“(IQT)...has quickly become the quantum industry’s leading conference.”
-ZDNET, Nov. 2, 2020

CEO, Quantum Numbers Corp.

Panel 2: QRNGs: The First Mass Market Quantum Technology?

Over 35 years of international experience in the Biosciences, Healthcare and Financial industries. Newly appointed CEO of Quantum Numbers Corp (QNC.V) CEO of SoundBite Medical from 2018 to 2020 after he served as CFO from 2015 to 2018 From 2007 to 2014, he served in several top executive positions in large, medium-sized and start-up companies. From 1999 to 2006, he managed a $300M life science investment Fund (SGF-Santé) and produced several major winners: Cryocath, IDI-GeneOhm, Draxis, Medicago, Atrium, Axcan Pharma Occupied several executive positions with Eli Lilly in the United States and Europe including Strategic Asset Director, Global Business Unit Manager and Head of Regulatory Affairs. He was also the director of the chair of Management in Bioindustry at the University of Quebec in Montreal where he has held the position of Invited Professor at the School of Management for 15 years. Dr. Bellido has served as Board member and Director in more than 20 private and public companies, including at the present time Diagnos (ADK.V), Magneceuticals (USA), RegenLab (CH). Former member of the board of DSM Biologics Company Inc., one of the world leading biopharmaceutical CMOs. Dr. Bellido has an MBA, a MSc. in pharmaceutical sciences and a Ph.D. in sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and he has published over 40 original manuscripts and communications in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Global R&T Cooperation Manager, Airbus

Panel 4: Quantum technologies in the automotive and 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). Currently he is providing inputs to European Space Agency for QT adoption (as QT Space Report contributor).

Chairperson, Chief Reinvention Officer, Improvising Careers

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 writes and speaks on future technologies including AI, cryptoassets, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality and robotics. He recently recorded a live-action course for LinkedIn Learning called “Future-proofing your data science career” – due to be released in April 2020.

Other notable engagements include a Career Labs Workshop in June 2019 at the Open Data Science Conference in New York City titled “How to succeed at data science jobs that don’t exist yet.” In addition, Chris 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.

In September 2018, Chris gave a talk at Accelerate AI, Europe 2018 in London titled “Your brain is too small to manage your business” describing the increasing commoditization of AI. He also moderated a series of Lightning Talks last year at the AR in Action Leadership Summit at the MIT Media Lab and delivered the Closing Keynote at the AI World Forum in Toronto in November 2018.

Di Paolo Emilio
Content Manager, AspenCore

Panel 3: Quantum Software: Segmenting the Market

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.

President and CTO, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel 2: Quantum Technology, 5G and the Telephone Industry

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.

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

Panel 1: Quantum Computing: Key Trends and Innovations in the Past Year

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.

President, Inside Quantum Technology

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.

Vice President of R&D, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel 4: Quantum Key Distribution Markets

Warren Grice is the Vice President of R&D at Qubitekk, Inc., a leading supplier of entangled photon sources. He earned a PhD in Optics at the University of Rochester, where he studied the role of spectral entanglement in spontaneous parametric downconversion. Prior to joining Qubitekk, Dr. Grice spent nearly eighteen years as a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and spent his last six years there as the leader of the Quantum Information Science group.

CEO, Polaris Quantum Biotech

Panel 3: Quantum computing and the design of new drugs and materials

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.

Quantum Computing Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim

Panel 3: Quantum computing and the design of new drugs and materials

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.

Senior Manager of Optical Research at BT, BT

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.

University of Copenhagen - Senior Executive Advisor

Panel 2: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

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.

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

Panel 1: Quantum Computing: Key Trends and Innovations in the Past Year

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.

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Qunnect Inc.

Panel 3: Building the Quantum Internet: Hardware and Software Perspectives

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.

CEO & Founder, Zapata Computing

Panel 3: Quantum Software: Segmenting the Market

Christopher Savoie is a published scholar in medicine, biochemistry, and computer science, and his research and business interests over the years have focused on the intersection of machine learning, biology, and chemistry. Christopher is the original inventor of AAOSA, the A.I.-based natural language interface technology used to develop Apple’s Siri. He has led big data analytics efforts at Nissan and has previously founded and served as CEO of technology companies that have been acquired or exited via IPO. He currently sits on the board of the US Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C). Christopher is also a licensed attorney and has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Big Data Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a published legal expert on liability issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Information Security and Data Privacy. He has also lectured and taught continuing legal education courses on these subjects.

CEO, QuintessenceLabs

Keynote: Quantum Safe (QKD + QRNGs + PQC)

With the power of quantum technology, Vikram Sharma and his company QuintessenceLabs are transforming cybersecurity to safeguard our digital lives.
Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity, Vikram Sharma conducted award-winning research to mature this science at the Australian National University (ANU). He founded and leads the Canberra-headquartered company QuintessenceLabs, which is now at the forefront of the quantum cybersecurity industry. The company’s capabilities have received many awards including global runner-up in IBM’s SmartCamp competition, Top 20 Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow, Security Innovation Network’s SINET16 Cyber Security Innovators, and most recently, recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

Vikram holds a Master of Science in computer science from the ANU, a Master of Science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a Doctorate in quantum physics from ANU. Vikram is also the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship, serves on several industry boards and is a member of the National Security College Futures Council at the Australian National University.
Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram successfully built several technology companies, including a consultancy firm providing IT services to the Government of Australia, and one of the first private ISPs in India. Vikram’s TED Talk on “How Quantum Physics can make Encryption Stronger”, has had over 1.2 million views.

Chief Quantum Exponent, IBM Research

Panel 1: Quantum Computing: Key Trends and Innovations in the Past Year

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.

Principal Systems Engineer at TNO and Engineering Lead of the Quantum Computing Division at QuTech

Panel 1: Quantum Computing: Key Trends and Innovations in the Past Year

Richard Versluis (Rotterdam, 1971) is principal systems engineer at TNO and engineering lead of the quantum computing division at QuTech, the cooperation between the University of Delft and TNO. The missions of the quantum computing division is to build scalable prototypes of a quantum computer.

Richard is also the system architect of Quantum Inspire, Europe’s first public online quantum computing platform. Quantum Inspire include a 5 qubit processor named Starmon-5, and provides the world’s first public access to a spin qubit based processor named Spin-2. With this it is also a unique platform giving direct access to two different qubit technologies.