately, he has been working on a transition programme to enable faster and more efficient scale of business and customer base. This does not only involve new technologies but also a different approach to address the mass market.

Previous to Deutsche Telekom, Kai worked for companies like 2Wire, Pace and BuyIn in various roles of product management, technology marketing and target costing.

Phil Skipper

Head of Strategy, M2M, Vodafone Global Enterprise

Phil Skpper joined Vodafone in 2013 having amassed a wealth of experience across a broad range of industries including defence, fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing and media. He brings a highly strategic view of this rapidly changing and evolving market, having long been an exponent of telemetry, M2M and IoT, and having worked within many of the world’s leading enterprises. They include Siemens, Landis & Gyr and Mars in New Zealand, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

Phil comments, “IoT is central to the current wave of digitisation and as Head of Strategy there are few other markets where there is so much opportunity to drive value for our customers. The potential for IoT to revolutionise the way we do business, but also to have a positive social impact, is a really exciting prospect. I am particularly excited to play a key role in driving this future direction.”

Ian Smith

IoT Security Lead, GSMA

Ian Smith is a technologist working for the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. It also produces industry-leading events such as MWC in Barcelona and other locations around the world.

He leads GSMA’s IoT Security project which has recently published a comprehensive set of IoT security guidelines.

Prior to this, Ian led the delivery of the GSMA’s IoT Connection Efficiency Guidelines and the GSMA’s Embedded SIM Specifications.

Before joining the organisation, Ian has held senior technical positions within network operators including Hutchison and Orange, where he oversaw the design and development of the first commercial 3G handsets and SIM cards.

Ian holds a B.Eng. with joint honours in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Aston University, UK.

Tim Snape

Head of IoT Security, Vodafone Group Enterprise

Tim Snape is Head of IoT Security at Vodafone Group Enterprise where he is responsible for all aspects of machine-to-machine security including architecture, design, implementation, assurance and incident management.

He says the big IoT challenges are scaling and securing it to support billions of low-cost, low-end devices and making those low cost and low end IoT devices secure. The problem is making a cheap, dumb appliance super secure and super reliable.

William Webb

Independent Consultant

William Webb was a founding director of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies and networks, which was sold to Huawei. He then became CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardising IoT technology.

Previously he was a director at Ofcom and IET President 2014-2015. He has published 16 books, over 100 papers and 18 patents.

Alex Lorette

VP Enterprise Solutions, Proximus