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

Speakers

Carlos

Carlos

Abellán

Co-Founder and CEO, Quside Technologies S.L.

Panel 2: Quantum Communications in the Enterprise: Towards Resilient Supply Chains

Panel 2: Innovation in quantum and enabling technologies

Dr. Carlos Abellan is cofounder and CEO at Quside, a quantum technology spin-off from ICFO. Carlos got his PhD in quantum technologies at ICFO, where he developed the quantum randomness technologies that were transferred to Quside. 10 years of experience in quantum and photonics technologies, co-inventor of multiple patent families and co-author of 15+ papers in top scientific journals. Received the award MIT Innovators Under 35 Europe.

Neil

Neil

Abroug

National Coordinator, French Quantum Strategy Office

Panel 1: European National Programs

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.

Reza

Reza

Azarderakhsh

CEO and Founder of PQSecure and Professor at FAU

Panel 1: Future Evolution of Post-Quantum Cryptography

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 fo the development of several cryptographic algorithms and architecture for various applications. He published more than 100 papers in journals and conferences on applied cryptography.

Jens

Jens

Backes

Director, Finalta by McKinsey

Panel 2: Banks and Financial Institutions

Jens is leading Finalta by McKinsey’s telecoms activities, providing competitive benchmarking insights to telco operators on a worldwide basis.

As one of the Firm’s quantum computing aficionados, he published various books and articles featuring the technology, and in particular, its applications in finance and telecoms.

He is an award-winning business unit leader in the area of telecoms, mobile and digital services with international product, sales and marketing expertise. During his tenure at various telecom operators, he conceived, implemented and launched services that generated multi-million dollar revenues from mobile and online transactions alone.

Jens is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish. He holds an MSc. in computer science from University of Saarland and an MBA from INSEAD.

Riccardo

Riccardo

Bassoli

Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Dresden
Co-founder and Managing Director, QcomBIT GmbH

Panel 1: Quantum Technologies in 5G-6G Architecture

Panel 1: Quantum Internet Use Cases

Riccardo Bassoli is an Assistant Professor at the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks and Head of the Quantum Communication Networks Research Group, at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Technische Universität Dresden. He is member of the Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-loop (CeTI) , Cluster of Excellence, Dresden. He is also member of the EU Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) and of the EU flagships for 6G Hexa-X and Hexa-X II. He is principal investigator in the 6G-life research hub of Germany. He got his Ph.D. from 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey (UK), in 2016. He was also a Marie Curie ESR at the Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal) and visiting researcher at Airbus Defence and Space (Elancourt, France). Between 2016 and 2019, he was postdoctoral researcher at Università di Trento (Italy). He is member of the Glue Technologies for Space Systems Technical Panel of the IEEE AESS. He is also co-founder and managing director of QcomBIT GmbH.

Catarina

Catarina

Bastos

Account Manager for Defence, Deimos Engenharia

Panel 1: Government, Military and Intelligence Agencies

Catarina Bastos graduated in Physics/Applied Mathematics – Astronomy by the Faculty of Sciences in University of Oporto in 2005. She completed the PhD degree in Physics with the thesis: “Phase Space Noncommutativity: Formalism and Applications” by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon in 2010. During her PhD and Pos-Doc work in Instituto Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN) she became expert in models using quantum mechanics to explain different physical aspects of the universe. She had published 28 papers: 20 in international peer review journals and 8 in conference proceedings.

In February 2017 she started her adventure in Deimos Engenharia, in the GNSS Business Unit. She worked in several ESA projects related with precise orbital determination. In 2019 she became Project Manager in GNSS for the development of a space GNSS receiver, G3STAR. She was also responsible for the commercial activities and business development in GNSS in Lisbon during that period.

In 2021 she has become a Bid and Project Manager in Secure Quantum Communications projects in Deimos, leading a pioneer project for the European Defence, DISCRETION, where an SDN enabled by QKD shall be developed jointly with Spain, Austria and Italy. She is also co-coordinating through Deimos the national road map in quantum networks that shall be implemented in Portugal with the National Security Office, the Portuguese Defence and several research institutes and companies. In 2022 she has been assigned the Account Manager for Defence projects in Deimos Engenharia.

Robert

Robert

Bedington

Co-Founder & CTO, SpeQtral

Talk 1: Enabling Global Quantum Communications with Satellites

Dr. Robert Bedington is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of SpeQtral.

Dr. Bedington oversees the strategy and development of SpeQtral’s products and solutions globally. With over 12 years in space instrument development, Dr. Bedington is focused on innovation to secure and future-proof customers’ communication infrastructures for the quantum era.

Before co-founding SpeQtral, Dr. Bedington served as senior research fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was the satellite team lead for the SpooQy-1 CubeSat mission. Prior to NUS, Dr. Bedington was a JSPS fellow at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, where he researched the miniaturisation of satellite instrumentation for plasma analysis.

Dr. Bedington earned a master’s degree in physics from Durham University and a PhD in Instrument Science from University College London. In 2019, he was named among the Top 35 Innovators Under 35 in Asia-Pacific by MIT Technology Review.

Francis

Francis

Bellido

CEO, Quantum eMotion Inc.

Panel 2: The Many Markets for QRNGs

Dr. Bellido has over 35 years of international experience in Cybersecurity, Healthcare and Financial industries.

He was appointed CEO of Quantum eMotion Corp., (QNC.V) in January of 2020.

He was the 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. He 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). He is a 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.

Stefano

Stefano

Binetti

Distinguished Engineer, Cisco

Session Keynote

Stefano Binetti is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco System with more than 20 years of experience in transmission domain and more specifically in transport technology such as WDM, OTN etc.. It is responsible of the architecture definition of optical product of the Cisco MIG Optical product and recently he drove the Cisco Routed Optical Network architecture.

Recently he started to work on the QKD technology applied to Cisco portfolio with special attention to the optical product.

Thierry

Thierry

Botter

Executive Director, European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC)

Panel 2: Innovation in quantum and enabling technologies

Dr. Thierry Botter is Executive Director of the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC). He joined the association from Airbus where he was deputy-Chief of the Central Research & Technology (CRT) organization and head of Airbus Blue Sky, a research department within CRT dedicated to emerging, transformative technologies. He also served as a member of the first strategic advisory board for the European Commission’s Quantum Technologies Flagship. Dr. Botter holds a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is one of the Advisory Board members of QIA.

Philippe

Philippe

Bouyer

Coordinator CAT3 Catalyst Programme, Quantum Delta NL

Panel 2: Innovation in quantum and enabling technologies

Robert

Robert

Broberg

Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

Talk 3: Testbeds Around the World

During Robert’s 38-year industrial career Robert has made significant contributions to the developing internet in all layers of the TCP/IP model. While at Cisco Robert led the development and deployment of the first internet optical transport links that were integrated into existing telecommunication infrastructure. Robert holds numerous patents, published numerous papers and led 3 academic-industrial research programs that have led to multi-billion-dollar businesses.

Hyeongrak (Chuck)

Hyeongrak (Chuck)

Choi

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Talk 2: Toward a scalable quantum network

Hyeongrak Choi (Chuck) is a postdoctoral researcher in MIT RLE, quantum photonics group led by Prof. Dirk Englund. Chuck obtained his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Dirk Englund. He was awarded Claude E Shannon Research Fellow in 2019 and supported by a non-committing Samsung Scholarship from 2014-2019. His interest is in quantum information science, quantum networks, quantum computing, and quantum optics.

Jose

Jose

Coello

Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Crypta Labs Ltd.

Panel 2: The Many Markets for QRNGs

Jose Coello holds a PhD in quantum Computing from University College London. He is an expert in bringing theoretical models to experimental experiments and in the case of Crypta Labs to actual products. His main areas of research are in 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 Autónoma 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 Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG).

He has been the leader for the creation of the first space graded QRNG, designed for Low Earth Orbit and tested for Temperature, Vacuum and Launch vibrations at the facilities of Southampton University. With his team reached the conclusion and proved that one of the tests for Random Number Sequences from NIST 800-22 was slightly biased for large amount of data thanks to the quality of our random numbers produced by our RNG. He is also leading the Industrial participation of Crypta Labs at the Innovate UK project “Assurance of Quantum Random Number Generators”, a project that will help to establish the quality of QRNG and their advantage against current state of the art RNG.

Tom

Tom

Darras

CEO and Co-founder, WeLinQ

Panel 1: Quantum Network Vendors and Integrators

Tom Darras is the CEO and co-founder of WeLinQ, a technology company developing quantum links based on cold-atom quantum memories to efficiently interconnect quantum processors.

Tom Darras studied at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris from 2013 to 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics from ESPCI Paris and a Master’s degree in Quantum Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure. From 2017 to 2021, he worked on his Ph.D. in Quantum Physics at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel in Paris in the group of Prof. Julien Laurat, where he conducted research in quantum networks and demonstrated world’s first quantum teleportation protocols based on hybrid entanglement to interconnect quantum devices in heterogeneous architectures. After his Ph.D., Tom Darras worked as a quantum optics researcher at Xanadu Quantum Computing, a worldwide leading company developing photonic fault-tolerant quantum computers.

In January 2022, Tom Darras co-founded WeLinQ with Julien Laurat, Eleni Diamanti, and Jean Lautier-Gaud in order to enable the scale-up of quantum computing by interconnecting quantum processors.

Patrick

Patrick

de Graaf

Business Director Cybersecurity & Quantum Technology, TNO

Panel 1: Government, Military and Intelligence Agencies

Patrick de Graaf worked in Dutch central government and IT and consultancy firms before joining TNO in 2015. He is responsible for the cybersecurity and quantum technology R&D portfolio in the defence sector. His interests in quantum technology lie primarily in exploring military and security applications and understanding the business case of quantum technology. Quantum computing, communications and sensing are all in scope.

Patrick is also the co-chair of NATO Science & Technology Organisation’s Collaborative Program of Work challenge on Quantum Technology. This challenge, led by the Netherlands, endeavours to boost multidisciplinary R&D on military application of quantum technology within NATO.

Hugues

Hugues

de Riedmatten

Group Leader in Quantum Optics, Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

Session Keynote

Panel 1: What is needed for a Quantum Internet

Panel 1: The Prospects for a Quantum Repeater

Member of the European Quantum Internet Alliance Executive Team, Hugues de Riedmatten is an ICREA Research Professor and group leader in quantum optics at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona since 2010. He obtained a Masters in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in 1999, and a PhD in experimental quantum optics from the University of Geneva in 2003, for his work on long distance quantum communication in optical fiber. He was then postdoctoral scholar at Caltech, where he worked on linitial demonstrations of quantum networks with cold cold atomic ensembles and single photons. In 2006, he was appointed senior researcher at the Univ. of Geneva, where he led the solid state quantum memory activities. He has published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given over 60 talks, both in international conferences and in invited seminars. He was the recipient of the Barcelona City Prize 2017, of an ERC Starting Grant and of a Frontier Research grant from the US Moore Foundation.

Fokko

Fokko

de Vries

Roadmap Leader Quantum Networks, QBlox

Panel 1: Quantum Network Vendors and Integrators

Talk 2: Scalable Control Stacks for Quantum Networking

As a roadmap leader Fokko is part of Qblox’ strategic team that takes care of the product planning and management. Within this role he is responsible for business development as well as engaging with the scientific community. He specializes in the quantum network area, for example through leading the development of the Qblox quantum control stacks within the european Quantum Internet Alliance.

Stephen

Stephen

DiAdamo

Research Scientist, Cisco

Panel 1: What is needed for a Quantum Internet

Stephen DiAdamo is a Research Scientist at Cisco Systems in the Cisco Quantum Lab group, focusing on quantum network design, protocols, and software. He has a bachelor’s of computer science from the University of Toronto and master’s of mathematics at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. He continued with his doctoral studies in electrical engineering at the TU Munich, with a focus on quantum networks and simulation.

Eleni

Eleni

Diamanti

Research Director, CNRS

Talk 1: Efficient quantum memories for enabling entanglement-based networked quantum computing and long-distance quantum communications

Panel 3: Transition from current QKD to the internet of the future

Eleni Diamanti is CNRS research director at the LIP6 laboratory of Sorbonne Université in Paris. She did her studies in Greece, obtained her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and was a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow before joining the CNRS. Her research focuses on the development of photonic resources for quantum networks and on the implementation of quantum cryptography and communication protocols. She is a recipient of a European Research Council grant and coordinator of the Paris Centre for Quantum Technologies. Eleni is one of the Key figures at the Quantum Internet Alliance

Bob

Bob

Dirks

Systems Architect Quantum Technology, TNO

Panel 3: Transition from current QKD to the internet of the future

As a systems architect I am responsible for the progress of projects from the technology point-of-view, and then especially during the acquisition and conceptual phase. I make sure that the different disciplines and areas of expertise involved in a project converge into a solution that can help the customer move forward. The nice thing about my role is that I have to know a lot about everything, without having to be a specialist in anything. Currently, I am supporting a team that is developing laser satcom and quantum technology for secure network connections and quantum communication via air and space, for which we want to make use of satellites. To this end, together with the business developer, I’m setting up internal and external collaborations because these are major, complex and expensive projects. To get quantum technology into space, that’s my drive at TNO.

Kees

Kees

Eijkel

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

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.

Manuel

Manuel

Erhard

Senior Engineer - QKD, qtlabs

Panel 3: QKD and Its Critics

Manuel Erhard conducted his PhD thesis in quantum optics under the guidance of Anton Zeilinger, 2022 Nobel Prize Winner, at the IQOQI Vienna and the University of Vienna. In 2020 he joined qtlabs, where he is now leading the quantum communication system studies team. He is an expert on designing space-based and terrestrial quantum communication networks.

Mattias

Mattias

Fridström

Vice President & Chief Evangelist, Arelion

Panel 3: Private Industry and Critical Infrastructure

Lawrence

Lawrence

Gasman

President, IQT Research

Talk 1: Recent Developments in the Quantum Community

Panel 2: The Many Markets for QRNGs

Panel 3: QKD and Its Critics

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.

Gert

Gert

Grammel

Principal Engineer, Juniper Networks

Talk 2: Leveraging QKD: Lessons Learned

Gert Grammel is a Principal Engineer at Juniper Networks where he has been working with many operators on automation, optical technology, and evolution of networks. He has over 25 years of experience in various management and engineering positions working with Cloud Providers, Data Centers, and Service Providers. Gert enjoys working on networking technology and control architectures. Since 2020 Gert is spearheading Juniper’s activities in exploring the Quantum Internet. He also participates in IETF, OpenROADM, ETSI-QKD and ITU-T, is a regular attendee and presenter at conferences, and chairs the Physical Simulation Environment (PSE) Working Group in www.telecominfraproject.com

Florent

Florent

Grosmaitre

CEO, CryptoNext Security

Panel 1: Future Evolution of Post-Quantum Cryptography

Florent joined Cryptonext Security as CEO in 2021, bringing over 15 years of international entrepreneurial experience in the software industry. Florent is a graduate of the engineering school Ecole Nationale d’Arts et Métiers, and of the business school HEC Entrepreneur Paris.

CryptoNext Security is a startup founded in 2019, spin-off of INRIA, CNRS and Sorbonne University after 20 years of research in post-quantum cryptography. CryptoNext’s mission is to provide its Quantum Safe Remediation Software solutions to support organizations in the migration of their IT/OT infrastructures to quantum safe.

Saikat

Saikat

Guha

Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Quantum Networks, University of Arizona

Panel 1: What is needed for a Quantum Internet

Saikat Guha is a Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, starting July 2017. He is also the Director of the NSF Engineering Research 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.

Ronald

Ronald

Hanson

Principal Investigator, QuTech

Talk 1: Multinode Quantum Networks: State of the Art

Panel 1: The Prospects for a Quantum Repeater

Ronald Hanson (1976) is Distinguished Professor at Delft University of Technology and principal investigator at QuTech. He is one of the four founding professors of QuTech (2014), serving as its Scientific Director in 2016-2020. Ronald currently chairs the Executive Board of Quantum Delta NL, the foundation responsible for the National Agenda Quantum Technology. He is also a key player within the European Quantum Internet Alliance.

Ronald’s research centers on exploring and controlling quantum-entangled states with the long-term goal of exploiting these in future quantum technologies such as quantum computing and quantum internet. His work combines quantum optics, solid-state physics, nuclear magnetic resonance, quantum information theory and nanofabrication. In 2014 his group made headlines by teleporting quantum data between electrons on distant solid-state chips. In 2015 he ended a decades-long scientific quest by performing the first loophole-free Bell test. In 2018 his group achieved the important milestone of generating quantum entanglement faster than it got lost. In the coming years he aims to build on these results to demonstrate the fundamentals of a future quantum internet, with a rudimentary network planned between several cities in the Netherlands.

Ronald has received several awards for his work, among which the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize (2012), the Huibregtsen Award for Excellence in Science and Society (2016) and the John Stewart Bell Prize (2017). In 2019 he received the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. He was elected as member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2020 he was appointed as the university’s 6th Distinguished Professor.

Peter

Peter

Hinrich

Relationship Manager Innovation & Research, SURF

Panel 1: Quantum Internet Use Cases

Bruno

Bruno

Huttner

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

IoT and Automotive

Panel 1: Emergence of Generic Use Cases

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.

Bernd

Bernd

Jungbluth

Head of the Strategic Mission Initiative for Quantum Technology, Fraunhofer ILT

Panel 1: Quantum Network Vendors and Integrators

Dr. Bernd Jungbluth is head of the Strategic Mission Initiative for Quantum Technology at Fraunhofer ILT. At Fraunhofer, he is responsible for the direction of the program at the institute and is coordinating the establishment of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering CQSE as a project for economic development in the Rhenish lignite mining region. In the EIN Quantum NRW quantum innovation network, he is a member of the steering committee with a focus on technology transfer. Additionally, he is a member of the European Quantum Internet Alliance and the Excellence Cluster ML4Q.

In his scientific career, Dr. Jungbluth is dedicated to the development of application-adapted lasers and frequency converters for industry and science at Fraunhofer ILT and has headed the working group Nonlinear Optics and Tunable Lasers since 2008. In recent years, he has focused on photonic quantum-enabling technologies, such as the development of particularly low-noise frequency converters for the Quantum Internet Demonstrator – in close collaboration with QuTech. Dr. Jungbluth completed his physics studies at RWTH Aachen University in 2000 and received his Ph.D. from the faculty of mechanical engineering in 2011.

Marc

Marc

Kaplan

CEO, VeriQloud

Panel 1: Quantum Internet Use Cases

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.

Elham

Elham

Kashefi

Chief Scientist, National Quantum Computing Centre

Panel 1: What is needed for a Quantum Internet

Elham Kashefi is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and CNRS Director of Research at the Sorbonne University and NQCC Chief Scientist. She has pioneered transdisciplinary research investigating the structure, behaviour, and interactions of quantum technology; from theoretical experimentation to implementation of real-world use-cases (co founder of VeriQloud). Kashefi is the co-founder of the fields of secure quantum cloud computing and practical verification of quantum computing. She has published over 130 research articles across high impact journals and conference in the field such as FOCS, Science, PRL, Quantum, QCrypt, AsiaCrypt, Nature Physics, NJP, and QIP. She is a recipient of an EPSRC Early Career and back-to-back Established Career Fellowship awards, a recipient of the Les Margaret Intrapraneur prize (France, 2021), and an elected member of the Young Academy of Scotland (Royal Society of Edinburgh). She has been awarded over £6.8 million funding across several UK, EU, and US grants for research in quantum computing, software, communication, and applications.

Kashefi champions the quantum application ecosystem: she is co-author of the EU Quantum Software Manifesto, endorsed by thousands of researchers to shape EU flagship strategy; she is elected by peers as senior science team member in charge of software development for the UK QCS hub; she serves as the executive team member for the Quantum Internet Alliance in charge of applications design; she serves on advisory boards of several UK and International research initiatives (Quantum Computing Application Cluster in Scotland, Quantum Alberta in Canada, Quantum Alpin France) and advises various academic and industrial organizations on their quantum plan (Quantum Algorithm Institute and Council of Academies in Canada, NQCC Technical Advisory Group in UK, Capgemini in France, SAP in Germany). She has served on programme and steering committees of flagship conferences of the field (e.g. QCrypt, TQC, QIP). She has delivered over 300 invited talks in major workshops, conferences, symposiums, and industry events, all of which evidence her leadership impact in building a well-connected ecosystem in the quantum ecosystem.

Zohaib

Zohaib

Khan

Sales & Support Manager, AUREA Technology

Panel 2: Innovative Vendors: Hardware

Graduated with an international Master degree in Optic and Photonics, I started my journey in technical support for imaging systems, using multiple photonics components.

Now, I represent AUREA Technology as Support and Sales Manager. I am in charge of the technical support to help customers with their technical and scientific questions, and I also take charge of business and sales development in quantum communications in Europe.

Elif

Elif

Kiesow Cortez

Director of Quantum and AI, Ethicqual

Panel 3: Quantum Communications: Policy Considerations

Dr. Elif Kiesow Cortez is a researcher for Stanford University currently working on her project focusing on a transatlantic governance framework for Quantum technologies. Elif is also the director of Quantum & AI at Ethicqual. She has worked in policy advisory, project management, and academic roles on the governance of emerging technologies. Elif also leads a research project in collaboration with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Elif has been appointed as an advisory board member for projects of leading institutions including the UNFCCC, IAPP and European Research Council. Previously, Elif was a John M. Olin research fellow at Harvard University. Her doctoral research on the economics of internationalization of law at the University of Hamburg was fully funded by the German Research Association (DFG). During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley. Elif is an expert on behavioral strategies for effective tech policies addressing cooperation problems between public and private actors. Elif has acquired research grants for projects on tech governance commissioned by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

Sanghoon

Sanghoon

Kim

Founder and President, Meta Inventor LLC

Panel 2: National Programs and Initiatives in Quantum Communications in South Korea

Sanghoon founded “Meta Inventor LLC” and has been running it as a global open innovation platform, focusing on quantum communication/ computing/ sensing, connecting global innovators to South Korean stakeholders. Previously, he spent more than two decades in technology and business developments, licensing, and open innovation at reputable ICT players such as ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), LG Electronics, InterDigital Communications, Siemens and BMW.

Sanghoon got his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Sogang university in Korea and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Technical university of Munich, Germany.

Masahiro

Masahiro

Kitagawa

Director, Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology, Osaka University

Talk 1: National Programs and Initiatives in Quantum Communications in Japan

Dr. Masahiro Kitagawa is a Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering Science and the Director of the Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology at Osaka University, Japan. He has been working on quantum optics and quantum information since 1985 when he was a research scientist at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Basic Research Laboratories. His research interests cover quantum measurement and sensing, quantum communications, quantum computing, and quantum biology. Dr Kitagawa serves as the Program Director of Japan’s Moonshot Research and Development Program Goal Six which seeks to realize a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionize the economy, industry and security by 2050. He is also Project Leader of the Quantum Software Research Hub at Osaka University and a member of the quantum innovation committee in Japan’s Cabinet Office. Dr Kitagawa is a co-founder of QunaSys Inc., a quantum software startup, and QuEL Inc., a quantum middleware startup. In 2020, his paper on “Squeezed Spin States” was selected for Physical Review A’s 50th Anniversary Milestone Collection.

Ulrich

Ulrich

Kohn

Senior Director Marketing and Strategy, Adva Network Security

Panel 2: Innovative Vendors: Hardware

As senior director of marketing and strategy, Ulrich Kohn explains the relevance of our quantum-safe security solution suite to operators of mission-critical networks. With more than 25 years of experience in communication systems, Ulrich is familiar with the challenges and pain points of today’s networks and is able to show how the latest security innovation makes
networks safe, resilient, and trustworthy.

Before joining ADVA in April 2013 and Adva Network Security in October 2022, he worked for Ericsson and Marconi Communications in management positions with business development, network strategy, product
marketing and technical sales. He has gained in-depth knowledge in network and security architectures, and technology strategy with optical and microwave transport, packet networks as well as network virtualization. Ulrich is a certified information security expert (CISSP).

Wojciech

Wojciech

Kozlowski

Quantum Network Engineer, QuTech

Session Keynote

Wojciech Kozlowski studied Theoretical Quantum Physics at the University of Cambridge where he obtained his MSci (2012). He then completed his PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics at the University of Oxford (2016). In his PhD he studied the interactions of quantum light with trapped cold atomic gases and developed theoretical models for the resulting competition between measurement back-action and intrinsic atomic dynamics.

Following his PhD studies, Wojciech decided that he would rather dive into Computer Science. Therefore, rather than following an academic career he went to work as a software engineer in the network protocols team at Metaswitch in London. It is here that he developed his interest in computer networks. During his time in industry, Wojciech was able to learn the basic theory of operation of computer networks whilst gaining practical experience in implementing and running network software.

Wojciech found out about QuTech while attending the IETF 101 meeting in London where the Quantum Internet Research Group at the IRTF was formed. Less than a year later, in February 2019 Wojciech joined QuTech as a postdoc in the Wehner Group. His research work focused on quantum network protocol design and the software architecture for quantum networking nodes. In the meantime he also became a co-chair of the Quantum Internet Research Group at the IRTF. As of April 2021, Wojciech is a Quantum Network Engineer at QuTech. In his new role he works on developing the overall software architecture for quantum networks covering both the data and control plane.

Eric

Eric

Kuisch

COO, Eurofiber

Panel 3: Private Industry and Critical Infrastructure

Eric Kuisch is COO and member of the Executive Board of the Eurofiber Group since 2020, where he is responsible for both the fiber network and the cloud infra solutions, including 11 datacenters. Under his leadership, Eurofiber nearly doubled the length of its open access fiber network to more than 61,000 km. Earlier, Eric held senior management and executive roles at Dutch ICT company KPN and Vodafone Germany.

Cyrille

Cyrille

Laborde

Caption leader quantum and optical communications, Thales Alenia Space

Panel 1: Quantum internet use cases

Julien

Julien

Laurat

Professor of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Sorbonne Université

Panel 1: The Prospects for a Quantum Repeater

Julien Laurat is Professor of Physics at Sorbonne Université, Paris, where he received his Doctorate in 2004 before joining the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow. Since 2007, his research at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Paris, is focused on the development of the scientific and technical abilities for the realization of quantum networks. His works includes the development of efficient interfaces between light and cold atoms for quantum data storage, the generation, characterization and manipulation of non-classical states of light, and the implementation of networking protocols using these resources. This research involves fundamental and more applied studies in quantum optics, non-linear optics, cold atoms, photon detection and nanophotonics. He is a honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France and a grantee from the European Research Council.

Young Wuk

Young Wuk

Lee

Vice President, KT

Panel 2: National Programs and Initiatives in Quantum Communications in South Korea

Young Wuk Lee was born in Ulsan, South Korea, on 10th Oct 1967. He received B.S and M.S degrees from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea in 1989 and 1991, both in physics. He also received Ph.D in physics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon Korea in 2002.

Since 1993, he joined KT as a member of technical Staff in Network R&D Laboratory, where he worked on Fiber Optic Monitoring System and Ultra Hogh Capacity long haul transmission System Development. During his enrollment in KT Network R&D Laboratory he carried out various projects in optical communication network technologies, its design and managment. Since 2011 he took charge of depolying SDN based automatic network controll and AI based umanned management system in all domain of the network infra from physical layer to service layer.

Dr, Lee currently works on Next generation Outsideplant design and Quantum Infra Technologies as a Director of Next Biz Core Infra TF in Infra DX Laboratory.

Rhys

Rhys

Lewis

Head of Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory

Panel 1: European National Programs

Rhys Lewis is the Head of the NPL Quantum Metrology Institute, responsible for NPL’s strategic direction in quantum and for leading NPL’s programme as a partner in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The NPL Quantum Programme involves establishing test and evaluation capabilities for quantum timing, quantum communications, quantum sensors, quantum materials and quantum computing. NPL also delivers projects in collaboration with the Quantum Technology hubs, and with many industry partners. Over 80 staff scientists and over 30 students work on quantum technologies at NPL.

Rhys joined NPL in 2007 as an operational Division Head. Prior to NPL his career was in leading new product development in manufacturing companies. A very long time ago, Rhys gained a doctorate degree in atomic and laser physics.

Cathal J.

Cathal J.

Mahon

Chief Business Officer, Deep Tech Lab - Quantum

Panel 1: Government, Military and Intelligence Agencies

As CBO at Deep Tech Lab — Quantum, Cathal Mahon is responsible for leading the Business Development team. Cathal 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. Since 2016, he has been exclusively focused on developing the commercial potential of quantum technologies.

Ulrich

Ulrich

Mans

Strategic Partnerships Lead, Quantum Delta NL

Panel 3: Quantum Communications: Policy Considerations

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.

Damian

Damian

Markham

Permanent Researcher, CNRS

Panel 1: Quantum Internet Use Cases

Mark

Mark

Mattingley-Scott

Managing Director, Quantum Brilliance

Panel 2: Innovative Vendors: Hardware

Dr. Mark Mattingley-Scott has a Bachelor of Science with Joint Honours in Computing and Electronics, and a Doctor of Philosophy on the subject of Code Division Multiple Access Local Area Networks from the University of Durham, combined with 36 years’ experience in the commercial exploitation of technology and research. He is managing director of Quantum Brilliance GmbH and GM EMEA of Quantum Brilliance Pty Ltd. In these roles he is responsible for growing Quantum Brilliance’s business, and all operations in Europe. Previously he was a Principal at IBM where he specialised in the identification, nurturing and development of technological innovation, with a primary focus on Big Data Analytics, Neuromorphic Computing and Quantum Computing as leader of the Quantum Ambassador programme in EMEA & AP. He teaches human & machine learning and quantum computing at the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. He is a member of the board of the Institute for New Media in Frankfurt.

Sarah

Sarah

McCarthy

Cryptographic Strategist, evolutionQ

Panel 1: Future Evolution of Post-Quantum Cryptography

Sarah McCarthy is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, with a strong background in quantum-secure cryptography. She received her PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. Her research encompasses vehicle-to-vehicle communications, global QKD networking and advanced lattice-based primitives. As a researcher, she is drawn to contributing efficient designs which are useful and practical in the real world, which continues to be a key influence in her current role.

Paulo

Paulo

Mendes

Expert Network Architectures and Protocols, Airbus

Panel 1: Quantum Technologies in 5G-6G Architecture

Paulo Mendes is Expert in Network Architectures and Protocols at Airbus. His research interests include quantum information networks, information and service-centric networking, as well as in-network computing. Paulo is also an associate researcher at theTechnical University of Munich. Before joining Airbus, Paulo co-founded the COPELABS research centre (2010), the Senception start-up (2014), and the Internet architectures and networking research group at INESCTEC laboratory (2007). From 2003 to 2007 Paulo was senior researcher at NTT Docomo Euro-labs. In 2004, Paulo Mendes got his Ph.D. degree in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra, while being a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. He is an IEEE senior member and an ACM member.

Mehdi

Mehdi

Namazi

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Qunnect Inc.

Panel 1: Quantum Network Vendors and Integrators

Session Keynote

Mehdi is the Chief Science Officer of Qunnect Inc. As a graduate student he co-founded Qunnect with the intent to transform his PhD work, the experimental demonstration of a room temperature Quantum Memory, into a commercial product. He now leads the research agenda for the company’s product suite, a collection of instruments to enable scalable quantum networking. Prior to Qunnect, Mehdi was awarded the Yale Joint Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and completed his PhD at Stony Brook University.

Deborah

Deborah

Nas

Innovation Lead, Quantum Delta NL

Panel 3: Quantum Communications: Policy Considerations

Deborah Nas is an expert in technology-driven innovation. She holds a part-time professorship at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft and serves as the Innovation Lead at QDNL’s Centre for Quantum & Society, where she is spearheading an exploration into the ethical, legal, and societal impacts of quantum networks. Additionally, she is a member of the supervisory board of Hardt Hyperloop, pioneering a groundbreaking new transportation system, and a member of the investment committee of Innovation Quarter, a €143 million deep tech investment fund.

Oleg

Oleg

Nikiforov

Solution Designer for Quantum Secure Networks, Deutsche Telekom

Talk 1: QKD at Deutsche Telekom: Petrus and DemoQuanDT

Oleg Nikiforov, solution designer for quantum secure networks, Deutsche Telekom

Oleg Nikiforov studied physics at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. During his PhD project there he developed and implemented a prototype system for a star-shaped QKD network. In collaboration with Deutsche Telekom he then conducted one of the first field-tests of a QKD system in a standard telecom environment in Germany.

Now, in his role as a solution designer Oleg works on the architecture of quantum networks and represents Deutsche Telekom at the international standards developing organizations.

Tommaso

Tommaso

Occhipinti

CEO, Quantum Telecommunication Italy

Panel 1: Emergence of Generic Use Cases

Tommaso Occhipinti is CEO of QTI s.r.l., Quantum Telecommunication Italy. He started his career (2002) in the academic research field of quantum astronomy and quantum communications (PhD in Telecommunication Engineering, Padova University). In the following years, he started his business career founding innovative start-ups and, in 2020, he was among QTI co-founders. As QTI CEO, he is also taking care of the Italian and international development of the market collaborating with the business developers of TIM, Telsy and Sparkle companies. He participates to national and international congresses, conferences and institutional events in order to spread the use of QKD in all the strategic market segments and institutions.

Laurent

Laurent

Olislager

Policy Officer Quantum Technology, DG CNECT, European Commission

Panel 1: European National Programs

Laurent Olislager graduated as an engineer in physics. He got a PhD in quantum photonics from universities in Brussels, Belgium, and Besançon, France. He is policy officer for quantum technologies at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission.

Yasser

Yasser

Omar

President, PQI – Portuguese Quantum Institute

Panel 1: European National Programs

Yasser Omar studied Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, and did his PhD on Quantum Information at the University of Oxford. Currently, he is professor at IST, University of Lisbon, where he leads the Physics of Information and Quantum Technologies Group. His research interests are focused on quantum computation, quantum networks, and quantum thermodynamics. Over the last decade, he won a dozen European projects and one American project in these domains. In 2019, he founded the Quantum Technologies Laboratory, where free-space QKD was implemented for the first time in Portugal. In 2020, he founded the consulting startup Why Quantum Technologies, Ltd. In 2022, he launched, together with colleagues in more than 70 countries, the World Quantum Day – 14 April. He has been involved in the creation and the coordination of the Flagship in Quantum Technologies, is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of CERN’s Quantum Technology Initiative, and is the president of PQI – Portuguese Quantum Institute.

Carmen

Carmen

Palacios-Berraquero

Founder & CEO, Nu Quantum

Panel 3: Transition from current QKD to the internet of the future

Carmen is the founder and Chief Executive of Nu Quantum, a leading Quantum Computer Networking company based in Cambridge, UK. She is an award-winning quantum physicist and inventor, author of several high-impact research papers and a book based on her doctoral research. Prior to founding Nu Quantum, Carmen carried out her physics education and research at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. She has been the leader of several pro-equality and LGBTQIA+ visibility groups, initiatives and direct action in STEM and beyond and has been featured in Wired, Forbes, BBC, and Sifted. She serves on the Technical Advisory Board of the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre and is co-founder and director of UKQuantum, the UK’s quantum industry group.

Stefano

Stefano

Pirandola

CEO and founder, nodeQ

Panel 3: QKD and Its Critics

Prof Stefano Pirandola is a world-leading expert in quantum networking and security, with more than 180 publications and thousands of citations. Before becoming Professor at the University of York (UK), he won prestigious academic fellowships and worked as a researcher at MIT in 2007-10, where he developed fundamental blocks for quantum communication networks.
He has been one of the main scientists behind the development of continuous-variable quantum information, a more advanced setting that enables to create quantum protocols with much higher rates.

Among other contributions, he discovered the ultimate capacities for quantum communication over quantum channels, he introduced the first end-to-end protocol for quantum key distribution, and developed rigorous security proofs for fiber-based, free-space, and satellite quantum communications. He pioneered the hybrid model of quantum internet and contributed to develop more advanced protocols for quantum teleportation and entanglement distribution.

At nodeQ, he leads a world-leading team specialized in the design, optimization and deployment of high-speed quantum networks for near-term quantum-safe communications.

Nicola

Nicola

Poccia

Group Leader, IFW Leibniz Institut Dresden

Panel 1: Quantum Technologies in 5G-6G Architecture

Nicola Poccia is a Group Leader and founder of the “Superpuddles Lab” at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW-Dresden). He received his "Laurea" in physics at the Sapienza University of Rome and received his Ph.D. in Physics from Sapienza University. He was Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Twente and at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, then joined as postdoctoral fellow the Department of Physics at Harvard University.

Currently his research focus on the isolation of atomically thin high temperature superconductors, assemble these materials into novel twisted systems and quantitatively interrogate them by means of electronic quantum transport and advanced microscopies. He has published more than 80 papers in peer-review journals including Nature, Science, Nature Materials and Advanced Materials. He is also editor of a number of prestigious scientific journals, founder/promoter of the Network of Italian Scientists in Germany (SIGN) and of exchange PhD programs in quantum technologies between Italy
and Germany. His group recently received funding for his research from the DFG and Terra Quantum AG.

Erwin

Erwin

Rademaker

Program Manager, Port of Rotterdam Authority

Panel 3: Private Industry and Critical Infrastructure

Erwin Rademaker (1966) has an educational background in Public Law and Business Information Management.

Erwin is a national and international award-winning executive project- and programme manager. Furthermore, Erwin is a published writer of several books, a street photographer, an international selling artist and a one-off documentary maker.

Before joining the Port of Rotterdam (PoR) in 2002, he worked for companies like FedEx, ExxonMobil and CMG, where he was an international focused line- and project manager.

After joining the PoR, Erwin worked within the Environmental Management, Asset Management, Port Development and D&IT departments.

Currently, Erwin is responsible for Horizon-3 innovations and programmes at PoR, such as Quantum, AI, Container 42 and the Digital Twin.

Michael

Michael

Redding

CTO, Quantropi

Panel 1: Future Evolution of Post-Quantum Cryptography

IoT and Automotive

Michael Redding is CTO at Quantropi, a provider of complete quantum-secure cryptographic solutions for data and communications. Before joining Quantropi, Mike was Managing Director and co-founder of Accenture Ventures, where he grew a global portfolio of strategic partnerships and 38 equity investments in emerging technology startups. During his nearly 30 years with Accenture, he incubated and launched technology innovations for enterprises across multiple geographies and industries. Ever-passionate about bold ideas with game-changing results, he speaks frequently on the impact of emerging technology on large organizations. With a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern, Mike is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Accenture Foundation and Board Observer for startups Maana and Splice Machine.

Gerhard

Gerhard

Rempe

Director, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Panel 1: The Prospects for a Quantum Repeater

Gerhard is a German physicist, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Munich. He has performed pioneering experiments in atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics and quantum information processing.

Jesse

Jesse

Robbers

Co-Founder & Director, Quantum Delta NL

Panel 1: Emergence of Generic Use Cases

Panel 2: Innovative Vendors: Hardware

Panel 1: European National Programs

Jesse Robbers is “Co-Founder & Director” at QuantumDeltaNL. This institution was 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)”

Andrea Garcia

Andrea Garcia

Rodriguez

Lead Digital Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Panel 3: Quantum Communications: Policy Considerations

Andrea G. Rodríguez is Lead Digital Policy Analyst for the EU Digital Agenda at the European Policy Centre (EPC). Before joining the EPC, she was Lead Researcher of the Global Observatory of Urban Artificial Intelligence at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), where she did research on digital topics and emerging technologies and was Project Manager. She has held advisory positions at the European Cybersecurity Forum (CYBERSEC) as Programme Committee Member, and at NATO as one of the 14 members of the Young Leaders group during the NATO 2030 process. In 2021, she was named “NextGen Leader” at the Young Professionals Summit (YPS) at the Brussels Forum and the Spanish Cybervolunteers Foundation recognised her as one of the 13 Spanish women to follow in technology, an initiative supported by Spain’s Ministry of Social Affairs and the 2030 Agenda.

Andrea holds an EMJMD degree from the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, and Charles University in Prague in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) with a specialization in security and technology, and a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid, where she completed two stays abroad at Charles University in Prague and at the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei.

Ingrid

Ingrid

Romijn

Director Business Development, Q*Bird

Panel 3: QKD and Its Critics

Ingrid is one of the co-founders of Q*Bird, a startup (2022) from QuTech. Q*Bird’s mission is to provide equipment for the current, and future quantum internet.

Ingrid Romijn holds a PhD in physics and has previously worked at TNO as researcher, project lead and program manager on solar cells technology and at QuTech (a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO) as program manager and coordinator of the quantum internet division. Moving technology.

from the laboratory and fundamental research environment into society, while acquiring new projects and securing intellectual property, are important facets of her work.

While at QuTech, Ingrid was part of the team to create and write the Dutch National Agenda for Quantum Technology and from 2020 – 2022 Ingrid also worked for the Quantum Delta Foundation as program manager for the National Quantum Network (CAT-2) program.

Johanna

Johanna

Sepulveda

Chief Engineer Quantum-Secure Communications, Airbus Defence and Space

Panel 3: Transition from current QKD to the internet of the future

Johanna Sepúlveda received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering – Microelectronics by the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was a Senior Researcher in the area of security and emerging technologies at the University of South Brittany (France), INRIA (France) and at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). Currently she holds a position as the Airbus Expert on Quantum-Secure Technologies, being Chief Engineer of different European quantum initiatives such as the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI). Also she is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Quantum Technologies for the European Commission and leader of the Strategic Industry Roadmap at the Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC). She has more than 15 years of experience in R&T and R&D in the area of security, networked systems, HPC and quantum technologies.

David

David

Shaw

Chief Analyst, Global Quantum Intelligence

Panel 1: Emergence of Generic Use Cases

David Shaw has worked extensively across a wide range of sectors including Technology, Healthcare, Energy and Financial Services. He has held a number of senior executive roles in public and private companies. David studied Physics at Oxford, and has a PhD in Physics from UCL. He is a member of the Institute of Physics. David founded Fact Based Insight to provide insight and advisory services across the quantum technology sector. Now combined with the Quantum Computing Report and Interference Advisors, that journey continues as Global Quantum Intelligence.

Chief Analyst – Global Quantum Intelligence

https://www.global-qi.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidkshaw/

https://twitter.com/davidkshaw

Ramy

Ramy

Shelbaya

Co-founder and CEO, Quantum Dice

Panel 2: The Many Markets for QRNGs

Ramy is the co-founder and CEO of Quantum Dice, a venture-backed Oxford University spinout commercialising the world’s first compact, high-speed, source-device independent quantum random number generator. After completing his PhD in atomic and laser physics, Ramy started Quantum Dice with his team and led the company as it started its product development, expanded its team and successfully closed its first round of funding, raising seven-figures from a consortium of European investors. In the addition to the commercialisation of quantum technologies, Ramy is passionate about science communication and policy, viewing them as essential to bringing any deep tech product to market.

Andrew

Andrew

Shields

Head of Quantum Technology, Toshiba Europe

Delivering national, continental and global quantum communication 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. He was a member of the leadership team of the OpenQKD consortium in Europe and the EU Strategic Research Agenda Working Group. In the UK, he led 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 in 2013 for research on quantum photonics and its applications and the Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize in 2023 for pioneering industrial R&D over two decades on quantum communication devices and systems, leading to their commercial exploitation in the UK.

Josh

Josh

Slater

Senior Quantum Expert, Q*Bird

Talk 2: Photonic Clients for Quantum Networks

Rob

Rob

Smets

Optical Network Architect & Technologist, SURF

Panel 1: Quantum Network Vendors and Integrators

In 1994 and 1999, Rob Smets received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the field of optical telecommunication technology and electromagnetism, whereafter he joined Lucent Technologies as a researcher into new photonic technologies and architectures. In 2008 he left Alcatel-Lucent to join TNO as an innovator in the field of information and communication technology. In 2013 he joined the Dutch NREN SURF as optical architect and technologist. At SURF he is responsible for the wellbeing and innovation of the data transport services and optical infrastructure. He has contributed to more than 60 papers and holds more than 5 patents and has been a member of the ECOC TPC from 2014 to 2020.

Wonmin

Wonmin

Son

Director of International Institute for the Initiative of Quantum Technologies, Sogang University

Panel 2: National Programs and Initiatives in Quantum Communications in South Korea

Prof. Wonmin Son is a faculty at Sogang Univ., Seoul, Korea and associated member of Korean Institute of Advanced Study. He was a visiting Prof. at University of Oxford and former member of the center for quantum technologies, NUS at Singapore. Previously, He was the British Council Chevening Scholar who had worked as a research fellow at the University of Leeds as a research as well as an Erwin Schrodinger Junior research fellow in Vienna. He has been working on the various topics in the field of quantum optics and quantum information science

Werner

Werner

Strasser

CEO and Founder, fragmentiX Storage Solutions GmbH

Panel 3: QKD and Its Critics

Werner Strasser is driven by his conviction on the need of digital sovereignty and dignity as a new human right. After 25 years of entrepreneurship in the IT during which he founded ProCom-Strasser GmbH, he founded the Austrian based fragmentiX Storage Solutions GmbH in July 2018 where he develops and produces quantum safe storage solutions in close cooperation with the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology. Due to his professional experience as an IT security and IT forensic expert for several branches of the Austrian government he has a broad understanding of the importance of privacy problems which is the main reason why he devotes his working life to foster his vision of digital sovereignty not only for corporate and government organisations but also for individuals. He enjoys his unpaid voluntary teaching position for cyber recruits in “Digital Forensics” at the CDRC/ Academy of the Austrian Armed Forces.

Jürgen

Jürgen

Stuhler

Vice President Quantum Technologies, TOPTICA Photonics

Panel 2: Innovation in quantum and enabling technologies

Talk 1: Enabling quantum technology for demanding applications: Lasers for Quantum Communications

Jürgen Stuhler is Vice President Quantum Technologies at TOPTICA, where he is also Head of the Business Unit for Quantum Technologies, and Chairman of the Board & General Manager of TOPTICA Photonics China Ltd. He is member of the Quantum Internet Alliance. Before joining TOPTICA in 2006, he was group leader at the University of Stuttgart, with experiments on chromium Bose-Einstein condensation and Rydberg excitation of rubidium. From 2001 to 2003, he set up an atom interferometer to measure the Newtonian gravitational constant at the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy in Florence. He studied physics at the University of Constance and obtained his PhD in 2001.

Michiel

Michiel

Sweers

Director of Innovation & Knowledge, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Opening

Michiel Sweers (born 1970) is Deputy Director-General for Enterprise & Innovation and Director of the Innovation & Knowledge Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. He obtained his Masters in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Limburg at Maastricht (now Maastricht University) in 1994, successfully participated in a postgraduate year for financial and economic policy advisers at Erasmus University Rotterdam and has since followed several courses in public finance, tax policy and environmental policy at the London School of Economics and at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr Sweers started his professional career in 1996 at the Ministry of Finance as an economic policy adviser. Following this, he worked as deputy head of the Budget Policy Division and as head of the Export Credit Insurance and Investment Guarantees Division. Between 2006 and 2010 he was Deputy Director of the Labour Market and Socioeconomic Affairs Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. His last position saw him return to the Ministry of Finance, where he served as Deputy Director-General for Tax & Customs Policy and Legislation. In this capacity, he chaired and participated in several advisory committees on tax reform. In his current post as Director of the Innovation & Knowledge Department, Mr Sweers is responsible for Dutch innovation policy. This includes national innovation instruments and budgets, promoting public-private partnerships through the ‘Top Sector Approach’, multilateral and bilateral innovation cooperation, space policy, and intellectual property policy. As Deputy Director-General for Enterprise & Innovation, he is also active in the broader area of enterprise policy.

Idelfonso

Idelfonso

Tafur Monroy

Full Professor in the Electro-Optical Communication group and the Institute for Integrated Photonics, TU Eindhoven University of Technology

Panel 1: Quantum Technologies in 5G-6G Architecture

Tafur is Full Professor in the Electro-Optical Communication group and the Institute for Integrated Photonics. His research focuses on photonic terahertz systems. His long-term vision is to advance photonic techniques and technologies for the generation, detection and processing of electro-magnetic waves in the sub-THz to THz spectrum domain. At the technological level, the development of complex THz functionalities in compact modules with satisfactory performance metrics for applications (e.g. communications, agri-food, security, bio-medical) supported by photonic integration circuits. At the theoretical level, to develop pertinent models for THz systems and sub-systems and co-design approaches with electronics.

He is team leader in project 5G PPP blueSPACE, a European research project led by TU/e that will develop wireless technology for 5G wireless systems. It aims to increase the speed of the current 4G network by a factor of 100. He is also leader of the H2020 ITN CELTA project (Convergence of Electronics and Photonics Technologies for Enabling Terahertz Applications).

Tafur is also involved in the Danish startup Bifrost Communications, which has the potential to save the global telecommunications industries millions of Euros. He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers and has graduated 20 PhD students.

Andrew

Andrew

Thain

Quantum Communications Expert, AIRBUS

Panel 2: Quantum Communications in the Enterprise: Towards Resilient Supply Chains

Andrew Thain occupies the position of ‘Expert in Quantum Communications and Quantum Information Systems’ at AIRBUS. He has been the technical lead of several major projects in the area of Quantum Technologies and Quantum Key Distribution, including QOSAC (architecture of a European Quantum Communications Infrastructure) and QUBITS (design of a QKD space segment). He has previously worked in both experimental and theoretical physics and holds a PhD from the University of Bristol (UK).

Olivier

Olivier

Tonneau

Partner, Quantonation

Panel 1: VCs in the Quantum Sector

A graduate from ESSEC business school, Olivier is partner at Quantonation. Previous experiences include 10 years as management consultant at A.T. Kearney, before joining French entrepreneur Charles Beigbeder as deputy CEO at his holding company, Gravitation.

Olivier is a member of the Investment Committee at Audacia, and a board member at Multiverse Computing, Qnami, KETS Quantum Security, EvolutionQ & Cryptonext Security.

Ton

Ton

van 't Noordende

Managing Director, QDNL Participations

Panel 1: VCs in the Quantum Sector

Panel 2: Banks and Financial Institutions

Ton is the Managing Director of QDNL Participations, a €15 million specialist, early-stage fund within a community of expert quantum talent nurturing the next wave of quantum technologies to commercial success. Backed by Quantum Delta NL, QDNL Participations will invest €15 million into early-stage Dutch quantum technology startups in the coming years. It provides the bridge between the grant-giving phase of research and the ‘patient capital’ phase of venture investment, as well as impactful business and commercial support.

Teun

Teun

van der Veen

Senior Consultant, TNO

Panel 2: Quantum Communications in the Enterprise: Towards Resilient Supply Chains

Teun is senior consultant at TNO in the Networks group, which consists of about 60 researchers working on future networks and networked applications. There he is responsible for setting up a quantum network integration team, working with partners in the Quantum Delta NL ecosystem working towards a Dutch national quantum network infrastructure.

Before exploring the fascinating world of quantum networks, he headed the strategy development for the Media Networking team, and was responsible for the R&D programme in the Dutch and European telecom markets.
Teun chairs a number of European telecom operator working groups on broadband and IPTV, and is advisor to the Broadband Forum on the annual UFBB_BASe event that he co- founded back in 2009. He holds an MSc degree (2000) in Applied Physics specialising in photonics from the
University of Twente.

At IQT he will present the QDNL whitepaper on Quantum Internet supply chains.

Dimitri

Dimitri

van Esch

CEO, Quantum Gateway Solutions

Panel 2: Banks and Financial Institutions

Panel 3: Private Industry and Critical Infrastructure

Dimitri is CEO of Quantum Gateway Solutions, the organization that drives Quantum Gateway Foundation and helps end-users in their transition toward a Quantum safe landscape.

Dimitri is also working as a business consultant for Quantum.Amsterdam and is the former Quantum Lead at ABN AMRO, where he initiated and managed ABN AMRO’s Quantum Program.

Christopher

Christopher

Vasko

Quantum and Innovation Engineer, European Space Agency

Panel 1: What is needed for a quantum internet

Dr. Christopher Vasko is a Quantum and Innovation Engineer at the European Space Agency. He supports the “ARTES ScyLight Program” dedicated to developing space based optical and quantum Communication technologies. In this role he supports various technical projects in engineering and programmatic aspects, such as ESA’s “High Throughput Optical Network” dealing with high bandwidth satcom systems, as well as the “Secure and Cryptographic” project targeting space based Quantum Key Distribution technologies.‌

Preceding his current role, Christopher worked on Strategy and Political Affairs at the Headquarters of the European Space Agency, as a Chairperson of a NGO promoting access to and education in space related topics for young professionals, as well as Engineer in various start-ups. Dr. Christopher Vasko has PhD in Physics from the Technical University in Eindhoven.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Wehner

QIA Director, QuTech, Delft University of Technology

Session Keynote

Panel 1: What is needed for a Quantum Internet

Stephanie is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in quantum information at Delft University of Technology, and the director of the European Quantum Internet Alliance. Her goal is to understand the world of small particles – the laws of quantum mechanics – in order to construct better networks and computers. Quantum bits behave quite differently than classical bits, and allow us to solve tasks that are provably impossible for any classical device. Stephanie has worked extensively in quantum cryptography and communication, and together with the Quantum Internet Alliance she is working on realizing a large scale quantum network.

Stephanie is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, has won an KNAW Ammodo award, and is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography. She has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. From 2010 to 2014, her research group was located at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, where she was first Assistant and later Associate Professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the group of John Preskill. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry.

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