CEO - Strangeworks

March 20, 10:05 AM: Keynote 2

William Hurley, whurley (www.whurley.com), is the CEO/Co-founder of Austin-based quantum computing startup  Strangeworks (www.strangeworks.com), and author of “Quantum Computing for Babies.” As a speaker, author, entrepreneur, and digital citizen, he believes that leveraging technology to solve our problems, not just as consumers but as citizens, is the most exciting and noble challenge we face.

Prior to Strangeworks, whurley most recently founded Honest Dollar (which was acquired by Goldman Sachs just a year after launch). He’s also an Eisenhower Fellow, mentoring students to make the transition from classical to quantum computing and a co-founder and mentor for EQUALS (www.equals.org), a global partnership for gender equality in the digital age.

Whurley has spoken at the United Nations, ISoJ, SXSW, and multiple TEDx events, on topics from cyber security to the omnipresence of what used to be called the future and is now just called the way we live.

Dr. Reza
Founder and President - PQSecure Technologies

March 20, 2:40 PM: PQC software markets

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

Founder - ProtectBox

March 19, 3:00 PM: Quantum Encryption Market Workshop
March 21, 11:35 AM: Blockchain and quantum technology

All of Kiran Bhagotra’s career has been changing about “hearts & minds”. In her current role, as founder/CEO of cybersecurity comparison website / marketplace ProtectBox, which is making cybersecurity easy for small and medium businesses, she is challenging the norms of how businesses engage with cybersecurity – trusting them again. Resulting in them being awarded winner of Corporate LiveWire’s Cybersecurity Site of the Year 2019, Wired Security 2017, 2nd for People’s Choice Award in HRH Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace (2018) & finalist in 25+ other awards with coverage in The Times, Telegraph, Wired amongst 20+ others.

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 cybersecurity, resilience, digital, data, women, STEM at international fora, in addition to Quantum Computing, Recent publications include https://www.wired.co.uk/article/blockchain-quantum-security. As a result of which, Kiran has made the longlist for Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2018 & been finalist for ‘Small Business Advocate’ in British Small Business Awards 2018, ‘Security Champion’ in Women in IT Awards 2018, ‘Duke of York’s New Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in Lloyds Bank National Business Awards & ‘StartUp Founder’ in the FDM everywoman (/techUK) Awards 2018. She also received a ‘Woman of Year’ commendation in the CyberSecurity Awards 2016 & ‘Personal Contribution to IT’ at Computing Security Awards 2016.

Global R&T Cooperation Manager - Airbus

March 21, 11:35 AM: Airbus initiatives in quantum computing

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 finalized 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 Defense 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 Defense and Space division, where he currently works. He provided his view on QTs application to the European Parliament (STOA) and the House of Parliament (POST), consultancy research definition to the European Commission for the deployment of the QT Flagship (High Level Steering Committee member). Currently he is providing inputs to European Space Agency for QT adoption (as QT Space Report contributor).

CEO, QxBranch

March 21, 10:40 AM: Applications for Quantum Computing

Michael Brett is Chief Executive Officer of QxBranch, a technology company solving challenging data analytics problems for finance, insurance, pharmaceuticals, media, and energy customers worldwide. Founded in 2014, QxBranch specializes in developing algorithms for predictive analytics that support businesses with decision making on pricing, risk and user behaviour. The company has unique expertise in quantum computing, an emerging new technology that will have a transformative impact on computationally-expensive problems like optimization, machine learning, and chemical simulation. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., QxBranch has offices in Adelaide and London. Michael holds an Executive Master of Business in Complex Project Management and Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Avionics, both from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Co-Founder - Zapata Computing

March 19th, 1:30 PM: Quantum Computing Market Workshop

Yudong Cao obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2016 from Purdue University. His thesis was awarded 2016 Chorafas Award in Computer Science and Informatics. From late 2016 till present he serves as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, working with Alan Aspuru-Guzik on quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry and quantum machine learning. Recently, with other Harvard scientists he co-founded a Boston startup Zapata Computing focusing on quantum computing software development.


Edward “Denny”
Principal Research Scientist – D-Wave

March 20, 9:20 AM: Keynote 1

Edward “Denny” Dahl is a Principal Research Scientist at D-Wave. Since joining the company Dr. Dahl has been involved in algorithm research, training, technical support for sales and communication functions within the company. He is a frequent speaker at public seminars and university events, with the ability to speak to a wide variety of audiences on otherwise complex subjects.


Dr. Dahl received his PhD in physics from Stanford University in 1985 after completing a thesis on Quantum MonteCarlo computational techniques.  He took a postdoctoral researchposition at Lawrence Livermore National Labs in the ParallelProcessing Project and worked on simulation, analysis andapplications of neural networks.  Following this, Dr. Dahl joined Thinking Machines Corporation and worked in their Technical Marketing Department.  He obtained a patent for novel work in routing messages through the communication fabric of the CM-2, which was a massively parallel high performance computing platform.  He also helped in providing technical support to a number of customers across a range of business verticals, including the petroleum and defense industries.  Following Thinking Machines, Dr. Dahl participated in a range of start-up companies and developed expertise in high volume / high complexity RDBMS environments.  He worked at a number of companies (eBay,Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Travelers Insurance, Western Asset Management, Williams Sonoma, Kroger, Walgreens, Teradata)providing architectural and development services related to batch and real-time data processing.

Hearne Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and Co-Director of the Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, Louisiana State University

March 21, 9:10 AM: Keynote

Jonathan Dowling is the Hearne Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and Co-Director of the Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prof. Dowling received his BS in Physics (with honors) from the University of Texas at Austin. He then received his MS in Applied Mathematics, MS in Physics and PhD in Mathematical Physics (1988), all from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was a Visiting Research Scientist at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy; a Visiting Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany; and a National Research Council Research Associate in the Optical Science & Technology group at Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), Huntsville, Alabama. He then took a post as Research Physicist at AMCOM (1994–1998), before leaving to take a position as Research Scientist at the Senior Level in the Quantum Computing Technologies Group at JPL, where he was eventually promoted to Group Supervisor & Principal Scientist, before to taking his current posts in Louisiana. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of Optical Society of America. He has been awarded the Willis E. Lamb Medal for Laser Science and Quantum Optics (2002), the US Army Research and Development Achievement Award (1996), the NASA Space Act Award (2002), and was runner up for the Discover Magazine Technology of the Year Award (2001).

Director of Business Development - QuTech

March 20, 1:50 PM: QuTech and the Quantum Computing Industry

Kees Eijkel is Director of Business development at QUTech, a leading research institute in Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet, and a cooperation between Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO. Kees holds an MSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Technical Sciences. He has a long career at the interface of academic research and commercialization, as commercial Director of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology in Twente, as CEO of the startup system and Science Park in Twente and as Business Development director for that university. He has served on numerous boards of non-profits in that arena, and was founder of a number of early stage public and private venture mechanisms. 

CEO of Quantum Benchmark and Professor of Applied Math at the University of Waterloo

March 20, 11:50 am: Challenges and opportunities on the roadmap to disruptive quantum computing
March 20, 3:45 PM: Evolution of quantum computing software

Joseph Emerson is a Faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Applied Math at the University of Waterloo, and is also Founder and CEO of the software start-up Quantum Benchmark Inc. Professor Emerson’s pioneering research in quantum computing has led to the current industry-standard methods for assessing quantum hardware errors and optimizing algorithm performance, which are essential technologies for quantum computing to achieve its disruptive potential. His start-up has headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, and offices in Berkeley, California. Quantum Benchmark launched its True-Q software system in March 2018 and has already established market leadership in assessing and optimizing quantum computer performance, including sales to leading quantum hardware providers and quantum algorithm developers.

CEO – EeroQ Corporation

March 21, 2:15 PM: Core quantum technologies: Enablers for Cybersecurity and computing

CEO, EeroQ Quantum Hardware, founded in 2016, building a universal quantum computer using a novel qubit architecture.

Member of U.S. Quantum Industry Coalition. Sponsor, Unitary Fund (QC software grant program).

Founder, QCEthics.org, a multidisciplinary organization developing the ethical framework for quantum computation and recently featured in Gizmodo.

A PE/Angel investor.

Earlier, founded EOC (leading higher ed services corporation) and served on the BOD of Chicago Public Television.

Director of Research, Envieta Systems

March 20th, 2:40 PM: PQC software markets

Roberta Faux is a research scientist with expertise in cryptography, algorithm design, optimization, reverse engineering and emerging technologies. As the Director of Research for Envieta Systems, she orchestrates the development effort on next generation encryption for quantum resistant software and hardware IP. Ms. Faux is an active member of the Cloud Security Alliance Quantum-safe Security Working Group. With 12 years of signals intelligence and cryptanalytic experience for the US Department of Defense, she has experience creating sophisticated mathematical and computational techniques to provide analytic solutions for cyber related problems, often in a high-risk high-payoff environment. She has interacted across the US Intelligence Community, Department of State, US Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy and in supporting the White House Interagency Policy Committee for the Cyber Task Force on Standards and Internet Governance. She regularly publishes papers, gives talks and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado and two executive certificates from MIT.

Consulting Analyst – Inside Quantum Technology

March 21, 10:40 AM: Post-Quantum Cryptography: A market Forecast

Doug Finke is a Consulting Analyst to Inside Quantum Technology. He is also founder of the Quantum Computing Report where he applies his wide breadth of experience to help accelerate the deployment of quantum computing. Doug has been involved in the computer, semiconductor, and storage industry for over 30 years and has helped drive the growth of many new technologies during this period. Doug believes that many of the new technology growth patterns he has seen within the computer industry will reoccur as the quantum technology field evolves.

Doug has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the startup company, IntelliSense, where he helped sell the company at a valuation of $750 million. As Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at the semiconductor startup ChipWrights, Doug also helped raise $25 million in venture capital funding. Other important firms for whom Doug has worked include Intel, IBM, Standard Microsystems and HGST/Western Digital. Doug holds degrees in computer engineering and management from the University of Illinois and MIT respectively.

President - Inside Quantum Technology

March 20, 1:50 PM: Quantum networks: A worldwide survey
March 21, 2:55 PM: Quantum Sensors: Ten-Year Market Projections

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.

Dr. Warren
VP of R&D - Qubitekk

March 20, 3:45 PM: QKD hardware markets

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

Dr. Arthur
Hudson Institute

March 21, 1:35 PM: Quantum technology and defense: Policies and Opportunities

ARTHUR HERMAN is the Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of nine books, including Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II (2012); 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder (2017); and the New York Times best-seller How The Scots Invented the Modern World (2001).  

He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC and Director of its Quantum Alliance Initiative.  He’s the author of several columns and articles on quantum technology and national security, including for his regular column at forbes.com, and author of “Five Eyes On Quantum: Envisioning the Quantum Technology Alliance,” published last December, and co-author of “Quantum Computing: How To Address the National Security Risk,” published by the Hudson Institute in August 2018.

In January he presented the first-ever global standards for quantum key distribution and quantum random number generators, to the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, where the standards are now fast-tracked for final approval this August.   Those standards, drawn up by a consortium of seventeen companies, universities and laboratories from eight countries Dr Herman assembled under the auspices of the Quantum Alliance Initiative, represent a major step toward integrating quantum capability for non-quantum based technologies.

Physicist/Quantum Software Development - Xanadu

March 20, 3:45 PM: Evolution of quantum computing software

Josh Izaac holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Western Australia, specializing in quantum information and quantum algorithms, with a strong focus on computational physics. He currently works at Xanadu, a full-stack photonic quantum computing and advanced artificial intelligence company based in Toronto. As part of these efforts, he has been involved in the design and release of two major open-source quantum software packages: Strawberry Fields, a library for designing, simulating, and optimizing continuous variable (CV) quantum optical circuits, and PennyLane, a hardware-agnostic framework for quantum machine learning, automatic differentiation, and optimization of hybrid quantum-classical computations

Dr. Mark
Scientific Lead - Business Development - Cambridge Quantum Computing

March 20th, 11:50 AM: Quantum encryption market overview – is the threat real?

Dr. Mark Jackson received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University. He then spent 10 years researching superstring theory and cosmology, co-authoring almost 40 technical articles. To promote the public understanding of science, he founded the science crowdfunding platform Fiat Physica and non-profit Science Partnership Fund. He is Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University and a Director of the BoldlyGo Institute.

Adjunct Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program - Center for a New American Security

March 21, 1:35 PM: Quantum technology and defense: Policies and Opportunities

Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her research focuses on Chinese military innovation in emerging technologies in support of the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative at CNAS, where she also acts as a member of the research team for the new Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Her analytic interests include Chinese military modernization, information warfare, and defense science and technology. She has been invited to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). Elsa is an independent analyst, consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute. She was a 2018 Fulbright Specialist and is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Elsa works in support of the China Aerospace Studies Institute through its Associates Program, and she is a policy advisor for the non-profit Technology for Global Security. Elsa has been named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.

Elsa is a PhD student in Harvard University’s Department of Government, and she is also a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Her thesis on the evolution of the PLA’s strategic thinking on information warfare was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Prize. Her prior professional experience includes time with the Department of Defense, the Long Term Strategy Group, FireEye, Inc., and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. While at Harvard, she has worked as a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Elsa was a Boren Scholar in Beijing, China, and she has professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

VP America - ID Quantique SA

March 20, 1:50 PM: Quantum networks: A worldwide survey

VP Sales North America, IDQuantique, CISSP. Brian is responsible for IDQ sales effort in North American to help companies move to Quantum safe communication for their critical data

Brian draws on over 25 years’ experience working in Internet technologies and cybersecurity . Before joining IDQ, he spent 10 years with AT&T selling complex Cybersecurity solutions to the fortune 50  financial institution  focused on depth of defense ,Network Transformation and Cloud security. He is able to speak across all of the areas of security that affect Critical infrastructure today.

Brian holds degrees in English Literature and holds several product certifications including  CISSP.

VP of Sales & Business Development, Isara

March 20th, 11:50 AM: Quantum encryption market overview – is the threat real?
March 20th, 2:40 PM: PQC software markets

Paul recognizes the importance of robust cybersecurity as a strategic enabler in today’s digital world. In 2016, he joined ISARA Corporation, the leading provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, to manage sales, marketing and business development.

Paul draws on over 20 years’ experience working in ICT and cybersecurity. Before joining ISARA, he spent 14 years with BlackBerry in several senior leadership roles, including VP of Global Government Sales and Managing Director of Northern Europe.

He played a crucial role in leading international growth by successfully launching new overseas entities in Europe, Africa, Russia and the Middle East. Whether it’s leading a sales team, managing explosive growth or overseeing operational P&L, Paul has always relied on his exceptional relationship building and networking skills to create partnerships and drive revenue. Paul holds degrees in Communications from the University of Windsor and Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Institute of Quantum Computing - University of Waterloo

March 20, 3:45 PM: QKD hardware markets

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He was the founding Director of CryptoWorks21, a training program in quantum-safe cryptography. He co-founded the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography which brings together a broad range of stakeholders working toward globally standardized quantum-safe cryptography. He co-founded evolutionQ Inc. in order to support organizations as they evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones and softwareQ Inc. to provide quantum software tools and services.

He obtained his doctorate at Oxford on the topic of Quantum Computer Algorithms.  His research interests include quantum software and cryptographic tools that will be safe against quantum technologies.  He is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry and government prepare our cyber systems to be safe in an era with quantum computers.  Dr. Mosca’s work is published widely in top journals, and he co-authored the respected textbook “An Introduction to Quantum Computing” (OUP). Dr. Mosca has won numerous awards and honours including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018).

Creative Destruction Lab

March 20, 2:40 PM: Investment perspective on quantum computing

Daniel Mulet is an Associate Director at the Creative Destruction Lab where he most recently built an incubator program focused on the intersection of quantum computing and machine learning that has produced forty projects across the QC stack. Prior to this, he worked with startups in life sciences and manufacturing that use deep learning in their core technologies. Before joining CDL, he led a sales team in the solar industry and worked on governance projects in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program. He holds an M.S. from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Guelph.

Founder and CEO – Bra-Ket Science

March 21st, 2:15 PM: Core quantum technologies: Enablers for cybersecurity and computing

Wil is founder and CEO of Bra-Ket Science, a spin-out from Southern Methodist University pursuing photonic quantum storage and logic devices. Wil received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science from University of North Carolina in 1987, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar. His dissertation project was one of the world’s first tabletop E-beam testers for commercial ICs.


After graduating, Wil went to Apple’s Advanced Technologies Group in Cupertino CA, where he worked on advanced DSP algorithms as well as mixed-signal IC designs for personal computer use. Among other things, Wil was responsible for the architecture and design of the audio subsystems for Apple’s award-winning multimedia computers and some components of Apple’s QuickTime multimedia software suite. In 1995, Wil moved to the joint Apple/IBM/Motorola Design Center in Austin, TX, where he was part of the team that produced several generations of PowerPC CPU designs.


After Apple, Wil joined LifeSize Communications, where he developed breakthrough video and audio conferencing products. Wil was the primary designer of the LifeSize Phone; the world’s most advanced conference telephony system. He led a team of audio and manufacturing engineers to design and ship this ground-breaking product in less than 18 months from the day that he joined the company. LifeSize was acquired by multimedia giant Logitech in 2009.


After LifeSize, Wil founded Rubicon Labs, Inc. and spent the next dozen years developing Rubicon’s Zero-Knowledge IoT security platform. His work resulted in both commercial products as well as a number of publications in the IoT security area. Rubicon’s IoT security platform is currently being used to provide secure identity services scaling over a wide range from very low-power edge devices to high performance server farm applications.


Wil left Rubicon in 2017 to found Bra-Ket Science. He is the holder of 40 issued US patents, several foreign patents and has many more still pending.

CEO - BraneCell

March 21, 10:40 AM: Applications for Quantum Computing

Dr. Papile is the CEO of BraneCell, leading a world-class team in the relentless development of our patented quantum hardware technology aimed at enabling on-site, customer-controlled quantum computing.  He also has senior advisory roles at a couple leading renewable chemical companies.

His research has included topics, such as, the synthesis of well-defined transition metal (< 10 atom) clusters, ionic liquids, supramolecular chemistry, 3D nano-scale cell architectures, 2D ceramic membranes, chiral reactions, the interaction of low-and room-temperature infrared light with transition metals, and synchrotron light induced and backscattered spherical waves.

Globally significant technologies he invented/developed include: the BraneCell granted patents US 9607271+, renewable polyvinyl chloride (WO2017216272), the preferred industrial polycarbonate monomer catalyst system (WO2018200278), renewable ammonia principles, magnetically susceptible material processes (US 8549857), metal superoxide combustion (WO2008113061) and on-board fuel cell vehicle reforming (WO2000066487).  He was the co-founder of Catalyte and part of the original management team for starting-up of Epyx Fuel Cells, out of Arthur D. Little, Inc.

His quantum engineering work includes an epistemological approach that makes-its-way to practical outcomes though his industrial and business experience.  Dr. Papile is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and he is regularly invited to speak about QC and Industry 4.0.  He writes and cares about the influence of quantum engineering experimental results on a better world paradigm and the clear understanding of existence.

Director of Business Development – Quantum Computing at Microsoft

March 21, 9:55 AM: Keynote

Ben Porter is Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s quantum computing group.  He is a seasoned business development and strategy executive with a long track record of structuring and negotiating high-impact partnerships. With over 15 years of experience innovating at the intersection of hardware, software and services, Ben has a strong passion for launching new businesses.

Prior to working with Microsoft’s quantum computing group he designed strategy and new business models for Microsoft HoloLens and other mixed reality products and services. Earlier in his career, Ben was a key member of the team that developed and launched the interactive entertainment platform on Xbox.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from New York University.

Head of Research and Networks - Kadena

March 21, 11:35 AM: Blockchain and quantum technology

Monica Quaintance is Head of Research and Networks at Kadena. Monica creates the technology development to empower entrepreneurs and enterprises with simple, secure and scalable smart contracts.

From banking to engineering to regulation, Monica’s career path has helped bring a unique and invaluable expertise to Kadena.  She formerly led database engineering at Rent The Runway for over three years, where she implemented migration of transaction data and maintained data management scripts as a senior data engineer. Prior to her tenure at Rent The Runway, Monica worked at the SEC as a quantitative analytics programmer. Early in her career, Monica started in the banking industry as an Investment Banking Associate, where she securitized and restructured commercial real estate assets at Cushman and Wakefield. Monica earned two B.A.s in Statistics & Probability as well as Economics from Columbia University.

Quantum Computing Applications Researcher - IBM

March 20, 11:05 AM: Keynote 3

Travis L. Scholten is a recent Physics PhD graduate from the University of New Mexico. While at UNM, Travis was a member of the Center for Quantum Information and Control, where he worked on projects related to quantum characterization, validation, and verification using statistical methods and machine learning. Travis joined IBM Q in late 2018, and works as the technical lead for startups in the IBM Q network. In this capacity, he collaborates with startups to develop applications for near-term quantum information processors.

Van Dam
Head of Quantum Algorithms, QC Ware & Professor, UC Santa Barbara

March 20th, 3:45 PM: Evolution of quantum computing software

Wim is a quantum computer scientist who is an expert on developing and analyzing quantum algorithms that significantly outperform classical algorithms. He is a professor in computer science and physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is also the Head of Quantum Algorithms for QC Ware Corp. Wim has a PhD in physics at the University of Oxford and a PhD in computer science at the University of Amsterdam.

VP of Business Development - Zapata Computing

March 19, 1:30 PM: Quantum Computing Market Workshop

Michael D. Warren is Vice President of Business Development of Zapata Computing, a global leader in the Quantum Software Market.  Michael has long and successful track record in enterprise sales with Intel Corporation and Nvidia in the areas Global Innovation and High-performance computing in the Material Sciences, Pharmaceutical & Oil and Gas Industries

His twenty-five years of experience selling software, hardware & services allow his enterprise customers to discover and deploy cutting edge HPC solutions on a global basis. Specialties include Strategic Innovation Planning, Block Chain, Global IT Strategy, Enterprise Artificial Intelligence & streamlining R&D data processes.