PQSecure - Co-founder and President

Panel 4: Post-quantum encryption software
4:25 PM April 2

Dr. Reza Azarderakhsh is a professor, I-SENSE Fellow, and director of post-quantum cryptographic engineering lab at FAU. He is also co-founder and president of PQSecure Technologies with focus on the development of quantum-safe cryptographic solutions for IoT and embedded systems. Dr. Azarderakhsh is a member of Quantum-Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) of NIST. He speaks in various events about quantum computations, cryptographic engineering, and post-quantum cryptography organized by industry, government, and academia.

Biogen - Head of Computational Chemistry

Panel 2: Quantum technology for the materials sector: pharmaceuticals , the chemical industry, and oil and gas
9:55 AM April 3

Govinda Bhisetti is a Principal Investigator and Head of Computational Chemistry department at Biogen since 2014. Previously, he worked at Vertex Pharmaceuticals for 22+ years where he led drug design efforts on several drug discovery projects. His research at Vertex led to the discovery of three FDA approved drugs: Agenerase, Lexiva and Incivek. He is a co-inventor of these drugs and named inventor on 26 patents. He has also published 74 research papers including review articles and book chapters. His current activities include application of state of the art computational methods in the discovery of novel drugs for CNS diseases.

Airbus - Global R&T Cooperation Manager

Quantum technology for automotive, aerospace and transportation planning
10:50 AM April 3

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). Currently he is providing inputs to European Space Agency for QT adoption (as QT Space Report contributor).

Vice President Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International, and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Panel 2: US national quantum technology policy
2:45 PM April 3

A theoretical physicist, Joseph Broz, Ph.D, leads SRI’s Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) in Applied Science, government business development, technical and business strategy. He brings 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to this role—including an extensive background in corporate business development and subject matter expertise in condensed matter physics, quantum systems, electromagnetics, micromagnetics, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Broz has significant experience with projects for multiple departments and agencies of the US Government, and served as a White House Fellow, and as a Special Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and as Special Assistant to Allan Bromley, Science Advisor to President George H.W. Bush. Additionally, he served as a British-American Fellow in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and as a Senior Fellow for National Security at the University of Chicago, NORC. Broz has worked closely with governors and executive branch officials on economic development issues.
Before joining SRI in 2013, Broz served as the Laboratory Director for Tenneco—a Fortune 100 company, and as Vice President of Laboratories and Business Development for TIMET, the world’s largest titanium company, and as founder of Defense Capital Advisors.
As a member of the Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Broz consulted to the 9/11 Commission staff during its deliberations on recommendations for private sector preparedness. He has participated in a number of international commissions and boards regulating industrial standards, including ISO, and is a technical advisor on several ANSI standards working groups and committees.
Broz is a member of the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Science Advances, has published numerous technical papers and has been awarded several U.S. patents. Broz has a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zurich.

Dr. William
General Dynamics Mission Systems - Technical Director Quantum R&D

Panel 3: Quantum technology for automotive, aerospace and transportation planning
10:50 AM April 3

Dr. William Clark is an Engineering Fellow, Technical Director for R&D and Senior Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at General Dynamics Missions Systems (GDMS). William earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics from the University of Colorado, Department of Physics and the JILA Quantum Physics Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1998. William has more than two decades of industry experience in Systems design, development and integration of next generation tactical and strategic communications systems, including software defined radio and networking technologies, and active and passive sensing systems. William is currently the Technical Director for GDMS Quantum R&D, for the Space and Intelligence Systems (SIS) business area, exploring the practical use of quantum technologies for secure and covert communications, remote sensing and signal processing.

L3Harris Technologies - Principal Investigator

Panel 1: New quantum sensor technologies and materials
2:05 PM April 2

Rachele Cocks has been a Principal Investigator for various research and development projects in the Space and Airborne Systems division of L3Harris Technologies. As a Systems Engineering Group Lead, she manages a team of scientists who support multiple internal research and development projects including CubeSat systems, detector physics and design, and the development of other innovative technologies. Rachele also leads part of L3Harris’s University relations. Prior to joining L3Harris Technologies, Rachele held various roles in industry primarily focused in research and development. Rachele is a prolific inventor having over 30 patents including, most recently awarded “On-orbit calibration system and associated control”. Rachele holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago; a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; an MBA from Indiana University; a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Purdue University; Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State and Masters in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.

De Bord
Inside Quantum Technology - Senior Analyst

Panel 4: Quantum repeaters, quantum memories and trusted nodes
11:35 AM April 3

Jeff DeBord is a Senior Research Analyst at Inside Quantum Technology. He is the author of over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of semiconductor integration, organometallic synthesis, organically templated transition metal phosphates and organically templated metal oxides with novel magnetic properties. DeBord worked in semiconductor research, development and volume manufacturing for over 20 years. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and postdoctoral work at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. DeBord holds sixteen U.S. patents.

Public Key Encryption - Co-inventor

Crypto Crossroads: Betting on Non-Math Based Encryption as Quantum Computers Loom
10:35 AM April 2

Dr. Whitfield Diffie is the co-inventor of public key cryptography, pioneering dual-key cryptography in the early 1970s. Before writing the 1976 paper, “New Directions in Cryptography,” with Martin Hellman, encryption technology was the sole domain of government entities. The Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol democratized the use of cryptography and revolutionized the landscape of security in the private sector.

In 2015, Dr. Diffie became a winner of the Turing Award, widely considered the most prestigious award in computer science, for fundamental contributions to modern cryptography.
Dr. Diffie has an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology an honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2011, Dr. Diffie was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


E. Grose
BASF Venture Capital - Investment Manager

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

Consulting Analyst, Inside Quantum Technology, and Managing Editor, Quantum Computing Report

Panel 4: Quantum computing hardware startups: What are the opportunities?
11:35 AM April 2

Harrisburg University - Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity

Panel 2: US national quantum technology policy
2:45 PM April 3

Terrill Frantz is the lead for the Next Generation Technologies / Quantum Information Science master-degree program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where he is an Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity. He has extensive classical-computer software experience reaching over 45 years of hands-on programming and management, mainly in the international financial services industry, and he has recently pivoted into Quantum Computing. He transitioned from industry to academics in 2002, which includes 8-years as a professor of management at Peking University, in Shenzhen China. He holds a PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and an EdD in Organization Change from Pepperdine University.

Inside Quantum Technology - President

Talk: Quantum Computing Hardware Forecasts
12:15 PM April 2

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.

ID Quantique - Director QKD solutions America

Panel 1: Second generation QKDs and QRNGs: New products and market forecasts
9:15 AM April 2

Kuchkovsky Jimenez
BBVA - Chief R&D and Technology Officer - New digital business

Panel 4: Quantum technology in the banking and financial services
11:35 AM April 3

Carlos is passionate about how exponential technologies are redefining society, business, and economics by allowing reliable interaction models. He began programming mobile multiplayer games, where he learned the importance of design and the user experience, incentive models and the complexity of creating distributed systems. He transitioned from a consultant-based practice to BBVA, where he has had the privilege of living the journey of transformation, as BBVA moves from a traditional financial institution to a global digital bank. He continues to be enthusiastic about the journey to digital, with the purpose of generating prosperity in society. When travel permits, he also shares experiences, ideas and opinions in various business schools and universities as a visiting professor. He is currently obsessed with the convergence of society, economics and technology and how the latter is setting the pace. He has collaborated in the creation of several startups around Fintech, IoT, and new governance models that support how advances in technology and help s people make smarter decisions.

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Cyber Research Investment - Director

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

VTT - Head of Customer Partnerships

Panel 4: Quantum computing hardware startups: What are the opportunities?
11:35 AM April 2

Himadri Majumdar, Ph.D is the Head of Sales and Customer Partnerships 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.

Qunnect - CEO

Panel 4: Quantum repeaters, quantum memories and trusted nodes
11:35 AM April 3

Mehdi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Qunnect, a New York based startup with a focus on developing the product suite for long-distance quantum networking. Mehdi received his M.Sc. in Nanophysics working on designing nanostructure solar cells at the University of Tehran in Iran, after which he moved to the US to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University. As a part of his Ph.D., he worked on designing and implementing scalable room-temperature quantum networks using a modular architect of quantum devices. Shortly after he became the first Yale Quantum Institute (YQI) fellow as a Postdoctoral researcher where he designs novel experiments to measure the properties of matter at the most fundamental level.

QuantumXchange - President and CEO

Crypto Crossroads: Betting on Non-Math Based Encryption as Quantum Computers Loom
10:35 AM April 2

About John Prisco, President and CEO, QuantumXchange. John Prisco is the President and CEO of QuantumXchange, the maker of unbreakable, quantum-safe network encryption. Throughout his more than 25-year career, Prisco has played an essential role in helping government agencies and financial organizations identify and resolve threats within their networks; has developed partnerships with leading government integrators to reverse engineer malware providing critical attribution of adversaries; and has worked to assure that implemented technology is compliant and well protected at endpoints.

In 1988, Prisco founded Penn Access, a competitive local access carrier operating in Pittsburgh that he sold to AT&T in 1992. He then 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 provider of telecommunications operating in New York City. In 2003, he served as President and CEO of Ridgeway Systems & Software, a U.K.-based software company specializing in secure firewall traversal, which was acquired by Tandberg Incorporated in 2004. Prisco then served as President and CEO of GeoVantage Inc., a location-based services aerial imaging company sold to John Deere in 2005.

Following his time at GeoVantage, Prisco served as President and CEO of Triumfant for 10 years, which was acquired by Nehemiah Security in 2016. Most recently, Prisco was President and CEO of SPQR Cybersecurity. John holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Zyvex - President Zyvex Labs

Panel 4: Quantum computing hardware startups: What are the opportunities?
11:35 AM April 2

John N. Randall, President of Zyvex Labs, Executive VP at NanoRetina, Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas, and Fellow of the AVS and IEEE, has 35 years of experience in Micro- and Nano- Fabrication. He has attracted over $43M in research contracts to Zyvex and resulting products have grossed over $80M. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 after 15 years at Texas Instruments where he worked in high resolution processing for integrated circuits, MEMS, and quantum effect devices. Prior to working at TI, John worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has 112 articles published in refereed journals, more than 50 conference proceedings and other publications with > 4000 citations and 31 issued US Patents with > 800 citations.


Bayer LLC - Vice President Digital

Panel 2: Quantum technology for the materials sector: pharmaceuticals , the chemical industry, and oil and gas
9:55 AM April 3

Dirk Schapeler is Vice President Digital at Bayer LLC based in San Jose, CA and leads the BETS team. BETS’s (=Bayer Emerging Technology Solutions) focus is on connecting with small and large technology companies to establish partnerships, new products and service offerings and create new revenue streams in lifesciences. The team includes data scientists, business model experts and physicians. Ideas and technologies can be bold and risky as long as they represent a major opportunity for Bayer in the 3-5 year time horizon.
Dirk previously served as Head of Bayer’s LifeScience iHUB innovation center that he founded in Mountain View in 2015. Prior to that he served as the CEO of Bayer’s ViviTouch subsidiary Artificial Muscle Inc. in Sunnyvale. An engineer in electronics and mechanics he studied in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Strangeworks - Founder and CEO

Investor and Venture Capital Trends
11:35 AM April 2

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.

BMW - Lead Future Computing Technologies

Quantum Computing: The Lessons Learned at BMW
10:30 AM April 3

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Cambridge Quantum Computing - Head of Quantum Technologies

Panel 1: Second generation QKDs and QRNGs: New products and market forecasts
9:15 AM April 2

David studied electrical and electronic engineering qualifying in 1985. He was granted and holds a number of patents in the information security space and is an accredited expert with wide ranging experience with large financial institutions, governments and multinational corporations. Having held the highest level of security clearances, Dave has delivered mission critical security solutions for over 25 years, and directs and manages the delivery of post quantum security products for CQC with a special focus on quantum Random Number Generation (“qRNG”), post quantum encryption, and distributed ledgers for broad ranging industrial applications. CQC’s unique device independent and certifiable solution for qRNG is being engineered and built under Dave’s supervision.

In the mid 1990’s, Dave formed a company to provide consulting services to large organisations mainly overseas. However, due to increasing demand from major financial organisations these activities were brought onshore via the UK registered company Proximitum. Proximitum specialises in providing infrastructure solutions to financial and governmental departments both directly and through large vendors, and has been trading successfully since 2005 in the UK and Europe with a stable workforce and a very good reputation for technical excellence. After being involved in some rather interesting security projects Dave created a number of patented inventions around secure identity methods, that have since been developed into a working product and launched with a number of early adopter clients for large scale testing, with now over 100,000 unique users. Due to this success, Dave formed UK based Secure Cloudlink Limited to develop this product into a market offering, for which it has won several awards including the 2018 UBS Innovation in finance and the UK Government Cloud Project of the Year award. Dave holds an equity interest in Secure Cloudlink Limited.