SPEAKERS

2021 SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

Dr. Haroon Abbu
Bell and Howell

Dr. Haroon Abbu is Vice President of Digital, Data and Analytics at Bell and Howell. Haroon is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of industry experience in leading technology-enabled business transformation using digital technologies and advanced data analytics. He is currently leading a team of data scientists and solution architects to build the next-generation analytics products and service capabilities powered by IoT, machine learning, and advanced analytics to drive service efficiencies and data monetization. In addition, Haroon conducts research in the field of digital transformation and has published his work in industry publications and top-ranked academic journals. He recently co-authored a book TRUST: The Winning Formula for Digital Leaders. A Practical Guide for Companies Engaged in Digital Transformation featuring research and interview chapters with proven digital leaders.

Sushma Akunuru
Independence Blue Cross

Sushma is the VP, Business Applications Development reporting to the CIO of Independence Blue Cross. She is responsible for leading all elements of application development, maintenance, and engineering for Independence Blue Cross and its subsidiaries. She is an enthusiastic technologist and problem solver, collaborating with business areas across the company on how to best leverage digital capabilities and emerging technologies.

Sushma has a wealth of experience in driving digital solutions and technology operational efficiency. Prior to joining Independence, she spent more than thirteen years with Bank of America, most recently as SVP, Investment Management and Consumer Banking. Sushma earned a master’s of computer applications from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and a master’s of business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Coffee
Salesforce

Coffee has been with the company for 14 years. His global work supports Salesforce efforts in CIO strategies, security practices, and delivery of connected product and “big data” solutions through collaboration with account teams in many industries.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter spent eighteen years as a technology analyst, columnist, and editor for IT publications including eWEEK and PC Week, while also contributing to other journals including Computer Language and AI Expert. He has written widely on cloud security and privacy, and was a chapter contributor to Prentice Hall’s Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity. He previously served as the first Manager for Desktop Computing Planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space-asset applications of AI techniques. Before that, he held project management roles at Exxon Corporation including arctic resource development.

Peter received his engineering degree from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1985; he has held college faculty appointments in expert-systems programming, IT management, and business analytics, while also lecturing at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as other institutions in Europe, Asia and South America. He advises on curriculum and degree program planning in analytics and “big data” initiatives for three U.S. universities.

Suzanne DiCicco, IGP
SEI

Suzanne DiCicco, IGP is the Director of Information Governance at SEI Investments, a fintech firm in Oaks, PA. In her current role, Suzanne is responsible for the Information Governance (IG) program, as part of the Enterprise Risk Management program, which includes creating policies for protecting, valuing, classifying, storing and archiving/purging all information assets across the enterprise. In this Director role, Suzanne has to partner with all other leaders in her firm to ensure compliance with her IG framework as it integrates with Technology, Privacy, Legal, Compliance, Information Security, as well all of the business lines. Suzanne has been working in the Financial Services industry in various technology and risk leadership roles for over 20 years.

Mark McCreary
Fox Rothschild, LLP

Mark McCreary is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, and is the former Chief Privacy Officer of the firm. Mark advises businesses on a wide range of data privacy and security issues, helping clients protect their critical information and comply with state, federal and international privacy laws. He earned the rigorous CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and has been named a Trailblazer in cybersecurity law by The National Law Journal.

Chris Port
Boomi

Christopher (Chris) Port is Chief Operating Officer of Boomi, responsible for Support, Services, Success and Strategy functions within the company. Chris led the Dell acquisition of Boomi in 2011 and was responsible for the company’s integration and growth post-acquisition. Previously, Chris was a General Manager within Dell Software’s Systems Management Business Unit, where he was one of the first Dell Software team members when the organization was formed. Chris brings to Boomi a diverse background, and his Dell career has spanned software, corporate strategy, corporate development, operations and finance. Prior to Dell, Chris was a senior manager at Kurt Salmon Associates, a global consultancy focused on the retail and consumer products sectors, and spent a year living abroad in Japan.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke University.

Nick Sanna
RiskLens

As President and CEO of RiskLens, Nick is responsible for the definition and the execution of the company strategy that established RiskLens as the market leader in cyber risk quantification. Nick is also the Founder of the FAIR Institute, a non-profit expert organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of measuring and managing risk, that was named one of the 3 most influential industry organizations of the last 30 years.

Nick brings over 25 years of experience in helping organizations leverage technology innovation to drive better business outcomes, with prior roles as CEO of Netuitive and e-Security, COO and VP EMEA at ASG, and VP Sales and Marketing at Amplitude. Nick is fluent in 5 languages and received a masters degree in Economics from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

Scott Snyder
Breakthru Advisors

Scott Snyder is a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and innovation, having held leadership roles at GE and Lockheed Martin, launched three new technology ventures including Mobiquity, led technology and innovation for venture capital firm, Safeguard, and recently led Digital and Innovation Globally at Heidrick & Struggles. He is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School and Project Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

He is the author of two books, Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors and The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution and has lectured at top universities on emerging technologies, digital strategy, and innovation including Wharton, MIT, Babson, Duke, and INSEAD.

Maria Villar
SAP, NA

Maria C Villar has over 25 years of experience as a Chief Data Officer responsible for building enterprise data management organizations from the ground up and leading the culture change across the enterprise. She has held the position in both the technology and financial sector. Most recently at SAP where she was the CDO from 2009- 2017.

Today, Maria is Head of Enterprise Data Strategy & Transformation, where she advises SAP customers on the crucial role of data management in their digital transformation, leveraging her practical, operational experience as CDO.

In 2017, Maria was honored with the “Transformation of Collaboration From Inwards to Outwards” Award from the international Society of CDO (iSCDO) . This award recognizes outstanding CDO leadership in driving business outcomes and business collaboration.

Tom Wilde
Indico

Tom Wilde brings 30 years of experience in solving the complex problems of digital content to the role of CEO of Indico, an artificial intelligence solution for enterprise document understanding and automation. Prior to Indico, Tom was the Chief Product Officer at Cxense (see-sense), a leading Data Management provider, founder of Ramp, an enterprise video content management company, and held senior roles at Fast Search, Miva Systems, and Lycos. Tom is a frequent industry speaker and has extensive experience with company building and venture-backed startups and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton.

Tony Wimmer
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Tony is responsible for bringing the power of J.P. Morgan Chase’s analytics and data capabilities to our Wholesale Payments clients.
The WP Data & Analytics team consists of 150+ data scientists, machine learning and artificial intelligence experts, product owners and engineers. Its mission is to turn JPMorgan’s payments data into actionable insights that enable our clients to improve their decision-making.

Prior to this role, Tony served as Head of Analytics for JPMorgan Merchant Services and prior to that as Analytics Executive within JPMorgan Intelligent Solutions, driving big data analytics innovation for the Consumer Bank and Asset & Wealth Management. Prior to joining the firm, he was a junior partner at McKinsey & Company’s payments practice in London, Singapore and New York City.

Anna Zeiter, PHD
eBay

Dr. Anna Zeiter is Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of eBay Inc. Before joining eBay in 2014, Anna had been working as a lawyer for two international law firms in Germany, specializing in data protection, IT and e-commerce law. Before working as an attorney Anna Zeiter did her Ph.D. in the field of free speech and media law at the University of Hamburg, she also holds an LL.M. in Law, Science & Technology from Stanford Law School. Anna Zeiter is regularly giving speeches at international data protection conferences and teaches at several universities. In 2020, Anna had been appointed as a member of the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) Board of Directors and as Committee Member of the Global Tech DPO Network in Ireland. Besides that, Anna is a member of the Digital Transformations Working Group of the World Economic Forum, co-leading the workstream Business of Data & Data Valuation.

Deborah Hsieh
Ciox Health

Deborah Hsieh is the Chief Strategy & Policy Officer for Ciox Health. Ciox’s mission is to empower greater health, to unlock the potential of health data to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. Deborah leads interactions with policymakers and external audiences about Ciox’s enabling role in healthcare data exchange, including for patients in managing their own health data. She works with stakeholders on how to accelerate digital access to medical records while also balancing patient rights for privacy.

Deborah graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies. She also holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

Julian Ranger
digi.me

Julian is Executive President and Founder of digi.me, the decentralized personal data solution which empowers individuals to share more & better data to enable businesses to provide more & better alue, with 100% privacy, full security and consent. Digi.me is at the forefront of the MyData wave worldwide which is revolutionizing healthcare through patient centricity, consumer personalization in Fintech and Martech, and other sectors where personal data is the key to value creation.

Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specializing in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian retired from Lockheed in 2007 as VP International Strategy.

Diane S. Ruth
Guru

Diane S. Ruth is responsible for Guru’s Ecosystem Strategy + Business Development initiatives to extend Guru’s accessibility and use. Prior to joining the winning team at Guru, Diane was the Executive Director of Business Development for Dell Boomi (fka Boomi, Inc.). As a Business Development and SaaS Channel Sales Executive with over 15 years experience, Diane led Boomi’s partner network program, generating 60% of Boomi’s annual recurring revenue.

Prior to joining Boomi, Diane spent twelve years with SunGard Higher Education where she last served as the General Manager of Business Development & SunGard Higher Education’s Partner Program, managing relations with notable organizations such as Oracle, Microsoft, EMC, HP, Dell & IBM.

Kevin Bair
Snowflake

Kevin Bair is a data enthusiast with 25+ years working with Data Applications, Enterprise Architecture and the Big Data space. Over his career, he has worked with and for organizations large and small to solve their most complex data challenges. He is a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and has focused the last 6 years on Data Architecture and the challenges with petabyte-scale object store data lakes. Kevin currently serves as Director of Sales Engineering for Snowflake.

Brian Atkiss
Anexinet

Brian Atkiss leads Anexinet’s Applied Intelligence Team, where he has led the development and delivery of: Data Management, CX & OX Analytics, Automation, Conversational AI, Machine Learning, Social Media Listening, and Digital Transformation initiatives and solutions.

Atkiss’s long professional journey has supported clients of all sizes and industries through strategic consulting, cloud adoption, market research, process improvement, automation, and digital solution development, delivery, and integration. He graduated from the University of Delaware and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

Joe Vidal
Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Joe has been designing software and data center solutions for more than 35 years. He joined the HPE/Compaq Channel family in 1990, working his way from SE Manager, through Marketing, Sales Management, including a stint in the Server and Hybrid-IT Business Units. He is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Math. He completed his MBA in Marketing at Elon University.

Joe frequently appears as a key-note speaker for HPE and our Distributors at such events as Microsoft’s Tech-Ed, Gartner’s IT Symposium, IDC Tech Expo, HPE’s CIO and WW Ambassador Forums. He is currently the lead Master Technologist for HPE’s Channel, within the Office of the NA CTO.

Mark Porter
MongoDB

Mark Porter is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of MongoDB, where he is responsible for crafting the long-term technology roadmap and vision for the company. Prior to MongoDB, Mark was CTO of Core Technology and Transport at Grab, Southeast Asia’s super app that provides everyday services such as ride-hailing, food, package, grocery delivery, mobile payments and financial services to millions of people, from October 2018 to July 2020. Previously, Mark was a General Manager at Amazon Web Services, from May 2013 to October 2018, where he led the Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Aurora and RDS for PostgreSQL, the AWS Database Migration Service, and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool. Prior to Amazon, Mark held various roles including CTO of a division of NewsCorp and Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Corporation, as well as working at NASA/JPL and being an early member of the Oracle Database Kernel group. He has been professionally coding since he was 16 years old and founded and ran his own electronics services integration company. Mark previously served on the Board of Directors of MongoDB from February 2020 to July 2020. He also served on the Board of Directors of Splyt, a global mobility company, and as a Board Advisor to MariaDB, a database company. He holds a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech.

Bruce Pon
Ocean Protocol

Bruce Pon is the Founder of BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol, blockchain startups focused on bringing data and AI together since 2013. Previously, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm that helped to build 20 banks around the globe for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi & Jaguar LandRover. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan, a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and has given guest lectures at Oxford, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University and the European School of Management & Technology.

In addition to being in the 2020 full-length documentary Cryptopia, Bruce was featured in OxfordUniversity and Saïd Business School’s online Blockchain course as a guest expert.

Ashish V. Shah
Dina

Ashish leads the Dina team on its mission to power the healthcare industry’s transition to virtual and in-home care. The company’s digital platform and network helps hospitals and insurers monitor, manage and deliver care in the home, one of today’s most important, and cost-effective, care settings.

A recognized thought leader, Ashish previously served as CTO at Medicity, the market leader for vendor-neutral Health Information Exchange solutions (acquired by Aetna for $500MM in January 2011). Under his leadership, Medicity built a profitable and scalable​ healthcare network with over 1,000 hospitals and 250,000 physicians sharing over two billion health records annually. Prior to that, he served as an enterprise architect with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now PWC Advisory Services), assisting Fortune 500 C-level executives with the formulation of disruptive, technology-enabled business strategies. Before Diamond, Ashish was a key contributor in various design and engineering roles with Microsoft, Boeing, and Apollo Solutions (now CNet Channel Services).

Todd Homa
EPAM

As Senior Director of Technology Solutions at EPAM, Todd Homa is a prominent tech leader in the data space who has delivered innovative solutions for clients that address data volume and velocity challenges. He has over 24 years of experience in IT, business intelligence, systems integration and data warehousing, serving in roles as a project manager, technical lead, data architect, tech consultant and hands-on developer. Todd has a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and an MIS from Carnegie Mellon University.


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