“(IQT)...has quickly become the quantum industry’s leading conference.” —ZDNET

Speakers
whurley
whurley
Founder and CEO, Strangeworks

Talk II: Key Drivers for the Quantum Apocalypse

whurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup that makes the power of quantum computing easily accessible and available to all. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, A Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Chairman of the Quantum Computing Standards Workgroup at the IEEE, the first Ambassador to CERN and Society, a regular contributor to TechCrunch on the topic of Quantum Computing, and the co-author of “Quantum Computing For Babies”. Prior to starting Strangeworks he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs [NYSE: GS]. He came to Goldman Sachs via the acquisition of his second startup, Honest Dollar. Prior to Honest Dollar whurley founded Chaotic Moon Studios which was acquired by Accenture.

Clare
Clare
Allocca
Senior Advisor for Standardization in the Standards Coordination Office, NIST

Presentation: Quantum Computing Standards

Clare Allocca is Senior Advisor for Standardization in the Standards Coordination Office at NIST.  The Standards Coordination Office is the NIST standardization focal point for federal government and a key information source for US industry on standards-related market access issues.  Clare leads and supports extensive standards development activity as well as associated standards and conformity assessment policy.  Clare currently holds several standards-related leadership positions, including Chair of the US Mirror Committee of ISO-IEC/JTC1/WG14 Quantum Computing.

Clare has over 30 years of experience in program and strategic management and R&D for biotechnology standards, quantum computing, advanced materials, manufacturing, cyberphysical systems, surface engineering, and measurement technology. Previous positions include Chief of the US Measurement System Office, Director of the NIST Foundations for Innovation Program, Senior Technical Advisor of the NIST Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, and Program Manager for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing in the Advanced Technology Program.  

Clare holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, and Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Master of Science Degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a Master of Science Degree in Management of Technology from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton Business School.  She has also authored or co-authored numerous scientific publications and speaks frequently on standardization-related topics. Clare is also the recipient of the NIST Bronze Medal, US Department of Commerce Gold Medal and US Federal Gears of Government Award.

Reza
Reza
Azarderakhsh
Founder and President, PQSecure Technologies

Talk IV: Market and Product Evolution for Post Quantum Encryption
Panel II: Opportunities for the Data Networking and Telephone Industries in the Quantum Internet

Dr. Reza Azarderakhsh is the founder and president of a startup company PQSecure Technologies. The company’s main focus is on the design, evaluation, and implementations of pre- and post-quantum cryptographic solutions in small embedded and IoT devices. Dr. Azarderakhsh is leading the SIKE (one of the NIST round 2 candidates for post-quantum cryptography) for real-world hardware/software applications. PQSecure is currently funded through a SBIR awards from National Science Foundation. Dr. Azarderakhsh has several experience transferring science/applied research from his lab, where he is a professor and commercialize for real-world use in high-tech industry. Dr. Azarderakhsh received his PhD from Western University and was postdoctoral fellow for two years in the center for applied cryptographic research at University of Waterloo. His current research has been funded through NSF, NIST, DoD, and Texas Instruments. He was a presenter on at ARM TechCon 2018, RSA Conference 2018, ICMC 2018, about the awareness of quantum-safe cryptography. Dr. Azarderakhsh is also an assistant professor at computer engineering department at FAU and is a I-SENSE fellow working on the security of IoT sensors.

Sahar
Sahar
Ben Rached
Quantum Computing Research Intern, Institute for Data Processing and Electronics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Panel I: A Survey of Research on Quantum Repeaters

Sahar is a Research Master’s candidate in Nanotechnology at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. She is currently a Quantum Computing research intern at the IPE, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. She is a Qiskit Advocate and the Co-Founder and Local Coordinator of QTunisia, the first community of Quantum Computing enthusiasts in Tunisia, aiming to promote and teach about quantum technologies.

Simon
Simon
Benjamin
Professor of Quantum Technologies, Oxford University

Panel II: Commercial Opportunities for Quantum Simulation Software

Simon Benjamin is Professor of Quantum Technologies at Oxford University. He leads a team of theorists studying quantum algorithms and computing architectures based primarily in the Materials Department. Their focus is on new technologies that exploit quantum physics: quantum sensors, quantum communications, and quantum computing, including the development of these technologies on various platforms, such as novel silicon and diamond-based materials.

Mihir
Mihir
Bhaskar
Physicist, Harvard University

Panel I: A Survey of Research on Quantum Repeaters

Mihir Bhaskar is an experimental physicist with a background in quantum optics, quantum memories, and quantum networks. Mihir’s expertise lies at the intersection of quantum science and engineering, and he is passionate about realizing applications of quantum technologies. During his PhD research at Harvard, he helped develop a novel integrated nanophotonic quantum repeater platform based on color-center qubits in diamond. Using this system, his team was able to perform the first experimental demonstration of memory-enhanced quantum communication, a major milestone towards large-scale quantum networks based on quantum repeaters.

Paolo
Paolo
Bianco
Global R&T Cooperation Manager, Airbus

Panel I: Quantum Computing in the Aerospace Industry

Paolo Bianco got graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in Turin (Italy) after having graduated as Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in UK and having studied in prestigious technical universities across Europe.

He started working with European Commission (EC) before graduation, when he co-founded a European Economic Interest Group to run projects in response to EC thematic network calls.

After a period as project management consultant, Paolo started his career in space at CGS (now OHB), Milan, Italy, then he joined Astrium, now Airbus, in Portsmouth, UK.

In his role of space system engineer, Paolo has designed systems for Earth orbit and for interplanetary missions. Currently most of such systems are flying while or being finalised for flight.

In parallel as technologist, Paolo has developed a wide range of diverse technologies for space and aerospace applications. This eventually became his main job as Global R&T Cooperation Manager for Airbus Defence and Space, with remit on UK and Asia-Pacific.

In 2015 he got involved in Quantum Technologies (QTs), investigating and assessing on how to use them in Airbus operation and products of Defence and Space division, where he currently works. He provided his view on QTs application to the European Parliament (STOA) and the House of Parliament (POST), consultancy research definition to the European Commission for the deployment of the QT Flagship (High Level Steering Committee member) and to the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency (as QT Space Report contributor). Currently he is acting as industry advisory board member to a number of European and national initiatives and he is leading the strategy subgroup for quantum computing of the European Quantum Industry Consortium.

Christopher
Christopher
Bishop
Chairperson, Chief Reinvention Officer, Improvising Careers

Panel III: Building a Quantum-Competent Workforce

Christopher Bishop is a technology futurist, TEDx speaker, LinkedIn Learning instructor and former IBMer. He is passionate about the power of emerging technologies to positively transform business and culture. Chris has been the Master of Ceremonies for the past two Inside Quantum Technology virtual events.

Chris writes and speaks on quantum information science, artificial intelligence, cryptoassets, blockchain, fintech, augmented/virtual reality and robotics, especially the implications of these technologies on the workforce. He will be leading a panel on May 20th focused on “Building a Quantum-competent Workforce.”

Worth noting that Chris created a live-action course for LinkedIn Learning called “Future-proofing your data science career” and co-authored a white paper with MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland titled Blockchain+AI+Human”, describing the business possibilities as well as the powerful socio-cultural implications of connecting AI and blockchain.

Martijn
Martijn
Boerkamp
Science Journalist, Cool Science;
CTO and co-founder, inPhocal

Panel II: Quantum Repeaters: Commercialization potential

I am a physics enthusiast, whether I’m at work or in my free time. I have been working for many years in new technology development: at research institutes, bigger and smaller companies. I’ve always been working on the edge of science and industry, which involves taking research out of the lab and onto the market. In 2020 I co-founded the startup inPhocal, where we are developing a ground-breaking laser technology that will revolutionise the laser processing industry.

I am also keen on improving science communication. As a science journalist I aim to write articles on scientific topics that are appealing to a wide range of people. I get motivation out of making people enthusiastic about physics, which I believe can only be by making difficult topics easy to understand, whilst not giving in on what makes physics cool to read about.

I enjoy quantum physics the most. Its principles are almost incomprehensible for most people, even though we all use quantum based technology in our daily lives. And many more new quantum technology applications will most certainly change our world. I’m looking forward to seeing a bright quantum future coming.

Peter
Peter
Bordow
SVP & Principal Systems Architect for Advanced Technologies, Wells Fargo

Panel II: Planning for the Quantum Era at Major Financial Institutions: Case Studies

Peter Bordow is the SVP & Principal Systems Architect for Advanced Technologies at Wells Fargo. In this role, Peter is responsible for leading the Quantum Technology Research Team, and many other advanced, innovation and ideation efforts across WF Technology.

Thierry
Thierry
Botter
Executive Director, European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC)

Panel I: National Quantum Development Groups

Dr. Thierry Botter is Executive Director of the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC), an industry association designed to boost European-industry competitiveness in quantum technologies. QuIC operates as a collaborative hub, bringing together SMEs, large corporations, investors, research organisations. Dr. Botter was previously deputy-Chief of Airbus’ central research & technology (CRT) organization and head of Airbus Blue Sky, a research department within CRT dedicated to emerging, transformative technologies. He also served as a member of the first strategic advisory board for the European Commission’s Quantum Technologies Flagship. Prior to joining Airbus, Dr. Botter was a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on the development of space-based quantum sensors. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Markus
Markus
Braun
Founder & Managing Director, JoS QUANTUM

Panel I: Quantum for Quants: New Quantum Software and Services for the Financial Industry

Markus founded JoS QUANTUM in 2018. Before that, he worked for Deutsche Bank and as a consultant for various financial institutions. He implemented various quantitative models for fraud detection and risk modelling. Markus studied mathematical physics in Magdeburg, Tokyo and Taipei.

Sella
Sella
Brosh
Chief Executive Officer, Nvision

Talk I: Quantum Sensors in Healthcare and Medicine

Dr. Sella Brosh is the Chief Executive Officer of NVision Imaging Technologies since 2016. As CEO, Dr. Brosh leads the business and clinical development efforts of the company. Prior to joining the leadership team of NVision, Dr. Brosh worked as senior engagement manager at the US mid-atlantic office of McKinsey & Company. He led multiple global commercialization efforts in the Pharma and Medical Device spaces and worked alongside Market Access and R&D teams of top-10 companies to optimize their early pipelines and structure a value driven approach for their products. Dr. Brosh also worked at Oscar Health, a US based tech-driven health insurance company, where he managed the network of clinicians and hospitals in 4 states (NY, NJ, CA and TX). Prior to his career in the healthcare industry he served as a combat engineering officer, first as platoon commander and later as an officer of operations of a combat battalion. He received his Bachelor of Medical Science (magna cum laude) and Medical Doctor degrees from Tel-Aviv University.

Niels
Niels
Bultink
Co-Founder CEO, Qblox BV

Panel I: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

Niels (CEO Qblox) specialises in controlling quantum computers performing the first feedback on solid-state qubits in 2012. His PhD research with Leonardo DiCarlo at TU Delft has led to more than ten scientific publications centred around fault-tolerant quantum computing with superconducting circuits. The work at QuTech enabled the control of setups with up to 50 qubits and has now found its way to the market via the company Qblox. With Qblox new and industrialized generation of control stacks, he is paving the way for quantum computer integrators worldwide to reach practical applications in quantum computing. Niels is co-founder and CEO of Qblox, he is responsible for General Management, Sales, Fundraising, IP growth and HR.

Robert
Robert
Campbell
Independent Consultant and Security Researcher, Med CyberSecurity

Panel III: Quantum and Cybercurrency

Dr. Campbell is a senior cryptologist, former naval officer cryptologist, electronics, spacecraft, sea, land-based reconnaissance expert, and a healthcare certified information technologist. Additionally, Rob holds the following degrees and certifications: Space Systems Engineering Professional Code: Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, Masters’ in Computer Science, and awarded a Ph.D. in Quantum Resistant Technologies in 2020. He has many years of experience in the Department of Defense, the Private Sector, and the Intelligence Community.

Andersen
Andersen
Cheng
CEO, Post-Quantum

Panel III: Quantum and Cybercurrency

A computer auditor by training, Andersen was Head of Credit Risk at JP Morgan, Head of Corporate Development at LabMorgan (JP Morgan’s FinTech investment unit) and also COO of the Carlyle Group’s European Venture Fund. More recently, Andersen ran TRL, a provider of ultra-secure solutions to government – TRL was subsequently sold to L-3, the US Defence Group.

10 years ago Andersen established Post-Quantum, a start-up working to develop encryption capable of withstanding a quantum attack, and the firm is a frontrunner in NIST’s global competition to identify a new cryptographic standard to replace RSA and Elliptic Curve for public-key cryptography. Most recently, using many of Post-Quantum’s R&D innovations, the Company founded Nomidio, a quantum-ready SaaS based biometric authentication and verification business that works to provide a secure way for people to log-in to accounts without all the problems of passwords.

Christopher
Christopher
Chunnilall
Senior Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

Panel III: Evolution of Standards for QKD and QRNGs

Christopher Chunnilall is a Senior Scientist at NPL, the UK’s national metrology institute, where he leads research on quantum photonics metrology and its application to evaluating and testing quantum optical technologies such as quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation.

He is the vice-Chair for quantum photonics in the European Metrology Network for Quantum Technologies, a member of international single-photon metrology working groups, and the ETSI ISG-QKD and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 WG 2 and WG3 committees working on standards for QKD and QRNGs.

Emily
Emily
Conover
Senior Physics Reporter, Science News

Panel III: Quantum Memories: Where will they be used?

Emily Conover is the senior physics reporter at Science News in Washington, D.C. She has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago and has previously written for Science Magazine, the American Physical Society, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is the president of the D.C. Science Writers Association.

Dillion
Dillion
Cottrill
Senior Associate Analyst, IQT Research

Talk II: Fiber Versus Satellite in Quantum Networks

Dillion Cottrill is a senior associate analyst who holds undergraduate degrees in physics and economics. While an undergraduate, he worked with single photon sources and became fascinated with their applications to computation and communication. He is from Charleston, West Virginia though he currently resides in Long Island, New York where he is working to complete a masters degree in physics at Stony Brook University. Dillion is very interested in quantum technology and its development, and plans to start a company in the field after finishing his education. His mission at Inside Quantum Technology is to gain a firm understanding of current day trends in the emerging quantum technology field, as well as meet other like-minded people. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights and reading books.

Esperanza
Esperanza
Cuenca-Gomez
Member, Quantum World Association

Panel II: Planning for the Quantum Era at Major Financial Institutions: Case Studies

Esperanza Cuenca-Gomez is head of Change Management at the Quantum Strategy Institute and a member of the Quantum World Association. She is a digital transformation enthusiast with more than 10 years of experience in the banking and consumer finance industries, focused on defining how we do things differently (processes) and articulating how we enable systems and people to do those new things differently (change management). This involves analyzing how things are, identifying how things could and should be, defining the way things will be, getting all stakeholders aligned in this vision, and, in summary, making things happen. She also serves as a Processes and Change management Director for a leading financial institution.

Jack
Jack
DeGrave
Business Development Scientist, FormFactor

Panel I: Future Opportunities in Quantum Cooling Systems

Jack DeGrave joined the FormFactor-HPD Business Development team in early 2021 where he has focused on engaging with the Quantum Development Community members to map out the needs for cryogenic test and measurement, high density I/O device interfacing, and cryostats for deployment of quantum processors. His background in cryogenic test and measurement dates to early 2010 during his PhD studies in low temperature transport of helimagnets and skyrmions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, he held business development positions at several cryogenics companies. Jack brings greater than a decade of experience in cryogenic system design and test & measurement.

Martijn
Martijn
Dekker
Chief Information Security Officer, ABN AMRO Bank

Panel II: Planning for the Quantum Era at Major Financial Institutions: Case Studies

As top executive and Chief Information Security Officer at ABN AMRO Bank, Martijn has more than 20 yearsof experience of driving the security strategy of the organisation. Next to that, he has been teaching andsupervising master students for over 10 years at Dutch universities. Since early 2020, he is visiting professorInformation Security at the University of Amsterdam, conducting research in the field of informationsecurity governance, decision making, security automation and information theory.

Next to his executive- and academic roles, he is member of the supervisory board of Stater N.V. and memberof the ICT advisory board of CBS (Statistics Netherlands).
As experienced leader in cybersecurity, Martijn also enjoys presenting keynotes, lectures and trainings.

He is dedicated to help develop cybersecurity leadership.

Maurizio
Maurizio
Di Paolo Emilio
Editor & Technical Writer, AspenCore
Editor-in-Chief of Power Electronics News and EEWeb - Correspondent, EE Times, EE Times Europe

Panel II: The Future of QKD in a World of Post Quantum Encryption (PQC) and Why QKD is So Maligned

Maurizio has worked in the research field of gravitational waves and in space research projects as a design engineer. He wonders at times if someone up there has been sending us messages that we haven’t received or been able to decrypt. Maurizio is an electronic engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Physics. Maurizio enjoys writing and telling stories about technology and electronics. His main interests are Power, Automotive, IoT, Digital. Maurizio is currently editor-in-chief of Power Electronics News and European Correspondent of EE Times. He also oversees discussions on EEWeb.com. He has written various technical and scientific articles, and a couple of books for Springer on Energy Harvesting and Data Acquisition and Control System.

Andrey
Andrey
Dremlyuga
Director Business Strategy, QRate

Panel II: The Future of QKD in a World of Post Quantum Encryption (PQC) and Why QKD is So Maligned

Andrey is responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy of QRate. He has profound experience in managing of sales and marketing activities in top-tier telecom and IT vendors of complex high-tech solutions. Before joining QRate, Andrey has worked both on the customer and on the supplier sides in various Eastern- and Western-European countries.

Being highly oriented on innovative technologies, he has identified quantum industry as the best place to be for the years to come. Andrey’s current goal is to market QRate solutions both online and offline: QKD, QRNG and Quantum Laboratory for Universities.

Duncan
Duncan
Earl
President and CTO, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel II: Opportunities for the Data Networking and Telephone Industries in the Quantum Internet

Dr. Duncan Earl is the President and CTO of Qubitekk, Inc. Prior to starting Qubitekk, Dr. Earl spent 20 years conducting energy and defense-related R&D at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the fields of quantum sources, quantum computing, and quantum cryptography. Dr. Earl is a serial entrepreneur with numerous patents and technical publications.

Sadegh
Sadegh
Ebrahimi
Advanced Sensor Engineer, Endress+Hauser Group

Panel I: Developments in 2021

Sadegh is a proud member of ‘’People for Process Automation’’ at Endress+Hauser group as an advanced sensor engineer, co-developing the future of process automation.

After finishing his Ph.D. at GSI Darmstadt (and University of Heidelberg), where he researched highly charged ions as tools to explore the fundamentals of the universe using advanced quantum metrology techniques, he joined the Endress+Hauser group to contribute to developing the state of art technologies for a connected process automation.

Given the highly innovative environment at Endress+Hauser Group, alongside few other brilliant teammates, Sadegh initiated the adaptation of quantum technologies at Endress+Hauser Group, a highly disruptive yet rewarding deep tech in the sensing and automation industry.

Emily
Emily
Edwards
Executive Director of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Panel III: Building a Quantum-Competent Workforce

Emily Edwards is the Executive Director of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her background is in physics and science communication. In addition to co-leading the development of the QIS Key Concepts in 2020, she is co-leading the NSF-funded Q2Work program, which is facilitating the National Q-12 Education Partnership. She also has an NSF AISL project to develop an online multimedia glossary of quantum physics terms called “The Quantum Atlas.”

Thomas
Thomas
Ehmer
Innovation Incubator Lead, Merck KGaA

Panel II: Life Sciences and Pharma

Thomas joined Merck KGaA in September 2000 where since then he is scouting novel technologies in different roles, starting in Business Development, then over in IT and Analyst roles. In his normal life he is Innovation Incubator in Merck’s Healthcare R&D Informatics Team and tests novel technology for its value to be applied to the Merck Group. This ranges from smart wearables and bioelectronics over to fundamental new technology, like neuromorphic and quantum technology (sensing, computing). He has a PhD in Physics, with thesis in computational Medical Biophysics from the University of Heidelberg.

His passion lies in paradigm shifts and transformation – exploring how culture, technology, ancient wisdom and individual neuroanatomical diversity did and do impact the world views and with that also the primary understanding of problems, as well as the potential solution that emerge when approaching todays’ problems with playful curiosity, different mindsets and paradigms. Specific to Quantum Mechanics, he beliefs that there lies hidden potential in each of its over ten different philosophical interpretations – namely looking at problems with a different quantum thinking approach – i.e. reformulating and looking from a different angle to see where quantum features (entanglement, superposition, non-determinism) offer potential solutions, and in general where “unconventional creativity” could crack the hard nuts.

Kees
Kees
Eijkel
Business Development Director, QuTech, Delft University of Technology

Kees Eijkel is Business Development Director at QuTech, the Delft quantum institute founded by the Technical University of Delft and TNO. Before that, he was president of Kennispark Twente, the science park and innovation ecosystem in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, and technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology. His education is in Mathematics (MSc University of Amsterdam) and Engineering (PhD University of Twente). Kees has held several positions in organizations to support commercialization and startups, including public venture funds.

Chris
Chris
Erven
CEO & Co-Founder, KETS

Panel I: New Opportunities for Quantum Number Generators (QRNGs)

Chris, CEO & Co-Founder of KETS has been building prototype quantum communication systems and exploring their commercial potential for the last 15 years. After starting as a Lecturer in Quantum Engineering at the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs (QETLabs) at the University of Bristol – where he helped to pioneer a next-gen chip-based approach to quantum encryption – he’s now commercialising this approach in the quantum start-up KETS. At KETS, we’ve figured out how to miniaturise quantum-safe hardware in a size, form-factor, and price-point that makes it commercially viable. We have extensive knowledge of the quantum encryption and communication market through direct engagement with customers in the sectors of Telecommunications, Data Centres, Defence & Space, Finance, Government, and Critical Infrastructure. Chris holds a PhD from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

Nick
Nick
Farina
CEO, EeroQ Quantum Hardware

Panel I: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

CEO, EeroQ Quantum Hardware, founded in 2016, building a universal quantum computer using a novel qubit architecture. Member of U.S. Quantum Industry Coalition. Sponsor, Unitary Fund (QC software grant program). Founder, QCEthics.org, a multidisciplinary organization developing the ethical framework for quantum computation and recently featured in Gizmodo. PE/Angel investor. Earlier, founded EOC (leading higher ed services corporation) and served on the BOD of Chicago Public Television.

Doug
Doug
Finke
Consulting Analyst & Managing Editor, Inside Quantum Technology & Quantum Computing Report

Panel I: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

Panel III: Commercial Opportunities for Quantum-based Optimization Software

Doug Finke is a Consulting Analyst to Inside Quantum Technology. He is also founder of the Quantum Computing Report where he applies his wide breadth of experience to help accelerate the deployment of quantum computing. Doug has been involved in the computer, semiconductor, and storage industry for over 30 years and has helped drive the growth of many new technologies during this period. Doug believes that many of the new technology growth patterns he has seen within the computer industry will reoccur as the quantum technology field evolves. Doug has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the startup company,IntelliSense, where he helped sell the company at a valuation of $750 million. As Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at the semiconductor startup ChipWrights, Doug also helped raise $25 million in venture capital funding. Other important firms for whom Doug has worked include Intel, IBM, Standard Microsystems and HGST/Western Digital. Doug holds degrees in computer engineering and management from the University of Illinois and MIT respectively.

Steve
Steve
Flinter
Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Mastercard Labs Research & Development

Panel II: Planning for the Quantum Era at Major Financial Institutions: Case Studies

Steve is an IT professional with more than 25 years’ experience in industry, government and academia. Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs’ R&D initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Quantum Computing. In this role, Steve’s team is responsible for supporting Mastercard product groups as they look to introduce AI & ML technologies to their products and services. Steve’s team is also responsible for driving Mastercard Lab’s research efforts into the application of Quantum Computing to Mastercard and the banking and payments industry.

Steve has been with Mastercard for seven years. Steve’s initial role with Mastercard was with the global Mastercard Start Path team – Mastercard’s startup engagement and fintech program. In this role, he supported fintech startup companies, connecting them to Mastercard and its global network of customers, accelerating their internal innovation activities.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish Government agency charged with investing in academic research projects. At SFI he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m in software, computer science and artificial intelligence projects and research centers. Prior to that, Steve spent ten years in various senior software development roles in a variety of industry verticals.

Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin.

Axel
Axel
Foery
Executive VP Quantum-Safe Security, ID Quantique
Topic sponsor keynote

Mr. Axel Foery joined ID Quantique in February 2020 bringing a deep experience in the IT, telecommunications and security fields. He started his career in the telecommunications market working for Deutsche Telekom, Nokia and later Cisco where he built the IP Infrastructure we everyday use. During 16 years at Cisco, he successfully held leadership roles throughout Europe and was responsible for the launch of new technologies and go-to-market approaches for major global markets and verticals.

After working at Cisco, Axel became the CEO of Keymile, a Swiss and German network infrastructure vendor, serving the Energy, Railway, Authority and Carrier markets. There, he implemented a new company strategy focusing on the mission-critical market. To cover the strong security needs of this market, he drove the joint development of a new product with IDQ and Keymile/ABB in 2016. Later, he moved into the Utility market to build the Global B2B Solution Business GTM for E.ON, a major European Utility company. Before joining ID Quantique, Axel was a strategic technology advisor in different Private Equity investments.

Ron
Ron
Folman
Quantum Physicist, Ben Gurion University

Talk IV: Quantum Sensor Miniaturization
Panel III: Manufacturing Quantum Components

Ron is an Israeli quantum physicist and social activist. He is a professor of quantum physics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) where he heads the Atom Chip group. He was the founder and first director of the BGU center for quantum science and technology since 2010 and the founder and first director of the center for nano-fabrication since 2003. Ron is one of the inventors of the Atom Chip.

Terrill
Terrill
Frantz
Professor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Presentation: Quantum Computing Standards
Panel III: Building a Quantum-Competent Workforce

Mr. Frantz is the Vice-Chair of the US TAG to JTC 1/WG 14 on Quantum Computing, which is the United States representative body for ISO quantum standards. He is a professor at Harrisburg University where he has designed and taught quantum programs and courses from PhD to High School levels and where he is also leading algorithm research projects. One area of particular focus is the Masters Degree Incubator initiative, which develops individuals for Master-level study in Quantum Technologies.. Dr. Frantz focuses on workforce development issues in the areas of community events, labor demand, and is involved in quantum standard setting within several organizations. He holds Doctorate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Pepperdine University.

Conan
Conan
French
Senior Advisor, Digital Finance, Institute of International Finance

Talk I: Quantum Technology Notes to Regulators

Santanu
Santanu
Ganguly
Systems Architect, Cisco Systems, UK

Panel II: Opportunities for the Data Networking and Telephone Industries in the Quantum Internet

Santanu works as a Systems Architect at Cisco Systems, UK with a cumulative experience of over 21 years. He has held several senior-level positions at various Silicon Valley vendors for over a decade. Santanu has a background in industry, research and development in network architecture, silicon photonics, quantum technologies, mathematics, astrophysics, cloud and security. His work experience spans multiple European nations including Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In his current role, Santanu is part of a steering committee leading global projects related to quantum technologies. He is also the author of the recently published book “Quantum Machine Learning: An Applied Approach”, published by Apress (Springer nature).

Lawrence
Lawrence
Gasman
President, IQT Research

Talk I: IQT Research: Quantum Computer and Quantum Processors Forecasts

Lawrence Gasman is the founder and President of Inside Quantum Technology. He has authored industry analysis reports on quantum key distribution, quantum computing, quantum networks, and quantum sensors and numerous studies on high-speed interfaces for high-performance computers. He also served on a panel at the Q2B conference in 2017; the first ever business-oriented quantum computing conference. Lawrence has been tracking commercialization of new technologies for 35 years and has written four books in this area. His consulting work has included both major multinationals and high-tech start-ups as clients and he has also carried out due diligence work for investment banks, venture capitalists and leading management consulting firms.

Cordell
Cordell
Grant
CEO and cofounder, QEYnet

Talk II: Fiber Versus Satellite in Quantum Networks

Cordell Grant has been at the forefront of the small satellite industry for almost 20 years. He has overseen cutting-edge programs such as Canada’s first nanosatellite, the world’s smallest space telescopes, the first nanosatellite formation flying demonstration and the world’s first high-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring satellite. Fascinated by both space and cryptography his entire life, Cordell has combined those passions as CEO and cofounder of QEYnet, a start-up working to commercialize space-based quantum communication.

David
David
Gunnarsson
CSO, Bluefors

Panel I: Future Opportunities in Quantum Cooling Systems

Dr. David Gunnarsson, CSO, leads Bluefors’ cryogenic development for the quantum technology community. He holds a Ph. D. degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2005, on his work on the Josephson junction based quantum bits. After his Ph. D. he continued research at Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology (2005-2008) and prior to joining Bluefors, he worked as a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (2008-2015). With his background in both microfabrication and cryogenic measurements of superconducting quantum circuits, he has a broad understanding of the future requirements in cryogenics for the quantum computation field.

Tom
Tom
Hausken
Senior Advisor, OPTICA (Formerly OSA)

Panel II: Photonic Integrated Circuits

Joining OPTICA (Formerly OSA) in 2012, Dr. Hausken has over 40 years in the industry, including market research at Strategies Unlimited, telecom policy at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments, and an earlier position at OIDA. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara in optoelectronics.

Jay
Jay
Hendricks
Deputy Program Manager, NIST on a Chip

Panel I: Quantum Sensor Applications Trends in 2021

A world-class expert in low pressure and vacuum metrology, Dr. Hendricks serves as the Deputy Program Manager for NIST on a Chip (NOAC), an innovative approach that seeks to utilize fundamental physics to develop quantum-based sensors and standards. He serves as the Scientific Director of IUVSTA (International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique and Application) an organization representing nearly 15,000 physicists, chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and technologists who are linked through their common use of vacuum. Dr. Hendricks received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.S. in chemistry from Penn State University. Dr. Hendricks has over 30 years of vacuum science and technology experience and has authored over 60. He is a two-time winner of US Department of Commerce Gold Medal, one of which was for an innovative quantum-based pressure standard.

Dr. Hendricks has demonstrated leadership and chairs national and international vacuum standards meetings and symposia. His leadership is nationally and internationally recognized and is sought out on a variety of vacuum standards meetings and symposia program committees. He currently serves as the Chair of IMEKO TC16, AVS Recommended Practices Committee, and AVS Publication Committee.

Rafal
Rafal
Janik
Head of Product, Xanadu

Panel I: Cloud Industry: The Quantum Perspective

Rafal Janik is the Head of Product at Xanadu, where he leads the development and delivery of the Xanadu Quantum Cloud platform. He specializes in commercializing deep tech projects and has over 10 years of experience leading software and machine learning teams in both large enterprises and high-growth startups. Rafal holds an MSc in Biophysics from the University of Guelph.

Duncan
Duncan
Jones
Cybersecurity Expert and the Head of Quantum Cybersecurity, Cambridge Quantum Computing

Talk III: The Many Ways to Quantum Safe

Duncan Jones is a cybersecurity expert and the Head of Quantum Cybersecurity at Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC). His mission is to show the world that quantum computers are our cybersecurity allies rather than merely our adversaries. Duncan has over 13 years of experience developing security solutions for global companies, with projects ranging from Internet-connected hair straighteners to national ID systems. Before CQC, Duncan worked for several large tech companies, including Thales, Arm and Worldpay. He has led teams in various disciplines, including innovation, research, consultancy and product management. He has worked across a range of industries, from hardware security and payments to IoT. In his current role, Duncan oversees all cybersecurity activities at CQC, including the development and commercialization of CQC’s unique certified quantum random number (entropy) generation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. Duncan lives just outside Cambridge, UK, with his family.

Kris
Kris
Kaczmarek
Head of Product, ORCA Computing

Panel III: Quantum Memories: Where will they be used?

Dr. Kris Kaczmarek is Head of Product at ORCA Computing. ORCA’s mission is to change the way people think of quantum computers. Thanks to the quantum memory that Kris invented during his PhD at the University of Oxford, ORCA is able to leverage mature telecoms technology and build cheap, modular quantum processors.

Kris is also a Visiting Academic at Imperial College London and in his spare time leads the quantum computing stream for aggregate intellect, a 10k+ strong online AI community. For his quantum work, Kris was named on this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 list.

K
K
Karunaratne
Vice President of Engineering, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel II: The Future of QKD in a World of Post Quantum Encryption (PQC) and Why QKD is So Maligned

Mr. “K” Karunaratne holds the position of Vice President of Engineering at Qubitekk Inc, a company building devices and building blocks for commercial Quantum Sources, Sensing and Networking. Mr. Karunaratne’s background is in Systems Engineering with specialties in low noise high speed amplification. He has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of positions for academia – large research groups – federal government and private industry – as a consultant his areas of expertise have been beneficial to a diverse range of fields – bioscience – drug discovery – medical products – spaceflight – network security. Currently he represents Qubitekk on several IEEE groups related to Quantum and manages the Engineering group. He has over 14 awarded patents.

Shahar
Shahar
Keinan
Polaris Quantum Biotech, CEO

Panel II: Life Sciences and Pharma

Dr. Shahar Keinan is the CEO & co-founder of POLARIS Quantum Biotech. She has over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of computational and theoretical chemistry and published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the fields of in-silico drug design and discovery, as well as molecular materials design and computational methods development. Shahar has received a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, after which she moved to Northwestern University and Duke University for a post-doc positions. Previously she was CSO of Cloud Pharmaceuticals and has been instrumental in the development of the Quantum Molecular Design process since its inception at Duke University, and has pioneered the use of Inverse Design algorithms to optimize electro-optical materials and small molecule drugs.

Megan
Megan
Kohagen
Lead Quantum Computing Applications Engineer, Honeywell Quantum Solutions

Talk II: Picking the right Quantum Hardware for the Right Application

Megan Kohagen is a Lead Quantum Computing Applications Engineer for Honeywell with over 9 years of experience in the aerospace, retail, and supply chain industries. Megan is responsible for accelerating value from quantum computing by researching quantum algorithms and tying those to applications. Megan received a M.S.E. in Operations Research from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Mathematics and French from Bethel University. She is experienced with the challenges that come with solving complex math problems while limited by real-world constraints and is excited for the potential of quantum computing.

Elica
Elica
Kyoseva
Quantum Computing Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim

Panel II: Life Sciences and Pharma

Dr Elica Kyoseva is a Quantum Computing Scientist at the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, where she is working on advancing the drug discovery process through quantum computing. Her main focus is the extremely precise modeling of molecular systems that will enable new ways to discover drugs and thus will contribute to the global medical progress in the future. Elica is also a Scientific Expert for the Quantum Flagship initiative of the European Commission. Originally from Bulgaria, Elica currently lives in Israel.

Michelle
Michelle
Lampa
Director of US Operations, M Squared Lasers, Inc.

Panel III: Quantum Imaging

As Director of US Operations for M Squared Lasers, Inc. since 2019, Michelle Lampa has led in the building and expansion efforts of M Squared’s presence in the US by increasing their US headcount, establishing two physical US locations, and growing their Service Engineering team to enhance the M Squared customer experience.

Prior to joining M Squared, Michelle has represented governmental and private sector companies. Most recently, she was the Vice Consul, Technology at the British Consulate General, New England, and Product Manager at Wayfair.

She is passionate about technology and the human elements in building up successful companies.

Leigh
Leigh
Lapworth
Rolls-Royce Fellow – Computational Science
University of Warwick Honorary Professorial Fellow, Rolls-Royce

Panel I: Quantum Computing in the Aerospace Industry

Prof Leigh Lapworth is a Rolls-Royce Fellow specialising in Computational Science. He has over 30 years’ experience of developing and applying physics based simulation using High Performance Computers. He has led a number of successful collaborative projects involving industry and academia. He is the business principal investigator for a 5-year UK EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in “Computational Science for Advanced Simulation and Modelling of Virtual Systems”, jointly led by the University of Edinburgh, which has the aim of developing exascale simulation capabilities of whole gas turbines. He is the Rolls-Royce technical lead for Quantum Computing.

Leigh is a Chartered Mathematician and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He is a Royal Society Industry Fellow and an Honorary Professorial Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Warwick. Previously, he has been a director of CFMS Ltd. which is a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Airbus specialising in high value design using advanced modelling and simulation with high performance computing.

Catherine
Catherine
Lefebvre
Innovation Ambassador, US and Canada, M Squared Lasers, Inc.

Panel II: Life Sciences and Pharma

Dr. Catherine Lefebvre holds a PhD in molecular physics and theoretical quantum chemistry from Université Paris-Sud and Université Laval. She pursued research as postdoctoral fellow and research associate for 9 years, at the Université de Sherbrooke, the Canadian Space Agency and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. Her field of research is in ultrafast laser-matter interaction, studying the real-time nuclear and electron dynamics in small molecules. Over the past years, Catherine has been a scientific liaison officer in artificial intelligence, bridging between academia and industry and leading strategic academic relations for the National Bank of Canada and then for ElementAI. More recently, she was scientific advisor for the Quebec Government in quantum technology. Catherine currently works as an Innovation Ambassador at M Squared Laser, a laser and quantum technology company headquartered in Scotland, where she leads research and innovation partnerships in the US and Canadian quantum ecosystem.

John
John
Leiseboer
CTO, QuintessenceLabs

Topic Keynote Sponsor - Quantum Encryption Hardware Evolution

John Leiseboer is founding CTO at Quintessence Labs Pty Ltd, and is responsible for the research, design, and development of key management, comsec, and infosec products. He is a member of the OASIS KMIP and PKCS11 Technical Committees, and has contributed to the development of NIST, IETF, and IEEE standards, including SP 800-90B and C, and IEEE 802.6. John has worked in the fields of communications and information security for over thirty-five years, designing and architecting commercial and military communications and information security hardware, software, and systems. He has experience in applying conventional, classical cryptography as well as leading-edge quantum key distribution technology to innovative security product designs. Prior to joining QuintessenceLabs, John held senior positions in a number of technology companies working in commercial and military sectors, including RSA/EMC, Boeing, HP, and Plessey Defence Systems. John obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney, specializing in electronics, communications, and digital systems.

Paul
Paul
Lipman
President of Quantum Computing, ColdQuanta

Topic Keynote Sponsor - Emerging Quantum Processor Markets
Panel I: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

Paul Lipman serves as the President, Quantum Computing at ColdQuanta. He has a proven track record in enterprise technologies including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud, and specializes in leading complex global organizations and transforming cultures, go-to-market execution and innovation delivery. Throughout his career, Lipman built profitable businesses to over $100 million in revenue, and has managed companies from seed stage through IPO and acquisition.

Prior to ColdQuanta, Paul served as CEO of BullGuard, a global leader in AI-enabled cybersecurity, which was acquired by NortonLifeLock. His career experience includes the development of the world’s first IoT cybersecurity solution, Dojo (acquired by Forescout Technologies) as well as leading multiple innovative cybersecurity companies to successful exits. Prior to BullGuard, Lipman was CEO at SASE pioneer iSheriff (acquired by Mimecast) and served as chief strategy officer at Webroot, the first company to harness the cloud and artificial intelligence to stop zero-day threats in real time. Lipman holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a Physics Degree from The University of Manchester.

Robert
Robert
Liscouski
President and CEO, Quantum Computing Inc.

Panel III: Commercial Opportunities for Quantum-based Optimization Software

Robert Liscouski is the President and CEO of Quantum Computing Inc. (Nasdaq: QUBT) (QCI), the leader in accelerating the value of quantum computing for real-world business solutions. Serving as CEO and chairman of QCI since February 2018, Robert has more than 35 years of executive experience at public and private companies, as well as federal agencies.He has extensive experience developing critical programs for protecting national security interests and essential infrastructure, as well as in crisis management, organizational development and strategic planning. QCI has developed the first software to bridge the power of classical and quantum computing, hiding complexity and empowering SMEs to solve complex computational problems today. Connect with Robert on LinkedIn and for more information about QCI, please visit www.quantumcomputinginc.com.

Diego
Diego
Lopez
Senior Technology Expert, Telefonica I+D

Talk II: QKD Standards and Telecommunications Companies

Dr. Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert, and is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network services, and was appointed member of the High-Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission.

Diego is currently focused on applied research in network infrastructures, with a special emphasis on virtualization, data-driven management, new architectures, and security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Permissioned Distributed Ledgers and the Network Operator Council ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization.

Apart from this, Diego is a more than acceptable Iberian ham carver, and extremely fond of seeking and enjoying comics, and good discussions on any (in)appropriate matter.

More can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr2lopez/

Andrew
Andrew
Lord
Senior Manager of Optical Research, BT

Panel II: Opportunities for the Data Networking and Telephone Industries in the Quantum Internet

Andrew joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has worked on a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks. He currently heads BT’s optical core and access research including quantum communications. He has published over 100 research papers. He was General Chair for the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2017 in Los Angeles. He is Visiting Professor at Essex University, a Senior Member of the IEEE and Chartered Engineer and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology. He won the prestigious BT Martlesham Medal in 2018. He is currently project manager for the EU Metro-Haul Project and the UK-funded AIRQKD projects.

Cathal
Cathal
Mahon
Senior Executive Advisor, University of Copenhagen

Panel II: Quantum Processors: Emerging Supply Chains and Manufacturing
Talk V: The NIST Standards for PQC and Beyond: The Market Impact

Cathal J. Mahon is a technology expert with extensive experience as an investment manager for venture capital funds specializing in high-tech start-ups – including quantum – and, prior to this, from a variety of managerial and R&D positions in the telecommunications industry. More recently, he served as interim CEO at Qubiz: Quantum Innovation Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 2016 to 2019 and is currently responsible for the commercialization of quantum technology-based intellectual property created at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is also a member of the Danish National Metrology Institute’s Quantum Metrology Advisory Board.

Cathal J. Mahon has a scientific background in both engineering and physics holding a M.Sc. in physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. He also holds a graduate diploma in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School – where he has been an external lecturer – and is the author of a textbook on the emergence of strategy in organizations.

Himadri
Himadri
Majumdar
Program Manager, Quantum Technologies, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Panel II: Quantum Processors: Emerging Supply Chains and Manufacturing

Himadri Majumdar, Ph.D is the Program Manager for Quantum Technologies at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Dr. Majumdar leads R&D service and partnerships with companies in Finland and globally, on Microelectronics, more recently on Quantum technologies and Systems. He has 20 years of experience in R&D, Business Development and Sales of Micro, nano and printed electronics. He is a trained experimental physicist with 20+ research articles in international journals. He has also co-supervised Ph.D students as Adjunct Professor at Tampere University and Åbo Akademi University in Finland. In his current role he helps companies, especially fabless start-ups, to utilize VTT’s R&D expertise and infrastructure to create new products and pave the path for them from lab to fab.

Anastasia
Anastasia
Marchenkova
Quantum Researcher, Bleximo Corp.

Panel III: Quantum and Cybercurrency

Anastasia has been a quantum researcher at the Georgia Tech quantum optics and quantum telecommunications lab, a research member of the University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, early team member and quantum engineer at Rigetti Quantum Computing, and is currently working on superconducting qubit quantum processors at Bleximo.

Anastasia has a blog and YouTube channel demystifying quantum computing with the goal to get more scientists and engineers into quantum computing research. She also got 2nd place in IBM’s Europe Qiskit Camp (a quantum hackathon competition) for work in improving performance of Qiskit, and 1st place in IBM’s Asia Qiskit Camp for designing a pulse level programming language for quantum computing.

Matthew
Matthew
Markham
Principal Scientist, Element Six

Panel IV: Emerging Materials for Quantum Technology

Dr. Matthew Markham is a Principal Scientist leading Element Six’s Diamond Quantum Technologies program. Matthew received his master degree in physics from the University of Southampton in 2004 followed by completing a PhD in nanostructured semiconductors also while at Southampton in 2006. Then, in 2007, he joined Element Six to pursue a career as an industrial scientist. Initially Matthew worked on a range of projects including fundamental diamond synthesis, diamond power electronics and diamond quantum technologies. Matthew now focus’ his research and development efforts on commercialisation of diamond quantum technologies and has managed a range of successful collaborative research projects with many academic and industrial partners around the world. The results of his work and collaborations has culminated in over 15 patents and over 50 academic papers in the field of quantum technologies.

Marko
Marko
Mayr
CTO, Quantum Dice

Panel III: Evolution of Standards for QKD and QRNGs

Marko Mayr serves as the CTO of Quantum Dice, a start-up commercializing a compact, source-device independent QRNG. Marko also holds a postdoctoral research assistant position in the Atomic and Laser Physics department at the University of Oxford.

Marko studied physics at the TU Vienna, ETH Zürich and the University of Oxford where he held the Konrad Adenauer scholarship with research stays at the Max-Planck-Institute, Garching and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Marko’s background is in the field of interactions of ultrashort laser pulses with matter. He and his team are actively working on creating QRNG standards.

Celia
Celia
Merzbacher
Executive Director, Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Panel I: National Quantum Development Groups

Dr. Celia Merzbacher is the Executive Director of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium that aims to enable and grow the U.S. quantum industry. QED-C is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and more than 150 industry, academic and other members and is managed by SRI International. Previously, Dr. Merzbacher was Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a consortium of the semiconductor industry. In 2003-2008, she was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Dr. Merzbacher began her career as a materials scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., where her research led to six patents and more than 50 technical publications. She has served as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, on the Board of Directors of ANSI, and on advisory boards of several university research centers.

Eric
Eric
Michiels
Executive Architect and Quantum Technical Ambassador, IBM

Panel IV: Evolution of Quantum Program Languages

Eric Michiels is Executive Architect and Quantum Technical Ambassador at IBM. As Open Group Level 3 Certified Architect, Eric has designed and deployed Architectures with different styles, including multiple IBM and Open Source technologies, in several industries. With a typical PI-shape profile, Eric has deep expertise in the area of Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, as well as Quantum Computing. Eric is also Qiskit Advocate and IBM Certified Quantum Developer. Apart from his daily work for customers and business partners, Eric has also developed a strong affinity with Universities, being an IBM Academic Ambassador.

Nir
Nir
Minerbi
Co-Founder and CEO, Classiq

Panel IV: Evolution of Quantum Program Languages

Michele
Michele
Mosca
CEO and Co-founder, evolutionQ Inc.

Talk IV: Market and Product Evolution for Post Quantum Encryption

Dr. Mosca is a founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing, Professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo, and a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

He is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry and government prepare our cyber systems to be safe in an era with quantum computers. He co-founded evolutionQ Inc. to provide services and products that enable organizations to evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones. He was a founder of the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography. He co-founded softwareQ Inc. to help organizations benefit from the power of quantum computers.

He worked on cryptography during his BMath (Waterloo) and MSc (Oxford) and obtained his Doctorate (Oxford) on Quantum Computer Algorithms.

His research interests include quantum computation and cryptographic tools designed to be safe against quantum technologies.

Dr. Mosca’s awards and honours include Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications (since 2000), 2010 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018).

Samuel
Samuel
Mugel
CTO and co-founder, Multiverse Computing

Panel I: Quantum for Quants: New Quantum Software and Services for the Financial Industry

Sam is an expert in quantum computing and quantum machine learning. PhD jointly awarded by ICFO (Spain) and the University of Southampton (UK). Formerly Computational physicist at Cortirio (UK), Scientific Advisor at The Quantum Revolution Fund, and Founder and CTO at Groundstate Consulting.

Sam was named as one of the Top 50 CTOs in Quantum, globally. He has co-authored numerous papers on various use cases for quantum. He has been project lead on many initiatives for institutions that are exploring quantum, that include large European banks and a G7 Central Bank.

Mehdi
Mehdi
Namazi
Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Qunnect Inc.

Panel III: Quantum Memories: Where will they be used?

Mehdi is the cofounder and Chief Science Officer of Qunnect Inc. He graduated with his Ph.D. in AMO Physics at SBU’s Quantum Information Processing & Technology laboratory in 2018 Mehdi joined SBU in 2012, following completion of an M.Sc. degree in nanophysics, and an undergraduate degree in Physics. During his Ph.D., Mehdi worked on several aspects of quantum communication technologies. Most notably, he realized the first unconditional room-temperature quantum memory, securely storing information and performing quantum key distribution protocols and simulating relativistic quantum particles using light-matter interactions. In 2018, Mehdi was awarded the Yale Joint Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on novel quantum opto-mechanical systems that would allow for ultra-precise measurement of fundamental constants. He served as the CEO of Qunnect during the initial years and eventually made the transition to the Chief Science Officer in 2020.

Wil
Wil
Oxford
Founder and CEO, Anametric

Panel I: New Opportunities for Quantum Number Generators (QRNGs)

William V. Oxford, Ph.D. – Wil is founder and CEO of Anametric, a quantum photonic cybersecurity-focused startup in Austin, TX, working closely with a team at Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX. Wil received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science from University of North Carolina in 1987. His dissertation project was one of the world’s first tabletop E-beam testers for commercial ICs.

Wil moved from academia to Apple’s Advanced Technologies Group in Cupertino CA, where he worked on advanced DSP algorithms as well as mixed-signal IC designs for personal computer use. In 1995, Wil joined the Apple/IBM/Motorola Design Center in Austin, TX, where he was part of the team that produced several generations of PowerPC CPU designs. After Apple, Wil joined LifeSize Communications, where he led a small team of engineers to design and ship several ground-breaking products within 18 months from the day that he joined the company. LifeSize was acquired by multimedia giant Logitech in 2009.

After LifeSize, Wil founded Rubicon Labs, Inc. and spent the next dozen years developing Rubicon’s Zero-Knowledge IoT security platform. His work resulted in products spanning a wide range from very low-power edge devices to high performance server farm applications.

Wil left Rubicon in 2017 to found Anametric. He is the holder of 45 issued US patents, several foreign patents and has many more still pending.

Kiera
Kiera
Peltz
Executive Director, Qubit by Qubit

Panel IV: Evolution of Quantum Program Languages

Kiera Peltz is Executive Director of Qubit by Qubit (QxQ), a nonprofit initiative focused on training the future diverse quantum workforce. QxQ offers educational programming for K-12 students, university students, and members of the workforce, including workshops, camps, and courses. In 2020-21, they launched a first-of-its-kind year-long introductory quantum computing course for high school students and above, which reached over 7,500 students from 125 countries. In Summer 2021, they piloted the first quantum camp for middle school students. To date, QxQ taught quantum computing to over 15,000 students globally. With diversity central to their mission, 55% of students came from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in STEM. Kiera holds a B.A with honors from Brown University, a MPhil with distinction from the University of Cambridge, and a MMSc from Tsinghua University. She is a Gate-Cambridge and Schwarzman Scholar.

Markus
Markus
Pflitsch
Co-founder and Chairman, Terra Quantum AG

Panel II: The Future of QKD in a World of Post Quantum Encryption (PQC) and Why QKD is So Maligned

It is rare to meet someone whose expertise spans both the scientific and financial sectors, but Markus Pflitsch, co-founder and Chairman of Terra Quantum AG, is an experienced CERN Quantum Physicist, senior financial executive and deep tech entrepreneur. As a graduate physicist he began his professional career at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Europe and North America, and went on to hold several top management positions (CEO, CFO, COO) in international financial corporations (Deutsche Bank, UniCredit), as well as owner-managed digital and high-tech companies. Markus is also a senior advisor to private equity funds. He is also a member of the “Baden-Badener Unternehmergespräche” (BBUG), a German institution which helps cultivate the next generation of executive leaders by bringing together decision makers from business, politics and society.

Ravi
Ravi
Pillarisetty
Senior Research Scientist, Intel

Panel II: Quantum Processors: Emerging Supply Chains and Manufacturing

Ravi Pillarisetty is working on leveraging Intel’s expertise in transistor manufacturing towards building a commercial quantum computing system. He joined Intel in 2005 and has worked on a variety of research topics across the transistor and memory landscape. This included serving as the device lead on the team that created the 22nm node prototype FinFet transistor. For this work he received an Intel Achievement Award, which is the company’s highest honor. Additionally, he has been involved in research on several non-silicon channel materials, including having led Intel’s germanium transistor research program. He is extensively involved in Intel’s external research activities having served as co-chair of Intel’s Corporate Research Council, which manages all of Intel’s external university investments spanning the entire compute stack. Additionally, he serves as Intel’s Scientific Advisory Board representative for the NRI and N-CORE SRC research consortia. An avid inventor, he has been granted over 245 patents related to semiconductor technology, and has been recognized as the recipient of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group Inventor of the Year Award. He completed his PhD from Princeton University in 2005, where his thesis focused on low temperature electron physics, and his ScB from Brown University in 1999.

John
John
Prisco
President and Chief Executive Officer, Safe Quantum Incorporated

Panel I: The Quantum-Safe Data Center: User Cases

Throughout his 30-year career, John Prisco has demonstrated success driving revenue growth, implementing operational excellence, and bringing companies such as Triumfant, Penn Access, GeoVantage and Ridgeway Systems to successful exits. His depth of experience in telecommunications, cybersecurity and quantum physics are ideally suited to lead Quantum Xchange and its customers, partners, investors, and employees through the emerging era of quantum computing and the future of secure key exchange and encryption. His consulting work for Toshiba in Japan, Europe and the United States is a logical progression from his collaboration with Toshiba when he was CEO of Quantum Xchange.

Prisco established a track record of success in the high-tech field first by founding Penn Access, a competitive local access carrier operating in Pittsburgh. Prisco also served as President and CEO of 2nd Century Communications, the nation’s first packet-based CLEC operating in 33 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2001, Prisco became CEO of eLink Communications, a BLEC with over 300 multi-tenant buildings operating in New York City. In 2003, he became President and CEO of Ridgeway Systems & Software, a U.K.-based software company specializing in secure firewall traversal and acquired by Tandberg Incorporated in 2004. Prisco served as President and CEO of GeoVantage Inc., a location-based services aerial imaging company sold to John Deere at the end of 2005. Prior to joining Quantum Xchange, Prisco was CEO of Triumfant for 11 years. Triumfant was the first cybersecurity company to perfect anomaly detection techniques to detect and remediate advanced threats such as file-less attacks in memory. Recently Prisco signed a consulting agreement to represent Toshiba in the United States and Europe in their quantum key and quantum internet business areas.

Prisco holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Science in the field of Quantum Optics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gabriel
Gabriel
Puebla Hellmann
CEO, Qzabre

Panel I: Quantum Sensor Applications Trends in 2021

Dr. Puebla Hellmann is CEO of QZabre, an ETH Spinoff that creates NV Scanning Magnetometers and NV scanning probes. An enthusiast for moving quantum technologies from the lab to real world applications, he started his career with a PhD in Prof. Andreas Wallraff’s Quantum Device Lab at ETH Zürich. He then moved to IBM Zürich, first in collaboration with the University of Zurich, then with the University of Basel, where he worked to create a mass-fabrication compatible platform for molecular electronics. Mid 2018, immediately convinced of the potential that NV technology offers, he joined QZabre as a late cofounder. Dr. Puebla Hellmann has authored scientific papers published in Nature as well as several patents and recently won the Zeiss Quantum Challenge.

Sayonee
Sayonee
Ray
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Perimeter Institute Quantum Intelligence lab at University of Waterloo and 1QB Information Technologies

Panel I: Quantum Technology’s Impact on AI and Machine Language

Sayonee Ray is a postdoctoral fellow at the Perimeter Institute Quantum Intelligence lab at University of Waterloo and 1QB Information Technologies, working in quantum information science and machine learning. Before this, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Quantum Information and Control at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, which is one of two-in-the-nation NSF Focused Research Hubs in Theoretical Physics. Sayonee grew up in India and did her PhD in condensed matter physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her research focuses on two questions: what distinguishes quantum behavior from classical and how do we employ quantum technologies to accelerate classical computation.

Charles
Charles
Robinson
Public Sector Quantum Computer Leader, IBM

Panel II: Quantum Safe in the Government and Military

Charles has over 30 years’ experience in engineering, and management in the Public Sector.  Charles started his career in the United States Navy and has been a “Mission First” transformational leader with demonstrated record in planning and leading corporations that drive growth, contribute profitability, and increase share within the Public Sector. In his current role as IBM Quantum Computing Public Sector leader, he is responsible for preparing the Defense Community for the Quantum Computer Age. Charles also drove the formation of the IBM HBCU Quantum Computer Program.  Charles previously managed the Defense & Intelligence business for IBM. Charles graduated from Howard University and Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor & Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Charles volunteer experience include the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) Workforce TAC Vice Chair, Maryland Quantum Alliance (MQA) D&EI Co-Chair, and the MQA Crypto working group Co-Chair.

David
David
Roy-Guay
Co-Founder, CEO, SBQuantum

Talk II: Magnetometers

David is the CEO and co-founder of SB Quantum, a spin from Institut quantique, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. After completing his PhD studies on diamond based quantum magnetometry, he led an engineering team to prototype the technology out of the optics labs. Over the last three years, the passage through the Creative Destruction Lab quantum stream has added an algorithmic and data centric focus to SB Quantum, to provide to clients the best Magnetic Intelligence on the field.

Shahryar
Shahryar
Shaghaghi
CTO, Quantum Xchange

Panel II: Security Issues for Quantum Clouds

Shahryar brings more than 30 years of experience in technology and risk management consulting, solutions/ frameworks development, and global implementations to his role as CTO. He is a recognized expert in IT risk management, cybersecurity, and data privacy, currently serving as IT risk management faculty at Columbia University’s Enterprise Risk Management graduate program. Shahryar has held technology consulting leadership roles with Accenture, PwC, Deloitte, Kurt Salmon, BDO, and CohnReznick. As the EVP of Citigroup’s global leader of IT Risk Management Implementations, he led and successfully delivered Citi’s largest and most complex information security programs to meet OCC and FRB requirements. Shahryar recently served as the Cybersecurity SME for FRBNY and is one of the authors of the SOC for Cybersecurity developed by the AICPA to help auditors identify cyber risks. For these contributions, Shahryar was named to the PrivSec200 list of influential professionals who have made significant contributions to the privacy and security sectors.

Andrew
Andrew
Shields
Head of Quantum Technology, Toshiba Europe

Talk II: Fiber Versus Satellite in Quantum Networks

Andrew Shields leads R&D and business development on quantum technologies in Toshiba Europe. According to Google Scholar, he has published over 500 research papers and patents in the field of quantum devices and systems, which have been cited over 20,000 times and has a Hirsch-index of >70. He is a member of the leadership team of the OpenQKD consortium in Europe and the EU Strategic Research Agenda Working Group. He was a co-founder of the Industry Specification Group for QKD of ETSI, and served for several years as the Chair. In the UK, he leads the AQuaSeC project developing next generation quantum communication technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the Mott Medal and Prize for research on quantum photonics and its applications.

Gabor
Gabor
Solt
Independent Consultant on End User Deployment of Quantum Computing

Talk I: How to talk about Quantum Computing... to people... who don't even have a degree in Physics

Gabor has 10 years of experience in the banking sector working with Technology, Media and Telecom companies, providing complex financing solutions for various projects and acquisitions. In his roles, most recently at ING Bank based in Frankfurt, Gabor often had to bridge the gap between the vastly different worlds of IT / tech experts and bankers, lawyers and the like. He strived to make (often puzzling) concepts and new technologies understandable to everyday people.

Thomas
Thomas
Stengel
Senior Director of QRNG Business Development, ID Quantique

Panel I: New Opportunities for Quantum Number Generators (QRNGs)

Tom Stengel is the Senior Director of Business Development globally for IDQ QRNG products for quantum enhanced security. Making existing security more secure from consumer and edge products like mobile phones, IoT devices, computing, automotive; to core products in data centers and telecommunications. Tom’s background is in R&D, marketing and sales of semiconductor processors, AI, and quantum technology.

Robert
Robert
Sutor
Chief Quantum Exponent, IBM Research

Diamond Sponsor Keynote

Bob Sutor has been a technical leader and executive in the IT industry for over 30 years. He’s the author of a book about quantum computing called Dancing with Qubits that was published in late 2019. This was recently rated #1 in the BookAuthority list of13 Best New Quantum Computing Books To Read In 2020.

More than two decades of his career has been spent in IBM Research in New York. During his time there, he worked on or led efforts in symbolic mathematical computation, optimization, AI, blockchain, and quantum computing.
Sutor was also an executive on the software side of the IBM business in areas including emerging industry standards, software on Linux, mobile, and open source. He’s a theoretical mathematician by training, has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He spends every free non-freezing moment he has in the NY Adirondack Mountains.

Laura
Laura
Thomas
Senior Director of National Security Solutions, ColdQuanta

Panel II: China and Quantum: Cooperation, Competition, and National Security

Laura Thomas is the Senior Director of National Security Solutions for quantum sensing and computing company, ColdQuanta. She is a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer and Chief of Base who built and led sensitive programs at CIA Headquarters and abroad in multiple, international assignments. She has expertise in emerging technology and national security. She has served over 16 years in national security and leadership roles, working extensively across the U.S. intelligence community, National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Congress, and with foreign partners.

Davide
Davide
Venturelli
Associate Director, Quantum, USRA

Panel I: Quantum Technology’s Impact on AI and Machine Language

Davide Venturelli is Associate Director for Quantum Computing of the Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). He works since 2021 in the NASA Quantum AI Laboratory (QuAIL) under the NASA Academic Mission Service, invested in research projects dealing with quantum optimization applications and their implementation, in a hardware-software co-design approach. He teaches Quantum Optimization as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is Principal Investigator or task lead in projects sponsored by DARPA (Optimization in NISQ Devices), NSF (Expeditions in Computing), and DOE (SQMS Ecosystem).

David
David
Wilkinson
Founder, Dark Star Quantum Lab

Panel I: Quantum Computing in the Aerospace Industry

David Martin Wilkinson holds a Bachelors of Biological Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served as the Clinical Research Chair of St. James School of Medicine, and is passionate about pushing the boundaries of humanity’s biggest problems in Space and Energy. He has submitted technical proposals to the United States Air Force’s AFWERX Challenge around his IP related to next-generation energy generation and propulsion concepts, as well as a tokamak-style stellarator configuration for a nuclear fusion reactor, which he hopes to better model the physics of using quantum algorithms.

He is the initial founder of several companies including Dark Star Quantum Lab, where he developed a standard military IC sized QRNG solution, and more recently Caeruleum Software Research, where he is working on a Threat/Anomaly Detection and Visualization Platform, as well as applications of quantum algorithms for efficient spectrum management, and GPS-denied PNT.

 
 
 

 

Christopher
Christopher
Wilson
Deputy Director, IQC; Professor, University of Waterloo, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Quantum Computing

Panel IV: Quantum LiDAR and Radar

Christopher Wilson received his B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University in 2002. He started working on quantum computation using superconducting single-electronics as a postdoc at Yale. In 2004, he moved to Chalmers University in Sweden, eventually becoming an associate professor in 2011. In 2012, he moved to the University of Waterloo, where he holds appointments in Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Institute for Quantum Computing. He was appointed professor in 2017. In 2018, he spent a 6 month sabbatical at Rigetti Computing. In 2021, he was appointed as a Deputy Director of IQC. His research focuses on applications of superconducting quantum electronics to quantum information, computing and sensing. His work on the dynamical Casimir effect was named one of the top 5 breakthroughs of 2011 by Physics World.

Tennin
Tennin
Yan
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, QunaSys Inc.

Panel III: Materials, Oils and Gas

Tennin Yan is QunaSys’ founder and Chief Executive Officer, where he leads the company’s strategy, product strategy and development to make quantum computing technology industrially useful. He has deep expertise in R&D and is specialized in quantum computer algorithms and applications.

He is focused on application development for quantum computing, comparing it with classical approaches to analyze its performance. His quantum computing expertise covers machine learning, quantum chemistry, and general circuits design. He has published papers in quantum simulator software, VQE related algorithm, and photochemical reactions.

He has launched easy to use software tools such as Qulacs and Qamuy to code algorithms and take advantage of quantum computing. He engaged with Japan’s main industry corporations, research centers, and academia to create QPARC, a community focused on learning the basics and the state-of-the-art of quantum computer and exploring the potential of applications for material development. QPARC has more than 60 members to QPARC more than 40 companies have learned how to develop quantum computing algorithms and chemistry related use case.

Zhanet
Zhanet
Zaharieva
Co-founder, Quantum Dice

Panel I: New Opportunities for Quantum Number Generators (QRNGs)

Zhanet has extensive academic experience in designing nanomaterials gained through working in some of the world’s leading research institutions. As a Quantum Nanotechnologist, with a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Oxford specializing in the development of novel quantum nanomaterials for commercial applications ranging from clean energy to biotechnology, Zhanet is naturally passionate about translating quantum scientific discoveries into real-world applications. As a result, Zhanet co-founded Quantum Dice with a team of Oxford University Ph.D. and Master students as the COO of the company.  Quantum Dice is an award-winning quantum hardware company pioneering the world’s first compact and completely embedded source device independent, self-certifying (DISC™) QRNG device. They offer the only scalable and easy to manufacture DISC™ QRNG solution which employs advanced integrated photonics technology to produce high-quality, certified randomness from an on-chip device with a unique combination of speed, security, and versatility of integration for wide commercial applications. Alongside managing operations, Zhanet is part of the business development team where she is actively working on developing the hardware/cloud encryption, quantum computing as well as government and defense sectors expanding Quantum Dice’s presence in their direct and end-user markets by setting up key collaboration opportunities.