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

National Coordinator, Quantum Strategy, France

Panel 2: How can national programs boost post-Corona quantum innovation?

Neil Abroug coordinates the French national quantum strategy having a 1.8 Billion EUR investment portfolio. He began his career as a research engineer and project manager at CEA in the field of Industry 4.0. In 2018, he joined the Directorate General for Enterprises at the French Ministry of Economic Affairs where he contributed to setting up the national quantum agenda. In particular, he was the rapporteur of the parliamentary report “Quantum: the technological shift that France will not miss”. Neil is a Dr. Engineer in applied mathematics. He also graduated in Innovation Management and Competitive Intelligence.

Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor and Deputy Director of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, a Senior Scientist/Quantum Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory, and Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange. He is also the inaugural director of Q-NEXT, one of the new US Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Centers. Before arriving in Chicago, he was the Director of the California NanoSystems Institute and Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California – Santa Barbara. He had served as a Research Staff member and Manager of the Nonequilibrium Physics Department at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He works in the emerging fields of spintronics and quantum information engineering, where his students develop new methods to explore and control the quantum states of individual electrons, nuclei, and photons in the solid state. His research includes implementations of quantum information processing with potential applications in computing, imaging, and communication. Professor Awschalom received the American Physical Society Oliver E. Buckley Prize and Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, the European Physical Society Europhysics Prize, the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Award and Outstanding Investigator Prize, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the International Magnetism Prize and the Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences.

CEO and Founder of PQSecure and Professor at FAU

Panel 3: Quantum Data Centers

Dr. Reza Azarderakhsh is the CEO and Founder of PQSecure with the main focus on development of quantum-safe cryptographic solutions for tomorrow’s data today in-transit, at-rest, and in-use. Dr. Azarderakhsh is well-known for the development of several cryptographic algorithms and architecture for various applications. He published more than 100 papers in journals and conferences on applied cryptography.

Chief Information Security Officer, Avast Software s.r.o.

Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations

Jaya Baloo, currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Avast Software has worked in the cybersecurity area for nearly 20 years. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the year award, Top 100 CISOs and is one of the inspiring 50 in the Netherlands. Jaya frequently speaks at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance, cryptography. She is a faculty member of the Singularity University and a member of various infosec boards. Jaya is a quantum ambassador of KPN Telecom and a Vice Chair of the Quantum Flagship Strategic Advisory Board of the EU Commission.

Founder & Principle Quantum Careersmith, Entangled Positions

Panel 3: Building a Quantum-competent Workforce

John Barnes is a specialist recruiter/headhunter and founder of Entangled Positions. He has been working in the technology sector since 2004 and created the scientifically-focused Profecta Associates in 2013. This year he launched Entangled positions to more accurately reflect his specialization, quantum recruitment.

He works with quantum & AMO physicists matching the people who have the skills, knowledge, and potential required to power quantum 2.0 with the companies creating the technology that the most exciting new developments of the future will be built upon.

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.

Ben Salem
Technology Research Director, Security, Accenture

Women in Quantum

Dr. Malek Ben Salem is a Technology Research Director at Accenture, where she leads Quantum Security and AI Security. She has over 20 years of experience in the technology and security sectors. Her research lies at the nexus of cybersecurity and AI and focuses on data protection, trustworthy AI, and application security. She advises Fortune 500 organizations on developing and adopting innovative security products and offerings and on achieving real risk reduction.

Dr. Ben Salem is a NewAmerica cybersecurity fellow, a senior IEEE fellow and an Accenture Certified Senior Technology Architect (STA), She holds a PhD and a MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hanover, GERMANY. She also holds a certificate in Technology Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Business.

CEO/Founder, ProtectBox

Panel 2: Quantum technologies and the rise of cryptocurrencies: Opportunity or apocalypse

All of Kiran Bhagotra’s career has been changing about “hearts & minds”. In her current role, as founder/CEO/CTO of ProtectBox, an AI-driven marketplace that lets consumer, business & government users find and buy a range of products and services (hardware and software), bundled and tailored to their needs & risk appetite, whether they’re an expert or not…going from sign-up to solution in a few clicks. Not only helping users make smarter holistic… but also greener decisions as well, with our NetZero score (funded by a UK Government Grant) we show you how environmentally responsible the company producing the solution you are buying…is. Currently extending the AI-Marketplace-as-a-service to Health, IoT, Defence, FinTech, AgriTech, PropTech amongst others, supported by a further UK Government Grant.

Prior to this she has held various careers across government, industry (JPMorgan Chase, Cazenove, 3i, Lonmin and Brunswick Group amongst others), not-for-profits and consulted for several start-ups. This included promoting the UK’s cyber security strategy globally (including standards such as CyberEssentials) & the #WeProtect (children online) Summit. As well as Ministerial Reviews on critical national infrastructure resilience & machine learning digital redaction.

Kiran speaks & advocates for Quantum Computing as well as Cybersecurity. Winner of 10 Awards (finalist in 30+) including (beating BT for) CogX 2020’s Best AI in Cybersecurity, 2020, 2019 & 2018’s Most Influential Women in UK Technology longlist with coverage in The Times, Telegraph, Wired, CityAM amongst 30+ others. Recent publications include https://www.wired.co.uk/article/blockchain-quantum-securityhttps://www.cityam.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/022-023-crypto-1oct2019.pdf & https://www.standard.co.uk/tech/facebook-admits-thousands-of-apps-breached-data-guidelines-a4487916.html

Physicist, Harvard University

Panel 4: New Technology Routes

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.

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.

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, especially quantum information science.

Chris has performed the role of Master of Ceremonies at four Inside Quantum Technology virtual events as well as the most recent hybrid version held in New York City in November 2021. He also moderated a panel on “Building a quantum-competent workforce.”

Twice a month, Chris interviews C-suite executives at leading quantum companies for his Quantum Tech Pod. Guests have included Chad Rigetti, (CEO and Founder, Rigetti Computing), Pete Shadbolt (Chief Scientific Officer, PsiQuantum), whurley (CEO, strangeworks), Ilana Wisby (CEO, Oxford Quantum Circuits) and Ilyas Khan (CEO, Quantinuum). It is available on Apple Music and Spotify.

Chris is also a member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) and co-leads the Education subgroup in the Workforce Technology Advisory Committee.

In addition, he has contributed to numerous quantum events as a moderator and panelist including Quantum London’s “The People That Keep the Qubits Spinning” (June 2021), “Quantum AI and ML” for Transform Industry (Sept 2021), the launch of the Quantum Strategy Institute (Sept 2021) and two Washington, D.C Quantum Meetups (Oct and Nov, 2021).

General Director of Science and Partnerships, Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI), Government of Québec

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Mr. Blouin began his studies at the University of Sherbrooke and at INRS-Energy and Materials, where he obtained his doctorate in 1998 on the fabrication of nanomaterials. He subsequently worked at Laval University in collaboration with Hydro-Quebec, as well at the Institut des Matériaux Industriels and the Minutia Group. At the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation since 2007, he became General Director of Science and Partnerships in 2016.

Director, UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology

Talk 1: Quantum Sensors: The Latest Developments

Kai Bongs is chair in cold atoms at the University of Birmingham. He has over 20 years of research experience in quantum sensors and is driving their translation into real-world applications in his role as PI of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing. With the Hub, he has triggered over £100M in collaborative projects with over 70 companies and thus established an emerging commercial quantum technology ecosystem. His achievements in translating science to the economy have been recognized by several awards, including the Dennis Gabor Medal and Price from the Institute of Physics in 2019.

Senior Vice President, Principal Archiitect; Post Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Systems & Emerging Technology Leader Information and Cyber Security – Emerging Technologies, Wells Fargo & Company

Peter Bordow is the Senior Vice President and Post-Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Systems & Emerging Technology Leader in Information and Cyber Security at Wells Fargo. In this role, Peter is responsible for leading research and development, strategy, and ideation across a portfolio which includes digital identity, privacy enhancing technologies, and other innovation areas.

With more than 30 years of technology, thought leadership, and management experience in the financial, aerospace, defense, and communications industries, Peter has managed and designed large research and development and innovation technology projects for: digital circuit design, radar and laser weapon systems, networking, storage and databases, security and application development, and regulatory compliance, governance, and auditing.

For the last 15 years, Peter worked as the Principal Architect researching and innovating emerging technologies and is the author of numerous technical papers: Quantum Technology, Digital Identity, Artificial Intelligence, Regulatory Technology (RegTech), Extended Reality (XR), and Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, Peter’s distinguished accomplishments at Wells Fargo are: the 2021 Inventor Hall of Fame inductee, 2020 Galileo Award for integrating patent strategy, 2019 Einstein Award for advancing innovation in unchartered areas, 2017 Gold Coin for innovation, and more than 40 U.S. patents filed and nine grants for quantum technology, post-quantum cryptography, and digital identity.

Peter lives in Arizona. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tai Kwon Do. He is a recording and performing artist with several released albums. He is a passionate obstacle course race enthusiast.

Principal Specialist for Quantum Computing in the High Performance Computing Group, Amazon Web Services

Talk 1: Cloud Service Providers: The Quantum Perspective

Michael is a Principal Specialist for Quantum Computing in the High Performance Computing group at Amazon Web Services. In this role, he leads global business development and go to market efforts for Amazon Braket, a fully-managed quantum computing service in the cloud at AWS. He was previously SVP for Applications at Rigetti Computing, a quantum computing hardware company based in Berkeley, and CEO of QxBranch, a quantum computing applications start-up company acquired by Rigetti in 2019. Michael has a background in probabilistic risk modelling for aerospace applications and studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Avionics and an Executive Master of Business in Complex Project Management, both from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Co-Founder CEO, Qblox BV

Panel I: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies
Panel II: A Roadmap for Quantum Control Systems

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.

VP Research & Technology, ID Quantique

Event Sponsor: ID Quantique

Félix Bussières is VP Research and Technology at ID Quantique. Félix and his team are responsible for the development of IDQ’s core technologies and for key innovative projects.

Félix obtained his PhD in Physics from the Université de Montréal. He then worked as a senior researcher at the University of Geneva, where he conducted research in quantum technologies. In particular, he played a key role in developing high-performance superconducting detectors. After joining IDQ in 2016, he took the superconducting detector technology from a prototype to a successful product line for research laboratories, as well as a partnership with ArianeGroup to develop cutting-edge equipment dedicated to the upcoming Ariane6 commercial space launcher. He now leads several innovation activities related to the development of single-photon detectors, quantum random number generators and quantum key distribution.

Co-Managing Editor of PRX Quantum, American Physical Society

Panel 1: Trends in Quantum Computer Cooling Systems

Katiuscia has vast experience in cutting-edge research and technology, having implemented several photonic platforms enabling new studies of quantum characteristics of light. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She held a Humboldt fellowship, working as a postdoc at the Max-Planck institute. In 2011, Katiuscia joined the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil), where she obtained her tenure. For her early-career work, she is awarded the “For Women in Science” prize (L’Oréal-UNESCO—Brazilian component). Katiuscia joined the American Physical Society in 2015 and is now the co-managing editor of PRX Quantum.

Quantum Sensing Sales Americas, ID Quantique

Event Sponsor: ID Quantique

Dan Chebot has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in the same field from UC Davis. After graduation he went to work at a number of high tech startups in the Bay Area of California and Cambridge, Massachusetts before landing at ID Quantique in 2019. He is an applications engineer for the Q-Sensing division specializing in single photon detection systems and instrumentation.

CEO, Post-Quantum

Panel III: Quantum and Crypto-Currencies
Panel I: Market and Product Evolution for Post Quantum Encryption

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.

Principal Investigator, L3Harris Technologies

Talk 4: Quantum Sensors in Aerospace

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.

Vice President, Research, Inside Quantum Technology

Panel 1: Integrated Approaches to Quantum Safe Technology
Panel 3: Markets and Product Evolution for Post-Quantum Cryptography

Marco Coulter is the Vice President, Research for Inside Quantum Technology. He has been published in Forbes and CIO magazine and is a sought-after speaker and consultant. Marco’s focus is on the successful utilization of technology earned him the nickname “tech-whisperer” for his skills in translating business drivers for a technical audience and technical concepts for business leaders. A former startup CTO, his career spans the dimensions of technology from startup to enterprise, and across strategy, investment and consultancy. When taking the rare break from technology, Marco can be found harvesting fresh vegetables from his NYC garden.

Group Chief Data Scientist & Head of AI Research and Thought Leadership, AXA

Panel 1: Where are the real applications for quantum computing in banking and financial services?

Marcin Detyniecki is Group Chief Data Scientist & Head of AI Research and Thought Leadership at insurance global leader AXA. He leverages his expertise to help AXA deliver value and overcome AI and ML-related business challenges and enable the group achieve its transformation as a tech-led company. He leads the artificial intelligence R&D activity at group level. His team works on setting a framework enabling fair, safe and explainable ML to deliver value.

Marcin is also active in several think and do tanks, including a role of vice-president and board member of Impact AI, member of the Consultative Expert Group on Digital Ethics in Insurance for EIOPA and technical expert at Institut Montaigne. He has been involved in a number of academic roles including a Research Scientist at both CNRS and Sorbonne University. He holds a ph.D. in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

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 Cryptography (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.

Senior Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer for Big Data & Security, Atos

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

Philippe Duluc graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris (France), initially working as a military engineer, for the French Ministry of Defense and for the Prime minister’s office. After 20 years of public service, he joined the private sector, first as Chief Security Officer for Orange Group, then as manager of Cybersecurity operations in Bull company. He is now CTO of Big Data & Security, the Atos Products Division. He has been an adviser to the European Network and Information Security Agency, and has a keen interest in scientific and technical domains involved in digital transformation: cryptography, cyber-defense, advanced computing, data science, mission-critical systems and quantum technologies.

President and CTO, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel III: 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.

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.

Chairperson, Business Development Director, QuTech, Delft University of Technology

Panel 1: Building Quantum Communication Ecosystems

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.

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

Panel I: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

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.

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

Panel 1: The Quantum Internet as an ultra-secure network

Dr. Steve Flinter 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.

Executive VP Quantum-Safe Security, ID Quantique

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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.

Garcia Coello
Chief Scientific Officer, Crypta Labs

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

Jose holds a PhD in quantum physics from University College London. His areas of research include the field of Quantum Information based on mesoscopic systems such as N@C60 Carbon NanoWires or Self-assembled quantum dots. This research was developed in conjunction with Oxford University, QinetiQ and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Jose’s expertise allows Crypta Labs to implement the cutting edge of quantum research into their technology development. Jose has filed several patents with Crypta Labs for his work on our QRNG.

Senior Managing Director, Accenture

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Dan, Senior Managing Director, is a leader in applying emerging technologies to challenging business problems. A multiple patent-holder on several quantum-based applications, he guided the creation and development of Accenture’s cutting-edge Quantum Computing Program, which helps clients, across industries, consider and develop the use of and deploy quantum technology.

In addition to his executive leadership role with Accenture’s Quantum Computing Program, Dan is also the Global Delivery Lead for Accenture Interactive, the world’s largest digital agency.
His experience and skills set strike a unique balance between technology visionary and pragmatic business leader that have made the difference between program failure and success for many Fortune 500 companies over several decades. Mr. Garrison has an uncanny ability to quickly comprehend highly technical topics and communicate them in a way that aligns business and technical objectives to achieve success. He is a collaborative and charismatic leader who knows how to build and manage high-performing teams.

President, IQT Research

Panel 4: New Technology Routes
Panel 2: Testbeds in the US and Europe
Recent Developments in the Quantum Community
Panel 4: Quantum Clouds

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.

Senior Complex System Scientist, General Electric

Talk: Industrial Quantum Computing Applications at GE

Dr. Annarita Giani is a Senior Scientist at GE Research, where she currently works on quantum computing algorithm development for industrial applications. She worked at Los Alamos National Lab and she was a postdoc at UC Berkeley with a focus on cybersecurity of the energy grid.

Annarita is interested in critical infrastructure protection, energy systems, supply chain, modeling and simulation for situational awareness, machine learning and optimization for large dynamic, complex problems. Annarita has a has presented at international conferences and published over 50 articles in international conferences and journals.

She was the co-organizer of the workshop on Quantum Computing for Renewable Energy at Quantum Week 2020. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Pisa, Italy.

CEO and co-Founder, IQM

Panel 2: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

Jan is a quantum physicist and co-founding CEO of IQM, building next-generation quantum computers. IQM has assembled an exceptional team of international quantum experts developing on-premises systems for HPC and special applications. IQM has raised more than EUR 71 million in funding, including the largest seed investment round in Finnish history. Jan did his doctorate on superconducting quantum circuits at TU Munich and worked as a Marie-Curie Fellow in Helsinki at Aalto University, where he holds the title of docent. In 2020, Capital magazine selected him as one of 40 under 40 in Germany and he received the prestigious entrepreneurship award from the KAUTE Foundation. Jan is in the Board of the European Innovation Council EIC, the European Quantum Industry Consortium QuIC, and member of the German Federal Economic Senate (Bundeswirtschaftssenat).

Director, NSF Center for Quantum Networks Associate Professor of Optical Sciences, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona

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

Saikat Guha is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, starting July 2017, and the director of the NSF Center for Quantum Networks (CQN). Saikat received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1998, and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2017, he worked for Raytheon BBN Technologies, where in his most recent role as Lead Scientist, he led various sponsored projects funded by DARPA, ONR, NSF, DoE, and ARL, in topics surrounding quantum enhanced photonic information processing. He was one of the founding members of the Quantum Information Processing group at BBN, formed in 2009.

Saikat’s research interests are in the quantum limits of optical communications and quantum-secured communications (rate) and optical sensing (resolution)—both in the evaluations of these fundamental limits using tools from quantum information and estimation theory, as well as in the associated circuit synthesis problem, that of trying to piece together familiar classical and non-classical optical building blocks to realize transmitters and receivers needed to attain those limits. He is interested in the design of quantum repeaters for long-distance entanglement distribution. He has also been lately interested in continuous variable photonic quantum computing, and quantum networks.

Saikat received the Raytheon 2011 Excellence in Engineering and Technology Award, Raytheon’s highest technical honor, for work his team did on the DARPA-funded Information in a Photon program. He was a co-recipient of an honorable mention in NSA’s 2016 Cybersecurity Best Paper Award for a paper on Quantum-Secure Covert Communication on Bosonic Channels, which he supervised. He was a recipient of Anita Jones Entrepreneurial Award 2013 from BBN Technologies, a co-recipient of a NASA Tech Brief Award for his work on Phase-conjugate receiver for Gaussian-state quantum illumination, and received the Raymie Stata Award for outstanding performance as Teaching Assistant for Signals and Systems, Fall 2005, from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT. Saikat was a member of India’s first team to the International Physics Olympiad at Reykjavik in 1998, where he received an Honorable Mention and the European Physical Society (EPS) Award for the experimental component. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Prof. Guha also has appointments with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Program in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona. In 2020, Saikat and his team were awarded an NSF Engineering Research Center. The center focus is on Quantum Networks (CQN).

Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Energy

Panel 2: The Commercialization of Quantum Repeaters and Quantum Memories

Carol Hawk is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Program in the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response.

Co-Founder & Director, Quantum Delta NL

Panel 1: National Networks: Strategies And Evolution
Panel 4: A survey of industry trade groups

Freeke Heijman is the founding Director of Quantum Delta NL, the public private partnership of global tech companies, public agencies and all the major quantum research hubs in the Netherlands. Her mission is to further strengthen the flourishing Dutch quantum ecosystem to become the most relevant for Europe.

She combines her role on a national level, with fostering and growing the Delft ecosystem of startups, companies and research labs at the TU Delft campus as the founding director of Quantum Delft. Both QuTech and Quantum Delft are part of Quantum Delta NL. Freeke has an extensive background in tech and innovation policies at the crossroads of government, academia and industry. She embarked in the quantum field in 2013 when QuTech in Delft was founded.

Freeke graduated at the TU Delft Policy Analysis and Systems Engineering department in 1999 and started her career at KPN Research. Before she started at QuTech, Quantum Delft and Quantum Delta NL, she worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in different roles in the field of space and innovation policies.

Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and Quantum Key Distribution Expert, ID Quantique

Panel 2: The role of QKD in Quantum Communication
Panel 4: Quantum Clouds

Bruno Huttner is the Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and a Quantum Key Distribution Expert at ID Quantique. He is also the co- chairman of the Quantum-Safe Security Working Group (QSS WG) organized by the Cloud Security Alliance.

Bruno joined ID Quantique in 2014, participating in business development and product management in the Quantum Security division. He then started the space programs, aiming at developing quantum key distribution globally, using satellites.

Bruno is an engineer (Ecole Centrale Paris) and a physicist (PhD from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology). After an early career in academia, Bruno moved to business. Prior to joining ID Quantique, he participated in the creation of a startup company, Luciol Instruments, which used quantum technologies for improving test and measurements equipment.

Head of Product, Xanadu

Panel I: Cloud Industry: The Quantum Perspective
Talk I: Xanadu Photonic Quantum Computing

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.

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.

CEO, VeriQloud

Panel 1: Integrated Approaches to Quantum Safe Technology

Marc Kaplan has worked in the area of quantum information for more than ten years. He graduated from University Paris-Sud and worked in Montreal with Gilles Brassard, the co-inventor of quantum cryptography. Before founding VeriQloud, his research has focused on using quantum algorithms to break classical cryptographic systems, and on the design of quantum-resistant alternatives.

He is the CEO of VeriQloud.

Vice President of Engineering, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel II: The Future of QKD in a World of Post Quantum Cryptography (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.

CEO, Polaris Quantum Biotech

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.

Research engineer and tech lead, NetSquid platform, QuTech

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

Dr. Rob Knegjens is a research engineer within QuTech’s Quantum Internet division. He is the technical lead and co-creator of NetSquid (https://netsquid.org), a versatile simulation platform for designing scalable quantum networks and modular quantum computing architectures. Made publicly available in 2020, NetSquid is applicable to a range of scientific and engineering use cases; for instance, as the primary modelling and simulation tool within the Quantum Internet Alliance (https://quantum-internet.team/) consortium to develop a blueprint for a pan-European quantum internet. Rob graduated with an MSc in theoretical physics from Utrecht University and carried out his PhD research in the field subatomic physics at the Nikhef institute in Amsterdam. In 2016 he joined TNO, which together with the TU Delft forms QuTech, where he leverages his multi-disciplinary background in physics and software to work on projects in the domains of quantum technology and defence.

Quantum Business Executive

Topic Sponsor Keynote

Stephan has a background of electrical engineering with 15 years of experience in chipsets for mobile communication and 13 years in test & measurement instrumentation for advanced research. Recently at Zurich Instruments he was covering the VP Sales position and has grown passionate for profitable business models within the quantum market while helping quantum research to progress. He is referred as the defender of price. Stephan is currently looking for a new challenge.

Product Development Manager for Quantum Systems, Teledyne e2v

Talk 2: Novel Applications for Atomic Clocks

Dr Ole Kock is the Product Development Manager for Quantum Systems at Teledyne e2v. He has built up the Quantum Technology Team at Teledyne e2v and is responsible for the technical oversight of all Quantum related developments. Products range from gravity sensors over compact atomic clocks to satellite payloads. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of quantum systems and has specialised early in developing application driven sensors and systems. Previous roles were in the Ultra Cold Atoms Group at the University of Birmingham where he has developed mobile atomic optical clocks with strontium as a Research Fellow.

Lead Quantum Computing Applications Engineer, Quantinuum

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

Megan Kohagen is a Lead Quantum Computing Applications Engineer for Quantinuum. Megan is responsible for accelerating value from quantum computing by bringing together the work of Quantinuum’s algorithms and hardware teams. With experience in the aerospace, retail, and supply chain industries, Megan is utilizing her real-world experience to give insight to what users want and maximize value from Quantinuum offerings. 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.

Co-Founder, Delft Circuits

Panel 1: Trends in Quantum Computer Cooling Systems

Daan is an entrepreneur and engineer with a passion for science and new technology with a background in Physics and Innovation Sciences. These two come together in his role as co-founder of Delft Circuits, where he builds hardware for quantum computers. He enjoys building the company, where he focuses on providing the right products and specifically, cabling solutions for their customers. Next to this, he’s involved in the financial and operations side of the company.

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.

Quantum-Resistant Cryptography and Defense Market, PQSecure Technologies, LLC

Panel 4: Quantum technologies in the automotive and aerospace industry

Dr. Brandon Langenberg received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University in 2018 with a focus on quantum cryptanalysis. His research included an AFRL research grant to study quantum resource estimations on symmetric cryptography (which was highlighted during the current NIST post quantum standardization process) and a German Federal Government (BSI) grant to research the current efforts of quantum computing. Since joining PQSecure in 2018, Dr. Langenberg has worked as the principal investigator for several government grants from NSF, ARO, DARPA, looking at post-quantum cryptography, hybrid cryptography, and quantum-safe cryptographic implementations, respectively.

Le Bars
President, QuIC
Research Project Director at SAP Technology & Innovation

Panel 2: National Quantum Development Groups

Laure Le Bars is a Research Project Director at SAP Technology & Innovation. She coordinates a Quantum Computing @SAP initiative. She is president of the newly founded association European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC). She is also co-lead of the Quantum Computing Industry Group (DACH).

She is working on several projects like Big Data Value Association www.bdva.eu (Board of Directors and Vice-President; BDV PPP CSA project manager), and Smart Data Innovation Lab (www.sdil.de deputy coordinator until 2016), EIT Digital (principal of staff, office of the CEO; SAP project coordinator) or Academy Cube. She is also involved in the French-German cooperation on Digital Economy.

Before that, she set up SAP Labs Canada and was the Managing Director of the lab since its inception in 1997 until 2008. In parallel, she conducted an analysis for a lab in Central & East Europe in 2004, established the lab in Budapest and was the Managing Director of SAP Labs Hungary until 2007. She won in 2007 the Stevie Award for Women in Business in category “Best executive–non-services-under 2500 employees”; and was nominated in category “Best Canadian Executive”.
She was sitting on the Industrial Advisory Board of SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge www.swebok.org), a joint initiative of IEEE Computer Society and UQAM to achieve international consensus on the body of knowledge in software engineering.

Laure Le Bars holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise, Groupe Centrale, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, in France. Her thesis dealt with Operation Research for Artificial Intelligence at GERAD (Groupe d’Études et de Recherche en Analyse des Décisions) in Montréal, Canada.

Professor for Mobile and Distributed Systems at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Member of the National Quantum Council, Germany

Panel 2: How can national programs boost post-Corona quantum innovation?

Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien is full professor for Mobile and Distributed Systems at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute for Informatics.

She finished her Ph.D. thesis at the Technical University Aachen, Unit for Communication Systems in 1994 and gave different lectures at the University GH Essen, 1995-97. In 1997 she was a research visitor at the Applied Research Institute of the Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In 1998, she finished her habilitation at the Technical University Aachen and got an associate professorship at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Since 2003 she is full professor there.

She is author/editor of 13 books and has published furthermore about 70 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She is a member of more than 50 programme committees of international workshops and conferences organized by IFIP, ACM, IEEE, German Society of Computer Science and other organizations. Furthermore, she is reviewer for several German scientific institutions. Her research interests include the following topics: distributed systems and ubiquitous computing, mobility, service discovery and context awareness. In these areas she works on several research projects supported by industry and government.

Chief Marketing Officer, Zapata Computing

Women in Quantum

Katherine’s focus is on telling Zapata’s story to our multiple audiences and creating demand for our product and solutions. Before Zapata, Katherine was a Senior Director at global design and innovation consultancy IDEO, where for eight years she used Design Thinking to create new ventures for enterprises seeking transformational growth and helped startups go to market. Prior to IDEO, Katherine worked at several agencies, on digital marketing and brand. Katherine holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Babson.

Senior Manager Optical Networks Research, BT

Panel 1: National Networks: Strategies And Evolution

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.

Senior Executive Advisor, University of Copenhagen

Panel 1: The Quantum Internet as an ultra-secure network

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 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.

Program Director of Systems Engineering & Services, IBM Quantum

Talk 3: Cloud Service Providers: The Quantum Perspective
Panel 1: Quantum Computing: Key Trends and Innovations in the Past Year

Rajeev Malik, Ph.D, is Program Director of Systems Engineering & Services at IBM Quantum in Yorktown Heights, NY. He is responsible for worldwide deployment and cloud enablement of IBM’s quantum systems and services. His mission is to continue to provide uninterrupted, secure access to industry-leading quantum systems to a global user base of enterprise clients, developers, researchers, and educators. He has previously led teams in technology development and foundry interface for multiple generations of IBM’s high end microprocessors integral to their mainframe and Power offerings. He has a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his B.Tech from IIT, Bombay.

Vice President Business Development - Strategic Partnerships, Quantum Xchange

Panel 1: Securing the future of communications with Quantum safe technology available today – Verizon Case Study

Don has 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry where he as been responsible for developing and furthering strategic relationships, complex deal negotiations, sales and marketing. He has directed business development teams whose functions have included: contract negotiations; standard and nonstandard pricing; creating go-to-market and market segmentation strategies and business case evaluation.

Strategic Partnerships Lead, Quantum Delta Netherlands

Panel 2: How can national programs boost post-Corona quantum innovation?

Ulrich Mans is responsible for the international strategy of the newly established Quantum Delta Netherlands foundation. Before, he worked as innovation attache at the Dutch Embassy in Washington D.C. and for the European Union Delegation in the United States. From 2012 to 2016, he established Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation in The Hague and worked for various think tanks in the field of strategic studies. He holds a PhD in environmental science from the University of Amsterdam.

President, OneQuantum Africa

Panel 3: Building a Quantum-competent Workforce

Farai Mazhandu is the founding President at OneQuantum Africa, the leading Quantum Tech community in the continent with virtual networking, member events, public summits attended by several thousand participants, mentorship programs, and many other perks. He is also a Co-founder of Bayete Quantum Technologies, a quantum startup out of Africa that partners organizations to help them navigate the quantum spectrum, achieve competitive advantage and realize value today through the adoption of appropriate quantum solutions.

Solution Architect for the Quantum Engineering Solutions Team, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Panel 3: Trends in Quantum Control Systems

Nizar Messaoudi is the Solution Architect for the Quantum Engineering Solutions team at Keysight Technologies, Inc., where he is responsible for for guiding the development of advanced, scalable electronic control systems for multiple qubit and quantum technologies. Prior to this, he worked as an RF Application Engineer at Keysight, supporting customers and enabling their success in several industries including Quantum Computing, 5G, Satellite Communications, and IoT. Before joining Keysight, Nizar worked the University of Waterloo, training well over 3000 engineers in the art of making RF measurements and managing the undergraduate RF and microwave laboratory. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, with a specialty in Quantum Information. Previously, he received his Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. His current research interests include Josephson Parametric Amplifiers (JPA) and quantum illumination. In conjunction with his role at Keysight, he is also investigating the effects of classical control electronics imperfections on quantum devices.

CTO, QZabre

Talk: Nanometer-scale imaging with NV Quantum Sensing

AM received his PhD in physics at ETH Zürich where he studied ultracold quantum gases in Tilman Esslinger group. He later continued at ETH Zürich as a post-doctoral researcher before joining QZabre as CTO. Throughout his academic career, AM published several articles in the fields of quantum gas and ultracold atoms in significant scientific journals such as Nature and Science. In recognition of his PhD results, AM was awarded the “Orso Maria Corbino” price of the Italian Physical Society and, for the development of an Advanced Student Lab experiment on cooling and trapping ultra-cold atoms, the “VP – Award” of the ETH Zurich.

Co-founder and CEO, Q-munity

Panel 3: Building a Quantum-competent Workforce

Anisha Musti is a 15-year-old quantum developer and the CEO of Q-munity, an organization striving to connect young individuals in quantum computing. Her work in the field includes a demonstration of Shor’s algorithm, quantum teleportation and a novel QML algorithm to detect Parkinson’s disease based on speech features. However, she decided to form Q-munity when she noticed her peers struggle to enter the field of quantum computing based on a lack of resources. Since its inception in 2019, Q-munity has grown to over 1,000+ members, hosted a summer camp, a conference, and numerous workshops. Now, she’s working on growing Q-munity to become the central hub for quantum resources.

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.

CTO, Aliro Quantum, Evolution of the Quantum Internet

Panel 4: New Technology Routes

Prineha Narang is an Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University where she leads an interdisciplinary group working on topics at the vibrant intersection of computational science, condensed matter theory, quantum photonics, and quantum information science. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Narang came to Harvard as an Environmental Fellow at HUCE, and worked as a research scholar in condensed matter theory in the Department of Physics at MIT on new theoretical methods to describe interactions in quantum matter. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Dr. Narang’s work has been recognized by many awards and special designations, including the Mildred Dresselhaus Prize, Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Max Planck Sabbatical Award from the Max Planck Society, and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics all in 2021, an NSF CAREER Award in 2020, being named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for pioneering innovations in quantum science, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a Top Innovator by MIT Tech Review (MIT TR35). In 2017, she was named by Forbes Magazine on their “30under30” list for her work in atom-by-atom quantum engineering, that is, designing materials at the smallest scale, using single atoms, to enable the leap to quantum technologies. Dr. Narang is also a part of DOE-led NQI Quantum Science Center and NSF-backed efforts, including the NSF ERC ‘Center for Quantum Networks’ in quantum network science, both announced in 2020. Dr. Narang is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aliro, a VC-backed US quantum network company. At Aliro, she has led efforts in quantum information, towards commercializing scalable quantum networks. Further, she has advised IBM, Applied Materials and Northrop Grumman over the last years on building and expanding their quantum technology programs. Outside of science, she is an avid triathlete and runner. Time spent outdoors is important to her and here’s a Faculty Spotlight highlighting how she spends time outside the lab and an article by the Moore Foundation on “Beyond the Lab”.

Physicist and Software Engineer/Researcher, Huawei, ProjectQ

Panel 3: Quantum Software: Segmenting the Market

Damien Nguyen is a physicist and software engineer/researcher in Huawei’s Quantum Computing group. He is also one of the maintainer of the ProjectQ framework and language for quantum computing. On behalf of Huawei and ProjectQ, he is responsible for the design and development of the ProjectQ quantum compiler and some related projects. His education is in Physics engineering (MSc. EPFL, Lausanne) and Physics (Ph.D. University of Basel).

Head of Utilities & Telecom Markets, ID Quantique

After a Master in Physics and a Master in Telecom, Jean-Sébastien started his career at NIST as a guest researcher in Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) 20 years ago. Back in Europe, he worked in two startup’s developing wireless internet access, fix and mobile services for Swiss enterprises. Then he joined Orange Business Services as a product manager to develop and launch a digital voice service (SIP Trunking) for Multinational companies, before moving to the business development team promoting digital collaboration solutions, managing the European and Indirect markets.

Jean-Sébastien joined ID Quantique in 2018, participating in business development in the Quantum Security division, which develops next-generation Quantum-Safe solutions, and especially quantum key distribution systems. These systems are designed to be safe against the power of quantum computers, which threaten the conventional encryption methods. As Head of telecom market, he addresses Cloud and Telecom service providers to convince them that Quantum Security is a fast moving and key topic in a world driven by the value of our Data.

Senior Mechanical Engineer, IonQ

Women in Quantum

Jessica joined IonQ in late 2020 bringing more than 10 years of experience at Sandia National Laboratories in space-based optical systems. She began her focus in quantum with the QSCOUT team at Sandia in 2018 and quickly realized similarities with her previous experience. At IonQ she is responsible for mechanical design of hardware, specializing in optomechanics and active alignment methodology. Jessica is looking forward to continuing her career in advancing trapped ion technology in quantum.

Co-founder, CPO, CryptoNext Security

Panel I: Market and Product Evolution for Post Quantum Encryption

Ludovic Perret is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of CryptoNext Security. Ludovic works since more than 15 years in the area of post-quantum cryptography. Ludovic is the co-author of about 60 scientific publications and several submissions to the on-going NIST post-quantum standardization process. Ludovic is co-chair of the Quantum-Safe Security working group of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), member of the quantum-safe TC Cyber working-group of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), member of ASC X9 Quantum Computing Risk Study Group and member of the ATARC Quantum Working Group.

Before founding CryptoNext Security, Ludovic was an associate professor in the computer science lab (LIP6) at Sorbonne University. In 2018, he has been awarded — together with Jean-Charles Faugère — by the Atos & Joseph Fourier prize in the area of quantum technologies for contributions to post-quantum cryptography.

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.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Safe Quantum Incorporated

Panel I: The Quantum-Safe Data Center: User Cases
Topic sponsor keynote - Enabling the Quantum Internet of the Future

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.


Panel 2: Quantum Processors: Novel Architectures and Technologies

I co-founded Pasqal, the first French hardware company that develops Quantum Computing, in March 2019. My vision was to leverage the technology developed for more than ten years at Institut d’Optique in Palaiseau (France) to build Quantum Processing Units based on neutral atoms ordered in large 2D arrays. Today this technology is at the very heart of Pasqal. I hold a Ph.D. in quantum optics on trapping single atoms with optical tweezers. After defending my thesis, I moved toward industry, where I developed high-tech products based on optical technologies, in diverse fields such as biotechnology, defense, or semiconducting.

Quantum Delta NL

Panel 1: Integrated Approaches to Quantum Safe Technology

At present Jesse Robbers is “Co-Founder & Director” at QuantumDeltaNL. This new institution was recently established by the Dutch quantum ecosystem of companies, knowledge institutes and governmental institutions, to accelerate the leading role of the Netherlands in quantum technology. Besides his activities in the Quantum domain he is Sr. Business Consultant at TNO ICT with specialism in the field of Digital Infrastructure, Internet, Cloud and Media.
In the past Jesse was CCO at the “Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)” and “Technical Director Benelux” at “Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services”. He fulfilled various roles at KPN, focusing on internet distribution networks and media propositions. Jesse has held several positions in organisations to stimulate new international and joint industry developments, like “Digital Infrastructure Nederland (DINL)”, the “Dutch Media Hub (DMH)” and “Consortium Board Member” at the “National Agenda Quantum Technology (NAQT)”

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.

Director Research & Development, Orange Quantum Systems

Panel 3: Quantum Software: Segmenting the Market

During his PhD (cum laude) in the group of Prof. DiCarlo, Adriaan worked on control for superconducting quantum systems. He has developed new calibration and characterization protocols, as well as a new type of two-qubit gate, and made key contributions to the development of Quantum Infinity, a transmon-based full-stack quantum computer that preceded QuTech’s Quantum Inspire platform. Adriaan has worked closely with experts from all layers of the stack, which was formally recognized through the Zurich Instruments Pioneer Award, and resulted in award-winning papers. Adriaan is a leader in building the open-source control framework Quantify, that Orange QS is building together with Qblox.

President, Women in Quantum
Chief Business Officer, Atom Computing

Women in Quantum

Denise is the Chief Business Officer at Atom Computing, a company obsessed with building the world’s most scalable quantum computers out of optically trapped neutral atoms.
As Chief Business Officer, Denise is responsible for the company’s strategic customer and partner ecosystem and business development engagements. Denise serves as the President of Women In Quantum, a rapidly growing organization dedicated to highlighting and creating a community for women in the quantum field.

Denise previously led business development at IonQ where she was responsible for all customer development and corporate sales strategy worldwide. Prior to that, she was the Chief Business Officer at Cambridge Quantum Computing. Recognized for innovation, sales leadership and strategic planning, Denise held a variety of leadership roles at IBM, including being part of the IBM Systems Quantum computing team where she developed and headed the IBM Q Startup Program and led the worldwide IBM Quantum Ambassador team.

Denise has a Master’s in Neurobiology and Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from UC Irvine.

Director of Quantum Technologies — ColdQuanta

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Dr. Evan Salim is the Director of Quantum Technologies ColdQuanta. He served as a consultant to ColdQuanta since its founding and became a full-time member of the technical team in 2011. He finished his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Dana Anderson at the University of Colorado (UCB), where he has been a pioneer in the development of compact ultracold atom chip systems and had a primary role in designing and fabricating the smallest Boise Einstein Condensate (BEC) systems that currently exist. He played a key role in the development of the transportable BEC system at UCB and is the designer of several novel ultrahigh vacuum cell concepts. Of particular note is his role as the primary inventor of the current ColdQuanta RuBECi® atom chip vacuum cell product, including its double-MOT design; as well as a co-inventor of ColdQuanta’s “Channel Cell” technology. As a ColdQuanta associate Dr. Salim has served as the principal investigator and program manager of several government-funded R&D contracts, including leading the company’s efforts towards of the development of a next-generation cold atom clock under the DARPA ACES program. Additionally, Dr. Salim and has led ColdQuanta’s efforts for commercialization of cold and ultracold matter technologies, including activities in R&D, product development, production, sales, and marketing. Dr. Salim is co-inventor on two patents pertaining to ultracold atom technology.

Distinguished Engineer in Product Strategy and Operations, Verizon

Panel 1: Securing the future of communications with Quantum safe technology available today – Verizon Case Study

Lee Sattler works in Verizon’s Platform and Emerging Technology team, evaluating upcoming technologies and delivering early product prototypes in emerging areas such as precision location, cellular vehicle-to-everything, confidential computing, and quantum computing & cryptography. At the end of 2019, Lee was a co-author of Verizon’s First Principles for Securing 5G white paper discussing Verizon’s holistic approach to 5G security. Over the past 24 years with Verizon, Lee has had responsibilities for the testing, design, and architecture of Verizon’s IP, MPLS, and FiOS networks and related services.

CEO & Founder, Zapata Computing

Special Event: Quantum Software CEO Summit

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.

COO & Co-Founder, kiutra GmbH

Panel 4: Trends in Quantum Computer Cooling Systems

Dr. Tomek Schulz is a physicist and entrepreneurial mind working on innovative future technologies that create value for society.

He gained project management and leadership skills in the academic sector as well as in the industry at an innovative consultancy company, where he built artificial intelligence and internet of things enabled solutions for a variety of industry sectors using methods such as agile project management, rapid prototyping, and design thinking.

Recently, he co-founded the cryogenics company kiutra, which has the mission to make cryogenic cooling scalable and easy. The company’s vision is to provide the cooling backbone for the second quantum revolution.

Founder and 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.

Head of Quantum Technology, Toshiba Europe

Panel 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.

Representative Executive Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toshiba Corporation

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Taro Shimada joined Toshiba in October 2018 as Corporate Digital Business Chief Strategy Officer. He has served as Chief Digital Officer, responsible for supporting Toshiba’s digital transformation and spearheading strategic business creation and promotion, since April 2019. He was appointed CEO & Representative Director of Toshiba Data Corporation in February 2020, and President and CEO of Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation in April 2020. In March 2022, Mr. Shimada was appointed to take the reins at Toshiba, as President & CEO.

Mr. Shimada has a diverse background in hardware development, including commercial aircraft; in process consultation, ranging from automobiles to precision machinery design and heavy industry; and in product life cycle management software. As an expert in Factory Automation, he advised many of Japan’s leading global manufacturers on digitization, and he remains an advisor to the Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative, and to the IoT Acceleration Lab. He has also contributed to the activities of Industrie 4.0 in Germany and Connected Industries in Japan.

Mr. Shimada began his career in1990 at ShinMaywa Industries Kobe, where he worked on aircraft for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In 1999 he joined Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, a part of Siemens, and took on a series of progressively senior post at Siemens KK, and at Siemens HQ in Germany. Immediately prior to joining Toshiba, Mr. Shimada was Executive Operating Officer at Siemens K.K. He has been a guest professor at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan, since April 2020.

Co-Founder and CEO, Quantum Machines (QM)

Panel 3: Trends in Quantum Control Systems

Dr. Itamar Sivan is a quantum physicist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Quantum Machines (QM). QM is the creator of Quantum Orchestration, an advanced hardware and software platform for the control of quantum systems. Designed entirely for quantum, the platform empowers research and development teams to realize the full potential of any quantum device and accelerates quantum research towards delivering unprecedented capabilities. With its robust architecture and powerful yet intuitive programming language, QM makes it possible to run even the most advanced experiments and algorithms right out of the box, on any qubit platform. Dr. Itamar Sivan completed his Ph.D. in the Weizmann Institute of Science, working on quantum electronics and topological quantum states of matter, and did his MS.c thesis at Oxford University, working on cold-atoms systems.

Senior Analyst for Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Moor Insights & Strategy

Panel 1: China and Quantum: Cooperation, Competition and National Security

Paul Smith-Goodson is the Moor Insights & Strategy senior analyst for quantum computing and artificial intelligence. His interest in quantum computing and quantum mechanics began shortly after Richard Feynman delivered his historical speech at the M.I.T. conference on the physics of computation in 1981. He has been following quantum computing research, news, and trends since then.

Although academically a chemist, because of wide-ranging interests, Smith-Goodson’s technical knowledge spans numerous subjects, including e-commerce, IoT, data communications, call center human performance, search engine algorithms, space weather, GPS, and high frequency radio.

Prior to joining Moor Insights & Strategy, Smith-Goodson was the Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology for HySky Technologies, Inc., a one-of-a-kind nationwide, low-power HF digital data network. HySky uses predicts propagating frequencies and uses a proprietary waveform for frequency hopping transmissions that are virtually indistinguishable from natural static crashes. Paul holds patents on HF radio frequency management , geo-location, and HF antennas.

He also worked for AT&T, where he interfaced with Bell Labs on a number of technical and operational issues. He has also held various positions in global operations, sales, marketing, data engineering, international network strategy, and strategic acquisitions.

Visiting Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Brookings Institution

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

Tom Stefanick is a visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From 1988 to 2018, he had a career in scientific consulting, initially as a technical analyst and eventually as a senior vice president at Metron, Inc. The work that he developed and managed supported Navy and intelligence community research and development and operations analysis for the Pentagon, Navy System Commands, and Warfare Centers.

Stefanick initiated and managed over a dozen technical efforts in machine learning, image recognition, autonomous planning, statistical modeling, sensor modeling, and simulation of military operations and U.S. border security operations. He founded business units that conducted research and development for the Office of Naval Research in autonomy and lidar technology for military applications. Another project that he led involved the use of advanced statistical methods to assess foreign nation attitudes toward cooperative security exercises conducted by the United States, based on data from targeted surveys and social media data.

As a senior executive at Metron, Stefanick participated in overall corporate governance responsibilities with the CEO and COO, including legal and regulatory responsibilities. He oversaw planning of overall corporate cybersecurity improvements to Metron’s networks. He served on the board of directors of Metron Inc. from 2009 to 2018, and as treasurer from 2015 to 2018.

Prior to joining Metron in 1988, Stefanick was awarded a Congressional Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to work in the House Armed Services Committee from 1987 to 1988. Stefanick was a member on a special panel convened by then-chairman Les Aspin to investigate U.S. and Soviet submarine and anti-submarine warfare technology. Prior to his work on the Armed Services Committee, Stefanick wrote the book “Strategic Antisubmarine Warfare and Naval Strategy” (Lexington Books, 1987). This book was one of the runners-up for the Furniss Award from the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University. Portions of the book were rewritten for publication in Scientific American magazine as “Nonacoustic Detection of Submarines.”

Senior Director of QRNG Business Development, ID Quantique

Panel 2: The Quantum Internet, 5G and beyond

Thomas 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 automotive electronics, mobile phones, IoT devices, computing; to core products in data centers and telecommunications. With a background in R&D, marketing and sales and more than 20 years’ experience in semiconductors, processors, and AI, he is now focused on semiconductor quantum technology and specific use cases.

Chief Quantum Exponent, IBM Research

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Panel I: Cloud Industry: The Quantum Perspective

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.

Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, United States

Panel 2: How can national programs boost post-Corona quantum innovation?

Dr. Charles Tahan is the Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science (QIS) and the Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The NQCO ensures coordination of the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) and QIS activities across the federal government, industry, and academia.

Dr. Tahan is on detail from the Laboratory for Physical Sciences where he drove technical progress in the future of information technology as Technical Director. Research at LPS spans computing, communications, and sensing, from novel device physics to high-performance computer architectures. As a technical lead, Dr. Tahan stood up new research initiatives in silicon and superconducting quantum computing; quantum characterization, verification, and validation; and new and emerging qubit science and technology. As a practicing physicist, he is Chief of the intramural QIS research programs at LPS and works with students and postdocs from the University of Maryland-College Park to conduct original research in quantum information and device theory. His contributions have been recognized by the Researcher of the Year Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and as an ODNI Science and Technology Fellow. He continues to serve as Chief Scientist of LPS.

Dr. Tahan earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and a B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science with Highest Honors from the College of William & Mary in 2000. From 2005-2007 he was a National Science Foundation Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK; the Center for Quantum Computing Technology, Australia; and the University of Tokyo, Japan. He served as chief technical consultant for quantum information science and technology programs in DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) while at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2007-2009. He has a long-term commitment to science and society including creating one of the first games meant to build intuition about quantum computing.

Lead Writer, Venture Beat

Panel 2: Quantum technologies and the rise of cryptocurrencies: Opportunity or apocalypse

Dean Takahashi is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He has been a tech journalist for more than 32 years, and he has covered games for 24 years. He has been at VentureBeat since 2008. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Jose Mercury News, the Red Herring, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Times-Herald. He is the author of two books, “Opening the Xbox” and “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked.” He organizes the annual GamesBeat and GamesBeat Summit conferences. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area

Financial Strategist and Data Analyst

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

Michael is a Financial Strategist and Data Analyst with a background in economic, financial, and public policy analysis from undergraduate and professional career. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. He is interested in expanding the application of quantum-enabled technologies for finance, industry, and national security.

Quantum Application Scientist, Zurich Instruments

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Talk 3: Quantum Magnetometers, Current and Future Applications and Challenges

Tobias Thiele is an Application Scientist for Quantum Technologies at Zurich Instruments. His background lies in the intersection between solid-state systems and atomic physics, and in sensitive magnetometry applications. In the US and Europe, he has worked on hybrid systems coupling Rydberg atoms to superconducting circuits, or atoms to nanophotonic crystal waveguides, trapped single atoms in arrays and developed a sensitive, absolute atomic magnetometer. Tobias gets enthused about almost anything from fundamental science questions to optimal data algorithms or machine learning.

Vice President, Sales EMEA & Product Management, Quantum-Safe Security, ID Quantique

Panel 4: Quantum Key Distribution Markets
Event Sponsor: ID Quantique

Gilles is leading the EMEA Sales and Quantum-Safe Product Management for the company. He brings to the role over 26 years of international business development, technical and product marketing management experience. Prior to this role, he spent more than 10 years at Juniper Networks Ltd., being responsible for the product and solutions marketing for the whole Enterprise portfolio throughout the EMEA region. He was also in charge of the Advanced Technologies division in Juniper, covering Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. And prior to this, Gilles held a number of EMEA and Asia Pacific positions with Peribit Networks (successful US startup), U.S. Robotics and 3Com.

Senior Managing Director, Accenture

Panel 1: Where are the real applications for quantum computing in banking and financial services?

Accenture, Senior Managing Director

Global Technology Incubation Lead

Global Blockchain/Multi-Party Systems Lead

Global Technology Lead for Capital Markets

Dave Treat is a Senior Managing Director, leading Accenture’s Tech Incubation Group which includes its Blockchain and Multi-Party Systems business which he formed in 2015, as well as its Extended Reality, and Quantum Computing businesses. He is also the Global Technology Lead for Capital Markets business and has nearly 25 years of experience in Financial Services.  Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the Linux Hyperledger Project, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Global Blockchain Business Council (Board Chair), Interwork Alliance, FINOS, and the ID2020 Alliance.  Dave is a member of the World Economic Forum C4IR Global Blockchain Council, Digital Currency Governance Consortia, and Project Advisor for the World Economic Forum’s Digital Identity Initiative and the Known Traveler Digital Identity project.  He is a program advisor for the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and co-Chairs the New York Fintech Innovation Lab.   Dave holds over 101 blockchain patents and pending patents and was named one of the Sci-Tech 100 2018: The Architects of the Future by Silicon Republic.

Founder & CEO, QURECA Ltd (Quantum Resources & Careers)

Panel 3: Building a Quantum-competent Workforce

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez spent several years working for Airbus in Germany and France as an aerospace engineer, before falling in love with quantum mechanics. She then decided to follow her passion for physics, and moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in quantum simulation at the University of Strathclyde. Following discussions with the different quantum stakeholders she had over the last years, Araceli identified the need to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, as well as to raise the quantum awareness to the general public. Continuing her work on outreach advocating quantum technologies, she was named the “quantum ambassador”, after winning the Optical Society Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting fellowship in 2019. Araceli founded her own company called QURECA (Quantum Resources and Careers) to create a link between the different stakeholders in the quantum community through a common language, and to generate global opportunities with quantum technologies. QURECA provides a range of professional services, business development, and the solution to the quantum workforce skills bottleneck: the first online platform for quantum training and resourcing, to support individuals and businesses to be part of the quantum revolution.

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
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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.

Global Business Reporter, Washington Post

Panel 1: China and Quantum: Cooperation, Competition and National Security

Jeanne Whalen is The Washington Post’s global business reporter. She joined The Post in 2018, after 19 years at the Wall Street Journal, where she reported from New York, London and Moscow. She has also written for the Financial Times and the Moscow Times.