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

Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal - HP

An HP CTO Perspective on Quantum Technology

Tommy Gardner is HP’s Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal, spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State and Local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships.

Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751).

Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including: cybersecurity, data science, blockchain, quantum information science, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and systems integration in government markets.

Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer, an ASME Fellow, and serves as Chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board.

IBM Research - VP - IBM Quantum Ecosystem Development

VP IBM Quantum Ecosystem Development

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.

Allende Lopez
LACChain - Tech Lead

Post Quantum Encryption

Marcos Allende Lopez is the Tech Lead of LACChain, a global alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This program aims to develop the blockchain ecosystem in in a way that maximizes social impact and inclusion. LACChain is already providing a free public-permissioned test-net. Marcos is also the Lead Researcher at the IT TechLab of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he focuses on blockchain and quantum technologies, leveraging his areas of expertise as a physicist.

Dr. Reza
PQSecure - Co-founder and President

Post Quantum Cryptography

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

QuintessenceLabs - Vice President Quantum Technologies

Second generation QKDs and QRNGs: New products and market forecasts

Andreas Baumhof is an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur. As Vice President of Quantum Technologies, Andreas is responsible for the strategic technological direction of the company, complementing the world-class research in quantum cryptography efforts as well as the market-leading key and policy management suite. Andreas was cofounder and CTO of Microdasys Inc., where he developed the first ever SSL proxy, and later cofounder and CEO of TrustDefender until its 2011 acquisition by ThreatMetrix. He then served as CTO at ThreatMetrix responsible for all product development and strategic technological direction, leading it through its acquisition by LexisNexis in 2018.

Biogen - Head of Computational Chemistry

Quantum Technology for Chemistry and the Pharma Industry

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

Airbus - Global R&T Cooperation Manager

Quantum Technology: An Airbus Perspective

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

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

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

In his role of space system engineer, Paolo has designed systems for Earth orbit and for interplanetary missions. Currently most of such systems are flying while or being finalised for flight. In parallel as technologist, Paolo has developed a wide range of diverse technologies for space and aerospace applications. This eventually became his main job as Global R&T Cooperation Manager for Airbus Defence and Space, with remit on UK and Asia-Pacific.

In 2015 he got involved in Quantum Technologies (QTs), investigating and assessing on how to use them in Airbus operation and products of Defence and Space division, where he currently works. He provided his view on QTs application to the European Parliament (STOA) and the House of Parliament (POST), consultancy research definition to the European Commission for the deployment of the QT Flagship (High Level Steering Committee member). Currently he is providing inputs to European Space Agency for QT adoption (as QT Space Report contributor).


Quantum Software Evolution

Michael J. Biercuk is CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL, Australia’s first venture-capital-backed quantum technology company, and Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney where he is also a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. In both Q-CTRL and his academic work he is focused on enabling a new generation of quantum technologies through the development of control engineering in quantum-coherent systems. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters and PhD from Harvard University. He held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder and has served as a full-time technical consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, helping to steer government investments in quantum information & advanced computer architectures. Michael is a TEDx and SXSW speaking alumnus and winner of the 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

Chief Reinvention Officer - Improvising Careers

Moderator and Master of Ceremonies

Christopher Bishop is a technology futurist, TEDx speaker, LinkedIn Learning instructor and former IBMer. He is passionate about the power of emerging technologies to positively transform business and culture.

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

Other notable engagements include a Career Labs Workshop in June 2019 at the Open Data Science Conference in New York City titled “How to succeed at data science jobs that don’t exist yet.” In addition, Chris co-authored a white paper with MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland titled Blockchain+AI+Human”, describing the business possibilities as well as the powerful socio-cultural implications of connecting AI and blockchain.

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

Director - UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology

Quantum Sensor Markets

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.

Dr. Philippe
Research Director - CNRS

Quantum Sensor Markets

Philippe Bouyer is research director at CNRS and deputy director of the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in Bordeaux. He received his doctorate at Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1995 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford during which he worked on atom interferometer-based inertial sensor experiments. He joined CNRS and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in 1996, where he worked on atom lasers and Anderson localization with cold atoms. His current interests are the study of quantum simulators with ultracold atoms and the development of atom interferometers for testing general relativity in space or detecting gravity fields and gravitational waves underground. He is the recipient of the 2012 Louis D award of the French academy, APS fellow and OSA senior member.

University of Pennsylvania - Visiting Scholar

The Future of Quantum Technology Business

Robert Broberg is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Robert’s current research is focused on how to apply quantum technology to existing datacenter interconnect and transport technology problems. Trained as a Chemical Engineer, Robert entered the networking field in 1984 working for Ungermann Bass. At UB, Robert worked on one of the first TCP/IP stacks for NICs that enabled IP communications for early PCs. At UB, Robert led a team in Japan that transitioned terminal servers, channel attach gateways, and PC NICs from XNS to TCP/IP. Robert moved to Cisco Systems in 1993 and was a senior technical contributor on many core router projects including the paradygm shifting works of IP Packet over Sonet. Starting in 1998, Robert joined the Physical Science Division of Bell-Labs before returning to industry in 2001. Amongst many projects since 2001, Robert led a joint industry and academic team that built the first fault tolerant network operating system for core routers and then helped form Cisco’s Advanced Security Research group which brought academic research programs into Cisco to harden and secure the Internet. Robert continues to find innovation and excitment in the Internet and enjoys bringing positive impact working with both industry and academic experts.

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

US Quantum Policies

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

Director, Institute for Quantum Control, Research Center Jülich and Chair, EU Quantum Community Network

European Quantum Policies

Scientific degree: PhD in Physics, BA in music
Prev. positions: Professor of Quantum Information Processing and Director of the Institute of Complex Quantum Systems, University of Ulm; Director of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology, Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart and MaxPlanck Institute for Solid-State-Research
Curr. positions: Director of the Peter Grünberg Institute, Institute for Quantum Control; Professor of Quantum Information, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of

Publications (5 most important since 2007)

  • T. Caneva, M. Murphy, T. Calarco, R. Fazio, S. Montangero, V. Giovannetti, and G. E. Santoro, Optimal Control at the Quantum Speed Limit, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 240501 (2009)
  • S. J. Glaser, et al., Training Schrodinger’s cat: quantum optimal control Strategic report on current status, visions and goals for research in Europe, Eur. Phys. J. D 69, 279 (2015)
  • P. Doria, T. Calarco, and S. Montangero, Optimal Control Technique for Many-Body Quantum Dynamics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 190501 (2011)
  • S. van Frank, A. Negretti, T. Berrada, R. Bücker, S. Montangero, J.-F. Schaff, T. Schumm, T. Calarco, J.Schmiedmayer, Interferometry with non-classical motional states of a Bose–Einstein condensate, Nature Communications 5, 4009 (2014)
  • A. Acín, et al., The quantum technologies roadmap: a European community view, New Journal of Physics, Volume 20,(2018)
L3Harris Technologies - Principal Investigator

Quantum Sensor Markets

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.

Paul M. Dabbar
Paul M.
DoE - Under Secretary for Science

US Quantum Policies

The Honorable Paul M. Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, serves as the Department’s principal advisor on fundamental energy research, energy technologies, and science, driving this mission through programs including nuclear and high energy particle physics, basic energy, advanced computing, fusion, and biological and environmental research, and direct management over a majority of the Department’s national labs and their world-leading user facilities. In addition, Mr. Dabbar manages the environmental and legacy management missions of the Department, addressing the U.S. legacy of nuclear weapons production and government sponsored nuclear energy research. In addition, Mr. Dabbar is the lead for technology commercialization activities for the Department and its 17 national labs.

Prior to confirmation as Under Secretary for Science, Mr. Dabbar worked in operations, finance, and strategy roles in the energy sector. As a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, leading various energy business areas, he has over $400 billion in investment experience across all energy sectors including solar, wind, geothermal, distributed-generation, utility, LNG, pipeline, oil & gas, trading, and energy technologies, and has also led the majority of all nuclear transactions. In addition, he had a senior leadership role for the company’s commodity trading business, including power, oil and gas.

Mr. Dabbar received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a masters degree from Columbia University. Mr. Dabbar and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of two children.

Dr. Whitfield
Public Key Encryption - Co-inventor

Crypto Crossroads: Betting on Crypto Agility and Defense-in-Depth Countermeasures to the Quantum Threat

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

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


Policy Officer - European Commission Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space

European Quantum Policies

Frédéric Domps is a policy officer at European Commission within the newly created DG DEFIS (Defence & Space). He is currently in charge of assessing the use of quantum technologies for the EU space programs and developing the associated R&D roadmap.

E. Grose
BASF Venture Capital - Investment Manager

Investor and Venture Capital Trends

QuTech, Delft University of Technology - Business Development Director

European Quantum Policies

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

Quantum Computing Hardware Startups

Harrisburg University - Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity

The Future of Quantum Technology Business

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

QC Ware- Head of Business Development

Quantum Software Evolution

Yianni is Head of Business Development at QC Ware. Yianni’s main responsibility at QC Ware is to drive new sales, build business partnerships, and provide customer assurance. Before taking on his role at QC Ware Yianni was part of IBM’s sales leadership covering the data science product portfolio for close to 10 years. He worked on optimization consulting for 3 years at ILOG Inc. before that and holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Inside Quantum Technology - President

Talk: Quantum Computing Hardware Forecasts

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

Dr. Tom
Optical Society of America - Senior Industry Advisor

The Future of Quantum Technology Business

With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry content at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, a trade association within OSA), which is publishing a roadmap for quantum photonics. For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, QuTech - Special advisor, Director Strategic Development

European Quantum Policies

ID Quantique - Director QKD solutions America

Next-Generation Quantum Networks and QKD

Dr. Shahar
CEO - Polaris Quantum Biotech

Quantum Technology for Chemistry 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.

Dr. Eric
Amazon Quantum Computing – Sr. Product Manager – Science, Amazon Braket

Quantum Computing the Amazon Perspective

Eric Kessler is a Sr. Product Manager for Amazon Braket, working to bring quantum computing technology to the AWS cloud. Over the past decade, Eric has been working in various industry roles across quantum computing and machine learning, enabling enterprises in their adoption of emerging technologies. Before joining the AWS Quantum Technologies team he was leading the US Northeast practice of the Amazon ML Solutions lab, helping customers design, develop, and deploy scalable ML solutions to reinvent their business on AWS.
Eric has a PhD from the Max-Planck-Institute for quantum optics and has worked several years as an academic researcher in quantum information theory and computing.

VP of Sales - Zurich Instruments

Qubit Agnostic Control Electronics

Stephan Koch is Zurich Instruments’ Vice President of Sales. With over 15 years of experience facing customers in the semiconductor and test and measurement markets, Stephan is responsible for sales, customer support, channel management, and the internationalization of the company. He joined Zurich Instruments in 2009, and has been a main driver for marketing and sales approaches from the start-up mode to the current mature multi-national organization. Previously, Stephan worked at Philips Semiconductors and NXP in the development and marketing of semiconductor chips for cellular system solutions. His experience in international business is pivotal for the culture-aware implementation of world-wide business and market strategies. Stephan holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA degree from ETH Zurich.

Raytheon BBN - Senior Scientist

When will quantum supremacy arrive? What will it mean?

Hari Krovi is a senior scientist in the quantum engineering and computing group of Raytheon BBN Technologies. His interests are in quantum algorithms, quantum simulation, error correction and quantum cryptography.

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

Quantum Technology in the Banking and Financial Services

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

Fred de
Cyber Research Investment - Director

Investor and Venture Capital Trends

Co-founder and CEO - Seeqc

The Seeqc Perspective

Mr. Levy has worked at the intersection of technology and finance for more than 35 years. In 2018 Mr.Levy co-founded Seeqc, a scalable quantum computing company, where he serves as the company’s Co-CEO and Chair. From 2010-18 he served as the Chair of BioLite, a distributed clean energy company. In 2013, Mr. Levy joined the board of goTenna, an ad hoc mesh networking company. In 2011, he was named Chair of Hypres, a digital RF and MRI company, and in 2012 Mr. Levy became the founding Chair of PlusN, a carrier aggregation software company. Also in 2012, Mr. Levy joined the investment committee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation overseeing a $450m endowment and became Co-Chair in 2017, pursuing a commitment to impact investment. Mr. Levy was a founding partner from 2005-2010 of L Capital Partners, a $185m venture capital fund, where Mr. Levy led investments in the technology sector and served on seven technology company boards including WiSpry, OnPATH Technologies, HiGTek, Simparel (Exenta), Evogen, and Peek.

From 2001-2005, Mr. Levy was a partner in the Shalom Equity Fund, a seed stage tech fund based in the US and Israel. Prior to 2000, Mr. Levy served as founding CEO of ePlanet, a pioneering computer vision company funded by Interval Research and Intel Corp. During the mid-1990’s, Mr. Levy worked at Interval Research Corporation, a Palo Alto based development lab sponsored by Paul Allen. Before that he was a general partner of Ariel Securities Corp., an NASD-licensed broker/dealer specializing in venture capital and media-based investments.

Since 1997, Mr. Levy has served as a board member of the Cathay Investment Fund, a private equity fund with over $1b invested in Chinese companies. He also served on the boards of VisionSense, Adjungo Networks and Ovex and was an adviser to Tseng Labs and Advanced Medical Imaging. Mr. Levy served on the board of Bend the Arc and was chairman of the organization from 2000-2006 overseeing the merger of two non-profits.

Mr. Levy is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia University Business School and has given talks on entrepreneurial finance at Harvard Business School, M.I.T., and at numerous industry conferences including a TEDx event at Amherst College in 2014.

Mr. Levy received an A.B. from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Himadri
VTT - Head of Customer Partnerships

Quantum Computing Hardware Startups

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

Dr. Catherine
D-Wave - Principal Scientist

Whither quantum annealers?

Catherine McGeoch received her doctorate in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987 and taught at Amherst College for 30 years. In 2014 she traded academia for industry and joined the technical staff of D-Wave Systems. Her research focus is on empirical analysis of algorithms and heuristics, and more recently on performance evaluation of quantum algorithms and computing systems. She was co-founder of the DIMACS Implementation Challenges and the ALENEX conferences on algorithm engineering and experimentation; and she is past editor in chief of the ACM Journal on Experimental Algorithmics. She has authored two books, one on guidelines for experimental analysis of algorithms, and one on adiabatic quantum computation and quantum annealing.

Dr. Mehdi
Qunnect - CEO

Quantum Processors and Quantum Repeaters

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

Founder and CEO - Bra-Ket Science

Next-Generation Quantum

Wil Oxford is founder and CEO of Bra-Ket Science, a spin-out from Southern Methodist University pursuing photonic quantum storage and logic devices. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina in 1987. His dissertation project was one of the world’s first Scanning Electron Microscope-based Integrated Circuit testing systems.
In 1987, Wil joined Apple Computer in Cupertino CA, where he worked on advanced DSP software and mixed-signal IC designs for personal computer use. He was responsible for the architecture and design of the audio subsystems for most of the Macintosh line for well over a decade. 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 nearly 14 years at Apple, Wil left for LifeSize Communications, where he was the primary designer of the LifeSize Phone; the world’s most advanced VoIP conference telephony system.
Following LifeSize, Wil founded Rubicon Labs, Inc. and spent the next dozen years developing Rubicon’s Symmetric Zero-Knowledge IoT security platform. This technology was used to provide security services scaling all the way from very low-power edge devices to high performance cloud-based applications.
In 2017, Wil left Rubicon to found Bra-Ket Science. He is the holder of 40 issued US patents, several foreign patents and has many more still pending.

Dr. Christopher
BraneCell Systems - CEO

Quantum Processors and Quantum Repeaters

Dr. Papile leads BraneCell’s world-class team in the development of our qubit array hardware, aimed at unlocking the potential of Industry 4.0 and strategic applications of USA and NATO interest.

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

Globally significant technologies he invented/developed include: the preferred industrial polycarbonate monomer catalyst material system (WO2018200278), renewable PVC (WO2017216272), sustainable ammonia technology, ultra-low-CO2 hydrogen production, magnetically susceptible material processes (US 8549857), metal superoxide combustion (WO2008113061) for the circular economy, on-board fuel cell vehicle H2 producing materials (WO2000066487) and the BraneCell granted and applied patents. He was co-founder of Catalyte, and was part of the original management team that started-up of Epyx Fuel Cells, out of Arthur D. Little, Inc.

He works for and cares about quantum engineering for the betterment of all persons and the environment. Qubit array results will provide humanity a window to something profound, benefiting in ways not yet known, when we abide with the good and the unfolding of truth. Dr. Papile is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and his quantum engineering work makes-its-way to practical outcomes and business cases though his international industrial experience.

Dr. Jose
EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium - Director of Technology and Innovation

European Quantum Policies

Dr. Jose Pozo is Director of Technology and Innovation at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium). As EPIC’s CTO, he represents 525 companies active in the field of Photonics. His job consists on actively engaging with them and provide them with tools to strengthen their position in the supply chain; such tools are the organization of 20 technology workshops per year, provision of market intelligence and finding B2B leads. He has the vision that the future of optoelectronic manufacturing can take place in Europe to a large extent, and as part of that vision he is actively involved in the EU-funded pilot lines. He has 20 years’ background in photonics technology, market knowledge, and a large network within the industrial and academic photonics landscape. Dr. Pozo holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Bristol, U.K., and a M.Sc. and B.Eng. in telecom engineering from UPNA (Spain) / VUB (Belgium). In addition, Dr. Jose Pozo has worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), EU proposal coordinator at TNO (The Netherlands), and Sr. Photonics Technology Consultant at PNO Consultants.

Quantum Xchange - President and CEO

Crypto Crossroads: Betting on Crypto Agility and Defense-in-Depth Countermeasures to the Quantum Threat

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

In 1988, Prisco founded Penn Access, a competitive local access carrier operating in Pittsburgh that he sold to AT&T in 1992. He then served as President and CEO of 2nd Century Communications, the nation’s first packet-based CLEC operating in 33 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2001, Prisco became CEO of eLink Communications, a provider of telecommunications operating in New York City. In 2003, he served as President and CEO of Ridgeway Systems & Software, a U.K.-based software company specializing in secure firewall traversal, which was acquired by Tandberg Incorporated in 2004. Prisco then served as President and CEO of GeoVantage Inc., a location-based services aerial imaging company sold to John Deere in 2005.

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

Zyvex - President Zyvex Labs

Quantum Computing Hardware Startups

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


Head of Quantum Science Program - Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Quantum Processors and Quantum Repeaters

Panagiotis Spentzouris is the Head of the Quantum Science Program at Fermilab, which includes projects on the simulation of quantum field theories, development of algorithms for high-energy physics computational problems, teleportation experiments and applying qubit technologies to quantum sensors in high-energy physics experiments. He is a senior scientist at the laboratory and a former Head of Scientific Computing. Spentzouris’ research has focused on neutrino and accelerator physics and more recently on quantum information science. He leads the Illinois-Express Quantum Network project which aims to develop and demonstrate operation of transparent optical quantum networks designs in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. In addition, under his leadership, Scientific Computing established common software solutions and operations across the Fermilab program and pioneered innovative facility on demand services (HEPCloud) incorporating cloud and high-performance computing resources. Spentzouris also led a multi-institution collaboration (ComPASS) that developed particle accelerator modeling tools that have been employed to tackle some of the most difficult problems in accelerator science for DOE/HEP, NP, and BES. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and before joining Fermilab he worked at Columbia University.

T. Johns
Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate

US Quantum Policies

Mr. Steven T. Johns is currently chief of the quantum information sciences branch (RITQ) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RI) in Rome NY. Mr Johns; has almost 30 years’ experience working in photonics and quantum sciences. As the branch chief, he is responsible with the execution of quantum technology program at AFRL/RI including; initiating RITQ branch, building quantum roadmaps, developing new in-house quantum laboratories, defining strategy for all quantum research in the new Open Innovation Campus and directing the AFRL-IBM Q Network HUB project. Additionally, he often represents AFRL at various national level quantum meetings and events.

Quantum Application Scientist - Zurich Instruments

Qubit Agnostic Control Electronics

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.

Van 't Noordende
Founder - PHX

When will quantum supremacy arrive? What will it mean?

Ton is the founder of PHX (thephx.co), a global community that connects the dots between the world’s most original thinkers, scientists, creatives and artists, top tier investors, founders and ultra-high net worth’s from Europe and the US, with a yearly gathering taking place on an island near Amsterdam (Check out his essay on Medium for a complete backdrop).

Next to that, he’s the Investor In Residence at Techleap.nl working closely together with HRH Prince Constantijn of Oranje.

Founder and former Partner at Deeptech venture firm 01Ventures.

Van Den Bossche
Director, Telecommunication and Navigation Systems R&D - Thales Alenia Space

Early Stage Quantum Networks

Mathias Van Den Bossche is in charge of R&D in telecom & navigation systems at TAS. Mathias holds a PhD in theoretical quantum physics and has been working in the field of strongly correlated fermions for 7 years before turning to space industry. He Joined the Galileo programme in its early stages where he was in charge of the Ground Mission Segment performance, and system architecture simplification in the FOC phase. He conducted technical business development activities in Europe and America for TAS before becoming the programme manager of KASS (EGNOS in Korea). He is now especially in charge of the TAS roadmap on quantum technologies – relying for this on the long Thales history in this domain, and developing new concepts and projects.

Co-Founder of QuTech, Co-Director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

When will quantum supremacy arrive? What will it mean?

Prof. Lieven Vandersypen is co-founder of QuTech, co-director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He received a PhD from Stanford University (2001) for the first implementation of quantum algorithms in the lab, using nuclear magnetic resonance. After moving to Delft, where he established his own group in 2003, he pioneered the control and read-out of single electron spins in semiconductor quantum dot arrays. Lieven Vandersypen is a recipient of the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize (2008) and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for Semiconductor Physics (2008), was a member of the “The Young Academy” of the KNAW (2007-2012), and is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).

Strangeworks - Founder and CEO

Investor and Venture Capital Trends

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

BMW - Lead Future Computing Technologies

Building up a QC Readiness for BMW. Lessons learned.

#1 1987 – 1992 study: technical cybernetics and control algorithm at University of Ilmenau
#2 1992 diploma: diploma: fuzzy logic & neural networks
#3 1992–1998 Electrolux
Development Household Appliances
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_future technologies and visions, VR/AR/xR, wearables, smart materials, decentralized technologies, open innovation
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