Building the IoT Ecosystem – platforms, architectures, applications, security and connectivity

Olympia Kensington, London, UK
14-15 November 2017

Speakers and Advisory Board include

Stephen Mellor

CTO, Industrial Internet Consortium


Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams. He also co-chairs both the Definitions, Taxonomy and Reference Architecture workgroup and the Use Cases workgroup for the NIST CPS PWG (National Institute for Standards and Technology Cyberphysical System Public Working Group).

He is a well-known technology consultant on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Stephen is the author of Structured Development for Real-Time Systems, Object Lifecycles, Executable UML, and MDA Distilled.

Until recently, he was Chief Scientist of the Embedded Software Division at Mentor Graphics, and founder and past president of Project Technology, Inc., before its acquisition. He participated in multiple UML/modeling-related activities at the Object Management Group (OMG), and was a member of the OMG Architecture Board, which is the final technical gateway for all OMG standards. Stephen was the Chairman of the Advisory Board to IEEE Software for ten years and a two-time Guest Editor of the magazine, most recently for an issue on Model-Driven Development. Click on the link to see Stephen talk about the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Yuval Dvir

Head of Online & SMB Partnerships, Google


A Business Transformation leader with hands-on experience on how to manage technology, people, data and products to lead real change, innovation and growth in global organizations.

Yuval is experienced in building and leading high performance teams through the challenges organizations face when dealing with digital transformation, scale and innovation. By leveraging technology, human behaviour and the cultural dynamics in the workplace, his teams drive a habit and behavioural change that promotes a more holistic, data-driven, user centric and agile mindset in people, leading to a scalable and sustainable growth for the organization.

Currently at Google, Yuval has previously led the business transformation at Skype and Microsoft.

Yuval holds a B.S.c from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology and an M.B.A from INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore. Currently working towards his

MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Megan Caywood

Chief Platform Officer, Starling Bank


Megan is Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, leading platform and API Strategy, partnerships and the development of the Starling Marketplace. Starling Bank is a leading challenger bank in the UK that was founded in 2014 by Anne Boden, former COO of Allied Irish Bank. In 2016 they raised $70 million in their first round of funding and received their official banking license.  Prior to Starling, Megan worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero, two of the world’s largest financial technology companies. Megan holds five patents in financial technology, and regularly writes and speaks on the subject. She is now residing in the UK on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, recognised for her work in digital technology.

David Doyle

Managing Director, Forestreet


David is a board level technology and business leader with 20 years experience of delivering global technology and change programmes. For the last ten years David has specialised in building large scale data analytics propositions. This has naturally led on to the IoT. David led on PwC’s strategic partnership with Google,  developing client use cases in utilities, retail, banking and healthcare that demonstrated the breadth of their platform and the business opportunities for IoT.

Previous roles include

  • Partner at PwC, Head of Data Analytics Technology, EMEA lead for strategic alliance with Google, Adviser to HM Treasury on the use of data across government.
  • Vice President at Capgemini UK, Head of Business Analytics,
  • Director at CSC, Head of Business Intelligence Architecture

David Wilde

Fomer CIO, Essex County Council


A Fellow of the Institute of Directors with over 30 years in central and local government leadership spanning policy, large scale operations, strategy and whole service transformation, David has a wealth of experience in the public sector specialising in technology, digital and information leadership and provides consultancy services in these fields.

In Essex David was a member of the Executive Board from June 2015, leading on Place Operations and then Digital whilst remaining CIO and SIRO. He established the Smart Essex vision and ambitions, now built into the organisation’s business plans as well as putting in place the Heritage, Culture and Arts Strategy, the Housing Growth Strategy and embedding a commercial culture into the traded services in the council, driving up revenues by over 20%.

In the technology and information worlds he has established a strategy and delivery programme based on cloud adoption, supporting economic growth, shared services through collaboration and self-service through digital engagement.

Cost reductions of almost £15million have been achieved whilst transforming ICT services, in turn supporting the achievement of over £100million in wider efficiencies. The county council is a recognised national exemplar in information sharing through the Whole Essex Information Sharing Framework (WEISF).

David was previously CIO for Westminster City Council where he set up and implemented an exciting new ICT strategy. As CIO and Head of Customer Services at Waltham Forest he established their Access to Services strategy, transforming IT and customer services.

Whilst in the Civil Service he also grew the Internet Services business for the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA), turning it into a successful commercial venture and worked on Schools capital policy and legislation in the Department for Education and Employment, including setting up the New Deal for Schools programme.

Luc Verhelst

Leading Digital and ISACA certified Risk Adviser, CIO, Metallo Group


Luc Verhelst is an experienced CIO, digital consultant and IT Risk adviser (ISACA certified).
Luc is currently holding the position as CIO for Metallo group.
Before that he was CIO of the EMA, the European Medicines Agency, based in London, responsible for the supervision of medicines inside Europe.
Previously Luc held different leading CIO roles in leading companies in finance, media, healthcare and logistics.

Luc is also the honorary chairman of MIT-Club, leading Belgian CIO community exchanging valuable CIO knowledge and experiences.

Luc is ISACA certified (CGEIT) and specialised in digital strategies with focus on IT governance, architecture and specifically the IT Risk domain.

Georgios Karakousis

Senior Digital Product Manager, Stanley Black & Decker 


George Karakousis is leading the Digital Accelerator team of Stanley Black and Decker in Europe to help SBD Business units create new Digital propositions for the European market by leveraging IoT, Big Data and other technologies.

Kevin Maher

Country Director, UK & Ireland, Sigfox


Kevin has 25 years experience in the mobile telecom industry, having held a number of senior positions with Mobile Network Operators and infrastructure vendors. During the last 10 years his career has focused on enabling service providers, infrastructure vendors and mobile operators to grow their global M2M/IoT businesses by establishing relationships with external stakeholders in the value chain and creating opportunities for collaboration.

Emeka Nwafor

Senior Director, Product Management and Ecosystems, IoT and Cloud Wind River (an Intel Company)


In his role as Senior Director of Product Management and Ecosystems, Emeka is responsible for the product strategy, directions, and roadmap for Wind River’s device lifecycle management solution – Wind River Helix Device Cloud – targeting Industrial Internet of Things applications. Wind River targets the Building Automation, Manufacturing, Transportation, Healthcare, and Energy with its device lifecycle management solutions.

Prior to joining the Wind River Helix Cloud business unit, Emeka was responsible for managing Wind River’s global ISV partner ecosystem, aligning Wind River’s partner GTM plans with Wind River’s strategy.

Prior to joining Wind River, Emeka held senior product management positions at IBM Rational software and development management positions SR Telecom.

Emeka earned his Bachelor of Science from McGill University, Canada. Emeka currently lives in Ottawa (Canada), is a father of two, and in his spare time enjoys cycling, tennis, and music composition.

Basak Mutlum

Azure IoT Technical Sales – Global Blackbelt Team  Microsoft


Basak is a digital advisor and business developer with 10+ years’ experience in IT and Telecommunications industry. She specialized in architecting and designing IoT solutions to different industries over the last 5 years in the UK and MEA market. She holds a MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Executive MBA

Phil Cracknell

CISO, Cyber Security/Risk Advisor, Non-Exec Director, Homeserve


Phil is regarded as one of Europe’s leading information security experts. He has held several CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) roles spanning five different industry sectors. With over 28 years’ experience gained in a variety of high-profile technology and security management roles, he offers a unique insight to the world of information security, cyber-threats and risk management. He is a regular speaker at UK, Middle Eastern and European conferences.  As national publicity on the subject of ‘Wireless security’ peaked in 2002, Phil became somewhat of a cyber-security celebrity with appearances on Sky TV, BBC News and in national and industry press.

Phil served as Group Security & Risk Advisory to Arriva Plc., Advisor to the Board at Camelot UK and is currently the interim Global CISO for HomeServe plc.  He was also founder and chairman of the non-profit ClubCISO group –

Christian Mastrodonato

Chief Technologist , Konica Minolta


During his carrier he led different strategic, engineering and research programmes applying Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and IoT technologies in different industrial sectors, like e.g. Aerospace, Construction, Energy, Healthcare and Smart Cities.

Currently as Chief Technologist he coordinates technological strategy for Workplace Hub within Konica Minolta. He is responsible for overall technical innovation, architecture strategy and solution design. Within his remit there is also the technology strategy and selection for R&D&I in Europe.

He also holds both a M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Physics (Statistical Physics & Quantum Mechanics)

Ian Banham

Azure IoT Technical Sales – Global Blackbelt Team Microsoft


Ian is UK technical Sales Lead for Azure IoT Services. He joined Microsoft in November 2016 having previously been a specialist consultant for another IoT vendor. Prior to this, Ian has over 20 years’ experience in Enterprise Software consulting roles ranging from CRM to PDM/PLM.

Boris Goncharov 

Chief Cyber Security Specialist AMATAS


Boris Goncharov is an information security enthusiast and visioner with over 12 years of operations and information security experience. He works as Chief Cyber Security Strategist at AMATAS where he is focused on envisioning the future of security and defining corporate protection strategies and tactics. Prior to AMATAS, Boris was Chair of Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CSeCoE) at G4S Europe. He is a regular speaker at leading security events as InfoSec Europe, Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, IDC Security Roadshow and others. Boris currently maintains top-level industry certifications including CISSP, ISSMP, CCISO, CCSP, CEH, TOGAF and CHFI.

Jeremy Basset 

Founder & CEO CO:CUBED


Jeremy has built his career by helping large corporates define and build their future organisation. Through CO:CUBED, he works with some of the worlds largest businesses to re-think their organisational approach to innovation and helping them build and execute their collaborative innovation capabilieis. Prior to launching CO:CUBED, Jeremy spent 13 years at Unilever where he was responsible for launching and then leading the Unilever Foundry, Unilever’s platform to engage with startups and innovative companies who can help Unilever pioneer the future. Through the Foundry, over 1500 of Unilever marketers have worked with over 150 startups, brining innovative technology and an entrepreneurial culture to Unilever. Originally Australian, Jeremy’s career has taken him from Australia to New Zealand, Singapore he now resides in the UK. Jeremy has a marketing and commercial background, with a degree in Accounting & Marketing, he’s CPA qualified and has an MBA from London Business School.

Omar Valdez-de-Leon

Director of Digital Transformation Valcon Consulting /IoT Council 


Omar Valdez-de-Leon is director of digital transformation at Valcon Consulting, based in Copenhagen. Additionally, he is member of IoT Council a think-tank for the internet-of-things.

Over the years Omar has worked across IT, telecom and industry in companies such as Ericsson, Bosch, Logica-CGI, Elster and Vodafone, with a focus on new business initiatives grounded in emerging technologies, including Internet of Things.

His experience in digitalisation ranges from advising utility companies on smart grid strategies to devising IoT plans for large telecom operators and smaller start-ups. He has also built, launched and managed IoT solution portfolios in utilities, transportation and retail.

Omar holds an MSc in Technology & Innovation Management from the University of Sussex in the UK, and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Ken Munro

Security Researcher, Pen Test Partners 


Ken is passionate about empowering the user and blowing away the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) peddled by security vendors. He is a successful entrepreneur and is a founder and partner in Pen Test Partners, a partnership of like-minded professional penetration testers all of whom have a stake in the business. He’s also on the executive steering board for the IoT Security Foundation which aims to promote security and improve standards in the market. Ken has been in the infosecurity business for approaching 20 years. Ken Munro can be contacted at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter via @thekenmunroshow

Vincent Champain

General Manager, GE Digital Foundry Europe, General Electric Digital Foundry Europe


Vincent Champain is an expert on digital transformation of industrial companies. He is also the General Manager for Europe of a global digital industrial company. Before this, Vincent worked for McKinsey&Company where he led performance and digital projects, in Europe and in emerging countries and contributed to several McKinsey Global Institute studies (on growth, employment, industrial strategy,…). He also held several positions in the Public Sector especially as Deputy Minister for Policy planning, Digital & Public Evaluation where he was at the core of a nationwide plan dedicated at developing digital networks, contents and uses in France. He started his career as an economist in charge of industrial policies and innovation at the French treasury department.

Vincent graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (computer science master’s degree), Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (statistics and finance master’s degree) and Université Paris Dauphine (marketing and strategy master’s degree).

Patrice Slupowski

Vice President Digital Innovation Orange 


Patrice Slupowski is Vice-President Digital Innovation running the open-innovation corporate product marketing team of Orange, in charge of several projects around APIs, Internet of Things, mobile applications & mobile OS, personal data aggregation, privacy or emerging technologies (AI, VR, …).
Patrice Slupowski is a marketing expert in IoT, social networks, connected TV, wellness & personal data and mobile multimedia services. He founded a start-up called Waptoo in 1999, one of the first companies to believe in the opportunities around mobile data, creating WAP and mobile services and proposing some automated mobile testing software, for companies and telcos, which has been acquired by Lagardere Group.
Patrice has been involved in digital space from the very first minute, and is permanently connected from 1990. Patrice is a graduate in Information Science and Technology from Paris-Dauphine University.

Mike Fay

Business Development Manager, IoT & Embedded Computing, North Europe Dell IoT  


A business and technology leader with over 25-years industry experience, Mike Fay joined Dell in 2016 as Business Development Manager for the IoT & Embedded Computing Group within Dell OEM Solutions EMEA, where he is responsible for leading the strategic implementation of Dell’s IoT & Embedded business and go-to-market strategy across Northern Europe

Neal Forse



Neal has over 20 years’ experience in data networking and video processing within the broadcast and semiconductor sectors, both in engineering and business management. He started his career as a research engineer at Sony developing the world’s first digital TV service over satellite then moved onto to run the software operations for Ericsson Media. Before joining WND-UK, Neal nurtured multiple start-up business within Intel, focusing on next generation video compression technologies, network access architectures and artificial intelligence for Smart City and industrial IoT applications

Matt Grant

Business Development Director RealVNC 


Matt Grant has over 10 years of experience helping technology companies grow through impactful sales strategy in both the UK & US markets. Much of his experience has involved go-to-market strategy, helping to narrow down target vertical markets and introduce technical products to its desired audience.

He is currently spearheading RealVNC’s Developer division, introducing their powerful remote screen sharing technology toolkit to millions of users by establishing partnerships with some of the biggest names in ATM technology.

Pilgrim Beart

CEO DevicePilot 


Pilgrim Beart is a serial connected-products entrepreneur, having founded companies including Antenova (billions of antenna systems shipped) and AlertMe (now known as Hive and acquired by BG in 2015 for $100m, it’s the UK’s most successful Connected Home platform and has shipped millions of connected devices). Pilgrim is an IET Fellow and is now CEO of DevicePilot.

Joe Barkai

The Outcome Economy and the Internet of Things, Joe Barkai


Joe Barkai is a recognized industry analyst, strategy adviser, and the author of The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business.

With more than 30 years of experience helping organizations across diverse industries that include automotive, high tech and medical equipment chart their product and market strategies, Joe offers a unique ability to “connect the dots” and articulate the always-evolving business value of technology.  His focus is on researching, forecasting and the strategic application of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology and the union between IoT and business processes such as product innovation, manufacturing, product lifecycle management, and service lifecycle management.

As the Chairman of the Automotive IoT program at SAE, the world’s largest organization of automotive and aerospace engineers, Joe has a unique perspective on connected cars, autonomous driving and mobility of the future.Previously, Joe served as Research Vice President Research at IDC – a leading global market research company, where he was responsible for multiple global research practices in automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, and high-tech, concentrating on ICT strategies and engineering software markets.

Michael Thomas

Azure IoT Business Lead, Microsoft UK


Michael leads the Azure IoT and Advanced Analytics business for Microsoft UK and has helped various enterprises and government organisations transform their businesses. As part of the UK Azure cloud team, he held various roles from managing the data platform business to creating a competitive strategy for the Azure cloud business in the UK. Before joining Microsoft, he helped oil and gas clients improve their operational efficiency with remote monitoring solutions. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada and MBA from IE Business School, Spain

Yiru Zhong

Principal Analyst Internet of Things, Beecham Research


Yiru Zhong is principal analyst at Beecham Research.  Her focus areas within the Internet of Things (IoT) include cybersecurity (of data security and privacy) and smart energy applications.

Previously, she was an analyst with Frost & Sullivan for more than a decade, covering the M2M/IoT markets, information security and digitalisation of energy and transport mobility sectors.  She has advised many IT and telecommunications clients on industry convergence opportunities and delivered several cyber-security projects.

Her educational background is in economics. After graduation, she worked as an economist in several investment banks before deciding to pursue an MSc in Economics in the London School of Economics. She is currently studying for a CompTIA Security+ certification.

She is very interested in the social impact of IoT and is watching for a change maker that allows every user to intuitively trade their privacy thresholds for individualised benefit.

Jeremy Heath

Innovation Manager, Sutton and East Surrey Water


With over 20 years experience in the Water Industry, and a background in both mechanical engineering and database applications, Jeremy is responsible for the management of innovation within SESW. This involves both the development of an innovation culture and the introduction of new technologies into the Water Industry, in particular the Smart Water Network. This innovative network will be built on enhanced sensors, a communication layer, intelligent processing, intuitive graphical displays and workforce mobilisation

Fun fact: Jeremy is the lead singer and guitarist in a band which raises money for the International Charity WaterAid

Dan Fiehn

CIO (Top 100 CIO), Markerstudy Group


With over 20 year’s experience in insurance and IT, Dan Fiehn has full responsibility for all IT at the Markerstudy Group.  Since joining Markerstudy in 2010, Dan has revolutionised the daily operations of the IT department, enabling the rapid growth of the business, increasing from 500 in 2011 to over 4000 staff in 2015, based all over the UK.

His role at Markerstudy Group, as a leader and strategist, puts him at the cutting edge of driving transformational change in order to make a positive lasting difference, underpinning the growth of the Group.  His team have achieved recognition and numerous industry awards as a result of successfully implementing big data and insurer-hosted rating hub initiatives, establishing a new capability for the business to transform its operational efficiency.

Ian Hughes

Senior Analyst, Internet of Things, 451 Research


Ian Hughes is a Senior analyst for Internet of Things at 451 Research, a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. He has over 28 years of experience in emerging technology as a developer, architect and consultant. Ian was early to the Web development space in 1998, social media in 2004, and influential in virtual-worlds adoption in 2006-09, all in two decades at IBM. He spent the next seven years in start-up land with his own company, Feeding Edge, where he presented a regular emerging technology feature on a UK children’s TV show, built virtual hospitals, pitched to investors, wrote a technology column for a fashion magazine and two sci-fi novels, Reconfigure and Cont3xt, full of modern day IoT, VR and AR created under his online handle of epredator.

Extra facts:

I am also a 2nd Black Belt and instructor in the martial art Choi Kwang Do, and hold over 7 patents in emerging technology such as “Simulation of sporting events in a virtual environment 

“ and “Conducting marketing activity in relation to a virtual world based on monitored virtual world activity

Andrew Yeomans

Architect, Lloyds Banking Group


Andrew Yeomans was Domain Architect for Application Security at Lloyds Banking Group and Head of Security Engineering at Commerzbank London (formerly Dresdner Kleinwort investment bank).

Andrew was on the management board of the Jericho Forum, an international information security thought-leadership group dedicated to defining ways to deliver effective IT security solutions that will match the increasing business demands for secure IT operations in our open, Internet-driven, globally networked world. Andrew is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the ISSA UK chapter.

Prior to this, Andrew led IBM’s European technical sales for Internet security. He is co-author of “Java Network Security”, the first book to cover secure multi-tier Java applications. He has worked with UNIX and Open Source software since 1985, and managed and ran IBM’s Scientific and Technical Computing group’s UNIX network.

Gilles Thonet

Head of ICT Standards, IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)


Gilles Thonet is the Head of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) standards for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). A technology executive with international experience in high tech industrial companies – including ABB, Eaton and Schneider Electric – Gilles drives the IEC’s strategic involvement in the ICT area, with a specific focus on IoT. He holds a PhD in Communication Technologies from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), and an MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business

Bob Tarzey

Analyst and Director, Quocirca Ltd.


Bob joined Quocirca in 2002.  His main area of coverage is route to market for ITC vendors, but he also has an additional focus on IT security, network computing systems management and managed services.

Bob writes regular analytical columns for Computing, Computer Weekly, TechRepublic and Computer Reseller News (CRN), and has written for The Times, Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph. Bob blogs for Computing, Info Security Advisor and He also provides general comment for the European IT and business press.

Bob has extensive knowledge of the IT industry. Prior to joining Quocirca in he spent 16 years working for US technology vendors including DEC (now HP), Sybase, Gupta, Merant (now Serena), eGain and webMethods (now Software AG).

Bob has a BSc in Geology from Manchester University and PhD in Geochemistry from Leicester University.

Andre Pinto

Chief Operations Officer, CeNTI – Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials


André Pinto holds a degree in Physics from School of Sciences of the University of Minho, and a Master’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from School of Engineering also from the University of Minho.

From 2009 to 2010 he worked as a researcher for the Electroactive Materials Group of the Department of Physics of the University of Minho, specializing in the development of new piezoelectric sensor devices. Since 2010 works as senior researcher at CeNTI, focusing on development of organic electronics and embedded systems for sensor-actuator devices, and the development of integrated sensing and monitoring platforms (sensor arrays) into/onto wearables and personal protective equipment.

Concurrently, his experience includes deposition techniques (physical deposition and thermal evaporation of materials), development of large scale organic light emitting devices and surface treatment on polymeric substrates. In recent projects has been investigating and developing sensor-actuator devices integrated into different wearables and safety related personal protective equipment, coupled with the development of continuous data monitoring and data acquisition platforms for professional and industrial environments.


Security Expert, IOActive, Ltd


Dr. Cédric LÉVY-BENCHETON is an independent security expert. He created CETOME to promotes the need for security in every domain of our society, with a focus on the Internet of Things and prepare to the new EU regulation (GDPR and NIS Directive).

Previously, Dr. Cédric LÉVY-BENCHETON led a team of penetration testers in a global consultancy. He was also an expert in cyber security at ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, where he developed the area of Smart Infrastructures and the concept of security for Safety. Before that, he designed critical networks for public transports. He was also a researcher in telecommunications.

Dr. Cédric LÉVY-BENCHETON has obtained a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from University Lyon in 2011.

Kalman Tiboldi

Chief Business Innovation Officer, TVH Group


Kalman Tiboldi is the Chief Business Innovation Officer of TVH Group, worldwide market leader in replacement parts and accessories for material handling and industrial vehicles, and has over 35 year experience in using information technology for business process innovation

Kalman merged IT and Business in a new department called Business Innovation through IT (BI²T) and managed to promote the collaboration between IT and Business as driving force behind the digital transformation of the company.  With his team he has successfully implemented a flawless IT infrastructure with flexible applications, based on service-oriented architecture, using DevOps, turning TVH into a real-time, extended enterprise.

Providing the leadership and direction towards the development and implementation of information systems, Kalman is taking advantage from Cloud-based Services, Big Data and Internet of Things and strongly support Open Source solutions.

Kalman holds a Civil engineer polytechnician degree from Military Technical Academy of Bucharest and a Master of Mathematics and Computer Science degree from University of Bucharest.

He was named IT Manager of the Year’ – Large Organizations in 2004 and 2011 by Leading European Trade Publication, Data News.

Gerard de Bourbón

Chief Evangelist, Tele2 IoT


Gerard de Bourbón is an executive with more than 28 plus years of significant international management, sales, marketing, consulting, strategy, business development background gained at several blue chip, companies in the IT /Telecom industry, such as Verizon, CA, IBM, HP, Lucent, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, with a strong background in digital transformation, M2M, IoT, security, AI, cognitive and neural networking, contextual learning, finance, operations, mergers and acquisitions.

He joins Tele2 IoT from Verizon where he drove the multi-billion Euro Northern European P&L, towards their enterprise clients. Throughout his career, Gerard and team championed substantial increases in sales, year on year.

While at Verizon he helped his MT and entire team on the reversal of a declining business into one which outgrew all competitors (+36%), increased market share each year, and returned the business unit from -50% operating loss to +10% operating profit over 12 quarters while successfully integrating eight acquisitions.

De Bourbon is a Math and Physics Graduate. He completed and MBA at the Stockholm School of Economics, plus also attended INSEAD / France, Darden University & Harvard University / USA, where he completed non-degreed corporate sponsored executive programs.

Mr. De Bourbon has taking companies public and exited a successful venture pioneering M2M connectivity and mobility functionality in the healthcare sector, the company still trades in the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

Robin Duke-Wooley

CEO, Beecham Research


Robin has nearly 40 years experience in the telecom/IT industry. Firstly for over 18 years in commercial roles – including IT Systems Analysis, Marketing Management, Sales Management then General Management in international technology vendor companies. Secondly for over 20 years in market analysis and consulting roles, including director of research at Dataquest/Gartner and a Principal at other leading firms before founding Beecham Research. He has been researching the M2M/IoT Connected Devices market since 2001 and is an internationally recognized thought leader in this area. Robin gained a BSc honours degree in Electronics, followed by an MSc in Management and Business Studies at Warwick University in the UK. He also studied at INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France.

Robin is also a Director of Beecham Technology Partners, based in London UK, which provides strategy development, transaction planning and integration services for mergers and acquisitions in the M2M/IoT market.

Mahmud Mirza

Azure IoT Sales Lead UK – Global Blackbelt Team – Microsoft  


Mahmud graduated from Loughborough University and has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years with vendors such as IBM, SAP and CISCO.  Currently, Mahmud is the sales lead for Azure IoT in the UK.


Ken Munro

Security Researcher, Pen Test Partners


Ken is passionate about empowering the user and blowing away the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) peddled by security vendors. He is a successful entrepreneur and is a founder and partner in Pen Test Partners, a partnership of like-minded professional penetration testers all of whom have a stake in the business. He’s also on the executive steering board for the IoT Security Foundation which aims to promote security and improve standards in the market. Ken has been in the infosecurity business for approaching 20 years. Ken Munro can be contacted at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter via @thekenmunroshow


Grant Notman

Business Development Director – UK, LemonBeat


Lemonbeat – Business development ( IoT Software / Hardware)

Gas Sensing Solutions   – Global Business Development (IoT C02 sensors)

Transition Networks – Director, Channel Sales EMEA ( M2M / Ethernet / Fibre )

Numerous further positions in the M2M/IoT sector.

Drives change, generating lucrative lines of business in new markets by creating innovative strategies based on sound analysis and implementing major sales & marketing campaigns.